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Kowarekake no Orgel (こわれかけのオルゴール, lit. "Half-broken Music Box") is a one-episode Japanese dōjin anime original video animation produced by ElectromagneticWave and directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi. It originally debuted on December 28, 2008 in the Comic Market 75 dōjin convention.[1] The official DVD version first released on December 31, 2009 in a limited first edition and special limited edition.[2] The OVA is being adapted into a 34 minute film, set for release on September 9, 2010, which will use the original cast. The movie will include a 7 minute, 30 second side story not present in the original anime.[3]

Plot

Kowarekake no Orgel begins in medias res with a look at the two main characters, Keiichirō and Flower, sitting in a van in the rain. It then flashes back to the beginning, showing Keiichirō taking shelter from the rain near a trash heap next to which a small girl is sitting in a chair with a sunflower, unconscious. After second thoughts he decides to pick her up and takes her to a technical specialist. The scene reveals that the girl is an older model of a popular line of service androids, called Parents, who is broken. Because she is an older model, the specialist says she cannot be fixed, and provides Keiichirō with the necessary sticker to dispose of her. Keiichirō leaves her among some junk in his house before going to sleep, intending to throw her out the following day.

During the night, the girl begins functioning and finds herself in a strange house with no memory of the past. When Keiichirō comes downstairs the following morning, he finds her preparing breakfast. He names her Flower after the sunflower she was holding when he found her. It is revealed that evening, when Flower prepares the same meal for dinner as she had for breakfast, that Flower suffers from short-term memory loss, so Keiichirō buys her a diary which is used as the primary means of narration in the OVA. Over the next several weeks Keiichirō begins to teach her about the world, and more indirectly about himself and his troubled past.

Characters

Keiichirō
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Keiichirō is a young Japanese male who lives by himself. He used to play guitar in a band, but stopped after his family was killed in a car accident while driving to one of his live performances. He is religious and prays for his family regularly. Although he is kind and not antisocial, he generally keeps to himself and reflects on the past.
Flower
Voiced by: Masumi Asano
Flower is a Parents (service android) who was left by her previous master and discovered by Keiichirō at the beginning of the OVA. She does not function initially, but begins to work overnight after Keiichirō takes her home. She is energetic and excitable, and she likes to sing despite being tone-deaf. She also suffers from short-term memory loss, leading Keiichirō to buy her a diary.

Production

Although Kowarekake no Orgel was self published, it featured a somewhat notable production cast: it was directed by Keiichiro Kawaguchi, who was also involved in the production of Great Teacher Onizuka and Hayate the Combat Butler, and featured voice acting by professional seiyū Tetsuya Kakihara (Keiichirō) and Masumi Asano (Flower). The OVA also featured screenplay by Shinichi Inotsume and original character design by POP, which was adapted by Kōhaka Nishio. The song used for the ending sequence, along with most of the soundtrack, was performed by Japanese singer-songwriter Hiromi Satō.[4]

References

  1. "Moetan Artist to Release Kowarekake no Orgol Anime". Anime News Network. November 6, 2008. Retrieved August 09, 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Kowarekake no Orgel New Anime Samples Posted". Anime News Network. December 23, 2009. Retrieved August 09, 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "Kowarekake no Orgel Dōjin Anime Video Expanded as Film". Anime News Network. July 19, 2010. Retrieved August 09, 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. "Kowarekake no Orgel (OAV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 09, 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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