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2001 Nights (2001夜物語 Nisen'ichi Ya Monogatari?) is a science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Yukinobu Hoshino and originally serialized in Futabasha's Monthly Super Action starting from June 1984. It was then collected into three bound volumes by Futabasha, released between August 18, 1985[1] and October 24, 1986.[2] The series was licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media and published in North America starting March 22, 1996.[3] 2001 Nights is largely inspired by classic hard science fiction, with many visual homages to previous science fiction novels and films.



2001 Nights consists of several loosely connected short stories, all taking place in the same timeline, with the whole series spanning several hundred years. Many of the stories are related to each other (even across books), each building upon the achievements of the previous ones. The stories are often (but not always) scientifically plausible, recalling a lot of the early science fiction of the 1950 and 1960 eras.


2001 Nights

2001 Nights was adapted into a one-episode original video animation (OVA) by TMS Entertainment and released on VHS in July 1987. It has not been licensed in English.


Two stories from 2001 Nights, Night 12 (Symbiotic Planet) and Night 14 (Elliptical Orbit) respectively, were recently adapted into TO, a two-episode computer animation (CGI) original video animation (OVA), and released on DVD and Blu-ray by Avex in December 2009, in Japan.[4]
TO was released on rental DVDs on October 2, 2009 and in Dezember 2009 as regular DVD and Blu-ray release.[5] It was scheduled to air on TBS and BS-TBS (Japanese satellite TV broadcaster) in November and December 2009.[6]
A 10 minute trailer was released on Youtube by Avex in November 11, 2009.[4][6]


The stories that make up the complete manga are placed in chronological order, with one exception. By the technology used, Night 14 ("Elliptical Orbit") seems to belong somewhere between Nights 6 and 7 (after the invention of suspended animation and interstellar travel, but before the Lucifer discovery).

Release dateISBNRelease dateISBN
1 August 18, 1985[1]ISBN 4-575-93074-1March 22, 1996[3]ISBN 1-56931-056-4
  • 01. "Night 1: Earthglow"
  • 02. "Night 2: Sea of Fertility"
  • 03. "Night 3: Maelstrom III"
  • 04. "Night 4: Posterity"
  • 05. "Night 5: Rendezvous"
  • 06. "Night 6: Discovery"
  • 07. "Night 7: Lucifer Rising"
2 December 28, 1985[7]ISBN 4-575-93075-XJune 22, 1996[8]ISBN 1-56931-102-1
  • 08. "Night 8: The Lights of Heaven"
  • 09. "Night 9: Journey Beyond Tomorrow"
  • 10. "Night 10: Medusa's Throne"
  • 11. "Night 11: A Stranger's Footsteps"
  • 12. "Night 12: Symbiotic Planet"
  • 13. "Night 13: Final Evolution"
  • 14. "Night 14: Elliptical Orbit"
3 October 24, 1986[2]ISBN 4-575-93076-8February 22, 1996[9]ISBN 1-56931-125-0
  • 15. "Night 15: An Hour's Song in a Birdless Sky"
  • 16. "Night 16: Colony"
  • 17. "Night 17: So Brief. So Lasting a Love"
  • 18. "Night 18: Odyssey in Green"
  • 19. "Final Night: Children of the Earth"


External links

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