Yuji Sakai is an ordinary high school student until one day he witnesses a monster attacking the city. Shortly after, he is saved by a girl who calls herself a Flame Haze. Yuji finds out that he was killed that day, and his continued existence is only an artifice. Yuji is a Torch, a stand-in for someone who once existed, but will soon vanish. However, inside him lies a treasure of great power, which attracts the attention of the Denizens of the Crimson World. The Flame Haze, named Shana, decides to stay by Yuji and face the incoming Denizens.
The city of Midgar is stricken with a plague called geostigma. Its cause lies in the life stream of the planet, which has been afflicted with some contagion. If that wasn’t enough, a trio of villains – Kadaj, Yazoo, and Loz – have appeared wanting to gather Jenova’s cells to restore Sephiroth to life. Cloud Strife, who has been living in seclusion for two years, returns to Midgar to solve the mystery of geostigma and do whatever it takes to prevent his old nemesis from arising once again.
In a deadly brawl, Fuu meets two fighers – Mugen and Jin – who have incredible skills with the sword. Mugen is an unruly wanderer from Ryukyu who lives by his isntinct rather than his intellect. Jin is a disciplined former student of the Mujuushin school of swordplay, and carries himself with a calm, controlled demeanor. They are polar opposites, but Fuu enlists them to help her find a samurai who smells like sunflowers. Along the way, they get caught up in government intrigue, assassins, bad mushrooms, and everything in between.
The two newest arrivals to Toudou Academy, Souichiro and Bob, have been causing a lot of trouble. They attract the attention of the school’s Enforcement Group, which has had tyrannical control over the place for years. In order to overthrow the enforcement group, Souichiro and Bob join the Jyuukenbu, a small club that has been opposing the group. As they learn more about Toudou Academy’s history, the leader of the Jyuukenbu, Natsume Maya, reveals more about her connection to the enforcement group’s president. In order to avoid repeating a deadly incident from the past, Souichiro and Bob take it upon themselves to get stronger and defeat the enforcement group.
A woman and a man with a retro-style TV for a head find themselves sitting across from each other with no memories of their pasts. They are compelled to go on a violent crime spree, which ends with them getting arrested by the police and thrown into Dead Leaves prison. From there, they stage a break-out and fight through hordes of prison security before finding out what their incarceration was really about.
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.
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.
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.