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(pronounced dot-hack) is a multimedia franchise primarily created by Bandai. The series encompasses four games for the PlayStation 2 console, an anime series and novels, to name a few sources of output.
Ah My Goddess
also known as Oh! My Goddess, is a seinen manga series by Kosuke Fujishima currently serialised in Kodansha's monthly Afternoon magazine. Originally a fairly typical magical girlfriend romantic comedy, it has grown to feature a lot more action over time, and of recent years has put a greater focus on developing the mystical aspects of the world it is set in.
is a Manga and 1988 Anime movie by Katsuhiro Otomo. In general, it is considered a classic of both categories. Further, the movie version is credited with starting the anime trend in America and actually revolutionizing the medium.
is arguably Japan's most famous cartoon character (like America's most famous cartoon character is arguably Disney's Mickey Mouse). In real life, he was created by Osamu Tezuka, who was called the "God of Manga and Anime." In the manga and anime, he was created by the mad scientist, Dr. Tenma. He has appeared in three different television shows that are named after him.
takes place in a fictional country called Midland, which bears many similarities to Europe in the Middle Ages. It centers around the life of Guts, an orphaned mercenary warrior, and his relationship to Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called The Hawks. Both the manga and anime are noted for their heavy content of violence and nudity. With over 29 million volumes sold, it is one of the most successful adult manga ever.
is a Manga and Anime series by Tite Kubo, mangaka of Zombie Powder. It is currently at 21 volumes in length (as of December 2005), and new chapters are featured weekly in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The total number of chapters as of this writing is 207. It follows the life of Ichigo Kurosaki, a 15 year old high school student with the ability to see ghosts.
Card Captor Sakura,
also known as Cardcaptor Sakura (without the space) and often abbreviated to CCS, is a manga series from the well-known all-female artist team CLAMP. An anime television series (1998-2000) based on the manga consists of 70 half-hour episodes in three seasons, two theatrical-release movies and several specials.
is a Manga and Anime series created by CLAMP. The original manga was published from 2001 to 2002 by Kodansha. The English manga is published by TOKYOPOP, and the American translation is imported to Australia by Madman Entertainment. Also, the Traditional Chinese manga is published by COMICSWORLD.COM under official authorization for Hong Kong only. Unlike most CLAMP stories, Chobits is a seinen series, specifically of the magical girlfriend variety.
is a team of four women who create manga. Their manga series are often made into anime after release. More than 88 million CLAMP tankōbon copies have been sold worldwide.
is most often written in English, even in Japan) is an anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe that initially ran starting in 1998.
The show was quite popular in Japan and has also been widely popular in the United States,
Dead or Alive
(DOA) is a video game series produced by Tecmo that is comprised primarily of fighting games. The story and characters are the creation of Tomonobu Itagaki. In 1997, Dead or Alive was ported to the Sega Saturn and was released in Japan and Europe. It had been a success in Japan, but not in the West
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an anime magazine that was published from November 2000 to September 2004, although the last issue was the April 2004 issue. The publication centered on the action-packed Dragonball Z cartoon. It would sometimes talk about its predecessor, Dragon Ball, and its successor Dragonball GT.
is a 2000 anime movie, a complete retelling of the events of the anime television series The Vision of Escaflowne. Animated by Sunrise and Studio BONES, this remake replaced many of the elements of European fantasy that were introduced into the TV series with more Asian elements.
is an anime television series, begun in 1995, directed and written by Hideaki Anno, and produced by Gainax. It takes place in 2015 AD, fifteen years after the catastrophic Second Impact, reportedly caused by a meteor strike, which wiped out half of Earth's population and tilted its axis.
is a popular series of role playing games produced by Square Enix. The first installment of the series premiered in Japan in 1987, and Final Fantasy games have subsequently been localized for markets in North America, Europe and Australia, on nearly every modern video game console, including the Nintendo Entertainment System, the MSX2, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sony PlayStation, the WonderSwan, the WonderSwan Color, the PlayStation 2, IBM PC, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, and several different models of mobile phone. Future installments have been announced to appear on the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Revolution, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game systems. It is Square Enix's most successful franchise, having sold over 60 million units worldwide to date.
is a shōjo manga series created by Natsuki Takaya serialized in the bi-weekly Japanese Hana to Yume magazine, which is published by Hakusensha. Fruits Basket is also a 26-episode anime series, adapted from the manga by Akitaro Daichi.
is a manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa and serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan. It has also been adapted into an anime series and movie, as well as several spin-off novels and videogames. The manga currently spans 12 volumes and 54 chapters, and is still running. The anime consists of 51 episodes and a full-length movie.
is a Japanese manga (later an anime) created by Yū Watase. The name is rendered as Fushigi Yūgi in the Viz versions and as Fushigi Yugi in the Singaporean manga. In the story, two teenage girls (Miaka and Yui) find a book in the restricted section of the National Library, titled "The Book of the Universe of the Four Gods". When they open the book and read the first page they are transported within the story, which is set in a world similar to feudal China.
Ghost in the Shell
is a Japanese anime TV series set in the Ghost in the Shell universe created by Masamune Shirow.
is one of the longest running meta-series of anime featuring giant robots. Gundam is the collective term for the Universal Century (UC) series like Mobile Suit Gundam and series in alternative timelines, such as Gundam Wing, made by Sunrise Inc.. The name "Gundam" itself stems from a variety of theoretical sources, most commonly attributed to a need to conform with common giant robot naming conventions during the 1970s.
is a children's anime television program whose main character is the eponymous hamster named Hamtaro (Hamutaro in the original Japanese). The anime is based on Ritsuko Kawai's animated storybooks. Hamtaro is licensed by ShoPro Entertainment in North America. Supporting characters include other hamsters. Hamtaro is owned by a girl named Laura Haruna (Hiroko Haruna or "Roko-chan" in the original Japanese). The show also features the household's dog, Brandy (Burandon or "Don-chan" in the Japanese series). This television program teaches children about sharing, adventures, and real life situations.
is an anime and manga series by Kohta Hirano and Studio GONZO. While the anime series is already over, the manga series is still produced in Japan, a new OAV (Coined Hellsing Ultimate) is planned for this series that will cover the original story of the manga.
Hikaru no Go
is a popular Japanese anime and manga coming of age story based on the board game Go written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The production was supervised by Yukari Umezawa (5-dan). The manga is largely responsible for popularizing Go among the youth of Japan in recent years, and in other areas such as Taiwan, China, and Korea.
Hunter x Hunter
is a manga by Yoshihiro Togashi about a 12-year-old boy named Gon Freaks, and his quest to find his father, Ging Freaks. Ging is a Hunter, which in the setting of Hunter × Hunter means that he is a member of society's elite, with pretty much total license to go anywhere or do anything. It started running in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump in the 14th issue of 1998.
was originally released in 1998, this series became a sleeper hit across Asia, most notable to Japan and Hongkong/China.
is a long-running manga and anime series by Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, and others). The full title roughly translates to InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale.
King of Fighters
is a fighting game series by SNK that debuted in 1994. The premise was to combine elements from two of its existing fighting game series, (Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting), as well as bringing back characters from games predating the Neo-Geo.
Legend of Zelda
is a cartoon series based on the popular Legend of Zelda video games created by Shigeru Miyamoto. The series only lasted one season, airing on U.S. television from 1989 to 1990.
is a popular manga (and anime) series by author Ken Akamatsu. The manga won the "Best Manga, USA Release" in 2002 Anime Expo. The manga consists of 14 books. The anime is 25 episodes long, along with Christmas and Spring movies and the Love Hina Again OAV.
is an anime and manga series originally created by manga artist Kazuhiko Katō under the pen name Monkey Punch in 1967 as a part of Weekly Manga Action
is an anime television series. Most of its animation (with edited content and revised dialogue) was adapted outside Japan for the first saga of Robotech.
is the name of a group of Super Robot manga / anime series by Go Nagai. The series are, in order: Mazinger Z (Tranzor Z in the U.S.), Great Mazinger, Grendizer, God Mazinger and Mazinkaiser.
Vintage 1970's and 1980's anime.
is a manga by Masashi Kishimoto with an anime TV series adaptation about a loud, hyperactive teenage ninja by the name of Uzumaki Naruto who constantly searches for approval and recognition.
is a manga and anime series created by artist Eiichiro Oda. It revolves around a crew of pirates led by captain Monkey D. Luffy, whose dream is to obtain the ultimate treasure One Piece that was left behind by the late King of the Pirates, Gold Roger, and become the next Pirate King.
is a video game franchise, created by Satoshi Tajiri and published by Nintendo for several of their systems, most importantly the Game Boy. It has been merchandised into anime, manga, trading cards, toys, and much more.
funny Love is an online Macromedia Flash/computer-generated imagery cartoon series from the South Korean company Vooz. The male hero is a traveling ninja called Garu who must journey far and wide to restore his family's honor. Along the way, however, he wins the heart of Pucca, the daughter of a Chinese noodle house owner, against his own will.
is a comedy anime and manga by Rumiko Takahashi about a boy named Ranma Saotome who was trained from early childhood to age 16 in the martial arts, and who frequently becomes a girl due to a magic curse.
is a set of manga and anime series created by artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, set during the early years of the Meiji period in Japan. The English versions of the OVAs as well as the movie are sold under the Samurai X name.
has been translated into many different languages, including English. The show's English version is said to be the seed of the franchise's ensuing popularity outside of Japan, and has also served as a profound introduction of anime to mainstream entertainment around the world.
is an anime and manga series about a group of five mystical warriors called the "Saints" (or "Knights") who have adopted various constellations as their guardian symbols.
is a popular manga series created by Kazuya Minekura and loosely based on the famous Chinese novel Xī Yóu Jì (Journey to the West). It has been turned into an anime series by Studio Pierrot as well, although the storyline is not yet complete.
also known as Sakura Taisen, is a popular series of video games, manga, and anime created by Sega. The title is literally translated as "Cherry Blossom Great War", but it can also be translated more loosely as "The Great War Among the Cherry Blossoms", sakura being the Japanese word for "cherry blossom".
is a Japanese company that specializes in the creation of, production and marketing of goods featuring anime-style anthropomorphic characters such as Kogepan, Nyan Nyan Nyanko and Afro Ken. Characters usually relate to some aspect of Japanese culture: Tissue-san was a character developed to encourage Japanese schoolchildren to use tissues when they have a cold or flu.
is a Japanese company that creates a range of (mostly) animal dolls, and sells/licenses various products branded with these characters. It was founded in 1960 as the Yamanashi Corporation, by Mr. Shintaro Tsuji, and began as a silk manufacturer. Its best known character is Hello Kitty, a white cat with pink bow that is one of the most successful marketing brands in the world. Other Sanrio Characters include: Badtz Maru, Chococat, Cinnamoroll, Keroppi, Little Twin Stars, My Melody and Pochacco.
is both an anime series and a manga series by Hiroyuki Takei. A shaman is a link between this world and the next, and teams up with ghosts and spirits to achieve their goals.
is an anime and manga series based on a series of light novels written by Hajime Kanzaka that parodies RPGs with the story of Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev. Some of the novels, of which there are fifteen in the series, have only recently been released in English in North America; the rest are scheduled to be released in the future.
is an animated series that was featured on the USA Network's Cartoon Express and Action Extreme Team. Based mostly off of the Street Fighter movie and the fighting game Street Fighter II, the series follows the events after the movie. William F. Guile leads a team of fighters named Street Fighter. Street Fighter's mission is to fight against international crime and terrorism.
is an anime and manga series about a boy named Tenchi Masaki and the alien women that love him.
(My Neighbor Totoro) is a 1988 Japanese animated movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli.
is a sci-fi manga series with a steampunk Wild West theme created by Yasuhiro Nightow in 1995, and adapted into a 26 episode anime series in 1998 by Madhouse. It is the story of Vash the Stampede, a.k.a. The Humanoid Typhoon, a person with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head, and the two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who were ordered to follow him and minimize the damage that seems to follow Vash everywhere he goes.
is a Japanese anime series first broadcast in Japan on January 6, 2003. It ran for a full season of 26 episodes. Wolf's Rain takes place in a post-apocalyptic time when much of the world has been ecologically devastated and most people live in poverty.
is a popular Japanese anime and manga franchise from Kazuki Takahashi that mainly involves characters who play a card game called Duel Monsters (originally called Magic & Wizards in the manga.
Yu Yu Hakusho
is an adventure game for the Game Boy Advance. You control Yusuke Urameshi, Kazuma Kuwabara, Kurama, Hiei, Botan and Kayko (Keiko in the anime). You must complete various objectives to move on. Boss battles are scattered through the game.
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