Yōkai Ningen Bem
|Yōkai Ningen Bem|
(Yōkai Ningen Bemu)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Noboru Ishiguro
|Written by||Akira Adachi|
|Original run||7 October 1968 – 31 March 1969|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Harada|
|Written by||Junki Takegami|
|Studio||Studio Comet, NAS, Sony Pictures Entertainment|
|Original run||1 April 2006 – 7 October 2006|
|Original run||October 22, 2011 – December 24, 2011|
|Released||December 15, 2012|
Yōkai Ningen Bem (妖怪人間ベム Yōkai Ningen Bemu?, translated officially as Humanoid Monster Bem) is a 26 episode Japanese anime television series which first aired on Fuji TV between October 7, 1968 and March 31, 1969, on its 19:30–20:00 timeslot.
The series was later remade into a second anime TV series, which premiered on April 2006 in Japan on Animax, featuring a new cast, with a total of 26 episodes also produced. The remake was also later aired by Animax across its other international networks, including its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, for which Animax produced an English dub under the title Humanoid Monster Bem. This dub was later aired on Animax's United States web channel on Crackle.com.
The plot of the series revolves around three yōkai or supernatural creatures, Bem, Bera and Bero, who arrive at a large coastal city and come across an evil atmosphere, which was brought about by immoral behavior by humans and mischief caused by monsters and yōkai. They therefore decide to stay in the city, fighting against other monsters and yōkai which attack humans, making a few friends along the way. Even though the three yōkai are often abused and discriminated against by other human beings due to their appearance, they still strive in protecting the human populace of the city from other monsters, one day hoping to become human beings in return for their good actions.
- Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (1968 Series) Kazuhiko Inoue (2006 Series)
- Played by: Kazuya Kamenashi
- The oldest looking of the trio is the leader. He uses a walking stick as a weapon in human form.
- Voiced by: Hiroko Mori (1968 Series) Kaori Yamagata (2006 Series)
- Played by: Anne Watanabe
- The only female in the group and the most bad-tempered of the trio. She uses a whip as a weapon in human form.
- Voiced by: Mari Shimizu (1968 Series) Ai Horanai (2006 Series)
- Played by: Fuku Suzuki
- The youngest looking and the most naive of the trio. He is the only one that doesn't use a weapon in human form.
- Original concept: Akira Adachi
- Screenplay: Akira Adachi
- Directors: Noburo Ishiguro, Tadao Wakabayashi
- Art: Shin Morikawa
- Production: Daichi Dōga (later incorporated into Asatsu DK)
- Bem: Kiyoshi Kobayashi
- Bera: Hiroko Mori
- Bero: Mari Shimizu
- Opening Narration: Tatsuya Jō, Issei Futamata (Part 2)
- Opening: "Yōkai Ningen Bemu" (妖怪人間ベム?) (lyrics: Daichi Dōga, composition and arrangement: Seishi Tanaka, performance: Honey Nights)
- Ending theme: "Barro wa Tomodachi" (ベロは友だち Bero wa Tomodachi?, lit. Bero is a Friend) (lyrics: Daichi Dōga Bungei-bu, composition and arrangement: Masahiro Uno, performance: Toshiko Yamada, Otowa Yurikago Kai, Gekidan Komadori)
- Original concept: Asatsu DK
- Director: Hiroshi Harada
- Series composition: Junki Takegami
- Character design: Kazuhiko Shibuya
- Chief animation director: Takeshi Yamazaki
- Yōkai design creator: Naoki Ogiwara
- Art directors: Shō Tensui, Tsutomu Nishikura, Shinji Kawai
- Primary background artist: Kazue Itō
- Color settings: Miharu Sakai
- Director of photography: Tomofumi Fujita
- Editing: Yumiko Nakaba, Hideaki Murai (Okayasu Promotion)
- Sound director: Fusanobu Fujiyama
- Sound supervision: Takanori Ebina
- Music: Takehiko Gokita
- Animation production: Studio Comet
- Production: NAS
- Producers: NAS, Sony Pictures Entertainment, avex entertainment, Studio Comet
- Bem: Kazuhiko Inoue
- Bera: Kaori Yamagata
- Baro: Ai Horanai
- Kira Hyuga: Yūna Inamura
- Sora Kaido: Naoya Iwahashi
- Mitsuki Kisaragi: Minori Chihara
- Genpaku Hyuga: Masami Iwasaki
- Urara Hyuga: Mie Sonozaki
- Riku Kaido: Ryō Naitō
- Umi Kaido: Miki Nagasawa
- Ryoko Kisaragi: Yuriko Fuchizaki
- Yuzo Mikami: Manabu Murashi
- Hitoshi Tamugenro: Hirofumi Nojima
- Imp: Mitsuo Iwata
- Dana O'Shee: Rokuro Naya
- Doppleganger: Hiroyuki Miyasako
- Narration: Mizuho Suzuki
- "Justice of darkness ~theme of Yōkai Ningen Bemu" (Justice of darkness ～妖怪人間ベムのテーマ Justice of darkness ~ yōkai ningen bemu no tēma?)
- "Hachigatsu no Eien" (8月の永遠?)
- Performance: Minako Yoshida
The film grossed US$11.5 million in Japan.
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- Staff Reporter (16 May 2014). "The Asian films driving global box office". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
- (Japanese) Official site of the remake
- Official site of the TV drama (Japanese)
- Animax East Asia's official website for Humanoid Monster Bem
- Animax South Asia's official website for Humanoid Monster Bem[permanent dead link]
- Yōkai Ningen Bem at the Internet Movie Database
- Yōkai Ningen Bem (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Humanoid Monster Bem (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia