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The Spirit of Wonder is a series of manga stories written and drawn by Tsuruta Kenji. Only one has as yet been animated, but several of the original mangas will soon be released in English form by Dark Horse Comics and Studio Proteus.

About the title: The original title of this episode is "China-san no Yuutsu," which translates as "Miss China's Melancholy." However, that title has connotations in English that don't fit with the spirit of the story itself, so in cooperation with Studio Proteus, we chose to use a different title.

About the story: during production of the video, we tried to track down the location of Prince of Wales Island, without success. However, subsequently, we learned of a Prince of Wales Island situated off the coast of Australia. Whether or not this is THE Prince of Wales Island, we don't know. In the dubbed version of Spirit of Wonder, we deliberately used a wide variety of accents for the customers of Tenkai to "cover our bases."

An in a special note, recently TOSHIBA-EMI re-released The Spirit of Wonder in bilingual form, using our dub and subtitles. This rerelease outsold the original release, proving that the Japanese, at least, know a good dub when they hear one!

Production Staff

Japanese Production Staff
Based on the Manga by Tsuruta Kenji
Published in: Kodansha's Comic Afternoon

Character Designer & Animation Director: Yanagida Yoshiaki
Art Director: Kogura Hiromasa
Storyboards: Nishimura Hiroyuki & Umitani Toshihisa
Music: Tanaka Koohei
Director of Photography: Saitoo Akio
Recording Supervisor: Ookuma Akira
Editing: Fuse Yumiko
Color Designation: Ichinose Miyoko
Animation Checker: Nakajima Yuuichi
Planning: Shishido Fuminori
Producers: Sugiyama Kiyoshi & Okamura Masahiro
Screenplay: Shimada Michiru
US Production Staff (Subtitling)
Executive Producer: Robert J. Woodhead
Producers: Janice Hindle & Peter R. Haswell
Translator: Shin Kurokawa
Production Coordinator & Dialogue Checker: Ueki Natsumi
Subtitling Director: Robert J. Woodhead
US Production Staff (Dubbing)
Executive Producers: Janice Hindle & Peter R. Haswell
Translator: Shin Kurokawa
Associate Producer: Ueki Natsumi
Producer: Robert J. Woodhead

English Language Version recorded at
Coastal Carolina Recording

Voice Director: Scott Houle
Script Supervisor: William Bailey
Audio Engineer: Nick Stuteville
Dialogue Mixer: Ron Abfalter
Effects Designer: Skip Bowerman
M&E Editor: Kevin Turner
Communications: Billie Houle
Duplications: B. J. Toney

Voice Actors

Japanese Voice Actors
Miss China: Hidaka Noriko
Jim: Shibamoto Hiroyuki
Breckenridge: Hazama Michio
Lily: Fuchizaki Yuriko
Gil: Kakegawa Hirohiko
Robin: Yokoyama Tomosa
John: Mizuhara Rin
Nancy: Hiramatsu Akiko
Titi: Hayashi Tamao
Rock: Iizuka Shoozoo
Paul: Sawaki Ikuya
Shopkeeper: Shimaka Yutaka
Man A: Cha Fuurin
Man B: Nakajima Akihiko
English Voice Actors
Miss China: Pamela Weidner
Breckenridge: Mike Way
Jim: David Bjorkback
Lily: Lanelle Markgraf
Narrator: Norm Shore
Robin: Shawn Ernie
Nancy: Rachael Seidman
Jon: John Paul Houle
Titi: Lisa Gattis
Gentleman #1: Robert Boucher
Gentleman #2: Kevin Greenway
Gil: Marc Matney
Kelly: Sean P. O'Connell
Evans: Bob Weidner
Paul: Scott Bailey
Rock: Chuck Denson
Marketwoman: Gertrude Weidner
Jim's Boss: Eric Paisley
Thief: Jim Clark
Policeman: Dave Underwood
Group Players: Nick Manatee,
William Brenton,
Elmo Jones & Patrick Humphrey

Song Lyrics

Ending Theme: Yume no Tobira (Dream's Door)
Lyrics by Maeda Kooichiroo * Music by Tanaka Koohei
Arranged by Kishimura Masanori
Performed by Hidaka Noriko
Te to te wo awasete
shizuka ni inoreba, hora...
Yozora ni niji kake.
Hoshi no hana wo tsumu yume.


Te to te wo awasete
hitomi wo tojireba, hora...
Sora tobu rakuda ga
Tsuki no saba yuku yume.



Negai nooto tsumekonda
galasu no kobin ga
ginga no umi ni ukabu.
Hoshi no kagayaki.
Yume no hikari.

Te to te wo awasete...
Hitomi o tojiruno, China.
Put your hands together, and
say your silent prayers... and see...
A rainbow arches over the night sky,
where you pick flowers of stars.
Do you see that dream?

Put your hands together, and
close your eyes... and see...
A camel crosses the heavenly skies
to reach the desert beneath
the beautiful moon.
Do you see that dream?

My wishes are in
a crystal bottle,
drifting on the ocean of galaxies
lit by stars.
It's the light of dreams.

Put your hands together...
And close your eyes, China.