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Sights and Sounds Department Collection and State Library Resources

Anime Movies & Television Series

The Sights & Sounds Department maintains an outstanding collection of popular anime (the Japanese word for "animation") movies and television series on DVD.

Speed RacerAeon Flux (3-DVD TV series)
Peter Chung's groundbreaking animation helped make this a cult MTV series in the 1990s. Leather-bound and lethal, Aeon Flux - a secret agent and saboteur - engages in a never-ending battle of wills with her nemesis/love, Trevor Goodchild. And what she may lack in morals and warmth, she more than makes up for with cat-like reflexes and ammunition. (1995, 75 minutes per DVD)
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Animatrix
This compilation of 9 short films combines CG-animation and Japanese anime from the world’s most revered anime directors to explore the world of The Matrix. Written by the creators of The Matrix and featuring animation by the creators of Cowboy Bebop, Aeon Flux, and Vampire Hunter D. (2003, 110 minutes, DVD).
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Area 88
(4-volume DVD series)
DVD release of the remake of the 1985 Japanese original animated video (OAV) TV series by TV Asahi Corporation, 88 Production Committee and A.D. Vision, which was based on an original manga story by Kaoru Shintani. English or Japanese dialogue, English subtitles. (2005, 75 minutes per disc)
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Avatar, the Last Airbender
(DVD series)
This TV series is set in a timeless place where four elemental factions had existed in harmony for eons until the balance was upset when the Fire Nation waged war and destroyed the Air Nation, the home of the then-powerful Avatar. Each faction could learn a type of magic based on the martial arts that allowed them to manipulate the elemental forces of nature (the Fire Nation folk could "bend" fire to their will, the Water Nation could do likewise with water, etc.) with the Avatar being the only one who could bend all four elements to his will at a given time. This being would reincarnate into a different faction in a rotating cycle and the world was at peace. (2005, DVD)
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Cardcaptors
(10-volume DVD series)
 Like Yu-Gi-Oh!, this is another anime series based on a card-playing game. Cardcaptor Sakura created by the artist team CLAMP, and serialized in Kodansha's Nakayoshi comic magazine since June 1996.
(2005, 75 minutes per disc)
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Castle in the Sky (Tenku no Shiro Rapyuta)
This early film by Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Best Animated Feature 2003) follows the thrilling adventures that ensue when Sheeta, a young girl wearing a glowing pendant, floats out of the night sky and into the life of a young orphan boy, Pazu. Now, the pair must soar above the clouds in order to find the legendary floating city of Laputa and its treasures. This English version features the voices of James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, and Cloris Leachman. See also Miyazuki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Dubbed in English. (Hiyao Miyazaki, 1986, 124 minutes)
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The Castle of Cagliostro
(Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no shirov)
In this 1980 Hayao Miyazuki film, which was based on the Japanese manga by Monkey Punch, master thief Arsene Lupin steals a Count's fortune, and when he discovers a young princess is involved, he summons his friends to perform an impossible rescue. In Japanese with English subtitles. See also Miyazuki’s Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. (Hayao Miyazaki, 1980, 109 minutes, video and DVD)
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Cowboy Bebop (DVD series)
Bandai Entertainment’s Cowboy Bebop Remix series adds a number of extras to the Japanese TV series, including interviews with voice talent and people involved in the series, both Japanese and American. All four members of the Japanese cast will provide commentaries on selected episodes, while Steven Jay Blum, the voice of Spike, is conspicuously absent. Beau Billingslea (Jet), Wendee Lee (Faye) and Melissa Fahn (Ed) will provide commentaries in English. There are also interviews with Watanabe, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto and music star Yoko Kanno. MPAA Rating: 13UP.
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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
A terrorist bomb destroyed a tanker truck on Highway One on Mars releasing a deadly virus killing hundreds. The rewards for the bomber's capture is massive and the bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop would love to get their hands on it. (Shinichiro Watanabe, 2003, 115 minutes, DVD)
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Diamond Daydreams
“One Winter. Six Women. Countless broken hearts.” That’s the tagline of this series that was originally produced in 2004 as episodes of a Japanese television program about six lovelorn women and their experiences during one particularly snowy Winter on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. (3 volumes, 12 episodes, DVD)
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Doki Doki School Hours
(5-volume DVD series)
From an original story by Tamami Momose about Mika Suzuki, who wants to be the best teacher in the world, but at under five feet tall, with a baby face and a tendency to cry, can't be taken seriously by her students. Rating: 13+.
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Dragonball Z (TV series)
Originally produced for television in Japan in 1989 as Return My Gohan. Based on an original story by Akira Toriyama. Soundtrack in Japanese or English; subtitles in English. (18 titles, 60 minutes per disc, DVD)
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Dragonball Z, the Movie: Dead Zone
Based on an original story by Akira Toriyama. Soundtrack in Japanese or English; subtitles in English. (1989, 45 minutes)
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Fullmetal Alchemist
(DVD series)
This is the DVD release of 2003-2004 Japanese television series, which is on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric once dabbled in the forbidden art of human alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed inside a suit of armor. Now, both boys are searching for the fabled Philosopher's Stone to restore what they've lost.
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Gangutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (DVD series)
Based on Alexander Dumas’ novel The Count of Monte Cristo, this series was adapted for Japanese TV in 2004 by Mahiro Maeda. Born into an aristocratic family in Paris, Albert sets out on a journey with his best friend, Franz, to escape his privileged yet dull life. They travel to Luna, on the surface of the moon, and meet a very wealthy man named The Count of Monte Cristo. Becoming completely fascinated with the Count's mysterious charm, Albert welcomes him into Paris high society. English or Japanese dialogue; English subtitles. MPAA rating: 16UP; for mature themes. (2004, 93 minutes, DVD)
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Get Backers
(DVD series)
This program, based on the manga by Yuya Aoki and Rando Ayamine, was originally produced for Japanese television in 2002-2003. In it, Ban Mido and Ginji Amano are a recovery duo known as "GetBackers." Ban possesses two special powers: the "Snake Bite" (his hands have a gripping power of 200kg) and the "Evil Eye" (anyone who looks into his eyes will be locked into a powerful and nightmarish hallucination). Ginji has the ability to generate thousands of volts of electricity from his body. Together, they run a freelance business of recovering anything lost or stolen from a client - and they claim a 100% success rate at their job. English or Japanese dialogue, English subtitles. MPAA rating: 15+.
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Ghost in the Shell

An unnamed government uses cyborgs for undercover work. One of the key cyborgs, the Major, finds herself caught up in a web of espionage and counterespionage as she searches for the mysterious superhacker known as "The Puppet Master." Based on the Manga by Shirow Masamune. Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. (Mamoru Oshii, 1995, 82 minutes)
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

The universally acclaimed sequel to the original anime hit. The story of a quest for a killer that becomes a mind-bending search for the meaning of life. Based on the Manga by Shirow Masamune. Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. (Mamoru Oshii, 2004, 100 minutes,)
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Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. (Stand Alone Complex) 2nd GIG (DVD series)
AKA S.A.C. (Stand Alone Complex) 2nd GIG
This is the Japanese television series based on Mamoru Oshii's influential film Ghost in the Shell. In a future Japan, Major Motoko Kusanagi operates as a key agent of Section 9 of internal security under Chief Aramaki. Together with her support crew and a group of quadraped enforcement droids who operate with childlike enthusiasim, they confront the numerous threats facing Japan. However, their opponents are predominately capable of using the advanced technology around them to their considerable advantage and it will take all the talents of Section 9 to stop them. Rated 13 and older: considerable violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, alcohol use.
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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)
Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their father's destiny who was a soldier is unknown the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies. Produced by Studio Ghibli, the same studio that made Castle In the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. (Isao Takahata, 1988, 93 minutes)
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Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru No Ugoku Shiro)
A young woman named Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste and is turned into an old woman who is unable to tell anyone of her plight. Unable to continue her job at her mother's hat shop, she goes to the ambulatory castle of the notorious wizard Howl and insinuates herself into his household. Sophie befriends Calcifer, the fire demon who powers the castle and who is bound to Howl by a contract, the terms of which Calcifer cannot reveal. They promise to help each other with their problems. Like Calcifer, Howl can also see through the Witch's spell, and he and Sophie fall in love. Sophie helps Howl confront his former teacher, and the Witch of the Waste. MPAA rating: PG; for frightening images and brief mild language. (Hayao Miyazaki, 2005, 119 minutes)
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Inu Yasha (TV series, 6 seasons on DVD)
This is the TV series adapted from author Rumiko Takahashi's manga, presenting the adventures of a half-demon dog boy.
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Inu Yasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
This film, based on a Japanese TV series adapted from author Rumiko Takahashi's manga, presents the adventures of a half-demon dog boy. The story pits InuYasha against a powerful demon from China named Menomaru. Two hundred years ago, InuYasha's father managed to seal Menomaru's evil demon father, Hyoga, away in a tomb, but a shard from the magical Shikon Jewel freed the son, Menomaru, allowing him to escape his imprisonment and threaten the entire land. It now falls to InuYasha, along with his friends, to find away to stop Menomaru from wrecking havoc on civilization. Japanese or English dialogue with optional English subtitles. (2001, 100 minutes)
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Inu Yasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

With their greatest foe seemingly defeated, Inuyasha and his friends return to their lives. But their short period of peace is once again shaed as a new enemy begins to emerge. Kaguya, the self-proclaimed Princess from the Moon of legend, plots to plunge the world into a perpetual night of the full moon. Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango and Shippo must once again unite to face a new threat. (2004, 100 minutes)
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Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek
Kakurenbo is the story of eight masked teenagers, roaming the streets of Tokyo while they play a deadly game of hide and seek with demons. There is a street where no one lives, where ghostly lights flicker in the shadows. It is whispered that children who play hide-and-seek there after dark are kidnapped by demons and disappear forever. Hikora and Yaimao join this to-the-death game to find their sister, lost in a previous game. English and Japanese with English subtitles. Ages 13 and up. (2005, 20 minutes)
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Kiki’s Delivery Service
On her 13th birthday, a young witch named Kiki must fly away from home to a new city to find her niche in life. Accompanied by her chatty cat, Jiji, she starts a flying service and discovers lots of fun-filled escapades and meets plenty of new friends. (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, 103 minutes)
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Knights of the Zodiac (DVD series)
Each disc contains 4 25-minute episodes from the 1986 TV series that is also known as Saint Seiya.
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Last Exile
(DVD series)
DVD release of the 2003 Japanese television series based on the original characters created by Range Murata. Each DVD contains four episodes of 25 minutes per episode, for a total of 100 minutes per DVD. Description from container: “Go to an imaginary world where retro-futuristic sky vehicles permeate the skies. Against this background lives the young and heroic Vanship sky porters, Claus and Lavie, who are forced to take on the mission to deliver a mysterious girl, Alvis, to the battleship Silvana. Before they know it, they become entangled in an aerial adventure between two countries gripped in an eternal war of magnificent air battleships.”
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Mobile Suit Gundam F91: The Motion Picture

A new force plans to seize the colonies of the newly constructed Frontier Side for itself. A handful of young civilians struggle to escape the conflict. A reluctant warrior, Seabook Arno becomes the pilot of a new Gundam, code name F91. Japanese & English audio with English subtitles. (1991, 118 minutes)
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Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: The Rumbling Sky
The Archangel, along with the Orb ship Kusanagi, returns to space. Now, the final phase of the war begins. Archangel and the Kusanagi struggle to bring a stop to the war before it is too late. Japanese & English audio with English subtitles. (2005, 95 minutes)
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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (DVD series)
Also known as Z Gundam. Created by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino and originally broadcast on TV in 1985. Rated 13UP for animated violence and some mild nudity.
Storyline: The future world of the Universal Century enters a dark era of shifting loyalties and political conflict. The heroes and villains of the One Year War must join forces to oppose the tyranny of the Earth Federation and its ruthless Titan taskforce. The war between the Titans and the AEUG resistance group continues to escalate. Now the battle shifts to Earth, as the rebels stage a daring raid on the Federation's underground Jaburo base and do battle with a new breed of artificially enhanced Cyber-Newtype warriors. And the former crew of the legendary warship White Base, once the heroes of the Federation Forces, begin to take sides with the rebels against their own corrupt government.
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My Beautiful Girl Mari

Korean anime. A young boy lives in a seaside village with his mother and grandmother. One day he finds a mysterious marble with the image of a beautiful girl inside, and he begins to fall into a world of fantasy. Originally released as a motion picture in 2002. Korean and English dialogue, English subtitles. MPAA rating: Not rated. (Lee Sung-gang, Korea, 2002, 80 minutes)
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My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)
In this 1988 Hayao Miyazuki film, two children discover a fascinating new world inhabited by Totoros, amazing, charming creatures who become their friends. Dubbed in English. See also Miyazuki’s Castle in the Sky, The Castle of Cagliostro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. (Hiyao Miyazuki, 1988, 87 minutes)
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiko Evangelion) (8-volume DVD series)
In the year 2000 an object strikes Antarctica, disrupting the world's climate and killing half the world's population. Civilization collapses, with the exception of a few enclaves of powerful people who prepare for an enemy that they feel is inevitable. They call the meteor that hit Antarctica the Second Impact, and they're preparing for the Third Impact. Fifteen years later, a boy named Shinji moves to the high-tech city of Tokyo 3. A semi-secret military organization named NERV believes that Shinji may be one of the few people on the planet who can pilot Mankind’s last hope, the awe-inspiring giant robots called Evangelions. Luckily for humanity, Shinji has an enormous aptitude for piloting the EVA-O1, one of the giant robots. Dubbed in English. (1995, 75 minutes per DVD)
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth

At the dawn of the New Millennium, mankind has awakened a threat unlike any faced before, the Angels. The Angels can only be stopped by means of the Evangelions - bio-engineered vessels born from the Angels' own technology. Although forbidden, it is the key to bringing about a startling new genesis for the human race. (2002, 115 minutes)
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
When the first Evangelion feature, Death and Rebirth, proved no more satisfying than the last episodes of the original series, Hideaki Anno brought his watershed epic to its conclusion in this final installment. End of Evangelion begins where the series ended: with the Angels defeated, the sinister cabal SEELE attacks NERV headquarters to seize the Evas and realize their plan for humanity. Misato and Ritsuko fight from inside while Asuka decimates a new Eva series. But when Rei merges with Lilith, and Shinji seems to fuse with Unit 01, the final traces of a coherent storyline dissolve into a protracted collage of fantastic images, played against discussions involving Rei, Shinji, Asuka, and Kaoru. Anno's dazzling apocalyptic vision forms a weird but oddly logical finale that ultimately means whatever the viewer chooses to read into it. Japanese and English dialogue, English subtitles. This unrated feature, suitable for ages 17 and older, contains considerable violence, profanity, grotesque imagery, and sexual situations. (2002, 90 minutes)
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Ninja Scroll, the Series – Volume 1, Dragon Stone (TV Series)
A lone swordsman who upholds the samurai tradition in the face of the importation of western weapons and ideas. Yoshiaki Kawajiri's groundbreaking motion picture masterpiece Ninja Scroll continues in this television series. MPAA rating: Not rated; contains violence and sexual situations. Recommended for mature audiences. Dubbed in English. Episodes 1-4.
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Ninja Scroll, the Series – Volume 2, Dangerous Path
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The battles heat up as the Kimon become more desperate to obtain the dragon stone and the light maiden, while the Hiruko are just as desperate to keep the Kimon from their goal. Everyone is out for blood, with Jubei stuck right in the middle! Episodes: ep. 5. Diamond child -- ep. 6. Shelter from the rain -- ep. 7. Blossom -- ep. 8. Fate of Rengoku. (2004, 90 minutes)
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Ninja Scroll, the Series – Volume 3, Deliveranc
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Shigure is kidnapped by the Kimon clan, as Hiruko and Jubei chase after them. As the Light Maiden's powers grow stronger, friends and enemies are hard to tell apart and Shigure can no longer deny her responsibilities as the Light Maiden. Episodes: 9. A dragon within -- 10. The heart of the Hiruko -- 11. Yagyu Renya -- Dynasty restoration -- Farewell Jubei. (2004, 177 minutes)
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Noir (7-disc DVD series)
Two amnesiac female assassins form an uneasy alliance called Noir in an attempt to unlock the mysteries of their pasts. While at first they seem to be only vaguely related to each other, there are clues and hints given throughout the series that there are more than meets their eyes. During the course of the series, they are lured into more and more traps by a secret organization named Les Soldats ("The Soldiers" in French). Originally broadcast on TV in a 26-episode run in 2001. Suggested for 15+. (2003, 100 minutes per disc)
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Paprika

A revolutionary machine has been built that allows scientists to enter and record a subject's dream. After the machine is stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device before it falls into the hands of a "dream terrorist." Rated R for some violent and sexual imagery. (Satashi Kon, 2006, 90 minutes)
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Patlabor 1 – Mobile Police

It's 1999 and Tokyo's Mobile Police have a new weapon, robots called Labors. Patlabor cops uncover a plot to infect the Labor population with a deadly virus. The future of Tokyo hangs in the balance. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1989, 108 minutes, video)
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Patlabor 2 – Mobile Police
In the near future, advanced robots called "Labors" are used worldwide for civil and military operations. In order to combat criminals who might misuse this new technology, the Tokyo Police Department's Special Vehicle Division (SVD) is equipped with Patrol Labors, or Patlabors, to fight urban crime. The date is 2002, three years after the events of PATLABOR 1-Mobile Police. The destruction of a United Nations Labor team in South East Asia signals the beginning of a deadly terrorist plan that threatens to send shockwaves throughout Japan's military. With evidence of an impending military takeover, the scattered members of the original SVD must gather to defend the city against danger. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1993, 108 minutes)
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The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho)
This is the DVD release of the Japanese film originally produced in 2004. In this alternate world, Japan is divided after World War II: Hokkaido, renamed "Ezo," belongs to "the Union;" the rest of the archipelago is an American dependency. Ezo is dominated by the Union Tower, a seemingly topless needle. Middle school students Hiroki and Takuya dream of visiting the Tower, and start building an airplane. They're joined by Sayuri, who nurtures a crush on Hiroki. As the characters move into high school, Sayuri falls into a coma. Hiroki and Takuya learn that her dreams are linked to the Tower and to experiments in contacting parallel universes. MPAA rating: Not rated; recommended for ages 13 and up. In Japanese or dubbed English, with English subtitles. (Makoto Shinkai, 2005, 90 minutes,)
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Pom Poko
Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) directed this film, which was originally released in 1994, for Studio Ghibli - the same company responsible for producing Hayao Miyazaki’s films, including the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. Pom Poko tells the story of a community of magical shapeshifting tanukis - Japanese forest animals that most closely resemble Western raccoons and who, according to Japanese folklore, possess supernatural abilities - who are desperately struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by the encroachment of humans and urban development. MPAA rating: PG; for violence, scary images and thematic elements. (Isao Takahata, 1994, 119 minutes)
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Ponyo

A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true. (2009, 90 minutes)
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Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime)
In Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, a Boar God turned Tatari-Gami (a Cursing God) curses a young prince to a slow but certain death. To find a possible cure for the curse, he travels to find a Shishi-Gami (a Deer-God). During his journey he becomes entangled in a battle between a clan of humans and the forest's animal gods led by Princess Mononoke, a young woman who was raised by a Wolf God. Dubbed in English and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Billy Bob Thornton. See also Miyazuki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away. (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997, 134 minutes)
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Princess Nine (DVD series)
This anthology is based on a 1998 Japanese TV program. Each DVD contains four episodes, each running 25 minutes per episode, for a total of 100 minutes per DVD. Audience: Suggested 12 +. Contains mature situations. Parental guidance is suggested.
(1995, 90 minutes)
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Princess Tutu, Vol. 1
A girl named Duck -- or rather, a duck who wanted to become a girl -- fell in love with a prince. As she paddled around her pond one day, a bizarre old man emerged from the early morning mist and gave her a magical pendant with the power to transform the waddling Duck into the waltzing Princess Tutu. Cackling, the man faded into the fog making clear the demands of Duck's destiny. Her lonely prince had lost the pieces of his heart, and only Tutu could unravel their mystery. But however she should choose to step, for better or for worse, would shape her tangled story. For those who accept their fate find happiness, those who defy it, glory. English or Japanese dialogue, English subtitles. (2005, 125 minutes)
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S.A.C. 2nd GIG

AKA Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. (Stand Alone Complex) 2nd GIG
In a future Japan, Major Motoko Kusanagi operates as a key agent of Section 9 of internal security under Chief Aramaki. Together with her support crew and a group of quadraped enforcement droids who operate with childlike enthusiasim, they confront the numerous threats facing Japan. However, their opponents are predominately capable of using the advanced technology around them to their considerable advantage and it will take all the talents of Section 9 to stop them. Rated 13 and older: considerable violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, alcohol use. (2006, 100 minutes)
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Sailor Moon (TV series and movies)
Includes the Sailor Moon, Perfect Collection Uncut Version; Sailor Moon, Pretty Soldier; Sailor Moon S; and Sailor Moon Super S collections. Originally released as television series in Japan in the 1990s.
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Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie

The wicked Badiyanu has come to capture all the children to gain enough power to absorb the earth into her Black Dream Hole. The Black Dream Hole is located in the center of Badiyanu's castle and abosrbs all the dream energy from the children. Once it reaches a certain size, it will be large enough to swallow the planet sentencing all the people to eternal sleep in evil dream boxes. (2000, 60 minutes)
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Samurai Champloo (DVD series)
This is the new series by Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of Cowboy Bebop. Each DVD contains 4 episodes and runs 100 minutes. Like Cowboy Bebop, it stars two male mercenary action heroes paired with a female protagonist, features a hip soundtrack, and even has a bizarre pet along for the adventures (a dog in Cowboy Bebop, here a Gerbil-like rodent). But where Cowboy Bebop was set in the future, Samurai Champloo is a throwback to swords-and-sandals Edo era Japan. Samurai swordsmen Mugen (whose style is wild and unorthodox) and Jin (a more traditonal and disciplined fighter) rescue teahouse waitress Fuu from danger. Fuu convinces them both to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai that smells like sunflowers and the trio embark on a series of mercenary adventures that ultimately side with the good guys and fight injustices. (2005, 100 minutes per disc)
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Samurai X: Reflection (Ruroni Kenshi)
After the violent rebellions, Kenshin has become a wanderer, a lost soul, cursed to seek atonement for his violent past. Now he seeks answers in the world, while his wife waits for him, dying of grief. Based on the comic by Noboru Watsuki. Japanese or English dialogue, English subtitles. Special features: interviews with Japanese vocal cast; clean closing animation; production sketches; ADV previews. (2003, 60 minutes)
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Samurai X: Requiem for Meiji Restoration Patriots
A decade ago, the deadliest assassin of the Meiji Revolution swore that he had killed for the last time. Peace doesn't last, however, and as the flames of revolution rise once again, Kenshin must take up his blunted sword to protect the innocent. Will he save the Meiji government that so many died to establish, and his newfound friends, from their own mistakes? Or will he fall victim to his bloody past, slain by demons of his own creation? Based on the comic by Noboru Watsuki. Japanese or English dialogue, English subtitles. (2000, 90 minutes)
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Scrapped + Princess (DVD series)
Based on the manga by Ichiro Sakaki and Nakayohi Mogudan, this TV anime adaptation features character designs by the creators of Cowboy Bebop. It begins as high fantasy and then quickly mixes into varying degrees of post-apocalyptic and science fiction elements.(2003)
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SD Superior Defender Gundam Force: Heroes United (DVD series)
Includes Episode 7: Go! Gunbike!; Episode 8: A princess, a cake, and the winged knight; Episode 9: Bakunetsumaru's struggle. Description: The Gundam Force receives a new instructor. Zero and Bakunetsumaru's homelands have fallen to the Dark Axis. There is still evil to fight in Neotopia. (2005, 75 minutes)
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SD Superior Defender Gundam Force: Unknown Dangers (DVD series)
Includes Episode 10: Gundam force triple attack; Episode 11. Mystery of Lacroa part 1: arrival; Episode 12: Mystery of Lacroa part 2: trapped. Description: Shute writes an essay about what the Gundam Force is all about, friendship. The Dimensional Transporter is repaired, but during testing a strange accident sends the Gundam Force to a barren, petrified world, Zero's homeland Lacroa. (2003, 75 minutes)
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Speed Racer Volume 2
Follow Speed and his turbo-charged Mach-5 as he races around the globe and defeats colorful villains, including Dr. Nightcall, Mr. Cumulus, Cornpone Brotch, Ali Ben Schemer, and of course, the infamous racer X! (1966, 300 minutes)
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Speed Racer Volume 3
Contains the episodes: Royal racer (part 1 & 2) -- Car hater (part 1 & 2)-- Race against time (part 1 & 2) -- Snake track -- Man on the Lam -- Gang of assassins (part 1 & 2) -- Race for life -- Supersonic car -- Crash in the jungle (part 1 & 2). (1966, 300 minutes, DVD)
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Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)
Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It tells the story of Chihiro, a young girl who is trapped in a strange world of spirits that has turned her parents into pigs. Chihiro must call on her courage to free herself and her parents and return to the real world. Dubbed in English. See also Miyazuki’s Castle in the Sky, The Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. (2002, 125 minutes)
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Star Wars – Clone Wars, Volume 1
This is the first volume of Genndy Tarkovsky’s animated TV series adaptation of the Star Wars movies. English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue, English subtitles; closed-captioned. (2004, 64 minutes)
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Star Wars – Clone Wars, Volume 2
This is the second volume of Genndy Tarkovsky’s animated TV series adaptation of the Star Wars movies. Witness firsthand the trials of Anakin Skywalker and the secret ceremony in which he becomes a Jedi Knight. Then, follow the Jedi as they attempt to repel a surprise attack by General Grievous, on the galactic capital, Coruscant. (2005, 64 minutes)
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Tokyo Godfathers
Satoshi Kon (Paprika)'s animated tale about three homeless people who find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve borrows elements from the French comedy film Three Men and a Baby and John Ford's classic Western 3 Godfathers. The hapless trio - middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana and teenage runaway Miyuki - try to care for the infant themselves while traveling throughout Tokyo in search of the baby's parents. (2003, 91 minutes)
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Whisper of the Heart
This is a Studio Ghibli production of a film originally released in Japan in 1995. A schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, meets the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart. DVD can be watched either in English with Japanese subtitles or in an English dubbed version. (Yoshifumi Kondo, 1995, 111 minutes)
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Z Gundam
(see Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam)
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