Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan

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Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan
Hisone to Masotan First Visual.jpg
Main visual
ひそねとまそたん
(Hisone to Masotan)
Manga
Written byToshinao Aoki
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Dragon Age
Original runMarch 9, 2018 – present
Anime television series
Directed by
Produced byMasahiko Minami
Written byMari Okada
Music byTaisei Iwasaki
StudioBones
Licensed byNetflix
Original networkTokyo MX, BS Fuji, GBS
Original run April 13, 2018 June 29, 2018
Episodes12[1] (List of episodes)
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Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan (Japanese: ひそねとまそたん, Hepburn: Hisone to Masotan) is a Japanese anime television series created and animated by Bones.[2] It is directed by Hiroshi Kobayashi and written by Mari Okada, with Shinji Higuchi acting as executive director, Higuchi and Okada credited for the series' story concept, Toshinao Aoki responsible for the original character designs, Yoshiyuki Ito serving as the animation character designer and Taisei Iwasaki composing the music.[3][4] The anime project was revealed by the staff at the 2017 Tokyo Comic Con in December 2017.[5] It began airing on April 13, 2018. It was licensed by Netflix for domestic and international streaming, and released internationally on September 21, 2018.[6]

Pilot[edit]

Hisone Amakasu is a rookie in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, where she is situated at the Gifu air base. She decided to join the force to distance herself from people as, her whole life, she had found it difficult to interact with others due to her candid style of speaking and oftentimes hurtful words, despite that not being her intention. Hisone's decision leads to her life being changed when the concealed "OTF" – Organic Transformed Flyer, or dragon – inside the base chooses her to be his pilot, leading her to discover her destined role as a dragon pilot during their ascension in the skies together. According to legend, dragons are thought to possess a key to unlocking the future of the world.

Characters[edit]

Pilots[edit]

Hisone Amakasu (甘粕ひそね, Amakasu Hisone)
Voiced by: Misaki Kuno[7] (Japanese); Christine Marie Cabanos[8] (English)
A rookie at the JASDF Gifu Air Base who is chosen by Masotan to be his Dragon Pilot (D-Pilot). She has a habit of constantly speaking her mind without restriction, which makes her seem rude at times, even when she means well. She has a habit of belittling herself in front of others, since she was never close to anyone before and tries to accept things, rather than fight to change them. Her TAC name is "Hisone."
Nao Kaizaki (貝崎名緒, Kaizaki Nao)
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa[7] (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams[8] (English)
A cadet at the Gifu Air Base who was initially the only person in line to become a D-Pilot; however, Masotan refused to eat her or any other potential pilot for years. She has a strong fighting instinct and often tries provoke fights with those around. In the beginning, she greatly resents Hisone and tries to bully her, but gradually warms up to her. Her mother was a D-Pilot. She later becomes a spare D-Pilot, after a specific suit is developed that entices the dragon into eating the wearer, but the effects are limited. Her TAC name is "Sexy Jaguar"
Elle Hoshino (星野絵瑠, Hoshino Eru)
Voiced by: Maki Kawase[7] (Japanese); Katelyn Gault[8] (English)
A D-Pilot from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka. Ever since she was young, she had wanted to be the first female fighter pilot; however, a dragon chose her as a D-Pilot, preventing her from becoming an "actual pilot," causing her much anger and self-hatred. Initially, she refuses to see her dragon as anything but a tool and object, to the point where she forces it to remain in its fighter plane form at all times. She is cool and dignified, and is very good at both academics and sports. Her TAC name is "Penguin."
Lilikos Kinutsugai (絹番莉々子, Kinutsugai Ririko)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai[7] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher[8] (English)
A soft and subdued D-Pilot from Misawa Air Base in Aomori with severe shut-in tendencies. While she tends to always imagine the worst-case scenario for all situations and has many negative thoughts, she is also very competent and clever. Her TAC name is "Jimmy."
Mayumi Hitomi (日登美真弓, Hitomi Mayumi)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka[7] (Japanese); Xanthe Huynh[8] (English)
A big, mother-like D-Pilot from Iruma Air Base in Saitama Prefecture. She understands and cares deeply about the feelings of dragons. Her TAC name is "Morris."

Other characters[edit]

Sada Hinomoto (樋本貞, Hinomoto Sada)
Voiced by: Romi Park[7] (Japanese); Cindy Robinson[8] (English)
An elderly woman who frequently sells yogurt around the base. She is the last living D-Pilot from the previous Ritual and flew Masotan under the name of "Montparnasse", but quit the OTF squad after her beloved childhood friend Yae, the leading miko of the last Ritual, became Mitatsu's appeasement sacrifice.
Haruto Okonogi (小此木榛人, Okonogi Haruto)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[7] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook[8] (English)
A young member of Masotan's maintenance team, and Hisone's love interest. He is actually part of the Okonogi family, which is partially responsible for carrying out the Ritual every 74 years.
Yutaka Zaito (財投豊, Zaitō Yutaka)
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Tokumoto[7] (Japanese); Ben Pronsky[8] (English)
A somewhat perverted fighter pilot who has his sights set on Elle. However, underneath his exterior, he is competitive and good-natured.
Remi Kakiyasu (柿保令美, Kakiyasu Remi)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya[7] (Japanese); Carrie Keranen[8] (English)
Hisone's superior officer. She was once a D-Pilot candidate but was not accepted by Masotan, who instead chose her friend and colleague Moriyama, otherwise known as "Forest." In addition, the man she loved also fell for Moriyama and they got married. Since then, she has remained in the JASDF to train future D-Pilots.
Iboshi (飯干, Īboshi)
Voiced by: Yoshimitsu Shimoyama[7] (Japanese)
The government supervisor of the OTF squad. A slick, callous individual who is only interested in results and gives no consideration to the human factors within the project. His only weakness is his passion for sweets.
Hiroki Ikushima (幾嶋博己, Ikushima Hiroki)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[7] (Japanese)
A strange man, suave man in charge of designing the D-Pilot suits. Nao has a crush on him, although it appears he does not have an interest in anything apart from designing suits.
Hiroshi Sosoda (曽々田弘, Sosoda Hiroshi)
Voiced by: Jōji Nakata[7] (Japanese); Doug Stone[8] (English)
The commander of Gifu base's Air Development and Test Wing and Major General. In spite of his tough-looking appearance, he is quite easy going and loves animals, including dragons.
Natsume Misumi (三角棗, Misumi Natsume)
Voiced by: Riko Fukumoto[7] (Japanese); Erica Mendez[8] (English)
The leading miko for the series' Ritual, she is an old childhood friend of Haruto. She is romantically interested in him and therefore quite resentful toward Hisone.

Organic Transformed Flyers[edit]

The dragons used as OTFs by the JASDF are habitually dressed in transforming armor shaped like military planes to avoid drawing public attention. In order to be flown, the dragons swallow their pilots, who then steer them from within their stomachs via a naturally activated holographic display control system. To protect themselves from the dragons' digestive juices, each pilot is required to wear a special acid-resistant suit. In addition, a D-Pilot must reserve her feelings exclusively for her personal OTF; if she establishes a love relationship with someone else, the bond between them is broken (this event is commonly referred to as "anastomosis").

Masotan (まそたん, Masotan) / F-15J
Voiced by: Matsunojō Kanda[9] (Japanese)
The dragon that lives in the JASDF Gifu Base and who accepts Hisone as his pilot. Hisone initially calls him "Otofu," a play on the pronunciation of "OTF," until she discovers a plaque inside him with the characters for "Masotan" written on it. His previous pilot called him "Oscar." He has huge wings and a long tail, and is both honest and serious, but has a fear of strangers. He loves to eat minor metals, commonly used in flip phones, a favorite food of his.
Norma (ノーマ, Nōma) / F-2A
Elle's dragon. Initially, she refuses to give it a name beyond the technical description of its aircraft appearance. Later, she decides to name it "Norma," derived from the Japanese pronunciation of "F-2" 普通 fuutsuu which means "normal" in English. It has a sharp body and long tail, and appears frighteningly vicious at times.
Futomomo (フトモモ, Futomomo) / C-1
Mayumi's dragon and the largest of the four, he takes on the form of a large cargo transportation aircraft. He is easygoing and loves to eat. His name means "thighs" in Japanese.
Akemi (あけみ, Akemi) / E-2C
Lilico's dragon, which takes the form of a large propeller plane. It has a fear of others' eyes and thus always hides one eye with its disk-shaped head.
Mitatsu-sama (ミタツ様, Mitatsu-sama)
A gigantic, flying fish-like monster – classified as a "Giant Organic Transformed Flyer" – large enough to be mistaken for a small island or mountain when at rest. Mitatsu awakens once every 74 years to change its resting place, and the group of OTFs perform their duty to guide him to his next destination without leaving calamity in his wake. Additionally, a ritual performed by a group of miko is needed to safely put him to sleep.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The opening theme song titled "Shōjo wa Ano Sora wo Wataru" (少女はあの空を渡る, lit. "The Girl Crosses That Sky") is composed by Taisei Iwasaki and performed by Riko Fukumoto, featuring lyrics written by Mari Okada. The ending theme song titled "Le temps de la rentrée: Koi no Ieji (Shingakki)" (Le temps de la rentrée~恋の家路(新学期)~, lit. "The Time of the Return: Love's Road Home (New School Term)") is a cover of France Gall's "Le temps de la rentrée," arranged by Iwasaki and performed by D-Pai (D-Pilots, short for "dragon pilots"), a vocal unit comprising voice actresses Misaki Kuno, Tomoyo Kurosawa, Maki Kawase, Satomi Arai and Kaori Nazuka.[10]

No. English title[a]
Original Japanese title[11]
Original air date[12]
1"It is Insane"
"Shōki no satade wa nain desu" (正気の沙汰ではないんです)
April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
A young pilot named Hisone Amakasu has recently enlisted in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, stationed at Gifu Base. On the job, she encounters a hidden dragon inside a secret hangar, and her career suddenly finds itself taking a sharp turn.
2"I Name the Dragon Masotan"
"Doragon no namae wa Masotan ni shimasu" (ドラゴンの名前はまそたんにします)
April 20, 2018 (2018-04-20)
Hisone successfully flies the dragon and initially gives him the nickname "Otofu." Later, she makes a discovery and begins to call him "Masotan." Flight suit developer Hiroki Ikushima arrives on the base and asks her to review prototype pilot suits. Meanwhile, Hisone's coworker Nao Kaizaki grows tired of her antics.
3"Take Responsibility, Would You?"
"Sekinin totte kudasai yo" (責任とってくださいよ)
April 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
The Gifu Air Base is preparing for an annual aviation festival, although many are concerned with Hisone's lack of flying experience. Now promoted to technical sergeant, Hisone learns the story of the dragon's former pilot.
4"Those Guys Have Come Over to Gifu"
"Yatsura ga Gifu ni yattekita" (ヤツらが岐阜にやって来た)
May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04)
Three other dragon pilots arrive at Gifu base for a joint training exercise. As Hisone gets to know them better, she realizes that all the pilots have very different personalities from each other.
5"Who Likes to be Disliked?"
"Suki kononde kirawa retai hito nante imasu ka?" (スキ好んで嫌われたい人なんていますか?)
May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
The dragon pilots are sent to an uninhabited island to engage in a training in which they must work together to survive with limited supplies in a difficult environment and attempt to return to base. There, Hisone stumbles upon a mysterious structure, while pilot Elle Hoshino's insistence that she is a fighter pilot, not a dragon caretaker, upsets the others.
6"I Will Call Your Name"
"Kimi no namae o sakebu kara" (君の名前を叫ぶから)
May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)
Hisone, Lilico, and Mayumi attempt to survive a week on the island with their dragons, while Elle is determined to leave as soon as possible. Ele finally comes to terms with her situation, and the pilots successfully fly back to base.
7"Kingdom of Love"
"Koisuru ōkoku" (恋する王国)
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
The pilots start to build relationships with one another. Vice Minister Iiboshi arrives at the base and informs them that their training was in preparation for an important project known as the "Ritual." Afraid that romantic relationships may distract them, Iiboshi aims to assess each pilot's relationship potential. Hisone and maintenance worker Haruto Okonogi go see a movie together.
8"Limited Time Offer! Spicy Granny Flavour"
"Kikan gentei! Gekikara obāsan aji" (期間限定!激辛おばあさん味)
June 1, 2018 (2018-06-01)
Iiboshi reveals the true nature behind the dragon pilot program and the Ritual. Meanwhile, an elderly former pilot reveals her true identity and speaks to the pilots and flight crew. Miko, or shrine maidens, arrive at the base.
9"Eeeeeeeeeek!"
"Gyaaaa!!" (ギャーーー!!)
June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
As the date approaches, the pilots perform a simulation Ritual to test their endurance. Haruto's family history is revealed, and Natsume, one of the miko, questions Hisone's relationship with Haruto. Iiboshi and the elderly ex-pilot Sada Hinomoto begin to worry about what they call "anastomosis".
10"Melty Love"
"Suki ni nattara toro ke chau" (好きになったらトロけちゃう)
June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
A ceremony is conducted to determine which maiden will lead the Ritual. Anastomosis is preventing Hisone and Elle from piloting their dragons, and Nao notices Hisone's struggles. Fighter pilot Zaito, who has romantic feelings for Elle, is asked to make a difficult decision for the sake of her career.
11"Montparnasse Sky and Scum Girl"
"Monparunasu no sora to kuzu onna" (モンパルナスの空とクズ女)
June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
Hisone reverses her decision to quit the JASDF and reunites with Masotan and her fellow pilots to complete the Ritual. However, as it nears its climax, Hinomoto reveals that the rite alone is not sufficient to becalm Mitatsu, entailing an even heavier price.
12"Invincible Us"
"Muteki no watashi-tachi" (無敵の私たち)
June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Unwilling to permit a human sacrifice, Hisone disrupts the Ritual; but will she be able to prevent the loss of one human life, save Japan from destruction, and conciliate her feelings for both Masotan and Haruto all at the same time?

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by original character designer Toshinao Aoki began serialization on March 9, 2018 in the April 2018 issue of the Monthly Dragon Age magazine published by Fujimi Shobo.[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from the anime's official website.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Shin Godzilla's Shinji Higuchi, Anohana's Mari Okada, BONES Make Modern Dragon TV Anime Hisone to Masotan". Anime News Network. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Chapman, Paul (December 3, 2017). "Dragons Take Flight in "Hisone and Masotan" TV Anime". Crunchyroll. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Hisone to Masotan Original 2018 Anime Reveals New Illustration". Anime News Network. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "樋口総監督&青木俊直 先行解説インタビュー動画 放送時期解禁!!!". hisomaso.com (in Japanese). February 7, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "NETFLIX 国内独占配信決定!!!!". hisomaso.com (in Japanese). April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Dragon Pilot English Dub Credits". Imgur. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  9. ^ "Hisone to Misotan Anime Reveals New Cast Member, Theme Song Artists, New Visual". Anime News Network. March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hisone to Misotan Anime's 2nd Video Features Riko Fukutomo Song With Mari Okada Lyrics". Anime News Network. March 22, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "TVアニメ『ひそねとまそたん』公式サイト". hisomaso.com (in Japanese). Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "ひそねとまそたん - アニメ - TOKYO MX" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "BONES' Hisone to Masotan TV Anime Gets Manga in March". Anime News Network. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.

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