Ginban Kaleidoscope (銀盤カレイドスコープ Ginban Kareidosukōpu?, lit. Skating Rink Kaleidoscope) is a series of light novels written by Rei Kaibara and illustrated by Hiro Suzuhira. The manga adaptation is authored by Jun Hasegawa. There was an anime adaptation of the first arc of the novels, aired weekly on TV Tokyo from October 8, 2005 to December 24, 2005.
The story revolves around Tazusa Sakurano, a Japanese Olympic figure skating candidate, and Pete Pumps, a Canadian stunt pilot. During a qualifying round in Montreal, Canada, Tazusa falls in the middle of a Triple Lutz and loses consciousness. At the same time, Pete dies mid-performance when his stunt plane crashes due to mechanical trouble. Unfortunately for Tazusa, Pete ends up involuntarily inhabiting her body for 100 days.
- Tazusa Sakurano (桜野タズサ Sakurano Tazusa?)
- Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Rizelle Santos (English)
- A Japanese figure skater known for her sharp tongue. She is on bad terms with the media and the public because of her cold attitude and string of bad luck in competitions. Her goal is to compete in the Winter Olympics in Torino (Turin, Italy). At the beginning of the series, she is possessed by the ghost of Pete Pumps and while she initially hated him, she gradually grew to accept his constant presence in her life and grew even more to love him.
- While possessed, she picked up the habit of eating tomatoes, because her possessor Pete hates tomatoes, and using masochism, since Pete can share Tazusa's pain, to keep him in line. She has an unlucky tendency to fall asleep when she gets bored, but can never sleep the night before a competition. In the anime, she describes herself as "The 10 Billion Dollar Beauty."
- Initially Tazusa is potrayed as a bratty, cold girl. She doesn't have many friends and lives with her coach and sister. However after spending time with Pete, she slowly changes and opens her heart. Especially in school where Pete helps her through her exams. She also starts to express herself more during the skating routines which enable her to represent Japan in the Olympics. At the same time she also experiences falling in love with Pete and she finally realizes what's important to her. She even showed Pete her ways of love for him but in the end Tazusa was not able to say "I love you" but it surely was obvious that Tazusa and Pete are in love with one another.
- Pete Pumps (ピート・パンプス Piito Panpusu?)
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), David Lee Mckinney (English)
- A Canadian stunt pilot who died when his stunt plane developed mechanical trouble and crashed in a fireball. As a ghost he needs to wait 100 days before he can go to Heaven (his date of ascension is February 23) and inadvertently ends up possessing Tazusa.
- Pete likes Tazusa and tries to help her improve her public image and succeed in being selected for the Olympics. He even gets jealous of the reporter Kazuya Nitta, as Tazusa seems to have a crush on him. Though Tazusa at first doesn't agree with him and ignores him, he eventually wins her over and she starts to get to know him better, and he designs her "waitress on ice" performance.
- Sometimes, as a way to punish him for annoying her or for any other reason, she will eat tomatoes which he has a strong hatred for. It is the only way she can torture him without having any physical or mental pain inflicted upon her as well (aside from the digestive problems that come when she eats too many, and the embarrassment resulting from this).
- At the first stage of performing at the Olympics Pete kisses Tazusa then during their last performance, Pete kisses her in his ghost form and seems to love her in return. He bids her an emotional farewell as he finally departs.
- Kyōko Shitō (至藤響子 Shitō Kyōko?)
- Voiced by: Kazusa Murai
- She is one of Tazusa's skating rivals. She is the preferred choice for the Japanese Olympic representative for Women's Figure Skating because she is closer to the Skating Federation's "ideal" and as such, she and Tazusa are quite competitive. She has a calm personality, and never likes to take risks.
- Yūji Takashima (高島優司 Takashima Yūji?)
- Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi
- He is Tazusa's coach. He is an all around nice guy, always seeing the good aspects in everyone. Tazusa and her younger sister live with him because of their parents' divorce. In the beginning of the series, he had believed that the reason why Tazusa was hitting and torturing herself (although it was to hit and torture Pete) was due to stress from losing at the Olympics. He also believes that whenever she is insulting Pete, it is him who is the target of her nasty remarks and also considers this as part of the "stress" form losing at the Olympics. Near the end, he gets married (in one episode, Tazusa thought that he was in love with her).
- Kazuya Nitta (新田一也 Nitta Kazuya?)
- Voiced by: Ishhin Chiba
- He is a freelance reporter. He has a secret crush on Kyōko and tries to help Tazusa in her battles with the mass media. He is a calm and collected figure who believes in and supports Tazusa.
- Yōko Sakurano (桜野ヨーコ Sakurano Yōko?)
- Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō
- She is Tazusa's level-headed younger sister. She is often seen waking Tazusa up for breakfast and in her competition to cheer her as well. In the novel series, she also figure skates.
- Mika Honjō (本城ミカ Honjō Mika?)
- Voiced by: Marina Inoue
- She is Tazusa's quiet best friend and the designer of all of her skating outfits. A running gag in the anime consists of Tazusa yelling at Pete who is invisible to other people only to have Mika mistake the target of Tazusa's tirade as herself. Mika's seiyū also sings the ending theme of the anime series.
- Yukie Mishiro (三代雪絵 Mishiro Yukie?)
- Voiced by: Hiroko Suzuki
- She is an official from the Japan Skating Federation who claims that Tazusa has a "stone face." In return Tazusa calls her Queen Nasty or Sarcastic the Third. However, she does believe that Tazusa has special potential, which is why she pushes her so hard. In the final episode she recognizes the changes in Tazusa's personality as she breaks her "stone face" in her final routine. She hints that there's more to come from Tazusa, she has only begun.
- Dominique Miller (ドミニク・ミラー Dominiku Mirā?)
- Voiced by: Maya Okamoto
- She is an American figure skater and one of Tazusa's rivals. She is very antagonistic towards Tazusa. She is notable in the anime mainly because all of her lines were in (badly accented) English.
- Ria Garnet Juiltyve (リア・ガーネット・ジュイティエフ Ria Gānetto Juiteifu?)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
- She is a world-class Russian figure skater and the favorite to win gold in at the Winter Olympics. As such, she is Tazusa's strongest rival. She also used the same song as Tazusa in episode 6, prompting her to revise her short program and shift to free jazz. She is a very quiet but dedicated figure skater worthy of her title.
The series was written by Rei Kaihara and illustrated by Hiro Suzuhira. The series was published by Shueisha under the Super Dash Bunko imprint. The series won the Grand Prize in the 2nd Super Dash Novel Rookie of the Year Award.
There was a total of 9 volumes published.
- Release date: June 25, 2003
- Release date: June 25, 2003
- Release date: January 23, 2004
- Release date: February 25, 2004
- Release date: September 22, 2005
- Release date: November 25, 2005
- Release date: June 23, 2006
- Release date: November 25, 2006
- Release date: November 25, 2006
There was 12 episodes and was released into 6 separate DVD volumes with each volume containing 2 episodes., All the DVD volumes have both limited and normal edition. The covers for all the limited edition were drawn by series illustrator, Hiro Suzuhira.
The anime adaptation uses one opening theme titled as "Dual" by Yellow Generation with ending theme by Marina Inoue, titled "energy" as well as an insert song titled "way" also by Marina Inoue. The music composition for the series was done by Kōichirō Kameyama. An original soundtrack was released and there was a total of 20 tracks with 18 tracks of background music and 2 TV-sized tracks of the opening and ending theme.
- Ginban Kaleidoscope at Super Dash Bunko (Japanese)
- Official TV Tokyo website for Ginban Kaleidoscope (Japanese)
- Aniplex's site for the anime series (Japanese)
- Interview with Rei Kaihara (Japanese)
- Ginban Kaleidoscope (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopediait:Ginban Kaleidoscope