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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Last Exile

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2003 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2

Synopsis: In a steampunk, 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.

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.

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 himself teamed up with Kagero, the last survivor of a team of ninjas investigating a mysterious plague, and together they must fight an enemy bent on overthrowing the government.

Paranoia Agent

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2004 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16+
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2

Synopsis: In this psychological 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.

R.O.D. The TV

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2003-2004 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 13
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2

Synopsis: Anita, Maggie, and Michelle, three young Paper Masters who can manipulate paper with their will, act as bodyguards for Nenene, a writer who is the target of a mad bomber

Sakura Wars: The Movie

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 1997 (movie), 2006 (UMD)
  • Rating: 13+

Synopsis: Demons are besieging Toyko once again, but the Imperial Flower Combat Troupe has been replaced by new mecha -- then members of the troupe begin to disappear and something starts to look fishy about those new mechs.

Samurai Champloo

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2004-2005 (series), 2005-2006 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16+
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2
  • Volume 2: episodes 3-4
  • Volume 3: episodes 5-6
  • Volume 4: episodes 7-8

Synopsis: Fuu, a waitress at a teahouse in historical Japan, breaks up a fight between Mugen -- a crazy warrior -- and Jin -- a sophisticated Ronin. The three of them go looking for "a samurai who smells of sunflowers."

S-CRY-ed

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Bandai
  • Date: 2001-2003 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-4

Synopsis: Kazuma is a mutant with super-human abilities. In the aftermath of an environmental disaster, mutants like Kazuma are hunted by normal humans.

Steamboy

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Sony
  • Date: 2004 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Young inventor Ray Steam receives a package from his grandfather that contains the "steamball," a revolutionary invention that will harness the power of steam far beyond anything anyone had thought possible -- now he must keep it out of the hands of the shadowy O'Hara Foundation.
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Submarine 707R: The Movie

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2004 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 13+

Synopsis: The Peacekeeping Navy travels the oceans of the world by submarine, fighting the terrorism of the world-domination-seeking Admiral Red.

Tenjho Tenge

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2004 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: 16+
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2

Synopsis: Souichiro and Bob go to a new school with plans to rule it, but the Natsume sisters Maya and Aya have other ideas.

Trigun

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 1998 (series), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: PG / TV 14
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2

Synopsis: Set in the distant future, this series chronicles the exploits of Vash the Stampede, an outlaw with a $60,000,000,000 bounty who is actually a hero.

Viewtiful Joe

  • Format: tv series
  • Publisher: Geneon
  • Date: 2004-2005 (series), xxx (UMD)
  • Rating: TV-17
  • Volume 1: episodes 1-2

Synopsis: Joe and his girlfriend Silvia are watching a movie when the movie's villain kidnaps Silvia and takes her into the world of the movie. The movie's hero takes Joe into Movieworld so he can rescue Silvia.

X

  • Format: movie
  • Publisher: Manga Video
  • Date: 1996 (movie), 2005 (UMD)
  • Rating: R / 17+

Synopsis: In the year 1999, Kamui Shirou returns to Tokyo to face his destiny in the battle between the Dragons of Heaven and the Dragons of Earth to determine the fate of the world.