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Cyber Team in Akihabara
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North American DVD cover
アキハバラ電脳組
(Akihabara Dennō Gumi)
Genre Action, Comedy, Romance, Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio Ashi Productions
Gansis
Licensed by
ADV Films (2004-2009)
Original network TBS (1998)
English network
Original run April 4, 1998September 26, 1998
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Manga
Cyber Team in Akihabara: PataPi!
Written by Tsukasa Kotobuki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Nakayoshi
Published August 1998
Game
Cyber Team in Akihabara: PataPies!
Developer Westone
Publisher Sega
Genre Adventure
Platform Dreamcast
Released July 29, 1999
Anime film
Cyber Team in Akihabara: Summer Vacation of 2011
Directed by Hiroaki Sakurai
Written by Katsumi Hasegawa
Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune
Studio Production I.G
Xebec
Released August 14, 1999
Runtime 60 minutes
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Cyber Team in Akihabara (アキハバラ電脳組, Akihabara Dennō Gumi?) is a 1998 science fiction anime series created by Tsukasa Kotobuki and Satoru Akahori. The television series aired from April 4, 1998 to September 26, 1998 on TBS and ran for 26 episodes. It was released in the United States by ADV Films. It was also broadcast on international networks such as Anime Network (United States), AXN Asia (Singapore, Philippines and Thailand), Locomotion (Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain and Brazil). A 1-hour featured animation film of the series was subsequently released in Japan entitled Cyber Team in Akihabara: Summer Vacation of 2011 (アキハバラ電脳組 2011年の夏休み, Akihabara Dennō Gumi: Nisenjūichinen no Natsu Yasumi?); unlike the series the film was produced by Production I.G and Xebec. The show has an array of characters, many of whom are named after birds, gods, and real-myth villains.

Story[edit]

The protagonist of this anime is twelve-year-old junior high school student Hibari Hanakoganei living in Akihabara, a suburb of Tokyo in the year 2010. The current craze among young girls in Akihabara and probably all of Japan are electronic pets called "Pata-Pi." Simply buy one, upgrade it with pre-set or custom parts, and show it off to friends and relatives! Hibari, however, seems to be the only girl in town who doesn't have one and can only admire the PataPi owned by her best friend, Suzume, whom she has named Francesca and flamboyantly brags that he is "the best PataPi in the world!"

Late one evening, as Hibari is walking home, she sees a hill upon which a person is standing beside a tree at the peak and recognizes it as 'her Prince' (Crane) who has been appearing to her in her dreams. She runs towards him and he mysteriously vanishes. Suddenly a glowing sphere descends from the sky and lands on her palms. It materializes into a PataPi. She hugs it with all her heart. The adventure of Hibari and Densuke the PataPi begins.

Unbeknownst to Hibari is that she is under the watchful eye of a certain shadowy character and is ambushed when she walks home from school. Attacked by strange creatures called Homunculus and confronted by a (rather grotesquely endowed) masked woman (Jun), Hibari realizes that they are after Densuke and strives to protect him. When all else fails, Jun calls out a more powerful creature called Cerberus to attack Hibari and take Densuke from her. Out of extreme love for Densuke, Hibari cries out and an intense beam of light descends from the sky onto Densuke. Densuke vanishes and transformed into a woman in a black body suit to which various mecha componenents materialize and bond to her. Densuke has become the Diva (Aphrodite), who looks remarkably like Hibari. Aphrodite soundly defeats Cerberus while Jun runs away in defeated frustration. Unknown to Hibari, a masked man in black (Takashi a.k.a. Shooting Star) stands at the top of a building, observing every moment of what happened. Shortly thereafter Aphrodite vanishes, Densuke re-appears and falls to the ground as Hibari quickly scoops him up.


The next few episodes focus on unlocking the Diva within the other PataPies, notably Suzume's Francesca and Tsugumi's Tetsuro, with some subtle intervention by Takashi. It also shows how the three girls get along (with disagreements sometimes) and form the Cyber Team in Akihabara, aimed at stopping masked women and their Homunculus from terrorising the city of Akihabara. It should also be noted that along with Aphrodite, each of the other Divas bears a striking resemblance to its respective owner.

As the series carries on, a bit more of the plot is revealed (with the principal Washuu commenting on hazy stuff at the end of every episode). In subsequent episodes we are introduced to Kamome and Tsubame (who start off as an unknown enemy to the four girls until she is cured of her evil finally helps them). It is also revealed that Washuu is the founder of a Celtic organization called Rosenkreuz (Rose Cross in German) and he himself is Christian Rosenkreuz, hiding under the name of Washuu Ryuugasaki to carry out his agenda. He once worked for the famous alchemist Paracelsus and collaborated with a French man, Cigogne Raspailles, and a young American man, Crane Banschteig to invent a device that can grant immortality (Divas). However, due to their secrecy, none of their inventions is revealed to the world. After Crane discovers that inventions made by the world lead to World Wars and the implications of Divas falling into the hands of warmongers, he finally ran off to space in his invented space rocket, together with all the plans on the immortality project.

Later on, it is revealed that the transformation of PataPies into Divas is not one-sided. The owner of the PataPi can fuse with the Diva to form a complete Diva. This is only possible for those who are the chosen Anima Mundi and possess a pure and undefiled heart. Towards the end of the series, only Hibari and Tsubame fuse with their Divas; Hibari beginning in episode 19 and Tsubame in beginning in episode 21. In the movie, all five of the girls fuse with their divas just prior to the film's climax in the Primum Mobile space fortress. The fact that Takashi is a clone of Crane, and used by Washu like a puppet to awaken the sleeping Divas in space (kept in Crane's space fortress the Primum Mobile), causes Takashi to rebel and find his identity in the world, with the three women Jun, Miyama and Hatoko joining him.

Also towards the end of the series, Kamome's grandfather, Shimabukuro Sengakuji, reveals everything he knows about Rosenkreuz (he was once a member), the concept of Divas, which are artificial forms powered by neutrinos, and the principal Washu who is the mastermind behind the events. Soon after, Washu discards his pseudo-identity, reverting to the original Christian Rosenkreuz, and changes the school into a large altar to welcome the descent of the Primum Mobile. He finds out that Crane was the one controlling the events that happened and dies soon after of old age. Then Crane issues an ultimatum to Japan that he seeks the Anima Mundi and will threaten to destroy the country and the world if it is not met. Finally, at the end, the girls rebel and the Divas sacrifice themselves in place of the girls.

In a curious epilogue at the end of the series, it appears that Takashi survived. He is seen at the end of a speeding train with a small girl who looks exactly like Tsubame. She even has a Pata Pi that looks exacly like Petite Ange. He cradles the child in his arms and says, "Come now, my Anima Mundi, we have work to do."

Cast and characters[edit]

Hibari Hanakoganei (花小金井 ひばり, Hanakoganei Hibari?)
Voiced by: Ryōka Shima (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
main character of the anime, she is a typical girl who is not good in academics, but has a pure and trusting heart. Her Pata-Pi is Densuke (デンスケ), a simplistic winged one whose only word is "Pee!"; it transforms into the Diva Aphrodite. Hibari's name means skylark and her surname is probably derived from the name of the Hanakoganei station in Tokyo. Her younger brother died during childbirth and his name was supposed to be Densuke, hence her great affection for her PataPi.
Suzume Sakurajosui (桜女水 すずめ, Sakurajosui Suzume?)
Voiced by: Kozue Yoshizumi (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)
Hibari's classmate who is her best friend. She is intelligent, mature, and even comes from a wealthy family. She's quite vain and stuck up and gets jealous of other girls with bigger breasts than hers, like Kamome. Her PataPi is Francesca (フランチェスカ Furanchesuka), one which is an equally intelligent multitasker whom Suzume improves to be "the best"; it transforms into the Diva Hestia. She has three elder sisters Suzumi, Suzuna and Suzuri. Suzume's name literally means sparrow.
Tsugumi Higashijujo (東十条 つぐみ, Higashijūjō Tsugumi?)
Voiced by: Yū Asakawa (Japanese); Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
a girl who always fights and argues with Suzume a lot. She has an aggressive attitude, as she has a mixed martial arts and professional wrestling background. But she aspires to be a singing star, just like her idol, Hatoko Daikan'yama. Her Pata-Pi is Tetsuro (テツロー Tetsurō) or Tetsu for short, an equally aggressive one who has built-in microphones, whenever she has the urge to sing, and a camera; it transforms into the Diva Athena. Tsugumi's name literally means thrush.
Kamome Sengakuji (泉岳寺 かもめ, Sengakuji Kamome?)
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese); Allison Keith (English)
a girl from Osaka who aspires for money and would do anything for it. She likes to pad her bra to look busty, and wears inflatable bras. Her Pata-Pi is Billiken (ビリケン Biriken), one which is basically a futuristic version of a piggy bank and counting machine; it transforms into the Diva Amphitrite. She lives with her mother and stepfather in Osaka after her biological father died. In the movie, Kamome's role is significantly reduced. Kamome's name literally means sea gull.
Tsubame Otori (大鳥居 つばめ, Ōtorii Tsubame?)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)
a mostly stoic girl with a very distorted view on friendship and no concept of family. Brought up by Cigogne as a special catalyst for the return of the Primum Mobile, she is isolated from society all this while. Hibari befriends her and will eventually break Tsubame's apparent evilness at the end of episode 20. The closing of episode 20 shows that Tsubame is adopted by Hibari's parents as the credits roll over artwork depicting Hinako (Hibri's Mother) in bed caressing Hibari on one side and Tsubame on the other. Her Pata-Pi is Petit-Ange (プティアンジュ Puti-Anju also French for "Little Angel), one which is basically dumb; it transforms into the Diva Erinnus. Tsubame's name literally means swallow.
Shimabukuro Sengakuji (泉岳寺 シマ福郎, Sengakuji Shimabukurō?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)
Kamome's grandfather. Kamome generally learns anything about Pata-Pis from him as he was once a part of Rosenkreuz's secret scientists' society. He is a perverted voyer with a penchant for peeking up girls' skirts and in one episode, attempting to spy on them in the beach changing room. Nonetheless he vigilantly watches out for the girls from afar and genuinely seeks to protect them.
Uzura Kitaurawa (北浦和 うずら, Kitaurawa Uzura?)
Voiced by: Chinami Nishimura (Japanese); Cynthia Martinez (English)
a lesbian who admires fellow girls for various reasons. She is madly in love with Hibari for her "slender body." She later falls for Kamome due to her "bust size"(or lack thereof). She has a Pata-Pi named Enoken (エノケン), a dog-like one which can only grow its ears. Uzura's name literally means quail. In the Movie Uzura is featured more prominently.
Jun Goutokuji (豪徳寺じゅん, Gōtokuji Jun?)
Voiced by: Chieko Honda (Japanese); Christine Auten (English)
an office lady. She passionately longs for the so-called "Black Prince Shooting Star" and goes out to steal the specially designed PataPis to please him. She calls herself Blood Falcon when in battle. Cerberus is Jun's personal Avatar and her apostolus is Astaroth.
Miyama Soshigaya (祖師谷 みやま, Soshigaya Miyama?)
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (Japanese); Jessica Boone (English)
a bookish geeky student. She passionately longs for the so-called "Black Prince Shooting Star" and goes out to steal the specially designed PataPis to please him. She calls herself Death Crow when in battle. Skeleton is Miyama's personal Avatar and her apostolus is Asmodeus.
Hatoko Daikanyama (代官山 はとこ, Daikanyama Hatoko?)
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
a marginally talented singing idol. She passionately longs for the so-called "Black Prince Shooting Star" and goes out to steal the specially designed PataPis to please him. She calls herself Dark Pigeon when in battle. Cockatrice is Hatoko's personal Avatar and her apostolus is Beelzebub.
Crane Bahnsteik (クレイン・バーンシュタイク, Kurein Bānshutaiku?), also known as The White Prince
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
the mysterious youth who gives Densuke to Hibari. In reality, he is a scientist who thinks ahead of his own time and even defies age (he was born in 1884). He conceptualized and invented the airplane and the rocket ship as a means of space travel even before they were invented in our reality. He once allied himself with Rosenkreuz's secret society and even created a computer with him called Metatron to contact the Anima Mundi. But he broke away when he found out that Rosenkreuz wanted to use Metatron for his own purposes. He currently resides with Metatron inside Primum Mobile, a satellite that has been orbiting Earth even before Sputnik I, living in suspended animation and sending "messages" to people through their dreams.
Washu Ryugasaki (竜ヶ崎 鷲羽, Ryūgasaki Washū?)
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese); John Gremillion (English)
the shady and mysterious principal who seems to watch over the girls and their Pata-Pis and knows everything about them. Later on, he reveals himself as Christian Rosenkreuz. Wasshu's name literally means eagle.
Takashi Ryugasaki - Lord Shooting Star
Takashi Ryugasaki (竜ヶ崎 鷹士, Ryūgasaki Takashi?), also known as The Black Prince and Shooting Star
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)
Washu's "son" who turns out to be a clone of Crane. He has a resemblance to him and is admired by Jun, Miyama, and Hatoko to the point that he manipulates their emotions. Jun has a crush on him. Cyclops is Takashi's personal Avatar and his Apostolus is Lucifer. Takashi's name literally means hawk.
Cigogne Raspailles (シゴーニュ・ラスパイユ, Shigōnyu Rasupaiyu?)
Voiced by: (Japanese); John Kaiser (English)
an old acquaintance of Rosenkreuz who also knows anything about the Anima Mundi. He acts as Tsubame's "father" who brings her to Tokyo. He was known as Count Saint Germain back in the 17th century when he was serving in the French Royal Palace.
Hisho (秘書, Hisho?)
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)
the secretary to Washu Ryuugasaki. She is fanatically loyal to him and would die for him. She gets the chance to fight the girls by donning a Diva suit made by Washu and commands the Diva army.

PataPi[edit]

Cute cybernetic toys that are a hit in Japan among schoolgirls, PataPies are miniature robots that can be upgraded by purchasing better components and equipping it with special devices, like the Kame Hame Maki that can tell fortunes from horoscopes. Developed and propagated by Washu, the sole purpose of PataPies is to stimulate brain waves in girls so that they can synchronise with the Divas in the Primum Mobile, but the creator of the PataPi is Crane himself. Six PataPies are featured in the series:

Densuke
Voiced by: Megumi Shintani (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
A PataPi that is given to Hibari by Crane himself, Densuke (nicknamed Denny) is a very ordinary PataPi whose sole purpose is to learn new things and entertain his companion. Actually, Densuke is more sensitive than the other PataPies, being able to detect Erinyes' descent and other things, making it a special PataPi. Densuke can also fly, but not for long.
Francesca
Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)
Full name being Francesca Leopard Classic Renoir Sanhasha the Third Junior (though nicknamed Franny), Francesca is Suzume's favourite PataPi that is equipped with all the latest components available in the market. The remarkable components include a missile turret on the back that can shoot out a flurry of mini-missiles that actually explode on impact! Francesca also has a parachute and a built-in calculator.
Tetsuro
Voiced by: Motoko Kumai (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Tetsuro (nicknamed Tetsu) is Tsugumi's martial arts PataPi. He is a powerful PataPi with considerable strength and agility. Well-versed in punches and kicks (probably picked up during Tsugumi's martial arts lessons in her dojo), Tetsurō is the bodyguard of the PataPi Five. It also has built-in dual microphones and Tsugumi uses them when she starts singing songs of her idol Hatoko.
Billiken
Voiced by: Wasabi Mizuta (Japanese); Allison Keith (English)
Named after the goddess of fortune in Osaka, Billiken is an electronic piggy bank and calculator, mainly for finance. Kamome raised Billiken up such that she inherited her stingy and calculative personality. Billiken is a good salesperson, being able to sell takoyaki proficiently in the movie.
Petit-Ange
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)
Meaning Little Angel, Petit-Ange is an exotic PataPi that is purple in colour and has two wings. As Tsubame's playmate and companion, Petit-Ange is fanatically loyal to her and would protect her in times of danger. Petit-Ange can be a very cute PataPi when she starts sucking heads, or a very violent PataPi, like in episode 13 when she performed an uppercut on the PataPi Kero with her wing.
Enoken
Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese); Cynthia Martinez (English)
Enoken is Uzura's PataPi, who looks like a dog with two long flabby ears that can extend to form even longer ears like a rabbit. The scary thing about Enoken is that he appears in weird and unlikely situations and whenever there's Enoken, Uzura may be hiding somewhere nearby. Enoken massages people with his ears. Enoken is named after the famous Japanese comedian Kenichi Enomoto; Enoken was actually his stage name.

Songs[edit]

Opening
Birth
Lyricist: Masami Okui / Composer: Masami Okui and Toshirō Yabuki / Arranger: Toshirō Yabuki / Singer: Masami Okui
Ending
Flower of Sun (太陽の花, Taiyō no Hana?)
Lyricist: Masami Okui / Composer: Masami Okui / Arranger: Toshirō Yabuki / Singer: Masami Okui
Episodes: 1-19, 21-25
Cynthia - People Who Love (シンシア・愛する人, Shinshia - Ai Suru Hito?)
Lyricist: Ritsuko Okazaki / Composer: Ritsuko Okazaki / Arranger: Shinkichi Mitsumune / Singer: Ritsuko Okazaki
Episodes: 20
Insert
Red (, Aka?)
Lyricist: Masami Okui / Composer: Masami Okui / Arranger: Toshirō Yabuki / Singer: Masami Okui
Episodes: 12, 21
Lets Love, Lets Stick (恋しましょ、 ねばりましょ, Koi Shimasho, Nebari Masho?)
Lyricist: Masami Okui / Composer: Masami Okui / Arranger: Toshirō Yabuki / Singer: Yumi Kakazu
Cynthia - People Who Love (シンシア・愛する人, Shinshia - Ai Suru Hito?)
Lyricist: Ritsuko Okazaki / Composer: Ritsuko Okazaki / Arranger: Shinkichi Mitsumune / Singer: Ritsuko Okazaki
Episodes: 11
Baby Maybe Love
Lyricist: Yuki Matsura / Composer: Yuki Matsura / Arranger: Yuki Matsura / Singer: Ryōka Shima, Kozue Yoshizumi and Yū Asakawa
Episodes: 16
We Salute You
Lyricist: Mamie D.Lee / Composer: Shinkichi Mitsumune / Arranger: Shinkichi Mitsumune / Singer: Yurie Kokubo
Episodes: 18

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Diva"
"Dīvua" (ディーヴァ) 
April 4, 1998
2 "Black Meteor"
"Kuroi Ryūsei" (黒い流星) 
April 11, 1998
3 "Homonculus"
"Homunkurusu" (ホムンクルス) 
April 18, 1998
4 "Death Crow"
"Desu Kurō" (デスクロウ) 
April 25, 1998
5 "Cockatrice"
"Kokatorisu" (コカトリス) 
May 2, 1998
6 "White Prince"
"Shiroi Ōji" (白い王子) 
May 9, 1998
7 "Billiken"
"Biriken" (ビリケン) 
May 16, 1998
8 "Five Person Eye..."
"Go Hito Me..." (五人目…) 
May 23, 1998
9 "Hotspring"
"Onsen" (温泉) 
May 30, 1998
10 "Showdown Akihabara"
"Kessen Akihabara" (決戦アキハバラ) 
June 6, 1998
11 "Red Shoe"
"Akai Kutsu" (赤い靴) 
June 13, 1998
12 "Black Diva"
"Kuroi Dīvua" (黒いディーヴァ) 
June 20, 1998
13 "Tsubame"
"Tsubame" (つばめ) 
June 27, 1998
14 "Day of Light Goes by"
"Sari ni Shi Hibi no Hikari" (去りにし日々の光) 
July 4, 1998
15 "Castle of Sand"
"Suna no Shiro" (砂の城) 
July 11, 1998
16 "Anima Mundi"
"Anima Mundi" (アニマ・ムンディ) 
July 18, 1998
17 "Newborn"
"Shinsei" (新生) 
July 25, 1998
18 "Abyss"
"Naraku" (奈落) 
August 1, 1998
19 "Mask"
"Kamen" (仮面) 
August 8, 1998
20 "Wing Opening Time"
"Hane Hiraku Toki" (羽ひらくとき) 
August 15, 1998
21 "Summon"
"Shōkan" (召還) 
August 22, 1998
22 "Vision Once Now"
"Ima Hitotabi no Maboroshi" (今ひとたびの幻) 
August 29, 1998
23 "Altar City"
"Saidan Toshi" (祭壇都市) 
September 5, 1998
24 "Lost Paradise"
"Shitsu Rakuen" (失楽園) 
September 12, 1998
25 "Departure"
"Tabidachi" (旅立ち) 
September 19, 1998
26 "BIRTH"   September 26, 1998

Reception[edit]

THEM anime gave the series three stars out of five.[1] Carlo Santos of Anime News Network gaves the first ADV Films DVD volume a D for the original voice acting and art, an F for the English dub voice acting, animation and story and a C- for the music.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THEM Anime Reviews 4.0 - Cyberteam in Akihabara". THEM Anime. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Cyber Team in Akihabara DVD 1 - Review". Anime News Network. 2005-03-23. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Anime Ganbare Goemon
(10/4/1997 - 3/28/1998)
TBS Saturday 17:00 Timeframe
Cyber Team in Akihabara
(April 4, 1998 - September 26, 1998)
Succeeded by
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
(10/3/1998 - 3/27/1999)