A.D. Vision, Inc. (ADV Films.com) - Parent company, A.D. Vision, Inc., encompasses
a multitude of complementary media divisions (including home video, television, publishing, theatrical, online, mobile, licensing and merchandising)
and continues to actively expand to territories worldwide. Anime Network is America's only television network dedicated to bringing anime
and anime-related programming nationwide via digital cable 24 hours a day.
About Anime/Manga - A omprehensive list of All Manga & Manhwa
hosted on MangaVolume.com. ncludes the ability to search by series
Akira - A 1988 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo based on his manga
of the same name. The movie led the way for the growing popularity of anime in the West, with Akira considered a forerunner of the second
wave of anime fandom that began in the early 1990s. One of the reasons for the movie's success was the highly advanced quality of its animation.
At the time, most anime was notorious for cutting production corners with limited motion, such as having only the characters' mouths move while their
faces remained static. Akira broke from this trend with meticulously detailed scenes, exactingly lip-synched dialogue - a first for an anime
production (voices were recorded before the animation was completed, rather than the opposite) - and super-fluid motion as realized in the film's
more than 160,000 animation cels. Also see Akira2019.com and BlueBlade Akira.
Anime (Wikipedia article) - An abbreviation of the English word "animation", originating in Japan through the roots of Manga. Although the term is used in Japan to refer
to animation in general, in English usage the term most popularly refers to material originating from Japan, a subset of animation.
Anime Network, The - A subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company of ADV Films and Newtype
USA) is a cable channel in North America dedicated to anime. The network launched in North America in late 2002 and is marketed to
multi-system operators (MSOs) as both a stand-alone 24-hour linear network and as a VOD programming
Anime News Service - The first English language news website dedicated to Japan's "Contents
Industries ". This term includes: Japanese animation, manga (comics), characters, video games and popular culture (music, movies, and youth trends
also known collectively as J-POP).
A.D. Vision (ADV Films) - American international multimedia entertainment company
based in Houston, Texas. ADV Films has become the #1 producer-distributor of Japanese animation ("anime") outside of
Japan and has the largest English-language anime library in the world. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion,
RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic, Hello Kitty, Azumanga Daioh, Chrono Crusade, Gantz and DNAngel, ADV Films' extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe.
American International Company (AIC) - Japanese studio responsible for shows like Ninja Mono, Tenchi Muyo, Ah! My Goddess and a number of now classic pre-Geneon Pioneer distributed
AnimEigo - American licensor and distributor of anime founded in 1988 in Ithaca, New York,
by Robert Woodhead and Roe R. Adams, III. It is now based in Wilmington, NC, and run by Natsumi Ueki, Robert's wife.
The company is well-known for the quality of its translation and subtitles, and pioneered such techniques as multi-color subtitles, overlapping
dialogue, and supertitles that explain important cultural, linguistic and historical tidbits. AnimEigo has translated and made available shows like Bubblegum Crisis, Urusei Yatsura, Orange Road, and Spirit
Central Park Media (CPM) - An American multimedia entertainment
company based in New York City active in the distribution of East Asian cinema, television series, anime, manga, and manwha titles in North America.
Offers titles such as Dominion Tank Police, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Kakurenbo,
Record of Lodoss War and Grave of the Fireflies.
FUNimation - American entertainment company founded in 1994 in Fort Worth, Texas by
Gen Fukunaga: Dragon Ball, Detective Conan (aka Case Closed), and Fullmetal
Alchemist. On May 11, 2005, FUNimation was acquired by Navarre Corporation. FUNimation has launched
the "FUNimation Channel", the second 24 hour anime digital cable network
in North America, (the first being A.D. Vision's The Anime Network).
Gainax Company, Limited - A Japanese anime studio most well known for the
series Neon Genesis Evangelion,Wings of Honneamise, and Nadia, and its ambitious, experimental works
and ambiguous endings.
GENEON - Leading supplier of Japanese animation in North America. Geneon
Entertainment introduced anime programming to the American home viewing audiences by licensing and distributing a variety of popular
Japanese programming including Tenchi Muyo!, Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z and Armitage.
Also distributes popular television series on home video including Samurai Champloo and Trigun, and the all-time classic anime series, Lupin
the 3rd. Other Geneon properties include Paranoia Agent, Gungrave, Last Exile, Serial
Experiments Lain, Gate Keepers 21, Beyblade and Heat Guy J.
Manga Entertainment|Manga - A producer, licensor and
distributor of Japanese animation in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand. Manga Entertainment,
originally from Great Britain, has made itself into a real presence on the American scene by acquiring titles like Giant Robo,
Patlabor, Macross Plus, and Ghost in the Shell.
Media Blasters (MB) - A corporation in New York City that was founded by John Sirabella
and Andrew Vidal. MB acquires films that they translate, package, and dub. They are most well known for anime and live
action Asian films for home video release. Popular animated releases include Invader Zim, Berserk, Knight Hunters, and Rurouni
Viz Video - A leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking
audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation. Produces and distributes the USA domestic version of the ever-popular Ranma
1/2, as well as other shows like Maison Ikkoku, Please Save My Earth, and Naruto.
Armitage III: OVA - Mars 2046: The murder of a celebrity reveals the existence
of a secret Third Type robot so intelligent and sophisticated that they can pass as humans. The continuing public slaughter of these Thirds by the hate-spewing D'anclaude fan the anti-robot sentiments of the human population into a firestorm of hate and violence. Assigned
to the case, Ross Sylibus and his partner Naomi Armitage uncover a conspiracy of government-sponsored murder and forbidden technology that threatens
to kill them both - especially once D'anclaude discovers Armitage's secret: Armitage is a Third. A 1994 cyberpunk anime series based around Naomi Armitage, a highly advanced Type-III android. The series began with
the 4-part original video animation Armitage III and spawned two movies. The first is a shortened version of the OVA entitled Armitage
III: Poly-Matrix, redubbed in English. The second, Armitage: Dual-Matrix is a sequel set some years after the original story. Also
see Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Baccano - A Japanese light novel
series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi
Enami. The series, often told from multiple points of view, is mostly set within a fictional United States during various time periods, most notably
the Prohibition era. It focuses on various people, including alchemists, thieves, thugs, Mafiosi and Camorristi, who are unconnected to one another.
After an immortality elixir is recreated in 1930 Manhattan, the characters begin to cross paths, setting off events that spiral further and further
out of control. The novels were adapted into a sixteen episode anime television series directed by Takahiro Omori and produced by Brain's Base and
Aniplex. See Wikipedia.
Black Cat - Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro
Yabuki. The series was adapted by Gonzo as a 24-episode animated television series, directed by Shin Itagaki. It aired in
Japan on the anime satellite television network Animax and the terrestrial TBS network from October 6, 2005 to March 30 2006.
The story centers on a man named Train Heartnet who withdrew from an elite group of assassins called the Toki no Bannin to become a Sweeper (a
bounty hunter). In Train's world, there is a secret organization, Chronos, that rules one third of the world's economy through underground control
of almost every kind of business. To maintain the balance of the world, Chronos is essential, and therefore, there is the need to have people to
protect Chronos. Besides all normal erasers, there are special elite assassins with Orichalcum-made weapons called the Chrono Numbers. Chrono Numbers
have their numbers engraved on their body and their weapon. There were twelve total Chrono Numbers, but when Train Heartnet, an unsurpassable shooter,
decided to join Chronos in their cause, the number XIII was founded. No one that was targeted by Train Heartnet, also known as Black Cat, for bringing "bad
luck", and his extremely quick movements and attacks, ever survived. The name Black Cat was the most feared among assassins. Also see Black Cat (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia, and Black
Cat (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Bleach - Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows
the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he accidentally obtains the power of a shinigami from Rukia Kuchiki. A shinigami is a Japanese death personification
similar to the Grim Reaper. Gaining these abilities forces him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls
to the afterlife. The anime version of Bleach is produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. See Wikipedia
article and Listing of Bleach Anime Episodes and Bleach Exile.
Burst Angel (Bakuretsu Tenshi) - An anime series produced by the GONZO animation studio, set in a world sometime after 2020. In
a crime-ridden future Japan, Kyohei Tachibana is a peaceful student at a culinary school, dreaming of going to France for advanced study as a patissier
(pastry chef). To afford the trip, he accepts a part-time job as private cook to a strange group of women - Sei, Meg, Jo and Amy. To Kyohei's astonishment,
they turn out to be a band of violent mercenaries, and he finds himself in the line of fire. The Japanese name for the anime Bakuretsu Tenshi is
loosely translated to "Exploding / Explosive Angel", shortened to Bakuten and is also known as Burst Angel and Crazy
Burst Angel. Burst Angel features character designs by Ugetsu
Hakua. Also see Official website (FUNimation) and Anime News Networkentry.
Castle in the Sky - An anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, released in 1986. According to legend, humans were fascinated
with the sky; therefore they created increasingly sophisticated ways of lifting aircraft from the ground. This eventually led to flying cities and
fortresses. Over time, the cities came crashing back to the ground, forcing the survivors to live on the ground as before. One city, Laputa, is said
to remain in the sky, concealed within the swirling clouds of a violent thunderstorm. While most people consider it to be fictional, some believe
the legend is true and have sought to find the ancient city. Also see:
Chobits - Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Clamp. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from
February 2001 to November 2002 and collected in eight bound volumes. Chobits was adapted as a 26-episode-long anime television series broadcast
on TBS and Animax from April to September 2002. The series tells the story of Hideki Motosuwa, who finds an abandoned persocom,
or personal computer with human form, that he names "Chi" after the only word it initially can speak. As the series progresses, they explore the
mysteries of Chi's origin together and questions about the relationship between human beings and persocoms.
Claymore - The Claymore anime series is based on the manga series
of the same name by Norihiro Yagi. The episodes are directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka and produced by Madhouse Studios.They
adapt the first through eleventh volumes of the manga over twenty-four episodes. The remaining two episodes follow an original storyline not found
in the manga written by Yagi. The series aired between April 2007 and September 2007 in Japan on Nippon Television. The series follows the adventures
of Clare, a Claymore, or half-human, half-yoma hybrid, and her comrades as they fight for survival in a world filled with yoma, or shapeshifting
demons. In a land ravaged by monstrous, shape-changing Yoma, humanity's only hope is a breed of half-human, half-Yoma female warriors popularly called
Claymores, who use their massive namesake swords and Yoki energy-based empowerment to dispatch Yoma on orders from their unnamed Organization. Clare
is one such warrior, albeit the weakest of the 47 given rank and regional assignments due to some atypical circumstances involved in introducing
her Yoma aspect. Even so, she fights the good fight against the Yoma with cold, businesslike efficiency and an underlying purpose to seek out a particularly
powerful monster responsible for a tragedy in her youth. Not until she hooks up with Raki, a boy orphaned by Yoma whose life she saves in much the
same way that someone once saved her, does her human side start to open up and emerge again. As Clare struggles to defeat increasingly harder opponents
(sometimes with the aid of fellow Claymores, other times with their opposition) and pursue her quest for vengeance, Raki becomes both a stabilizing
force and her one hope that she might, as a certain person once requested, eventually learn to live her life as a human and not just a warrior. Also
see official site for the series.
Crunchyroll - A leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Crunchyroll delivers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast, through applications including Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows Phone, Playstation3, Playstation4, PlaystationVita, Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, AppleTV, Roku, Nintendo WiiU, Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, and more.
Dictionary of Anime Fandom - Ddefinitions range from Japanese words that sometimes
appear in Anime' and Manga, to computer and Internet terminology, terms only used in the fan community, and many more.
Elfin Lied - A Japanese manga series
created by author Lynn Okamoto. A thirteen-episode anime
television series adaptation based on the manga was produced by the studio ARMS, and broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to October 2004. Elfen
Lied revolves around the race of diclonius, a mutant human species identified by two cat-ear like horns and transparent "vectors", and the
ways in which the humans abuse and reject them as part of society, instead seizing them for storage and experimentation in an offshore laboratory.
The series is centered around the teenage diclonius girl
"Lucy", said to be the first diclonius, becoming sadistic as a result of her vengeance and delivering it on the humans who
rejected her. Elfen Lied involves themes of social alienation, identity, revenge and the value of humanity. Also see Anime
eMagi - Portal conveying the world of anime, videogames, technology, gadgets, music, fashion.
Ergo Proxy - A science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe,
which premiered across Japan on 25 February 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō Murase, with screenplay
by Dai Satō, et al. Ergo Proxy features a combination of 2D digital cel animation, 3D computer modeling and digital special effects.
The series has both steampunk and postcyberpunk elements and focuses heavily on the psychology and mentality of its protagonists. The story begins
in a futuristic domed city called Romdo, built to protect its citizens after a global ecological disaster. In this utopia, humans and androids (AutoReivs)
coexist with each other peacefully under a total management system. A series of murders committed by berserk robots infected with the Cogito virus
starts to jeopardize the delicate balance of the social order. Behind the scenes, the government is conducting secret experiments on a mysterious
humanoid lifeform called Proxy, which is believed to hold the key to the survival of mankind. Also see Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
FLCL - An original
video animation series written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee,
which included Gainax, Production I.G., and Starchild Records. FLCL follows Naota Nandaba, a twelve-year-old
boy living in the fictional Japanese suburb of Mabase, and his interactions with Haruko Haruhara, who arrives in the quiet suburb, drawn by the industrial
town houses and the Medical Mechanica building. Also see FLCL World.
Full Metal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) - Literally Alchemist
of Steel, commonly abbreviated as FMA or Hagaren. A manga series created
by Hiromu Arakawa and serialized in Enix's
(now Square Enix) Monthly Shonen Gangan. It has also been adapted
into an anime TV series and a movie sequel, as well as several spin-off novels and video games. Fullmetal Alchemist is a science fantasy manga set in the early 20th century in a country called Amestris in an alternate-historical
Earth with technology dating from early 20th century Europe. In this alternate world, the exaggerated science of alchemy is heavily used in conjunction
with acretian soul wanderers, but takes on a further fantastic element not seen in real-life alchemy. Real-world alchemists attempted to transmute
gold and diamonds from lesser metals. In the fictional world of the series, alchemy becomes the science of transmuting matter into a different
form of that same matter (following the rule of equivalent exchange) through the use of transmutation circles-based on real-world science, yet
also magical, with seemingly infinite uses. Talented alchemists may apply to take a State Alchemist test to join the Amestris military's State
Alchemists. Also see [adult swim]page.
FUNimation Channel - Destination for top quality anime in the United States, providing
over 900 hours of programming.
Gankutsuou: The Count of
Monte Cristo - An anime series loosely based on Alexandre Dumas's classic French novel, Le Comte de Monte-Cristo. Spanning
24 episodes, it was produced by Gonzo, directed by Mahiro Maeda and broadcast by Animax across its respective networks in Japan, East Asia, Southeast
Asia, South Asia, Latin America, and other regions. Gankutsuou's unusual visual style layers Photoshop textures into digital animation,
with backgrounds often rendered in 3D. The series features several famous pieces of classical music, including Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony,
the Donizetti opera Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Gankutsuou is set in the far future, during the year 5053, whereas
Alexandre Dumas's original novel takes place during the 1800s. Though Gankutsuou incorporates elements of science-fiction and fantasy, it also
retains many aesthetics of France in the 1800s, particularly in regard to social classes and wealth. In addition, each of the episodes begin with
a summary spoken in French. While visiting the festival on Luna, Viscount Albert de Morcerf and Baron Franz d'Epinay make the acquaintance of the
Count of Monte Cristo, a self-made nobleman. When they part, the Count promises to visit Albert in Paris. After he arrives, he introduces himself
to the most powerful families in France (the Morcerfs, the Danglars, and the Villeforts). The general plot of Gankutsuou, while broadly
the same as the novel on which it is based, changes many aspects of the source material. Whereas the original novel is focused heavily on the Count,
Gankutsuou's narrative places more importance on the character of Albert and his friends and their inter-relationships. In the novel, the events
in the Count's life proceed chronologically; in the anime, the story begins with Albert and Franz meeting the Count on Luna (which occurs many
hundreds of pages into the book, in Rome), and the back story is pieced together throughout the series. The plot changes include supernatural elements,
different fates for some characters, the disposal of several side-plots, and an altogether different ending. These changes result in a different
tone; in the novel the Count's quest for revenge is seen very sympathetically, but various plot elements in the anime lead the viewer's sympathy
towards Albert, making the Count a far more antagonizing figure. Gankutsuou's plot could largely be classified as a coming-of-age story
for Albert, catalyzed by the discovery of the dark history of the Count. Also see Anime News Network's entry for Gankutsuou.
Genshiken - A manga series by Kio Shimoku about a college club for otaku(extremely
devoted fans of various media) and the lifestyle its members pursue. The title is a shortening of the club's official name, Gendai
Shikaku Bunka Kenkyūkai, or "The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture ". The series has also been adapted
into an anime directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. Genshiken follows the lives of a group of college students drawn together by their shared hobbies, and
the trials and adventures associated with being otaku. The story begins with the introduction of Kanji Sasahara, a shy,
confidence-lacking freshman who on club day at university, decides to join a club he would actually enjoy, Genshiken. Over his four years at Shiiou
University, Sasahara comes to accept himself for who he is and loses the inhibitions and guilt he once felt and associated with culture, becoming
an enthusiastic clubmember, and for a time, a capable club president. As the story of Genshiken progresses, focus is also placed on Saki Kasukabe,
a determined non- who initially struggles to drag her boyfriend out of the club, and Chika Ogiue, a self-professed -hater who feels a deep-seated
shame and self-loathing toward her own interests and hobbies. Also see: Anime News Network's Encyclopediaentry.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - 2004 sequel to the anime
film Ghost in the Shell. The story of Innocence begins in 2032, when cities are inhabited by the dwindling races of humans, purely
mechanical androids, and cyborgs like Batou who still have a ghost (the in-universe term for the human spirit), but are vulnerable to ghost hacking.
Gonzo - A Japanese anime studio, owned by the company's corporate parent,
the GDH group. Also see official site.
Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka) - A 1988 anime movie written
and directed by Isao Takahata for Shinchosha. This is the first film produced by Shinchosha, who hired Studio Ghibli to
do the animation production work. It is an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, intended as a personal apology to the author's own sister.
Taking place toward the end of World War II in Japan, Grave of the Fireflies is the poignant tale of the relationship between
two orphaned children, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko. The children lose their mother in the firebombing of Kobe, and their father in service
to the Imperial Japanese Navy, and as a result they are forced to try to survive amidst widespread famine and the callous indifference of their countrymen
(some of whom are their own extended family members). Also see Anime News Network's page.
Gunbuster - A six episode anime OVA series created by Gainax in 1988.
It was the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno, who is best known for his role as the director of Neon Genesis Evangelion. When she
was a child, Noriko Takaya's father was killed in humanity's first encounter with aliens from the core of the galaxy. Her desire to follow him into
space leads Noriko to the Okinawa Girls' Space Pilot High School, where she meets her future partner Kazumi Amano and Coach Koichiro Ohta. Noriko
displays little aptitude for steering mecha, but Ohta sees the potential beneath the maladroit exterior. Soon Noriko is in space, piloting the experimental
robot-suit Gunbuster and fighting aliens who look like the monsters in Gahan Wilson cartoons. Gunbuster plays like a mixture of Patlabor, Star
Wars, and Robotech, with a generous helping of fan service nudity. Also see Anime
News Network's Encyclopedia.
Gunslinger Girl (Gansuringā Gāru) - An ongoing manga by Yu Aida. It was adapted into a thirteen-episode anime television series
(animated by Madhouse) which aired in Japan from October
8, 2003 to February 19, 2004. A sequel to the series, titled Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-, animated by Artland,
is set to air in Japan from January 7, 2008. Set in modern-day Italy, Gunslinger Girl follows the exploits of the Social Welfare Agency (often referred
to as simply
"the Agency"), ostensibly a charitable institution sponsored by the Italian government. While the Agency professes to aid the rehabilitation of the
physically injured, it is actually a military organization specializing in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism. It comprises two independent
branches, Public Safety and Special Ops, with Public Safety being its surveillance and intelligence-gathering arm and Special Ops its anti-terrorist
division. Special Ops is itself divided into Sections 1 and 2, the latter of which employs young girls fitted with cybernetic implants as agents.
The implants, which consist of synthesized muscles and carbon fiber frames, result in heightened strength and reflexes as well as high resilience
to damage and pain. Each girl is paired with a male trainer, or "handler," and together they are referred to as a fratello (Italian for "brother").
The handler is responsible for the training, welfare and field performance of his charge, and is free to use whatever methods he considers suitable.
While these methods vary according to the handler, a common part of each girl's regimen is brainwashing called "conditioning," which produces a deadly
assassin with unquestioning loyalty to her handler.
Hentai - A Japanese word that
can be used to mean "metamorphosis" or "abnormality ". In Japan "hentai" has a strong negative connotation, and is commonly used to mean "sexually
perverted ". In the West the term is used as slang for sexually explicit or pornographic comics and animation, particularly Japanese anime, manga
and computer games (see Japanese pornography).
Hentai anime and manga allow elements of sexual fantasy to be represented in ways that would be impossible to film. This may include portrayals of
sexual acts which are physically impossible, unacceptable in society, or run counter to social norms. Examples include extreme bondage, creatures
with tentacles, and other fetishes. Shunga artists like Yoshitoshi and Kuniyoshi showed gang rape, erotic crucifixion, and even forced late third-trimester
abortions by a "cannibal witch."
Hige vs. Otaku - A blog devoted to fringe anime, assorted manga, and other japanese diversions.
Howl's Moving Castle - 2004 Japanese animated fantasy
film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and based on Diana Wynne Jones' novel of the same name. Mamoru Hosoda,
director of two seasons and one movie from the Digimon series, was originally selected to direct but abruptly left the project, leaving the then
retired Miyazaki to take up the director's role. The film starts off with the protagonist of Howl's Moving Castle, Sophie, a timid and unsure
18-year-old girl who works in her late father's hat shop. She has a chance encounter with the mysterious wizard Howl, who rescues her from some menacing
soldiers. However, by doing so, Howl brings Sophie to the attention of the Witch of the Waste, who visits Sophie and puts a curse on her, transforming
her into a 90-year old woman. Unable to tell anyone of the curse, she sets off on her journey to the Waste, to beg Howl to lift the curse. On the
way she meets a magically animated scarecrow whom she names Turnip Head. Together they find Howl's moving castle. Also see official
Delivery Service - Anime film produced, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 1989. Kiki is a 13 year-old witch in training, living
in a small rural village where her mother is the resident herbalist. By tradition, it is time for Kiki to leave her home to spend a year alone
in a new town to establish herself as a full witch. Kiki sets herself on her mother's broom with her closest companion, Jiji, a loquacious black
cat. Also see:
Kinsella, Sharon - Areas of special application include cuteness, schoolgirl and gyaru
culture, Japanese transracialism, otaku subculture, the manga industry, men's comics, and male cultural imagination and journalism.
Kino's Journey - In Kino's Journey, the protagonist, Kino, accompanied
by a talking motorcycle, a Brough Superior motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each
unique in its customs and people. Kino only spends three days and two nights in every town, without exception, on the principle that three days is
enough time to learn almost everything important about a place, while leaving time to explore new lands. Kino says in The Land of Visible Pain that
this principle is probably a lie, specifically noting "if I stay any longer, I'm afraid I will settle down." A phrase repeated in the anime and novels
is "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.Kino's Journey explores what the anime director Ryutaro Nakamura described as "a radical
sense of 'beauty,"and brutality, loneliness, nonsense, oppression and tragedy are often juxtaposed against compassion and a fairy-tale atmosphere.
Kyoto International Manga Museum - Under a joint project of Kyoto
City and Kyoto Seika University, the Kyoto International Manga Museum will collect, preserve and exhibit manga and animation
materials with cooperation of the City and University.
Last Exile -
Japanese animated television series created by Gonzo. It featured a production team led by director Koichi Chigira, character designer Range
Murata, and production designer Mahiro Maeda. The story is set on the fictional world of Prester, where its inhabitants use aerial
vehicles known as vanships as a means of transportation. On this world which is divided in eternal conflict between the nations of Anatoray and Disith,
sky couriers Claus Valca and Lavie Head must deliver a girl who holds the key to uniting the two factions. Although Prester itself is not a representation
of Earth, it features technology reminiscent of nineteenth century Europe at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Many of its designs were also
inspired by Germany's technological advances during the interwar period. Last Exile was well received in North America, and the series was
licensed for the English language by Geneon Entertainment (then Pioneer Entertainment) in June 2003, two months after the first episode
aired in Japan. Funimation Entertainment began licensing the series after Geneon ceased production of its titles. Also see official site.
Lunaescence Archives - A moderated archive dedicated to quality anime, manga, and gaming fan
Mainichi Film Awards -
A series of annual animation awards, sponsored by Mainichi Shinbun, one of the largest newspaper companies in Japan.
Manga (Wikipedia article) - The Japanese word for comics (sometimes called komikku)
and print cartoons. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II but have a long, complex history in earlier Japanese art.
Matt Thorn - Anthropologist who has translated and writes about shojo (girls) manga.
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The - 2006 television
anime about a girl who, unbeknownst to her, possesses the power to change reality. The story is based on the series of novels, the first of which
bears the same name. The anime adaptation, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and produced by Kyoto Animation, shares the first novel's
plotline, interspersed in six self-contained episodes. Intermixed between them were seven episodes based on chapters from the second, third, fifth,
and sixth novels. The ninth episode, Someday in the Rain, was a new story written specifically for the anime by Nagaru Tanigawa,
the author of the novels. The fourteen episode series premiered in Japan on April 2, 2006 and aired until July 2, 2006. Notably, these episodes were
not originally broadcast in chronological order. Also see Asosbrigade.com and Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Miyazaki, Hayao - Unofficial site providing information on this great Japanese animator
and director. Miyazaki's films often incorporate common themes, such as humanity's relationship to nature and technology,
and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women; the villains,
when present, are often morally ambiguous characters with redeeming qualities. Anime directed by Miyazaki that have won the AnimageAnime Grand Prix award have been Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, and Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989. Also see Online
Ghibli site, dedicated to Studio Ghibli films by Hayao Miyazaki.
Mushi-shi - Mushi-shi is a historical fantasy manga
series authored by Yuki Urushibara, which was later adapted into an anime and a live-action feature film. The manga has been serialized
in Afternoon magazine since 1999 and is ongoing; eight tankōbon consisting of the first 40 chapters have been released in Japan. The anime
series, directed by Hiroshi Nagahama and animated by Artland, spanned 26 episodes and completed its television run with the airing of its twentieth
episode in March 2006. The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi that often display supernatural powers. Mushi are described as beings
in touch with the essence of life, far more basic and pure than the grotesque creatures we are accustomed to. Due to their ephemeral nature most
humans are incapable of perceiving Mushi and are oblivious to their existence, but there are a few who possess the ability to see and interact with
Mushi. The Mushi depicted in the anime look very similar to floaters. One such person is Ginko, the main character of the series. He employs himself
as a Mushi master, travelling from place to place to research Mushi and aid people suffering from problems caused by them. The series is an episodic
anthology in which the only common elements among episodes are Ginko and the various types of Mushi. There is no over-arching plotline. Also see Mushi-shi at Anime News Network.
MyAnimeList - An anime and manga community that introduces you to people, anime, manga, and
helps you organize your collections.
My Neighbor Totoro - A stunning animated treat full of magical adventure
from Hayao Miyazaki. While their mother is in the hospital, 10-year-old Satsuki and 4-year-old Mei move into an old-fashioned house in the
country with their professor father. At the foot of an enormous camphor tree, Mei discovers the nest of King Totoro, a giant forest spirit who resembles
an enormous bunny rabbit. Mei and Satsuki learn that Totoro makes the trees grow, and when he flies over the countryside or roars in his thunderous
voice, the winds blow. Totoro becomes the protector of the two sisters, watching over them when they wait for their father, and carrying them over
the forests on an enchanted journey. When the children worry about their mother, Totoro sends them to visit her via a Catbus, a magical, multilegged
creature with a grin the Cheshire Cat might envy.
of the Valley of the Wind - A 1984 film by Japanese writer, illustrator, and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, based on his manga of the same name. The story takes place 1,000 years after the "Seven
Days of Fire," an event which destroyed human civilization and most of the Earth's original ecosystem. Scattered human settlements survive,
isolated from one another by the Sea of Decay. Literally translating as the Rotting Sea or the Sea of Fungus, the Sea
of Decay is a lethally toxic jungle of fungus swarming with giant insects, which seem to come together only to wage war. The primary protagonist, Nausicaa,
is a charismatic young princess of the peaceful Valley of the Wind. Her name comes from the princess Nausicaa in the Odyssey who
assisted Odysseus. Also see Online Ghibli and Anime
News Network's Encyclopediaentry.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shin Seiki Evangerion) - Commonly
referred to as NGE, Eva, or Evangelion. A commercially and critically
successful, influential and popular Japanese anime that began in October 1995. The series launched the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. The anime
was created by Gainax, written and directed by Hideaki Anno and co-produced by TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS). The story of Evangelion primarily begins in 2000 with the "Second Impact", a global cataclysm which almost completely destroyed Antarctica and
led to the deaths of half the human population of Earth. The Impact is believed by the public at large and even most of NERV to have been the impact
of a meteorite traveling at nearly the speed of light landing in Antarctica, causing devastating tsunamis and a change in the Earth's axial tilt
(leading to global climate change); the subsequent geopolitical unrest, nuclear war (such as the nuking of Tokyo), and general economic distress
resulted the majority of the deaths. Later, Second Impact is revealed to be the result of contact with and experimentation on the first of what are
collectively dubbed the Angels: Adam. The experiments were sponsored by the mysterious organization SEELE, and carried out by the research organization
GEHIRN. Also see Madman Entertainment's Evangelion page and Anime News Network's page.
Ninja Scroll (Jūbei Ninpūchō) - Japanese action thriller anime, set in feudal
Japan, by critically acclaimed director/writer Yoshiaki Kawajiri who
was best known for his previous thriller Wicked City (Yōjū Toshi). The character designs were done by Yutaka
Minowa. The movie is an homage to Ninpōchō series, ninja novels by Futaro
Yamada. A team of Koga Ninja is sent to investigate a plague in Shimoda village, but on their way they are slaughtered; the only
survivor is Kagero, a beautiful Kunoichi who is their lord's poison-taster. Their assailant is a giant man with stone skin and a colossal double-bladed
sword, which can be thrown like a boomerang. The giant takes Kagero to his hut and proceeds to rape her, but he is interrupted by an interloper who
is not intimidated by his ability to turn his skin into stone. The interloper, a ninja vagabond named Jubei Kibagami, blinds one of his eyes with
a dart and escapes with Kagero. Jubei and the woman part ways but later a government spy forces Jubei to join up with her again and investigate the
mysterious death of an entire Shimoda village. The investigation reveals a conspiracy involving the demons and a man from Jubei's past who is supposed
to be dead. As they get closer to the truth the demons close in on them and pretty soon Jubei finds himself in a deadly fight with many super strong
inhuman opponents. Also see Official Website and Anime News Network's page.
Noir (Nowāru) - A 26-episode anime television series produced in 2001 by the Bee
Train animation studio and was licensed for American distribution by ADV
Films. In Japan, Noir was broadcast on TV
Tokyo, which is known for strict guidelines, including not allowing blood to be shown. Noir circumvented this rule by stylizing
the gunfights.The series follows the story of two young female assassins who embark together on a personal journey to seek answers about mysteries
from their past. 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). The anime draws inspirations and influences from two prominent films by
French director Luc Besson, Leon and Nikita. Also see Official Website and Anime News Network's page.
Original Video Animation (OVA) - A term originating from Japanese
animation (anime) for animated films and series which are made specially to be released on home video formats. The majority are released direct-to-video,
without prior showings on TV or in theatres, however, there may be very rare occasions where, for example, the first part of an OVA series
is broadcast for promotional purposes. OVA titles were originally made available on VHS,
later becoming more popular on LaserDisc and eventually DVD.
Otaku no Video - A pair of films that follow a young college student as
he is introduced into the world of the otaku by a high school friend and
soon spends the next several years trying to become the greatest otaku, the Otaking. The work also
serves as a semi-autobiographical account of the formation of Gainax, and is inter-cut with several live-action mock interviews with several different types
Otaku's Study, The - A blog dedicated to bringing you information on both the latest and older anime
Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā) - Translated as "Starward
Warrior Knight Outlaw Star ". A manga and anime series created by Takehiko Ito. The series takes place in the distant future, 150 years after the development
of spacecraft capable of traveling faster than the speed of light, and follows the motley crew of the titular ship: the Outlaw
Star. The English language version of the anime series was produced by Bandai Entertainment and ZRO Limit Productions. Outlaw
Star follows the outlaw Gene Starwind and his eleven year-old business associate, Jim Hawking. Together they run a small jack-of-all-trades
business on the backwater planet Sentinel III. After the two take a job as bodyguards for a mysterious outlaw, they find themselves the owners
of the XGP15A-II, a highly advanced prototype spacecraft, and the caretakers of a bio-android named Melfina. Through the course of the series,
the crew grows to include the assassin "Twilight" Suzuka and Aisha Clan-Clan, a Ctarl-Ctarl and former Ambasador in the Ctarl-Ctarl Empire. Also
see Anime News Network's page.
A Japanese animated science fiction film, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a female research psychologist
who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. The film was directed by Satoshi Kon, animated by Madhouse
Studios, and produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Paranoia Agent - A Japanese anime television miniseries about a social phenomenon
in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant named Lil' Slugger (Shōnen Bat, or Bat Boy in the original Japanese version).
The plot relays between a large cast of people affected in some way by the phenomenon; usually Lil' Slugger's victims or the detectives
assigned to apprehend him. As each character becomes the focus of the story, details are revealed about their secret lives and the truth about Lil'
Patlabor: The Movie - 1989 anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii,
with an original story by Headgear. It was produced by Production I.G, Studio Deen, Bandai Visual Co. Ltd and Tohokushisha
Film Corporation Limited. It is part of the Patlabor anime and manga series. The year is 1999. Tokyo is undergoing a huge re-development
program: old suburbs are being demolished and man-made islands are being constructed in Tokyo Bay. Dominating the scene is the Ark, a huge man-made
island of steel, from where the Babylon project is coordinated, and where labors are manufactured and tested. One day, as dusk approaches, a programmer
by the name of Eichi Hoba jumps off the Ark, a smirk on his lips, committing suicide. Some time later there are several incidents where labors that
were manufactured by Shinohara Industries malfunction, start operating of their own accord and go on the rampage even after they have been turned
off. These include construction and military labors alike. Investigations made by Gotoh and Asuma conclude that the rampaging labors have one thing
in common: each were installed with H.O.S - Hyper Operating System, the latest software program to be installed in the labor computers. At first
Asuma assumes that a bug is the cause but Gotoh believes that it was deliberately done by Eichi Hoba, the programmer who committed suicide.
Patlabor: The Movie 2 - The sequel of Patlabor: The Movie,
once again directed by Mamoru Oshii. The movie has taken some liberties from being a mecha-themed movie in theme to a political-themed one
with domestic and international issues that the Japanese government had faced during the 20th century. The main theme of the movie is mainly based
on the status of Japan, which had been economically, politically and technologically progressing under prosperous years without being involved in
another war after the nation's defeat by the Allied Forces in World War II. Also see Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Perfect Blue - A 1997 feature-length anime film, directed by Satoshi Kon (loosely based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu
Takeuchi). The film is a psychological thriller about Mima Kirigoe, a member of a Japanese pop idol group called "CHAM!" who decides to
become an actress. Some of her fans are displeased by her career change, particularly the stalker named Me-Mania. As her new career proceeds, Mima's
world becomes increasingly reminiscent of the works of Alfred Hitchcock and Philip K. Dick; reality and fantasy spiral out of control as Mima discovers
that Me-Mania is the least of her troubles. Also see Anime News Network.
Planetes - A Japanese hard science fiction manga by Makoto Yukimura.
It was adapted as a 26-episode television anime by Sunrise, which was broadcast on NHK from October 2003 through April 2004. The
story revolves around a team of space debris collectors based in the debris ship Toy Box in the year 2075. The manga is published in English in North
America by Tokyopop, and the anime is distributed in North America by Bandai Entertainment. Both the manga and anime received the
Seiun Award for best science fiction series. Also see Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Pom Poko - 1994 Japanese animated film, the eighth written and directed by Isao
Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs, Nyctereutes procyonoides)
are portrayed as a highly sociable, mischievous species, able to use "illusion science" to transform into almost anything, but too fun-loving and
too fond of tasty treats to be a real threat (unlike the kitsune and other shapeshifters). Visually, the Tanuki in this film are depicted in three
ways at various times: as realistic animals, as anthropomorphic animals which occasionally wear clothes, and as cartoony figures based on the manga
of Shigeru Sugiura (of whom Takahata is a great fan). They tend to assume their realistic form when in view of humans, their cartoony form when they're
doing something outlandish or whimsical, and their anthropomorphic form at all other times.
Ponyo - A 2008 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli,
his eighth film for Ghibli, and his tenth overall. A young boy, Sōsuke, befriends a strange looking goldfish whom he names Ponyo. Unbeknownst
to Sōsuke, Ponyo is a magic fish who has decided that she wants to live with Sōsuke and the other humans. Unfortunately, Ponyo's decision to give
up her underwater life creates a crack in an ancient magic spell, and places the world in danger. Together, Sōsuke and Ponyo must set things right.
Also see Wikipedia and Anime
Porco Rosso - The sixth anime film by Hayao Miyazaki, released in
1992, about an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. The man has been
cursed, and has the head of a pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig."
Princess Mononoke - A Japanese animated film by Hayao Miyazaki that
was first released in Japan on July 12, 1997 and in the United States on October 29, 1999. It is a jidaigeki (period drama) set in late Muromachi
period of Japan, and centers on the struggle between the supernatural guardians of a forest and the humans who consume its resources, as seen by
the outsider Ashitaka. "Mononoke" is not a name, but a general term in Japanese for a spirit or monster. Also see official
site and Online Ghibli site.
Serial Experiments Lain - An anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, original character design by Yoshitoshi
ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda (credited as production 2nd) for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998. Lain is influenced
by philosophical subjects such as reality, identity, and communication. The series focuses on Lain Iwakura, an adolescent girl living in suburban
Japan, and her introduction to the Wired, a global communications network similar to the Internet. Lain lives with her middle class family, which
consists of her inexpressive older sister Mika, her cold mother, and her computer-obsessed father. The first ripple on the pond of Lain's lonely
life appears when she learns that girls from her school have received an e-mail from Chisa Yomoda, a schoolmate who committed suicide. When Lain
receives the message at home, Chisa tells her (in real time) that she is not dead, but has just
"abandoned the flesh", and has found God in the Wired. From then on, Lain is bound to a quest which will take her ever deeper into both the network
and her own thoughts. Also see Anime News Network's page.
Sequart Research & Literacy Organization - A non-profit organization devoted solely to the
study and promotion of the artistic and literary medium alternately known as comics, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, manga, sequential
art, and sequart.
Seiyuu (Voice Actor) Database - Information on Japanese voice actors (mainly for anime
and games). There is information about their roles in anime and games, their appearances in magazines, books, CDs, CDROMs, DVDs/LDs/videos, TV shows,
radio shows, Internet broadcasts, events, and games.
Solty Rei - A Japanese anime series by GONZO and AIC combining
attributes of drama and sci-fi, about the inhabitants of a city where an Aurora prevents aerial travel. It is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike and
co-produced by TV Asahi, GONZO and AIC with music by Toshiyuki Ōmori. Roy Revant is living the hard life of a bounty hunter
in a broken city, a city where thousands have died in mysterious event called the Blast Fall. Those who survived share the sting of loss. Countless
Resembles walk the streets, people whose mangled bodies have been rebuilt with high-tech prosthetic devices. Yet there are those that even science
cannot mend. Roy needs a miracle to escape his rut and one night she falls from the sky. Like countless others, Solty is a Resemble, but one unlike
the world has ever known. A young girl without a past, soon she will have a family. But in this world, pain and alienation are never too far away.
Also see SoltyRei Official Website and SoltyRei (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Spectrum Nexus - Devoted to providing useful anime/manga reviews, manga scans for users
to view, and multimedia.
Speed Grapher - 2005 anime series, created by GONZO Digimation.
The series ran for 24 episodes from April to October 2005. The series was licensed for release in North America by FUNimation Entertainment in
2006 and has been showing on IFC since March 7, 2008. Speed Grapher follows the exploits of former war photographer Tatsumi Saiga,
who investigates a secret fetish club for the ultra-wealthy. He tries to photograph the club's "goddess", a 15-year-old girl named Kagura, but is
discovered. As he is about to be killed, Kagura kisses him, granting him the ability to destroy anything he photographs. Kagura's body fluids can
give people bizarre abilities related to their fetishes or obsessions. The story develops as Saiga aims to grant Kagura's desire (her freedom), while
on the run from the Roppongi Club and the Tennouzu Group mega-corporation that operates it. In later episodes, we learn that Kagura's body fluids
contain a chemical that activates the dormant Euphoria virus that is responsible for the transformation of humans into Euphorias, such as Saiga.
This virus has the rare ability to attach itself to the victim's DNA and alter their body on a genetic level, granting them supernatural powers.
Apparently, to become a Euphoria, the virus must be carried before absorbing Kagura's fluid. Failure to carry the virus beforehand results in death.
Also see Official English Site.
Steamboy - A 2004 Japanese animated film, produced by Sunrise, and directed
and co-written by Katsuhiro Otomo, his second major anime release, following Akira. In keeping with the steampunk subgenre of science
fiction, the movie employs alternate history: it is set in a 19th-century context, yet it features several geopolitical and industrial circumstances
that developed differently or at a different pace, sometimes as a result of advanced technological paradigms that were accomplished via the science
already present in the 19th century. Also see Steamboy (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.
Tekkon Kinkreet - A 2006 feature-length Japanese anime film,
directed by Michael Arias and animated by Studio 4°C. The story takes place in the fictional Takara Machi (Treasure City) and centers
on a pair of orphaned street kids: the tough, canny Kuro (Black) and the childish, snot-nosed Shiro (White), together known as the Neko (Cats), as
they deal with Yakuza attempting to take over Takara Machi.
Texhnolyze - Anime series by director Hirotsugu Hamazaki,
broadcast in 2003. The story of Texhnolyze takes place in the crumbling underground city of Lux. Lux has artificial sunlight,
water, and even day/night cycles. Denizens of Lux have come to call it The City and treat it as a sentient force. The landscape of the underground
area is primarily desert. Initially the series is mostly concerned with the conflicts between the factions in Lux, but changes scale as the series
goes on to look at the city's interaction with the surface world. The central plot device is a method of creating prosthetic body parts, called "Texhnolyze." Also
see Madman's Official Site and Anime News Network's page.
TOKYOPOP - Official site of manga publisher TOKYOPOP, publisher of Fruits
Basket, Loveless, Princess Ai, D.N. Angel, .hack and many more. The site also provides free manga magazine, manga pods and previews, up-to-the-minute
manga news, and the national Rising Stars of Manga competition.
Trigun - A Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow, published from
1996 to 2008 and spanning 17 (3+14) collected volumes. The manga was serialized in Tokuma Shoten's Shōnen Captain from the series debut
in 1996 until the magazine's demise in 1997. Trigun was adapted into an animated television series in 1998. The Madhouse Studios production
aired on TV Tokyo from April 1, 1998 to September 30, 1998, totaling 26 episodes. An animated feature film was released in April 2010. Known
for its Space Western theme, Trigun is about a man named "Vash the Stampede" and the two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees who follow
him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance. Most of the damage attributed to Vash is actually caused by bounty
hunters in pursuit of the "60,000,000,000$$" (sixty billion "double dollars") bounty on Vash's head for the destruction of the city of July. However,
he cannot remember the incident clearly due to his amnesia. Throughout his travels, Vash tries to save lives using non-lethal force. He is occasionally
joined by a priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who, like Vash, is a superb gunfighter with a mysterious past.
Vision of Escaflowne,
The (Tenkū no Esukafurōne) - 26-episode anime television series created by Sunrise and directed by Kazuki Akane. The series focuses on the heroine, Hitomi Kanzaki, and her adventures
after she is transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious planet where she can see Earth and its moon in the sky. On Gaea, Earth is known as
the Mystic Moon or "Phantom Moon ". Hitomi's latent psychic powers are enhanced on Gaea and she quickly becomes embroiled in the conflicts between
the Zaibach Empire and the several peaceful countries that surround it. The conflicts are brought about by the Zaibach Empire's quest to revive
the legendary power from the ancient city of Atlantis. As the series progresses, many of the characters' pasts and motivations, as well as the
history of Atlantis and the true nature of the planet Gaea, are revealed. Also see Anime News Network entry.
Viz Media - Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive
and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest
creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ
Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom,
Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including
the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated
entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.
Vizanime.com - Free anime online: Naruto, Shippuden, Honey and Clover, Inuyasha, Nana, Bleach, Death
Note, Buso Renkin, Hikaru no Go, Prince of Tennis, and many more.
Witch Hunter Robin - A Japanese anime series created by Sunrise.
It follows the STN-J, the Japanese branch of a secret global organization called SOLOMON that fights the harmful use of witchcraft,
using a database of those who have (or inherited from their parents) the power of witchcraft in order to arrest or eliminate them should their powers "awaken".
The series focuses on one of the STN-J's members, Robin Sena.
Witchblade - An anime series based on the American comic book by the same
name. Instead of an adaptation of the original story, the producers decided to create an entire new setup, with all new characters. A co-production
between Japanese studio Gonzo and American publisher Top Cow, the anime was directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi, who also directed Galaxy
Angel and Galaxy Angel Z. Characters were designed by Uno Makoto, the character designer for Stellvia and Love
Hina. In this new approach to the Witchblade universe, the lead character (and blade wielder) is Masane Amaha, a kind-hearted woman
who, despite her good intentions, is fairly clumsy and not good around the house. She lost her memory during an unknown catastrophic event that ravaged
Tokyo and, curiously, Masane was found unscathed in the phenomenon's ground zero, holding a baby in her arms. Six years later, she returns to Tokyo
with the child, now called Rihoko, and for whom she cares as a daughter, where she discovers that the mysterious jewel attached to her right wrist
is actually the legendary artifact known as the Witchblade. Since then Masane got herself involved in the struggle for power between a huge corporation
and a government agency, while trying to live her life peacefully with her daughter. Also see official
Wolf's Rain (Urufuzu Rein) - An anime series created by writer and story editor Keiko
Nobumoto and produced by BONES. The series was directed by Tensai Okamura and featured character designs by Toshiro Kawamoto with a soundtrack produced and arranged by Yoko Kanno. It focuses on the lives of four lone wolves who meet while following
the scent of the Lunar Flowers. They form a pack and decide to seek out the Flower Maiden in order to open the way to paradise. Along the way
they must avoid a fanatical wolf hunter and the nobles who wish to use the Flower Maiden to create their own paradise. Also see Madman's
Official page and Anime News network's page.
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