|Written by Masao Yajima|
Published by Shogakukan
First episode date April 2003
Genre Slice of life
|Illustrated by Kenshi Hirokane|
Network TV Tokyo
Magazine Big Comic Original
Cast Takashi Sorimachi
|Original run October 1, 1981 – March 1, 1991|
Directed by Akira Kumeichi, Kazunari Kumi
Similar Bengoshi no Kuzu, Sunset on Third Street, Aji Ichi Monme, Hidamari no Ki, Gallery Fake
Human Crossing, originally titled Human Scramble (Japanese:
Shogakukan published Human Crossing in 27 tankōbon between October 1, 1981 and March 1, 1991. The series was republished into 19 bukoban between November 17, 1994 and June 15, 1996.
The series was adapted into a 13-episode anime in 2003 by OB Planning. Directed by Akira Kumeichi and Kazunari Kumi, it was broadcast on TV Tokyo between April 5, 2003 and June 28, 2003. It was licensed by Geneon in 2004. Each episode is a separate story of little relevance to each other. The anime is released in France by Kaze, and in Taiwan by Muse Communication.
The anime uses two pieces of theme song. "REVENGE ~Asu e no Chigai~" by Nana Katase is the opening theme, while "Believing" by Aki Asahina is the ending theme.
Geneon released a set of four DVDs for Human Crossing. They released the first DVD, Human Crossing - The 25th Hour on February 8, 2005, the second DVD, Human Crossing, Vol. 2: The Cicadas of Winter on April 26, 2005, the third DVD, Human Crossing, Vol. 3: Message in White on June 28, 2005, and the fourth and final DVD, Human Crossing, Vol. 4: Instructor's Rain on August 30, 2005.
On March 13, 2007, Geneon released Human Crossing: Complete Brick Pack, which contains all four DVDs of the anime.
Avex trax released a soundtrack CD on Human Crossing anime's ending theme called, Human Scramble - Believing, on June 4, 2003. The CD uses Bobby Caldwell, Marsga Randcliffe and Debra Shane lyrics. It was sung by Aki Asahina. On July 16, 2003, Hiboom released a soundtrack CD for Human Scramble, containing the opening and ending themes of the anime. On January 7, 2005, Universal Music released a CD for Human Scramble, which was sung by Shinji Tanimura. On March 11, 2009, Universal Music created a SHM-CD version of Shinji Tanimura's 10-part album, which includes "Ningen Kosaten - Human Scramble".
Anime News Network's Theron Martin criticizes the “The 25th Hour” episode, "which comes off as preachy, improbable, and forced" but he also commends the “Direction" episode for its "poignancy and emotional appeal" at the end. Anime News Network's Carlo Santos criticizes the second DVD of Human Crossing because of its animation, labeling it "stiff" and "choppy". Mania.com's Jennifer Rocks comments on the "stand-alone" nature of each episode more saying that it might be more rewarding if the anime is "viewed as a cultural study, rather than as pure entertainment". DVD Talk's Don Houston commends the anime on its "background detail" and writes that many of the episodes have a "universal appeal".