Ranked #1851

Ayashi no Ceres

Alternative Titles

English: Ceres, Celestial Legend
Japanese: 妖しのセレス


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 20, 2000 to Sep 28, 2000
Premiered: Spring 2000
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 21 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.401 (scored by 16,849 users)
Ranked: #18512
Popularity: #1192
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Ceres was a tennyo (Celestial maiden) who came down from the heavens to bathe in a stream. She hung her hagoromo (robe) on a tree nearby, which was her key to returning to the heavens. But the robe was stolen and the man who had stolen it forced her to become his wife, thus producing a family full of human and tennyo blood mixed.

Now, in modern day time, Aya Mikage is a descendent of Ceres, and has quite an amount of tennyo blood. On her 16th birthday, she and her twin brother, Aki, are thrown a party. At the "party", Aya's grandpa plans to kill her, for she has tennyo powers unlike the rest of the family, and can actually become Ceres herself and destroy the Mikage family. Aya, however, can switch back, so this transformation happens quite frequently.

With protector Yuuhi by her side, it is up to Aya to control Ceres and keep her from coming back, but her relationship with an ex-worker for her evil grandpa may be a distraction.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Konishi, Katsuyuki
Konishi, Katsuyuki
Mikage, Aya
Mikage, Aya
Kakazu, Yumi
Kakazu, Yumi
Iwao, Junko
Iwao, Junko
Aogiri, Yuuhi
Aogiri, Yuuhi
Itou, Kentarou
Itou, Kentarou


Kamegaki, Hajime
Kamegaki, Hajime
Takahashi, Hideo
Takahashi, Hideo
Sound Director
Tomita, Sukehiro
Tomita, Sukehiro
Kamiya, Jun
Kamiya, Jun

More episodes Episodes(1/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Day the Moon and Sixteen Stars Align
Juuroku no Hoshi to Tsuki ga Meguru Hi (16の星と月が巡る日)
Apr 20, 2000

Opening Theme

"Scarlet" by Junko Iwao

Ending Theme

#1: "One ~ Kono Yo ga Hatete mo Hanarenai" by Day-break (eps 1-15)
#2: "Cross My Heart" by Day-break (eps 16-23)
#3: "Scarlet Ver.II" by Junko Iwao (ep 24)

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Sep 8, 2008
Ayashi no Ceres presents a beautiful love story, which intertwined with great action and characters makes for a sad, yet heartwarming story that can grip your heart.

It starts off very peacefully, with Aya Mikage and her twin brother Aki spending time with their friends, celebrating the twins' 16th birthday. However, this peaceful day is interrupted by Aya falling off a bridge, down on the highway underneath. Miraculously, she lands without getting a scratch, and she's saved from cars on a collision course by a mysterious, red-headed man. And that day marks the end of the happy days for the two.

They are summoned to the read more
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Jul 21, 2015
Plot: From the famous author Watase Yuu. Based on the Japanese legend of the “Tennyo no Hagoromo.” A young man spied a celestial maiden bathing. He saw the "celestial robe" and took it with him. Unable to go back to heaven, the celestial maiden was forced to marry the young man.

Based on the manga with the same title. The series is a a mix of drama, fantasy, adventure and romance. Much darker than the author's previous work. A love story that will appeal to everyone.

Studio Pierrot did a really great job with the animation. The satisfying character designs are so pleasing to read more
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Oct 31, 2014
Why can't we have more Shoujos like this!This show is full of win!

Let me get this out of the way.The main reason why i can't give this a 10/10 is because I wish the main character,Aya could do more or be more PROactive.

However,her role is well defined and established in this story,never did i feel that she had no reason to do what she did.Which is not something i could say for most anime these days.

And at least she has some real character and personality.Not being made artificially strong just for the sake of the tired 'strong girl"trope,implying girls need bs plot armor to be read more
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Oct 27, 2007
Ayashi no Ceres:

A very original plot line, immersing a young woman on her 16th birthday, into a world of danger and constant threat while those who are around her and those who she loves are hurt. With love triangles that are sometimes heart wrenching and at other times very sweet. And with a very important message which you will be blatantly told if you haven't already figured it out by the end of the series.

Characters that are simply amazing, follow them all through their pain and trials that they have to overcome. All are excellently portrayed and their feelings read more
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