- Kurogane Communication
name = Kurogane Communication
caption = First volume of the Go! Comi English release of the series. Cover characters, from top left to bottom right are: Haruka, Angela, Reeves, Cleric, Spike, and Trigger.
ja_kanji = 鉄コミュニケイション
ja_romaji = Tetsu Komyunikeishon
Adventure, Mecha, Science FictionInfobox animanga/Manga
publisher = flagicon|Japan MediaWorks
publisher_en = flagicon|USA
first = 1997
last = ?
volumes = 3
studio = flagicon|Japan
licensor = flagicon|USA
October 5, 1998
March 29, 1999
episodes = 24
episode_list = Infobox animanga/Novel
light = yes
publisher = flagicon|Japan MediaWorks
demographic = Male
September 10, 2003
last = ?
volumes = 2
Nihongo|"Kurogane Communication"|鉄コミュニケイション|Tetsu Komyunikeishon is a
mangaseries written by Hideo Katoand illustrated by Tomomasa Takuma. The individual chapters were originally serialized in " Dengeki Daioh" in 1997 and published in three tankōbonvolumes by MediaWorks. Set in a post-apocalypticworld in which a lone humansurvivor, a girl named Haruka, lives with a family of five robots. The manga series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Go! Comi.
The series was adapted into a twenty-four episode
animeseries by APPP. It premiered in Japan on WOWOWon October 5, 1998and ran until its conclusion on March 29, 1999. The anime series was released to Region 1 DVDin North America by Media Blasters. A two volume light novel series, written by Mizuhito Akiyama, was also published in Japan in 2003 by MediaWorks under their " Dengeki Bunko" label.
Haruka is an ordinary teenager girl, but her life is most extraordinary since as far as she knows, she is the sole human survivor of a global nuclear war. Surviving the war in
cold sleep, she is awakened by five robots about 30 years later. Things are fine, but she is constantly haunted by sudden flashbacks and dreams about her parents. There is also a constant danger of roving war machines and threats like water depletion, yet despite all this, life is still in quite good shape. The robots are her family and friends, and do everything they can to help the human girl. However, deep inside Haruka is yearning to meet other surviving humans.
*Haruka is a thirteen-year old girl, and initially the only known human survivor on earth. During the final war, her parents put her in a
cold sleepchamber, sacrificing themselves to help the machine obtain the necessary temperature. She slept in the machine for thirty years before being discovered by her robot family a year before the time frame the series is set in. Her thinking is very positive and she is a hardworking person. She loves all the robots and considers them her family. In the anime series, she is voiced by Yui Horie.
*Spike is a domestic robot constructed to look like a humanoid. Spike's job is mostly to keep up with Haruka and repair some mechanical equipment. In the anime series, he is voiced by
*Angela is a dueling robot, resembling a human female in her twenties. She masks her face and initially hates humans and wanted the other robots to kill the sleeping Haruka rather than wake her. She eventually warms to Haruka when Haruka gives her an Angela Rose. Her job is to protect Haruka and the others from hostile robots that may attack and any other dangers. In the anime series, she is voiced by
*Reeves is a mean-looking, but effeminate speaking maintenance robot with high skill levels in matters like cooking. Reeves sometimes acts as Haruka's
father figure. In the anime series, he is voiced by Norio Horiuchi.
*Cleric is the group's source of information who gathers and processes data. He also serves as the "teacher" of Haruka and the others, holding daily lectures. In the anime series, he is voiced by
*Trigger is a ball-shaped robot who likes to collect guns. In the anime series, he is voiced by
*Kanato is a boy similar to Haruka's age whom Haruka and the others discover living in some jungle ruins. Unlike Haruka, he hates machines and robots, abusing his own and acting very aggressively. He treasures his mother-robot with both disgust and respect. After meeting Haruka and getting to know her, he begins to develop romantic feelings for her. In the anime series, he is voiced by
*Honi is Kanato's guardian robot. Designed for war and having a programming glitch, Honi desires to kill all humans but Kanato. In the anime series, he is voiced by
*Lillith & Alice are Kanato's robot-servants, constructed to look like teenager girls with jewels in their foreheads. They are obsessed with their master and even show signs of human
love. In the anime series, they are voiced by Etsuko Kozakuraand Naomi Nagasawa, respectively.
Hideo Katoand illustrated by Tomomasa Takuma, "Kurogane Communication" was serialized in " Dengeki Daioh" in 1997. The individual chapters were also published in three " tankōbon" volumes by MediaWorks. It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Go! Comi, which released the first volume in July 2008.cite web |url=http://www.gocomi.com/index.php?module=manga&sub=series_detail&subsub=volumes&s_id=34 |title=Kurogane Communication: Volume 1 |publisher= Go! Comi|accessdate=2008-07-25 ]
APPPproduced a twenty-four episode animeseries adaptation based on the manga chapters. The anime series premiered in Japan on WOWOWon October 5, 1998and ran until its conclusion on March 29, 1999. It was released to Region 1 DVDin North America by Media Blasters.
The series uses two pieces of theme music, both performed by
Yui Horie. "My Best Friend" is used for the opening, while "Dear Mama" is used for the ending.
A two volume light novel adaptation, written by
Mizuhito Akiyama, was published in Japan in September 2003 by MediaWorks under their " Dengeki Bunko" label.
* [http://www.gocomi.com/index.php?module=manga&sub=series_detail&s_id=34 Official Go! Comi "Kurogane Communication" manga website]
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