Spirit of Wonder

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Spirit of Wonder
スピリットオブワンダー
(Supiritto Obu Wandā)
Genre Comedy, Science fiction
Manga
Written by Kenji Tsuruta
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Morning, Afternoon
Original run 19861996
Volumes 1
Original video animation
Chaina-san no Yūutsu
Directed by Mitsuru Hongō
Studio Ajia-do Animation Works
Released June 3, 1992
Original video animation
Directed by Takashi Annō
Studio Ajia-do Animation Works, Bandai Visual
Released January 25, 2001
Episodes 4
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Spirit of Wonder (スピリットオブワンダー Supiritto Obu Wandā?) is a manga series authored by Kenji Tsuruta, originally serialized from 1986 in Kodansha's Morning seinen manga magazine, and later in Afternoon, until 1996.

It was later adapted into a one-episode OVA in 1992, entitled Chaina-san no Yūutsu (チャイナさんの憂鬱?, lit. Melancholy of Chaina-san) (released in North America as "Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring"), animated by Ajia-do Animation Works and released by Toshiba-EMI. It was later followed in 2001 by a new OVA series, produced and released by Bandai Visual, which included two arcs, Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu (少年科學倶楽部?, lit. Scientific Boys Club) and Chaina-san: Tanpenshū (チャイナさん 短編集?, lit. Chaina-san: Short Stories) (release in North America as "Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories-Shrinking of Miss China and Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories-Planet of Miss China"). In 2004, Bandai Visual released a complete DVD boxset release of the entire series in Japan, entitled WONDERBOX, which included the 2001 sequel it produced as well as the earlier 1992 episode. Bandai Visual also released an 11 minute short entitled "Cup of China's" this short is only available in the WONDERBOX DVD boxset release.

The complete OVA series has also been broadcast worldwide by the anime TV network Animax, including its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The earlier OVA was released in North America by AnimEigo entitled "Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring". The newer OVA series DVD was released in North America by Bandai Entertainment, entitled "Spirit of Wonder" it is also available in Australia from MadMan Entertainment under the same name.

Staff[edit]

1992 OVA[edit]

Chaina-san no Yūutsu
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring
  • Chief Director, Storyboards: Mitsuru Hongō
  • Music: Kōhei Tanaka
  • Script: Mitsuru Shimada
  • Character Design and Animation Director: Yoshiaki Yanagida


2001 OVA[edit]

Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu
Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club

Cast

  • Windy: Ryoka Yuzuki, Tricia Dickson
  • Jack: Kenichi Suzumura, Justin Gross
  • Cooper: Masashi Hirose, William Frederick Knight, Brandon Burton as Young Cooper
  • Gordon: Haji Takaya, Michael McConnohie, Kevin Derkash as Young Gordon
  • Shepherd: Kazuo Oka, Arthur Roberts

Staff

  • Chief Director, Screenplay, Storyboards, Episode Supervision: Takashi Annō
  • Character Design and Animation Director: Yoshiaki Yanagida
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo


Chaina-san Tanpenshū
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories-Shrinking of Miss China
  • Director, screenplay, storyboards and animation director, character design: Fujimori Masaya
  • Director: Negishi Hiroki
  • Art Director: Shun-ichiro Yoshihara
  • Music Director: Kambayashi Meisato
  • Music producer: Shiro Sasaki , Yuji Saito
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo
Chaina-san Tanpenshū
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories-Planet of Miss China
  • Director, screenplay, storyboard, character design: Fujimori Masaya
  • Director: Negishi Hiroki
  • Art Director: Akihiro Hirasawa
  • Music Director: Kambayashi Meisato
  • Music producer: Shiro Sasaki, Yuji Saito
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo


Cup of China's (Available only on Bandai Visual's WONDERBOX DVD boxset release)
  • Director, screenplay, storyboard, direction and animation director, character design: Fujimori Masaya
  • Director: Negishi Hiroki
  • Art Director: Akihiro Hirasawa
  • Music Director: Kambayashi Meisato
  • Music producer: Shiro Sasaki, Yuji Saito
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo


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