Someday's Dreamers

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Someday's Dreamers
魔法遣いに大切なこと
(Things That Are Precious To a Mage)
Genre Fantasy, Drama, Romance
Manga
Written by Norie Yamada
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Dragon
Original run May 2002January 2003
Volumes 2
Anime television series
Directed by Masami Shimoda
Studio J.C.Staff, Viewworks
Licensed by
Network TV Asahi, All-Nippon News Network, Anime Network
Original run 9 January 200327 March 2003
Episodes 12
Manga
Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound
Written by Norie Yamada (story)
Kumichi Yoshizuki (art)
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Dragon Age
Original run December 2003February 2006
Volumes 5
Manga
Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies
Written by Norie Yamada (story)
Kumichi Yoshizuki (art)
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace
Original run February 26, 2008 – ongoing
Anime television series
Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies
Directed by Osamu Kobayashi
Written by Norie Yamada (original concept and screenplay)
Studio Hal Film Maker
Licensed by
Network TV Asahi, Anime Network
Original run July 2, 2008September 24, 2008
Episodes 12
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Someday's Dreamers (Japanese: 魔法遣いに大切なこと Hepburn: Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto?, lit. "Things That Are Precious To a Mage") is a manga written by Norie Yamada and illustrated by Kumichi Yoshizuki. It was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comic Dragon magazine from May 2002 to January 2003 and was later collected in two bound volumes. In 2006, Tokyopop released the manga in the United States under the name Someday's Dreamers.

Someday's Dreamers was also adapted into an anime series that was produced by J.C.Staff under the direction of Masami Shimoda. It is loosely based on the storyline of the first manga series with new characters added to the story. It ran for a total of 12 episodes on TV Asahi and was later licensed by Geneon Entertainment USA. However, due to the closure of Geneon USA, the series has been relicensed by Sentai Filmworks.[1]

Another story set in the same universe, Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound (魔法遣いに大切なこと 太陽と風の坂道 Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Taiyō to Kaze no Sakamichi?), written and drawn by the same author and illustrator, was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comic Dragon Age. It ran from December 2003 to February 2006 and was later released in five bound volumes. In 2006, Tokyopop released the manga in the United States under the name Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound (魔法遣いに大切なこと 太陽と風の坂道 Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Taiyō to Kaze no Sakamichi?).

In 2007, Norie Yamada and Kumichi Yoshizuki began work on a third title in the Someday's Dreamers universe titled Summer Skies (魔法遣いに大切なこと 〜夏のソラ〜 Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora?). It was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace and began its run in the April issue, released on February 26, 2008. Summer Skies was scheduled to have a live-action movie adaptation released on December 20, 2008, though was originally scheduled for a summer 2008 premiere.[2][3] The story was also adapted into an anime series, following the new main character, Sora. The series is directed by Osamu Kobayashi, is written by the series' original creator Norie Yamada, and is animated by Hal Film Maker. It aired on TV Asahi from July 2, 2008 to September 24, 2008.[3]

Story[edit]

Someday's Dreamers[edit]

The story is set in present day Tokyo. Much of the setting is based upon real areas, the more obvious ones being the Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Tower. The main backdrop of the series where all the characters reside is Shimokitazawa, roughly 6 minutes west of Shibuya on the Keio Inokashira Line. The Bureau of Magic is in Tokyo, which employs Mage Labor for certain special requests by everyday people. However, the mages must only use their magic with special permission, and any unlicensed use results in a penalty. The story is very gentle and centers around the protagonist, a witch named Yume Kikuchi (菊池 ユメ Kikuchi Yume?), a 2nd-year senior high school student from Tono in Iwate prefecture. In order to train as a magic user, she travels to Tokyo during her summer break to apprentice under the charming Masami Oyamada (小山田 雅美 Oyamada Masami?). The story tells of Yume's trials and tribulations as she works toward her eventual graduation as a full-fledged magic user licensed by the Bureau of Magic. There is a strong undercurrent of romance which is not resolved.

Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora[edit]

Suzuki Sora is a cheerful country girl from the small town of Biei. She made a promise to her father, and following this promise applies and is accepted for a magic internship in Tokyo, where she will face life in a big city. While training to get better with her magic, she meets a mysterious boy also practicing to become a mage. While he cannot use magic that well and he seems distant and cold at first, Sora's fate intertwines with his and the two are thrown together, learning a lot of new things about life and each other.

In the manga, Sora has a strange trait to her magic that manifests itself despite her ire; whenever Sora casts a spell, the end result always involves sunflowers, though otherwise almost always how Sora intended it. This is absent in the anime.

Cast[edit]

Someday's Dreamers[edit]

Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora[edit]

Music[edit]

The composer of the anime soundtrack, Takefumi Haketa, hoped that girls would identify with the lead role and created music which had a nostalgic feel to it, evoking both English and Irish suburbs but also memories of the European Middle Ages. Using traditional instruments such as Irish whistles, he created tracks based on jigs, reels and a real Salsa track. For two themes he employed the voices of a 10-strong choir of schoolchildren. The vocal songs were also arranged by Haketa and sung by Miki Taoka. The CD soundtrack was released in America in 2003 by Pioneer Anime LDC, inc.

Songs[edit]

Someday's Dreamers[edit]

Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora[edit]

  • Opening theme: "Fly Away" by Thyme
  • Ending theme: "Kawaita Hana" (乾いた花) by micc

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN North American release date North American ISBN
01 March 7, 2006[4] ISBN 978-1-59816-178-6
02 July 11, 2006[4] ISBN 978-1-59816-179-3
No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN North American release date North American ISBN
01 December 12, 2006[4] ISBN 978-1-59816-642-2
02 April 10, 2007[4] ISBN 978-1-59816-643-9
03 August 7, 2007[4] ISBN 978-1-59816-644-6
04 December 11, 2007[4] ISBN 978-1-59816-645-3
05 March 11, 2008[4] ISBN 978-1-4278-0201-9

Anime[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Someday's Dreamers

Episode # Episode Name
01 Sunset of a Steel Frame, Part One
02 Sunset of a Steel Frame, Part Two
03 The Greatest News
04 A Summer Night and a Mage
05 An Apron and Champagne
06 I Want To Become a Mage
07 A Mage Who Couldn't Become a Mage
08 Enormous Power in the Name of Love
09 Yume, The Girl And A Seed Of Summer
10 Magic's Whereabouts
11 A Broken Rainbow
12 Things Important To A Mage

Episode list[edit]

Someday's Dreamers: Summer Skies

Episode # Episode Name
01 From Biei
02 Tokyo
03 Sora
04 Gouta
05 Shimokitazawa
06 Friend
07 Crossroad
08 Mage
09 First Love
10 Life
11 Graduation
12 The Summer Sky

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Someday's Dreamers Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Someday's Dreamers to be Made into Live-Action Film". Anime News Network. 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Someday's Dreamers Adapted into New Anime This Summer". Anime News Network. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Manga+Comics: Book Catalog". Tokyopop. Retrieved 24 August 2009. [dead link]

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