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18if
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Key Visual
Anime television series
Directed by Koji Morimoto (General director)
Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka
Music by Ryūdai Abe
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, AT-X, BS Fuji
Original run July 7, 2017 September 29, 2017
Episodes 13
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18if is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gonzo. It aired from July 7[1] to September 29, 2017.

It is part of the media franchise The Art of 18, which also includes a smartphone game by Mobcast titled 18: Kimi to Tsunagaru Puzzle (【18】キミト ツナガル パズル, 18: Kimi to Tsunagaru Pazuru) for Android and iOS.[2]

Summary

Haruto Tsukishiro wakes up in a dream world dominated by strange and powerful entities called "Witches". To survive, he gets the assistance of research professor Katsumi Kanzaki and a mysterious white-haired girl called "Lily". With their help, Haruto must outsmart the witches and find a way to return to the real world.

Characters

Protagonists

Haruto Tsukishiro (月城 遥人, Tsukishiro Haruto)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[3] (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo[4] (English)
The protagonist. He was trapped in the dream world and worked with Lily and Professor Kanzaki, trying to return to the real world. At the end of the anime, it was revealed that in truth, Haruto was in an accident of unknown origin (Even Haruto himself did not remember it) and had been in a coma for years. In the end, Haruto left with the reformed Eve through the door to God's Domain, while his body in the waking world dies. The finale implies he was Eve's long-lost Adam.
Katsumi Kanzaki (神崎 カツミ, Kanzaki Katsumi)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[3] (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum[4] (English)
A scientist who investigates the dream world. Kanzaki saw Haruto's journey as an opportunity to further his research. He had a second agenda: His younger sister, Yurina, was a victim of Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, and while working to research the dream world as well as Haruto, he was trying to awaken her. Inside the dream world, Kanzaki takes the form of an anthropomorphic cat.
Lily (リリィ, Rirī)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka[3] (Japanese); Alexis Tipton[4] (English)
A mysterious girl Haruto met inside the dream world. For some reason, only Haruto can see her until episode 10 onwards, when Katsumi is able to see and hear her though the use of special glasses. At the end of the anime, it is revealed that Lily's true identity is Eve, or rather the Aspect of Eve before she was corrupted by eating from the Tree of Knowledge. She merges with Eve at the end of the series and leaves for God's Domain with Haruto.

Witches

Yuko Sakurabe (桜部 優子, Sakurabe Yuko)
Voiced by: Aya Endo[2] (Japanese); Monica Rial[5] (English)
The first Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world. Nicknamed the "Witch of Thunder", Yuko uses Haruto for her games and attempts to kill him when he refuses. With Lily's help, Haruto realizes Yuko is actually a girl who had her heart broken after a cruel joke and went to the dream world to escape from her problems. Haruto helps Yuko move on from her suffering and allows her to return to the real world.
Mana Hayashida (林田真奈, Hayashida Mana)
Voiced by: Yu Shimamura[2] (Japanese); Morgan Garrett[6] (English)
The second Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world. A survivor of a brutal home invasion/murder while she was 12, she wishes to bring justice to the three who killed her family who died protecting her even though she feels she did not deserve their affection. When facing the third killer (the brains), Haruto steps in and kills him as he discovers he was the most dangerous of the three. She wakes up wanting to meet her protector in the real world when she gets out of the hospital.
Kayo Sugisaki (杉崎佳世, Sugisaki Kayo)
Voiced by: Nao Tamura[2] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado[4] (English)
The third Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world. A terminally sick girl who desires to live a normal highschool life, but unable to do so due to her bad health and terminal stage, cursing her own state. Haruto encounters her in the dream world and the two enjoy normal life, affairs such as shopping or playing. She falls in love with Haruto and passes away grateful to him. Later on, it's revealed that a part of her soul remained behind in concern for Haruto. Kayo is key in finding Haruto's comatose body and finding out the truth behind his state. She and the other 10 witches return to help him save Eve's soul. She is also called the "Witch of First Love".
Airi Kojima (小嶋アイリ, Kojima Airi)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[2] (Japanese); Caitlin Glass[7] (English)
The fourth Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world. An amateur model who was dumped by her boyfriend over a slimmer underclassman model. She develops an unhealthy relationship with food, becoming bulimic following the event, putting her love of food against keeping a better figure at odds. Through Haruto's help, she's able to regain her joy of eating food normally and seeks a new love in Haruto. She is also called the "Witch of Gluttony".
Mirei Saegusa (三枝美玲, Saegusa Mirei)
Voiced by: Azumi Asakura[2] (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
The fifth Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world.
Natsuki Kamikawa (上川 菜月, Kamikawa Natsuki)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen[2] (Japanese); Jill Harris[8] (English)
The sixth Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world.
Nene Higashiyama (ネネ, Nene)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[2] (Japanese); Lara Woodhull[9] (English)
The seventh Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world.
Sono (ソノ, Sono)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa[2] (Japanese); Megan Shipman[10] (English)
The eighth Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world.
Misaki (美咲, Misaki)
Voiced by: Emi Nitta[2] (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett[11] (English)
The ninth Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world.
Hanako Sumitomo (住友花子, Sumitomo Hanako)
Voiced by: Shiho Nanba[2] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[12] (English)
The tenth Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world.
Yurina Kanzaki (神崎ユリナ, Kanzaki Yurina)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[2] (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)
Katsumi's sister and the final Witch Haruto encounters in the dream world. A friend put her into an audition and as a result, she became a very famous idol, to the point that Misaki has stated that Yurina is the idol that she herself wanted to become. However, the pressures of stardom had worn her down until she was struck down with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome and chosen to be Eve's protector.

Others

Eve (イブ, Ibu)
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
The primary antagonist of the series. After exiled from Paradise, Eve fell into a deep slumber that led to the creation of the modern world. Her awakening threatens to destroy mankind, which she considers to be revenge against God for exiling her. The Witches are able to talk her out of destroying the world and she recognizes Lily as an alternate version of herself that didn't eat the forbidden fruit. After merging with Lily and becoming whole, she departs with Haruto into Heaven.

Anime

18if is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gonzo. It aired from July 7[1] to September 29, 2017. Kōji Morimoto served as chief supervisor. Each episode featured a different director. Atsuhiro Tomioka handled the series composition, Hiroko Kazui served as design director, and Tadashi Oppata designed the characters. Ryūdai Abe composed the music.[3] The opening theme is "Red Doors feat. Yoshikazu Mera" by Teddyloid.[1] The series is licensed by Funimation in North America.[2] Crunchyroll streamed the anime.[13]

No. Title Original air date
1 "The Witch of Thunder"
"Den kage no majo" (電影の魔女)
July 7, 2017 (2017-07-07)
Haruto Tsukishiro awakens in a mysterious dream world inhabited by strange and powerful entities called Witches, the first of them being Yuko Sakurabe, the Witch of Thunder. Haruto's only sources of companionship are Lily, a white-haired girl that calls Haruto her "brother" and Katsumi Kanzaki, a scientist who has been researching the dream world. Yuko finds Haruto and attempts to convince him to play with her. At first, Haruto refuses, but when Kanzaki almost gets killed, he is forced to accept. His attempts to appease Yuko are for naught, as she attempts to kill him as well. Fortunately, Haruto realizes that any injuries he suffers in the dream world are not real, so he easily survives Yuko's attacks. With Lily's help, Haruto realizes Yuko is actually a sad, heartbroken girl who went to the dream world after suffering a cruel prank in the real world. Haruto helps Yuko come to terms with her pain and allows her to return to the real world. As Yuko wakes up, the dream world produces a blue door that, according to Kanzaki and Lily, will take Haruto back to the real world. But when Haruto goes through it, he is taken back to the room where the episode started. Haruto simply decides to sleep again, hoping to find another way to return home.
2 "Time Stopped at Age 12"
"Yamatsuta jikan, 12-sai" (止まつた時間、12才)
July 14, 2017 (2017-07-14)
Haruto has a frightening dream of a woman mercilessly killing someone grotesquely, and wakes up to find that Professor Katsumi confirms his dream to be true and that the Witch has killed someone. The professor explains that a crime occurred 10 years ago when a family of four was killed in their home, but the youngest daughter survived by hiding in a closet while her parents and older sister were killed. The dream Haruto shared with the Witch was an image of one of the three killers getting murdered in the same way the mother was. Thus the greatest suspect is the youngest sister, who is also afflicted with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. As Haruto returns to the dream world, Professor Katsumi contacts the remaining two killers, who reveal they have had the same dream each time of themselves getting chased by red heels before being killed like how the father and older sister were. Due to fright, they have tried their best to remain awake, but one of them eventually gives in and is murdered in front of Haruto in the dream world, where he encounters the Witch. Seeing his friend decapitated in real life, the last person, the brains behind the murdering and the one who orchestrated everything, decides to go to sleep. However, this is all part of a plan for him to awake his unconsciousness in the dream world, where he attempts to kill the Witch after finding out anything can happen in the dream world as long as you think it in your mind. Before the Witch is overpowered, Haruto steps in and kills the mastermind in the exact manner as how the Witch would want it to be. Thankful and satisfied that the killers were brought to justice, the Witch leaves the dream world and wakes up in the hospital wanting to meet Haruto and thank him properly.
3 "The Witch of First Love"
"Hatsukoi no majo" (初恋の魔女)
July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
4 "The Witch of Gluttony"
"Bōshoku no majo" (暴食の魔女)
July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)
5 "The Witch of Ordinariness"
"Bonyō no majo" (凡庸の魔女)
August 4, 2017 (2017-08-04)
6 "Curses Return Upon the Casters"
"Hito o norowa ba ana futatsu..." (人を呪わば穴二つ・・・)
August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
7 "And now There are none..."
"Soshite daremo inai..." (ソシテ ダレモ イナイ…)
August 18, 2017 (2017-08-18)
Haruto woke up as a scarecrow in the dream world. Then a robot knocks on the door and shows him some picture. Kanzaki then appears as lion and tells Haruto that they are now in the dream world. The robot asks for their help, but couldn't. So the robot pulls a card from a deck, and transports them to somewhere. In transition, Kanzaki calls the robot as Yoshitsune. They arrive to "space of joy". A story about a prince and his servant[a] going to a new school in Japan and meets a girl named Nene. Then the robot took a card and arrives to "space of pleasure". When the three of them saved a cat, build a toy house, and played ayatori. The wind blows away a card and they arrive to "space of grief". When the cat needed to be rescued again, but someone takes Pol and Pot away; only to leave Nene behind. A card drops and takes them to another place, where Haruto and Kanzaki is watching the monitors as Yoshitsune is somewhere else. Yoshitsune then follows Nene's voice to a rocket, as both of them said "I want to meet you...", which Yoshitsune is Pol. Kanzaki also realized this, and then Lily shows up to watch too. Pol is trying to talk to Nene about the past, but the paintings transforms into a guillotine. Pol then chases after her to the top. Then the rocket crashes into the toy house, Pol escapes from it to find her. Then he steps on Pot's glasses and remembers that Pot is gone, and the dream ends. At the hospital, Nene's wakes up from her dream and says, "I want to meet you..."
8 "Threshold" August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
9 "Idols Don't Go to the Bathroom!"
"Aidoru wa toire ni ika nai!" (アイドルはトイレにいかない!)
September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01)
10 "Dream Dimension α"
"A Yume Jigen" (α夢次元)
September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
11 "The Thorn Cross Association"
"Toge jū jikai" (棘十字会)
September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)
12 "The Witch Wars"
"Majo taisen" (魔女大戦)
September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)
13 "Eve's Sigh"
"Ibu no Toiki" (イブの吐息)
September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Haruto, Kanzaki and Lily entered the final domain, where Eve is. Kanzaki noticed that behind him, the door has been sealed by ivy. In the real world, the sky has become dark and white lilies have wrapped around the buildings, releasing the pollen onto the citizens. Lily remarked that dreams are spilling into the real world, due to the fact that Eve is now awake. Kanzaki then has Yuko relay to Haruto the truth behind his condition and why he cannot awaken from the dream world: he had been in an accident of an unknown origin, one in which Haruto himself cannot remember either, and been in a coma for years. Lily agrees and explains that Haruto's timeless state is similar to Eve's. He suggests that Lily kill Eve, since She knows her best. This is ruled out by the revelation that Lily is Eve, rather is the Eve of Eden that existed before having eaten from God's Tree of Knowledge. The final door appears, where Eve awaits. Haruto asked if killing her will allow him to wake up, to which Lily said that he will only get his answer when the task is completed, and when Eve dies, so will she. When the door opened, they're in Haruto's room, with Eve sitting on a chair. Before the two Eves could fight each other, all of the previous 11 witches appear, stating that since Haruto saved them, it's their turn to help. Then they wanted Kanzaki and Haruto to serve some tea and snacks, while the others talk to Eve. Which at times it seemed like it would backfire, the witches succeeded in calming Eve's heart. She agrees to learn about the human world and reverses the crisis in the real world. Afterwards, Lily and Eve make up, and watch over the world together. Lily agreed and the two merged into one being: Eve. The door to God's Domain appears before everyone and Eve asks, with Lily's voice, to kill her. Haruto refuses, and Yurina suggested to only sully Eve's purity and turn her into a human girl. Haruto chose a different option instead: to pass through the door into God's Domain with Eve, saying, "I finally know where I am now, so I can come back anytime. That's what I'd like to think anyway...and if you can, come visit me from time to time." The Witches and Kanzaki wished him well and watched as they disappeared into the new world. In the hospital, however, the heart monitor showed that Haruto has died. As time passed after Haruto's death, Kanzaki stated that he has heard nothing from him. Then every time he goes into the dream world, he could no longer find Haruto anywhere. Yurina supposed that Haruto may have become Adam, which Kanzaki quickly shot down. The only one who knows the answer is Lily. The Anime ends in God's Domain, and Lily giggling and saying, "We meet again, Brother..." as she reaches for Haruto's hand.

Notes

  1. ^ Pol, the prince and Pot, the servant

References

  1. ^ a b c "Gonzo's 18if TV Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Teddyloid's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. June 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Gonzo's 18if TV Anime Reveals Cast for 11 Witches". Anime News Network. June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gonzo's 18if Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Visuals". Anime News Network. May 20, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Summer 2017 SimulDubs on FunimationNow!". Funimation. July 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "First new simuldub of the season is up @FUNimation. I'm the Witch of Thunder in 18if. Watch me harass @RiccoFajardo and @JMichaelTatum!". Twitter.com. July 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "@morganlaure did u play the newest witch in #18if ?". Twitter.com. July 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Check me out in 18if! Loved working with @sonnystrait. What a cool show!". Twitter.com. July 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "I voice Natsuki in today's ep of #18if! I really connected with this character, and I imagine a lot of you will relate to her pain, too". Twitter.com. August 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Got chills from the latest #18if dub. Thanks @MikeMcFarlandVA and @FeleciaAngelle ! I had fun with Nene". Twitter.com. August 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Hear me as this lovely witch on the latest episode of 18if!". Twitter.com. September 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Last late announcement! I'm Misaki in 18if, directed by @MikeMcFarlandVA! I also sing the Shark Lady song featured throughout the episode!". Twitter.com. September 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "So happy I can finally talk about #18if It's such a trippy show! I loved getting to voice Jane ❤️ thank you so much @MikeMcFarlandVA". Twitter.com. September 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream 18if Anime". Anime News Network. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.

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