Opening title's logo from episode one
|Genre||Drama, Mecha, Dystopian|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Jun Kawagoe|
|Original run||July 26, 2006 – October 25, 2006|
Innocent Venus (Japanese: イノセント・ヴィーナス Hepburn: Inosento Vīnasu?) is a post-apocalyptic science fiction anime TV series which began broadcasting on the WOWOW network in Japan on July 26, 2006 at midnight. The series makes use of some 3D cel-shaded animation, which achieves a more "hand drawn" look than traditional 3D animation. At Anime Boston 2007, ADV Films had announced they licensed for the show (for $120,000). On July 11, 2008 ADV Announced that it was discontinuing print of the DVDs.
In the near future, after the world population and economy is devastated by a series of simultaneous hypercanes,[a] many different factions and fledgling nations appear. In Japan, an elite class called Logos[b] appears, controlling special zones in the country which have most of the wealth and resources. These special zones were created with the help of Power Assist Technology,[c] which allowed Japan to recover from the consequences of the worldwide disaster (which included a combination of land subsidence & rising sea levels resulting in the permanent submerging of low lying areas and a subsequent ice age in much of the Northern hemisphere), albeit to a strictly limited degree. The Logos exercise control over the Revenus,[d][e] a lower class who mostly live in devastated & often poverty stricken zones (urban or in close proximity) and areas (rural) known as Levinas[f] (e.g. Levinas Sector Six, Area 18) and who struggle from day to day in order to stay alive. The Revenus are generally restricted[g] from entering the special zones, causing tension which creates a resistance movement which fights back against the Logos.
The story proper is mainly set in 2035AD. Jō and Jin defect from Phantom, an elite military special operations group which is used to help control the Revenus. When they escape, they take a young girl named Sana with them. The series follows them as they work to avoid being caught by Phantom and the regular military forces[j][k] of the Logos. However, there are more to things than meet the eye.
|Characters||Voice actor (Japanese)||Voice actor (English)|
|Sana Nobuto||Kaori Nazuka||Jessica Boone|
|Jō Katsuragi||Kenji Nojima||Chris Patton|
|Jin Tsurasawa||Takahiro Sakurai||Vic Mignogna|
|Toraji Shiba||Hideo Ishikawa||Illich Guardiola|
|Gora||Naoki Yanagi||Greg Ayres|
|Maximus Drake||Tōru Ōkawa||John Swasey|
|Renī Vikuro||Megumi Toyoguchi||Monica Rial|
|Steve||Kenta Miyake||John Gremillion|
|Qing Lang||Jun Fukuyama||Nomed Kaerf|
|Kyōshirō||Shintarō Ōhata||Josh Grelle|
|Riki||Riichi Nishimoto||Christopher Ayres|
|Ep#||Title||Original air date|
- Director: Jun Kawagoe
- Series Organization: Shinsuke Ōnishi
- Original Character Design: Shō Kōya
- Character Design: Hideki Nagamachi
- Mechanical Design: Hiroshi Ogawa
- Art Design: Jirō Kōno, Minoru Yasuhara
- Art Director: Katsuhiro Haji
- Color Design: Kōchi Usui
- Cinematography Director: Megumi Saitō
- 3D Director: Yūichi Gotō
- Editor: Masaki Sakamoto
- Audio Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
- Sound Effects: Yasumasa Koyama
- Sound Production: Half H•P Studio
- Music: Tomohisa Ishikawa
- Music Production: Lantis
- Animation Production: Brains Base
- Produced by Bandai Visual
- Opening Theme
Noble Roar by Yōsei Teikoku
- Ending Theme
Brand New Reason by Fleet
- Which occurred in 2010, in the Innocent Venus timeline.
- Originally, Logos was the name given to the system of special recovery zones. Over time, it also came to refer to those fortunate enough to be permanent residents of these zones.
- In other words Powered exoskeletons developed for both civil and military purposes.
- The origin of this term for the underclass is less clear, though it may refer to the fact that the Revenus acts as a cheap source of labor and certain other resources for the Logos (in French, the word Revenus can mean 'income', or alternatively 'return on investment'. It can also directly refer to a government's income, monetary or otherwise, from taxes and other levies. The most common meaning of the term in modern French is 'Finance' though this is clearly not the case here). See also the derived English word revenue.
- Note that in some versions of the English subtitles, Revenus is misspelled as 'Revinus'.
- Such routine law enforcement as exists in the Levinas (as opposed to riot control and suppression operations which are generally carried out by the JDF [or occasionally Phantom in the case of the latter]) is conducted by the Levinas Police, seemingly originally formed from the remnants of the old pre-disaster regional police forces. The police in the Levinas are overstretched and under resourced, a situation which is made worse by the fact they are disliked by the Revenus for being 'dogs of the Logos', despite the fact that they are in much the same boat as the rest of the residents of the Levinas, albeit with a bit more certainty about where their next meal is coming from.
- Except for a lucky few who have permits to work in the special zones, usually in low wage positions such as being servants for Logos families.
- For example, the Director General (of the Logos, and therefore post-disaster Japan in general, with the exception of the breakaway Satsuma Territory), who nominally heads up what was originally an emergency government put in place during the aftermath of the disaster, can be said be a modern day Shogun. The fate of the pre-disaster Imperial Family is not made clear, though it's possible that they are kept in seclusion, much as the Emperor and his family was during the Tokugawa Shogunate.
- Yet another example are the Logos zones, which can be said to equivalent in at least some respects to the Han (Domain) system of the Edo period.
- Directly descended from the pre-disaster JSDF (right down to some of their older equipment, such as the Fuji AH-1S) but now formally known as the Japan Defense Forces. An alternate name is 'National Defense Forces'. They do not have the legal and political restrictions that the old Jieitai labored under, such as Article 9. This is partly because of the total collapse of the old political order including the constitution in the chaos following 2010 and partly due to an attempted full-scale invasion of Japan during the late 2020s by an alliance of hostile states calling itself the Asian Union, with the primary beachhead located at Kyushu. The JDF, using Heavy Warriors (effectively walking medium tanks) & main battle tanks supported by Light Warriors (soldiers in powered armor) and conventional infantry backed up in turn by other advanced technology such as high altitude aerostats, along with the intervention of Phantom and it's Gladiator mechs at a pivotal point, were able to eventually decisively repel the invasion. (The air and sea power of the two sides having apparently mostly cancelled each other out by the closing stages of the campaign.)
- Incidentally, it is implied in later episodes of the anime that some elements of the JDF including naval units had mutinied and joined Satsuma when it broke away from the rest of Japan around the late 2020s in the aftermath of the war with the Asian Union, once it had become clear how the Logos system had degenerated from what had been originally intended i.e. as a basis for the preservation & ultimate recovery of Japan.
- "Anime Boston 2007: ADV Licenses Innocent Venus". Anime News Network. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- Anime News Netowork (2008-07-11). "ADV, Tokyopop Discontinue DVD Print Titles". Retrieved 2008-07-11.