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Kachou Ouji

Kachou Ouji

Alternative Titles

English: Legend of Black Heaven
Synonyms: Kachou Ouji: Hard Rock Save the Space
Japanese: 課長王子


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 1999 to Oct 7, 1999
Producers: AIC, Pioneer LDC
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.181 (scored by 3925 users)
Ranked: #25982
Popularity: #2038
Members: 11,404
Favorites: 57
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Oji Tanaka has a wife, a child and a mundane job as a salary man in Tokyo's modern society. But life wasn't dull for him to begin with; 15 years ago, he was known as "Gabriel", leader of a short-lived heavy metal band called Black Heaven. Oji's life gets a sudden change in direction when he is invited by a mysterious blonde woman named Layla to pick up his Gibson Flying V and once again display his "legendary" guitar skills, not knowing that his music generates power for a massive weapon in an intergalactic war.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Legend of Black Heaven

Characters & Voice Actors

Tanaka, Oji
Tanaka, Oji
Ishii, Kouji
Ishii, Kouji
Billingslea, Beau
Billingslea, Beau
Tanaka, Yoshiko
Tanaka, Yoshiko
Ruff, Michelle
Ruff, Michelle
Araki, Kae
Araki, Kae
Yuki, Layla
Yuki, Layla
Yamada, Miho
Yamada, Miho


Kikuchi, Yasuhito
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Akiyama, Katsuhito
Episode Director
Hashimoto, Shinji
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation

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Jun 30, 2008
This is one of those Animes that will really throw you for a loop. It starts out pretty plain but by the end you are at the edge of your seat. The setting goes from a hapless salary man's every day life, to a battle that the fate of the universe rests on. The Legend of Black Heaven is a wild ride with some of, if not the best, music that you have ever heard in a Anime.

Story: I can honestly say that while the story is beyond a doubt a very original creation, it does lack some polish. Some events in the story take read more
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Dec 23, 2009
For me this story has nothing to do with music, that's just acessory. The true jem about this anime is the story. With more money to avoid some scene repeatition, this could have been one of the greatest anime i ever saw. This is definitly not for young people who are usually longing for strong,in rough emotions. When I saw this anime i took pleasure in seeing that the main character is an adult,simple, regular person. No fancy things just plain normal. He could have chosen a life to follow his dreams, but instead like a man, he took up his responsabilities, dedicated himself read more
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Aug 7, 2014
final rating: Two thumbs up
mode watched: official DUBS
age restrictions: They say "damn." 18+ (The kids wouldn't enjoy it anyways)
recommended viewing experience: Dub, alone, the fanciest headphones you have, sober/a little buzzed.

Aight dawg, listen up. Black Heaven is not a one-time anime. You will watch it more than once. It's not deep. You dont have to rewatch to understand whats going on. You will remember this anime randomly sometime later in life and feel the need to watch it again. It's freaking great.

It's about passion, and sticking to it. its about friends, family, love and depression. But there is no story-book lesson to learn here. read more
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Jan 19, 2011
Legend of Black Heaven was made in 1999 and made by AIC back when they didn’t rely on shitty fanser­vice harems and could pump out stuff like Black Heaven and Now and Then, Here and There. It tells the story of Oji, a gen­eric Tokyo salary­man going through a mid­life crisis. After des­pair­ing when his wife throws out his favour­ite elec­tric gui­tar, a sexy alien co-worker tells him that he is the one man with the abil­ity to power an inter­galactic super weapon using his gui­tar playing.

Not that the space opera plot really mat­ters that much. The super weapon runs on roughly the same energy read more
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You may like The Legend of Black Heaven if you have seen Detroit Metal City other way around I don't know as Detroit Metal City feature very bad language and sick humour.

But both animes contain music in rock genre, the main characters also have two kind of life style or personality and they have some problem with their relationships too while they performing or what ever it calls.
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They have the same mood: both slice of life anime about music and friendship, since in both there’s a group of friends who build up a band together.
Both also have some romance and comedy.
Also, both of the male protagonists are called Tanaka.
Both have rock music, and they tell about epic scale scifi stuff that happen mostly in the background, focusing mainly on the main characters and their lives. They both also have humor, though very different styles.
Both shows have 13 rather slow-paced episodes, plus both have a "last decade" look because they are from "last decade or rather." NieA_7 aliens are just there for some reason and The Legend of Black Heaven aliens are fighting a war in space close to Earth that is just there for some reason, so these aliens may be too much like humans but they're total oddballs as you may or may not be able to expect. Yup, it's all very nice...
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The Legend of Black Heaven => Top wo Nerae.

If you liked how the spaceship battles and spacial issues were handled in The Legend of The Black Heaven, there's a probability you'll like Top wo Nerae. Though this one hasn't a outstanding Hard Rock soundtrack, the plot is awesome.
The Legend of Black Heaven and Battle Programmer Shirase were made by AIC, both are comedies erring on the ecchi side, both have similar art and animation, and rather unusual premises. It's hard to say which show is better than the other, since I have a very solid, even impression of both. I can't even choose which sleepy, bored looking main lead I like better, since they both are two of a kind. In my opinion, TLBH and BPS tend to have a Napoleon Dynamite atmosphere sometimes with a kind of sleepy, mundane, awkward mood but with moments of pure randomness, funk, and attitude to keep you amused and interested. However, I would not suggest either if you don't really care for some ecchi that may border on tasteless for some.
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Opening Theme

"Cautionary Warning" by John Sykes

Ending Theme

"Yappa Onna hou ga Ii ya" by Konaka Riyu

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