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Spring 1996 Anime

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Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Comedy
  4. Fantasy
  5. Sci-Fi
  6. Shounen
  7. Super Power
Dragon Ball Movie 4: Saikyou e no Michi
March 2, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

A retelling of Dragon Ball's origin with a different take on the meeting of Goku, Bulma, and Kame-Sen'nin. It also retells the Red Ribbon Army story; but this time they find Goku rather than Goku finding them.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Boku no Marie

  1. Comedy
  2. Ecchi
  3. Romance
  4. Sci-Fi
  5. Seinen
Boku no Marie
March 6, 1996 JST

Ever met the perfect girl? Did she have the perfect boyfriend? Feel like you can't compete? Why not build your own? When an amateur mad scientist attempts to build a robotic duplicate of this dream girl, Marie is the result. Of course, there are the usual unexpected complications. He built her so well that Marie has a mind of her own and a whole host of questions to go with it. The same questions that each of us ask of life. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Why do I look just like that girl over there?! Well, perhaps we don’t all have to worry about that, but Marie does!

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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Drama
  4. Fantasy
  5. Magic
  6. Romance
  7. Shoujo
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars
March 9, 1996 JST

Like the R Season, SailorStars is divided into two arcs:

The first arc (also filler) solves some conflicts from the SuperS season, and also sees the return of the Outer Senshi, Haruka, Michiru, Setsuna, and Hotaru (now reborn as a child).

The second arc is the actual plot from the manga. Usagi bids farewell to Mamoru, who is going to America to study abroad. In his place comes the Three Lights, an idol trio consisting of three boys, Seiya, Taiki, and Yaten. The new enemy is Galaxia, a woman who desires to rule the entire galaxy by collecting the Star Seeds of humans. Three new Senshi appear, the Sailor Starlights, who also intend to stop Galaxia without Sailormoon's help.

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Midori no Makibao

  1. Comedy
  2. Sports
Midori no Makibao
March 9, 1996 JST

Midori Makibao is a small white racehorse. Compared to other thoroughbred horses, he looks more like a donkey with wide nostrils; however, with his guts and speed as his weapon, Makibao wins in every big race.

In the beginning of his career, Makibao had a trouble making his debut as a racehorse, because of his appearance and various disadvantages he had. But Makibao had reasons to overcome his difficulties; there was a lifelong rival horse called Superhorse Cascade, that Makibao needed to defeat. Plus, he was determined to win back his mother, a horse that had been taken away for pay back the debt on the farm.

There are many hardships that Makibao has to overcome, but he thrives in the series of races to become a great racehorse.

(Source: pierrot.jp)

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Ninja Mono

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Shounen
  4. Supernatural
Ninja Mono
  • Studio TBD
March 27, 1996 JST

During Japan's feudal era, there was a war between two ninja clans: the Byakuro and the Kabusu. One night, the Kabusu staged a fierce attack on the Byakuro castle in hopes of kidnapping the clan's infant princess. Their mission was foiled when a loyal ninja of the Byakuro flees the attack with the princess and disappears, eventually raising her to be a ninja. Several years later, six ninja trainees are given a mission to infiltrate the Kabusu-occupied Byakuro castle and retrieve a sacred scroll to complete their training. But their skills are put to the test when they encounter three members of the Kabusu, who use dark sorcery in an attempt to once again capture the princess - who happens to be one of the trainees.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Ojousama Sousamou

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Mystery
  4. Police
Ojousama Sousamou
April 1, 1996 JST

Debutante Detective Corps begins with introductions to the five main characters, Miyuki, Reika, Youko, Nina, and Kimiko. It seems these five girls are incredibly rich and have been sent a threatening video tape by forces unknown. A police guard is set up at the school where the girls have enrolled. Kimiko, however, doesn't like the idea of being cooped up at school, and convinces the rest of the girls to trick the police into leaving. No sooner are the police gone, however, then the girls are assaulted by three armed terrorists. What ensues is a rather silly escapade with our heroines attempting to thwart their attackers.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Gunsmith Cats

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Police
  4. Seinen
Gunsmith Cats
April 1, 1996 JST

Rally Vincent knows her weapons well, while her partner Minne May Hopkins loves to play with explosives. The pair run a gun-shop illegally and one day Bill Collins of the ATF, blackmails Rally and Minnie May into working for the ATF. Little do they know, that they are getting involved in a mission larger than they could imagine.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Tenkuu no Escaflowne

  1. Adventure
  2. Fantasy
  3. Mecha
  4. Psychological
  5. Romance
  6. Shoujo
Tenkuu no Escaflowne
Apr 2, 1996 at 6:00pm JST

High school student Hitomi is transported from Earth to the magical world of Gaea, where she meets boy prince Van Fanel, and is caught up in his quest to unite the countries of Gaea against the ominous Zaibach empire. On the way, she discovers an hidden ability and strives to unravel layers of mystery surrounding Van, his past, and the giant machine known as Escaflowne.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Cinderella Monogatari

  1. Adventure
  2. Fantasy
  3. Kids
  4. Romance
Cinderella Monogatari
Apr 4, 1996 at 6:00pm JST

Cinderella is the daughter of a wealthy duke who has remarried to provide her with a mother and sisters. When the Duke travels abroad, Cinderella discovers that her new family is anything but a family. With spoiled stepsisters and a harsh stepmother, Cindrella is forced to cook, clean and manage the household. Yet she remains cheerful, gentle and kind to her family, to her animal friends and to a mysterious boy, named Charles, who seems to have a connection with the prince of Emerald Castle. A whole new story on a classic fairytale.

When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Slayers Next

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Demons
  4. Fantasy
  5. Magic
  6. Shounen
Slayers Next
April 5, 1996 JST

Lina, Gourry, Zelgadis, and Amelia coincidently meet up again and begin to search for the Clair Bible. During their search they run into a mysterious priest named Xelloss who seems to know a thing or two about the passages they're looking for, but he tends to get them into more trouble instead of out of it. Furthermore, they discover that the Monster race has plans of their own, and as it turns out, Lina and Company just might be a big part of their evil intentions.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Kidou Shinseiki Gundam X

  1. Adventure
  2. Drama
  3. Mecha
  4. Sci-Fi
  5. Space
Kidou Shinseiki Gundam X
Apr 5, 1996 at 5:00pm JST

When one space colony declared its independence from the Earth Federation, the devastating 7th Space War, an all-out war between Earth and space, resulted. The Federation responded to the Space Revolutionary Army with mobile suits, called Gundams. However, the Space Revolutionary forces played their trump card and dropped hundreds of space colonies onto the Earth, plunging the planet into a seven-year-long nuclear winter. The Federation collapsed, but the Space Revolutionary Army was unable to invade the Earth in the aftermath of the colony drop.

Fifteen years have passed. The year is now After War 0015, and a New Federation has sprung up on Earth to restore order. In space, the colonial leaders have been rebuilding their own forces as well. By chance, fifteen-year-old Garrod Ran has discovered an old Federation mobile suit, the Gundam X, and now he uses it to help out the Vulture ship Freeden in its struggle to keep the powers that be from repeating the mistakes of the past.

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Kodomo no Omocha (TV)

  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Romance
  4. Shoujo
Kodomo no Omocha (TV)
Apr 5, 1996 at 6:00pm JST

Sixth grader Sana Kurata has a perfect life. Her mother is a (fairly) successful author, she has a young man employed to keep her happy and safe, and best of all, she is the star of the children's television show Kodomo no Omocha. There's just one thing bothering her, and that's Akito Hayama.

Akito is a classmate of Sana's, and ever since he's started acting out in class, the rest of the boys have followed his example. Every day, the girls and the teacher wage a battle to keep the class under control and to get some actual learning done. That rotten Akito… Sana won't stand for this!

The hyperactive Sana decides to dig deeper and find out what makes Akito tick, so class can go back to normal and the teacher can stop spending every day crying instead of teaching. But the more she learns about him, the more she realizes that there might be more to Akito than meets the eye.

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Kaiketsu Zorro

  1. Adventure
  2. Historical
  3. Shounen
Kaiketsu Zorro
Apr 5, 1996 at 6:30pm JST

Diego Vega returns from his study trip to discover his homeland is under the army's dictatorship. Diego, refusing to watch idly, disguises himself as Zorro to protect the weak and oppressed. Diego is not a coward but he is unable to win the affections of his sweetheart, Lolita, who is attracted to other more noble men. Diego serenades Lolita as Zorro and fights the evils of his homeland, hoping to capture her heart.

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B'T X

  1. Adventure
  2. Mecha
  3. Sci-Fi
  4. Shounen
B'T X
  • Studio TBD
April 6, 1996 JST

Teppei is going to visit his older brother Kotaro Takamiya during a scientific conference after training with a mysterious woman named Karen for the past 11 years. However his plans for a family reunion become stalled when a woman named Aramis kills everyone in the conference to kidnap Kotaro. Teppei on the way to save his brother encounters a broken mechanical horse called B't X who revives thanks to Teppei's blood and is now his aide to save his brother from the mysterious Machine Empire.

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Burn Up! W

  1. Comedy
  2. Ecchi
  3. Mecha
  4. Sci-Fi
  5. Shounen
Burn Up! W
April 10, 1996 JST

When crime and terrorism go out of control in Tokyo, the police unleash Team Warrior - a band of highly-skilled and completely reckless band of female cops. Featuring loose cannon Rio, triggerhappy Maya and ace hacker Lilica, Team Warrior will get the job done, regardless of the budget of the mission.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Jigoku Sensei Nube

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Horror
  4. Romance
  5. School
  6. Shounen
  7. Supernatural
Jigoku Sensei Nube
April 13, 1996 JST

Nube is a clumsy, easygoing, and very kind teacher, but he has a secret under his glove on the left hand. He has a monster hand, and he also has the ability to sense ghosts and evil spirits. So he protects his dear students from these evil spirits with his monster hand, proving to be very powerful.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Dragon Ball GT

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Comedy
  4. Fantasy
  5. Magic
  6. Sci-Fi
  7. Shounen
  8. Super Power
Dragon Ball GT
Leftover
April 17, 1996 JST

Dragon Ball GT takes place five years after Gokuu left to train his apprentice Uub, whose training is now complete. During the final stages of Uub's training, Gokuu's old foe Emperor Pilaf infiltrates the Lookout to make a wish on the Black Star Dragon Balls. Due to a slip of the tongue, Pilaf is once again denied world domination and Gokuu is instead turned back into a child. Who could have imagined the dangers that would soon follow this lighthearted event?

Making a wish on the Black Star Dragon Balls causes the planet they are used on to explode exactly one year after the wish has been granted. And the Black Star Dragon Balls do not simply scatter across the Earth, they scatter across the entire galaxy. It is up to Gokuu, Trunks, and Pan to retrieve the Balls and save the Earth, but they will find many enemies who are a far greater threat than Emperor Pilaf on their journey throughout the galaxy.

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Armitage III: Poly-Matrix

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Mecha
  4. Military
  5. Police
  6. Romance
  7. Sci-Fi
Armitage III: Poly-Matrix
  • Studio TBD
April 20, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

In the year 2046 humans are moving away from using robots and begin to trust them less and less. In this time life becomes very perilous for the beingd known as seconds. The seconds are the most recent line of robots, as far as the public knows. This is the world Detective Ross Sylibus lives in. Detective Sylibus is transferred to Mars by his request after his partner was killed by a robot. As he arrives he falls headfirst into a murder where a country singer on his flight was murdered. He steps off the plane and watches as a scene unfolds and he meets his partner, Armitage a female cop with a major attitude. A rash of murders begins when yet more women are killed. As the investigation is continued a secret is uncovered. There is another line of robots known as Thirds. More and more Thirds turn up missing, as a serial killer who is intent on wiping out all the Thirds runs rampant. Armitage in her quest to put the murderer to justice reveals a secret. She herself is a Third.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshou

  1. Adventure
  2. Fantasy
  3. Magic
  4. Shounen
Dragon Quest Retsuden: Roto no Monshou
  • Studio TBD
April 20, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

The adventures of Arus's childhood.

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Hamelin no Violin Hiki: The Movie

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Fantasy
Hamelin no Violin Hiki: The Movie
April 20, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

While on their quest to stop the Demon King, the violinist Hamel, the pianist Raiel, the magess Flute and the female warrior Sizer stop in a small kingdom and destroy a rampaging monster. While giving the four a heroes' welcome, the king and queen explain that their daughter has been kidnapped by a monster living in a nearby castle. They agree to go and rescue the hostage princess and defeat the monster. However, the enemy's castle is heavily guarded...

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Lupin III: Dead or Alive

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Comedy
  4. Mystery
  5. Seinen
Lupin III: Dead or Alive
April 20, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

Lupin, Goemon, and Jigen take a mini-helicopter and head to the mysterious “Drifting Island” looking for a treasure rumored to be hidden somewhere on it. Through their exploration of the island, the trio encounters the lethal “Nanomachine,” the island’s security system. The trio triggers the alarm, springing “the Nanomachine” to life. The key to solving the island’s mystery lies in the small nation of Zufu. This once prosperous nation is now ruled by the ruthless, knife-collecting, General Headhunter. Fujiko does her usual probing and hacks into General Headhunter’s computer hoping to find some crucial information. Zenigata has received a video message from Lupin in which Lupin announces his desire for the priceless treasure. Oleander, a fiery blond officer with some hidden secrets of her own, steps in to help Zenigata. Armed with their newly found information, Lupin, Goemon, Jigen, and Fujiko go back to “Drifting Island,” but this time they are followed by General Headhunter.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Fantasy
  4. Magic
  5. Shounen
Mahoujin Guru Guru Movie
April 20, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

The hero Nike and magic user Kukuri learn of the "Pickle of Happiness", an item that will grant a wish to the one who eats it. With the help of old friends, they must beat the monsters to the Pickle and convince its guardian dragon to give it to them.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Tenchi Muyou! in Love

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Romance
  4. School
  5. Sci-Fi
  6. Shounen
  7. Space
Tenchi Muyou! in Love
April 20, 1996 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

The demonic space criminal Kain has escaped from prison and destroyed the Galaxy Police headquarters. To ensure that the Jurai will not stop him, Kain travels back to 1970 to eliminate Tenchi's mother before he is even born. Now, Tenchi and the gang must travel to the past to stop him before he ceases to exist.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Ghost in the Shell

  1. Action
  2. Mecha
  3. Police
  4. Psychological
  5. Sci-Fi
  6. Seinen
Ghost in the Shell
April 25, 1996 JST

※ VHS Release

In the year 2029, advances in Cybernetics allow people to replace nearly all of their body parts and organs with robotics. Through these prosthetics, the weak are made strong, and the dying are given new life. Public Security Section 9 of Niihama City (a fictional setting inspired by Hong Kong), a diverse team of AI, cyborgs and unmodified humans, must investigate cases of corruption and terrorism. Major Motoko Kusanagi has full-body prosthetics, owing to a childhood accident. She, her second in command Batou and information specialist Ishikawa have been assigned an important task: to investigate a hacker known only as "The Puppetmaster." But as Motoko and her team discover, things are never so simple.

Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic thriller with intense action scenes mixed with slower artistic sequences and many philosophical questions about one's soul, gender and human identity in such an advanced age of technology.

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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Drama
  4. Mecha
  5. Military
  6. Psychological
  7. Sci-Fi
  8. Space
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor
April 25, 1996 JST

Two video releases recapping events from the Gundam Wing TV series. Each Operation Meteor video contains an 'Odd' episode and an 'Even' episode. The 'Odd' episodes feature Heero, Trowa and Wufei, while the 'Even' episodes feature Duo and Quatre. The episodes also featured brief new footages of the characters after the final episode of the TV series.

(Source: AniDB)

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Golden Boy

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Ecchi
Golden Boy
April 26, 1996 JST

Ooe Kintarou does not look like it, but he is a genius who completed all his university courses and then quit before graduating. He becomes a wandering student, going from place to place on his bicycle, seeking to learn what he can about life, the world, and women. He is willing and able to do any job to prove himself. His travels take him to a variety of locations and a variety of women, who learn to love the hard-working guy, but not before he can run off.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Bounty Hunter: The Hard

  1. Action
  2. Police
Bounty Hunter: The Hard
May 1, 1996 JST

The story of "Hard", a bounty hunter living in New-York and seeking revenge.

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Sanctuary

  1. Action
  2. Drama
  3. Police
  4. Seinen
  5. Thriller
Sanctuary
  • Studio TBD
May 1, 1996 JST

Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster.

As Asami and Houjou work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don't hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Mahoutsukai Tai! OVA

  1. Comedy
  2. Fantasy
  3. Magic
  4. Romance
  5. Sci-Fi
Mahoutsukai Tai! OVA
May 25, 1996 JST

One sunny day invaders came from space. They weren't little green men or funny girls wearing school uniforms, though. They were ugly robots which defeated the UN forces in seconds. After that the invaders (known as "eyeballs") roamed around and observed human society. In fact, they were peaceful unless attacked. They were polite and followed all the traffic laws, too. Still, they were aliens and the people of Earth wanted them to go home. The Kitanohashi High School Magic Club took it on themselves to defeat these foul robots and free the world.

(Source: Anime News Network)