Project Arms

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PROJECT ARMS SUMMARY Project ARMS is a great anime series, with something for everyone: action, teen angst, humor, tragedy, mystery, a little romance, mutant limbs, superweapons, lots of evil supervillains, realistic animation, good voice acting, great soundtracks, and bizarre Alice In Wonderland references. Project ARMS was originally a weekly Japanese manga called ARMS, created by Ryoji Minagawa [Heaven, Spriggan (AKA Striker), D-Live] and Kyoichi Nanatsuki [Samurai Showdown, Hotaru Road, Yami No Aegis]. It was serialized in the magazine Shonen Sunday from 1997 to 2002, and won the prestigious 44th Shogakukan Manga award. ARMS then became a 52-episode anime series, which aired in Japan from April 2001 to March 2002. Currently the manga and anime series are being translated into English and distributed in the USA by VIZ under the title Project ARMS. The main character is Ryo Takatsuki, a typical modern 17-year-old Japanese high school student. He goes to school, hangs out with his girlfriend Katsumi, helps his mom, and generally enjoys his peaceful life. But one day his peaceful life is shattered. A vengeful teen with an arm that morphs into a grotesque superweapon tries to kill him. And mysterious and ruthless soldiers try to capture him. When Ryo's own right arm suddenly transforms into a mutant superweapon and defeats Ryo's attacker on its own, Ryo discovers that he is not a normal kid after all. Ryo is one of four teens whose bodies were secretly implanted with ARMS, a network of nano-machines that can instantly transform into lethal weapons. ARMS protects its human host, heals most injuries, and changes and evolves over time. Unfortunately ARMS also has its own artificial intelligence and its own goals, and does not always obey its human host. Ryo's own ARMS is the ultimate weapon of mass destruction, making Ryo the most terrifying power on earth. A malevolent international weapons group named Egrigori want the ARMS technology so they can conquer the world. To protect himself and those he loves, Ryo teams up with the three other ARMS teens, each possessing their own unique abilities. Hayato Shingu has ARMS designed for edged weapons and close combat. Takeshi Tomoe has ARMS designed for flight and high speed maneuvers. Kei Kuruma has ARMS designed for reconnaissance. Together these four teens try to master their ARMS, unravel the secrets of their past, and battle wave after wave of scientifically enhanced Egrigori agents trying to capture or kill them. In the end the four teens embark on their ultimate mission: to invade Egrigori headquarters. MAJOR CHARACTERS RYO TAKATSUKI is the main character of the anime. He seems like your regular polite and friendly teenager, but he has extraordinary hidden abilities. Ryo's parents knew he would have to combat Egrigori someday, and quietly trained him in survival techniques, martial arts, and strategy. Ryo always calmly analyzes any new situation and figures out the best solution. Ryo also has a high regard for human life and free will, and always fights for these with everything he has. Ryo is deeply in love with his girlfriend Katsumi. Ryo's ARMS is code named Jabberwock, and is concentrated mostly in Ryo's right arm. Ryo's arm is an extremely powerful close combat weapon, and can also elongate or turn into a multi-function cannon. His ARMS' artificial intelligence, Jabberwock, is a savage fiery demon which only lives to destroy. Jabberwock also has the power to kill any other ARMS. Most of the time Ryo keeps Jabberwock under control, but when Ryo is in danger or becomes overstressed Jabberwock can take over. Then Ryo transforms into Jabberwock's ultimate form, and the carnage begins. Only Ryo's fellow ARMS can bring him back under control. HAYATO SHINGU is an incredibly passionate person. He constantly lives in the moment, and can switch from rage to shock to grief all in an instant. He also has a powerful sense of justice, and will instantly leap in to protect the helpless or punish evildoers. When Hayato was seven he saw Egrigori slaughter everyone in his home village and burn it to the ground. Hayato also saw Keith murder his father and slice off Hayato's own left arm. Hayato's left arm was replaced by his ARMS. Hayato then went to live with his grandfather Juzo and learned martial arts. Haunted by his parents' deaths Hayato only lived for revenge, and he hunted down and destroyed Egrigori agents wherever he found them. After Hayato meets Ryo and his fellow ARMS he gains more self-control, self-awareness, and compassion. Eventually Hayato gives up his revenge and becomes a protector rather than a destroyer. Hayato's ARMS is called White Knight (or just Knight), and is concentrated in his left arm. Hayato's arm transforms into multiple fighting blades and a projectile launcher for close combat. White Knight's ultimate form is a powerful armored knight whose lance can destroy other ARMS. White Knight's secret mission is to destroy Jabberwock if it gets completely out of control, and Hayato does not want to be his best friend's executioner. TAKESHI TOMOE is the most unlikely hero of all the ARMS subjects. Takeshi is smart, skinny, sensitive, solitary, and timid, the classic target for high school bullies. Takeshi was constantly tormented at school, which caused his ARMS to first activate. Takeshi then became even more isolated, genuinely loathing his own body and his cowardice. After Takeshi meets Ryo and his fellow ARMS he finally realizes he is not alone. He also realizes his family and friends are what he really cares about, and that he must fight to protect them. Takeshi then becomes a brave, loyal, and powerful member of the team. Takeshi's ARMS is called White Rabbit, and is concentrated in Takeshi's legs. Takeshi can run and jump incredibly fast, and fly up to several hundred feet. White Rabbit's ultimate form is a winged humanoid that can fly faster than the speed of sound. Like White Knight, White Rabbit is also ready to destroy Jabberwock if he gets completely out of control. KEI KURUMA is the only girl of the four ARMS, but never underestimate her. Unlike the ARMS boys, Kei has known about her ARMS her entire life. She was raised by the Bluemen, the organization that combats Egrigori and originally implanted ARMS in the four teens. Kei was raised and trained as an elite soldier. But because many of the Bluemen saw her as a weapon and not a person, Kei grew up extremely lonely, bitter, and even a little vicious. This all changes when Kei meets Ryo and the other ARMS subjects, the only people who truly understand Kei. With them she finally learns true friendship and teamwork. Kei's ARMS is called the Queen Of Hearts, and is concentrated in her eyes. Kei's ARMS is an array of powerful sensors, including magnification and infrared. Kei can figure out a punch before it is thrown, or a bullet's course before it leaves the barrel, and avoid them. Kei can also activate, enhance, and deactivate the ARMS of her teammates. The Queen Of Hearts' final form is a magnificent woman made of light. Kei is still discovering all the abilities of her ARMS. KATSUMI AKAGI is Ryo's neighbor and classmate, and is very kind and compassionate. She is also extremely strong willed, and has no problems telling people when they are being idiots. Katsumi has been Ryo's closest friend since early childhood, and secretly loves him. Unknown to Katsumi herself, she is also an Egrigori experiment with a vital part to play in Egrigori's master plan. After Ryo's ARMS activates, Katsumi is always beside Ryo trying to keep him calm and sane. Katsumi is taken prisoner by Egrigori in episode 11, but despite her long imprisonment she is always certain that Ryo will come for her. MISA TAKATSUKI was once the legendary mercenary soldier Laughing Panther. With her partner, Iwao Takatsuki, she was one of the Bluemen's elite soldiers. Then the couple was given their toughest mission of all: to raise the most dangerous ARMS subject as their own son. Misa adapted to her civilian life wonderfully, and even to Ryo she was nothing more than a regular stay-at-home mom. But when danger threatens her son, Misa can still haul out the heavy weaponry and kick butt with the best. IWAO TAKATSUKI is almost never seen in this series, but his effect is felt by every person in the series. Code named Silent Wolf, Iwao is one of the world's finest athletes, soldiers, and undercover agents, and a caring and protective human being. But he shrugs off his talents with a calm, disarming grace, saying he's "Just a traveling businessman." Iwao taught everything he knew to his son Ryo, and he also teaches the other characters he encounters. Iwao left his family five years ago on "business," doing field assignments for the Bluemen all around the world. JUZO SHINGU is Hayato's paternal grandfather, the person who raised Hayato after his parents were killed. Though Juzo may look like just an old man, he is the master of the Shingu style martial arts and taught Hayato everything he knows about close combat. Juzo deeply cares for his grandson, indeed all children, but he also knows when he needs to be tough and knock some sense into these youngsters. KOICHI KABUTO is a police detective from Ryo's hometown. While investigating some bizarre incidents he discovers the ARMS teens and Egrigori. Detective Kabuto decides his oath to protect and serve the public means he must fight Egrigori, and he becomes the ARMS teens' ally. Kabuto is a smart and able detective, and helps our heroes as much as he can. But he also knows he is just human, and when he should just back off and let the ARMS teens do the fighting. AL BOWEN is just a kid, and an unlikely ally of the ARMS teens. Al and his twin brother Jeff were scientific geniuses, and as they grew up people persecuted them for being different. This make the twins hate all "normal" people, and determined to get revenge. Egrigori made the twins their top weapons developers, and with their remote-control cyborgs also a top combat team. When the twins try to capture the ARMS teens they get out of hand, and Egrigori murders Jeff and tries to murder Al for disobeying orders. Al then allies with the ARMS teens to get his revenge on Egrigori. In the beginning Al is extremely self-centered, always talking about how brilliant he is and how the ARMS teens are just heartless morons. But after a great deal of tough love and tender loving care he learns to trust and care about other people. The ARMS become his new family, and he uses all his knowledge and intelligence to help them. Eventually Al gets more physical in the way he handles problems. CHUN-YAN LEE is the Bluemen's number two leader, and handles the face-to-face matters that the disabled and reclusive Keith Blue cannot. She is a multitalented wonder, equally at home in a board room, in front of a computer, and on the battlefield. She is brilliant, absolutely calm in tense situations, and with a subtle sense of humor. Like all the Bluemen she suffered terrible losses at the hands of Egrigori, and is therefore unswervingly loyal to Keith Blue and the Bluemen. She is both mother and big sister for Kei, giving her good advice and helping her to follow her heart. YUGO GILBERT was born with extraordinary telepathic powers. She, her brother Cliff, and several others with extraordinary gifts grew up in an Egrigori lab as test subjects. Yugo and some of her companions escaped from the lab and traveled to Japan. Initially Yugo's group attacked the ARMS teens, wanting to prove their value to Egrigori, but when Egrigori became a common enemy they became allies. Yugo has a secret crush on Ryo Takatsuki, but since she knows he is devoted to Katsumi she never pushes herself on him. Yugo selflessly joins the ARMS in their quest to find Katsumi. KEITH RED is an original ARMS prototype, one of several clones created by Egrigori's original ARMS research scientist. The Keith series ARMS do not have artificial intelligences. Keith Red is the Egrigori's top soldier and assassin, and is extremely skilled, cunning, ruthless, and ambitious. He wants to control Jabberwock so he can achieve ultimate power. Keith Red's ARMS is called Gryphon, and is concentrated in Keith's arms. Gryphon's ultimate form is a powerful feathered humanoid with two enormous fighting blades and a destructive sonic projector. KEITH BLUE is an original ARMS prototype, but his ARMS implant surgery was a failure. Keith Blue has a delimiter implant that suppresses his ARMS and keeps him alive, but he is confined to a life support wheelchair. Keith Blue somehow escaped Egrigori, taking much of Egrigori's classified ARMS data, core chips, and genetic material. Keith Blue set up his own organization, the Bluemen, to halt Egrigori's plans for world conquest. The Bluemen created the four ARMS teens in their labs. Keith Blue is very reclusive, and is only seen by his top lieutenants. He is a brilliant leader who inspires great loyalty among the Bluemen, and is especially adept at reading human nature. Keith Blue values all people, especially his Bluemen colleagues, but he will not hesitate to put them into danger if that will achieve his goals. KEITH VIOLET is the only surviving woman of the Keith series, and is beautiful, smart, and amazingly powerful. Keith Violet is very different from her brothers, being neither a friend nor an enemy of the ARMS teens but an interested observer. Keith Violet's ARMS is called March Hare, we have not yet seen it in action. KEITH SILVER makes Hayato look calm and collected. Keith Silver doesn't just enjoy battle, he revels in it. He will gladly destroy anyone and anything so he can get his thrills, even disobeying the other Keiths and Alice. Keith Silver's ARMS is called Mad Hatter, and emits powerful energy shields or high-temperature energy blasts. It's ultimate form is a giant skeletal humanoid. KEITH GREEN is a very deceptive individual. On the outside he seems to be courteous, civilized, maybe even a little wimpy. But in reality he is cunning and powerful, and enjoys slaughter as much as the other Keiths. Keith Green's ARMS is called Cheshire Cat. He can manipulate space and time, appearing and disappearing at will and causing massive destruction. Keith Green develops a crush on Katsumi while she is an Egrigori prisoner, and he is determined to eliminate his romantic rival Ryo. KEITH BLACK is the calculating big brother and leader of the Keiths. He is the leader of Egrigori, second only to the mysterious and unseen Alice. Keith has a master plan known only to himself, and he needs Jabberwock's full power to complete it. But is he trying to conquer the world, or destroy it? ALICE is the greatest power in the Egrigori, progenitor of the ARMS and the unseen director of all the events surrounding the ARMS teens. Even the Keiths defer to Alice. We have caught glimpses of a blond girl who seems to be Alice, but is she truly human?moreless
Ron Halder

Ron Halder

Supporting voices

Willow Johnson

Willow Johnson

Supporting voices

Brian Drummond

Brian Drummond

Hayato Shingu, Shuichiro Shingu

Kelly Sheridan

Kelly Sheridan

Maya Tomoe, Supporting voices

Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson

Goto, White Knight

Janyse Jaud

Janyse Jaud

Keith Violet

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