Celestial Legend (妖しのセレス, Ayashi no Ceres) is a fantasy shōjo manga series written by Yuu Watase. It was originally serialized in Shōjo Comic from May 1996 through March 2000 and later reprinted by Shogakukan in fourteen collected volumes. In 1998, it won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo. Studio Pierrot adapted the series into a twenty-four episode anime series that premiered in Japan on WOWOW on April 20, 2000 and ran until September 28, 2000.
The series focuses on Aya Mikage, who learns on her sixteenth birthday that she is the reincarnation of a celestial maiden (天女, Tennin) named Ceres, and her twin brother Aki the reincarnation of Ceres’ former husband, Mikagi. Ceres begins manifesting in Aya, and to save her brother she must find Ceres’ lost celestial robe (羽衣, hagoromo), while avoiding being killed or captured by family members who want to use Ceres’s supreme celestial abilities for their own personal gain.
A very original plot line, immersing a young woman on her 16th birthday, into a world of danger and constant threat while those who are around her and those who she loves are hurt. With love triangles that are sometimes heart wrenching and at other times very sweet. And with a very important message which you will be blatantly told if you haven’t already figured it out by the end of the series. For an anime that was released in 2000 the art is simply amazing. The plot line is so intricate and very original. The romance between various characters that really portray their anguish, sadness, happiness, confusion, and love. An amazing soundtrack that completely fits the mood and just makes you want to listen to the songs over and over again. I have to say, this is one of the best romance anime’s out there. Enjoy this series.
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Opening Theme: “Scarlet” by Junko Iwao [Single]
#1: “One ~ Kono Yo ga Hatete mo Hanarenai” by Day-break [Single]
#2: “Cross My Heart” by Day-break [Single]