Dear Brother (TV)

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©NHK / NEP / Ikeda Riyoko Productions /Tezuka Productions 


Alternative title:
Brother, Dear Brother 
Caro Fratello (Italian) 
Escuela de cenicientas (Spanish) 
Oniisama E... (Japanese) 
Querido Hermano (Spanish) 
To My Brother... 
Très cher frère (French) 
أخي العزيز (Arabic) 
おにいさまへ… (Japanese) 
Genres: drama , psychological , romance 
Objectionable content: Significant 
Plot Summary: Before leaving her cram school, Nanako Misonô asks one of the teachers if they can become pen-pals. The teacher, Takehiko Henmi, is reluctant at first, but eventually accepts the offer. The story is narrated through the letters sent from Nanako as she enters Seiran, a renowned private high school for girls only. There she encounters many difficulties as an ordinary middle-class girl invited to the prestigious Sorority, the most traditional and sophisticated club on campus. 
User Ratings: 170 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 37 votes (sub:31, dub:3, others:3
1 Russian subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Arabic subtitled
 Excellent: 33 votes (sub:31, ?:1, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Very good: 37 votes (sub:31, dub:1, others:5
3 French subtitled
1 Italian dubbed
1 Arabic dubbed
 Good: 32 votes (sub:28, ?:1, raw:1, others:2
2 Italian dubbed
 Decent: 13 votes (sub:11, raw:1, others:1
1 Arabic dubbed
 So-so: 6 votes (sub:5, others:1
1 French dubbed
 Not really good: 5 votes (sub:5)
 Weak: 2 votes (sub:1, dub:1)
 Bad: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 3 votes (sub:2, edit.dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 364 users, rank: #2035 (of 6096)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.788 (Very good−), std. dev.: 2.0557, rank: #782 (of 6089)
Weighted mean: 7.769 (Very good−), rank: #688 (of 6089) (seen all: 8.00 / seen some: 7.26 / won't finish: 4.76)
Bayesian estimate: 7.752 (Very good−), rank: #518 (of 4589)
Running time: 26 minutes per episode 
Number of episodes: 39 
Episode titles: We have 39
1991-07-14 to 1992-05-31 (Japan) 
1993-04-23 (France) 
Release dates: We have 3
Opening Theme:
"黄金の器 銀の器 (Kin no Utsuwa, Gin no Utsuwa)" by Satomi Takada 
Ending Theme:
"気まぐれな妖精 (Kimagure na Yousei)" by Takako Noda 
Links: We have 4
Trivia: We have 4
In addition to the numbered episodes, there are also three pairs of unnumbered "soushuuhen" (abridged) episodes that recapitulate the story to date. The titles and air dates are:
(1991-10-13) Abridgment Chapter, Part 1: Spring Storm
JP: 総集編・前編 春の嵐 [Soushuuhen Zenpen Haru no Arashi]
(1991-10-20) Abridgment Chapter, Part 2: The Curse of the Scar
JP: 総集編・後編 傷の呪縛 [Soushuuhen Kouhen Kizu no Jubaku]
(1992-02-09) Abridgment Chapter, Part 1: The Tangled Thread
JP: 総集編・前編 もつれた糸 [Soushuuhen Zenpen Motsureta Ito]
(1992-02-16) Abridgment Chapter, Part 2: The Truth About Love and Hatred
JP: 総集編・後編 愛と憎しみの真実 [Soushuuhen Kouhen Ai to Nikushimi no Shinjitsu]
(1992-05-04) Abridgment Chapter, Part 1
JP: 総集編・前編 [Soushuuhen Zenpen]
(1992-05-31) Abridgment Chapter, Part 2
JP: 総集編・後編 [Soushuuhen Kouhen] 
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DVD (Region 1)
    Dear Brother - Box 1 (Sub.DVD) 2014-07-29 (from $38.99)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Osamu Dezaki 
Fumihiro Yoshimura (eps 31, 35) 
Kei Suriya (7 episodes
eps 10, 14, 18, 21, 23, 27, 30
Osamu Dezaki 
Takuo Suzuki (eps 8, 17) 
Episode Director:
Atsushi Takada (ep 32) 
Fumihiro Yoshimura (9 episodes
eps 6, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39
Hideki Hiroshima (7 episodes
eps 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 33, 37
Kazuo Nogami (4 episodes
eps 3, 9, 26, 36
Kazuya Miyazaki (eps 4, 7) 
Shinichi Matsumi (4 episodes
eps 14, 18, 22, 26
Tadaoki Uda (eps 5, 9) 
Takuo Suzuki (6 episodes
eps 2, 8, 13, 17, 21, 30
Toshiya Shinohara (ep 10) 
Yusaku Saotome (ep 1) 
Yutaka Sato (4 episodes
eps 25, 29, 34, 38
Music: Kentaroh Haneda 
Original Manga: Riyoko Ikeda 
Character Design: Akio Sugino 
Art Director:
Kazuo Okada 
Motoyuki Tanaka 
Animation Director: Masahiro Ando (ep 27) 
Animation producer: Kuniaki Nagayama 
Animation Supervisor: Akio Sugino 
Camera Director: Hirokata Takahashi 
Chief Production Administrator: Takehito Hobara 
Editing: Seiji Morita 
Key Animation: Masahiro Ando (eps 1, 33) 
Mao Lamdo 
Masahiro Ando (Original Layout/Key Animator; 37 episodes
eps 1-17, 19-21, 23-39
Mixing: Hisanori Ooshiro 
Music Arrangement: Shinji Harada (OP, ED) 
Music Composition:
Kei Ogura (OP) 
Shinji Harada (ED) 
Music Director: Seiji Suzuki 
Recording Director: Etsuji Yamada 
Theme Song Lyrics: Kei Ogura 
Theme Song Performance:
Satomi Takada (OP) 
Takako Noda (ED) 
Hiroko Kasahara as Nanako Misonô 

Keiko Toda as Kaoru "Kaoru no Kimi" Orihara 
Kenyuu Horiuchi as Takashi Ichinomiya 
Mami Koyama as Fukiko "Miya-sama" Ichinomiya 
Masako Katsuki as Aya Misaki 
Sakiko Tamagawa as Mariko Shinobu 
Sumi Shimamoto as Rei "Hana no Saint-Just" Asaka 
Tesshô Genda as Takehiko Henmi 
Waka Kanda as Tomoko Arikura 

Ai Orikasa as Shinobu Hikawa's Lover(ep 27) 
Ai Satou as Aya Misaki's Mother(ep 30) 
Akiko Hiramatsu as Student(ep 29) 
Akiko Suzuki as Student(ep 14) 
Aruno Tahara as Iwata Driver(eps 23, 25, 35) 
Chie Sasaki as Student C from Class B(ep 30) 
Daisaku Shinohara as Japanese Teacher(ep 8) 
Eizou Tsuda as Man(ep 26) 
Emi Shinohara as "Borgia no Kimi" Ogihara 
Hidetoshi Nakamura as Physician(eps 36, 38) 
Hideyuki Umezu as Student Receptionist(ep 17) 
Hinako Kanamaru as Female Student A(ep 21) 
Hiroko Emori as
First-Year Student A(ep 30) 
Mineko(ep 22) 
Hiroko Suzuki as
French Teacher(eps 9, 18) 
Nanako's Mother 
Hiromi Nakamura as
Basketball Club Member B(ep 34) 
Female Student C(ep 16) 
Groupie A(ep 19) 
Hiroshi Ito as Teacher On-Duty(ep 34) 
Hisako Kyouda as Old Woman(ep 35) 
Iwao Takamine as Police Detective A(ep 34) 
Junko Shimakata as
Female Student C(ep 21) 
First-Year Student B(ep 23) 
Student A from Class B(ep 30) 
Kae Araki as
Female Student B(ep 35) 
Female Student C(ep 1) 
Rei Asaka Fan B(ep 9) 
Upper Classman B(ep 18) 
Kayoko Kawahara as
Female Student A(ep 35) 
First-Year Student C(ep 23) 
Secretary(ep 36) 
Third-Year Student B(eps 6, 15) 
Keiko Onodera as
Basketball Club Member A(ep 34) 
Rei Asaka Fan C(ep 9) 
Kenichi Ono as Student A(ep 21) 
Kikuko Inoue as Third-Year Student C(eps 6, 15) 
Kinryuu Arimoto as Nanako's Father(Prof. Misonô) 
Konami Yoshida as Female Student B(ep 1) 
Kotono Mitsuishi as
Female Student A(eps 1, 16) 
Student B(ep 27) 
Theater Club Student(ep 8) 
Kouji Tsujitani as Fortuneteller(ep 21) 
Kumiko Takizawa as
"Medusa no Kimi" Katsuragi 
Home Economics Teacher(ep 25) 
Kyoko Minami as Student A(ep 10) 
Mami Horikoshi as Third-Year Student A(eps 6, 15) 
Masaharu Satou as Teacher(ep 28) 
Masako Ikeda as Rei Asaka's Mother(ep 33) 
Masami Sekigawa as Voice on the Phone(ep 12) 
Masato Hirano as
Basketball Club Coach(ep 16) 
Taxi Driver(ep 11) 
Masumi Gotô as
Florist(ep 33) 
Shop Attendant(ep 23) 
Mayumi Seto as Junko Nakaya 
Megumi Tano as
Female Student D(ep 16) 
Upper Classman C(ep 18) 
Midori Nakazawa as Student B(ep 10) 
Miho Nagahori as
Member B(ep 32) 
Student A(ep 3) 
Miho Nakamura as
Maid(ep 20) 
Student A(ep 27) 
Miho Yoshida as
"Borgia no Kimi" Ogihara 
Upper Classman B(ep 7) 
Miki Itou as Megumi Furuta 
Minoru Inaba as Mathematics Teacher(ep 4) 
Miwa Okabe as Rei Asaka Fan D(ep 9) 
Miyako Endou as Female Student B(ep 21) 
Miyuki Ichijou as Guidance Counselor(ep 18) 
Miyuki Matsuoka as
"Vampanella no Kimi" Yoshino 
Upper Classman(ep 3) 
Mizuka Arima as Tomoko's Mother(ep 5) 
Naoko Nakamura as Student(ep 11) 
Narumi Aoki as Student(ep 14) 
Narumi Hidaka as Basketball Club Member(ep 36) 
Noriko Asano as Rei Asaka Fan A(ep 9) 
Rena Kurihara as
Groupie B(ep 19) 
Maid(ep 38) 
Servant(ep 33) 
Rihoko Yoshida as Hisako Shinobu(Mariko's Mother) 
Satoko Kitô as Hayashida 
Satoko Yasunaga as
"Cattleya no Kimi" Yamamoto 
Female Student B(ep 16) 
Upper Classman A(ep 7) 
Satomi Koorogi as Student A(ep 6) 
Shinobu Adachi as "Mona Lisa no Kimi" Komazawa 
Shinya Ohtaki as
Biology Teacher(ep 18) 
Minister(ep 39) 
Police Detective B(ep 34) 
TV Announcer(ep 13) 
Shoko Kanoki as Student B(ep 6) 
Takehito Koyasu as Student B(ep 21) 
Takeshi Kuwabara as English Teacher(eps 4, 19) 
Tomoko Maruo as Nurse(ep 34) 
Tomomi Suro as Teacher(ep 2) 
Tomomichi Nishimura as
Physician(ep 9) 
Shinobu Hikawa(Mariko's Father) 
Toshihiko Kojima as Igarashi 
Wakana Yamazaki as Kiryuu 
Yoshiko Asai as Servant(ep 24) 
Yoshiko Kamei as Member A(ep 32) 
Yousuke Akimoto as Classical Literature Teacher(ep 20) 
Yukari Honma as Student B from Class B(ep 30) 
Yukari Takayama as Student B(ep 3) 
Yukiko Terashita as Student(ep 14) 
Yukitoshi Hori as Physician(ep 29) 
Yumi Takada as Miyuki Sonobe 
Yuri Kojima as
Student C(ep 6) 
Upper Classman A(ep 18) 
Yuuko Ohsuga as Nurse(ep 36) 
Japanese companies
Animation: Tezuka Productions 
Backgrounds: Studio Loft 
Broadcaster: NHK 
Copyright: NHK 
Finish Animation:
Lee Production 
Young Woo Production 
Key Animation:
Dr. Movie (eps 34, 37) 
KAC (ep 5) 
Lee Production (ep 7) 
Young Woo Production (eps 36, 38) 
English staff
English companies
Internet Streaming:
Licensed by: Anime Sols 
English cast
Korean staff
Korean cast
Jeong Miyeon as Mariko Shinobu 
Jong-Hyeok Lee as Takashi Ichinomiya 
Jun Kim as Takashi Ichinomiya(Tooniverse version) 
Lee Gyuhwa as Takehiko Henmi(Tooniverse version) 
Lee Hyeonseon as Nanako Misono(Tooniverse version) 
Lee Mija as Fukiko Ichinomiya 
Lee Seonho as Tomoko Arikura 
Myeong-Hwa Cha as Rei Asaka(Tooniverse version) 
Park Yeonghui as Kaoru Orihara 
Park Yeonghwa as Takehiko Henmi 
Seon-Ju Lee as Rei Asaka, Kaoru Orihara(Tooniverse version) 
Seong Yujin as Nanako Misono, Mariko Shinobu(Tooniverse version) 
Son Jung Eun as Fukiko Ichinomiya(Tooniverse version) 
Korean companies
Broadcaster: Tooniverse (from 1998) 
French staff
French cast
ADR Director: Gérard Dessalles 

Theme Song Performance: Francine Chantereau 
Anne Rondeleux as Émilie Lambert(Nanako Misonô) 

Isabelle Maudet as Mélanie Farelle(Mariko Shinobu) 
Joëlle Fossier as
Frédérique "Saint-Just" Maxima(Rei "Hana no Saint-Just" Asaka) 
Marina Valette(Tomoko Arikura) 
Lionel Melet as Guillaume Durant(Takehiko Henmi) 
Michèle André as
Danielle Galion(Kaoru "Kaoru no Kimi" Orihara) 
Prisca Chardonnais(Aya Misaki) 

Brigitte Morisan as
Justine(Junko Nakaya) 
La mère d'Emilie(2ème voix) 
Gérard Desalles as Le père d'Émilie(Nanako's Father) 
Gérard Dessalles as
Le père d'Émilie(Nanako's Father) 
Sebastien(Takashi Ichinomiya) 
Marion Game as
Clarisse(Fukiko Ichinomiya; eps 1-3) 
La mère d'Émilie(Nanako's Mother) 
French companies
Broadcaster: TF1 
Manga Power (1st half of the anime only) 
Dubbing: SOFI 
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Estívaliz Lizárraga as Nanako Misono(Spain dub) 

Jaione Garamendi as Rei Asaka(Spain dub) 
Spanish companies
Broadcaster: Canal 53 Madrid (Spain) 
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Massimo Còrizza 
Translation: Francesco Prandoni 

Dialogues: Massimo Còrizza 
Theme Song Lyrics: Riccardo Zara 
Theme Song Performance: Cavalieri del Re 
Beatrice Margiotti as Nanako Misonô 

Alessandra Cassioli as Kaoru "Il Principe Kaoru" Orihara 
Guido Cavalleri as Takehiko Henmi 
Ilaria Latini as Tomoko Arikura 
Laura Latini as Aya Misaki 
Monica Ward as Mariko Shinobu 
Rosalinda Galli as Fukiko "Lady Miya" Ichinomiya 
Stefania Patruno as Rei "Saint Just" Asaka 

Barbara De Bortoli as Mona Lisa 
Luciano Marchitiello as Takashi Ichinomiya 
Rita Baldini as Madre Di Mariko 
Vittorio Guerrieri as Takehiko Henmi(eps 2-39) 
Italian companies
Italia 7 Gold (from March 2003) 
Man-Ga (from 2011) 
Distributor: Yamato Video 
Dubbing: Promovision 
Internet Streaming: YouTube 
Arabic staff
Arabic cast
Eman Hail as Hanan 
Refat Alnajar as Nawal 
Arabic companies
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