Director Koichi Sakamoto
|Genre Action, Espionage|
|Release date September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)|
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009-1 (ゼロゼロナイン・ワン, Zero Zero Nain Wan, pronounced "Zero Zero Nine-One") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shotaro Ishinomori. The manga was serialized in the Futabasha publication Weekly Manga Action from 1967 to 1970, then returned briefly in 1974. The story concerns Miléne Hoffman (ミレーヌ・ホフマン Mirēnu Hofuman; "Mylene" in the English translation), a female cyborg who works as a secret agent. The Japanese title of the manga was 009ノ1, or "Zero Zero Ku-no-ichi", a pun on kunoichi (female ninja) and a reference to the main character's espionage occupation.
- 009 1 the end of the beginning official trailer
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- Main characters
- Secondary characters
The original manga was adapted into a live-action drama for Fuji Television in 1969 entitled Flower Action 009ノ1. The manga was also adapted into a 12-episode anime series by Ishimori Entertainment and first broadcast on TBS TV in Japan in late 2006. The anime has been licensed for a North American release by A.D. Vision for $325,000. The first volume was released on June 19, 2007, although it was originally scheduled for release in March 2007. In 2008, the show, along with 30 other ADV titles were relicensed to Funimation.
Although it was also created by Ishinomori, and features similar themes, this seinen manga, despite the "00" name and the cybernetized protagonists, has no relation to his previous work Cyborg 009, a shōnen manga (although in the original manga, the cyborgs from Cyborg 009 actually make appearances in some chapters). In the final episode, there are two homages to Gerry Anderson television shows involving the moon, an Eagle Transport from Space: 1999 and SHADO Mobile's from UFO. In the episode "Reverse-Explosion" a spaceship is destroyed by impacting the moon. This is Thunderbird 5 from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds.
On June 2013, it was announced the manga would be adapted into a live-action film directed by Koichi Sakamoto, and starring Mayuko Iwasa. Minehiro Kinomoto, Nao Nagasawa, Mao Ichimichi, Shizuka Midorikawa, Naoto Takenaka, and Aya Sugimoto were also cast. It premiered on September 7, 2013.
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- "Infiltrators" (潜入者たち, Senyūsha-tachi). 2006-10-05.
- "Holy Night" (聖夜, Seiya). 2006-10-12.
- "Hard Boiled" (ハードボイルド, Hādo Boirudo). 2006-10-19.
- "Invitation from an Old Castle" (古城よりの招待状, Kojō Yori no Shōtaijō). 2006-10-26.
- "Woman of Gold" (黄金の女, Ōgon no Onna). 2006-11-02.
- "POP" (ポップ, Poppu). 2006-11-09.
- "Port" (港, Minato). 2006-11-16.
- "Calendar of the Past" (昨日の暦, Kinō no Koyomi). 2006-11-23.
- "Revenge" (復讐, Fukushū). 2006-11-30.
- "Reverse-explosion" (逆爆発, Gyaku-bakuhatsu). 2006-12-07.
- "Exodus" (脱出, Dasshutsu). 2006-12-14.
- "Daybreak" (夜明け, Yoake). 2006-12-21.
Anime News Network's Theron Martin said the anime series "carries much of the style and flavor of Ishinomori's other iconic works like Kamen Rider and Kikaider" and noted "the series emphasizes Mylene's sex appeal by offering healthy and regular doses of fan service, although it leaves the most graphic parts to the imagination." He commented the character designs have "the same angular, caricatured look that all anime series based on Ishinomori's works have, with younger female “good guy” agents invariably being gorgeous sexpots and the bad guys (whether male or female) usually looking quite ugly." Martin also praised the musical score, saying it's "the other star of the series", aside from Mylene. Writing for Mania Entertainment, Chris Beveridge said 009-1 has "a good sense of pacing and style to it, going over the top in some ways but also keeping itself rather grounded in others. This is a world that I would love to see revisited on a more regular basis and lament that we're already more than halfway past it with this release."
Bryan Morton from Mania Enterntainmente described it as "James Bond with women, Najica with no panties (meaning that there are no panty shots), a cold-war Ghost in the Shell - sort of. Morton said "the stories themselves are fairly typical secret-agents tales - recover the scientist, prevent killings and so on - just with a slightly futuristic feel to them," but noted "all the stories hold together well and make sense." As the original manga is "so old", for him "it’s amazing that the show still feels contemporary." The kind-heart from the protagonist that is far more you would expect from a spy, "makes it different enough from other secret agent stories to really grab the attention, while the individual stories are a good combination of action and emotion that keep you entertained" in Morton's opinion.
Derek Elley of Film Business Asia gave the film a 6 out of 10.