Spirit of Wonder

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Spirit of Wonder
Spirit of Wonder v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Spirit of Wonder
GenreComedy, Science fiction
Manga
Written byKenji Tsuruta
Published byKodansha
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineWeekly Morning, Monthly Afternoon
Original run19861996
Volumes1
Original video animation
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring
Directed byMitsuru Hongō
Music byKohei Tanaka
StudioAjia-do Animation Works
ReleasedJune 3, 1992
Runtime42 minutes
Original video animation
Directed byTakashi Annō
StudioAjia-do Animation Works, Bandai Visual
Released January 25, 2001 January 23, 2004
Episodes4
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Spirit of Wonder is a manga series authored by Kenji Tsuruta, originally serialized from 1986 in Kodansha's Morning seinen manga magazine, and later in Afternoon, until 1996.

It was later adapted into a one-episode OVA in 1992, entitled Chaina-san no Yūutsu (チャイナさんの憂鬱, lit. Melancholy of Chaina-san) (released in North America as Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring), animated by Ajia-do Animation Works and released by Toshiba-EMI. It was later followed in 2001 by a new OVA series, produced and released by Bandai Visual, which included two arcs, Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu (少年科學倶楽部, lit. Scientific Boys Club) and Chaina-san: Tanpenshū (チャイナさん 短編集, lit. Chaina-san: Short Stories) (released in North America as Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories—Shrinking of Miss China and Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories—Planet of Miss China). In 2004, Bandai Visual released a complete DVD box set release of the entire series in Japan, entitled WONDERBOX, which included the 2001 sequel it produced as well as the earlier 1992 episode. Bandai Visual also released an 11-minute short entitled Cup of China's; this short is only available in the WONDERBOX DVD box set release.

The complete OVA series has also been broadcast worldwide by the anime television network Animax, including its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The earlier OVA was released in North America by AnimEigo entitled Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring. The newer OVA series DVD was released in North America by Bandai Entertainment, entitled Spirit of Wonder it is also available in Australia from Madman Entertainment under the same name.

Staff[edit]

1992 OVA[edit]

Chaina-san no Yūutsu
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring
  • Chief Director, Storyboards: Mitsuru Hongō
  • Music: Kōhei Tanaka
  • Script: Mitsuru Shimada
  • Character Design and Animation Director: Yoshiaki Yanagida

2001 OVA[edit]

Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu
Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club

Cast

  • Windy: Ryoka Yuzuki, Tricia Dickson
  • Jack: Kenichi Suzumura, Justin Gross
  • Cooper: Masashi Hirose, William Frederick Knight, Brandon Burton as Young Cooper
  • Gordon: Haji Takaya, Michael McConnohie, Kevin Derkash as Young Gordon
  • Shepherd: Kazuo Oka, Arthur Roberts

Staff

  • Chief Director, Screenplay, Storyboards, Episode Supervision: Takashi Annō
  • Character Design and Animation Director: Yoshiaki Yanagida
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo
Chaina-san Tanpenshū
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories-Shrinking of Miss China
  • Director, screenplay, storyboards and animation director, character design: Fujimori Masaya
  • Director: Negishi Hiroki
  • Art Director: Shun-ichiro Yoshihara
  • Music Director: Kambayashi Meisato
  • Music producer: Shiro Sasaki, Yuji Saito
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo
Chaina-san Tanpenshū
Spirit of Wonder: Miss China Short Stories-Planet of Miss China
  • Director, screenplay, storyboard, character design: Fujimori Masaya
  • Director: Negishi Hiroki
  • Art Director: Akihiro Hirasawa
  • Music Director: Kambayashi Meisato
  • Music producer: Shiro Sasaki, Yuji Saito
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo
Cup of China's (Available only on Bandai Visual's WONDERBOX DVD box set release)
  • Director, screenplay, storyboard, direction and animation director, character design: Fujimori Masaya
  • Director: Negishi Hiroki
  • Art Director: Akihiro Hirasawa
  • Music Director: Kambayashi Meisato
  • Music producer: Shiro Sasaki, Yuji Saito
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo

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