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Fruits Basket

Anime Review: Fruits Basket

Honda Tohru, an orphaned girl, stumbled upon the Sohma house on accident. She was quickly drawn in by their hospitality, but by accident again, discovered their family’s curse. Select members of the Sohma family are cursed with the ability to turn into an animal of the Chinese zodiac upon contact with a member of the opposite sex. Tohru, a naturally curious girl with an uncanny ability to understand others’ emotions, decides to live with the Sohma family and learn more about them.

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Spirited Away

Anime Review: Spirited Away

Chihiro, a girl who is moving away from her old home, and her family get sidetracked on the way to their new home. They stop in front of a strange building, which leads to a seemingly abandoned theme park. While her parents eat at what appears to be a restaurant, Chihiro goes exploring, and meets a boy named Haku who warns her to leave before sundown. Of course, she can’t, and discovers that her parents have been turned into gluttonous pigs. Strange creatures come out and populate the town, and eventually, Chihiro figures out that she is in the spirit world. Between working for the witch Yubaba, figuring out who Haku is, and avoiding certain death by some of the meaner spirits, Chihiro must find a way to get her parents back to normal and go home.

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FLCL

Anime Review: FLCL

In a town that seems so completely ordinary, young Naota meets a bizarre woman who claims she’s a space alien. She has a penchant for hitting him with things, whether it’s with her Vespa scooter or with a bass guitar, Naota always has some sort of bump on his head. But imagine his surprise when a robot springs from that bump! So begins a whacky, nonsensical sequence of events that puts the fate of the planet in the hands of one disillusioned teenager and his sociopathic… maid?

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Cowboy Bebop

Anime Review: Cowboy Bebop

A band of eccentric characters who have nothing in common come together to become bounty hunters. Spike is the shady one with ties to the mob, Jet is the tough ex-cop, Faye is the foxy temptress, and Edward is the utterly crazy hacker who is actually a girl. Together, they travel across space getting into one weird encounter after another. Fame and fortune taunt them at every turn, but at least it’s marginally better than living uneventfully.

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Trigun

Anime Review: Trigun

In a desert wasteland, a world scorched by two suns, a man named Vash the Stampede wanders from town to town. He is an outlaw, with $$60,000,000,000 on his head. He is so dangerous he has been nicknamed “The Humanoid Typhoon”. Yet whenever someone encounters him, they see a tall skinny guy with upside down broomstick hair and a penchant for running around screaming like an idiot while getting shot at. Two women of the Bernardelli Insurance Society track him to prevent him from causing further damage: Meryl Stryfe and Millie Thompson. As the three meet up by fate or by coincidence, they are thrown into a series of unforgettable adventures.

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The End of Evangelion

Anime Review: The End of Evangelion

As an alternate ending to Neon Genesis Evangelion, The End of Evangelion depicts the fate of NERV, the EVA pilots, and the rest of humanity after the fall of the 17th Angel. The movie is split into 2 episodes: “Air” and “My Purest Heart for You.”

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Princess Mononoke

Anime Review: Princess Mononoke

Ashitaka, a prince of a hidden mountain village, suffers a strange illness after killing a monstrous wild boar. He sets off to Iron Town to find out what caused the boar to fall into a murderous rage, and possibly to find a cure for his ailment. Ashitaka discovers that in order to sustain her town, Lady Eboshi is ordering her workers to cut down the nearby forest to power their furnaces. This is making the forest spirits angry, and both sides are gearing up for war. Meanwhile, he also meets a human girl, San, who was raised among wolves in the wild. Her unique relationship with the forest spirits is Ashitaka’s only hope of reconciling man and beast.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Anime Review: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Ikari Shinji is a junior high student who has the unenviable task of having to save the world every once in a while. Called into the service of NERV by his estranged father, Shinji has to pilot a giant mecha known as “Evangelion” to combat the recurring onslaughts of mysterious beings known as “Angels.” As Shinji struggles to come to terms with his own role in society and with his father, the battle against the Angels becomes more and more costly. In such times of desperation, it seems that Shinji’s father Gendo and NERV have secrets that could affect the fate of all humans.

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Battle Angel (OVA)

Anime Review: Battle Angel

Based on the manga by Kishiro Yukito, Battle Angel (or Gunnm as it is known in Japan) is the story of a girl named Gally who is found in a giant scrap heap. A benevolent cyberphysician, Ido, takes in her body and is shocked to see that she’s still alive. He revives her, only to learn she knows nothing about her past. However, in a moment of panic, Gally discovers that she has latent fighting abilities; in fact, she knows “Panzer Kunst,” an old and powerful fighting style that has since been lost. Gally reckons with her new identity and wants to become a Hunter-Warrior, but Ido vehemently opposes that idea. She also has to cope with her body, which is more metal than flesh, as she develops feelings of affection for a buy named Hugo.

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Akira

Anime Review: Akira

In 1988, Tokyo was destroyed by a powerful new weapon. World War III follows, and Japan is left to rebuild from the ruins. Neo Tokyo is a city that has risen from the ashes near the crater that used to be Old Tokyo. In the streets, life can be harsh, with biker gangs running rampant and the youth difficult to keep under control. Kaneda is the leader of such a gang, and in a chance encounter, his friend Tetsuo gets injured and is taken away by the military. When Tetsuo returns, he seems to have gained some unnatural abilities, as well as the desire to prove that he’s better than everyone else. When Tetsuo gets violent and betrays Kaneda’s gang, the fight becomes personal.

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Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise

Anime Review: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise

The Wings of Honneamise (hoh-NAY-ah-meez) is set on an alternate earth in the kingdom of Honneamise, which has just begun exploring the possibility of sending a man into space. The general public thinks such an endeavor is fruitless, and the government wants to use it to lure a rival nation into war. Shirotsugh Lhadatt, a directionless slacker, has been part of the space program. After the death of a colleague and a meeting with Riquinni Nonderaiko – a young girl with a strong faith in god – he is inspired to see the space program succeed. However, a series of major setbacks tests his faith in this vision.

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Windaria

Anime Review: Windaria

When the urban city-state Paro attempts to sabotage the dams of the costal city Itha, the two states go to war. Although their respective leaders, Prince Jill and Princess Ahnas, love each other, neither side wishes to surrender. Jill continues to fight out of a sense of duty to his people, while Ahnas fights to protect the citizens of Ithas. Meanwhile Izu, a farmer who dreams of becoming a hero, is recruited by Paro agents to sabotage Itha’s dams once again and flood the entire city. He takes on the assignment, hoping to make a name for himself, but is forced to leave behind his lover Marin.

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