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FLCL by Djudge

FLCL by Djudge

Naota’s life in Mabase is the epitome of drab. Nothing exciting ever happens there, period. His family is about as immature as one can get and now his brother’s just left to play baseball in America. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, he gets run over by a beautiful, if psychotic, girl who, after a strange exchange of words (and guitar blows) speeds off. In the wake of this strange meeting, Naota then sees his world turned upside-down as robots start spontaneously popping out of his head and wreaking havoc on the town. It seems that the scooter-riding stranger is back and she has answers to what’s happening to Naota. So much for boring days…

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Great Teacher Onizuka by Djudge

Great Teacher Onizuka by Djudge

Enter Onizuka Eikichi: a twenty-two year old third-rate college graduate, karate team captain, notorious former motorcycle gang member, and a man on a quest to become Japan’s greatest teacher! Even though Onizuka first sees teaching as just another opportunity to pick up young girls, he later comes to exhibit the makings of a great mentor. Now, in order to put his money where his mouth is, Onizuka is given authority over the toughest class of delinquents in the prestigious, yet troubled, Seirin Academy. Can GTO rise to the occasion and reform his troublesome class?

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Peace Maker Kurogane

Peace Maker Kurogane

The flames of revolution hit Ichimura Tetsunosuke hard when he saw his parents massacred by a Choushuu assassin on a cold winter day. In order to gain the vengeance he so desperately seeks, Tetsu joins his older brother Tatsunosuke in enlisting with the famed Shinsengumi of Kyoto. However, the road to power is not an easy one, as Tetsu soon finds out. In order to become a part of the troop, Tetsu not only has to overcome the fears and doubts of his troubled past, but he also has to throw away his humanity and become a demon on the battlefield.

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Hellsing by Djudge

Hellsing by Djudge

Based in London, England, the Hellsing Organization protects the country from the undead. Sir Integral Wingates Hellsing took over the Hellsing Organization after her father died, and she also became the master of the undefeatable vampire, Alucard. He's one crazy vampire, and he won't hesitate to blow you to dust with his awesome gun, the Jackal.

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Noir

Noir

Mirielle Bouquet, a talented and resourceful assassin, has her world turned upside-down when she receives a message from an enigmatic stranger that bears a haunting fragment from Mirielle’s past. Soon after, both this beautiful killer and the amnesiac who contacted her, whose abilities at killing are mysteriously even more adept than Mirielle’s, journey together in an effort to discover the truth about the conspiracy shrouding their dark pasts.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion

With the last angel defeated it seems that NERV has finally won the battle for humanity’s survival. However, Ikari Gendo has other plans for the Evangelions, ones that will shake SEELE to its core and force the shadowy council to order a hostile takeover of NERV’s MAGI supercomputer system. When the electronic attacks fail, military forces are sent in to eliminate everyone at NERV headquarters and capture the Evangelions. With all three Eva pilots unable to respond to this threat all seems lost, but as the end of the world draws closer with every passing second, destinies will finally be revealed and relationships defined.

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

With the nuclear catastrophe that occurred during the ‘Bloody Valentine’ incident, war has been sparked between the Naturals of the Earth Alliance and the Coordinators of ZAFT. Now, nearly a year later on the neutral space colony of Heliopolis, the Naturals are ready to strike back against ZAFT’s mobile suit onslaught by preparing to activate both the top-secret experimental Gundams and battleship in their possession. However, before the Alliance can use these new weapons, ZAFT launches a daring surprise attack to capture the prototypes. Under desperate circumstances, Kira Yamato, a resident of the colony, finds himself whisked into the cockpit of the last remaining Gundam, Strike. Can he summon enough courage and skill to save his friends… even the one shooting at him?

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Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden

Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden

Mahoro, a veteran combat android from the secret organization known as Vesper, was the greatest warrior in the Earth’s fight against an aggressive alien entity. Some years after the conflict subsided, Mahoro decides to leave her militant past behind her and spend the rest of her functional time in a quiet and peaceful existence as a simple maid. However, old ties to the past refuse to die and once again Mahoro is returned to the center of a conflict that threatens to destroy her hard-earned retirement.

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Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy

Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy

Master swordsman Goemon has finally decided to settle down and take time away from his adventures with the ace gunman Jigen and the legendary master thief, Arsene Lupin III. However, before the wedding ceremony can be completed, ninjas crash the party and steal Goemon’s bride. The cabal’s aim is to use her as a hostage in exchange for her family’s priceless heirloom: an artifact said to be the key to the legendary treasures of the Suminawa clan. With a friend in need, a damsel in distress, an urge to snag the loot, and Interpol Inspector Zenigata back on his tail, Lupin’s about to set off on yet another grand adventure.

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Jin-Roh

Jin-Roh

In an alternate conclusion to the Second World War, Japan has not lost to the Americans, but to Nazi Germany. Strife and violence run rampant in the streets of a poverty-stricken Japan and the new fascist government has adopted a special police force to combat the restless populace. A developing terrorist organization known simply as “The Sect” has grown to become the nation’s biggest enemy and a special armored anti-terror unit is mobilized to neutralize them. Fuse Kazuki, one of these new officers, is dealt into a life-and-death situation during one of his missions. The decision that he makes during that one tense moment has repercussions that will forever alter his destiny.

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His and Her Circumstances

His and Her Circumstances

Miyazawa Yukino thought she had it all coming into high school: beauty, brains, and enough charisma to fool her classmates into thinking that she was absolutely without fault. In fact, she would've succeeded had she not met her match in another freshman: Arima Souichirou. He alone saw through her guile and found out the truth behind the shallow masks she wore at school. Yet as the competition between ratchets up in class, could love be blooming between these heated rivals?

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Chobits

Chobits

After failing his college entrance exam, eighteen year-old country farmer Motosuwa Hideki starts off his ronin/cram school life in Tokyo. Upon arriving in the big city, Hideki takes notice of the popular personal computers called persocons. These powerful tools are built in the shape of humans and are extremely useful in all types of day-to-day work. Unfortunately for our main character, his budget can’t support such an expensive purchase. One night, Hideki manages to stumble upon a discarded personcon in the neighborhood trash dump. However, this persocon is definitely something out of the ordinary…

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Love Hina by Djudge

Love Hina by Djudge

Urashima Keitaro is your typical twenty-something loser. Poor, no girlfriend, and striving to make it out on his own. The only thing keeping him going is a promise to get into the prestigious Tokyo University he made in his childhood with a girl whose name he can’t even remember. After failing the entrance exams to the school several times, Keitaro is given a reprieve by his grandmother who places him in charge of a hot spring inn. However, upon arriving at the given address, Keitaro finds that the inn is now all-girl’s dormitory and he’s now its manager! Will he ever be able to get into Tokyo University at this rate?

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The Family Zoo by Djudge

The Family Zoo by Djudge

Suzuki Zoo isn’t your everyday zoo. Sure, it has animals and tourists, but the animals that live there are different. In fact, they all have the appearance of humans for faces, except for Grandpa, who has the luck of being a toilet. To add to this, all the animals, whether they are a snake, giraffe or elephant, are part of one big happy family.

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Zombie Powder

Zombie Powder

There are stories that speak of a legendary substance that has the ability to wake the dead and grant immortality to the living. Treasure hunters from all walks of life all over the world have spent their whole existences searching for this “zombie powder” to no avail. One man currently on a quest to find the relic is Akutabi Gamma, an infamous criminal swordsman with a hefty price on his head. However during his journeys, Gamma runs into a young man whose own personal need for the mythical panacea changes the outlaw’s outlook on life.

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Today in Class 5-2

Today in Class 5-2

Normal fifth grade classes certainly had their share of lovable delinquents. However, even at such a tender age both the guys and gals of class two are already engaging in seemingly innocent acts of insanity and depravity! Will it be as crazy and demented as it was yesterday today in class 5-2?!

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Route 20

Route 20

In the future, the level of pollution has forced humanity to live in domed shelters that shield them from the now toxic outside air. Akagi Utsuo is a product of this cloistered society and let’s just say he isn’t a model citizen. Plagued by both a nagging family and a lack of any real friends, Utsuo picks apart his days as a loner with nowhere to turn to besides a motorbike gang. Isn’t there anything around there that can break this young man’s monotonous life?

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Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

Fujiwara no Sai was a master go player in the service of the imperial courts of Heian Japan. Through an act of malice and trickery, Sai was falsely accused of cheating while playing a game in front of the Emperor. Afterwards, unable to bear this shame, the illustrious go master committed suicide and existed through the ages as a ghost. Now, in the present day, a young boy named Shindou Hikaru stumbles across a goban in which Sai was residing. This fateful meeting once again turns the cogs of fate as two destinies become intertwined in the quest for the ultimate move in the game of go: the fabled “kami no itte.”

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Fanime 2004

Fanime 2004

Anyway, Djudge, taking a moment from my hiatus here to give all you readers here at AS a small peek of what happened, through my perspective, at FanimeCon 2004, one of the largest conventions right here on the West Coast and in the U.S. for that matter. This year's event was spread out over four days and spanned a good part of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the adjacent San Jose Hilton....

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