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Tenshi ni Narumon: Step 21 (There are Untrue Truths)

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Script: Ryota Yamaguchi
Storyboards: Nobuhiro Kondo
Episode Director: Rei Hidaka
Animation Director: Tetsuya Yamamoto

This episode is another memorable one, which highlights catgirl Miruru's passionate love for vampire Gabe and includes some of the great over-the-top random moments of the series. It also, however, reveals the hidden secret of Noelle's birth and how she came to be part of this demented "family," in a surprisingly tender and poignant scene.

Much of this is due to the excellent script by Ryota Yamaguchi, which manages to hold farce and serious psychological insight in tight balance. Yamaguchi, who also did the same job with Step 16, did a great deal of screenplay writing for important series, including Escaflowne (TV and movie), Ranma ½, Sailor Moon (Sailor Stars and SuperS), Cowboy Bebop, and Cutey Honey Flash (series composition). Storyboarding was handled by Nobuhiro Kondo (also Step 11), who was also a veteran of Ranma 1/2 and Escaflowne (TV). This artist has since remained active as a storyboarder, working on Ginga Densetsu Week, Heat Guy J, Vampire Knight Guilty, and others. His most distinctive assignment, however, has been as director of the long-running Sgt. Frog series.

Director was Rei Hidaka, a Pierrot veteran who mainly had worked on 1980s series for younger audiences, including Sengoku Majin Goshogun (1981, storyboards), Anmitsu Hime (1986, episode direction), Norakuro-kun(1987, episode direction). This was this artist’s only assignment for TnN and the last one to date.

Animation direction was by Tetsuya Yamamoto, who was also assistant animation director for Step 22 as well. He had a brief career as an animator for Pierrot, working on Yu Yu Hakusho (dougas), Urusei Yatsura (gengas), and doing episode animation direction for a number of minor Pierrot series such as Moeru! Oniisan. Soon after this assignment, he moved to a supervisory role in production, working on negotiating overseas rights for Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, Tales from Earthsea and the second Ghost in the Shell movie. A pity Yanamoto’s animating career was so brief, as his style displays a good grip on the character design and personalities of Noelle’s quirky family, and indeed the whole episode shows a lot of verve.

 Miruru watches a wedding

 Miruru has an announcement

 Miruru Usagi

 A Break in the action


 Papa reads the Immigration Officer’s business card

 The Immigration Officer

 Miruru and Rocket Muse

 Yuusuke tries to save Noelle from deportation

 Papa and Baby Noelle

 Papa holding Baby Noelle.

 Baba: “Then I’m the mother!”

 Serious Miruru

 The Immigration Officer Non-plussed

 "Part of the Family"

 Ruka seconds the motion

 Pensive Yuusuke: A1 gengas

 Pensive Yuusuke: A2 gengas

 Pensive Yuusuke: cel and douga

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