Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn

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Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn
Pandora in the Crimson Shell - Ghost Urn, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume.
(Kōkaku no Pandora)
GenreComedy, science fiction, cyberpunk[1][2]
Written byMasamune Shirow
Illustrated byKōshi Rikudō
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineNewtype Ace
(October 2012 – July 2013)
Niconico Ace
(September 2013 – present)
Original run10 October 2012 – present
Volumes12 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Directed byMunenori Nawa
Written byTatsuya Takahashi
StudioStudio Gokumi
Released5 December 2015
Anime television series
Directed byMunenori Nawa
Written byTatsuya Takahashi
StudioStudio Gokumi
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS, BS11, TV Saitama, Chiba TV, tvk, Sun TV, GTV, MTV, TVQ,
Original run 8 January 2016 25 March 2016
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn (Japanese: 紅殻のパンドラ, Hepburn: Kōkaku no Pandora) is a Japanese manga based on a concept by Masamune Shirow and illustrated by Kōshi Rikudō. The manga began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype Ace magazine from October 2012, later moving to the Niconico Ace web publication, and is licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. An anime adaptation has been produced by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ. It was first released as a film in theaters in December 2015. It aired as a television series between 8 January and 25 March 2016.


Nene Nanakorobi, a full-body cyborg girl, arrives on the artificial Cenancle Island, where she meets the inventor Uzal Delilah and her cyborg pet Clarion. When terrorists attack Cenancle Island, Nene is given the ability to utilize the Pandora Device included in Clarion's body, allowing her to utilise various abilities. Together, Nene and Clarion use their abilities to battle the terrorists and help bring about world peace.[3][4]


Nene Nanakorobi (七転 福音, Nanakorobi Nene)
Voiced by: Sanae Fuku (Japanese); Megan Shipman (English)[3][5]
A full-bodied cyborg girl whose entire body is mechanical. She comes to Cenancle to live with her aunt and soon comes across Uzal and Clarion. Before she was a cyborg, Nene was a normal, young human girl who suddenly came down with an incurable sickness, and the only way to save her was to become the world's first full-body cyborg. By placing her fingers inside Clarion's body, she is able to use the Pandora Device, which allows her to master any skill for a short period of time, ranging from wielding firearms to cookery. She is also able to transfer her brain between different artificial bodies.[6][3][4]
Clarion (クラリオン, Kurarion)
Voiced by: Manami Numakura (Japanese); Lara Woodhull (English)[3][5]
Uzal's companion, who is a combat android, disguising as a full-body cyborg. Her body holds the Pandora Device, which temporarily grants Nene enhanced abilities. She is a skilled fighter who often finds herself at the mercy of Nene's admiration and hates having her cat-like ears touched.[3]
Uzal Delilah (ウザル・デリラ, Uzaru Derira)
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)[3][5]
A wealthy inventor who manipulates Nene into working with Clarion to solve the mystery behind the attack. She also goes by the name Sahar Schehera (サハル・セヘラ, Saharu Sehera).[3][4]
Takumi Korobase (崑崙八仙 拓美, Korobase Takumi)
Voiced by: Marie Miyake (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)[7]
Nene's aunt who lives on Cenancle Island and is close friends with Uzal. Takumi is usually overwhelmed with social anxiety and has to hide behind her Gertsecommas whenever somebody sees her face-to-face. She does all her work in cyberspace and never leaves her mansion. The fact that her company produces Gertsecommas which were invented by Uzals company as well as her four-colored hairpin hint that her relationship with Uzal is somewhat like that of Bill Gates with Steve Jobs.
BUER (Base of Unearthed Resources) (ブエル (中枢制御装置), Bueru (Chūsū Seigyo Sōchi))
Voiced by: Junpei Morita (Japanese); Sonny Strait (English)[3][5]
A giant boring robot owned by Uzal's company that possesses a giant laser. While its main body resembles a giant eyeball, its Central Nervous Unit, which detaches itself after the main body is shut down, takes the form a gentlemanly but perverted lion-esque creature with five legs. He tends to be injured by Clarion when acting perverted, or locked in a safe-box to stop Takumi from disassembling and analyzing him, but the darkness traumatizes him.
Vlind** * (ブリ○○・○ー○○○, Buri** ****)
Voiced by: Satsumi Matsuda (Japanese); Alex Moore (English)[3]
A television reporter who always get interrupted before she can state her name.
Bunny (バニー, Banī)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)[3][5]
A leader of a group of cosplaying rebels against Uzal. She dresses up as a bunny girl.
Robert Altman (ロバート・アルトマン, Robāto Arutoman)
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)[7]
A captain of the Cenacle Island military. He's a very kind man who likes helping people.
Ian Kurtz (イアン・クルツ, Ian Kurutsu)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)[7]
A mysterious man obsessed with the passing of time, who secretly starts unearthing the BUER main body.
Amy Gilliam (エイミー・ギリアム, Eimī Giriamu)
Voiced by: Maria Naganawa (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)[7]
A girl with a prosthetic leg that befriends BUER, and later Nene and Clarion.
Anna (アンナ, An'na)
Voiced by: Yorie Terauchi (Japanese); Juli Erickson (English)
An old woman with a prosthetic arm and heart who is saved by Nene and Clarion during a network outage.
Proserpina (プロセルピナ, Puroserupina)
Voiced by: Minami Tsuda (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)
Dr. Toto
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki
Nurse Samantha (ナース・サマンサ, Nāsu Samansa)
Voiced by: Yuko Tachibana (Japanese); Marissa Lenti (English)
Janus North (ジェイナス・ノース, Jeinasu Nōsu)
Voiced by: Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)
The chairman of the government of Cenacle Island. He along with his secretary were rescued by Nene and Clarion when the island's main department store was attacked. It is implied that he takes bribes and is extremely egocentric.



The manga, written and illustrated by Kōshi Rikudō and based on a concept by Masamune Shirow, began publication in Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype Ace magazine on 10 October 2012.[8][9][6] When Newtype Ace ceased publication on 10 July 2013, the series was transferred to Kadokawa's Niconico Ace website, where it resumed publication on 17 September 2013.[10] Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the series for publication in North America.[6][1]


No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 7 March 2013[11]ISBN 978-4-04-120645-47 July 2015[12]ISBN 978-1-626921-90-0
2 8 August 2013[13]ISBN 978-4-04-120849-620 October 2015[12]ISBN 978-1-626922-07-5
3 10 January 2014[14]ISBN 978-4-04-120988-212 January 2016[12]ISBN 978-1-626922-39-6
4 26 June 2014[15]ISBN 978-4-04-101682-426 April 2016[12]ISBN 978-1-626922-60-0
5 26 December 2014[16]ISBN 978-4-04-101683-112 July 2016[12]ISBN 978-1-626922-92-1
6 26 June 2015[17]ISBN 978-4-04-103081-327 December 2016[12]ISBN 978-1-626923-68-3
7 26 December 2015[18]ISBN 978-4-04-103781-211 April 2017[12]ISBN 978-1-626924-57-4
8 26 March 2016[19]ISBN 978-4-04-103986-129 August 2017[12]ISBN 978-1-626925-19-9
9 26 October 2016[20]ISBN 978-4-04-104868-926 December 2017[12]ISBN 978-1-626925-94-6
10 25 March 2017[21]ISBN 978-4-04-105442-024 April 2018[12]ISBN 978-1-626927-26-1
11 8 September 2017[22]ISBN 978-4-04-106079-728 August 2018[12]ISBN 978-1-626928-54-1


An anime adaptation by Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ was announced in Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine in October 2015. The anime is directed by Munenori Nawa written by Tatsuya Takahashi with character design by Takuya Tani. The anime was first released as a film, which received a limited two-week theatrical release starting on 5 December 2015,[3] before airing as a television series on Tokyo MX between 8 January 2016 and 25 March 2016. The opening theme is "hopeness" by Zaq, while the ending theme song is "LoSe±CoNtRoL" (ルーズコントロール, Rūzu Kontorōru) performed by Sanae Fuku and Manami Numakura.[7] The series is licensed in North America by Funimation, who simulcast the subtitled version as it aired and streamed a broadcast dub version from 12 February 2016,[23][24] and in Australia by Madman Entertainment, who are streaming the series on AnimeLab.[25]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
"Tekigō-sha - Adeputa -" (適合者 -アデプタ-)
8 January 2016 (2016-01-08)
In an age of advanced technology, a cyborg named Nene Nanakorobi meets an inventor named Uzal Delilah and her cyborg pet, Clarion, on their way to Cenancle Island. Shortly after the girls arrive on the island, the city comes under attack by an army of robots controlled by a group of rebels who despise Uzal. In order to battle against them, Uzal gives Nene authority to use the Pandora Device inside of Clarion, updating her operating system to temporarily give her the skill to use a gun. After the robots are stopped, Uzal brings Nene to her laboratory where she gives Nene an optical camouflage for when she uses the Pandora Device, before the rebels ask for Uzal's help in stopping a robot that had gone berserk.
"Daishin Dochika - Jiofuronto -" (大深度地下 -ジオフロント-)
15 January 2016 (2016-01-15)
Nene and Clarion are tasked with stopping BUER, a giant boring robot belonging to Uzal's company that went berserk after her underlings tried to use it against her. After the underlings trick BUER into firing its laser cannon, Clarion aims to reach its main console while Nene acts as her bodyguard. However, a large piece of rubble interrupts Clarion before she complete her mission, so she instead operates some smaller robots to allow Nene to reach the console and shut BUER down. With forces approaching on the laboratory, Uzal detaches BUER's Central Nervous Unit before having Nene and the others escape from the lab as it self-destructs, leaving Clarion in Nene's care. Upon reaching the surface, Nene and the others find themselves surrounded by Cenancle's Defense Force.
"Gisō Kūkan -Terariumu-" (偽装空間 -テラリウム-)
22 January 2016 (2016-01-22)
Thanks to Uzal's efforts, Nene and Clarion are treated like rescued hostages and are escorted to the residence of Nene's aunt, Takumi Korobase, who is acquaintances with Uzal. Later, as Takumi takes a dangerous interest in Clarion's ears, Nene manages to see through a simulation Takumi had placed them in when they arrived and stop her. The next day, Nene and Clarion are approached by one of Uzal's underlings, Bunny, who asks for BUER's authentication key in order to help her comrades. As Bunny delivers the key to a mysterious man named Ian Kurtz, who plans to use it for his own gain, Clarion digs up BUER's central nervous unit.
4"Kitchen Drudge"
"Ryōri no Tetsujin -Kitchin Dorajji-" (料理の鉄人 -キッチン・ドラッジ-)
29 January 2016 (2016-01-29)
After Nene manages to enrol in a prestigious online school, Takumi, wanting to have some time alone to examine BUER, sends Nene and Clarion to observe some of her companies as part of her homework. With the companies being too aware of Takumi's status to provide any useful information, Nene goes to a charity event where a TV reporter named Prosperina allows her to observe her work. When some thugs suddenly show up and start wrecking the place, Nene and Clarion step up against them, encouraging the other volunteers to stand up against them too. With most of the food ruined by the attack, Nene uses the Pandora Device to learn cooking skills and cook up some replacement meals.
5"System Down"
"Tsūshin Shōgai -Shisutemu Daun-" (通信障害 -システム・ダウン-)
5 February 2016 (2016-02-05)
While pondering if it is right to keep borrowing Clarion's power to achieve world peace, Nene meets an old woman named Anna who is adjusting to a robotic arm. Just then, a network disturbance occurs across the entire island, causing almost all of its systems and transportation to shut down. Nene and Clarion soon come across a man named Robert, who helps out everyone they comes across and manages to stop a pair of thieves, before coming across Anna, whose life is in danger because of the disturbance affecting her artificial organs. Using the Pandora Device, Nene becomes a paramedic to treat Anna's symptoms and take her to the hospital. After the network is restored, Nene is thanked by Anna for saving her, while Robert, who is part of the island's defense force, is given a task by Kurtz.
6"Central Nervous Unit"
"Konpaku -Sentoraru Nābasu Yunitto-" (魂魄 -セントラル・ナーバス・ユニット-)
12 February 2016 (2016-02-12)
Nene goes in for a medical checkup at hospital, where a girl named Amy Gilliam is also visiting to have a new leg installed, only to find her cat Lean has sneaked in as well. While searching for Lean, Amy comes across BUER, who joins her in her search. The two are soon found by Nene and Clarion while Anna manages to find Leon and reunite her with Amy. When Amy rips her dress before her appointment, Nene uses the Pandora Device to become a couturier and sew it back together, allowing her to go to her appointment with a smile. When they return to the park, they find it has been completely torn down, with its residents evacuated by the CDF. As they pass by Kurtz, Clarion is cautious of a cyborg following behind him.
"Ningyō-shi -Papettia-" (人形師 -パペッティア-)
19 February 2016 (2016-02-19)
A family of robot thieves known as the Chicken Brothers catch Clarion off guard and capture Nene. As Clarion tracks the thieves down to their hideout, Nene comes across all the other androids the thieves had taken and, upon reuniting with Clarion, uses the Pandora Device to take control of them and stop the thieves.
"Daikasai -Inferuno-" (大火災 -インフェルノ-)
26 February 2016 (2016-02-26)
Nene and Clarion go to the Herme's department store, where government chairman Janus North is serving as manager-for-a-day. Following another network disturbance, North and his secretary become stuck in an elevator with Nene and Clarion. The group manage to find their way out of the elevator, only to discover a fire has broken out across the entire department store. Wanting to help North and the secretary escape, Nene uses her Pandora Device skills to create a fireproof cart and lead them to the emergency stairs. Spotting a boy still trapped in the fire, Nene goes back to rescue him despite Clarion's warnings, using what little oxygen she has to keep him alive. Putting Nene's wishes over her own common sense, Clarion manages to catch up to her and get both Nene and the boy out safely.
"Kichi Kyōshū -Asaruto-" (基地強襲 -アサルト-)
4 March 2016 (2016-03-04)
The fire at the department store is revealed to have been caused by a laser fired from BUER's body after Kurtz tries to hack into it. Deducing this herself and deciding not to get Nene involved, Clarion approaches Takumi about BUER going out of control again and borrows some of her robots for an assault on Uzal's base in order to stop it. Making her way past Bunny and her robot defenses, Clarion soon comes up against Kurtz' cyborg bodyguard, Fear.
"Kyōfu -Fia-" (恐怖 -フィア-)
11 March 2016 (2016-03-11)
Nene wakes up to find Clarion has gone, leaving behind a note saying not to involved, and begins feeling lonely without her around. Meanwhile, Robert receives a confidential message from Uzal warning him about Kurtz' plans to use BUER. As Nene struggles to try and do things by herself, she receives some helpful advice from Robert before learning from BUER about what Clarion is actually involved in. Meanwhile, Clarion brings out her strongest weapons against Fear, who is revealed to be an android, but is caught off guard when it targets Bunny. Wanting to help Clarion, Nene sneaks out with BUER's help to go and find her.
11"Ghost Urn"
"Kokoro no Arika -Gōsuto Ān-" (心の在処 -ゴーストURN-)
18 March 2016 (2016-03-18)
Nene infiltrates the base, where she gets mistaken for a dummy robot and temporarily shut down by Kurtz. While BUER follows Kurtz, Nene finds herself in the disposal area with Bunny, who tasks her with diving into the base's system and finding a way out before they are disposed of. Remembering when she started out moving her cyborg, Nene manages to move about freely in cyberspace and unlock the emergency hatch. While Bunny heads off to save her allies, BUER attempts to stop Kurtz from hacking his main body only to be thwarted by Takumi's own hacking attempts. As Nene reaches the central room and is confronted by Fear, she is aided by the arrival of Clarion, who managed to survive Fear's attack. Wanting to help Clarion protect the island, Nene uses the Pandora Device and joins Clarion is facing up against Fear.
"Kibō -Erupisu-" (希望 -エルピス-)
25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)
Nene uses her ability to support Clarion as she fights against Fear, allowing her to destroy it. Meanwhile, BUER's defenses are taken down by Takumi, allowing Kurtz to activate it. Instead of gaining control, however, Kurtz is shocked to find that all he has done is leaked BUER's collection of panty shots across the world. As BUER goes on a rampage out of pure embarrassment, Uzal gets in contact with Nene, stating that BUER must be stopped by using Clarion to activate his self-destruct system. Not wanting to lose Clarion, Nene chooses a riskier alternative, going inside of BUER and managing to calm him down. After Uzal sinks BUER's body and seals off the geofront, Nene and Clarion resume their everyday life of seeking world peace together.


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