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Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
Creator: Hiroki Hayashi
Director: Kazuhiro Ozawa
Character Designer: Ryuichi Makino
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Animation Director: Shinji Ochi
Animation Studio: AIC
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Title: On Your Mark
Running Time: 75
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 2
1: Chronicle Beginning
2: Oath Entrant
Episode #1: Chronicle Beginning
In the year 2015 the earth suffers a catastrophic event that causes the magnetic poles to shift. This destroys the warring society and gives birth to a new age of peace and achievement. But out of this new prosperity come a new conflict, this time in space. Earth finds itself locked in a battle that rages on for centuries using sophisticated remote control war machines with an alien race. Finally, in 3996, the two sides decide to end the fight once and for all in a winner take all test of physical performance. This test, won by Earth, is the origin of the Cosmic Beauty competition.
It is now 4999 and the new class of entrants have arrived at the University Satellite, the enormous floating space station that is home to the Cosmic Beauty challenge and its training facilities. Among them is Akari Kanzaki, daughter of the greatest Cosmic Beauty, Tomoe Mido. These girls will train to compete to see who will be crowned the greatest athlete in the Universe but for now they just have to make it to their dorm room.
The first part of the episode follows Akari as she goes through the entrance process. She first meets Tanya, the wild girl on the rocket that takes them into space. Next she meets Anna, her future roommate, while signing in and receiving her school uniform. Then Akari finds herself on the spot when she is asked to speak on behalf of the incoming class at the welcoming ceremony. Akari stumbles through her speech but ends with a vow to become the next Cosmic Beauty. This does not win her many friends with the other students but earns her the respect of the headmaster, Mr. Grant Oldman.
With the opening ceremony complete the students disperse to attend to their needs. Akari heads for the track to see what it looks like. There she observes Lahrri, a tall powerful athlete, run a sprint. Akari is impressed. Other students enter the arena and Lahrri vanishes. Akari ends up in a race against one of the upperclassmen and is pleased when she beats her on the first try. But when she learns that the upperclassmen was not only carrying 20 extra kilos of weight but also running on a track set to 1.5g, Akari is devastated. She wonders how she will ever win here. But the older students encourage her and tell her with training she will improve. This gets Akari back up and she even tries running in the heavier environment.
Meanwhile Anna has gotten lost trying to find her room. Akari, who was too late in getting to the information booth to learn where her room was, runs into Anna. But Anna is not having a good time. She is being slapped around by a mean spirited older student named Mylandah. Anna interrupted Mylandah's practice by asking for directions and now Mylandah intends to punish poor Anna. Akari tries to come to Anna's defense but she is no match for Mylandah. After a few moments of silence, Mylandah agrees to show the two girls the way and points to a long corridor. The girls enter and are immediately tossed about by a mysterious force. Mylandah has tricked them into entering a place where the gravity controls are poor and shift constantly. Mylandah enters, intent on beat the girls enough that they will have to resign from the program.
Just them another girl appears at the end of the hall. She navigates easily through the trap and faces of against Mylandah. Her name is Kris Christopher and she is Anna and Akari's roommate. She and Mylandah spar until the headmaster arrives and puts an end to the fight. Kris helps the other girls back to there room and tends to their wounds. Afterwards, she dims the lights and tells the girls it is now time for the three of them to "bond" in womanhood and she strips. This is where the episode ends.