Umizaru

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Umizaru
Umizaru volume 1 by Shuho Sato.jpg
Cover of volume 1
海猿
Genre Drama, romance
Manga
Written by Shūhō Satō
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Sunday
Original run 19982001
Volumes 12
Live-action television film
Directed by Yoshiko Hoshida
Written by Yasuo Hasegawa
Network NHK
Released July 13, 2002
Runtime 45 minutes
Live-action television film
Umizaru 2
Directed by Yoshiko Hoshida
Written by Yasuo Hasegawa
Network NHK
Released August 18, 2003
Runtime 45 minutes
Television drama
Umizaru Evolution
Directed by Eiichirō Hasumi, Yoshinori Kobayashi
Produced by Shizuo Sekiguchi, Shintarō Suzuki, Fumi Hashimoto
Written by Yasushi Fukuda
Music by Naoki Satō
Studio Fuji TV / Kyodo
Network Fuji TV
Original run July 5, 2005September 13, 2005
Episodes 11
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Umizaru (海猿?, lit. Sea Monkeys) is a manga series by Shūhō Satō which was serialized by Shogakukan in Weekly Young Sunday from 1998 to 2001. Yōichi Komori is credited with the original idea for the series, and he also did the research to make the series more authentic.

The series focuses on Daisuke Senzaki, an officer in the Japan Coast Guard, and tells the stories of shipwreck rescues and other incidents where the coast guard plays a role. The plotlines in the series were drawn from incidents and accidents which actually happened while the manga was being written (similar to the "ripped from the headlines" tagline used by various Law & Order series).

The manga has been adapted into two NHK high-definition specials, three films, and one drama series.

Umizaru (2004)[edit]

Main article: Umizaru (film)

Umizaru Evolution (2005)[edit]

Title: 海猿

Title (romaji): Umizaru

Also known as: Umizaru Evolution / Sea Monkey

Format: Renzoku

Genre: Action, human drama, romance

Episodes: 11

Viewership ratings: 13.1

Broadcast network: Fuji TV

Broadcast period: 2005-Jul-05 to 2005-Sep-13

Air time: Tuesday 21:00

Theme song: Ocean by B'z

Synopsis:

A story of friendship, love and the brutal training of 14 Japan Coast Guard officers becoming rescuer divers. The rescuer divers, on the front line in rescue activities in heavy seas and always one step away from death, are a group of specialists in a profession that only 1% of all Coast Guard officers qualify for. In order to receive that qualification they have to undergo 50 days of grueling training in rescue activities. The young Cost Guard officers, including Daisuke Senzaki, take on the challenge of that hellish training. The story concentrates on the lives of the divers after having passed their examination.

Cast:

  • Ito Hideaki as Senzaki Daisuke
  • Kato Ai as Izawa Kanna
  • Nakamura Toru as Ikezawa Masaki
  • Sato Ryuta as Yoshioka Tetsuya
  • Sato Hitomi as Komori Chika
  • Suzuki Kazuma as Fuyushiba Kosuke
  • Natsuyagi Isao as Katsuda Kotaro
  • Iida Kisuke as Miike Kenji
  • Sakamoto Akira as Iwamatsu Daigo
  • Hirayama Usuke as Yamaji Takumi
  • Miyake Hiroki as Bessho Kenjiroh
  • Usuda Asami as Hoshino Rei
  • Ichiki Ami Ono Yui
  • Okunuki Kaoru Ono Eriko
  • Yoshimoto Miyoko as Ikezawa Naoko
  • Masuoka Toru as Tsuda Shinpei
  • Ibu Masato as Higo Daisaku
  • Tokito Saburo as Shimokawa Iwao
  • Sakamoto Makoto as Nagashima Kenta
  • Ito Atsushi (ep1)
  • Karina (ep1)
  • Aoki Munetaka (ep1)
  • Namioka Kazuki as Tokunaga Masaya (ep4)
  • Fuse Hiroshi
  • Suzuki Honoka
  • Tanaka Tetsushi
  • Yashiba Toshihiro
  • Abe Ryohei

Production Credits:

  • Screenwriter: Fukuda Yasushi
  • Producer: Sekiguchi Shizuo (関口静夫), Suzuki Shintaro (鈴木伸太郎), Hashimoto Hasumi (橋本芙美)
  • Director: Hasumi Eiichiro (羽住英一郎), Kobayashi Yoshinori, Usui Hirotsugu
  • Music: Sato Naoki

Limit of Love: Umizaru (2006)[edit]

The Last Message: Umizaru (2010)[edit]

Brave Hearts: Umizaru (2012)[edit]

Main article: Brave Hearts: Umizaru

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