Hanoka: The DVD Cut (unaired/unsurfaced version of flash anime; 2008)
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Hanoka is a 2006 Japanese flash-animation which was first broadcast as a 12 episode mini-series for the Anime informational programme 'Anime Paradise' on the Anime-based Japanese Broadcast Satellite/Cable channel 'Kids Station' during August 7- October 22, then broadcast on a Japanese Terrestrial Broadcast channel 'TV Saitama' during November 2006-January 2007.
The plot involves Hanoka, the 7th 'Majin' (Demi-God) getting involved in a war against the Aliens 'Hoshi no Tami' (The Star Peoples) along with his new human owner, Yuuri Kaminoza in the deserted planet, Tokinea.
Whilst the series is produced by RAMS (a now-defunct Japanese Voice actors Agency), the series is actually entirely created (planned, screen-played, Animated and Directed) by Aruzi Morino, a slightly known pioneer of the Japanese Internet Flash animation movement during the early 2000's and notable of creating dramatic, emotional Flash Animations such as 'Tukinoha Shizuku', 'YUKINO', 'Majyo no Imouto' (The Mage's Sister) and 'Etora's Wings' (Sora no Etora).
This short-lived anime miniseries featured several notable names such as Sakura Nogawa (who was famous for voicing Hinaichigo from the anime series 'Rozen Maiden') as a voice of the protagonist, Hanoka/Majin No.7 and singing this anime's opening theme 'Dual Love on Planets - Hanoka' and Hironobu Kaneyama (Notable for singing 'CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA', the 1st Japanese opening of the Legendary anime, Dragon Ball Z) composing the opening theme.
However, due to the creator, Morino's nature of constant falling of health (resulting to the overall drop of animation quality compared to his other independent animations) and RAMS' lack of backup support (treating the anime as a promotional material for Sakura Nogawa instead of treating it as a proper anime series), the anime ended with many plot holes and unsolved elements.
On Myanimelist, The TV version of Hanoka met mediocre to negative reviews. Some even consider it as one of the 'Worst Anime of All Time' along with the infamous 'Mars of Destruction' and 'Skelter Heaven', mostly due to the low-quality flash animation, bad narrative and cliched characters. Even Mr. Aruzi Morino, the creator of the series strongly dislikes the final product, stating on his Twitter that 'Hanok... Um, That anime. I wanted to make a compelling war story of an old man and a bionic girl, but RAMS demanded me to change the protagonist from an old man into a young boy. I think that RAMS' countless requests resulted from the final product to become generic and uninspired.' (Many reviewers does criticize this anime as a 'Saikano' ripoff. However, that is not true because Mr. Morino actually never read the manga nor watched the anime adaptation during the creation of Hanoka, as stated in his twitter feed).
In 2008, Hanoka was released on DVD in Japan (region 2) with 2 Volumes with 2 bonus features. Vol.1 features the Voice Cast's interview and Vol.2 features the Unaired Episode 13. The DVD version of the episode includes numerous numbers of new additional scenes/new scenes to deepen the narrative, character development and cover the plot holes frequently seen in the TV version, (newly created by Morino Aruzi in 2008), replace several dialogues with newly recorded dialogues and most importantly, a DVD exclusive episode 13, takes place after Episode 12, the final episode, changing the entire resolution to the anime.