Mouse (manga)

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Mouse
Mouse cover.jpg
Cover art from the first DVD volume of Mouse
マウス
(Mausu)
Genre Action, adventure, comedy, harem, kaitō
Manga
Written by Satoru Akahori
Illustrated by Hiroshi Itaba
Published by Hakusensha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Animal
Original run 19992004
Volumes 14
Anime television series
Directed by Yorifusa Yamaguchi
Music by Yugo Kanno
Studio Studio Deen
Licensed by United States AnimeWorks
Network Chiba TV, Kids Station, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama
Original run January 5, 2003March 23, 2003
Episodes 12 (15 minute episodes) (List of episodes)
Light novel
Mouse the novel
Written by Gyō Zappa
Illustrated by Hiroshi Itaba
Published by Fujimi Shobo
Demographic Seinen
Published January 31, 2003
Volumes 1
Manga
Mouse Bakumatsu-den
Written by Satoru Akahori
Illustrated by Hiroshi Itaba
Published by Hakusensha
Demographic Seinen
Published December 20, 2005
Volumes 1
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Mouse (マウス Mausu?, sometimes typeset as "MØUSE") is a manga series written by Satoru Akahori and drawn by Hiroshi Itaba. It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Young Animal and published by Hakusensha between 1999 and 2004 .

Mouse was adapted into a twelve-episode anime television series written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki, directed by Yorifusa Yamaguchi, and produced by Media Factory and Studio Deen.

In 2005, Hakusensha published a one-volume manga prequel titled Mouse Bakumatsu-den (マウス ~幕末伝~ ?).

Plot[edit]

For 400 years, there was a family of thieves stealing money and priceless property, particularly those items that were originally illegally stolen. The main motivation is that anything and everything can be stolen, no matter how much they protect that item. And in those years, that thief was only known by one name, Mouse.

In the latest version, a young college art teacher named Muon Sorata is the latest to take up the name of Mouse. He is surrounded by three highly devoted and attractive assistants who help him pull off heists of art museums and landmark towers. The thieves have the power and resources to steal entire buildings and take structures out to sea but never get caught. Mouse is also known for not abandoning those who serve him, even if it means his capture.

Characters[edit]

Mouse Team[edit]

Sorata Muon (無音 宙太 Muon Sorata?)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Grant George (English)
A male college art teacher who is actually a thief under the name Mouse. He follows a 400-year tradition as Mouse and will not abandon those who serve him.
As Mouse, Sorata has access to a vast arsenal of vehicles and machines to help him, all of which are hidden underneath the college where he works. At school he is usually seen messing up with his teacher duties, gaining a stern lecture from Mei, Yayoi and Hazuki (with everyone unaware of their relationship with him). He is a very popular teacher, gaining attraction from many of his female students. Though he usually tries to avoid having sex, after becoming drunk he obtains a limitless sex drive, sleeping with countless women as well as wearing out the usually sex driven Mei, Yayoi and Kakio with no sights of slowing down, however after he sobers up he does not remember anything he did.
He is friends with Inspector Minami and his daughter Rika, who he sees like a family, though they are unaware he is Mouse. He has a fear of stag beetles because of a childhood trauma where when hunting for one, he went to urinate just as a stag beetle pinched him on his manhood.
Mei Momozono (桃園 メイ Momozono Mei?)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Jessica Gee (English)
An extremely voluputuous female computer and physics expert, who works at the college's physics department as a math teacher. She had been trained since childhood to be the servant to Sorata, but decided that she wouldn't follow Mouse blindly until she saw him herself, even planning to kill herself if she was made to follow a man she didn't respect.
When she was injured during a mission, she made the choice to follow Sorata with her heart when he wouldn't abandon her, in spite of her insistence that he does (Steals 4 and 5). Her grandfather is the chairman of the school, though the school is owned by the Muon family. She seems to be a shotacon, usually getting turned on when seeing Sorata in a pair of shorts, this due to the fact of how they first met.

As the first of 'slave' to meet Sorata she is incredibly loyal to him. As the series progressed she came to realize that she is in love with him, showing jealousy when he goes on dates and being the most worried during his more dangerous heists.

Yayoi Kuribayashi (栗林 弥生 Kuribayashi Yayoi?)
Voiced by: Yukari Fukui (Japanese), Cindy Alexander (English)
An incredibly curvaceous and well-endowed female biology expert, so skilled that when she was hired on to the research team, they made sure to staff the team with only females just for her, and is also the college's nurse. When she was a college student, Yayoi was cursed with a fear of men (where in the manga this fear seemed to originate from seeing her parents having sex) so great that she goes into panic attacks whenever she even sees a man. So she was curious that her classmate, Mei Momozona, engaged in an intimate relationship with a student she was tutoring, Sorata Muon. But later, when a valuable sample was targeted by Mouse to be stolen, Yayoi found herself trapped when one of her panic attacks triggered a major fire in the lab she was in. It was Sorata, who was really Mouse, who had rescued her and allowed her to come out of her shell (Steals 10 to 12). She is one of his most devoted servants, and is always trying to make him some concoction to give him more sexual energy.
Of Mouse's three servants, Yayoi is the most sexually driven, regularly showing a strong masochistic-side from various fantasies of bondage and the likes with Mouse.
Kakio Hazuki (柿生 葉月 Kakio Haduki?)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
A female fighter and expert in martial arts, who is also the college's physical education instructor. There are several personalities within her, from a mischievous child to a brave fighter. When Hazuki foolishly tested a memory-erasing machine and her many personalities were programmed into its computer, Sorata went in to save her by going in himself. While Sorata went in search of the Kakio family treasure, he discovered Hazuki in what seemed to be a disabiliting, emotionally fractured and disassociated state where she was forced to be completely cut off from the rest of the world. By gaining her trust and promising never to leave her as her family had, Sorata was about to uncover the secret and truth behind the Kakio family treasure (Steals 18 to 20).
She has a habit of appearing in the strangest places (bathroom, washing machine, etc) while wearing only a kinbaku as well as having a penchant for cosplay.

School[edit]

Staff[edit]

Mr. Fuyuharu
Principal of the School and grandfather to Mei. He is very proud to be serving the Muon family as well as taking care of the school, which the Muon family owns. He often asks Sorata if there is anything he could possibly do to be of service to him, and becomes really worried if he believes he has done something to upset him.

Students[edit]

Machiko Tsukioka
Seems to be the leader of three girls that attend Sorata's art class and are fans of the notorious Mouse. She has obvious feelings for Sorata, getting jealous at the thought of him having a girlfriend. She and her friends refer to him as Chuu-chan, ironically "chuu" is the Japanese version of a Mouse's squeak while they are unaware that he is Mouse.

Police[edit]

Captain Onizuka Heitaro
Is completely driven to capture Mouse at all cost. He gets extremely angry at how the media always poses Mouse as something of a hero figure and how Mouse always manages to escape. He is extremely similar to Inspector Zenigata in the anime series Lupin the III, even wearing a similar trenchcoat.
Masatoshi Minami
The Captain's assistant and does his best to try to calm the Captain's outbursts when trying to capture Mouse. He has a daughter named Rika and is friends with Sorata, but he is unaware of his true identity.

Other[edit]

Rika Minami
Nine year old daughter to Inspector Minami and friends with Sorata. She is unaware that Sorata is Mouse though she has a crush on him, stating that she will become his bride once she grows up. She now owns the Golden Hair Cat that Mouse stole and gave to her for her birthday after dying its hair black (though he told her in secret what it really was).
Natsuko Muon (Sorata's Stepmother)
She is Sorata's step mother that seems to have a lustful attraction to her step son not unlike his slaves. She is only four years older than he is and she revealed that before she became Sorata's stepmother, she was one of his father's slaves, sparking hope in Mei, Yayoi and Kakio at the idea to being more than a slave to him.

4S[edit]

An organization originally created to protect valuable artwork out of the hands of thieves. However, the organization has lost its way and has become the largest black market dealers of stolen artwork as well as assassins. They are the primary antagonists in the series.

Episode list[edit]

Theme music[edit]

Opening
Ending

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