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Guardian of Darkness (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Ankokushin Denshō Takegami (Japanese)
Takegami: Guardian of Darkness
暗黒神伝承 武神 (Japanese)
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Three evil dragons from ancient times arise to earth to destroy the land and devour the souls of the weak. Only Koichi, with the power of the ancient warrior-god Takegami residing within him can fulfill the prophecy and defeat the growing evil. There is only one problem, Koichi may not be willing to fight.
User Ratings: 73 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: -
 Excellent: 5 votes (sub:3, dub:2)
 Very good: 9 votes (dub:4, sub:4, raw:1)
 Good: 10 votes (dub:5, sub:5)
 Decent: 17 votes (sub:9, dub:8)
 So-so: 12 votes (sub:8, dub:4)
 Not really good: 7 votes (sub:6, dub:1)
 Weak: 7 votes (sub:4, dub:3)
 Bad: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:1, dub:1)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 147 users, rank: #4461 (of 9585)
Median rating: Decent
Arithmetic mean: 5.562 (Decent−), std. dev.: 2.0739, rank: #8206 (of 9708)
Weighted mean: 5.548 (Decent−), rank: #8235 (of 9708) (seen all: 5.54 / seen some: 6.00)
Bayesian estimate: 5.859 (Decent), rank: #6645 (of 7289)
Running time: 43 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 3
Episode titles: We have 3
Vintage: 1990-03-23 to 1992-01-24
Release dates: We have 3
Insert song:
"Tenshō" (天翔) by Yukiyo Satō
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DVD (Region 0)
    Guardian of Darkness - Takegami: War God (DVD) 1999-01-19 (from $17.61)
    Guardian of Darkness (DVD) 2003-07-29 (from $89.00)
DVD (Region 1)
    Anime 101 - 12 Pack (DVD) 2004-12-21 (from $239.98)
VHS
    Takegami: Guardian of Darkness - Shrine of the Eight-headed Dragon (Dub.VHS 1) 1997-10-07 (from $9.99)
    Takegami: Guardian of Darkness - Legend of 800 Priestesses (Dub.VHS 2) 1997-12-02 (from $7.98)
    Takegami: Guardian of Darkness - The Mystery of Hiruko (Dub.VHS 3) 1998-02-03 (from $11.84)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Osamu Yamasaki
Script: Osamu Yamasaki
Character Design: Kenichi Ōnuki
Art Director: Chisato Sunagawa
Animation Director:
Kenichi Ōnuki (eps 1-3)
Masami Ōbari (eps 1-3)
Sound Director: Yasunori Honda
Director of Photography: Takashi Azuhata
Executive producer:
Makoto Hasegawa
Tomoyuki Miyata
Assistant Animation Director: Masanori Nishii (eps 1-3)
Background Art:
Hiroshi Washizaki (ep 1)
Yōko Komiya (eps 2-3)
Color Coordination:
Hidemi Wada (eps 2-3)
Yukie Ishida (ep 1)
Color design: Kazuko Takeuchi
In-Between Animation:
Etsuko Shibukawa (ep 3)
Kazuya Saitō (ep 1)
Keigo Chimoto (ep 3)
In-Between Check: Kazuya Saitō (eps 2-3)
Monster Design: Masami Ōbari
Production Desk: Tadashi Watanabe (eps 2-3)
Production manager:
Goro Taniguchi (ep 1)
Takashi Yokoi (eps 2-3)
Recording:
Sadashi Kuramoto (ep 3)
Yukio Abe (ep 2)
Recording Adjustment: Yukio Abe (ep 1)
Recording Assistant: Tsuyoshi Kato (ep 3)
Sound Effects: Daisuke Jinbo
Special Effects: Gō Abe
Theme Song Performance: Yukiyo Satō
Kazuhiko Inoue as Kōichi Susa
Noriko Hidaka as Terumi Amano

Norio Wakamoto as Susanoh
Rei Sakuma as Motoko Takahara
Shō Hayami as Jiunbō
Yoshiko Sakakibara as Sayoko Matsuura

Daiki Nakamura as Shin'an
Hideyuki Umezu as Announcer
Hirohiko Kakegawa as Yakuza A
Iwao Takamine as Madman
Katsumi Suzuki as Bōan
Kazuhiko Inoue as Buckingham
Kazuo Oka as Bartender
Miho Nagahori as Reporter
Narumi Tsunoda as Michiko
Noriko Asano as Yōko
Sanae Takagi as Mother
Shinji Ogawa as Ryūjin
Takahiro Hirai as Satsuki's Father
Toshiyuki Morikawa as
Sakagami
Unkei
Wataru Takagi as
Rago
Student
Yasunori Matsumoto as Seijirō
Yayoi Jingūji as Misako
Yoshisada Sakaguchi as High Priest
Yumi Touma as
Office Lady
Satsuki
Yuzuru Fujimoto as Kōichi's Father
Japanese companies
Backgrounds:
Jam Creation (eps 1-2)
SAN KOBO (ep 3)
Editing:
Jay Film (eps 2-3)
Kakesu Editing Room (ep 1)
Film Developing: Tokyo Laboratory (eps 1-3)
Finish Animation:
Artland (ep 3)
Group Donguri (ep 2)
Hangzhou Flying Dragon Cartoon Co., Ltd. (eps 1-2)
JCS International (eps 2-3)
Studio Robin (eps 2-3)
In-Between Animation:
Artland (ep 3)
Ashi Productions (ep 1)
Monsieur Onion (ep 3)
Project Team Muu (ep 3)
Music Production: Victor Entertainment (eps 2-3)
Photography: Studio Boston (eps 1-3)
Photography Assistance: Azuhata Production (ep 2)
Production Assistance: Minamimachi Bugyosho
Recording Studio:
AVACO Creative Studios (eps 1-2)
Toei Audio Visual Art Center (ep 3)
Sound Effects: Swara Pro
Sound Production: Arts Production
Titles: Maki Production (eps 1-3)
English staff
English cast
Director: Jim Malone
Dubbing Director: Peter Bavaro
Translation: Kevin McKeown
Executive producer: John O'Donnell
Dubbing Supervision: Anthony Salerno
DVD Coordination: Karel Havle
Editing Assistant: Mark Smith
On-Line Assistant: Dean Raimondo
Online Editor:
Guy Federico
Phil Poli
Lisa Ortiz as Terumi
Ted Lewis as Koichi

David Moo as Jiunbo
Melanie Jones as Sayoko
Ross Charap as Head Priest
Ted Gregory as Susanoo

George Leaver as Dragon
Rachael Lillis as Satsuki
Sharon Becker as Motoko

English companies
Digital Download: Direct2Drive
Distributor: ADV Films (UK)
DVD Menu Design: Crush Digital Video
DVD Premastering: Crush Digital Video
Editing Facility: Chromavision
Licensed by: Central Park Media
Recording Facility: Sonomat, Inc.
Recording Studio: Taj Studios Inc.
Subtitles: Captions, Inc.

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