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No. 6 is a Japanese anime, or animation, geared towards teens or adults. It takes place in the distant future, when the world has been divided into six habitable zones. The strictest zone is No. 6. No. 6 claims to be a kind of paradise, but restricts what its citizens can do, read and watch. Dissenters are often sent to a rehabilitation facility, and are sometimes never heard from again.

When he's twelve years old, one of the main characters, Sion, begins to question his place in society. His world is turned even more upside down when another young boy, Nezumi, shows up on his balcony. Nezumi is on the run from the No. 6 authorities, and seeks refuge with Sion. Although he knows it is against the rules, Sion immediately decides to befriend and help Nezumi.

After just one night, Nezumi continues on his way, eventually escaping outside the walls of No. 6. However, Sion's perfect life has suddenly been destroyed. For helping a fugitive, Sion's perfect life and future are stripped away. Instead of becoming the scientist he was supposed to be, Sion ends up working a menial job when he's just sixteen years old. Sion feels all right about the ways things have turned out, though. He realizes that he may need to begin questioning the society he lives in.

As a deadly disease begins spreading through No. 6, Sion becomes more and more suspicious about the government. When he is captured by No. 6 officials and taken in for questioning, he believes that he will never return. However, Nezumi quickly comes to his rescue, and takes Sion outside the walls of No. 6. The two boys quickly return to the close friendship they formed when they were twelve years old. Although Nezumi wants to destroy No. 6, and Sion wants to save it, the two boys begin working together. They are both searching for a way to break free of society's restrictions.

Fuji TV
1 Season, 12 Episodes
July 8, 2011
Anime, Action & Adventure
Cast: Masaki Terasoma, Yoshimasa Hosoya

No.6 Full Episode Guide

  • Sion and Rat have overcome many difficulties to reach Safu. But once they learn that Safu has merged with Elyurias, Sion becomes enraged. Meanwhile, the people gathered to celebrate the Holy Day have been attacked by a large number of parasite bees. Will No. 6 survive? And what will be the fate of Sion and Rat?

  • The plan to rescue Safu is going as expected. But the further Sion and Rat go inside the facility, Sion's attitude changes dramatically.

  • With Rikiga's help, Sion and Rat are able to extract information on the correctional facility from a top No. 6 official. They learn that it will be more difficult than they expected to infiltrate the facility. They also learn that No. 6 will engage in a cleaning operation before the Holy Day. On the eve of the Holy day, Sion and Rat are visiting a market in the West District when they encounter the military and find themselves caught up in a large-scale massacre and kidnapping.

  • Shion and Rat head to the Western District to save Safu. On their way they meet up with an old man and the first person to survive the parasite. Shion learns an unbelievable truth about Rat, as well as the real reason behind the creation of No. 6.

  • In order to save Safu, Sion and Rat head to the edges of the Western District. There, they meet a legless old man who leads a large group of men. The old man, the person who named Rat, is actually one of the researchers with the young Karan in Rikiga's picture. The man tells Sion that Rat is the last survivor of the forest folk who were wiped out by No. 6, and he also tells them about Elyurias, the reason No. 6 destroyed the forest folk.

  • Safu has returned to No. 6 because of her grandmothers' death. While back, she learns of what has happened to Sion. At the same time, Sion and Rat continue their discussion over the future of No. 6 and the parasite bees.

  • Sion and Rat visit a former reporter for the Latch Bill newspaper to learn the meaning of the message from Karan. Sion is troubled by the savage world outside the city, but eventually, they find Rikiga, the man they are looking for. They learn that Rikiga , who once sought to unravel the mystery of No. 6, now makes his living by selling women to the officials of No. 6.

  • Sion gives up everything he has to escape No. 6 with Rat. They manage to arrive safely at Rat's home, but it isn't long before a black blister appears on Sion's neck, just like the one that was on Yamase's. Sion is in a great deal of pain, but Rat is able to save his life. However, his body has been completely transformed. Later, Sion and Rat analyze the black blister. They discover that it is the pupa of a special "bee" that infests human bodies and matures at a rapid rate.

  • Four years have passed since Sion's encounter with Rat. After losing his special privileges, including the right to live in Chronos, Sion now lives in Losttown with his mother, Karan. One day, Sion is working as a supervisor at a park, when he discovers the body of a dead man. The corpse appears to be of an elderly man, but Sion soon learns that the body belongs to a man who was in his thirties, and this fact is being concealed by the city authorities. The next day, Sion's co-worker, Yamase, is also transformed into an old man instantaneously before dying. Immediately after this happens, Sion witnesses a bee clawing its way out of Yamase's neck.

  • On Shions 12th birthday he meets a mysterious boy named Rat who turns out to be a wanted fugitive. In the night Rat sneaks away leaving Shion with some questions to answer.

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