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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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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.