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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, including many by acclaimed directors Hiyao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Mamoru Oshii.
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Ai No Kusabi: The Space Between
This futuristic tale is set in a world where the Elites are assigned various social classes based on their hair color in the city of Tanagura. Iason Mink, a high-class "Blondie", runs into Riki, a black-haired "Mongrel", and makes him his "Pet", which Riki resents being. As Riki learns of the dangers Iason faces by keeping him, he finds himself developing feelings for his master. Focusing on the relationship between Iason and Riki, Ai no Kusabi also explores issues of caste systems and social exclusion. (2013, 120 minutes)
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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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Bleach (DVD series)
Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name, which follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper) from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchika. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. (DVD Sets 19, 23, 25; 2013-2015)
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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 was 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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Cutie Honey: The Complete Series
This anime series, originally broadcast on Japanese television in 1973-1974, is based on the popular manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. One day, Honey Kisaragi is a trendy, class-cutting Catholic schoolgirl. The next, her father's been murdered by demonic divas from a dastardly organization called Panther Claw. When his dying message reveals that she's an android, Honey uses the transformative power of the Atmospheric Element Solidifier - the very thing Panther Claw wanted to steal - to seek revenge against the shadowy clan. 25 episodes on 4 DVDs. (2013, 550 minutes)
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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 Kai. Part Eight (Episodes 89-98)
The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku, the strongest fighter on the planet, is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he'll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord, Prince Vegeta.
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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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Evangelion 1.11: You Are Not Alone
In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity's hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalatng and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei fnd their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens. English or Japanese dialogue; English subtitles. See also: Neon Genesis Evangelion series. (2 DVDs, 2010, 100 minutes)
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Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance
Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Sinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind's battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime series of all time. Shinji will fight the angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight, Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00. In an experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth.  English or Japanese dialogue; English subtitles. See also: Neon Genesis Evangelion series. (2 DVDs, 2011, 112 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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Girls & Panzer: Complete TV Series (aka Girls und Panzer)
The girls at Oarai Academy practice gun-fu, really, really BIG gun-fu, in fact. It's called Tankery, and it's the martial art of operating armored tanks! Even though the Tankery program at Oarai has been defunct for years, the student council has taken a sudden interest in the art, and no one they set their sights on is safe. That's how Miho Nishizumi, who transferred to Oarai specifically to stay out of tanks, gets drafted to join the newly revived Tankery division. (3 discs, 300 minutes, 2013)
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Golden Time (DVD series)

  • Collection 1 (Episodes 1-12)
    Tada Banri is beginning anew in the busy streets of Tokyo as a freshman student at a private law school, away from the troubles of his former life. While managing to get lost on his very first day of class, he finds himself befriending fellow law student Mitsuo on the way. Things get a little more interesting when a stylishly well-dressed beauty suddenly appears, only for her to slap Mitsuo across the face with a bouquet of roses! Japanese dialogue, English subtitles. (2 discs, 300 minutes, 2014)
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  • Collection 2 (Episodes 13-24)
    Adjusting to college life is hard enough for most students, but ever since Banri Tada lost all his memories he's literally being haunted by the spirit of the person he was before the accident. And now that the Banri-that-is has fallen in love with Koko instead of Linda, the girl his old self was in love with, the ghost of the Banri-that-was is stepping up its efforts to sabotage his new relationship with every power at its disposal. Japanese dialogue, English subtitles. (2 discs, 300 minutes, 2015)
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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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Inu Yasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Upon his death, the Great Dog Demon locked the wrath-filled Sounga sword away forever. Now that the Sounga's power has been awakened, the two battling brothers, Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, must put away their sibling rivalry!
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Inu Yasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
Within the dark recesses of Horai Island, a group of half-demons lives under the demonic rule of the Four War Gods. Escaping with barely a shred of hope, Ai, the youngest of the half-demons, returns to the island to face them.
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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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K-on! The Movie
Graduation time is finally here, but the girls of the Sakuragaoka Girl's High Light Music Club aren't going to let the end of high school be the end of all they've built together. First though, they have to keep a promise to take a trip together, and like everything else they do, they're not doing it halfway. So, it's time to hop on the bus - the double-decker bus that is - and go around the world as the band heads for the birthplace of the British Invasion: the United Kingdom! (2 discs, 110 minutes, 2013)
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K-on! Season 2, Collection 1
Sometimes music and words come together so perfectly that the combination is far more powerful than either would be alone. In much the same way, the five members of the Sakuragaoka Girl's High School's Light Music Club have become far more than just a group of girls with similar interests. More, even, than just a group of friends. Through the medium of music they've found a common course in life, and whatever the future may bring, they know they can get through it if they stand together. (2 discs, 325 minutes, 2012)
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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 (DVD series)
In the "Cosmic Era," mankind has developed into two subspecies: Naturals, who reside on Earth, and Coordinators, genetically enhanced humans capable of amazing feats of intellect who emigrate to man-made orbital colonies to escape persecution by natural humans. The story revolves around a young Coordinator Kira Yamato who becomes involved in the war between the two races after a third, neutral faction's space colony is invaded by the Coordinators.
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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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Naruto Shippuden. Set 16 (Episodes 193-205)
Original and uncut episodes. In the aftermath of the attack on the village, Naruto and Sakura are shocked to discover that Danzo has been selected as the new Hokage. And his first order of business involves Team 7’s own Rogue Ninja, Sasuke! Then, the Kage from each village gather for a summit in the Land of Iron, and Naruto seeks a pardon for Sasuke from the Raikage. The mysterious one calling himself Madara steps forward to reveal truths that will turn Naruto’s world upside down. English or Japanese dialogue, English subtitles. (2 discs, 300 minutes, 2013)
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Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
Just as the conflict was at its end, a black Unicorn Gundum descends onto the battlefield. Banagher is taken captive. He awakes to find himself on a Federation ship, where he's shocked to find the pilot of the Unicorn is none other than Maria Cruz. As the coordinates to Laplace Box are uncovered, a race has begun! Who will be the Box's inheritor? Will it be Full Frontal, whose plans for the Box are unknown? Or will the Earth Federation get it and destroy the people's chance for independence. Japanese or English dialogue; Spanish or English subtitles. (2013, 120 minutes)
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind  (Kaze no tani no Naushika)
Nausicaä is the princess of a rural valley that lives at peace on the edge of a deadly fungal wasteland, until a ship carrying a weapon from a bygone industrial age crashes nearby. When warriors from a far country come to retrieve the artifact, their invasion draws Nausicaä and her people into a sprawling political conflict. Set 1,000 years after a global war that nearly destroyed all life on Earth. 2 DVDs (Disc 1 = film, Disc 2 = bonus features). (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2005, 119 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.  See also: Neon Genesis Evangelion series. (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.  See also: Neon Genesis Evangelion series. (2002, 90 minutes) 
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Night Raid 1931: Complete Collection
Includes all 14 episodes of the Japanese animated TV program plus special episode, The prophecy; clean closing animations; trailers. The time is 1931. The city is Shanghai. Sakurai Kikan, a secret intelligence agency staffed by individuals with superhuman abilities, works behind the scenes to thwart a plot that will lead to global conflict. In Japanese or English; English subtitles. (3 discs, 400 minutes, 2013)
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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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One Piece (Seasons 3, 4 & 5)
One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next Pirate King. Based on the best-selling manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. (2010-2012)
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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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Pokemon Indigo League: Season 1 (DVD series)
Upon turning ten, Ash Ketchum receives his first pokémon, Pikachu, and sets out on a journey with friends to become a pokémon master. Contains episodes 1-26 on 9 DVDs. (2008, 650 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. (Hayao Miyazaki, 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. (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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Rozen Maiden: Ouverture
This anime series is based on the manga written and illustrated by Peach-Pit. (The original story follows Jun Sakurada, a middle school student who withdrew from society after suffering persecutions from his classmates. Following his withdrawal, he is chosen to become the master to a Rozen Maiden named Shinku. Rozen Maidens are seven sentient bisque dolls who compete against each other to become a perfect doll dubbed as Alice.) Ouverture is the third release in the anime series, a two-episode storyline exploring Suigintou's origins. Viewers are transported back to 19th century London and the cruel and tragic origin of Rozen's first doll. Japanese or English dialogue; English subtitles. (2011, 50 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: Betrayal
After a series of disastrous events in Kyoto, Kenshin and Tomoe escape to a small farm in rural Japan. Living their lives as simple farmers, the two begin to learn more about who they really are inside. Meanwhile, the political conflicts of the outside world inch closer day by day. A traitor is at work to bring down the rebellion, and destroy Kenshin in the process. Tomoe is torn by her familial allegiances and the ghosts of her tragic past. (2000, 60 minutes)
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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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Samurai X: Trust
Nineteenth century Japan: a land torn by warfare and rebellion where small bands of soldiers seek to overthrow the tyrannical Tokugawa Shogunate. Enter Kenshin, a young orphan whose fighting skills were honed by the great swordsman Hiko. But Kenshin's soul is embattled much like the killing fields of Japan, his hopes for a new world peace at odds with his life of blood and killing. His world is thrown into further confusion by the arrival of a mysterious woman names Tomoe. (2000, 60 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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Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arietti)
In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, lttle people called "Borrowers" live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, and their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure. Based on the book The Borrowers by Mary Norton. English, French or Japanese dialogue; English or French subtitles. (Hayao Miyazaki, 2010, 95 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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Speed Racer Volume 4
Episode 37. The terrifying gambler -- episode 38. The secret invaders part 1 -- episode 39. The secret invaders part 2 -- episode 40. The man behind the mask -- episode 41. The car Destroyer -- episode 42. The desperate racer -- episode 43. The dangerous witness -- episode 44. Race the laser tank. (1966, 300 minutes)
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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. (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 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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Star Wars - Clone Wars: Complete Season 1 (DVD series)
As war rages through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi, including Yoda, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and newcomer Ahsoka Tano, fight to maintain order and restore peace. Meanwhile, the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, his assassin Asajj Ventress and the evil General Grievous, plot to defeat the Republic and gain control. 22 episodes on 4 DVDs. (2008, 503 minutes)
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Star Wars - Clone Wars: Complete Season 2 (DVD series)
Jedi knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi battle against evil forces with the help of the clone army.  22 episodes on 4 DVDs. (2009-2010, 484 minutes)
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Star Wars - Clone Wars: Complete Season 3 (DVD series)
Takes place immediately after the events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The series follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, and introduces us to some new characters, such as Ahsoka Tano, a female Jedi Knight, as well as characters we already know. 22 epidoes on 4 DVDs. (2010-2011, 500 minutes)
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Star Wars - Clone Wars: Complete Season 5 (DVD series)
The valiant Jedi Knights and clone troopers defend exotic planets from enemy forces. They wage war underwater, battle across a night-shrouded world. The final 23 episodes on 3 DVDs. (2012-2013, 450 minutes).
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Star Wars - Clone Wars: Darth Maul Returns
Features a 90-minute special film created from four episodes of the popular cartoon series. (2012, 87 minutes)
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Tatsumi
In post-war occupied Japan, young Tatsumi's passion for comics not only leads him becomes a means of supporting his poor family but also leads him to redefine the manga landscape. He pioneered gekiga (dramatic pictures), an alternative genre for adults which is by encouraging an alternative genre for adults which is realistic, disquieting and grapples with the darker aspects of life. This film celebrates the life of this master and five of his most compelling tales. A war photographer captures a moving scene in the ruins of Hiroshima, only to be haunted by its sinster truth. A lonely factory worker parts with his beloved monkey, with tragic consequences. A despised prostitute severs ties with all men, beginning with her loutish father. (2011, 92 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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The Wind Rises
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the worlds most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events. (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 2014, 135 minutes)
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Winter Garden
Dejiko, the alien princess who travelled to Earth in hopes of becoming a famous idol, has grown up. She works in the local bakery to stay out of trouble, yet there's something mystical and strange about her. Is that enough to gain the attention of a handsome guy she meets in the park? Hopefully it is because she is about to discover Earth's most powerful magic of all! (2006, 60 minutes)
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Z Gundam
(see Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam)
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