Chobits

Chobits is a Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Clamp. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazinefrom the 43rd issue for 2000 to the 48th issue for 2002 and collected in eight bound volumes.

The series tells the story of Hideki Motosuwa, who finds an abandoned persocom, or personal computer with human form, which he names “Chi” after the only word it initially can speak. As the series progresses, they explore the mysteries of Chi’s origin together and questions about the relationship between human beings and computers. The manga is set in the same universe as Angelic Layer, taking place a few years after the events of that story, and like Angelic Layer, it explores the relationship between humans and electronic devices shaped like human beings. Chobits branches off as a crossover into many other stories in different ways, such as Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic and Kobato.

The iconic Freya

Chobits was adapted as an anime television series by Madhouse. The series was directed by Morio Asaka with music by K-Taro Takanami and character designs by Hisashi Abe. The opening theme is “Let Me Be With You” by Round Table featuring Nino. The ending themes are “Raison d’être” (Reason to Be) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 1–13), “Ningyo-hime” (Mermaid Princess) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 14–25), and “Katakoto no Koi” (Awkward Love) by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita (episode 26).

The series was broadcast in 26 episodes from 2 April 2002 to 24 September 2002 across Japan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia by the anime satellite television network, Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network. It was later released on 8 DVDs. The original episodes 9 and 18 are “recap” episodes, summarizing previous events. These episodes were re-numbered for the DVD release as episodes 8.5 and 16.5, respectively, and removed from their original sequence by being published together on the final DVD. As a result, the series is 24 episodes long on DVD. In addition, there are two DVD-only OVAs: a 27th episode recapping the series (numbered episode 24.5) and a 6-minute special, “Chobits: Plum and Kotoko Deliver”. The ending theme of the latter is “Book End Bossa” by Round Table featuring Nino.

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Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi Productions, in association with Epic/Sony Records, CBS Sony Group Inc. and Movic. The screenplay is based on the first in the long-running series of light novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi. Billed by the Japanese producers as a “dark future science-fiction romance”, the film, like the novel before it, is set in the year 12,090 AD, in a post-nuclear holocaust world where a young woman hires a mysterious half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter to protect her from a powerful vampire lord.

D, so much bad-assness in one letter.

Vampire Hunter D is credited as one of the earliest anime productions targeted explicitly at the male teenager/adult demographic in favor of family audiences, and capitalized on the emerging OVA market due to its violent content and influence from European horror mythology (such as the films of British film studio Hammer Productions). The film’s limited budget made its technical quality comparable to most anime TV series and other OVAs, but not with most theatrical animated films. During the film’s production, director Toyoo Ashida stated that his intention for the film was to create an OVA that people who had been tired from studying or working hard would enjoy watching, instead of watching something that would make them “feel even more tired”. At the time of the OVA’s production, Ashida was known for directing Toei Animation’s TV series adaptation of Fist of the North Star, and included cameo appearances of two characters from the series, Kenshiro and Lynn, inVampire Hunter D.Similarly, D makes a cameo appearance in Fist of the North Star.

Yoshitaka Amano, the illustrator of the original novels, acted as character designer for the OVA. However, alternative designs were provided by Ashida (who also acted as the film’s animation director), and elements from both artists’ works were combined to create final designs by the animators. Acclaimed pop artist Tetsuya Komuro was responsible for the film’s soundtrack, and also performed the film’s ending theme, ‘Your Song’, with his fellow members of TM Network.

Vampire Hunter D was the first of several film adaptations (both live-action and animated) of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s works. Several of these (Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) were directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri of Madhouse.

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Shin-chan

Probably one of the funniest and dirtiest-humored anime series you would ever watch is Crayon Shin-chan or more commonly known as simply Shin-Chan.  The original version is a Japanese manga series that was created by Yoshito Usui. The series revolves around the adventures of the five-year-old Shinnosuke “Shin” Nohara and his parents, baby sister, dog, neighbors, and friends. The anime adaptation of the series premiered on TV Asahi in 1992, and is still on-going to this day. Amazingly, the anime series has been dubbed in Danish, English, Dutch, German, Greek, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque, Polish, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Hebrew, Telugu, Tamil, Tagalog, Indonesian, Malay, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese.

 

Drop-dead-funny Shin chan

At the start of the series, the events were generally based on the original storyline in the manga version.  However, as the series progressed, the additional episodes in the anime were new and independent of the manga. Crayon Shin-Chan follows a sliding timescale where in which the characters maintain their ages all throughout the course of the series. Even though enough time has passed to warrant the rise and fall of several pop culture icons, marriages, pregnancies, and births of several characters, all the characters are still of the same age as the time they were introduced.

 

The humor of the series makes use of different jokes such as Shin-chan’s usual bizarre and inappropriate use of language. Other humorous themes which used in the series include gags based on physical comedy or, Shin-chan being a child, surprisingly using adult talk or mannerisms. Despite this, a certain amount of knowledge in Japanese culture and/or language is needed to be able to fully appreciate the jokes. An example would be his trademark “Mr. Elephant” impression, while obviously a physical male genitalia gag, also has a deeper meaning with contemporary Japanese culture since it refers to the popular Japanese children’s song “Zou-san”. Aside from these, Shin-chan is always infatuated with beautiful female characters that are very much older than him. These situations present funny moments whenever he uses his childlike attempts to court these women, such as by asking them inappropriately “Do you like green peppers?” . He is also funnily deprived of sensitivity when he talks to adults by asking questions like “When are you going to die?” to old people.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist , or Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, which actually translates as “Alchemist of Steel” is a Japanese manga series written and outlined by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the distributor later gathered the individual chapters into twenty-seven tankōbon volumes. The universe of Fullmetal Alchemist is molded after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in an anecdotal universe in which alchemy is one of the best amongst the most progressive scientific procedures, the story takes after the Elric siblings Edward and Alphonse, who are looking for a philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies after a failed endeavor to bring their mother once again to life using alchemy.

The series investigates social issues. Scar’s backstory and his scorn of the state military references the Ainu individuals, who had their territory taken by different people.this incorporates the results of guerrilla warfare and the measure of fierce fighters a military can have. A portion of the individuals who took the Ainu’s property were initially Ainu; this incongruity is referenced in Scar’s utilization of speculative chemistry to murder chemists despite the fact that it was taboo in his religion.the Elrics being vagrants and embraced by Pinako Rockbell reflects Arakawa’s convictions about the ways pop culture ought to treat vagrants. The characters’ commitment to their occupations reference the need to work for food.the arrangement likewise investigates the idea of proportional trade; to get something new, one must pay with something of the equivalent worth. This is connected by alchemists when making new materials and is likewise a conviction the Elric siblings take after.

Fullmetal Alchemist is one example of a Japanese manga series that has become very popular in South Korea; it’s interesting to see the latter embrace so much of Japanese culture, even as tensions remain hot over the controversial issue of Korean comfort women. Although there is a long history of problems between the two countries, the issue has become particularly complicated by obvious politicization by both governments, including the U.S. Government.

The manga was distributed in English by Viz Media in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australasia, and Chuang Yi in South Korea. It has been adjusted into two anime TV series, two animated movies all enlivened by Bones studio—and light books. Funimation named both TV series and movies into English and discharged them for North America; these were appropriated in different locales by a few different organizations. Viz Media limited the light books, and Funimation and Destineer have confined the video games. Unique video activities, video games, supplementary books, collectible card games and a mixed bag of action figures and other merchandise have been focused around the series’ characters.

The Elric brothers with Hommonculi

The Elric brothers with Hommonculi

The Fullmetal Alchemist manga has sold more or less 61 million volumes starting 2013. The English arrival of the manga’s first volume was the top-selling graphic novel throughout 2005. In two TV Asahi web surveys, the anime was voted the most well known anime ever in Japan. At the American Anime Awards in February 2007, it was qualified for eight grants, named for six, and won five. Commentators from a few media aggregations had positive remarks on the arrangement, especially for its character development.

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DNA²

Probably not as famous as most mainstream anime series are, DNA² is an anime that revolves around the sexual appetite of the male lead character. The anime is based from the science fiction manga series that was written and illustrated by Masakazu Katsura.  The manga had its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 1993 up until 1994, totaling to five tankōbon volumes.

Junta and the girls

Junta and the girls

The entire plot revolves around Junta Momonari, a high school student that is cursed with a unique problem. Whenever he gets turned on his “female allergy” activates which will cause the unfortunate guy to throw up. Obviously, this ruins any chance of him being with a girl and this was his every day until a cute girl from the future enters his life. She is Karin Aoi and she tells him about the future world that is suffering from overpopulation in titanic proportions. The problem is so bad that having more than one kid is a crime that is punishable by death.  She explains that the cause of this crisis is the family of “Mega-Playboys.” These are people blessed or cursed with supernatural sexual charisma and appetite that lead each of them to have 100 children who also inherit the Mega Playboy DNA.  Karin’s mission is to hunt down the source of this DNA which turns out to be none other than Junta.

DNA² had its anime adaptation in the form of a 12-episode anime television series that first aired on Nippon Television on October 7, 1994 until December 23, 1994.  This was not the end of the series as a three-episode anime original video animation or OVA was released in 1995. The anime series was produced by Madhouse and Studio Deen while the director was Jun’ichi Sakata. The characters were designed by Kumiko Takahashi who was also the animation director for the series. DNA² has continued to be broadcasted in Japan thanks to Animax, which also aired the series on its networks all over the world. These networks include the English-language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia. Central Park Media was able to acquire the distribution rights in North America for all of the 15 episodes Unfortunately, this distributor closed down on 2009 and ever since then Discotek Media has re-licensed the series for a DVD release in 2014.

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GTO

One anime that would both tickle your funny bone and satiate your action fix would be the awesome Great Teacher Onizuka. Officially recognized under the abbreviation of GTO, the series was originally a Japanese shōnen manga that was created by Tohru Fujisawa. The blonde teacher first appeared in the series’ original serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine that lasted from May of 1997 up until the April of 2002. From manga, the series turned to anime in the form of a 43-episode television series that first showed in Japan through Fuji Television and Animax from June 1999 to September 2000. Eventually,the anime was distributed outside Japan. Tokyopop acquired the license to distribute the series in North America. The release came in the form of 10 DVDs between March 22, 2002 and September 16, 2003. A re-release was made and it was manifested in a 7-disc box set by Eastern Star Studios on September 24, 2013.

The wacky yet determined Onizuka

The wacky yet determined Onizuka

The entire series revolves around Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-gang member who is a frustrated virgin. While he was looking up at girls’ skirts at a local shopping mall, Onizuka finally meets a girl who is willing to go out with him. Unfortunately, his chance to finally get laid with turns to ashes when the girl’s current “boyfriend” shows up at the love hotel. Apparently, she was dating her teacher and he goes to her to ask for her back. The teacher is both old and ugly yet the young, pretty and sexy girl is still swooned by him and ends up ditching Onizuka as she jumps from the hotel’s window into the old teacher’s yearning arms. After seeing this phenomenon, our hero is inspired to become a teacher himself.  As impossible as the task may be, he was still able to get his teaching degree at a second-rate college. All along his journey he realized that he has a strong sense of morality and justice and this, mixed with the many problems, discrimination and abuse found in high school, has turned his path into becoming the greatest teacher ever. It seems unimaginable that an ex-gangster would be a great educator but his unorthodox and unruly methods seem to be effective in touching the lives of his students as they learn to live life to the fullest.

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Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai was a manga series that was both written and illustrated by manga artist Takashi Okazaki. The series is a Japanese senen dojinshi manga, and the title was serialized irregularly in the avant garde dojinshi manga magazine Nou Nou Hau for a year from September 1999 to May 2000. The manga was inspired by the artists love for soul, hip hop, and American media. This manga involves the life of Afro Samurai after he witnesses his father who owns the number 1 headband being killed by a gunslinger named Justice who was the one who owned the number 2 headband while he was a child. Afro Samurai upset by the death of his father sets off on a journey of revenge and manhood.

The samurai with the fro'

The samurai with the fro’

Gonzo, an anime studio, thought highly of the Afro Samurai dojinshi that it was adapted into a 5 episode anime TV mini series in 2007. Due to the success of the mini series, Gonzo took Afro Samurai for one more project which was a made-for-TV movie sequel called Afro Samurai: Resurrection in 2009, which gained two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation and Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Houror More). The former was actually won.

Takashi Okazaki re-released the original Afro Samurai dojinshi into a two volume manga which was only going to be released in North America by Tor Book and Seven Seas Entertainment. However, the license of the title and publisher was under their new name Tor/Seven Seas imprint which was only released after the anime series.

Afro Samurai is about a man who discovers that he must avenge his father’s death. He travels throughout Japan looking for the gunslinger Justice. He encounters many of the goons that gunslinger has hired to protect himself. Afro Samurai is then able to dispatch of the notorious thug. He is able to make a bunch of friends whom he entrusts his safety to. Also he becomes the leader of the group in order to show off his impressive skills in leading and fighting off the evil forces that try and destroy him.

Other than its success as an anime series, Afro Samurai was adapted into a video game and a live action feature film. In 2005, Gonzo had awarded Namco Bandai Games exclusive rights to publish two Afro Samurai video games, as announced that year. The debut trailer of the first game was released at the company’s Editor’s Day presentation. Afro Samurai was released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on January 27, 2009 .The TV series and the film, two soundtracks were made by the RZA of Wu-Tang Clan have been released including a profile book in Japan.

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Fist of the North Star

Buronson wrote a Japanese manga series called Fist of the North Star while Tetsuo Hara illustrated the series. From the year 1938 to 1988, the anime series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. The 27-tankobon-volume edition of Shueshia consists of 245 chapters. The story’s plot revolves in a place where a nuclear war took place. The aftermath of the nuclear war destroyed the world so the characters are now living in a dangerous and apocalyptic world. The story then focuses on Kenshiro who is a warrior and the heir of a lethal martial art style called Hokuto Shinken. Hokuto Shinken gives Kenshiro the capability to annihilate his enemies through using the secret vital points of his body. As a result to his fighting style, he can kill his enemies with such brutality. He has put his whole life for battling against different ravagers who has terrorized the lives of the helpless and the innocent. At the same time, he also battled against his rival martial artists including his own brothers.

Fist of the North Star

Fist of the North Star

Because of the nuclear war, many people and other creatures had died so the civilization in the year “199x”. Despite the destruction it caused, there are survivors. The survivors then started an age where the strong conquered the weak

Since the war has destroyed almost everything in the world, some of the survivors tried to fight hard for their basic needs such as food and water, which little remained in the world.

Later on, the manga series Fist of the North Star was adapted into an anime television series. Toei Animation produced the anime series that was later broadcasted on Fuji TV having a total of 152 episodes from the year 1984 to 1988. At the same time, a number of films, original video animation (OVA), and video games were made. A series of spin-offs that focus on other characters of the story was also created.

Viz communication issued the original manga series in English as a comic book every month. Afterwards, Gutsoon! Entertainment issued the series as a graphic novel but both weren’t able to complete. Aside from that, there are English adaptations of the anime, which includes television series and a 1986 film, that are issued in other organizations.

During the 1980s, Fist of the North Star became one of the most popular anime series in Weekly Shonen Jump. While in the manga series, the anime is considered as one of the best selling manga series in the history. They have sold over 100 million copies around the globe. Fist of the North Star is truly a successful manga series.

 

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