Sep 12, 2009
I mentioned before that we in the UK seem to like anime shows where the protagonists travel from our world to a fantasy world, and here’s another show in that vein.
While not fully embraced as it aired on FIVE, back when it was Channel 5 and jokes about it’s reception were still rife and relevant. But it was during that time when every station wanted it’s own anime show and FIVE certainly did better than the BBC (who ended up with Monster Rancher).
You see Strange Dawn is rather classy and a little off kilter. Two school girls find themselves transported to a fantasy world, but unlike your Escaflownes and your Fushigi Yuugis, the world they are transported to is not to scale. Instead it populated by Liliputian sized beings who believe the girls are god like beings who will end the war in their world.
It’s the brain child of Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Sgt. Frog, Magic User’s Club, Aria) and the scripts are overseen by Michiko Yokote (Hare+Guu, Genshiken, xxxHolic, Mononoke). Princess Tutu’s Shougo Kawamoto also weighs in on direction.
Never got a complete release in the US. I know it was due to be released in the UK, but I’m not sure if it never surfaced of if it’s out of print. So you’ll likely have a bit of a hunt on your hands tracking it all down.