Ranked #1353

Kaikan Phrase

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sensual Phrase
Japanese: 快感 フレーズ


Type: TV
Episodes: 44
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 20, 1999 to Mar 25, 2000
Premiered: Spring 1999
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Hibari
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.561 (scored by 2,467 users)
Ranked: #13532
Popularity: #2958
Members: 7,348
Favorites: 96
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After the break up of their old band, guitarist Yuki & drummer Santa decide to form a new one. They recruit bass player Towa, young guitarist Atsuro, and after much persuasion, vocalist Sakuya. Together they form Lucifer and they struggle to make it in the music business, and also to stay together. As well, they have to deal with personal issues, such as parental objections, and watching their old bands succeed ahead of them. Sakuya is the most troubled band member, as he has to deal with his tragic past, and his relationship with teenaged lyricist Aine.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Ookouchi, Sakuya
Ookouchi, Sakuya
Matsukaze, Masaya
Matsukaze, Masaya
Shimamura, Kaoru
Shimamura, Kaoru
Yukimura, Aine
Yukimura, Aine
Enomoto, Atsuko
Enomoto, Atsuko
Toudou, Yukifumi
Toudou, Yukifumi
Miki, Shinichiro
Miki, Shinichiro
Sakuma, Kazuto
Sakuma, Kazuto
Chiba, Susumu
Chiba, Susumu


Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Suzuki, Iku
Suzuki, Iku
Episode Director, Storyboard
Fujimoto, Yoshitaka
Fujimoto, Yoshitaka
Episode Director, Storyboard
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko
Script, Series Composition

More episodes Episodes(0/44)

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Opening Theme

#1: "サバイバル (Survival)" by GLAY (eps 1-11)
#2: "堕天使BLUE (Datenshi Blue)" by Λucifer (eps 12-22)
#3: "Cの微熱 (C no Binetsu)" by Λucifer (eps 23-36)
#4: "TOKYO幻想[イリュージョン] (Tokyo Illusion)" by Λucifer (eps 37-44)

Ending Theme

#1: "Everlasting" by FEEL (eps 1-10)
#2: "蜃気楼 (Shinkirou)" by FEEL (eps 11-22)
#3: "Overhead Run" by Transtic Nerve (eps 23-34)
#4: "love around" by e.mu (eps 35-43)
#5: "堕天使BLUE (Datenshi Blue)" by Lucifer (ep 44)

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Feb 23, 2009
Since I had just finished watching Kaikan Phrase, I thought I'd do a little review on it.
I came across this anime while updating the Kaikan Phrase manga entry, I immeadiatly added it to my plan to watch list since I had liked the manga so much.
The story is very simple, the band Lucifer tries to make it to the top of the music charts while various people try to stop their journey to the top.
I was disappointed to say the least but enough about that, onto the good points:

The other members of the band (besides Sakuya), get a lot more screen time and character development, read more
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Jun 22, 2008
I still have a "hang-over" over Nana so I was browsing for some animes thats relevantly similar to it. Came across Kaikan Phrase but had a dout coz its quite old. But I somehow ended up watching it and have no regrets at all.

The story started of typically. A little bit slow but as it progresses you'll find yourself hooked. There's a lot of character development that would make one kind of attached to each band member. It was focused more on the band, on have they struggled, how they developed they're relationship to each other and how they overcame the obstacles read more
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Nov 24, 2013
I enjoyed the manga for this very much, though it did have some significant weak points, the adult themes and boldness of the storyline made up for a lot of shortcomings. Unfortunately, the anime production removed the one redeeming feature of the story completely!

The artwork is very dated, for something produced in the 90's, it looks like something from the 70's, and while they give us a lot of background on the other members of the bands, they water all of it down! This manga is really ONLY interesting because it's racy and because of the very titillating relationship between the characters. read more
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Sep 29, 2009
Kaikan phrase is quite the squeaky clean anime, although it is adapted from Mayu Shinjou’s manga and those familiar with her works would expect an amount of smut and ecchi-ness but in contrast this anime has everything but those steamy elements.

The story starts off with making the band; each character is introduced with their set of problems as they try to become professionals. Whilst the band is discovering itself at the grass-roots level we’re frequently made to listen to their sounds, composed of catchy tunes Midnight Crow and Datenshi Blue (which are sang by the real-life Lucifer band – clever of the producers to read more
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Music, struggle, losing a parent, wanting to protect something 
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It seems to me that if a person liked the story of Kaikan Phrase, they'd like Beck too. They're both stories about mostly strangers coming together and working towards their dreams of being a famous rock band. They were very similiar but Beck was done better, I think. 
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Anime: Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
Both is about getting into the music industry. Difference is that Uta no Prince-sama is boy band(idol) while Kaikan Phrase is a band(rock band or something like that). Then there's also a composer in both. Kaikan Phrase has romance is the lovey dovey kind in the later half while uta no prince-sama romance is not obvious. More like other kind of reverse harem since it is from a game. Okay idk if i'm making sense but you'll understand me if you watch them both. 
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Anime: Gravitation
Both are shows based on boy bands with some romance. Also, the animation and style look similar, and both series have some BL/slash.  
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Anime: Sakamichi no Apollon
for one, they are both music anime I like - which says something. Though Apollon is jazz in the late 1960s, and kaikan phrase is rock in 1980's (or so), both have the sort of charisma that just draws you in until the very end, leaving you wanting more.

both are 9+ one my list

another you might like is Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad 
reportRecommended by Era-lightning
Anime: K-On!
Both about bands starting up with a couple good friends. Kaikan Phrase is darker than K-on but goes a lot more into the music.The band in Kaikan Phrase is also serious about being a band as a profession rather than just a high school club. 
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nothing like the manga
mrzkitty - Jun 14, 2012
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