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Spring 1997 Anime

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Flanders no Inu (Movie)

  1. Drama
  2. Historical
Flanders no Inu (Movie)
March 15, 1997 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

Set in 19th-century Belgium, this classic tale, based on the Flemish novel by Oui'da, celebrates the affectionate bond between an innocent boy and his faithful dog. The stunning animation, a masterful combination of traditional and computer-aided animation, captures the natural splendor of the Flanders countryside and recreates the spirit of this classic story that has captivated audiences world wide for more than 130 years. In fact, the popularity of The Dog Of Flanders led the local Belgian government of Flanders to dedicate a statue to Nello and Patrash in 1985, immortalizing their devotion to each other.

(Source: AniDB)

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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth

  1. Drama
  2. Mecha
  3. Psychological
  4. Sci-Fi
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
March 15, 1997 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

During the early 21st century a meteorite crashed into Antarctica. After scientists went to study the crash a gigantic explosion followed, classified as the 'Second Impact'. Shinji Ikari is a fourteen year-old boy who has come to Toyko3, a city that also serves as a fortress, to meet up with his father who left him many years ago. The city also happens to be under seige by monsterous creatures called 'Angels' at the time of his arrival. Somehow Shinji finds himself in Evangelion Unit 01, and manages to synchronize with the giant robot. Shinji is told to become its permanent pilot, and is thrown into combat as the city's last defense for fighting off the angels. However, as Shinji fights, he begins to realize the truth behind the Angels, the Second Impact, man's struggle against God and what he truely is afraid of.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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El Hazard 2: The Magnificent World

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Fantasy
El Hazard 2: The Magnificent World
March 21, 1997 JST

Continuing the from OVAs; When Fujisawa, suffering from cold feet, leaves Miz at the altar, an enraged Priestess drafts Makoto and friends to go find him. In the couse of locating the hapless (and gutless) teacher, they find another Ifurita. Meanwhile Jinnai and Diva searching for a new Bugrom homeland stumble upon another yet another Demon God, the impish Kalia. However, unlike Ifurita she has a mind, and a mission, of her own...

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Hen

  1. Comedy
  2. Ecchi
  3. Shoujo Ai
Hen
  • Studio TBD
March 21, 1997 JST

Yoshida Chizuru is the sexiest co-ed in her class. Secretly, she's been appearing in TV commercials—despite the fact that students are forbidden from working. But one of her professors has uncovered her secret and hopes to use this information to his advantage. Yoshida's got plans of her own, and has no intention of giving up her acting career...

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Vampire Hunter

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Drama
  4. Fantasy
Vampire Hunter
March 21, 1997 JST

The world is a dark, brooding place populated by humans, but ruled in reality by powerful beings known as the Darkstalkers, and there is constant conflict between them as they try to determine who is the most powerful of them all. Zombies, vampires, werewolves - all of them compete in contests of strength and sheer will to attain their own personal goals.

All of this becomes moot when a race of Aztec robots called the Huitzil decide that humanity isn't worth saving, and start waging war on the world, while in the sky, a solar god from outer space plots the conquest of Earth. And the Darkstalkers must become unwilling allies in order to save the world.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

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Dragon Ball GT: Gokuu Gaiden! Yuuki no Akashi wa Suushinchuu

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Comedy
  4. Fantasy
  5. Martial Arts
  6. Shounen
  7. Super Power
Dragon Ball GT: Gokuu Gaiden! Yuuki no Akashi wa Suushinchuu
March 26, 1997 JST

Years after the end of the Dragonball GT, the story continues in this special with Son Goku's now eldery granddaughter Pan, and a new generation of super saiyajins, the great-great-grandsons of Goku and Vegeta
100 years after the end of DBGT, all the heroes of Earth have died...except for Pan, the granddaughter of Son Goku. Pan has a grandchild named Goku Jr. However, he does not have the bravery of his great-great-grandfather. Pan suffurs a heart attack, and Goku Jr. believes that he might be able to save her with the power of the 4 star Dragon Ball. Along with the school bully, he tries to find the ball...and unleashes his hidden bravery and power.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Rurouni Kenshin: Review Special

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Samurai
  4. Shounen
Rurouni Kenshin: Review Special
March 26, 1997 JST

Summary of various fighting scenes of the first half of the series and a brief overview of the Kyoto arc.

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Eikyuu Kazoku

  1. Comedy
  2. Psychological
Eikyuu Kazoku
April 1, 1997 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

It started as a sociological experiment. Six different people were brainwashed to think that they were a family and then put in arbitrary situations to see how they would react; however, when a taping of the families conducts is sold in a desperate attempt to make a little capital, it instantly becomes a success. Now the family is a first rated show and their every move is broadcasted around the world without them knowing it. But when a clogged toilet sets off a chain of events that ultimately frees the family from the room they are confined in the broadcasters, not willing to lose their source of income, set out to hunt down and recapture every member of the Eternal family.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Shin Tenchi Muyou!

  1. Comedy
  2. Harem
  3. Romance
  4. Sci-Fi
  5. Shounen
Shin Tenchi Muyou!
  • Studio TBD
April 1, 1997 JST

Tenchi decides to move to Tokyo in order to lead a normal life in the big city. While in Tokyo Tenchi meets a girl named Sakuya. They soon fall in love but as it turns out a dark sinister force has created Sakuya to get at Tenchi and rule the earth. Now Tenchi must balance love, friends, and life while defending the earth one last time.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Pokemon

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Comedy
  4. Fantasy
  5. Kids
Pokemon
Apr 1, 1997 at 7:00pm JST

※ NOTE: Chronological order of episodes 039-066: 065-066, 039-047, 052, 048-051, 053-064

Pokémon or Pocket Monsters (often referred to as Pokemon: Gotta Catch Em All to distinguish it from the later series) tells the adventures of Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in the original Japanese version) as he travels through Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto to become the greatest Pokémon Master. For the English language release, Pokémon was split into four separate series spanning five seasons.
[Source: wikipedia]

A young boy named Ash Ketchum embarks on a journey to become a "Pokemon Master" with his first Pokemon, Pikachu. Joining him on his travels are Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him. Ash and Co. end up traveling through various regions, including Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto, and then enter the Pokemon League competitions there. Along the way, they run into many confrontations with Jessie, James, and Meowth, a trio of Pokemon thieves who are apart of an evil organization called "Team Rocket". But everytime Team Rocket try to do their evil deeds, they fail thanks to Ash and his Pokemon.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Haunted Junction

  1. Comedy
  2. Shounen
  3. Supernatural
Haunted Junction
April 2, 1997 JST

Saito High is a high school with its spiritual beings and a principal whose hobby is collecting occult paraphernalia. The school has the prophecy-chosen members of the Holy Student Council to protect it. These students have problems of their own; Haruto Houjo, the president, has a way of summoning spirits, and would resign from his duty for a normal life if it weren't for the principal. Kazumi Ryodo, the next member, is good at being possessed and has something for the Hanako. The last member is Mutsuki Asahina, who is a master of exorcism and is attracted to small boys. Unfortunately, these three are in charge of keeping the school in line and defending the world from supernatural beings, and this mission brings them through wacky predicaments.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Super Fishing Grander Musashi

  1. Adventure
  2. Sports
Super Fishing Grander Musashi
April 2, 1997 JST

Musashi lives with his father. His mother left them three years ago. Musashi believes she will come back to them. One day they move from Tokyo to a village in the countryside. Musashi hates living in the countryside and asks his father to take him back to Tokyo. He wonders if his mother will be able to find him in their new home.

Soon after moving to the countryside, Musashi happens to see a man fishing for bass with a decoy fish. Musashi is fascinated by lure fishing. He learns a lot from the man, and discovers that his mother's father was a grand champion of bass fishing. Musashi feels that fishing could lead him to his missing mother. He shows a marvelous talent for lure fishing and takes trips to many places around the world in search of various incredible fish. Through fishing, Musashi comes to enjoy living amongst nature.

(Source: Official Site)

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Shoujo Kakumei Utena

  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Fantasy
  4. Mystery
  5. Psychological
  6. Shoujo
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Apr 2, 1997 at 6:00pm JST

Just after Utena's parents died she was consoled by a prince who gave her a ring with a rose crest on it. Utena was so impressed by the Prince that she vowed to become one herself one day. A few years later Utena is attending Ohtori Academy where she gives all the teachers headaches because she dresses in a boys uniform so she can be like the prince she met long ago. After Utena's friend is insulted by a member of the Student Council, Utena fights in a duel for her friends honor. Utena's rose crest allows her to enter the dueling arena where Utena wins the duel and becomes engaged to the Rose Bride. Unknowingly, Utena is pulled into a series of duels with other members of the Student Council for the possession of the Rose Bride. As she becomes fond of Anthy, the Rose Bride, she must fight to keep her friend safe and to discover the horrifying secret behind Ohtori Academy.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu (TV)

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Fantasy
  4. Mecha
  5. Shounen
Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu (TV)
April 3, 1997 JST

Maze wakes up in her house, everything is a wreck and she has amnesia. Before she can gather what has happened the girl Mill storms into her house thanking her for having saved her life. She tells Maze that her house suddenly fell down from the sky and crushed Mills pursuers under it. However before long they are both on the run from further pursuers who want their hands on princess Mill. They are only saved when Maze discovers that she has phantom light magical powers and can summon Mills family heirloom mecha. However her performance with the mecha is weak; that is until the sun goes down and she is turned in to a lecherous man. Soon other travellers join them as Maze tries to protect Mill and figure out what she is doing in this fantasy world.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Slayers Try

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Demons
  4. Fantasy
  5. Magic
  6. Shounen
Slayers Try
Apr 4, 1997 at 6:30pm JST

Several months have passed (after the end of Slayers Next). The barrier put in place by the mazoku sublords has been broken, and as a result, Lina Inverse and her friends are allowed access to the outside world. There they become wrapped up in a prophecy stating that a dark lord from another dimension, Dark Star Dugradigdo, will enter their world and spread chaos.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo

  1. Mystery
  2. Shounen
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo
Apr 7, 1997 at 7:00pm JST

Kindaichi Hajime may look dumb, but he is one of the smartest detectives that you will ever see. He encounters mysteries after mysteries with his good friend, Miyuki, and he swears to solve them in the name of his grandfather, who was a great detective.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Hakugei Densetsu

  1. Adventure
  2. Sci-Fi
Hakugei Densetsu
April 9, 1997 JST

A courageous young man tries to find the only person who can save his planet from the most terrifying beast in the universe -- the great white whale Moby Dick -- in this futuristic anime adventure set in 4699. But locating the outlaw Captain Ahab and his elusory crew of whale hunters and persuading them to put an end to the leviathan's long reign of terror won't be easy. Will Ahab take up the challenge one more time?

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Crayon Shin-chan Movie 05: Ankoku Tamatama Daitsuiseki

  1. Comedy
  2. Ecchi
  3. Kids
  4. School
  5. Shounen
  6. Slice of Life
Crayon Shin-chan Movie 05: Ankoku Tamatama Daitsuiseki
  • Studio TBD
April 19, 1997 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

Shinnosuke found a black marble near a sleeping travestite and Himawari swallows it. That marble is necessary for summoning an evil demon, so the Noharas are chased by some ninja clans.

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Detective Conan Movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper

  1. Adventure
  2. Comedy
  3. Mystery
  4. Police
  5. Shounen
Detective Conan Movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper
April 19, 1997 JST

※ Theatrical Premiere

Taking the original story of Detective Conan, this first Conan film follows his adventures as he struggles to find and capture a mad bomber who's loose in his home town. Chasing bomb after bomb, Conan must stop him before he destroys a skyscraper in the middle of the city, which has the potential to cause millions of dollars in damage and kill hundreds. Who's planting the bombs? What are his motives? Gather clues with Conan and find out!

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AIKa

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Comedy
  4. Ecchi
  5. Sci-Fi
AIKa
April 25, 1997 JST

A catastrophic earthquake has left Tokyo, and most of the Earth for that matter, under the sea. Aika is a salvager who retrieves various remains from the watery ruins. When Aika accepts the dangerous mission of locating and obtaining the mysterious Lagu, she discovers that she's not the only one after it.

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Chuuka Ichiban!

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Drama
  4. Shounen
Chuuka Ichiban!
April 27, 1997 JST

The story takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, where the Emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". It was an era in which top chefs with different cooking styles tried their best to improve their skills and to become the best chef in China. It is a country where insulting a high-grade chef or fooling around with cooking could land a person in a jail, and impersonating a top-chef is as good as usurpation of authority. Chefs compete with each other in order to gain respect and even power, but also with the risks of losing everything.

The country of China has four major regions: Beijing, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong.

The beginning of the story takes place in Szechuan, Mao's birthplace.

After the death of Mao's mother, Pai, who was called the 'Fairy of Cuisine', Mao becomes a Super Chef in order to take the title as Master Chef of his mother's restaurant. However, before he takes his mother's place as Master Chef, he continues to travel China in order to learn more of the many ways of cooking, in the hopes of becoming a legendary chef, just like his mother. During his journey, he meets great friends and fierce rivals who wish to challenge him in the field of cooking.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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CLAMP Gakuen Tanteidan

  1. Action
  2. Comedy
  3. Mystery
CLAMP Gakuen Tanteidan
May 3, 1997 JST

The CLAMP school, with its integrated curriculum from kindergarten to post-graduate studies, was founded by the largest of Japanese business empires, the House of Imonoyama. Funded entirely out of its own deep pockets, it was hoped that the school would be a haven for young men and women on whose shoulders our future would rest.

The School is open to any talented individual, irrespective of his or her lineage or financial standing and is known to count scores of singularly talented pupils. It is furthermore also famous for its harboring of a remarkable percentage of party animals. Not even the bright and talented minds of CLAMP School can keep the campus free of crimes and mysteries. Or can they? Join Nokoru, Suoh and Akira, our case-cracking kid detectives, as they save the day and even the odd damsel in distress!

(Source: Bandai Entertainment)

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Sakura Tsuushin

  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Romance
  4. Slice of Life
Sakura Tsuushin
May 21, 1997 JST

A Keio University (one of the top three colleges in Japan) exam candidate, Touma Inaba, is interupted when a cute young girl, Urara Kasuga, arrives at his hotel room door. She later turns out to be his cousin who he barely remembers from his childhood. Urara, who had felt something special for him (an other-than-cousinly-love), invites Touma to live with her since he has no place to stay other than the hotel room. Before taking the test, Touma meets Meiko Yotsuba, a beautiful, sophisticated woman also trying to get into Keio. Meiko gets into Keio but Touma does not, due to a cold Urara had given him shortly before. Although he did not make it, he pretends he does to earn the respect of Meiko. Touma is caught up in a love triangle with Urara and Meiko, while struggling to keep Meiko believing he's really a Keio student and still be there for Urara at the same time.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Yakusai Kochou

  1. Comedy
  2. Ecchi
  3. Supernatural
Yakusai Kochou
  • Studio TBD
May 21, 1997 JST

Spirits begin terrorizing a school and it is left up to the sexy student Kocho Enoki to use her attractive body and magical powers to defeat the attackers. Teamed with her sister and Kosaku, their human decoy, they attempt to free the school from the spirits. Unfortunately a female spirit arrives who is immune to Kocho's sexy charms.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu

  1. Adventure
  2. Drama
  3. Fantasy
  4. Historical
  5. Martial Arts
  6. Romance
  7. Shoujo
Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
May 25, 1997 JST

Miaka and Taka (Tamahome's reborn out-of-the-book self) return to the Universe of the Four Gods to try and restore Tamahome's memories to Taka. This is not as easy as it sounds, however, when the evil Tenkou shows up to rain on their parade. He manages to thwart most of their attempts at getting Taka's memories back, and uses his newfound power to summon the Gods outside the book.

(Source: Anime News Network)