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Crest of the Stars by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Crest of the Stars by Kuzu Ryu Sen

At the age of 10, Jinto Lin was forced to watch as his father Rock sold out their home world of Martine to the Humankind Reich of the Abh, becoming a traitor and pariah to the populace as a result. In return, Rock became the new magistrate of the star system, and as his son, Jinto became Abh nobility. After seven years of learning the “Way of the Abh,” Jinto is ready to journey to the Abh capital Lacmhacarh to serve his mandatory term in the Abh Star Forces. Assigned to escort him to the capital is a young Pilot Trainee named Lafiel, serving aboard the patrol ship Gauthloth. When the Gauthloth encounters unidentified craft during the journey, Jinto and Lafiel are evacuated as non-combatants for precautionary reasons, and are forced to find their own way to Lacmhacarh.

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Full Moon wo Sagashite by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Because of a promise she made two years ago, 12 year old Kouyama Mitsuki desperately wants to become a singer. However, this is impossible because of a life threatening throat tumour that makes singing or talking loudly very painful. But when the Shinigami duo Negi Ramen tell her that she has only one more year to live, Mitsuki seizes the day and attends the Seed Records New Artists Audition in secret. With a little help, this act starts her on the road to becoming an idol, and puts her closer and closer to fulfilling her promise.

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Mizushima Seiji’s Panel, Otakon 2005

Mizushima Seiji’s Panel, Otakon 2005

Mizushima Seiji is perhaps the most popular anime director in America right now, despite most of his fans probably not knowing his name. After all, it's not that often that one of your works sweeps across Japan and America like Fullmetal Alchemist has. Aside from his claim to fame, Mizushima-san has also directed, in some capacity, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Generator Gawl, Shaman King, Slayers NEXT,and Zaion: I Wish You Were Here. One thing can be certain: Fullmetal Alchemist will not be the end to this man's fame.

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Interview with Kanemori Yoshinori and Kawamoto Toshihiro, Otakon 2005

Interview with Kanemori Yoshinori and Kawamoto Toshihiro, Otakon 2005

At Otakon 2005, Anime Secrets had the great and unexpected pleasure of being able to conduct an interview with character designers Kanemori Yoshinori and Kawamoto Toshihiro. Profiles of these two esteemed individuals can be found with the transcriptions of their respective panels linked above. This interview transcription includes questions posted by everyone present at the press conference style round robin, not just questions posed by the Anime Secrets representative.

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Otakon 2005: Kawamoto Toshihiro’s Panel

Otakon 2005: Kawamoto Toshihiro’s Panel

Kawamoto Toshihiro has been involved in the production of some of the most beloved anime that exist. Born on July 15, 1963, Kawamoto-san became an avid Gundam fan, and got his start in the industry at a studio that worked on Urusei Yatsura. Since then, he has been a pivotal part of projects such as Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon, The Vision of Escaflowne movie, Wolf's Rain, Golden Boy, and perhaps the most famous works in America:Cowboy Bebop and Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door. Most recently, Kawamoto-san served as the animation director for an episode of Kurau: Phantom Memory However, his most popular work may be still to come, as he is involved with the Fullmetal Alchemist movie.

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Otakon 2005: Kanemori Yoshinori’s Panel

Otakon 2005: Kanemori Yoshinori’s Panel

Kanemori Yoshinori has been a character designer for over twenty years now, predominantly working at Studio Madhouse. Debuting in 1985 with Gegege no Kitaro, Kanemori-san has since worked on such projects as Yawara!, Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals, the X TV series, and Card Captor Sakura: The Sealed Card. Just recently, Kanemori-san unveiled his debut work as a director: Alexander no Senki (Reign: the Conqueror). Despite twenty years in the industry, Kanemori-san's career is just beginning, and the anime universe eagerly waits to see what he can do in his new role as a director.

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Azumanga Daioh by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Azumanga Daioh by Kuzu Ryu Sen

At first glance, one would expect a day with Class 1-3 to be as normal as with any other class. As one walks in the door, there’s the 10 year old genius girl with the pigtails reading. When the bell rings, there’s the screeching of the teacher struggling to make it on time. During class, there’s the tall quiet girl looking out the window at what appears to be a very cute cat-shaped cloud, with another girl staring at her with a red face… Directly in front, there’s the girl from Kansai staring blankly into air. Behind, the two childhood friends are arguing loudly again and whacking each other with their textbooks, but it’s fine because the teacher is too distracted by what’s happening in the class next door. Ah, just another day in the world of Azumanga Daioh.

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Weiß Kreuz OVA

Weiß Kreuz OVA

Aya, Ken, Omi, and Yoji have closed their shop, and now travel across Japan in a trailer that acts as both their home and a moving flower store. During a stop in one city, Omi befriends a girl named Hibana Kaori and her friends. However, soon after that, Kaori and her friends are attacked by an Elite Special Forces squad operating from the United States Armed Forces Base. Once again, Weiß is called on a mission to investigate the attack and how the United States Armed Forces are involved, but will personal feelings cloud Omi’s judgement on this mission?

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Weiß Kreuz: Glühen

Weiß Kreuz: Glühen

Following the defeat of Esszett, the 4 members of Wei゚ all went their separate ways, hoping to live out their lives in peace. However, recent events threaten the stability of Japan once again. The creation of Koua Academy, a government funded elite level school designed to create the leaders of the future raises Kritiker's eyebrows, especially due to the high suicide level and drastic personality changes among the student body. Once again, Wei゚ is called in to investigate the mysterious Academy.

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Touch: Miss Lonely Yesterday

Touch: Miss Lonely Yesterday

Five years ago, just as he was expected to breeze past Sumi Technical School and take Meisei High School to the Koushien, Uesugi Kazuya was killed in a tragic car accident. Two years later, Uesugi Tatsuya, Kazuya's twin brother, achieved the dream of his fallen brother by guiding Meisei to the Koushien in a stunning victory over the now heavily favoured Sumi Tech. Despite his victory, for Tatsuya, and for his and Kazuya's mutual childhood friend and love interest Asakura Minami, time has seemed to stand still since that fateful day five years ago. Will they eventually be able to greet the changing of the seasons once again?

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Touch

Touch

Uesugi Kazuya is an outstanding student, a well-rounded athlete, and the top male at Meisei Junior High according to a poll of the female student body. Uesugi Tatsuya is a subpar student, a lazy slob, and only received one vote in that same contest. Yet, no matter what anyone says, Kazuya and Tatsuya are actually twins. The two live next door to the Asakura family and their daughter, Minami. Naturally, being the same age as well as neighbours since birth, Tatsuya, Kazuya, and Minami are the best of friends. However, Minami has also changed, and is a top student as well as “Miss Meisei.” Of course, her newfound womanhood has not gone unnoticed by Kazuya or Tatsuya.

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Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers

From just their names, Gin, Hana, and Miyuki might sound like three members of a happy family, and in some respect, they are. It's just that Miyuki's a teenage runaway, Hana's a homosexual man who desires nothing more than to be a mother, and Gin's a lackadaisical bum whose only care is his next meal. Oh yeah, and they're all homeless too. One Christmas Eve though, while searching for some thrown out books, the three find an unexpected gift: an abandoned baby girl. Opting not to take her directly to the police, the three decide to try and find her true parents. But how can three homeless people take care of a baby, let alone find her real parents in a city the size of Tokyo?

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Tales of Phantasia

Tales of Phantasia

In the year 4304, an event occurred near the small town of Totus that would shape the future of the world of Aselia. Encouraged by his worldly ambitions, the knight Mars ordered the Euclidean military to seize Cless Alvein and Mint Adnade so that their pendants may be retrieved to break the seal on Daos, the great Demon Lord. However, rather than serving Mars' whim, the Demon Lord uses his reawakening to facilitate the continuation of his own plans, and neither Mars, nor Cless, Mint, Chester Barklight, or Tornix D. Morrison are able to stop him. In desperation, Tornix sends Cless and Mint to the year 4204, and instructs them to find Klarth F. Lester and Arche Klaine, thus beginning the adventures of the "Heroes of Time."

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Kaitou Saint Tail

Kaitou Saint Tail

Recently, Seika City has been hit with a major crime wave. A mysterious thief calling herself “Saint Tail” has struck again and again, taking rare and valuable items under cover of night, rendering the police helpless. In response to this crisis, the mayor of Seika City appoints Asuka Jr. head of the Saint Tail investigation team. But there seems to be something odd about this Saint Tail, and how all her victims wind up arrested for some reason or another...

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Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

At the tender age of 15, Himura Kenshin was caught up in the Bakumatsu no Doran, and became known as the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared assassin in Japan. However, disgusted and scarred by the Revolution, Kenshin took up an oath never to kill again, and became a rurouni, wandering across Japan. Now, 10 years later, Kenshin has returned to Tokyo, a city drastically changed by Meiji rule. Can he adapt to the new age and honour his vow, or will the vengeful ghosts of the past, angered by a new era that they have no place in, prevail, and reawaken the Battousai?

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Rose of Versailles

Rose of Versailles

Oscar François de Jarjeyes is a promising young fencer, and is one of the top candidates to becoming the commander of the Royal Guards. Only thing is, Oscar is actually a woman, raised as a man by a father desperate for an heir. Possessing the skill and courage of a man, but the refinement and beauty of a woman, Oscar seeks to make an impact on the court at Versailles, just as France herself is about to enter the most turbulent era of her history.

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Two years have passed since the great conflict between AVALANCHE, Shinra, and Sephiroth concluded with the ferocious battle at the Northern Crater. Now, the world and Midgar are rebuilding under the guidance of a repentant Shinra Company. For Cloud and Tifa, who are running a delivery service and serving as mentors and older siblings to the neighbourhood orphans, life has become quite normal. Yet, there are some remnants from the struggle of two years prior, and they seek to revive old memories and force Reunion... at all costs.

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Planetes

Planetes

By the latter half of the 21st century, humanity had established colonies both in Earth orbit and on the surface of the Moon itself. However, the same issues that plagued civilization on Earth were also brought into space, ranging from political disputes and corporate greed to the accumulation of orbital waste, termed “space debris.” Space debris would come to the fore in 2068 in the wake of the Alnair 8 disaster, where a stray screw struck a passenger spacecraft causing lethal decompression. Many corporations created a “debris section” – a unit specifically designed to pick up space debris. However, derided and ridiculed as nothing more than garbage collectors in space, debris sections are given low priority for both funding and personnel. It is because of this that Tanabe Ai, an idealistic young woman just out of school, walked through the doors of the Debris Section of Technora Corporation, and into a world far from what she had envisioned.

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The Place Promised in Our Early Days

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

In the future of an alternate universe, defeat in war and subsequent occupation has led to a Japan divided in two: the US backed government in Honshu, and a breakaway state known as the "Union" in Ezo (formerly Hokkaido). However, to two friends in the border city of Aomori, the politics and tension between the Union and Japan are irrelevant. For Fujisawa Hiroki and Shirakawa Takuya, there are only two important things in life: their classmate Sawatari Sayuri, and the mysterious tower that the Union has constructed. Together, they promise to bring Sayuri to the tower with Velaciela, their homemade plane. However, circumstances soon reveal that they had made a promise that they couldn't keep...

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Ocean Waves

Ocean Waves

As Morisaki Taku boards a plane from Tokyo back to his hometown of Kochi, he begins to reminisce about his adolescence – especially his school days. Prolonged contemplation bring Taku's thoughts about how he met his best friend Matsuno Yutaka as a result of a cancelled class trip, and about how his idyllic country life changed forever when Yutaka introduced him to a new transfer student from Tokyo.

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Elfen Lied by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Elfen Lied by Kuzu Ryu Sen

The course of evolution has produced a variation of Homo sapiens sapiens referred to as diclonii (sing. diclonius). Unfortunately, diclonii are genetically programmed to cleanse the world of humanity, and can do so very efficiently by way of "vectors" - additional invisible arms. As a result, diclonii are either exterminated upon birth or isolated for research. Inevitably, disaster strikes as a diclonius named Lucy escapes from a lab. However, she is seriously wounded in the process, and is discovered naked on a beach in a childlike state by Kouta and Yuka, two local college students. Lucy is taken in by her new guardians, and christened "Nyuu." However, the organization who has been conducting the research will not allow her to escape... and there is the possibility that Lucy could reawaken and carry out her genetic mission.

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Last Exile

Last Exile

Claus Barca and Lavie Head are two teenagers living in Norkia, part of the Empire of Anatoure. For them, each day is a struggle, but the pair manages to get by as couriers on Claus’ mechanical skill, Lavie’s energy, and their fathers’ vanship. Anatoure’s ongoing war with Deusis only manifests itself to the pair in the form of rising prices… until Claus and Lavie accept a job to deliver a message to David Madosein, Commander in Chief of the Anatoure Fleet, who is currently at the Battle of Minagis. Although no one could have predicted it, their presence in the fire of this critical battle will alter the fate of the world.

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Kimagure Orange Road: Ano Hi ni Kaeritai

Kimagure Orange Road: Ano Hi ni Kaeritai

One cold morning, Ayukawa Madoka and Kasuga Kyosuke ride to the local university to find out the results of their university entrance exam. Passing through the bustling university campus to get to the announcement board, Kyosuke overhears two students talking about the debut of a new play. Suddenly, memories of that previous summer come flooding back. Memories of exhaustive studying, of an energetic Hikaru, of a tearful Madoka, and of that one summer’s day, when he made the hardest decision of his life.

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Kimagure Orange Road

Kimagure Orange Road

15 year old Kasuga Kyosuke has just transferred to Koryo Academy, his seventh new school so far this year! The reason behind this torrid transfer rate? Well, the Kasuga family is “blessed” with ESP, and some negligent usage of the “Power” in past towns did not go unnoticed. Vowing to make a clean start, Kyosuke‘s optimism is fueled by a chance meeting with a charming, pleasant, and stunningly beautiful young woman named Ayukawa Madoka at the head of a flight of stairs. However, things are never as they appear, and it soon is made apparent that Madoka is not quite as charming and pleasant as Kyosuke had originally thought… at least not in public anyway. Furthermore, Madoka’s best friend, Hiyama Hikaru, has announced herself as Kyosuke’s new lover! Can Kyosuke manage this state of affairs without giving away his family’s secret?

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Kanon

Kanon

His parents having been reassigned to a foreign country, Aizawa Yuuichi has been forced to move in with his cousin Minase Nayuki and her mother Akiko. It’s not Yuuichi’s first visit to Nayuki’s snowy town though, as he experienced a similar situation seven years prior. However, Yuuichi cannot recall any specific memories of his time with the Minases seven years ago, a condition that is constantly on Nayuki’s mind. Yuuichi himself is stricken by mysterious dreams involving a crying girl. Now, facing the same places, the same family, the same objects, and even surprise visits by the same people as seven years ago, will Yuuichi’s mind finally awaken from its long dream and remember just exactly what came to pass?

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Digimon Adventure: The Movie by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Digimon Adventure: The Movie  by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Also Known As: Digi Movie 1, Digimon Adventure Genre: Action Format: 1 Movie Allegiance: Toei Animation Director: Hosoda Mamoru Vintage: 1999 Intelligence Agency Report by: Drake It was just another normal day for 2 year-old Hikari and her older brother Taichi, until an egg popped out of their computer. The next morning the egg hatched into a small being known as Koromon. What does this strange creature want from...

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Jungle wa Itsumo Hale nochi Guu

Jungle wa Itsumo Hale nochi Guu

Hale is a 10 year old boy living in the jungle with his mother. Life is pretty much normal for him and his village, until the day he’s attacked by a weird monster while shopping. Later that same day, his mother brings a little girl named Guu back from a village meeting. Guu’s charm quickly wins over Hale, and he thinks that his life will only get better as he goes to sleep for the night. However, as soon as he wakes up the next morning, he realizes that he is now living in a nightmare, orchestrated by Guu.

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Gravitation

Gravitation

Shindou Shuichi is the lead singer of the up and coming group Bad Luck, just set to make their debut onto the Japanese music scene. However, at this crucial time, Shuichi is plagued by artist’s block and a lack of focus, which seems to be preventing the group from ever reaching their true potential. But after a sudden and coincidental meeting with handsome romance novelist Yuki Eiri late one night, Shuichi’s drive, along with his career and romantic life, take off. However, success isn’t without its hazards. Can Shuichi both fend off rivals and make it to the top, and maintain his relationship with Yuki?

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Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Oe Kintaro is a 25 year old single male touring Japan on his trusty bike, the Crescent Moon. A former student in Tokyo University’s Law School, he dropped out, only after completing all course requirements, to become a “freeter” – someone who switches between many odd jobs. Engaging in unlikely endeavors ranging from computer programming to anime production, these are the adventures of the golden boy.

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Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Three months after the Tuatha de Danaan Incident, everything appears to be back to normal at Mithril. The de Danaan has been fully restored to complete operational status, and SRT missions have recommenced. However, during a hostage rescue operation in a poor nation torn apart by civil war, Mithril is shocked to discover that the military government possesses anti-ECS weaponry, something that was previously thought to be only in the arsenals of the superpowers. Signs point to another force attempting to bend international politics to their will, and this is all too well confirmed by a shocking incident that threatens to incite further conflict in a divided China clinging to a shaky ceasefire. Mithril must now venture into the unknown with a familiar pilot and his unreliable Arbalest unit for the sake of world peace.

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Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic!

Mithril, an organization that destroys terrorist cells, breaks up smuggling rings, and intervenes in civil wars, can best be described as a neutral “world police.” Armed with weaponry 10 years ahead of the superpowers, and made up of elite personnel from around the globe, they are well equipped to handle any conflict. However, their latest mission appears to be a bit more peaceful: guard one Chidori Kaname. While Kaname appears to be a normal Japanese high schooler, she is actually a “Whispered,” one of a special group of people born with extraordinary subconscious intelligence. As such, Mithril has sent three of their top agents: SGM Melissa Mao, Sgt Kurz Weber, and one Sgt Sagara Sousuke – who has been assigned to infiltrate Kaname’s high school. The slight catch - Sousuke does not have the least shred of civilian common sense, and this, combined with his duty to keep a young schoolgirl under constant observation, inevitably leads to a more interesting life for all involved.

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Digimon Adventure

Digimon Adventure

Recently, the world has been plagued by some drastically abnormal weather, but no one is giving it too much thought, especially not seven kids off in the Japanese countryside at a summer camp. However, one day, a freak snowstorm blows in, and as Yagami Taichi, Takenouchi Sora, Ishida Yamato, Izumi Koushirou, Kido Jou, Tachikawa Mimi, and Takaishi Takeru leave their cabin to investigate, seven streaks of light descend from the sky. Before the children can investigate the strange devices contained within the light, a tidal wave strikes, and the children are transported to a strange world inhabited by even stranger creatures who call themselves “Digimon.” Little do they know that this would be the start of an adventure which would determine the very fate of their world.

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Card Captor Sakura: The Sealed Card

Card Captor Sakura: The Sealed Card

Four months have passed since the departures of Hiiragizawa Eriol and Li Shaoran from Tomoeda. Kinomoto Sakura, now in sixth grade, passes her time making movies for Tomoyo and preparing for the upcoming Nadeshiko Festival. Things are also changing around her, as Eriol’s old house has been demolished to make way for an amusement park. The opening of this amusement park attracts the youth of Tomoeda, including Sakura and Tomoyo. While enjoying their visit, Sakura feels a familiar aura: that of a Clow Card, and immediately dashes off in search of the source. True to her nature, Sakura fails to look in front of her, and encounters a jarring reunion with some old friends…

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Card Captor Sakura

Card Captor Sakura

Kinomoto Sakura is your average 10-year-old living in Tomoeda, Japan. However, she’s recently been having some strange dreams involving the Tokyo Tower, floating cards, and a strange yellow creature. One day after school, while her brother and father are out, Sakura discovers a strange book in the basement entitled “The Clow,” which contains a stack of mysterious cards. Picking a bad time to practice her English, Sakura reads out loud the name of the first card, “Windy,” causing a sudden gust of wind that blows all the cards out of the house, and awakening Keroberos, the Beast of the Seal. Keroberos dubs Sakura the new “Card Captor,” and says that she must recapture all the cards before they cause too much mischief in the real world.

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Banner of the Stars III

Banner of the Stars III

With the Robnasr II incident a thing of the past and Operation Hunter still proceeding according to plan, Jinto and Lafiel have decided to take a short break from the Star Forces. Accordingly, Jinto, accompanied by his cute princess, has set out for his home planet of Martine, which was recently re-acquired by the Star Forces. However, the situation isn’t all rosy, as Martine revolted against the rule of Jinto’s father Rock during the period of occupation by the United Mankind forces, and is now ruled de facto by the anti-Abh President Till Corint, Jinto’s childhood caretaker. To make matters worse, the Star Forces have decided to treat Martine as a hostile planet, and accordingly dispatch the newly formed 1st Scourge Division to the Hyde system…

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Banner of the Stars II

Banner of the Stars II

Following the overwhelming success of Operation “Phantom Flame”, the Abh High Command initiates Operation “Hunter”, designed to consolidate their holdings in their newly conquered territories. As a member of the 4th Hunter Fleet, the Basrogrh arrives at the newly liberated planet Robnasr II, only to be hailed simultaneously by four different people, all of whom claiming to be representatives of the ruling government. Jinto heads down to the planet to meditate negotiations between the four factions, leaving Lafiel to manage other affairs in orbit, just as a civil war breaks out on the surface…

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Banner of the Stars

Banner of the Stars

Three years have passed since the invasion of Abh territory by the forces of United Mankind. Jinto and Lafiel are once again reunited aboard the destroyer Basrogrh, as Wing Flyer and Deco-Commander respectively. Just as they are finishing their training, the Abh High Command launches Operation “Phantom Flame” in order to reclaim territories lost to the United Mankind three years ago. Immediately sent to the front, Jinto and Lafiel are caught in an intergalactic conflict together once again. However, this time they will be front line soldiers, responsible not only for themselves, but for the lives of others as well.

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Animation Runner Kuromi 2

Animation Runner Kuromi 2

Three months have passed at Studio Petit, and Oguro Mikiko has whipped her staff into fine shape. Good thing too, because since the cancellation of “Time Journeys,” Studio Petit has taken on the task of animating three shows simultaneously! Even the best staff would have difficulties with this task, and despite Kuromi’s hard work, Studio Petit’s key animators are behind schedule. Seeing this, the President of Studio Petit has hired Takashimadaira Rei, a veteran producer famous for completing rush jobs on time. However, Takashimadaira’s secret to success is to sacrifice quality for quantity, something that gets on the nerves of an already edgy Shihonmatsu. Can Kuromi keep the peace, finish the three titles on time, and still maintain the studio’s integrity?

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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Review by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Review by Kuzu Ryu Sen

The year is After Colony 195, and man has established large orbiting space colonies around the Solar System. However, the colonies are under the chafing control of the Earth Alliance, a political and military organization that rules with an iron fist. Brought to the breaking point, the colonies have sent five large powerful humanoid robots termed "Gundams" to topple the Earth Alliance. Relena Darlian, returning to Earth with her father, happens to witness one of these robots as she re-enters the atmosphere. By coincidence, she happens to meet the pilot while she is strolling by the beach, and to make matters more complicated, the boy, who calls himself Heero Yuy, has just enrolled at her school. Attempting to get to know the mysterious stranger, Relena attempts to invite Heero to her birthday party – but she is sharply and bluntly rebuffed. Who is this boy, and what is his agenda?

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Rurouni Kenshin by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Rurouni Kenshin by Kuzu Ryu Sen

The violence of the Bakumatsu produced a legend so endearing that his name strikes fear in the hearts of men even years into the Meiji emperor’s rule. The infamous Hitokiri Battousai was a swordsman of amazing caliber whom single-handedly cut open the path to victory for the revolutionary Ishin Shishi movement. However after final victory over the Tokugawa Shogunate was attained, the legendary assassin disappeared into the shadows of time. In order to atone for the unspeakable crimes that he committed under the name of Battousai, Himura Kenshin, now a wandering rurouni, takes up a new crusade: to save as many innocent individuals as he can without ever taking another life.

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Full Moon wo Sagashite by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Full Moon wo Sagashite by Kuzu Ryu Sen

Kouyama Mitsuki is a 12 year old girl who lives with her very strict grandmother and her maid in an old fashioned Japanese house. The reason: Mitsuki has a malignant tumour in her throat. However, surgery is out of the question for Mitsuki, for it threatens to kill her dream of becoming a singer, so she must remain home and be careful not to overexert her body or her voice. One day, everything changes when the Shinigami Combi Negi Ramen arrive bearing news that Mitsuki only has a year to live. This spurs Mitsuki into action, and she rushes desperately to the Seed Records New Artists Audition with Negi Ramen in hot pursuit. Can she achieve her dreams before her year is out, or will the immense odds stacked against her crush her childish ambition?

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Someday’s Dreamers

Someday’s Dreamers

Meet Kikuchi Yume, 18 years old, hailing from Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. A country girl through and through, she's now facing the biggest trial of her life: the megalopolis of Tokyo. Now, one might inquire as to why a girl would be struggling in vain to hide her Tohoku accent while stumbling blindly through the streets of Tokyo, but there's a simple explanation: Yume, like quite a few other people around the world, is a mage. To add to all this, her mother, Kikuchi Etsuko, is a renowned mage, giving Yume a lot to live up to. But for now, all she can do is search for Oyamada Masami, the person who will guide and supervise her as she strives to become a skilled mage.

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Rough

Rough

Yamato Keisuke is a freshman at Eisen Private High School, but he's already made quite a name for himself as an outstanding swimmer. However, he's hardly alone at Eisen when it comes to young athletic prodigies. There's Seki Kazuaki, ranked 3rd Dan in karate; Ogata Takeshi, a baseball player with a legitimate shot for the big leagues; and Ninomiya Ami, a promising young diver. Keisuke and Ami are immediately at odds with each other, as their families hold a grudge that goes back two generations. However, fate seems to be intent on forcing these two together. Will Eisen be the scene of a violent crime, or will everything actually work out, and then some?

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Nine

Nine

Seishuu High School has always been a top notch academic school, without any prominent sports teams. However, this year promises to be different, for three athletic superstars are enrolling at the school: Niimi Katsuya (track), Karasawa Susumu (judo), and Kurahashi Eiji (baseball). However, because of a chance meeting with a certain Nakao Yuri at one of Seishuu's baseball games, Katsuya and Susumu have decided to play baseball, a sport that they have no experience at. To complicate matters, Kurahashi, the saviour of Seishuu baseball, has decided not to join! With the coach's - Yuri's father's - job on the line, can Katsuya and Susumu pull off a miracle, and actually help Seishuu win a game?

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

In the distant future, the great industrial civilizations, finally overtaken by centuries of pollution, corruption, and violence, were destroyed in the holocaust known as the "Seven Days of Fire." With the decline of civilization, a great poisonous forest known as the "Sea of Corruption" engulfed significant portions of the globe, rendering re-modernization impossible. Nevertheless, over the centuries two significant powers have risen, separated by the Sea of Corruption: Torumekia and Dorok. When war breaks out between these two powers, Torumekia recruits troops from its vassal states, including the Valley of the Wind. Nausicaä, as the Princess of the Valley of the Wind, leads her small contingent to join the army of Kushana, Princess of Torumekia. Little did they know that this conflict would quickly develop into something that would threaten the very existence of humanity.

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Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku

Godai Yusaku is just your average ronin, studying for the upcoming university entrance exams. However, his life is greatly complicated by his current habitat and study environment, the infamous Maison Ikkoku. Having acquired a reputation in the neighbourhood for endless partying, the other residents of Maison Ikkoku strive to make Godai’s life a living hell. Just as Godai’s about to pack up and leave, a stroke of good fortune arrives in the form of the beautiful Otonashi Kyoko, who announces that she will be the new apartment manager! Can Godai win the fair lady’s hand, fend off his rambunctious neighbours, and complete his education?

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Kodomo no Omocha

Kodomo no Omocha

Kurata Sana is a rather unique person, no matter how one looks at it. As a girl, her extreme optimism, rash behaviour, and limitless energy set her apart. As an actor, it’s her charm, radiance, and how much she enjoys every role. Recently though, all these attributes, along with Sana, are being put to the test by Hayama Akito, the resident bully of Class 6-3. He drives teachers insane, has all the boys in the palm of his hand, and worst of all, never displays any emotion and barely says a word. Will Sana overcome this challenge? Or will she succumb to Hayama Akito, super jerk?

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Katsu!

Katsu!

Satoyama Katsuki is just your average young man currently attending his first year of high school. However, one rainy spring day, his childhood best friend Kawakami Kyouta introduces him – from a distance of course – to a young lady that, against school regulations, is secretly working at a gas station. Kyouta’s research reveals that this Mizutani Katsuki is not only in the same class as the pair, but also that her father runs the famed Mizutani Boxing Gym. In the impetuosity of youth, the pair drop 27,000 yen on a 1 month membership at the Gym, and Satoyama uncovers two revelations. First, that he is connected with Japanese boxing in ways that he never could have imagined, and second, that Mizutani Katsuki detests boxing with a passion.

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H2

H2

Kunimi Hiiro and Tachibana Hideo were star members of the district champion Seinan Middle School baseball team. However, while Hideo went to Meiwa Ichi High as a touted prospect, Hiiro was diagnosed with a glass elbow and ordered to stop playing. To distance himself completely from his beloved sport, Hiiro is attending Senkawa High, a school without a baseball team. However, destiny seems to be against him, as he soon finds out that Senkawa indeed has a fledgling baseball club with the pretty Koga Haruka as its manager. To make matters worse, the soccer team that Hiiro's joined seems intent on humiliating this baseball club in order to lure Haruka away. Faced with a showdown between the arrogant soccer team and Haruka's baseball club on the diamond, Hiiro once again steps onto the mound, and takes a first step towards Koushien that he once never thought possible.

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Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

There is a legend that says if all seven Dragon Balls are gathered, the dragon Shenlong can be summoned to grant any wish. Bulma, a young teenage girl who has just recently learned of the story, is so intrigued that she actually begins her own quest to find the Dragon Balls. While searching she runs into (almost quite literally) a strange boy with superhuman strength, a wooden staff, and - most surprisingly - a tail. His name is Son Goku, and to Bulma's shock and elation, he possesses the 4-Star Dragon Ball. However, Goku is unwilling to give up a precious heirloom from his grandfather, so Bulma suggests that the pair journey together to find the rest of the Dragon Balls. No one could have ever imagined what this fateful meeting would produce...

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Card Captor Sakura

Card Captor Sakura

Nights in Tomoeda have just become a little more interesting recently, ever since the appearance of some weird events. Most people have passed them off as mere weather phenomena or maybe hooliganism, but if one would observe closely, they would see that these events are caused by supernatural spirits. Enter Kinomoto Sakura, a.k.a. Card Captor Sakura, a 10 year old fourth grade girl who attends Tomoeda Elementary School, likes PE, and hates math. You see, it was Sakura who unleashed these spirits, known as “Clow Cards,” into the world in the first place, and now it is up to her to recapture them with the help of the newly awakened Guardian Beast of the Seal, Cerberus (a.k.a. Kero-chan).

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Tales of Phantasia

Tales of Phantasia

On his 15th birthday, Cless Alvein received a pendant from his father for his birthday. Thinking nothing extraordinary of it, Cless treated it like any other present from his parents. Five years later, as he and best friend Chester Barklighter walk into the forest south of their hometown of Totus, they have no idea that Cless’ pendant is about to trigger a major event, one that will introduce new friends, new experiences, new worlds, new trials, and old secrets.

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Star Ocean

Star Ocean

In Stardate 346, the explosion of the Planet Ise rocked the Resonia Sector and drew the attention of the Interplanetary Space Federation. Completely unaware of this event, the citizens of Planet Roak still went about their daily business. However, a mysterious plague strikes the city of Cool a mere half-year later. Desperate for assistance, the mayor of Cool sends a letter to the nearby city of Clatos, whose mayor sends Maltos Kiliet to investigate and aid in whatever manner he can. When Maltos sends word back to Clatos two days later that he himself has contracted the disease, his daughter Milly is overcome by despair and rushes off for Cool, pursued by her best friends Ratix Farrence and Dorn Marto. Upon seeing the devastation of Cool, the three vow to journey to the top of Mt. Metox to find a legendary herb that they hope can cure the mysterious disease, but what they find there will change their lives forever…

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Starcraft: Brood War

Starcraft: Brood War

Following the Protoss Executor Tassadar's final actions on Aiur, the Overmind-less Zerg hordes now run rampant across the planet's surface, with the beleaguered Protoss and Terran warriors unable to check their wanton spread. Furthermore, word of the new alien threat to the Koprulu Sector has reached the Terran homeworld of Earth, and the United Earth Directorate has dispatched an expeditionary fleet under the command of Admiral Gerard DuGalle and Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov to investigate the recent events. But the UED is not the only new power in the sector, as Kerrigan, now free of the Overmind’s control, is consolidating her forces on the planet Char with ambitions unknown.

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Starcraft

Starcraft

The Koprulu Sector had been relatively quiet throughout the millennia, but the recent arrival of a group of spacefarers on antiquated vessels has changed everything. These “Terrans” have raced from planet to planet, system to system, expanding their territory and resources despite constant infighting amongst themselves. Unbeknownst to the primitive Terrans, this sudden activity has attracted the attention of two other races to the sector: the feral Zerg, and the enigmatic Protoss. When the Zerg attempt to assimilate the fledgling Terran civilization through infestation, the Protoss cleanse the fringe Terran planet of Chau Sara of all life in an attempt to stop them. The Terrans, hit hard by the appearance of two alien races, prepare a counterattack. So begins the greatest war in the history of the Koprulu Sector.

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Praetorians

Praetorians

Ave, Tribunus! The year is 58 BC, and the Roman Republic is rapidly expanding her territory thanks to two generals: Gaius Julius Caesar, and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus. As a tribune of a legion under General Caesar’s command, you will be expected to complete all tasks delegated to you, and to lead your troops in battle in a manner befitting of a Roman citizen. Beware though, Gaul contains barbarian warriors the likes of which never seen before by Romans, and there is trouble as well in the East. Also, there is growing unrest back home in Rome, and the Senate is trying to oppress our General Caesar. If worst comes to worst, you may be assigned to fight our fellow countrymen. These are your orders Tribune! Senatibus Populibusque Romanum!

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Hearts of Iron II

Hearts of Iron II

The year is 1936. Still reeling from the chaos of the Great War and the Great Depression, the world now bears witness to the rise of three nations. In Germany, Adolf Hitler strives to restore Germany to its former economic and military glory. In Italy, the charismatic Benito Mussolini wishes to head a revived modern Roman Empire. In Japan, the military government desires nothing more than to challenge the economic and military might of the Western World as the head of the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.” Will the Allies crumble under this wave of aggression, or will they strike first? Will Europe be ruled by the Führer and Duce, or by Franco, Mannerheim or Metaxas? Will Stalin’s Red Army unite the workers of the world? Who will the United States side with, or will someone else decide for her? The answers to these questions, along with the course of history, are up to you.

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Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII

The world is dominated by one entity: Shinra, a massive corporation that rules from the metropolis Midgar. For some, Shinra is a liberator from darkness and antiquity. For others, Shinra is a brutal dictatorship with a rumoured hidden agenda that will destroy the world. However, for people like Cloud Strife, a 19-year-old youth from the mountain village of Nibelheim, Shinra is just something there to profit from. In Cloud's case, he has joined the anti-Shinra group AVALANCHE as a mercenary. While his first mission goes off without a hitch, his second mission goes terribly wrong, and Cloud is separated from the rest of his squad. While trying to return to headquarters, Cloud meets a flower girl in a church... and sets off a sequence of events that will shake the very foundation of the world they live on.

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Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV

Despite being an orphan raised by the King of Baron, Cecil has risen to become a respected Dark Knight and the Captain of Baron’s elite air force, the Red Wings. However, after a mission to Mysidia where the Red Wings violently steal the Crystal of Water, Cecil begins to have doubts about the King’s sanity and motives. However, when he voices these opinions, the King threatens to sack him, and only the intervention of the Dragon Knight Cain abates the King’s anger. Instead, Cecil and Cain are ordered to deliver a package to Mist, a small mountain village known for its Summoners. Cecil departs for Mist, his mind uncertain about his future, and the future of Baron.

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Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger

Like everyone else in the village of Truce, Crono, your average red-haired kid, is very excited when the day of the festival arrives. Perhaps even more so because his best friend Lucca has promised to show him her new invention. While waiting for Lucca’s invention to be set up, Crono bumps into a girl his age who says her name is Marle. Claiming to be not from the area, Marle asks Crono if she can tag along with him for the day and Crono is not one to refuse pretty blondes. Together they meet up with Lucca, who has invented a teleportation device of some sort. After Crono is used as a guinea pig, Marle volunteers to be teleported next. However, the machine has a violent reaction with her pendant and Marle is thrown into a mysterious portal. Crono chases after her and finds himself in a world eerily similar to his own yet very different at the same time.

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Otakon 2005

Otakon 2005

Baltimore, MD, USA. August 19-21, 2005 by Kuzu Ryu Sen [Operation Codename: Camden] [Event and Location: “Otakon: Convention of Otaku Generation,” Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America.] [Investigating Agent: Kuzu Ryu Sen] [Primary Objective: Investigate and report on movements in the animation industry.] [Secondary Objective(s): Investigate and report on the nature of the event, focusing on fanbase and organization; to...

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