Maps (manga)

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Maps
マップス
(Mappusu)
Genre Science fiction
Manga
Written by Hasegawa Yuichi
Published by Gakken
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Comic Nora
Original run 19851994
Volumes 17
Original video animation
Maps: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi
Directed by Keiji Hayakawa
Written by Kenji Terada
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Studio Gallop
Released July 14, 1987
Runtime 51 minutes
Original video animation
Directed by Susumu Nishizawa
Written by Masaki Tsuji
Music by Masahiro Kawasaki
Studio TMS Entertainment, KSS
Licensed by Canada United States ADV Films
Released July 8, 1994February 24, 1995
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
Manga
Maps Gaiden
Written by Hasegawa Yuichi
Published by Gakken
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Comic Nora
Original run 19961997
Volumes 2
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Maps (マップス?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hasegawa Yuichi. It was serialized in the Gakken magazine Monthly Comic Nora from 1985 to 1994. The series was adapted into two anime original video animations (OVAs): the 1987 original, fully titled Maps: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi (マップス 伝説のさまよえる星人たち?, lit. "Maps: Legendary Space Wanderers") in Japan, and the 1994 remake, simply titled Maps.

Plot[edit]

Maps follows a normal Earth boy named Gen. He and his girlfriend Hoshimi meet Lipumira, a scantily-clad, blond woman from outer space, who tells Gen that he is the "mapman," meaning the map to a great treasure is coded in his genes. Gen and Hoshimi leave Earth with Lipumira to find the treasure, a quest shared by evil space people whom they are often compelled to fight against.[1] Notable aspects of the series are the spaceships (which look like giant silver angelic women, often described as "hood ornaments") and cyborg women that control them. Each ship and its pilot is a distinct character, from playful to evil.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Maps was written and illustrated by Hasegawa Yuichi.[2] It was serialized in the Gakken magazine Monthly Comic Nora from 1985 to 1994. A total of 17 tankōbon bound volumes were published in Japan between 1987 and 1995. Japan Media Factory re-released the manga in bunkoban format in 2003.

OVAs[edit]

Two OVAs based on Maps have been created. The first, Maps: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi, was produced by Studio Gallop, directed by Hayakawa Keiji, written by Kenji Terada, and musically scored by Kohei Tanaka. It was released exclusively in Japan on July 17, 1987. The second, simply titled Maps, was co-produced by TMS Entertainment and KSS, directed by Nishizawa Susumu, written by Masaki Tsuji, and musically scored by Masahiro Kawasaki. It was released in Japan in four episodes split into two volumes on July 8, 1994 and February 24, 1995. An English version of this OVA was later licensed by ADV Films and distributed in North America.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Galactic Angel (ACT1 宇宙(あま)翔ける天使 Act 1: Ama Kakeru Tenshi?)
  2. A Reward for the Travelers (ACT2 トラベラーの報酬 Act 2: Traveller no Hōshū?)
  3. Six Ghost Ships (ACT3 六人の幽霊船 Act 3: Rokunin no Yūreisen?)
  4. Revival of the Legend (ACT4 伝説の復活 Act 4: Densetsu no Fukkatsu?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Tasha (November 23, 1998). "Anime Reviews: MAPS". Sci-Fi Weekly. Archived from the original on 2000-08-19. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Crossbone Gundam/MAPS' Hasegawa to Draw Raideen Manga". Anime News Network. May 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 

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