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D.N.Angel

D.N.Angel is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki. It premiered in Japan in the shōjo manga magazine Monthly Asuka in November 1997. The series went on an extended hiatus after the August 2005 issue, returning in the April 2008 issue. It has been published in 13 tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten. The manga series is licensed for English language release in North America by Tokyopop, which has released 11 volumes of the series as of August 2008.

The manga was adapted into a 26 episode anime series by Dentsu which aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3, 2003 until September 25, 2003. It has been released to DVD in North America and in the United Kingdom with English language audio and subtitled tracks by ADV Films, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. A PlayStation 2 video game, D. N. Angel: Crimson Wings (~紅の翼~), was released in Japan by TAKARA to coincide with the conclusion of the anime, continuing with the anime's storyline.

A series of drama CDs called D.N.Angel Wink was also released. A two-volume special manga series was serialized in Monthly Asuka titled D.N.Angel TV Animation Series in 2003, following the storyline from the anime, which had diverged from the manga series.

Plot

Daisuke Niwa is a 14 year-old-boy who has a special genetic ability: Whenever he sees or thinks about his crush, Risa Harada, he turns into the infamous phantom thief Dark. During the start of the anime, Daisuke carries a picture of Risa Harada in his back pocket for such occasion. This will continue until his love is returned.

Satoshi Hiwatari is a student at the same school as Daisuke and the Harada twins and also the Commander of the police force, heading the investigation on Dark. This is because he is a member of the Hikari family, a clan of artists which has opposed the Niwa family of thieves for centuries. Satoshi has Krad, Dark's opposite and, like him, part of the Hikari artwork "Black Wings", within him in much the same way Daisuke has Dark within him.

Interestingly enough, Risa falls in love with Dark, and proceeds to do all sort of absurd things to get him to go out with her, which he eventually does. She has also kissed him on more than one occasion, and it is hinted that Dark loves Risa; but Dark claims that he does not love her, and that (according to the anime) Risa's grandmother, Rika, is the only woman he has ever loved.

Later in the series Daisuke falls in love with Riku, Risa's older twin although he doesn't realize it at first. Riku is hinted to have always had feelings for Daisuke but at first thinks that he only likes her because she is Risa's twin. Daisuke soon realizes his true feelings for her, as does she and their bond of love is formed.

During much of the plot, Satoshi Hiwatari's (adoptive) father, who is a high ranking Police Officer, happens to butt in, and ruin a few of Hiwatari's plans to capture Dark. His father also plans to capture Dark himself. But Dark and Daisuke always manage to escape his plans.

Characters

D.N.Angel follows the adventures of Daisuke Niwa and how he must cope with his alter-ego, Dark Mousy. Because of the nature of the ability, his two friends, the twin sisters Riku and Risa Harada become involved. Other central figures include Satoshi Hiwatari, a descendant of the Hikari family who created the artworks that Dark targets in his thefts and the adopted son of a high ranking police officer. Like Daisuke, Satoshi possesses his own alter-ego, Krad.

Daisuke's family act as supporting characters in the story and aid Daisuke as he copes with the instability of his transformations.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki, D.N.Angel first premiered in Japan in the November 1997 issue of Monthly Asuka where it appeared until it went on an extended hiatus after the August 2005 issue. The series returned in the April 2008 issue and is currently on going. It has been published in 13 tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten.

It is licensed for English language release in North America by Tokyopop, which has released 11 volumes of the series as of August 2008.

In August 2003, while the primary series was on hiatus, a second manga series, D.N.Angel TV Animation Series began serialization in Monthly Asuka. Also written by Sugisaki, the short series was based on the anime adaptation, which had diverged from the storyline of the manga series. D.N.Angel TV Animation Series finished its serialization in the October 2003 issue. It was published in 5 tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten.

Anime

D.N.Angel was adapted into a 26 episode anime series by Dentsu which aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3, 2003 until September 25, 2003. The series was directed by Koji Yoshikawa and Nobuyoshi Habara. It has been released to DVD in North America and in the United Kingdom with English language audio and subtitled tracks by ADV Films, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. A PlayStation 2 video game, D. N. Angel: Crimson Wings (~紅の翼~), was released in Japan by to coincide with the conclusion of the anime, continuing with the anime's storyline.

Five pieces of theme music are used in the anime adaptation. The song , by Shunichi Miyamoto, is used for the opening for all twenty four episodes. For the ending theme, is used for the first twelve episodes, and is used for episodes 13-23 and episode 25. Both songs are performed by Minawo. Episode 24 uses the song "Caged Bird", by Shunichi Miyamoto, for its ending, while the final episode of the series uses Miyamoto's song .

Video game

A Playstation 2 video game, D. N. Angel: Crimson Wings (~紅の翼~), was developed by Takara. The game was released in Japan on September 25, 2003 to coincide with the conclusion of the anime adaptation, on which the game was based.

Drama CDs

A series of drama CDs called D.N.Angel Wink was also released.

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