Essential Anime for any Enthusiast

Essential Anime for any Enthusiast
Everyone has their hobby and interests, but here is a list of 80+ titles in anime film and television that everyone can enjoy. Even if the obscure ones aren’t your style, don’t fret, Sci Fi Junkies has a list full of steamy anime goodness. Enjoy!
Akira (1988)

  8.1/10
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ Great movie – recommended to all anime fans. 5 stars. For ages 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Armitage III: Poly Matrix (1997 Video)

  6.9/10
A policeman, Ross Sylibus, is assigned to a unit on a Martian colony, to find that women are being murdered by a psychotic named D’anclaude… (90 mins.)
Director: Takuya Sato
“ Rated 5 stars. Ages 18+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Blue Submarine No. 6 (1998 Video)

  7.1/10
The once famous and well respected scientist Zorndyke has bred a new genre of living being, one that thrives on the oceans and lives to destroy humans… (30 mins.)
“ Blue Subamrine No, Six. 5 stars. For ages 12+ ” – ninjaalexs
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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

  7.9/10
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it’s up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit. (115 mins.)
“ 5 stars. Ages 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

  8.0/10
A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ 5 stars. Ages 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

  7.6/10
In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot–one created solely for sexual pleasure–who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ Sequel to the above. 5 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

  8.2/10
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Great film from Studio Ghibli. 5 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Paprika (2006)

  7.7/10
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
“ 5 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Roujin Z (1991)

  6.9/10
A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary health care bed but there are unexpected consequences. (80 mins.)
“ Roujin Z – 5 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Wings of Honneamise (1987)

  7.4/10
In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program. (121 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
“ 5 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Cyber Desesperado (1993 Video)

  6.7/10
A police officer that nearly meets a violent death is turned into a cyborg with superhuman strength, speed and reflexes. (104 mins.)
“ 3 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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A.Li.Ce (1999)

  5.2/10
When Alice Hayashi, the youngest person ever to go into space crashes her shuttle at the North Pole…
Director: Kenichi Maejima
“ 2 stars. All ages. ” – ninjaalexs
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AD Police Files (1990 Short Film)

  6.8/10
In a futuristic Tokyo, a young cop is stalked by an android without his knowledge. (121 mins.)
“ The phantom woman – 2 stars 18+. ” – ninjaalexs
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A.D. Police File 2: The Ripper (1990 Short Film)

  6.7/10
A young female cop investigates a series of brutal prostitute murders that could involve a boomer android. (40 mins.)
Director: Akira Nishimori
“ The Ripper – 2 stars 18+. ” – ninjaalexs
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AD Police Files 3: The Man Who Bites His Tongue(1990 TV Series)

  7.1/10
A cop who became a full conversion cyborg faces the full tragic consequences of that condition. (40 mins.)
Director: Akira Nishimori
“ The man who bites his tongue – 2 stars 18+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Adieu Galaxy Express 999 – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Adventure Kid (1993 Video)

  5.4/10
Norikazu is a computer expert who digs up a computer that was used in World War II. Because of this, he and his friends end up in an alternative world inside the computer, where hideous, horny zombies roam. (120 mins.)
Director: Hideki Takayama
“ 1 star 18+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Ai City – 4 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Akai Hayate (1992 Video)

  6.0/10
When the Shinogara finest warrior murders their leader, who’s also his father, his ninja enemies land a fatal blow. With only minutes left, Hayate transfers his soul into his sister’s body…but how long can two souls occupy the same body? (80 mins.)
Director: Osamu Tsuruyama
“ 2 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Alien Nine (2001 Video)

  6.4/10
Otani Yuri, much to her disgust, has been elected by her class for alien fighting duty. Together with Tonime Kasumi… (30 mins.)
“ 2 stars 12+ ” – ninjaalexs
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Angel’s Egg (1985)

  7.6/10
A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg. (71 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
“ 4 stars 12+. Gorgeous Gothic animation. ” – ninjaalexs
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The Animatrix (2003)

  7.4/10
The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the “Matrix” universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix. (102 mins.)
“ 5 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Appleseed (1988 Video)

  6.3/10
In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism. (71 mins.)
“ Appleseed 1 – 4 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Appleseed (2004)

  7.0/10
In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind? (101 mins.)
“ Appleseed 2 – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Crusher Joe (1989 Video)

  6.9/10
Two missions for the crushers. In “The Ice Prison”, Joe and his team are assigned to adjust the orbit…
“ Ash the Ultimate Weapon – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Assemble Insert – 2 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Babel II: Perfect Collection (1992 Video)

  6.9/10
Life seems simple for Koichi, a young student, until he learns that he is the reincarnation of an alien… (30 mins.)
“ Babel II – 2 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ 2 stars 12+. 4 x 25 mins episodes. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ 3 stars 15+. A flawed masterpiece. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ 2 stars. All ages. ” – ninjaalexs
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Blame! (2003 TV Series)

  6.6/10
In the post-apocalyptic future, the earth is buried in an enormous mega-structure created by machines. The last hope for mankind is information on a data disc from an engineer called “Cibo.” (5 mins.)
“ 4 stars. 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Capricorn (1991 Video)

  /10
High school student Taku is transported to the bizarre world of Slaffleaze. Villainous Zolba is plotting the invasion of the world they know as Capricorn. Taku get a young, cute, female dragon girl, Yappie to help him. (45 mins.)
“ 1 star, 12+. Minimal character development and plot but quite charming. ” – ninjaalexs
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Casshan: Robot Hunter (1993 TV Series)

  7.3/10
In the near future, robot technology has advanced to the point of self-awareness. Under the leadership of the “Black King,” machines have decimated the human population and conquered the world. (101 mins.)
“ Casshan Robot Hunter – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Chobits (2002 TV Series)

  7.5/10
Hideki finds the discarded and malfunctioning Persocom Chi, a personal computer that looks like a girl. While trying to fix and care for Chi, Hideki discovers that she might be a Chobits, a robot of urban legend that has free will. (30 mins.)
“ 2 stars 15+. Massively popular TV series. ” – ninjaalexs
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Cosmo Warrior Zero (2001 TV Series)

  7.1/10
Captain Zero, commanding a spaceship crew of human and aliens, is assigned a near-impossible mission: capture the space pirate Captain Harlock. Will he succeed? (30 mins.)
“ Cosmo Warrior Zero Gaiden – 2 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Crusher Joe (1983)

  6.5/10
Amid a supposedly simple escort mission, Joe and his crew experience a failure during their warp travel… (125 mins.)
“ Crusher Joe The Movie – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Go Nagai’s New Cutey Honey (1998 Video)

  7.0/10
In hibernation for years, the body-shifting android Cutey Honey is brought out of her self-imposed stasis… (240 mins.)
“ New Cutey Honey – 3 stars 15 +. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Should be Dangaizer 3 – not listed, this is from same director. ” – ninjaalexs
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Detonator Orgun (1991 Video)

  6.5/10
Tomoru is an average student in Artificial City 5 of Earth 2292 but is bored with his life. Losing himself…
Director: Masami Ôbari
“ 3 stars 15+. 3 parts. ” – ninjaalexs
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Dâti pea: Nôrandia no nazo (1985 Video)

  6.6/10
Kei and Yuri travel to a mysterious planet in order to find a missing girl. (57 mins.)
“ Dirty Pair: Affair of Nolandia – 3 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Dirty Pair (1989 Video)

  7.1/10
The adventures of Kay & Julie dubbed and released in the USA and internationally. (25 mins.)
“ Dirty Pair Flight 005 Conspiracy – not listed. ” – ninjaalexs
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Original Dirty Pair: Project Eden (1987)

  6.7/10
WWWA Trouble Consultants Kei and Yuri team up with a petty thief to stop a mad scientist and his legions of mutated creatures. (81 mins.)
Director: Kôichi Mashimo
“ Project Eden – 3 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Dominion Tank Police (1988 Video)

  7.2/10
In a dystopic pollution ridden future, the tank police fight for law and order and cause massive collatorol destruction along the way. (138 mins.)
“ Dominion Tank Police – 4 stars 15+. Great Soundtrack as well. ” – ninjaalexs
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Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (2005 TV Series)

  8.0/10
This is the sequel to the first Full Metal Panic! series and starts where the first series left off…
“ 2 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Teki wa kaizoku nekotachi no kyoen (1990 Video)

  7.7/10
(26 mins.)
“ Galactic Pirates – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman (1994 Video)

  7.5/10
A bird-themed superhero team fights against the menace of Galactor, a technologically advanced terrorist organization. (45 mins.)
“ Gatchaman 94 – 4 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Gate Keepers (2000 TV Series)

  6.8/10
Set in 1969, Tokyo. Earth is under the attack by secret creatures known as the Invaders. The only thing, stopping them from controlling the world is A.E.G.I.S, a group of gifted gatekeepers.
“ Gate Keepers 21 – 2 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Genesis Survivor Gaiarth – 3 stars 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (2006 TV Movie)

  8.0/10
A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team… (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Kamiyama
“ 5 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Goku Midnight Eye (1989 Video)

  6.8/10
A private detective finds himself armed with a cybernetic eye implant that proves invaluable in his fight against an evil weapons dealer.
“ 3 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ 3 stars all ages. ” – ninjaalexs
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Grey Digital Target (1986)

  6.6/10
In a barren, war torn future Earth, a soldier and his female comrade look for a lost friend in a quest that would shake their reality. (80 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Dezaki
“ Grey Digital Target – 5 stars 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Iria: Zeiram the Animation (1993 Video)

  7.4/10
A monster hunter goes after a beast that could be her brother.(162 mins.)
“ 4 stars. 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)

  7.6/10
A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty. (102 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
“ 3 stars. 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Jojo no kimyô na bôken (1993 Video)

  8.4/10
Three members of the Joestar family, a clan of psychic fighters, set out on a quest to destroy their family’s ancient enemy.
“ 3 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Beast Warriors (1994 Video)

  8.1/10
Set in the distant future in which the Earth is split in two. The southern hemisphere is placed in another… (90 mins.)
“ KO Beast – 4 stars, all ages. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Kishin Corps – 4 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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SDF-1 Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)

  7.9/10
In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think “Transformer” with a pilot) called Macross carries… (114 mins.)
“ 4 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Mazinkaiser (2001 Video)

  7.4/10
In one of their epic battles, the Mazinger Team suffers a crushing defeat at the hands of Dr. Hell and… (210 mins.)
Director: Masahiko Murata
“ 3 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Origin: Spirits of the Past (2006)

  6.5/10
It is 300 years into the future. Earth’s environment had been devastated by mankind’s own foolish plans… (95 mins.)
“ Origin: Spirits of the Past – 4 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Outlanders (1986 Video)

  6.0/10
While invading Earth, Kahm runs across Tetsuya, a primitive but cute human and decides to marry him.
“ 2 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Parasite Dolls (2003)

  6.1/10
Part of a “Bubblegum Crisis (1987)” universe, follows a special unit of the A.D. Police, tasked to destroy Boomers, androids that malfunction or gain sentience and go on a rampage in the futuristic city of Megatokyo. (85 mins.)
“ 2 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ SaiKano: Another Love Song – 3 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Sol Bianca (1991 Video)

  6.2/10
Five female pirates pilot the Sol Bianca, a starship with a higher level of technology than any other known. With it, they seek out riches, such as the Gnosis, an legendary item of power, and pasha, the most valuable mineral in the galaxy. (45 mins.)
“ 4 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Sol Bianca: The Legacy (1999)

  5.6/10
Thousands of years into the future, mankind has colonized other planets across the galaxy and completely forgotten about Earth… (200 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Ochi
“ 3 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Star Blazers (1979 TV Series)

  8.4/10
A starship must make a dangerous voyage to a distant planet and back to save Earth from an alien invasion. (22 mins.)
Director: Leiji Matsumoto
“ Space Battleship Yamato – 4 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Space Firebird (1980)

  7.0/10
In the year 2772, a young cadet is sent to capture a mystical universal Phoenix, which possesses the power to rejuvenate the drained Earth. (122 mins.)
Director: Taku Sugiyama
“ 5 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Spirit of Wonder Scientific Boys Club – not listed. ” – ninjaalexs
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Spriggan (1998)

  6.6/10
An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power. (90 mins.)
“ 3 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko (1996 Video)

  6.2/10
After a spaceship accident, a female pilot is sent from 2999 to 1999 with amnesia. Having no memory accept occasional flashback, she believes she’s just a normal girl and goes to attend high school.
“ Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko – 2 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Steamboy (2004)

  6.9/10
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power. (126 mins.)
“ 3 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Crusher Joe (1989 Video)

  6.9/10
Two missions for the crushers. In “The Ice Prison”, Joe and his team are assigned to adjust the orbit…
“ The Ice Prison – first episode of the OVA. 3 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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They Were Eleven (1986)

  7.0/10
Cosmo Academy has set a test for ten of its applicants to survive on a spaceship for 2 months. But there is an eleventh member aboard. (91 mins.)
“ 3 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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“ Time Bokan – 3 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Twin Signal (2001 Video)

  6.5/10
(30 mins.)
Director: Takashi Sogabe
“ 3 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Urusei Yatsura 3: Rimenbâ mai rabu (1985)

  6.7/10
A curse placed on Lum as an infant manifests itself in the present day, causing her to be taken to another dimension. Lum’s husband, Ataru Moroboshi is turned into a hippo, and attempts to find Lum with the help of her friends.
Director: Kazuo Yamazaki
“ Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love – 4 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Urusei Yatsura: Yume no shikajin, Inaba-kun tôjô! Lum no mirai wa dô naruccha!? (1987 Video)

  8.4/10
It is summertime, and Shinobu laments not having a boyfriend. She then happens upon a young man weak from hunger…
Director: Tetsu Dezaki
“ Inaba the Dream-maker – 4 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Urusei Yatsura: Ikare!! Shâbetto (1988 Video)

  8.1/10
Lum & her girlfriends are invited to Neptune by Oyuki. There she shows them her new business venture at a ranch of flying sherbets… (26 mins.)
“ Raging Sherbert – 4 stars, 12+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Venus Wars (1989)

  6.8/10
The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia… (102 mins.)
“ 2 stars, 15+. ” – ninjaalexs
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Zaion: I Wish You Were Here (2001 TV Series)

  5.8/10
In the future, a meteor crashes into Earth bringing with it a virus known as M34 and attacks humans, turning them into vicious monsters. The fate of the world rests in the hands of 16-year-old girl with the power to defeat the virus. (27 mins.)
Director: Seiji Mizushima
“ 2 stars. 12+. ” – ninjaalexs