Hikari to Mizu no Daphne

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 光と水のダフネ
English: Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
French: Daphne in The Brilliant Blue
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 16, 2004 to Jul 3, 2004
Premiered: Winter 2004
Broadcast: Saturdays at 00:30 (JST)
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, EcchiEcchi
Themes: DetectiveDetective, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.751 (scored by 53895,389 users)
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Ranked: #54002
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Popularity: #5312
Members: 16,164
Favorites: 30

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In the future, water has covered much of the Earth due to the effects of global warming. The orphaned Maia Mizuki, 15, just graduated from middle school and has already applied for employment in the elite paramilitary Ocean Agency, part of the futuristic world government. Only the best, most intelligent, and physically fit students are eligible for admission. Maia, the series' protagonist, is set to become one of the few.

But her ideal life quickly falls apart. To her disappointment, Maia unexpectedly fails her entrance exams. Making matters worse, she promptly gets evicted from her house, pick pocketed, taken hostage, then shot. She is "saved" by two women (Rena and Shizuka) that are part of an unorthodox help-for-hire organization called Nereids (inspired by the Greek mythological Nereids ). With nowhere to go, Maia joins up with Nereids, taking jobs from capturing wanted criminals to chasing stray cats, often with unexpected results. Gloria and Yu later join up with Nereids.

"Daphne" in the title refers to a subplot that starts midway into the series and eventually become important to Maia. "Brilliant Blue" refers to the fact that this is a world covered by water with almost no land. The world consists of vast oceans, a few islands, and floating cities.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Mizuki, Maia

Nakahara, Mai


Asano, Masumi

Park, Yu

Kaida, Yuuko

Honjo, Rena

Ohara, Sayaka

Hayama, Shizuka

Ueda, Kana

Yagi, Kosuke

Nakamura, Hidetoshi

Hanaoka, Tsutomu

Iwata, Mitsuo

Takagi, Tsukasa

Nogawa, Sakura

Mori, Katsuya

Seki, Tomokazu

Long, Tony

Chiba, Susumu


Ikehata, Takashi
Director, Storyboard
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Shimizu, Kazunobu
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Asu no Blue Wing (明日のBlue wing)" by Sae

Ending Theme

1: "Anata to Yuujikan (あなたと言う時間)" by CooRie (eps 1-14)
2: "Anata to Yuujikan (あなたと言う時間)" by Mai Nakahara (eps 15-23)
3: "Asu no Blue Wing (明日のBlue wing)" by Sae (eps 24)


Nov 28, 2012
Чёрная лагуна уровня /b/.

Five absolutely crazy half-naked girls running around, shooting stuff and kicking asses.
Parallel-universe world, which comes out in the middle of the series.
And boy, do I love corporate espionage/evil goverment ideas.

Also surprisingly decent plot, which is progressing for about 6 episodes out of 24 though, but it is still nice to have an actual story in crazy girls anime. And not any story - a good one. Onii-chan's history really got me there.
Oct 3, 2017
Mixed Feelings

Daphne is an episodic anime with a big 4-episode conclusion at the end. This episodic format fits well with the series, for it's mainly just Nereids doing odd jobs and getting Maia out of trouble. The great story was probably good enough to turn this from an episodic to a serial anime, but in the end, I believe the choice was justified, giving the show the ability to basically have as many episodes as it wanted, while still remaining flexible enough to add in whatever kind of story they wanted. But that is just what I would expect from an episodic ...
Sep 3, 2016
From previous experience I have often found that the more obscure unknown anime are actually very good and are hidden gems. Sadly this really isn't one of them.

The art isn't that great but it's decent considering this anime is quite old. Although the ending credits are just stills from the manga with a very bland song.

The story itself is terrible. It starts with a girl called Maia Mizuki trying to get a job at the elite Ocean Agency. Supposedly she is one of the most promising agents there and aces the exam, but gets rejected anyway. At the end of the first episode, ...

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