Strange Dawn (ストレンジドーン Sutorenji Dōn) is a Japanese isekai-summoned anime series created by Hal Film Maker for Pioneer LDC. It premiered on WOWWOW channel from July 11 to September 26, 2000 for 13 episodes.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Two high school girls (Yuko and Eri) are transported to a magical planet which is dominated by small semi-humans. To the girls' surprise, they are treated as Gods by the little creatures and learn from Princess Alia that she magically transported them here believing that they are the 'protectors' and will end the horrible war that has been going on for years.
However Yuko and Eri try to convince them that they are nothing more but two ordinary girls and all they want is to go home. They befriend Shall who comes to the decision to protect Yuko and Eri after he tells them that Princess Alia was captured right after she summoned them. Shall then leads them into a long journey to find Princess Alia, but unfortunately other countries discover the appearance of the two girls and are doing anything that they can to use them for their own benefit.
The series aired overseas on Britain's Channel 5 during their Saturday morning children's slot in the early 2002 and was later licensed by Urban Vision in North America, and the first two DVD volumes were released. However, the company never had any plans for releasing the final two DVDs in the series. Anime DVD distributor: 'Dybex' did release all 4 volumes on DVD with French and Dutch subtitles.
Sony Magazines released a novel based on the anime by Hiroshi Ishizaki.
- Strange Dawn Special: TV Anime Strange Dawn Side Story (ストレンジドーンSP(スペシャル)テレビアニメ版STRANGEDAWN外伝, Sutorenji Dōn Supesharu: Terebi Anime-ban Sutorenji Dōn Gaiden)
- ISBN 4-7897-1599-X (195 pp., B6, August 2000, ¥940)
- Opening theme: Sora E (To The Sky), performed by Eri Kawai in Japanese and Donna Burke in English.
- Ending Theme: Melody Ni... (On The Melody...), performed by Shoko Enomoto and Kaori Shimizu
- The appearance of Gordon Freeman, from the half-life series, is included in that anime as a bonus, with him fighting against the great demon lord Agammenon,