Hikari to Mizu no Daphne

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue

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English: Daphne in the Brilliant Blue
Japanese: 光と水のダフネ


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: Sci-FiSci-Fi, MysteryMystery, ComedyComedy, PolicePolice, PsychologicalPsychological, DramaDrama, EcchiEcchi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.761 (scored by 39933,993 users)
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Ranked: #47352
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Popularity: #4661
Members: 12,893
Favorites: 22

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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



Opening Theme

"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)

Mar 12, 2009
Drizzt (All reviews)
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue is really a hidden treasure amongst anime. This series was a pure enjoyment, from beginning to end. So on to the review...

Story! Like the title suggests everything in this anime revolves around the sea. In (not so) distant future people are living in mega-hi-tech cities that resurfaced from the ocean floor when Earth recuperated from pollution and could once more sustain life on the surface. In one of this cities live our main protagonist Maia Mizuki who has a case of amnesia and as story unfolds begins a quest for discovering her past. She and her female friends trough series read more
Dec 8, 2011
OtakuTrey (All reviews)
Im going to cut to the chase on this review.

THIS DOESNT EVEN HAVE AN ECCHI TAG ON IT! look and see know where does it say that. That is what i want to say to every, just because there in little to nothing doesnt mean ecchi. there and no boobs flying around, or bouncing as they are fighting. AND That is what people think when they see the art work on this site.

yes i would say this is a diamond in the rough. And I know why it is. Just from looking at the art that is attached to this you will see women barely read more
Jul 6, 2010
warniefn (All reviews)
If there ever was a case of not judging a book by its cover, it would be this anmie. what looks on the outside as just a mere "fan service ' T@A with guns affair" in truth something much more substantial and meaningful.There is a depth to this anmie ,( you wouldn't normally associate with this type of anmie and) that makes for a satisfying watch both intellectually and emotionally as well.

Story- Quite well developed , with many twists and turns and coming read more
Jun 5, 2012
HybridMedia (All reviews)
Speaking of the opening theme song sequence, I might as well talk about it right now to get it out of the way. It is a very standard J-Pop song with an aqua-style bubbly underwater tone and it is listenable for a while and I didn’t have the need to skip over the opening song and the ending theme has more of a softer tone that does go along with the show’s more serious episodes but kind of distract it from its’ comedic episodes and the show does often focus on the comedic elements in the first half but delve into the main storyline in read more

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