Mirage of Blaze (TV)

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Alternative title:
Honō no Mirage (Japanese)
Мираж огня (Russian)
Призрачное пламя (Russian)
炎の蜃気楼[ミラージュ] (Japanese)
Copyright notice: ©2002 MIZUNA KUWABARA / SHUEISHA Inc., Aniplex Inc.
Plot Summary: Takaya Ohgi is just a typical high school guy who wants nothing more than to protect his best friend and live a normal life. Enter Nobutsuna Naoe, an older man who informs Takaya that he is in fact the reincarnation of Lord Kagetora. Naoe, himself a possessor, awakens Takaya's abilities to exorcise evil spirits and fight the Fuedal Underworld. While most possessors remember their former lives before being reincarnated, Takaya does not. Naoe is thankful for this, considering his passionate and abusive past with his Lord Kagetora. As Takaya improves his abilities , he also begins to remember what Naoe did because of his love for him. Meanwhile the dark forces of the Hojo and Fuma clans begin their attack as the Fuedal Underworld descends upon the living world.
User Ratings: 484 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 25 votes (sub:15, dub:8, edit.dub:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Excellent: 55 votes (sub:38, dub:14, edit.dub:2, others:1
1 Hungarian subtitled
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 Very good: 97 votes (sub:58, dub:34, ?:2, others:3
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
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 Good: 108 votes (sub:60, dub:45, ?:2, raw:1)
 Decent: 86 votes (sub:53, dub:30, raw:1, edit.dub:1, ?:1)
 So-so: 44 votes (sub:27, dub:17)
 Not really good: 24 votes (sub:12, dub:9, ?:2, raw:1)
 Weak: 22 votes (dub:12, sub:10)
 Bad: 11 votes (dub:6, sub:4, ?:1)
 Awful: 4 votes (dub:3, sub:1)
 Worst ever: 8 votes (dub:4, sub:4)
Seen in part or in whole by 1144 users, rank: #1030 (of 7630)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.614 (Good−), std. dev.: 2.0883, rank: #4099 (of 7654)
Weighted mean: 6.465 (Decent+), rank: #4472 (of 7654) (seen all: 6.70 / seen some: 5.59 / won't finish: 4.55)
Bayesian estimate: 6.492 (Decent+), rank: #4055 (of 5781)
Number of episodes: 13
Episode titles: We have 13
Vintage:
2002-01-07 to 2002-04-08
2006-07-02 to 2006-07-14 (USA, Encore WAM - The Block)
Opening Theme:
"Blaze 2002" by Kathy Shower
Ending Theme:
"Harukanaru Zanshō~ Sengoku Zan'ei Yori~" (遥かなる残照 ~「戦国残影」より~) by Koichiro Kameyama
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DVD (Region 1)
    Mirage of Blaze - The Summoning (DVD 1) 2003-06-24
    Mirage of Blaze - The Summoning + Artbox (DVD 1) 2003-06-24
    Mirage of Blaze - Ancient Rivals (DVD 2) 2003-08-26
    Mirage of Blaze - Darkness Decends (DVD 3) 2003-10-28
    Mirage of Blaze - Tragic Love (DVD 4) 2003-12-16
    Mirage of Blaze - DVD Box Set (DVD 1-4) 2004-11-30
    Mirage of Blaze - Complete Collection (DVD 1-4) 2006-03-28
    World of Mirage of Blaze (DVD) 2008-05-20

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Susumu Kudo
Script:
Hiroko Tokita (5 episodes
eps 1, 5, 7, 10, 13
)

Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (eps 2, 6)
Ryosuke Nakamura (eps 3, 8, 12)
Yuki Enatsu (eps 4, 9, 11)
Storyboard:
Hidehito Ueda (ep 9)
Hiroshi Hara (ep 3)
Junji Nishimura (eps 6-7)
Kazuya Komai (ep 5)
Kenzo Koizumi (ep 12)
Makoto Fuchigami (ep 11)
Shinmichi Nakano (eps 8, 12)
Susumu Kudo (OP/ED; ep 1)
Toshio Hirata (eps 2, 4, 13)
Yukina Hiiro (ep 10)
Episode Director:
Hiroshi Kimura (5 episodes
eps 1, 4, 7, 10, 13
)

Kenzo Koizumi (ep 5)
Naoto Hashimoto (eps 11-12)
Noboru Ooyama (ep 9)
Shinmichi Nakano (ep 12)
Susumu Kudo (OP/ED; eps 3, 11-13)
Yoshiaki Okumura (eps 2, 8)
Yoshimasa Hiraike (ep 6)
Original Manga: Shoko Hamada
Character Design: Itsuko Takeda
Art Director: Masazumi Matsumiya
Chief Animation Director: Yorihisa Uchida (eps 6-13)
Animation Director:
Hyun-jung Lee (ep 2)
Ikuo Kuwana (ep 10)
Itsuko Takeda (OP)
Junko Matsushita (eps 1, 7, 13)
Kenzo Koizumi (ep 5)
Kim Dong Jun (ep 11)
Kumi Ishii (ep 13)
Rokusuke Noda (ep 9)
Saburo Masutani (ep 9)
Takahiro Umehara (ep 6)
Tsutomu Murakami (ep 3)
Yoshiaki Hatano (eps 6, 11-12)
Yoshiaki Okumura (eps 2, 8)
Yoshiaki Tsubata (ep 4)
Yuta Kawai (ep 12)
Original Novel: Mizuna Kuwabara
Mechanical design: Takahiro Yamada
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Director of Photography: Hiroaki Yanagisawa
Executive producer: Ryuzo Shirakawa (SME Visual Works)
Producer: Yumiko Masujima (SME Visual Works)

Animation producer: Katsuya Shirai (Studio Matrix)
Art Setting: Tomoyuki Aoki
Assistant Art Director: Takuji Jizōmoto
Background Art:
Ai Nakata (STUDIO LOFT)
Junji Ozeki (STUDIO LOFT)
Kazuhiko Suzuki (STUDIO LOFT; eps 7, 11-13)
Tetsuhiro Shimizu (STUDIO LOFT; eps 1-6, 8-10)
Toshiko Abe (STUDIO LOFT; eps 1-6, 8-10)
Tsuyoshi Fukumoto (STUDIO LOFT)
Color Check:
Izumi Sakamoto (eps 6-8, 10-13)
Junko Okazaki (5 episodes
eps 2, 6-7, 12-13
)

Mikako Ohshima (ep 5)
Naoto Tanaka (5 episodes
eps 1, 8, 10-11, 13
)

Satoko Otsuka (7 episodes
eps 4, 6-8, 11-13
)

Color design: Chie Tanimoto
Color setting:
Chie Tanimoto (ep 13)
Junko Okazaki (eps 2, 8, 11)
Mikako Ohshima (ep 5)
Naoko Kodama (ep 6)
Naoto Tanaka (eps 1, 7, 12)
Satoko Otsuka (eps 4, 10)
Yoshitaka Katō (eps 3, 9)
Digital TP:
Izumi Sakamoto (ep 1)
Junko Okazaki (eps 1, 10)
Satoko Otsuka (ep 1)
Editing:
Megumi Uchida (Seyama Editing Room)
Mutsumi Takemiya (Seyama Editing Room)
Takeshi Seyama
Engineering Assistant: Fumiaki Tanaka
In-Between Animation: Masayo Koike (11 episodes
eps 1-2, 4-8, 10-13
)

In-Between Check:
Masato Inomata (eps 3, 9)
Seong Hun Baek (ep 2)
Shuuji Miyazaki (11 episodes
eps 1-2, 4-8, 10-13
)

Soo Il Yun (ep 2)
Key Animation:
Ae Lee Park (ep 2)
Ai Wakabayashi (ep 13)
Akira Shinoda (ep 9)
Akira Shishido (ep 13)
Akitaka Sawada (ep 9)
Dae Ryoung Kang (ep 2)
Eiji Kamimura (ep 9)
Erkin Kawabata (OP; eps 1, 7, 13)
Etsushi Mori (eps 10, 13)
Fumiko Etani (Studio Mu; eps 4, 10)
Hiroko Kazui (OP)
Hiroshi Iino (ep 9)
Hiroyoshi Iida (ep 3)
Hitomi Kakuhari (ep 1)
Ji Mi Park (ep 2)
Joji Kikuchi (ep 9)
Jouji Yanase (ep 3)
Jung-Duk Seo (ep 2)
Junko Matsushita (eps 1, 7, 9, 13)
Kanji Nagasaka (ep 12)
Kaoru Yabana (ep 1)
Kayo Nomichi (ep 4)
Keiko Katsura (ep 9)
Kenji Kuroyanagi (eps 1, 7, 13)
Kenji Uchinou (OP; ep 10)
Kiyoshi Matsushita (eps 1, 7, 13)
Kiyotsugu Miura (ep 9)
Koichi Nakaya (Studio Mu; eps 4, 10)
Kumi Ishii (OP; eps 1, 7)
Kunio Katsuki (ep 7)
Manabu Nakatake (ep 7)
Masahiro Kase (ep 3)
Masanobu Aoyama (OP)
Masashi Kojima (ep 7)
Masato Kimura (Mook Animation; ep 12)
Masatoshi Fukuyama (ep 9)
Masatsuna Ohishi (eps 7, 13)
Masumi Morishita (eps 7, 13)
Mayumi Oda (Studio Mu; ep 10)
Mayumi Okamoto (Studio Mu; ep 4)
Miki Yoshikawa (OP; eps 1, 7, 13)
Myoung Hoon Park (ep 2)
Ooki Kusumoto (eps 1, 7, 13)
Osamu Kurosawa (ep 3)
Rio Iijima (ep 3)
Ryotarou Akao (eps 1, 7, 13)
Sang Guk Kim (ep 2)
Satomi Kitahara (eps 7, 13)
Satomi Tanaka (ep 13)
Seung Jin Bang (ep 2)
Shigenobu Nagasaki (ep 9)
Shigenori Taniguchi (eps 1, 7)
Shinnosuke Kon (ep 9)
Shintaro Muraki (OP; eps 1, 7, 13)
Shuuji Miyazaki (eps 1, 13)
Sung Woo Kim (ep 2)
Tae Han Luk (ep 2)
Takahiro Kuroishi (ep 1)
Takao Takegami (eps 1, 7, 13)
Tetsuya Kawakami (Studio Mu; eps 4, 10)
Tomoharu Ohgi (ep 9)
Tomomi Ishikawa (ep 13)
Tsuyoshi Kimura (ep 13)
Woo Sang Yoon (ep 2)
Yasuzou Iino (OP; ep 1)
Yoshiaki Hatano (ED; ep 12)
Yoshiki Mizuno (eps 7, 13)
Yoshinobu Ando (OP)
Yoshinobu Aohachi (ep 3)
Yousuke Kabashima (OP)
Yukako Tsuzuki (OP; ep 13)
Yuki Chika (Studio Mu; eps 4, 10)
Yukiko Akiyama (Studio Mu; eps 4, 10)
Yumiko Iwasaki (ep 4)
Yun Hee Kwon (ep 2)
Mechanical animation Director: Takahiro Yamada (eps 12-13)
Music Director: Takashi Kodama
Photography:
Eun Young Na (Hee Won Entertainment; ep 2)
Hiroshi Sawada (Studio Twinkle; ep 7)
Kentaro Takahashi (Studio Matrix; 10 episodes
eps 1-3, 5-6, 8, 10-13
)

Makiko Nakayama (Studio Twinkle; ep 7)
Masashi Kamiki (Studio Twinkle; ep 7)
Miho Miwa (Studio Matrix; eps 1-3, 5, 13)
Ryoma Sakamoto (Studio Matrix; 10 episodes
eps 1-3, 5-6, 8, 10-13
)

Satoshi Fujita (Studio Twinkle; ep 7)
Seiichi Morishita (Studio Twinkle; ep 7)
Seiji Matsuda (Studio Matrix; eps 1-3, 5, 13)
Syunichi Kakiuchi (Studio Matrix; 10 episodes
eps 1-3, 5-6, 8, 10-13
)

Tetsuya Nakai (Studio Matrix; eps 6, 8, 10-13)
Yuki Yanagi (Studio Matrix; eps 1-3, 5, 13)
Yuuka Hagiwara (Studio Twinkle; ep 7)
Planning: Soichiro Sano (SME Visual Works)
Production Advancement:
Bueng Jin Kim (ep 2)
Eiji Nakajima (ep 8)
Isao Hasegawa (eps 3, 9)
Mi Hyang Park (ep 2)
Ryokichi Hayashi (ep 6)
Sai Kuramoto (ep 5)
Sue Tae Kim (ep 2)
Yasuhiro Kondo (ep 12)
Yoshihiro Egawa (eps 4, 10, 13)
Yoshiyasu Uchinomura (eps 1, 7, 13)
Production Desk: Yoshihiro Egawa
Production manager: Tsutomu Fujio
Production producer: Masao Maruyama (Madhouse)
Program Publicity:
Chikako Ishida
Yuko Nagasaki
Recording engineer: Shoji Hata
Series Formation: Hiroko Tokita
Setting Production: Keiko Kose
Sound Effects: Eiko Morikawa
Sound Production Manager: Yoshimi Sugiyama
Supervision: Toshio Hirata
Theme Song Arrangement: Koichiro Kameyama (OP)
Theme Song Composition:
Koichiro Kameyama (ED)
Sam Project (OP)
Theme Song Lyrics: Tracy Rose (OP)
Theme Song Performance: Kathy Shower (OP)
Video Editing: Ryoji Kishi (Tokyo Laboratory)
Sho Hayami as Nobutsuna Naoe
Toshihiko Seki as Takaya Ohgi

Taiki Matsuno as Yuzuru Narita

Ai Orikasa as Yuiko Takeda
Akiko Yajima as Saori Morino
Chiaki Takahashi as Wakamono (ep 6)
Dai Matsumoto as Yasuhide Tohyama (eps 1-10)
Fumihiko Tachiki as Kojuurou Katakura
Hideyuki Tanaka as Ujiteru Hojo
Hiroshi Kamiya as Kojirou Date
Hiroshi Matsumoto as Yasuhide Tohyama (eps 11-13)
Hiroshi Naka as Nue
Katsunosuke Hori as Genan Hojyo
Kazuaki Itō as Kinue
Kazuya Nakai as Sinya Asaoka
Kenyuu Horiuchi as Danjo Kousaka
Masanori Ikeda as Narrator
Matsuo Matsuo as Doctor (ep 1)
Miho Yoshida as Minako
Miki Tsuchiya as Woman (ep 7)
Misa Watanabe as Maiko Asaoka
Mitsuru Miyamoto as Kotaro Fuuma
Rokurō Naya as Ujimasa Hojo
Ryotaro Okiayu as Nobunaga Oda
Sakiko Tamagawa as Ayako Kadowaki
Satoko Kitō as Yuzuru's mother (ep 1)
Shigenori Sōya as Kasuke
Tomokazu Seki as
Ranmaru Mori
Satoshi Hatayama
Tomoko Miura as Miya Ohgi
Tomoko Mura as Miya Ohgi
Yasunori Matsumoto as Shuhei Chiaki
Yoshiyuki Kaneko as Kenshin Uesugi
Yukitoshi Hori as
Masamune Date
Shingen Takeda

Akemi Adachi (ep 4)
Jiro Saito (ep 3)
Kaori Matoi (ep 4)
Masanobu Kariya (eps 1, 3)
Nobuyuki Tanaka (eps 1, 3-4)
Japanese companies
Animation: SME Visual Works
Animation Direction: DR DIGITAL (ep 11)
Animation Production: Madhouse
Animation Support: Studio Matrix
Backgrounds: Studio Loft
Broadcaster: Kids Station
Color Check: CCR (eps 3, 9)
Digital TP:
DR DIGITAL (eps 1, 11, 13)
Dr. Movie (eps 6-7)
HeeWon Entertainment (8 episodes
eps 1-2, 4, 7-8, 10, 12-13
)

I Move (ep 13)
JEM (4 episodes
eps 1, 5, 10, 13
)

NARA Animation (eps 3, 9)
Shanghai Tosyun Douga (eps 3, 9)
Studio CATS (eps 4, 10, 13)
Studio Elle (ep 7)
Studio Kuma (ep 7)
In-Between Animation:
DR DIGITAL (eps 1, 11, 13)
Dr. Movie (eps 6-7)
HeeWon Entertainment (8 episodes
eps 1-2, 4, 7-8, 10, 12-13
)

I Move (ep 13)
JEM (4 episodes
eps 1, 5, 10, 13
)

Madhouse (ep 7)
NARA Animation (eps 3, 9)
Shanghai Tosyun Douga (eps 3, 9)
Studio CATS (eps 4, 10, 13)
Studio Kuma (ep 7)
Key Animation:
DR DIGITAL (3 episodes
eps 11 solo uncredited, 12-13
)

Dr. Movie (ep 6 solo)
HeeWon Entertainment (4 episodes
eps 4, 8 solo, 10, 12
)

JEM (ep 5 solo)
Mook Animation (ep 12)
NARA Animation (eps 3, 9)
Studio Mu (eps 4, 10)
Music Production: Regat Music
Music/Sound Production: SME Visual Works
Original Titles: Maki Production
Photography:
HeeWon Entertainment (ep 2)
Southern Cross (eps 5, 11)
Studio Cosmos (ep 9)
Studio Hibari (ep 1)
Studio Matrix (10 episodes
eps 1-3, 5-6, 8, 10-13
)

Studio Twinkle (eps 4, 7)
T2 Studio (eps 4, 13)
Trans Arts Co. (ep 13)
Viola Co. (eps 4-5, 9)
Planning Cooperation: Shueisha Cobalt Editorial Department
Production Cooperation: I Move (ep 3)
Recording Studio: Studio Gong
Sound Production: Rakuonsha
Video Editing: Tokyo Laboratory
English cast
English staff
ADR Director: Lex Lang
Script: Lex Lang
Translation: Mayumi Kobayashi
Executive producer: John Sirabella
Assistant producer: Mami Okada
Dialogue Editing: Rick Tetzlaff
Editing: Khalid Mills
Graphic Design: Alissyn Brock
Post-Production Assistant: Tetsuya Fujita
Production manager: Scott Marchfeld
Production Supervision: Sean Molyneaux
Re-Recording Mixing: Rick Tetzlaff
Sound Supervision: Patrick Rodman
Spotting: Stephanie Sheh
Translation Manager: Anna Yamamoto
Edward Villa as Takaya Ohgi
James Lyon as Nobutsuna Naoe

John Riggins as Yuzuru

Dave Mallow as Ujimasa Hojyo
David Orosco as
Nobunaga Oda (ep 11)
Punk (ep 8)
Yasuhide Tohyama
Jane Alan as Yuiko
Jennifer Jean as
Miya Ohgi
Student (ep 5)
Jim Taggert as
Kojiro Date (eps 5-7)
Shinya Asaoko (ep 8)
Student (ep 5)
John Smallberries as
Kenshin Uesugi
Priest
Johnny Yong Bosch as Kotaro Fuuma
Julie Ann Taylor as
Ayako
Student (ep 5)
Swiming Girl (ep 7)
Kim Strauss as Masamune Date
Kurt Strauss as Ujiteru Hojyo
Lex Lang as
Attendant
Chiaki
Danjo Kousaka
Mia Bradly as Maiko Asaoka
Michael Forest as Kojyuro Katakura (eps 8-13)
Michael McConnohie as
Doctor (ep 1)
Kinue
Michelle Ruff as Minako
Olivia O'Connor as Saori
Peter Doyle as Kojiro Date
Sparky Thornton as
Boat Pilot (ep 11)
Genan Hojyo
Kasuke
Kojyurou Katakura
Mori's Aide (ep 5)
Student (ep 5)
Steve Cannon as
Hatayama
Ranmaru Mori
Steve Kramer as
Nue
Shingen Takeda
Teacher (ep 5)
English companies
Distributor: AnimeWorks
Internet Streaming:
Crackle (North America; Expired)
Hulu
YouTube
Licensed by: Media Blasters
Recording Studio: Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Italian staff
Italian companies
(none)
Distributor: Shin Vision
Italian cast
(none)

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