Friday, 3 October 2014

3×3 Eyes - Sazan Eyes (サザンアイズ) - [1991-1996]


japanese (english subbed)

3×3 Eyes, pronounced Sazan Eyes (サザンアイズ) in Japanese, is a manga written and illustrated by Yuzo Takada. The manga was serialized in Young Magazine from 1987 to 2002, spanning to a total of 40 volumes. In 1993, it won the Kodansha Manga Award forshōnen. The English-language translation was being published by Dark Horse Comics, but was discontinued before the release of volume 9 in 2005.

3×3 Eyes
3x3 Eyes volume 1.jpg
Pai and Yakumo as they appear on 3×3 Eyes volume 1 published by Kodansha
(Sazan Aizu)
Written byYuzo Takada
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineYoung Magazine
English magazine
Super Manga Blast
Original runDecember 1987 –October 2002
Original video animation
Directed byDaisuke Nishio (ep. 1-2, 4)
Kazuhisa Takenouchi (ep. 3)
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
ReleasedJuly 25, 1991 –March 19, 1992
Runtime30 minutes each
Original video animation
3×3 Eyes Seima Densetsu
Directed byKazuhisa Takenouchi
StudioStudio Junio
Licensed by
ReleasedJuly 25, 1995 –June 25, 1996
Runtime45 minutes each
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The manga has received two anime OVA series based on 3×3 Eyes and were first released in 1991 and 1995. The first consisted of four episodes averaging to half-hour of run time. The second consisted of three averaging out to 45-minutes of run time. They cover the storyline up to volume 5 of the manga. Originally published by Streamline in the US in 1995, the two OVAs were eventually re-dubbed and released in 2001 by Pioneer LDC in a collected set. The series has also received several companion books, Drama CDs, and video games only released in Japan.


3×3 Eyes follows the adventures of Pai, the last remaining Sanjiyan Unkara (三只眼 吽迦羅 lit. triclops), and her new Wu (Chinesereading of 无; an immortal companion), Yakumo, as they desperately try to find a way to make Pai human so that she can forget her troubled past. Pai travelled to Tokyo searching for the artifact, but shortly after she arrived, a thief snatched her backpack and cane from her. A teenage lad, Yakumo, tackled the crook and managed to get the pack back for her, though the thief escaped with the cane. Yakumo took her to his work, where Pai was able to get cleaned up, and where she discovered that he was the son of Professor Fujii, an archaeologist she had met in Tibet four years prior. The Professor had been researching the legends of the Sanjiyans and had befriended her and offered to help her find the Ningen, only to fall ill and die. Pai had his last letter to his son in her backpack, which asked Yakumo to help Pai with her quest. Although he didn't believe his father's tales of Pai being a monster, he agreed to assist her.
Their discussion was interrupted by news reports of a giant monster flying over the city. Pai recognised the creature as her pet Takuhi, who must have been released from his home in Pai's cane by the thief, and who was now looking for her. Pai set out to retrieve him, with Yakumo close behind. However when Yakumo saw Takuhi fly towards Pai, the lad mistook the beast's welcome for an attack, and shoved Pai out the way; immediately Takuhi ripped into the lad, fatally wounding him. Unwilling to lose the boy she had been hunting for and just located, Pai's third eye opened, and she absorbed his soul. This restored his body, but tied him to her as her undead servant. Linked to her, he can only become human again when she becomes human. In the way of this goal are hordes of monsters and demons from the Shadow World, some desiring Pai's powers, others who seek the Ningen for their own. Yakumo can again become mortal and end his constant need to protect Pai because if Pai dies, then so will he. Along the way, they encounter many followers of the now-dead demon god Kaiyanwang, all of whom wish to kill Pai or siphon off her power in order to resurrect their deity and/or gain immortality.

Daisuke Nishio (eps 1-2, 4)
ScreenplayAkinori Endo
MusicKaoru Wada
Original MangaYuzo Takada
Character DesignKouichi Arai
Art Director:
Junichi Taniguchi (eps 2-4)
Animation DirectorKouichi Arai
Art design:
Miyuki Sato (ep 4)
Director of Photography:
Takeshi Fukuda (eps 2-4)
Katsunori Haruta (eps 2-4)
Minoru Takanashi (eps 2-4)
Ryohei Suzuki (ep 1)
Toshimichi Ootsuki (eps 2-4)
Yoshimasa Mizuo (eps 2-4)

Assistant DirectorTakahiro Imamura(ep 4)
Key Animation:
Hideki Hamasu (eps 1-4)
Kou Yoshinari (ep 3)
Music ArrangementHideyuki Tanaka
Music ArtistKaoru Wada
SupervisionDaisuke Nishio (ep 3)

Kouji Tsujitani as Yakumo Fujii

Megumi Hayashibara as Pai Ayanokouji/Sanjiyan

Ai Orikasa as Ling-ling Li

Toshiko Fujita as Ms. Huang/Shunkai

Akio Ohtsuka as Benares
Arihiro Masuda as Newscaster
Banjou Ginga as Steve Long
Hikaru Midorikawa as Hide-san
Hiroyuki Satou as Tatsuya
Kouji Totani as Ryouko
Kôzô Shioya as Monster(gesu)
Mariko Kouda as Woman
Masami Kikuchi as Saru
Masato Hirano as Transvestite 1
Mayumi Tanaka as Meixing Long
Michie Tomizawa as Don-chan
Michitaka Kobayashi as Transvestite 2
Naoko Matsui as Armulet
Osamu Saka as Professor Fujii
Ryotaro Okiayu as Masked man
Takeshi Aono as Chou
Tomohiro Nishimura as Hazrat Haan

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Yuko Mizutani as Natsuko

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