Video Girl Ai (manga)

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[ serialized in [Animerica Extra], serialized in [Weekly Shonen Jump] ]

Related anime:
    Video Girl Ai (OAV) (adaptation)
    Video Girl Ai (live-action movie) (adaptation)

Alternative title:
Video Girl (French)
電影少女(ビデオガール) (Japanese)
Plot Summary: Yota loves Moemi but ends up encouraging Moemi to go for her own secret love, his best friend Takashi. Dejected, Yota happens upon a new video rental store and walks away with what he thinks is an x-rated video. Yota pops the tape into his VCR and out pops Ai, a video girl created to comfort those who are pure of heart and in pain. But the VCR is defective so she ends up a tomboy, flat-chested and foul-mouthed. That is not the only change, as Ai discovers she is falling for Yota. Love makes Ai unique among video girls and the target of her creator. Yet despite everything she keeps trying to comfort Yota by matching him up with the girl of his dreams. But dreams change... and sometimes keep changing. Love can be a terrible ordeal for the pure-hearted when their choices will hurt those they care so much for.
User Ratings: 252 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 50 votes (sub:16, Eng:15, dub:6, ?:1, edit.dub:1, raw:1, others:10
2 Spanish
1 German
1 Spanish subtitled
1 French edited dub
1 Italian
1 French
1 Spanish edited dub
1 Italian subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
)
 Excellent: 45 votes (Eng:19, sub:11, dub:4, ?:2, others:9
1 Italian dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
1 German
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
1 Portuguese
1 Spanish
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Italian
)
 Very good: 57 votes (Eng:23, sub:21, dub:4, raw:2, ?:1, others:6
2 French
1 German
1 Italian
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
)
 Good: 46 votes (Eng:27, sub:7, dub:4, ?:1, others:7
4 French
2 Spanish dubbed
1 Portuguese
)
 Decent: 22 votes (Eng:12, sub:5, dub:1, others:4
1 Polish dubbed
1 French
1 German
1 Portuguese
)
 So-so: 10 votes (Eng:6, dub:2, sub:2)
 Not really good: 12 votes (Eng:6, sub:2, dub:1, others:3
1 French subtitled
1 Portuguese
1 Portuguese subtitled
)
 Weak: 6 votes (Eng:5, dub:1)
 Bad: 1 vote (Eng:1)
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: 3 votes (Eng:2, others:1
1 Italian
)
Seen in part or in whole by 541 users, rank: #134 (of 4396)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.671 (Very good−), std. dev.: 2.0036, rank: #1570 (of 4411)
Weighted mean: 7.628 (Very good−), rank: #1508 (of 4411) (seen all: 8.00 / seen some: 7.22 / won't finish: 4.92)
Bayesian estimate: 7.631 (Very good−), rank: #983 (of 2761)
Number of tankoubon: 15
Number of pages: 196
Volumes:
#01. Preproduction
#02. Mix Down
#03. Recall
#04. Off-Line
#05. Spin-Off
#06. Cutting Room
#07. Retake
#08. Flashback
#09. Cut Scenes
#10. Rough Cut
#11. Farewell Scene
Chapter titles: We have 50
Vintage:
1989 to 1992 (Shonen Jump Japan 1989 No.51 to 1992 No.31)
1993 to 1994 (Italy - Neverland 20 volumes)
1994 (France - Tsuki Poche)
1995 to 1996 (Spain - Norma Editorial 46 volumes)
1997 (Japan - Reedition - Shueisha)
1998 (USA)
1999 to 2001 (México - Grupo Editorial Vid 30 volumes)
2000 to 2001 (Italy - Reedition - Greatest 12 volumes)
2001 (Brazil)
2001 (Germany)
2001-11 to 2003-01 (Spain - Reedition - Planeta de Agostini)
2002-04 (France - Reedition - De Luxe 9 volumes)
Release dates: We have 51
News: Show:
February Manga Releases (Dec 5, 2001)
January Manga Releses (Oct 31, 2001)
Viz at AX (Jul 7, 2001)
Viz Press Release (Feb 27, 2001)
Viz June Press Release (Feb 24, 2001)
April Manga Releases (Feb 1, 2001)
Viz PR for May '01 (Jan 21, 2001)
Viz April Releases (Dec 22, 2000)
Releases from Viz (Nov 2, 2000)
Anime Expo 2000 Day 2/3 (Jul 8, 2000)
News Briefs (Jul 6, 1999)
Otakon 98 Wrap-Up (Aug 15, 1998)
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Graphic novel
    Video Girl Ai - Preproduction (GN 1) 2000-01-05
    Video Girl AI - Mix Down (GN 2) 2000-08-30
    Video Girl AI - Recall (GN 3) 2001-09-09 (from $0.99)
    Video Girl Ai - Off-Line (GN 4) 2002-02-09
    Video Girl Ai - Spinoff (GN 5) 2003-04-03 (from $14.36)
    Video Girl Ai - Cutting Room (GN 6) 2003-07-09 (from $11.66)
    Video Girl Ai - Retake (GN 7) 2004-01-28 (from $11.66)
    Video Girl Ai - Preproduction [2nd Edition] (GN 1) 2004-05-19 (from $6.84)
    Video Girl AI - Mix Down [2nd Edition] (GN 2) 2004-05-26 (from $6.84)
    Video Girl AI - Recall [2nd Edition] (GN 3) 2004-09-15 (from $6.84)
    Video Girl Ai - Off-Line [2nd Edition] (GN 4) 2004-09-15 (from $6.84)
    Video Girl Ai - Spinoff [2nd Edition] (GN 5) 2004-10-03 (from $7.46)
    Video Girl Ai - Cutting Room [2nd Edition] (GN 6) 2004-12-08 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Retake [2nd Edition] (GN 7) 2005-04-15 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Flashback (GN 8) 2004-05-10 (from $6.28)
    Video Girl Ai - Cut Scenes (GN 9) 2004-08-09 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Rough Cut (GN 10) 2004-10-03 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Farewell Scene (GN 11) 2005-04-15 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Close-Up (GN 12) 2005-07-15 (from $6.67)
    Video Girl Ai - Fade Out (GN 13) 2005-10-11 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Len's Story (GN 14) 2006-01-03 (from $7.29)
    Video Girl Ai - Len's Story (GN 15) 2006-04-11 (from $7.29)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Story & Art: Masakazu Katsura
(none)
Japanese companies
Publisher: Shueisha
English staff
English cast
(none)
English companies
Licensed by: Viz Media
French companies
French staff
Translation: Natsuko Kida (1994)

Adaptation: Frédéric Guyader (1994)
Publisher: Editions Tonkam
Serialized:
De Luxe (Reedition)
Tsuki Poche
Translation: Studio Tonkam (Deluxe éd.)
French cast
(none)
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Director:
Oscar Valiente (Norma, 1998)
Rafael Martínez (Norma, 1998)
Translation:
Brenda Nava
Enrique Sánchez Abulí (Norma, 1998)
Geni Bigas (Planeta, 2001)
Sayuri Suzuki (Planeta, 2001)

Coordination: Armand Zoroa (Norma, 1998)
Design:
Martín Garces (Norma, 1998)
Vanessa Martínez (Norma, 1998)
Distribution: Pepe Martínez (Norma, 1998)
Editing: Jaime Rodriguez (Planeta, 2001)
Editorial Director: Jesús Pece (Planeta, 2001)
Layout: Fernando Fernández (Norma, 1998)
Production:
Flor Castellanos (Norma, 1998)
Marià Martí (Norma, 1998)
(none)
Spanish companies
Adaptation: Estudio Fenix (Planeta, 2001)
Graphic & Layout: Estudio Fenix (Planeta, 2001)
Italian staff
Italian companies
Translation: Simona Stanzani
Publisher: Star Comics
Serialized:
Greatest (Reedition)
Neverland
Italian cast
(none)
German staff
German cast
Translation: Gyo Araiwa
(none)
German companies
Publisher: Carlsen Comics
Polish staff
Polish cast
Translation:
Aleksandra Watanuki (Vol 1-4)
Mateusz Lukasik (Vol 5-11)
(none)
Polish companies
Publisher: Waneko
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
(none)
Publisher: JBC (Brazil)
Portuguese cast
(none)
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