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Fireball
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ファイアボール
(Faiabōru)
Genre Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Wataru Arakawa
Written by Wataru Arakawa
Music by Yoshiyuki Usui
Studio Jinni's Animation Studios
Walt Disney Television International Japan
Original run April 7, 2008June 30, 2008
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Fireball Charming
Directed by Wataru Arakawa
Written by Wataru Arakawa
Music by Yoshiyuki Usui
Studio Jinni's Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc.
Network Disney Channel, Tokyo MX
Original run April 4, 2011June 27, 2011
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Fireball Humorous
Written by Wataru Arakawa
Music by Yoshiyuki Usui
Studio TMS Jinni's Inc.
Network Dlife
Original run October 6, 2017December 8, 2017
Episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Fireball Gebäude Bäude
Written by Wataru Arakawa
Music by Yoshiyuki Usui
Studio TMS Jinni's Inc.
Network Disney Channel
Original run November 8, 2020December 10, 2020
Episodes 10

Fireball (ファイアボール Faiabōru) is a series of CGI anime shorts produced by Jinni's Animation Studios and Walt Disney Television International Japan. The designer is Hitoshi Fukuchi. It is animated entirely in 3D with no cel-shading of any sort, as would be typical for the medium.

The show takes place in the distant future of the 47th millennium, and revolves around the happenings inside a giant manor inhabited by two robots; the gynoid duchess Drossel von Flügel (voiced by Miyuki Kawashō) and her massive cyclopian arachnoid servant, Gedächtnis (Toru Okawa). The episodes are usually nonsensical in nature, normally showing the two characters making idle conversation in the midst of a war with humanity. A third character, a monkey-like robot named "Schadenfreude", joins them during the course of the series.

Synopsis

The series' main characters, Gedächtnis and Drossel von Flügel, reside in a gigantic manor surrounded by a presumably robot-inhabited city, beyond which is a desert that humanity's forces slowly encroach across during the 144-year timeframe in which the series is set (identified onscreen as the "Merkur Era", 48,650–48,794).

Gedächtnis is Drossel's servant and guardian, having sworn to her late father to protect her. Drossel treats him very much after the manner of the "spoiled princess" stereotype. A running gag in the series is that, at the beginning, Gedächtnis waits for Drossel to arrive and is called by a name Drossel chooses seemingly at random (although some, such as Sancho Panza and Rasputin, infer an unambiguously subservient status upon him). Gedächtnis then attempts (in a gentle, butler-like fashion) to remind Drossel of his name, upon which she tells him not to interrupt her. Another recurring joke is Drossel claiming that she practices karate despite her moves obviously being capoeira.

Drossel was manufactured as having the mind of a 14-year-old girl, with Gedächtnis' being that of a 50-year-old man; neither's age is explicitly stated, although both are known to be at least 2,800 years old–Gedächtnis stated that he entered service with the von Flugel family 2,800 years ago, and that it has been his duty to remain by Drossel's side for all of that time. Both Gedächtnis and Drossel move and speak in markedly unconventional ways, for example: instantly replying to each other at inhumanly fast speeds; freezing in postures until a new one is assumed; replying in seemingly unrelated ways. They remark upon how illogical human speech seems to them and act in what could be said to be an unemotional manner, though they do show emotions at times.

The characters occasionally display knowledge of elements that would normally be considered on the other side of the fourth wall–Drossel makes reference to what happened "in the last episode", and at another time points out that she has heard something already in an anime; Gedächtnis stops a laughter track (and indeed, the episode) by punching the screen, causing it to fracture in the accustomed glass-splinter visual code and then to fall sideways to the floor.

The series sometimes makes serious points in otherwise complete nonsense–the city in which Tempest Tower is built (shown during the opening title sequence) appears to be stereotypically dystopian in appearance; in the episode "Butterfly", Gedächtnis discusses the nature of rules, and what it is to be 'real' in an almost philosophical fashion, and the last episode features some distinctive "last stand" elements (it is this episode in which Drossel recites her entire name and title and then walks to face the human forces just as the series ends).

Crew

  • Series Director: Wataru Arakawa (Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc.)
  • Series Composition: Hidemi Akao, Hitoshi Uehara, Mayumi Kawanishi and Nobumasa Hoshino
  • Character Design: Hitoshi Fukuchi and Takayuki Yanase
  • CG Director/Producer: Shigeyuki Watanabe (Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc.), Hiroki Kawashima
  • Guest Design: Asato Mifune (Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc.) and Rie Tanaka
  • Producers: Shogo Fukuwara, Nobumasa Hoshino (Jinni's Animation Studios), Hironori Motooka, Animation Production by Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc. (Produced in association of Disney Channel Japan).

Production

The anime series was created by Jinni's Animation Studios and animation production by Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc. (conjunction of Disney) and produced in association of Disney Channel, Fireball is an anime series of additional animation production services provided for all three of 2008, 2009 and Walt Disney Animation Japan of anime second for 2011. In April 2008, Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc. was partner Disney and Jinni's Animation Studios, for the anime television series titled Fireball, is a 2008 Disney Channel anime television series featured characters of its Drossel Von Flugel, Schadenfreude and Gedachtnis, It was announced Walt Disney Animation (Japan), Inc. of anime officially press released Fireball in April 2008 premiered on Disney Channel on April 7, 2008 to June 27, 2011 titled Fireball Charming.

In 2011, Walt Disney Animation Japan released the second season of Fireball Charming, the prequel of Fireball.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Fireball 13 April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07) June 30, 2008 (2008-06-30)
Fireball Special 1 August 19, 2009
Fireball Charming 13 April 4, 2011 (2011-04-04) June 27, 2011 (2011-06-27)
Fireball Humorous 3 October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06) December 8, 2017 (2017-12-08)
Fireball Gebäude Bäude 10 November 8, 2020 (2020-11-08) December 10, 2020 (2020-12-10)

Episodes list

Fireball

No. Title Original airdate
01 "See the Aquatic Animals" April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07)
02 "9:25" April 14, 2008 (2008-04-14)
03 "The Day the Dolphin Flew" April 21, 2008 (2008-04-21)
04 "St. Elmo's Fire" April 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)
05 "Demon of the Frontal Lobe" May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)
06 "An Unwavering Heart" May 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)
07 "Prophecy" May 19, 2008 (2008-05-19)
08 "The Monkey in the Seat" May 26, 2008 (2008-05-26)
09 "Butterfly" June 2, 2008 (2008-06-02)
10 "Terminus" June 9, 2008 (2008-06-09)
11 "Intruders" June 16, 2008 (2008-06-16)
12 "The Virtual Eye" June 23, 2008 (2008-06-23)
13 "The Place Where Dreams Are Born" June 30, 2008 (2008-06-30)

Fireball Special

No. Title Original airdate
01 "Fireball Special - Making of Fireball" August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)

Fireball Charming

No. Title Original airdate
01 "Bootstrap Continuum" April 4, 2011 (2011-04-04)
Drossel tells Gedächtnis of a dream where she encounters a human and considers using diplomacy to solve the robot-human conflict. At the end of the episode a human in gear resembling a space suit appears before them.
02 "Trojan Horse" April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11)
Gedächtnis gives Drossel lessons on grace and agility in preparation for an upcoming ball.
03 "Fixing the Klein Bottle" April 18, 2011 (2011-04-18)
04 "Vacant Space" April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25)
05 "Table of Champions" May 2, 2011 (2011-05-02)
06 "Brainstorming Session of Horror" May 9, 2011 (2011-05-09)
07 "Wuthering Heights" May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)
08 "Gauntlet" May 23, 2011 (2011-05-23)
09 "Rules of the Game" May 30, 2011 (2011-05-30)
10 "Waiting for the Last Year" June 6, 2011 (2011-06-06)
11 "Limbo" June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13)
12 "Gravity" June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
13 "A World Without Love" June 27, 2011 (2011-06-27)

Fireball Humorous

No. Title
01 "The World to Come"
02 "Heart of Gold"
03 "The Hyperion Intersection"

Sequels

On August 10, 2010, it was announced on the official Fireball blog that the production for a second series had been green-lit, with director and writer Wataru Arakawa on board.

The sequel, titled Fireball Charming, was released in 2011 and is set chronologically before the events of Fireball (Fireball is set between the years 48650-48734; Charming begins in 48234, as shown on each episode's title cards). In all seasons save Fireball Humorous, either 8 or 16 years lapse between episodes.

Another sequel, Fireball Humorous, was released in 2017.

The final chapter Fireball Gebäude Bäude was released in 2020; it is set between 39298 and 39362 in the "Cinnabar Calendar".

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