|An unlikely trio - Prof. Momose (Yamazaki Tsutomu), Noa (Takenouchi Yutaka) and Mia (Sakai Maki)|
ミア/Mia (singer and actress 坂井真紀/Sakai Maki) who distracts them with her haunting laughter. It distracts them long enough so that both men reconsider their drastic actions. Finding each other to be kindred spirits, the two men (along with Mia) soon decide to move in together in Prof. Momose's remote workshop/barn where. There Prof. Momose begins working on a pet project - the building of a "Yellow Submarine" which Prof. Momose had dreamed of building since he was a child.
Mia has to be one of the most outlandish and bizarre characters ever. She reminds me a bit of the Anime character of Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivruski IV/Françoise Appledelhi AKA "Ed" from 『カウボーイビバップ』/"Cowboy Beboy" (1998). Although she was characterized as an enigmatic, immature, childlike and almost autistic girl, as the series progressed it became more and more apparent that she wasn't who she appeared to be. It was later confirmed that Mia was indeed not really human at all but rather "the spirit of death/Grim Reaper" (死神) who had taken human form and appeared to Prof. Momose and Noa as they were fated to die at the end of the series.
|Prof. Momose's (Yamazaki) unceremonious last moments|
|The "Madonnas" - Hirosue Ryoko (Ep. 1), Toyama Kyoko (Ep. 2), Oda Erika (Ep. 3), Magara Kanako (Ep. 4), Jyuna Risa (Ep. 5), MInami Kahou & Tezuka Satomi (Ep. 6), Ikewaki Chizuru (Ep. 7), Ito Mayumi (Ep. 11) and Joey Wong (Ep. 11).|
The individual stories are broken down to the following:
The ending was a bit ambiguous as it really doesn't give any indication of Noa's fate. Did he use the submarine to just travel to another location to restart his life or did he use it to travel to the bottom of the ocean in order to commit suicide? One really can't say, however I tend to go with the later interpretation as it would explain why Noa did not go to Satomi's wedding to take her away with him.
|Cover of the 1998 Japanese Single Release - Image courtesy of http://imano.blog44.fc2.com/blog-entry-636.html|