Twilight Q

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: トワイライトQ


Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 28, 1987 to Aug 28, 1987
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Ajia-do, Studio Deen
Source: Original
Genres: MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.311 (scored by 28252,825 users)
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Ranked: #76742
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Popularity: #6842
Members: 7,990
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A Knot in Time
High school students Mayumi and Kiwako are relishing their summer vacation at the beach; however, when Mayumi discovers a presumably lost camera while scuba diving, she cannot help but feel an insatiable curiosity. Upon developing the camera's film, she is shocked to find herself photographed alongside an unknown man. Enlisting the help of Kiwako's older brother, the three find out something even more troubling: the camera model has yet to be released. In turn, Mayumi becomes obsessed with discovering the origin of the peculiar camera and its mysterious photograph.

File 538
Airplanes have been vanishing from the sky! Even stranger, rumor has it that the disappearing aircraft have been turning into giant carp. Meanwhile, a freelance detective investigates a run-down apartment on the outskirts of town, where he finds a middle-aged man and a young girl with a penchant for fish. Unable to identify the two, the investigator enters their room, only to find it empty save for a document that reads, "This story has been prepared for you, my successor... who should be visiting this room in due time."

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Twilight Q aired on Animax in August 2007, 20 years after its original release. Initially a means of showcasing young directors in anime, the series was cancelled after only two episodes. Both episodes had entirely different staffs and were produced separately from one another. Nevertheless, some of the staff, including Kazunori Ito, Akemi Takada, and Mamoru Oshii, would go on to form Headgear, a group of writers and artists that would ultimately create the widely successful Patlabor science-fiction franchise.

Characters & Voice Actors


Oshii, Mamoru
Co-Director, Director, Episode Director, Script, Creator, Original Creator
Okamura, Masahiro
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Ito, Kazunori
Script, Original Creator, Setting


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Ending Theme

1: "Reflection (リフレクション)" by Mako Hyoudou (eps 1)
2: "Guutara na Sakana (ぐうたらな魚; Lazy Fish)" by Mako Hyoudou (eps 2)


Aug 26, 2019
Two visions on animation and the paranormal.


What I liked most about this is its naturalness; strange things happen, but everything is told without resorting to the formulas of this type of stories. The colors and the animation are beautiful, the ambiance too, and despite playing with multiple historical moments, the aesthetics of the 80's is always preserved; it doesn't play at any time to guess what the future will be like, or how the past was.

Very good, calm, beautiful, with a great soundtrack and a fantastic capture of the summer atmosphere, of vacations, adolescence, with a sun and a wind that you seem to feel. ...
Nov 20, 2013
Twilight Q is an interesting albeit largely forgotten OVA produced back in 1987. Originally, it was supposed to be a showcase for young talents in the industry; alas, only 2 episodes were made before the project was abandoned due to low sales, and the anime ultimately sunk into oblivion. Well, I guess it's high time to do the show some justice and bring it back to the surface.

As the title clearly suggests, the OVA is a sort of Twilight Zone anthology, which means the episodes don't bear any connection plotwise, yet they have similar mysterious atmosphere and employ the same mix of genres that may ...
Nov 22, 2017
Twilight Q is an old OVA from the late 80s. It has two parts, each one from a different studio. The first being from Ajia-do, the same studio we have to thank for Shuumatsu no Izetta. The second part was brought to us by Studio Deen, the studio behind Gravitation, The law of Ueki & Kore wa Zombie desu ka. I'm sure they're ashamed over that last one so let's not hold it against them. Let's look at this 1987 work and see how each studio did.


Twilight Q follows the format of a sci-fi anthology show like the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits. Which ...

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