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Oh! Edo Rocket (大江戸ロケット Ōedo Roketto?, "Great Edo Rocket") is a stage play written for the Gekidan Shinkansen theater troupe by Kazuki Nakashima. It was adapted into a TV anime series in April 2007, directed by Seiji Mizushima and produced by Studio Madhouse. It is a comedic story involving a firework maker in medieval Edo and his efforts to build a rocket to carry an alien back to her people on the moon.

Plot

The story is set in Edo in 1842, the thirteenth year of the Tenpō era. Government reforms have banned all luxuries, including plays, performances, inventions, and fireworks. Despite the political climate, Seikichi, a young fireworks maker, dreams of making a huge firework the likes of which have never been seen. But every time he fires a test rocket, he finds himself pursued by government officials. One night, a blue monster and a white monster are fighting in the woods, battling each other and battling a group of human warriors. The blue monster gains the upper hand but is distracted by Seikichi's rocket, which allows the white monster to escape. The next day, a beautiful, mysterious girl appears before Seikichi and asks him to make a firework that will reach the moon.

Characters

Residents of Furai Row-House block

  • Tamaya Seikichi - A fireworks-maker who dreams of making gigantic firework no one has seen before, no one has launched before.
  • Sora - A strange but beautiful girl. She asks Seikichi to make a rocket that will reach the moon.(she is also the white sky beast)
  • Shunpei - Seikichi's brother, a mathematical genius.
  • Ginjiro - A locksmith who can break any lock with his fingers.
  • Santa - The carpenter
  • Rokubei - The tile-maker who can't keep his mouth shut.
  • Rokubei's Wife - No one knows what her real name is.
  • Shinsa - The mechanic who frequents Akihabara.
  • Adabanatei Tenho - Circus performer specializes in sleight-of-hand
  • Tenten - Tenho's exceedingly tall brother, circus performer
  • Genzo - The invisible cross-dressing scale-maker. Only O-Nui recognizes him.
  • Genzo's Mum
  • O-Nui - The town-belle watchdog for public morality at the Furai Row-House Block. She acts like a puppy.
  • The Honorably Retired by the Corner - A mysterious old man, the landlord of the Furai Row-House Block.

Outside the Row-House

  • O-Ise - Wealthy owner of the pawn-shop Shirahama-ya. An old friend of Ginjiro from Osaka
  • O-Riku - Daughter of the owner of the Kagiya Fireworks shop
  • Tetsuju the Fuse - A crazy rocketeer who lives deep inside the Chichibu mountains with bears as friends.

The government

  • Akai Nishinosuke - Low-ranking policeman under the South-Edo Magistrate who hates the residents of the Furai Row-House Block
  • Men in Black "Eyes", "Ears", "Arms", "Heels", "Ankles", "Knees" - Secret agents under the South-Edo Magistrate
  • Torii Yozo - South Edo Magistrate
  • Toyama Kinshiro - The North Edo Magistrate who hangs out in town in disguise as Kin-san the Playboy
  • Mizuno Tadakuni - The Senior Councilor of the Shogun government, the man who banned fireworks and all forms of entertainment in town.

Anime episodes

The first letter of each episode is spelling out a message which reads "Oh! Edo Rocket: From now on after love and turmoil...er, what was it again? Not again" (大江戸ロケットこれからも愛と荒れ後、何だったっけ、またな! Ō Edo Roketto kore karamo ai to are ato, nandattakke, mata na.?)

# Letter Title Original air date
1 Crimson Fireworks Bloom in Great Edo
"Ōedo ni Saku Kurenai Hanabi" (大江戸に咲く紅い花火)
April 3, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
2 The Man had been Waiting
"Otoko wa Matte ita" (男は待っていた)
April 12, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
3 Silver Fox Bound by Fate
"En ni Shibarareta Gin no Kitsune" (縁に縛られた銀ノ狐)
April 19, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
4 Don't Get Flustered
"Dokidoki Muyō" (ドキドキ無用)
April 26, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
5 War of Words
"Ron" (論)
May 3, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
6 Duel for First Love
"Kettou Dai Hatsukoi" (決闘大初恋)
May 10, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
7 Holy Cow, She Flew
"Tondemo nai Tonda Onna" (トンデモない飛んだ女)
May 17, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
8 Cause I'll Kill for Love
"Koi mo Koroshi mo Yaru tte sa" (恋も殺しもやるってさ)
May 23, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
9 A Match for Love
"Ren'ai de Shōbu" (恋愛で勝負)
May 30, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 Mysterious Cat Transformation
"Kaii Neko Henge" (怪異猫変化)
June 6, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 No-holds-barred
"Rachi mo nee" (埒もねえ)
June 13, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 If you don't want to worry any more...
"Moshimo Nayamu no ga Iya Dattara" (もしも悩むのが嫌だったら)
June 20, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 What do you think of them?
"Anta Koitsura Dō Omou" (あんたこいつらどう思う)
June 27, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 Just to tell you that I saw the future
"Ippitsu Keijō Asu ga Mieta" (一筆啓上明日が見えた)
July 3, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 Suddenly Comes the New Year Big Bang
"Totsuzen! Shōgatsu ni Daikūbaku" (突然!正月に大空爆)
July 10, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
16 I'm that thing!
"Atashi wa Are yo!" (あたしはアレよ!)
July 17, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
17 The Murderous Tune of Dawn
"Reimei no koroshibushi" (黎明の殺し節)
July 25, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 We are up against Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu's Crypt.
"Aite wa Shinkun no Kakushiana" (相手は神君の隠し穴)
August 1, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 It was a Joke.
"Tochiguruttesōrō" (とち狂って候)
August 8, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
20 The woman who hardly smiles
"Nangi ni Hohoemu Onna" (難儀に微笑む女)
August 15, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 Digressing thrice
"Dassen wa Sando Made" (脱線は三度まで)
August 22, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
22 It was just a one night dream
"Tatta Ichiya no Yume Datta" (たった一夜の夢だった)
August 29, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
23 Fireworks for saber dance please
"Kenbu ni Hanabi o Dōzo" (剣舞に花火をどうぞ)
September 5, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
24 Take over it all!
"Marumaru o Nottore!" (○○をのっとれ!)
September 12, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 When craftsman's work cries in moon...
"Takumi no shigoto ga tsuki ni naite..." (匠の仕事が月に泣いて...)
September 19, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
26 Liftoff somehow
"Nanda kanda no rifutoofu" (なんだかんだのリフトオフ)
September 26, 2007 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

References

  • "Oh!-Edo Rocket". (January 2007) Newtype USA p. 11.

External links

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