"Ayashi No Ceres" or "Ceres, Celestial Legend" is a drama and romance oriented Japanese anime series. It was adapted from the manga authored by Yuu Watase and published by "Shogakukan Productions Co, LTD." There is a total of fourteen volumes total to the manga. Hajime Kaegaki directed the twenty-four episode series and it was produced by "Studio Pierrot." It had only aired on one network which is in Japan called "WOWOW." The story revolves around two twin siblings: Aya and her twin brother Aki. They are both Aya and Aki Mikage whom are members of the Mikagi family whom are wealthy and powerful. It means that have a good amount of influence in Japan’s government.
Though it looks to be an interesting romantic story, there are some hints of possible incest. The story reveals that Aya is the medium for the existence of Ceres who is "tennyo." It pretty much explains why Aya managed to have some interesting abilities without even realizing it. She also gets rescued by a man named Suzumi Aogiri who is also very important to the story. A tennyo is defined as the Japanese equivalent to an angel or faerie in European folklore. It further reveals that Aya and Aki are descendants of the bloodline of Ceres. A good deal of the story is tied around the legend if Ceres lives, it will destroy the Mikagi family.
Aki is the medium of the Progenitor’s spirit. It is revealed that the Progenitor is the founder of the Mikage family. This is the hint of possible incest right there as they are the mediums for two beings that started the Mikagi family. It has an interesting premise on how a bloodline is very much tied to the past, and has to keep a specific being from having to awake. The anime series brings the interesting premise to the meaning of family bloodline.
The story behind Ceres, Celestial Legend is a very popular folktale that is told in many parts of Asia. But this same legend has managed to make its way to Europe and North America. Though they have variations of their own, they have the same thing: a story about a man finding an item that belongs to a celestial maiden not of this world. Not having that item present keeps the celestial maiden from leaving the world. Anybody that is familiar with that folktale might understand the storyline behind Ceres, Celestial Legend.
This series might not be for everybody. However, Ceres, Celestial Legend is merely an interpretation of that specific folktale. However, there are many things present. Several examples include: family politics, family conspiracy, government politics, and so forth. There’s an anime movie that is similar to that folktale. It is called "Inuyasha The Movie 2: Castle Through the Looking Glass."
Though the being is named Ceres, there is no relation to the Ceres or Artemis related to Roman and Greek mythology respectively. Ceres, Celestial Legend also has plenty of suspense to it along with a huge family conspiracy. From the first episode, Aya learns what she is. As a result, she is marked for death by her own family. Overall, this is an interesting story and cannot be considered a typical chick-flick of an anime series.
There is a dubbed version of Ceres, Celestial Legend available. However, it’s unknown if or when it will actually be released to network television across North America.