Ranked #1562

Kurau Phantom Memory

Alternative Titles

Japanese: クラウ ファントムメモリー


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 24, 2004 to Dec 15, 2004
Premiered: Summer 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Media Factory
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.491 (scored by 4,808 users)
Ranked: #15622
Popularity: #2052
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It is the year 2100, and on the colonized Moon, a project is under way to explore new aspects of energy. Amami Kurau is the daughter of the chief scientist on the project, and on her 12th birthday, she accompanies her father to the lab to observe the experiments. Then something goes awry, and Kurau is struck by twin bolts of light. In the aftermath, her father is dismayed to find that his daughter is no longer his daughter. Rather, her body is now home to two energy entities with fantastic powers.

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Amami, Kurau
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Kawasumi, Ayako
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Kobayashi, Misa
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Steiger, Ayaka
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Kaida, Yuuko
Kaida, Yuuko
Ichise, Satoshi
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Tobita, Nobuo
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Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Producer, Planning
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Irie, Yasuhiro
Irie, Yasuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
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Opening Theme

"Natsukashii Umi" by Akino Arai

Ending Theme

"Moonlight" by Katsuki Yukari

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Apr 9, 2008
"I am free, but I do not wish to be alone."

The premise: In the far future when mankind has advanced technologically to colonize the moon, two girls are hunted by the authorities for their mysterious supernatural powers.

Perhaps that's one of the reasons why this series doesn't get enough attention; it's so easy to dismiss KURAU Phantom Memory as just another generic sci-fi/action title. Of course, there are several familiar elements such as mecha, power plant disasters, conspiracy theories, beings from another world, and rogue subjects from questionable scientific experiments, but the lack of any elaborate explanations only goes to show that most of these technical read more
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Jun 6, 2009
Kurau was one of those anime I went into with certain expectations, thinking that it’d be a more action based anime, based off some artwork and what I’d heard. Instead, I got a deeper show that didn’t focus on the actions as much, but was even more enjoyable than I had anticipated.

Story: Kurau takes place a couple of hundred years in the future, where multiple world wars and uprisings have given birth to a single power, the GPO, who provides security for the earth and the colony on the moon. Beyond that, Agents are often used for jobs that may fall outside read more
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Apr 6, 2012
Oh boy, where to start?

Characters: Boring and disappointing for the most part. Which is very sad when in the first few episodes there is much potential in Kurau, the heroine of the series. Literally the first image in the series is of Kurau standing alone on a building structure high above the busy flying cars of a future city, apathetic to what should be dangerous to any normal human. Very Ghost in the shell, Major Kusanagi visually......also there are doves flying in the backround. Which you understand later what that scene represents in the story, but this is the moments of the first episode, read more
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Jun 3, 2014
The science fiction elements form the backdrop for the story, and there are bits of mecha, and routine space travel to a populated moon and some people with extraordinary powers. There are some heroic conflicts and battles and issues of both good and bad effects of technology, but ultimately this is a story about the relationships between people, loss, loneliness and ultimately happiness. This story touches me on a very emotional level - much more than most. There are many plot twists about who is friend or foe, and as in real life, it is often not that simple as people grow. Christmas is a read more
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The averages of the two being at around the 7.5/10 mark is probably down to them attracting the wrong crowd; those not interested in the bonds of love shared by a mother & daughter and two 'sisters'. Both are highly recommended to those who value characterization above everything else. 
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Figure 17 and Kurau are remarkably similar. As well as having a blend of slice-of-life and sci-fi, the two share one other fairly unique element: the development of a relationship between two girls; one of which being an 'alien' twin, in both shows.

In terms of characterization, Figure 17 is the better the two--the introduction of Hikaru into Tsubasa's once timid life changing her for the better. In the case of Kurau and her relationship with Christmas, neither of the two had a huge impact on the growth of the other, and the focus was always on remaining together as opposed to growing together./>
What lets Figure 17 down is its repetitive, undeveloped sci-fi side and a number of its 40 minute episodes suffering from bothersome pacing issues. Kurau has issues on the sci-fi and pacing fronts also, but not to the same extent.

Be sure to watch the two of them if heartfelt family drama and character-focused stories are your cup of tea. read more 
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