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The Candidate for Goddess (女神候補生 Megami Kōhosei?) is a Japanese manga created by Yukiru Sugisaki. It was adapted into a 12-episode anime series in 2000 by Xebec, a subsidiary of Production I.G. A thirteenth episode was released in 2002 in the form of an OVA. This episode is currently unreleased in North America.

The anime series, entitled Pilot Candidate for its American release, was broadcast briefly on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block in 2002, though it was originally intended to be broadcast on Toonami and edited accordingly. Bilingual DVDs were released by Bandai Entertainment, and it is currently unavailable in a complete series boxset.

Story

It is the year 4084. It has been over one thousand years since the Crisis of Systems (Lost Property), which resulted in the destruction of four planetary systems, leaving only a single inhabitable planet, Zion. Mankind is forced to live in space colonies, since that one planet is constantly being invaded by alien life forms that have come to be known as Victim. To stop the aliens and to allow people to land on Zion, mankind has developed the astronomical humanoid weapons, Ingrids, also known as Goddesses. At the G.O.A. (Goddess Operation Academy), young men are trained to pilot the Ingrids. Each of the pilots has a special power called EX; this can consist of a number of skills or abilities, such as the ability to freeze time or to move at extreme speed. The time that a child can control a Goddess is limited and replacements have to be found after a moderate length of time.

Characters

Goddess Cadets

Zero Enna (ゼロ・エンナ (苑名 零) Enna Rei?)
  • Age: 15
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 156 cm
  • Weight: 48 kg
  • Voiced by: Yukimasa Obi
  • Repairer: Kizna Towryk
  • Candidate Number: 88
Zero (his real name "Rei" is the kanji representing number 0) lost his father when he was very young and was raised by his mother on a remote colony. Cheerful and optimistic to the extreme, Zero hides his fears and refuses to ever be depressed. His straightforward and optimistic personality sometimes grates on others. A bit thickheaded, he's not the smartest candidate, but he can move with the best of them. His piloting abilities are like carbon that hasn't yet been formed into a diamond. Zero hasn't yet mastered his EX.
Hiead Gner (ヒイード・グナー Hiīdo Gunā?)
  • Age: 15
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 160 cm
  • Weight: 52 kg
  • Voiced by: Susumu Chiba
  • Repairer: Ikhny Allecto
  • Candidate Number: 87
Orphaned in the war and forced to suffer many hardships, Hiead has a strong hatred for anyone raised in comfort. Cold and seemingly emotionless, he doesn't trust anyone or anything, especially Zero. These rivals share the same EX abilities.
Clay Cliff Fortran (クレイ・クリフ・フォートラン Kurei Krifu Fōtoran?)
  • Age: 15
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 159 cm
  • Weight: 53 kg
  • Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
  • Repairer: Saki Mimori
  • Candidate Number: 89
The class brain, Clay came to the G.O.A. not to be a pilot, but to study and theorize. Interested in many different subjects. His catch phrase is "Very interesting."
Roose Sawamura (ルズ・サワムラ Ruzu Sawamura?)
Pilot Candidate number 85. He used to be chubby, but his Repairer Wrecka put him under a rigorous diet and made him slim. He seems to have some feelings for her.
Yamagi Kushida (ヤマギ・クシダ Yamagi Kushida?)
  • Voiced by: Akio Suyama
  • Repairer: Tukasa Kuscha
  • Candidate Number: 86
Pilot Candidate number 86. His colony was closed down and no one lives there anymore, but he still dreams about his family living there and, worried about him, awaiting his return. He wants to become a Pilot to protect people so they won't have to experience the same dreams as he.
Force Wartlliam (フォース・ウォートリアム Fōsu Wōtoriamu?)
Senior Pilot Candidate number 01. He paired up with Hiead in the training to master the basics of the Pro-Ing. After the teams were separated, Hiead challenged him to a duel and, as result of Hiead's EX going rampant, he got badly hurt.
Aracd Narocke (アラクド・ナロック Arakudo Narokku?)
Senior Pilot Candidate number 04. He paired up with Clay in the training to master the basics of the Pro-Ing and fought against Zero and Erts' pair. His objective was to defeat Erts, the best of the five top pilots, but Zero got in his way.
Erts Virny Cocteau (アーツ・ウィルニー・コクト Ātsu Wirunī Kokuto?)
  • Age: 14
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 156 cm
  • Weight: 47 kg
  • Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
  • Candidate Number: 05
  • Ingrid: Luhma Klein
  • Repairer: Tune Youg
Senior Pilot Candidate number 05 and the best of five top pilots. Orphaned very young and forced to enter the G.O.A., Erts is gentle and doesn't like to fight. His grades are very good and Erts is Zero's friend. Erts has an older brother that is a pilot, Ernest Cuore. He later becomes a Goddess Pilot in his brother's place.

Repairer Cadets

Kizna Towryk (キズナ・トゥリーク Kizuna Turīku?)
  • Age: 15
  • Blood type: OX
  • Height: 154 cm
  • Weight: ? kg
  • Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa
The personal Repairer for the practice ingrid Zero pilots. Kizna wants to be Zero's equal, and not inferior to him. Sometimes, Kizna talks like a man, but because of her rational personality, the other mechanic girls in her class look up to her. She has dexterous fingers and makes an excellent mechanic. She really likes sweet things. Kizna has artificial fox ears because in her childhood, she had an accident that damaged her ears (Kitsune means fox).
Ikhny Allecto (イクニ・アレクト Ikuni Arekuto?)
She's Hiead Gner's Repairer. Timid and seemingly low in self-confidence, Ikhny is gifted in repair and seeks acceptance from the brutal Hiead, even to the point of once sabotaging Zero's Pro-ING.
Tukasa Kuscha (ツカサ・クーシャ Tsukasa Kūsha?)
She's Yamagi Kushida's Repairer.
Wrecka Toesing (レッカ・トーシング Rekka Tōshingu?)
She's Roose Sawamura's Repairer.
Saki Mimori (サキ・ミモリ Saki Mimori?)
She's Clay Cliff Fortran's Repairer.
Kyoko Farley (キョウコ・ファーリィ Kyouko Fārī?)
Yukine Simmons (ユキネ・シモンズ Yukine Shimonzu?)
Rome Lotte (ロミ・ロット Romi Rotto?)
She's Erts Virny Cocteau's Repairer. She had to drop her position when Erts became a Goddess Pilot and chose to carry his brother's will.

Goddess Pilots

Teela Zain Elmes (ティーラ・ザイン・エルメス Tīra Zain Erumesu?)
  • Age: 15
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 156 cm
  • Weight: 42 kg
  • Voiced by: Yuri Amano
The best of the five Goddesses and the only female pilot. Faithful to her task, Teela's fighting ability is frighteningly high. Nearly flawless, there are times when no one quite knows what she's thinking. Seeking perfection, she won't let herself feel the emotions of daily life. Her outward appearance has hardly changed since she saved the ten-year-old Zero, but no one knows why. Always the top of the pilots, Teela has two EX. One is the same ability as Zero's. The other is the ability to control other Ingrids.
Gareas Elidd (ガルイース・エリッド Garuīsu Eriddo?)
  • Age: 18
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 176 cm
  • Weight: 65 kg
  • Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
  • Ingrid: Eeva Leena
  • Repairer: Leena Fujimura
Number 2 of the five Goddesses, he is in charge of attacking. When he's in the right mood, Gareas has matchless strength; when he's not, he can't hit the broad side of a barn. He doesn't like Teela (since she took his position as top pilot). Strong, quick-tempered, and violent, he has a nasty way of speaking and acting and is constantly ignoring orders. Gareas is a womanizer who's always competing with Rio. The oldest of the pilots, he has a relatively strong build. Despite their vast differences, Gareas is good friends with Ernest.
Rioroute Vilgyna (リオリート・ウィルジナ Riorīto Wirujina?)
  • Age: 18
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 168 cm
  • Weight: 57 kg
  • Voiced by: Kōichi Tōchika
  • Ingrid: Agui Keameia
  • Repairer: Philphleora Deed
Rio is what's called a cheerful idiot, even though he has a rather arrogant personality. But he's easily the most gentle pilot and most easily moved to tears. Quite the flirt, he is always competing with Gareas. He seems like a player, but he secretly only likes his mechanic, Philphleora. Rio recognizes Teela as the leader. He tends to say, "--ssu." A contraction of "desu" which indicates he's not showing as much respect as he should. Rio's body is fit and toned. He's the fourth in a big family. His little brother, who is also blood type EO, is expected to soon enter G.O.A.
Yu Hikura (ユウ・ヒクラ (緋座 優) Yuu Hikura?)
  • Age: 16
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 160 cm
  • Weight: 48 kg
  • Voiced by: Akira Ishida
  • Ingrid: Tellia Kallisto
  • Repairer: Kazuhi Hikura
He's quiet and usually emotionless, but Yu is quite strong-willed. Like Gareas, he is also in charge of attacking. Because of his calm judgment, the other pilots have great trust in him (his skills are also top notch). He has a rather young face and light complexion, and has a small build. There are rumors to the effect that, while enrolled in G.O.A., he nearly killed his instructor. When his home colony was attack by Giseisha, he and his sister Kazuhi were rescued by the previous five Goddesses. To him, the most precious thing is his only family, his little sister.
Ernest Cuore (アーネスト・クォーレ Ānesuto Kuōre?)
  • Age: 17
  • Blood type: EO
  • Height: 170 cm
  • Weight: 59 kg
  • Voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura
  • Ingrid: Luhma Klein
  • Repairer: Tune Youg
He is submissive and kind to everyone, but he has a complicated side that, while being lonely, likes his solitude. With his polite, careful way of speaking, Ernest is always the mediator if something bad happens between the Candidates. His EX is telepathy, which has caused a hard time for him when associating with others. But after meeting Gareas at G.O.A., he started to look at things positively. Ernest dislikes his EX and often wonders why he has it. In battle, he uses his EX to support the Ingrids so they can fight with 120% of their power, as well as being in charge of operations. Erts is his little brother.

Repairers

Leena Fujimura (リーナ・フジムラ Rīna Fujimura?)
She's Gareas Elidd's Goddess Repairer. Her name is the same as Gareas' Ingrid, and seems to worry and care a lot about him.
Philphleora Deed (フィルフレイラ・ディード Firuforeira Dīdo?)
She's Rioroute Vilgyna's Goddess Repairer. She cares a lot about Rio, even though she doesn't let it show and says she worries much more about Agui Keameia, his Ingrid.
Tune Youg (チューン・ユーグ Chūn Yūgu?)
She's Ernest Cuore's Goddess Repairer and also is in love with him. Apparently, she was jealous of Ernest and Gareas' relationship. As said in episode 8, even though her heart was only filled with thoughts of Ernest, he wouldn't look at her at all and would open his heart only to Gareas. She later becomes Erts Virny Cocteau's Goddess Repairer, losing the opportunity to tell Ernest how she really felt about him.
Kazuhi Hikura (カズヒ・ヒクラ(緋座 一妃) Kazuhi Hikura?)
She's Yu Hikura's Goddess Repairer and also his sister. She doesn't like rough people, and said so to Rio when he tried to flirt with her.

G.O.A. Personnel

Azuma Hijikata (アズマ・ヒジカタ Azuma Hijikata?)
A G.O.A. Personnel. As said in the very first episode, he sometimes is the captain of the transports and sometimes is the scary instructor who shows Candidates the right way. He's the one responsable to personally train Zero, Hiead, Clay, Yamagi and Roose. He's a smoker and also a very serious person, but also somewhat hot headed, and seems to hate when people call him "old man".
Dr. Rill Croford (リル・クロフォード Riru Kurofōdo?)
A G.O.A. Personnel. Also called Madonna in White, she's the main doctor at the medical station.
Dr. Kuro Rivolde (Dr.クロウ Dr. Kurou?)
A G.O.A. Personnel.
Headmaster (校長 Kouchou?)
A G.O.A. Personnel and the Headmaster of the school.

Others

Narrator

Episodes

Episodes are called "Curricula".

# Episode Title Original Air Date
00 Connection
"Setsuzoku" (接続)
January 10, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
01 Alignment
"Douchou" (同調)
January 17, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
02 EX
"EX" (EX)
January 24, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
03 Consciousness
"Jikaku" (自覚)
January 31, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
04 Partner
"Pātonā" (パートナー)
February 7, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
05 Combination
"Konbinēshon" (コンビネーション)
February 14, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
06 Pro Ing
"PRO-ING" (PRO-ING)
February 21, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
07 Ground Battle
"Rikusen" (陸戦)
February 28, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
08 Death
"Shi" (死)
March 6, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
09 Dreams
"Yume" (夢)
March 13, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 Jealousy
"Natemi" (妬み)
March 20, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 Drift
"Dakuryuu" (濁流)
March 27, 2000 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Friends
"Nakama" (仲間)
{{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
This episode is actually an OVA.

Music

Opening Theme:

  • "Aim for Zion, the Planet of Hope" (希望の星(ZION)をめざせ! Zion wo Mezase!?)
    Composition and arrangement by: Tomoyuki Asakawa

Ending Theme:

  • "Chance" (チャンス Chansu?): Curriculum 01 - 11
    Lyrics by: Kyouko Tomita
    Composition by: Koizumi Kouhei
    Arrangement by: Zawa Ono
    Song by: Koizumi Kouhei
  • "Shimmering" (かがやき Kagayaki?): Curriculum 12
    Lyrics by: Akira Okeya
    Composition and arrangement by: Tomoyuki Asakawa
    Song by: Koizumi Kouhei

External links

tl:The Candidate for Goddess th:หน่วยรบหุ่นเทพธิดา zh:女神候補生

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