Pita-Ten

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Pita-Ten
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Cover of Pita-Ten volume 3 by Tokyopop. The character on the cover is the protagonist Kotarou Higuchi.
Genre Drama, Fantasy
Manga
Written by Koge-Donbo
Published by MediaWorks
English publisher
Tokyopop (Revoked)
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Comic Gao!
Original run October 1999August 2003
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Toshifumi Kawase
Yuzo Sato
Produced by Eiji Kanaoka
Kazuya Watanabe
Takashi Yokozawa
Tetsuro Satomi
Kōji Morimoto
Studio Madhouse
Network TXN, WTV, KAB, ITC, TVN, RNB, NBS, UX, HOME, BBC, KHB
Original run April 7, 2002September 29, 2002
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Written by Yukari Ochiai
Illustrated by Koge-Donbo
Published by MediaWorks
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run April 10, 2002February 10, 2003
Volumes 3
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Pita-Ten (Japanese: ぴたテン Hepburn: Pitaten?) is a Japanese manga by Koge-Donbo. It was serialized in Dengeki Comic Gao! between the October 1999 and August 2003 issues and was later collected into eight volumes. The eight volumes were localized to North America by Tokyopop; Madman Entertainment used Tokyopop's translations for distribution in Australasia. The plot follows Kotarou Higuchi who becomes acquainted with the angel Misha and the demon Shia.

Pita-Ten has spun off an anthology manga, art books, a light novel series, and an anime; the anime resulted in a radio program and audio disc releases such as soundtracks and image songs. Tokyopop's volumes of Pita-Ten have appeared on ICv2's monthly top one-hundred selling graphic novels. English reviewers gave small praise for the plot and artwork and generally regarded the series as cute.

Plot[edit]

Kotarou Higuchi is befriended by his neighbor Misha, an angel-in-training.[ch. 1] He is later acquainted with Shia, a demon, who is searching for something she had forgotten.[ch. 7] Kotarou continues his daily life until Shia absorbs his life energy and leaves town.[ch. 28] Kotarou investigates and discovers Shia is his great-grandmother who is searching for his dying great-grandfather, Taro Higuchi.[ch. 35] After the revelation, Shia mourns Taro's death before she also dies.[ch. 38] Afterwards, Kotarou learns that Misha's angel exam is to help Kotarou find happiness; regardless of the result, the two will separate when the exam ends.[ch. 45] Realizing Heaven's true intent, Kotarou asks Misha to rid him of his ability to see angels as he has to search for happiness himself. His actions allow Misha to become an angel and the two live their separate lives.[ch. 47]

Characters[edit]

Kotarou Higuchi (樋口 湖太郎 Higuchi Kotarō?)

Kotarou is a sixth grader who lost his mother after she sacrificed herself to save him from being run over by a truck.[ch. 12] Because of this and his father's work, Kotarou is alone most of the time resulting in his stoic and independent personality. Kotarou is able to see angels, demons, and spirits because he is a descendent of Shia. He later discovers he is the reincarnation of Kotaroh Higuchi (樋口 小太郎 Higuchi Kotarō?), his grand-uncle and Shia's son.[ch. 42] Kotaroh's family were labeled as demons by the villager. Since Misha was Kotaroh's emotional support, he committed suicide when Misha was prohibited from interacting with him.[ch. 41] Kotarou was initially in love with Shia which strains his friendship with Takashi. Eventually, his feelings shift towards Misha and is reinforced upon discovering Shia to be his great-grandmother.[ch. 38] In the anime adaption, Kotarou's relation to Kotaroh and Shia was removed; he was voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro.[1]

Misha (美紗?)

Misha is an angel who was friends with Kotaroh. After Kotaroh's suicide, Heaven imprisons Misha and strips her of her status because her friendship was an indirect cause of his death. In the present, Heaven frees Misha and gives her a chance to redeem herself by having Kotarou as her test.[ch. 42] In the anime, Kotarou is not related to Misha's angel exam and are coincidentally neighbors; she was voiced by Yukari Tamura.[1] In 2002, Misha appeared in Newtype '​s poll in the favorite female character category.[2]

Shia (紫亜?)

Shia is a demon with the appearance of a frail feminine girl. Because of her nature, she needs to absorb life energy while in the human world to stay alive.[ch. 7] Before the start of the series, Shia became amnesiac and lived in the human world as Shima (志摩?). She married Taro Higuchi (樋口 太郎 Higuchi Tarō?) and gave birth to Kotarou's granduncle and grandmother.[ch. 35] Due to her demonic nature, Shia was forced to return to hell to regain her health; She loses her memories of her life as Shima as her memories of hell are restored.[ch. 37] As Taro nears death, Shia returns to the human world and unconsciously searches for Taro. She regains her memories as Shima, when Kotarou reveals her past to her, and attends Taro's funeral. Shortly after, Shia ignores her need for life energy and dies.[ch. 38] In the anime, Shia has no relation to the Higuchi family and travels to the human world to complete her demon apprenticeship. Shia's good nature causes her to fail and her existence is annulled; later, she is brought back as a human by Misha. She was voiced by Yukana Nogami.[1]

Takashi Ayanokoji (綾小路 天 Ayanokōji Takashi?)

Takashi is Kotarou's friend and classmate. He secretly works hard to maintain his public image as a prodigy.[ch. 17] He love Koboshi but moves onto Shia when he realizes Koboshi loves Kotarou. When Shia absorbs life energy from Kotarou, Takashi believed it was a kiss and abandons his feelings for her.[ch. 43] His family's financial difficulties forces him to abandon his dreams of enrolling in a high quality school.[ch. 25] In the anime, Takashi's feelings and home life is never explored; he was voiced by Mitsuki Saiga.[1]

Koboshi Uematsu (植松 小星 Uematsu Koboshi?)

Koboshi Uematsu is Kotarou's friend and classmate. She harbors a crush on him and confesses her feelings later in the series.[ch. 42] After she is rejected, Koboshi changes her outlook on life and strives to improve herself to make Kotarou regret his decision.[ch. 46] In the anime, her confession does not occur; she was voiced by Rie Kugimiya.[1]

Other characters
  • Hiroshi Mitarai (御手洗 大 Mitarai Hiroshi?) is Kotarou's classmate.[ch. 9] He strives to better himself in order to become a dignified head of the Mitarai family.[ch. 15] In the anime, Hiroshi's story remains the same and he is voiced by Motoko Kumai.[3]
  • Kaoru Mitarai (御手洗 薫 Mitarai Kaoru?) is Hiroshi's younger sister. She admires her brother and attacks anyone who insults him. She develops a crush on Takashi which overcomes her admiration for her brother.[ch. 11] In the anime, Kaoru's story remains the same and she is voiced by Sakura Nogawa.[3]
  • Klaus Rosenberg (クラウス・ローゼンバーグ Kurausu Rōzenbāgu?) is a demon who accompanies Shia and encourages her to act like a demon. He disguises himself as a black cat in public. While in cat form, he is named Nya (ニャー Nyā?) by Misha and is credited by that name in the manga and anime.[ch. 14] Klaus is voiced by Yumi Touma.[3]
  • Sasha (早紗?) is Misha's older sister and an angel. She is strict, formal, and often berates Misha for her laid back personality. She is voiced by Akemi Okamura.[4]
  • Shino (紫乃?) is Kotarou's maternal cousin. Since her mother's death, Shino has been cared for by her and Kotarou's great-grandfather.[ch. 30] Like Kotarou, she can see angels, demons and ghosts.[ch. 29] She later comes to live with Kotarou.[ch. 23] In the anime, Shino's story remains the same and she is voiced by Taeko Kawata.[5]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Pita-Ten is a manga series written and illustrated by Koge-Donbo. It was serialized in Dengeki Comic Gao! between the October 1999 and August 2003 issues.[6][7] The individual chapters were then collected and released in eight tankōbon volumes under MediaWorks' Dengeki Comics imprint between April 10, 2000 and September 27, 2003.[8][9] The manga was localized in English for North America by Tokyopop and released the eight volumes between January 13, 2004 and March 8, 2005.[10][11] Tokyopop released a special boxset containing the first four volumes on November 10, 2005.[12] In 2011, Tokyopop's North American division was closed down and their licenses to manga franchises were revoked.[13] Madman Entertainment licened Tokyopop's translations for distribution in Australasia.[14] The series has also been localized in other languages such as French, German, and Mandrain.[15][16][17]

An anthology series entitled Pita-Ten Official Fan Book[Jp 1] was published by MediaWorks between March 27 and September 27, 2002.[18][19][20] The fan books were licensed and released in English by Tokyopop between November 8, 2005 and July 7, 2006.[21][22][23]

Volume list[edit]

No. Japan release date Japan ISBN North America release date North America ISBN
1 April 10, 2000[8] ISBN 978-4-8402-1528-2 January 13, 2004[10] ISBN 978-1-59182-627-9
  • Chapters 1–7
A boy named Kotarou Higuchi becomes acquainted with his new neighbor, the angel-in-training named Misha. Misha insists on being friends with Kotarou and after seeing the lack of parental care, insists on filling the role as his mother. Misha follows Kotarou to school and becomes acquainted with his friends, Takashi Ayanokoji and Koboshi Uematsu. Kotarou and his friends become acquainted with a demon girl named Shia who is searching for something she had forgotten. In Shia's desperation for life energy, she absorbs Kotarou's energy and puts him in a coma. Misha decides to save Kotarou by giving her energy to Shia in exchange for Kotarou's; Misha also decides to let Shia live with her after sympathizing with her loneliness.
2 October 27, 2000[24] ISBN 978-4-8402-1692-0 March 9, 2004[25] ISBN 978-1-59182-628-6
  • Chapters 8–13
Kotarou's class receives a new transfer student named Hiroshi Mitarai who begins a one-sided rivalry with Takashi. Hiroshi decides to compete with Takashi for Misha's love in the play The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Takashi is injured during practice and has Kotarou replace him in the play. Kotarou loses his voice from over practice and passes the play by improvising with Misha's help. Hiroshi's little sister, Kaoru, decides to avenge Hiroshi's honor by pranking Takashi but falls in love with him instead. Later, Misha saves Kotarou from being run over by a truck. Kotarou reminisces about his mother who died saving him in a similar situation and is comforted by Shia. Shia's cat, dubbed as Nya by her friends, tells her to absorb some life energy from Kotarou due to its similarity to what she is searching for. The next day, a reaction causes the two to collapse.
3 April 27, 2001[26] ISBN 978-4-8402-1798-9 May 11, 2004[27] ISBN 978-1-59182-629-3
  • Chapters 14–19
During Kotarou's sleep, he begins seeing visions of a memory where Shia is his mother and a meeting with Misha as an angel; Kotarou and Shia wake up and recovered. Later, Hiroshi arranges a study session for his friends and Kotarou learns about Misha's angel exam. Misha's sister, Sasha, arrives on Earth to perform her duties as an angel to help the needy. She witnesses Takashi's love for Shia and uses her magic to have him confess to her. Shia is unaffected by the confession while Kotarou, having witnessed the event, begins to feel jealousy.
4 October 27, 2001[28] ISBN 978-4-8402-1984-6 July 13, 2004[29] ISBN 978-159182-630-9
  • Chapters 20–25
Shia asks her friends to help her make green curry for a customer who is revealed to be Hiroshi. Katarou comforts Misha after she fails her angel exam and encourages her to remember why she wanted to be an angel in the first place. Misha reminisces about seeing angel wings the first time and shows Katarou her wings, revealing her identity as an angel to him. Katarou loses his little cousin, Shino, at an amusement park and has his friends help find her. The next day, Shino is afraid of being alone at home so she sneaks into Katarou's school to find him. Later, Takashi discovers his family's financial situation prevents him from applying to middle school and expresses his sadness to Shia who comforts him in return.
5 April 27, 2002[30] ISBN 978-4-8402-2110-8 September 14, 2004[31] ISBN 978-1-59182-631-6
  • Chapters 26–31
Sasha confronts Katarou and blames him for distracting Misha's studies; in response, Katarou begins to distance himself from Misha and the two reconcile later. Meanwhile, Shia discovers a clue to what she is searching for from a photograph she found on Shino. Shia runs low on life energy and absorbs energy from Katarou putting him in a coma. In the coma, Katarou converses with a young Shia and sees a vision of an apple tree and hears a song sang by his great-grandfather. With Shia missing, Katarou meets his great-grandfather to investigate and discovers a picture of Shia in a family album. Katarou finds Shia in a snowstorm; Shia is encouraged by her demon companion to absorb Katarou's energy. Misha saves Katarou by using a teleportation device but drops him inside the memories of his great-grandfather, Taro Higuchi. There, he witnesses Taro's childhood with Shia's past identity, Shima.
6 October 26, 2002[32] ISBN 978-4-8402-2222-8 November 9, 2004[33] ISBN 978-1-59182-632-3
  • Chapters 32–37
In the memory, Taro and Shia's love for each other grow and the two plant an apple tree together; the two are then separated during a civil war. Years later, the two are reunited as adults and marry where they have two children named Kotaroh and Shino; Katarou then deduces Shia is his great-grandmother. Katarou then begins to see Kataroh's memories and discovers that Kataroh is acquainted with Misha and has a one-sided love towards her. Due to Taro's death, Misha pulls Katarou back to reality. Katarou confronts Shia and reveals his discoveries to her, leading Shia to recover her lost memories which were erased by her demon companion. She reveals she left her family willingly due to her temptation to absorb her children's energy. Having achieved her goal, Shia resolves to watch over Katarou as a mother.
7 May 26, 2003[34] ISBN 978-4-8402-2367-6 January 11, 2005[35] ISBN 978-1-59532-016-2
  • Chapters 38–42
  • Special Lessons
After attending Taro's funeral, Shia ignores her demonic instincts for life energy and dies as a result. Later, Sasha reveals to Katarou his happiness is Misha's angel exam; Sasha then uses magic to show the past involving Kataroh and Misha. The memories reveal that Kataroh's family have been labeled as demons due and that Misha was Kataroh's only source of comfort. When Kataroh learns that Misha has been banned from Earth due to her interactions with him, he commits suicide in order to stay with Misha. His suicide causes Misha to become a fallen angel and she is imprisoned by heaven. Years later, Kataroh reincarnates as Katarou; heaven decides to give Misha a chance to redeem herself and makes Katarou her angel exam. Katarou is hurt by this revelation, believing Misha only sees him as Kataroh. He runs away and finds Koboshi who confesses her feelings towards him.
8 September 27, 2003[9] ISBN 978-4-8402-2480-2 March 8, 2005[11] ISBN 978-1-59532-017-9
  • Chapters 43–47
In his anger, Katarou decides to lead Koboshi on. Realizing the cruelty in his actions, Katarou declines Koboshi's affections and confesses his feelings to Misha. Katarou discovers that if Misha passes her exams, she will return to heaven; on the other hand if she fails, her existence will be annulled. As Katarou struggles with his emotional dependence on Misha, he realizes Koboshi and Takashi's efforts to overcome hardships by themselves and accepts Misha's eventual departure. With this insight on the purpose of the test, Katarou requests Misha to remove his abilities to see angels; after she does, Misha regains her status as an angel and Katarou resumes his normal life.

Books and publications[edit]

Three light novels, written by Yukari Ochiai, were published by MediaWorks under their Dengeki Bunko imprint between April 15, 2002 and February 25, 2003.[36][37][38] Koge-Donbo provided the cover illustrations and Rina Yamaguchi drew the illustrations used in the novels. The novels were localized for North America by Seven Seas Entertainment, which released the first two volumes in March and July 2008.[39]

An art book titled Pita-Ten Postcard Art Book[Jp 2] was published MediaWorks in February 27, 2002.[40] Two art books for the anime adaptation titled How To Enjoy Pita-Ten[Jp 3] were published by MediaWorks between August 25 and November 15, 2002.[41][42] An art book titled Koge-Donbo Illustration Collection: Pita-Ten[Jp 4] was published by MediaWorks in December 22, 2003.[43] Tokyopop localized Koge-Donbo Illustration Collection: Pita-Ten in May 9, 2006.[44]

Anime[edit]

An anime based on the manga was produced by Television Osaka, Yomiko Advertising, Pita Group, and animated by Madhouse.[45] The series premiered on TX Network between April 7 and September 29, 2002.[46][47] It was also broadcast on Higashinippon Broadcasting, Hiroshima Home Television, Nagano Broadcasting Systems, Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting, The Niigata Television Network 21, Ishikawa TV, Nara Television, Biwako Broadcasting, TV Wakayama, and Nankai Broadcasting.[48] Bandai Visual collected the series into nine VHS and DVD mediums and released them between June 25, 2002 and April 25, 2003.[49][50] A DVD box was released on December 22, 2011.[51] The opening and ending themes had special editions singles with the anime's art on the cover.[52][53] AnimeNation entered negotiations to localize the series for North America but withdrew due to licensing fees.[54]

Several soundtracks were released based on the anime. Pita-Ten Soundtrack: Happiness Concert[Jp 5] volume 1 and 2 were released on July and October 2002 respectively.[55][56] Pita-Ten Vocal Soundtrack: Singing of Angels[Jp 6] is an image song released on January 22, 2003.[57]

Radio show[edit]

A radio programming titled Pita Pita Angel[Jp 7] was produced to promote the anime adaptions for Pita-Ten and Galaxy Angel. It was produced by Bandai Visual, Broccoli, Lantis, and Madhouse and was broadcast on Radio Osaka, Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, and Tokai Radio.[58][59] The show is hosted by Yukari Tamura, Misha's voice actress, and Ryōko Shintani, the voice actress of Galaxy Angel '​s Milfeulle Sakuraba.[59] Pita Pita Angel was broadcast beginning April 4, 2002.[60] On October 10, 2002, the show's title was changed to Pita Pita Angel Ace[Jp 8].[61] The broadcast concluded on March 27, 2003.[59]

Reception[edit]

Tokyopop's localized volume four and up appeared on ICv2's monthly top one-hundred selling graphic novels.[62][63][64][65][66] Mania.com's first impression of the manga was "cute, but not special" but retracted his opinion after Shia's introduction as she invoked fascination from the reviewer;[67] the reviewer praised Shia's past for its direction and dark tone.[68] Mania also praised the art, noting the transitions between scenes of "beautiful tenderness" and humor, and lauded the author for their detail in expressing emotions through facial expressions and body pose.[68][69] AnimeFringe.com called the series fun and cute and expressed positive opinions on the culminating plot.[70][71][72] The first three DVD volumes of the anime appeared on Oricon's charts.[73][74][75] THEMAnime.org reviewed the anime; they criticized the premise for being excessively cute but noted the improving plot and praised the ending.[76]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ ぴたテン公式コミックファンブック Pita-Ten Kōshiki Komikku Fan Bukku?
  2. ^ ぴたテン ポストカード画集 Pita-Ten Posutokādo Gashū?
  3. ^ ぴたテンの楽しみ方 Pita-Ten no Tanoshimikata?
  4. ^ コゲどんぼ画集 ぴたテン Koge-Donbo Gashū Pita-Ten?
  5. ^ ぴたテンサウンドトラック 「幸せ音楽会」 Pita-Ten Saundotorakku (Shiawase Ongakkai)?
  6. ^ 「ぴたテン」ヴォーカルアルバム 天使たちの合唱会 Pita-Ten Vuōkaru Arubamu Tenshi-tachi no Gasshō-kai?
  7. ^ ぴたぴたエンジェル♪ Pita Pita Enjeru?
  8. ^ ぴたぴたエンジェル♪A Pita Pita Enjeru A?
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Primary references

Koge-Donbo. ぴたテン [Pita-Ten] (in Japanese). MediaWorks in Japan. 
Pita-Ten. Tokyopop in North America. 

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