Utsunomiko

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Utsunomiko
Utsu no Miko Bunko01.jpg
Utsunomiko Bunko Volume 1, illustrated by Mutsumi Inomata
宇宙皇子
Light novel
Written by Keisuke Fujikawa
Illustrated by Mutsumi Inomata
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Original run 19841998
Volumes 52
Anime film
Directed by Kenji Yoshida
Written by Sukehiro Tomita, Kenji Terada, Junki Takegami
Music by Kunihiro Kawano
Studio Nippon Animation
Released March 11, 1989
Runtime 71 minutes
Anime film
Tenjō-hen Utsunomiko
Directed by Tetsuo Imazawa
Written by Sukehiro Tomita, Junki Takegami
Music by Masahiro Kawasaki
Studio Toei Animation
Released September 22, 1990
Original video animation
Tenjō-hen Utsunomiko
Directed by Tetsuo Imazawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released October 24, 1990February 19, 1992
Runtime 30 minutes each
Episodes 13
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UtsunoMiko (宇宙皇子), also written Utsu no Miko, is a Japanese historical fantasy light novel series written by Keisuke Fujikawa (藤川桂介) and illustrated by Mutsumi Inomata, which was later adapted into an anime of the same title. The story is set in the late Asuka Period to the Nara Period, and follows the trials of the title character Utsunomiko (usually shortened to Miko), the offspring of the kami of the north star. There are 52 Utsunomiko novels, the first published in 1984, and the last published in 1998. The Utsunomiko movie premiered in 1989, followed by a second movie and a 13-episode OVA starting in 1990.

Introduction[edit]

In the chaos of the Jinshin War of 762, a child with a small horn in his forehead was born. The child's mother condemned him as an oni and cast him away. An elderly shūgenja woman claimed the child and named him Utsunomiko, or 'Divine Child of the Heavens', telling Miko that his horn symbolizes the union of heaven and earth. Miko matured in the wilderness learning the ways of Shugendō, and soon started venturing into villages out of curiosity. He found that the common people of the villages live in poverty and suffering, and began using his spiritual powers to help them. But his anger at the self-serving rulers and their petty power-struggles grew until he came into open conflict with the Imperial Court, setting Miko down a long path as a champion of the oppressed.

Story arcs[edit]

  • Chronicle of Earth (地上編 – Chijō-hen) – 10 volumes
  • Chronicle of Heaven (天上編 – Tenjō-hen) – 10 volumes (Miko faces the rulers of the Heavenly plane and seeks his father)
  • Uncanny Dream Chronicle (妖夢編 – Yōmu-hen) – 10 volumes
  • Chronicle of Purgatory (煉獄編 – Rengoku-hen) – 10 volumes
  • Chronicle of Dawn (黎明編 – Reimei-hen) – 8 volumes
  • Gaiden Collection (拾異伝 – Shūiden) – 4 volumes

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