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Ghost in the Shell

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Manga Entertainment
  • Date: 1995 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 17 / unrated
Synopsis: In 2029, cybernetic agent Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team investigate a dangerous computer virus.
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Manga Entertainment
  • Date: 2002-2004 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 13
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-4
Synopsis: Picking up the story after the events of the two GitS movies, this series depicts Major Kusanagi and Section 9 fighting crime in the real world and in cyberspace.
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Gundam Seed: The Empty Battlefield

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Bandai
  • Date: 2004 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: unknown
Synopsis: Kira Yamato is a Coordinator, a genetically-altered human, who ends up fighting on the side of the Naturals in an interplanetary conflict between the two groups of humans. The movie recounts the events of the TV series.
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Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz

  • Format: oav
  • Publisher: Bandai
  • Date: 1997 (oav), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG
Synopsis: One year after the Gundam Wing television series, Earth and the colonies are at peace and the Mobile Suits have been destroyed. Then, one colony decides to kidnap an important official to put into play their plan of world domination.
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Gungrave

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2003 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2
Synopsis: After being betrayed and murdered by his best friend, Brandon is revived in an experimental technique and seeks to destroy the crime organization Millenion -- the same organization that made his ambitious friend turn on him.
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Hellsing

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2002 (series), 2006 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-3
Synopsis: The Hellsing Organization, a group that protects humanity from lurking evil, is forced to unleash their own uber-vampire -- Alucard -- when a new strain of super-vampires appears.
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Ikki Tousen

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2003 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16+
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2
Synopsis: The seven highest-ranking schools each have students who are reincarnations of legendary ancient warriors, and fight out old grievances between them. As unlikely as it may seem, topheavy, common-sense-lacking Hakufu Sonsaku seems to be one of those reincarnations.
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Karas

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Manga Entertainment
  • Date: 2005 (movie), 2006 (UMD)
  • Rating: unrated
Synopsis: The balance between Tokyo's human and ghostly dimensions has been disturbed because a former Karas -- the guardian crow that keeps the dimensions in order -- has tried to seize power. Now the only hope for humanity is a new Karas.
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Last Exile

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2003 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2
Synopsis: In a steampunk-esque futuristic world, young pilots Claus and Lavie are caught between two warring nations when they take on a mission to deliver a mysterious little girl to the warship Silvana.
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Metropolis

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Date: 2001 (movie), 2006 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG-13
Synopsis: In the far future where robots are servants to humankind and rebellion is about to erupt, a boy and his uncle meet a robot named Tima who was created to be the next ruler of Metropolis.
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Ninja Scroll

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Manga Video
  • Date: 1993 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 17+
Synopsis: Jubei is a ninja in Feudal Japan who sells his services to anyone with enough money or a worthy enough cause. He finds himnsef teamed up with Kagero, the last survivor of a team of ninjas investigating a myterious plague, and together they must fight an enemy bent on overthrowing the government.
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Paranoia Agent

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2004 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16+
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2
Synopsis: In this pyschological thriller, a mysterious young rollerskating boy assaults people with a baseball bat, while the investigating detectives find only confusion.
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Perfect Blue

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Manga Video
  • Date: 1998 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 17+ / unrated
Synopsis: Mima Kirigoe is a pop singer with dreams of acting. Her life begins to fall apart and she starts having hallucinations after she gets a role in a sex-murder mystery.
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