Ayashi no Ceres

Ceres, Celestial Legend

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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: Thursdays at 18:30 (JST)
Producers: Bandai Visual
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, RomanceRomance, SupernaturalSupernatural
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 21 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.211 (scored by 2449424,494 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #28322
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Popularity: #2344
Members: 55,982
Favorites: 453

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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


Kamegaki, Hajime
Takahashi, Hideo
Sound Director
Nishizawa, Susumu
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Layout
Matsuura, Johei
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"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 (eps 24)

Sep 8, 2008
TheLlama (All reviews)
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
Oct 27, 2007
dnt (All reviews)
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
Mar 16, 2016
WdaCdaShdaDid (All reviews)
"The victor is the one left standing." So quoth Aki, local sage and official series craziest person, which is really saying something for this series. I mean, between Toya, Aya's cousin, Aya's OTHER cousin, Yuji, Mrs. Q, Grandpa Mikage, and Aya herself, we got crazy coming out of the walls.

There is precisely one good thing about this series, which is the opening, "Scarlet" by Junko Iwao. Not the weird animation, just the song. I have the Japanese version and the piano only version and they're quite pleasant and pretty.

You want generic tropes with good ol' 90s animation? You got it! Toya's got like double or read more
Feb 24, 2008
new_user (All reviews)
Story: Ayashi no Ceres starts out like an average shojo anime with a mysterious, aloof love interest (naturally), fantasy elements, and a love triangle, but unlike other shoujo, this is based on a Watase Yuu work, so expect a lot of drama and some darker moments (see incest). This show ends up moving in some wild and frankly implausible directions, even aside from the usual angst and drama we come to expect from a shoujo anime. It's not light, that's for sure.

Art: What can I say? It's typical Watase Yuu, but the art, especially for the male characters, is delicate and pretty. As with read more

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