OLM/Pony Canyon, 1999-2000 ADV Films, 2002-2003 Directed by Naohito Takahashi (Berserk, To Heart). Rated 17+ for some violence, nudity and HLA. by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/ During Japan's Taisho Era (1912-1926), a scientist named Ayanokoji developed the Steel Angel - an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities. While the Imperial Army wanted to use the Steel Angel as a new means of modern warfare, Ayanokoji wanted his creation to be a new step in the future of mankind. Thus, he defied orders from the Army and secretly made the Steel Angel codenamed "Kurumi". Then one day, a young boy named Nakahito Kagura snuck into Ayanokoji's house as a dare by his friends and stumbled upon Kurumi's lifeless body. A sudden attack by the Imperial Army shook the house, causing Kurumi to fall on Nakahito. At that moment, their lips met, and Kurumi woke up from "the kiss that started a miracle". Story: A- For a series that runs only at 15 minutes per episode, Steel Angel Kurumi is surprisingly good. Underneath all the T&A in the series is some excellent character development and a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor. Animation: A Oriental Light & Magic (Berserk, Figure 17) did an excellent job animating Steel Angel Kurumi, using some awesome 2D and 3D effects. Soundtrack: A The BGM, composed by Toshihiko Sahashi (The Big-O, Full Metal Panic!), is a lively orchestral masterpiece that blends perfectly with Kurumi's roaring '20s setting. And once you listen to "Kiss Kara Hajimaru Miracle" by the Steel Angels, you can't get enough of the series. Sub vs. Dub Steel Angel Kurumi features Atsuko Enomoto (Yukino in His & Her Circumstances, young Emeraldas in Maetel Legend) as Kurumi, Rie Tanaka (Chii in Chobits, Yomi in Azumanga Daioh) as Saki, Masayo Kurata (Shinobu in Love Hina, Sayo in Inu-Yasha) as Karinka, Houko Kuwashima (Quon in RahXephon, Kirika in NOIR) as Nakahito, Hirotaka Suzuoki (Kuno in Ranma 1/2, Bright Noah in Mobile Suit Gundam), as Dr. Ayanokoji, Ai Orikasa (Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo, Quatre in Gundam Wing) as Dr. Amagi, Yasunori Matsumoto (Gourry in The Slayers, Gai in Getter Robo Armageddon) as Kamihito, Tamio Oki (Captain Tashiro in Gunbuster, Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell) as the General, Tomomichi Nishimura (Jamitov in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083) as Dr. Walski, Toshiyuki Morikawa (Griffith in Berserk) as Dr. Brando, Yumi Tohma (Urd in Ah! My Goddess, Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War) as Mikhail, Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, Kasumi in Ranma 1/2) as Nadeshiko, Tomoko Kawakami (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Hikaru no Go) as Koganei, Michiko Neya (Nancy in Read Or Die, Melissa in Full Metal Panic!) as Kichijouji, Chinami Nishimura (Kiki in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Fei-Lin in Gate Keepers) as Sumako, Ryoka Yuzuki (Armitage: Dual-Matrix, Takako in Chobits) as Tsunami, Chiharu Tezuka (Reika in Serial Experiments Lain, Yumi in Magical Project S) as Kaga, and Akemi Okamura (Matsutani in Now and Then, Here and There, Belldandy in Adventures of Mini-Goddess) as Kaori. DVD Extras So far, I don't have the DVDs yet, but I will get them soon. According to ADV's Kurumi page, extras include concept art, textless opening/ending, staff interviews and historical data on the Taisho Era. The Bottom Line Who says ecchi titles can't mix T&A and a good story at the same time? Steel Angel Kurumi is a definite must-buy for any anime fan 17 and above.