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Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya

Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya is a Japanese-American animated webseries based on the 1980s Japanese manga series Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada.

Plot

Seiya, a young teen, is recruited by Alman Kido to become a fabled Bronze Knight (青銅聖闘士 Buronzu Seinto). The series follows the Bronze Knights as they fight prolific warriors in the quest of becoming Goddess Athena warriors, while Seiya at the same time is looking for his missing sister.

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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō

Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō (Japanese: 聖闘士星矢・セインティア翔 Hepburn: Seinto Seiya – Seintia Shō), or simply Saintia Shō (Japanese: セインティア翔 Hepburn: Seintia Shō), is a manga series by Chimaki Kuori, a spin-off of the classic Saint Seiya manga created, written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. Kuori is known by her work on the manga adaptation of the Gundam SEED anime and in the Kimi no Kaeru Bashō manga series. Saintia Shō started its serialization on August 19, 2013 of Akita Shoten’s Champion Red magazine. North American manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have announced that they have licensed the manga. An original net animation produced by Toei Animation and animated by Gonzo premiered on December 10, 2018.

Plot

Athena, the Greek goddess of justice and heroic endeavor, returns when evil consumes Earth, and battles antagonistic deities, the agents of evil, with the assistance of her army of warriors known as Saints, protected by their Cloths, battle armors that represent their guardian constellations. The main character in the series is a young female Saint named Shō, who protects Athena and her Sanctuary from the attack of Goddess of Discord, Eris.

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Transformers: Combiner Wars

Transformers: Combiner Wars is an animated web television series created by Eric S. Calderon, George Krstic, and F.J. DeSanto, and produced by Machinima, Inc. and Tatsunoko Production, in partnership with Hasbro Studios for the go90 streaming media format from Verizon. As a branch of the Transformers franchise, it is based on the Combiner Wars toy line, but features a story with elements taken from the Generation 1 continuity family and the comic books by IDW Publishing.

Premise

Four decades after the Great War between the Autobots and the Decepticons on Earth, the two factions have disbanded and a three-member ruling council rules in place of the absent leaders Optimus Prime and Megatron. An uneasy peace has been created on Cybertron, but the rise of the Combiners threatens to bring it to an end. Prior to the events of the series, Optimus Prime and Megatron have engaged each other in a final duel, while the new combiner Victorion has been born from the Enigma of Combination. The new ruling council consists of Starscream, Rodimus Prime, the Mistress of Flame (a new female Transformer from the planet Caminus); Caminus has been devastated by the Combiner Wars, which has set the formidable Windblade on a quest for vengeance. Windblade, once an official ‘City Speaker’ to the gigantic ‘Titans’ is tired of the bureaucratic non-action of the Council, who seem to sit idly while her people and her cities on Caminus perish. She decides that the only way to end the Combiner Wars is to take matters into her own vengeful hands.[

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Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold

Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold (聖闘士星矢 黄金魂 -soul of gold- Seinto Seiya Sōru Obu Gōrudo) is an ONA anime series, a spinoff from the classic anime Saint Seiya, the animated adaptation of Masami Kurumada’s manga of the same name. The series was announced on October 29 at the 2014 Tamashii Nation Figure Expo in Japan, revealing it would focus on the deceased Gold Saints in the aftermath of Athena’s battle against Hades in the 20th century. It was also revealed that the series approach would be an original anime story, as it wouldn’t be an adaptation of any of the arcs contained in Kurumada’s manga or other related spinoffs in the franchise. An official event was to be held on October 31, 2014, at the Tamashii Nation 2014 Expo in Japan, to further introduce the series to the specialized media and to the public. Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold was released on April 11, 2015. Soul of Gold is part of the projects that commemorate the 40th anniversary of Kurumada as a manga artist.

Plot

After giving their lives in order to destroy the Wall of Grief and thus help Seiya and his friends reach the Elysian Fields to protect Athena, all twelve Gold Saints reappear in Asgard, after being mysteriously revived. While looking for answers about why they were brought back to life and by whom, the Gold Saints must fight a new enemy that threatens Asgard with their new, enhanced Cloths.

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Saint Seiya: Omega

Saint Seiya Omega (聖闘士星矢セイントセイヤΩオメガ Seinto Seiya Omega, stylized as Saint Seiya Ω) is an anime series produced by Toei Animation. It is a spin-off of the Saint Seiya anime series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada, produced in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The series began broadcasting in Japan on TV Asahi on April 1, 2012. It is directed by Morio Hatano (his debut as series director), with animation character designs by illustrator and animator Yoshihiko Umakoshi, known for performing the same duties on Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, HeartCatch PreCure! and Casshern Sins.

Plot

The series follows a young teenager known as Koga who becomes one of the 88 warriors protecting the Goddess Athena known as Saints. As the Pegasus Bronze Saint, Koga embarks on a journey to increase his power to save Athena while meeting some other Saints. For the second season, the series tells the conflict between Athena and her sister Pallas which starts a new war. The series also got a manga adaptation and a fighting game.

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Busou Shinki

The 12-episode anime television series Busou Shinki (武装神姫 Busou Shinki), adapted from the ONA, was produced by 8-Bit and broadcast on TBS in Japan beginning October 4, 2012. The TV series was subsequently released in Japan on a series of seven Blu-ray discs, beginning with volume 1, December 26, 2012 and ending with volume 7, released June 26, 2013, with each volume containing one or two episodes. The anime television series was licensed for distribution in North America by Sentai Filmworks in 2012. The Anime Network began an online posting of the series beginning on October 20, 2012 with an episode daily for the first three episodes and then continuing with one new episode weekly. The 12-episode TV series is posted on the AN site. The TV series is scheduled for release on DVD, in Japanese language with English subtitles, June 17, 2014.

The opening theme, “Install x Dream”, is sung by the actresses that voice the four main characters; Kana Asumi (Ann), Kaori Mizuhashi (Aines), Megumi Nakajima (Lene) and Minori Chihara (Hina). The ending theme is “The Sun’s Sign” (太陽のサイン Taiyō no Sain) by Azusa.

Plot

High school freshman Rihito, who just came back from abroad, started a new life in Japan with his four Busou Shinki, female action figures with weapons. Some guys wait their entire lives to meet the girl of their dreams, but Rihito already lives with four dream girls who are eager to please him. That’s because they’re shinki: 6-inch high, customizable gynoids. Despite their tiny size, these ladies have full-sized intelligence and emotions, and are fully armed. They attempt to maintain and protect Rihito’s household from criminals, hijackers, obnoxious neighbors and dangerous enemy shinki. His shinki harem also presents some danger to him as they are strong fighters with powerful weapons but are not fully under control.

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Appleseed XIII

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Following World War V, a global-scale conflict fought with non-nuclear weapons that almost halved the earth’s population, the city-nation of Olympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos.

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Busou Shinki: Moon Angel (ONA)

Busou Shinki: Moon Angel (武装神姫: Moon Angel Busou Shinki: Moon Angel) is a promotional original net animation (ONA) anime episode produced by Kinema Citrus and TNK. The release of the first installment of the ONA episode was to coincide with release of the second PSP video game, ‘Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk. 2 and new editions of the associated action figures. The video game was released on September 22, 2011, after a delay of several weeks. The ONA was released online in ten downloadable installments, of approximately 5 minutes in length, one installment a week, beginning September 7, 2011. Konami began streaming the ONA episodes online on YouTube in September 2011, however the videos were subsequently removed. The ten installments of the ONA were assembled into a single 43-minute OVA episode and released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 15, 2012.

The first opening theme is “Labyrinth” (ラビリンス Rabirinsu) by MIQ, the second opening theme is “Catalysis of the Mind” (孤高のカタルシス Kokou no Katarushisu) by Nana Mitani and the ending theme is “Kayowaki Juujika no Ai” (か弱き十字架の愛) by Kei.

PLOT

Tsubasa is a young boy who dreams of becoming a Shinki master. Shinki are small robot girls which can talk, fight, and fly. On a full moon night, Tsubasa finds a damaged Shinki model and takes it home. After repairing it, he gives her the name of Kaguya. They live a happy life until the former owner of Kaguya finds her.

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Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – The Myth of Hades (Japanese: 聖闘士星矢セイントセイヤ The Lost Canvas 冥王神話 Hepburn: Seinto Seiya Za Rosuto Kyanbasu – Meiō Shinwa), also known as simply The Lost Canvas, is a manga written and illustrated by Shiori Teshirogi. It is a spin-off based on the manga series Saint Seiya, which was created, written and illustrated by Japanese author Masami Kurumada. The Lost Canvas was published by Akita Shoten in the Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine since August 24, 2006, concluding after 223 chapters on April 6, 2011, with twenty-five tankōbon released. Originally envisioned as a comic book whose purpose was to work simultaneously with Kurumada’s Saint Seiya: Next Dimension as a multi-angle interpretation of the shared elements of its storyline, which stems from an event mentioned in Kurumada’s original Saint Seiya manga; the approach was quickly abandoned, as both works greatly diverged, Kurumada’s Next Dimension stayed as the canonical telling of these events, and The Lost Canvas as a separate alternate retelling. The story takes place in the 18th century, and focuses on how an orphan known as Tenma becomes one of Athena’s 88 warriors known as Saints and finds himself in a war fighting against his best friend Alone who is revealed to be the reincarnation of Athena’s biggest enemy, the God Hades.

Plot

Story of the Holy War taking place in the 18th century, 250 years before the original Saint Seiya series. It centers on the fight between Tenma, one of the 88 Saints following Athena, and Alone, the reincarnation of the God Hades.

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Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!

Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!, known in Japan as True Mazinger Impact! Z Chapter (真マジンガー 衝撃! Z編, Shin Majingā Shōgeki! Zetto Hen), translated in the Soul of Chogokin toys line as Shin Mazinger Impact Z!, is a Mazinger anime series, directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa (of G Gundam and Giant Robo fame) which premiered in Japan on April 4, 2009.

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A modern retelling of the endless battle between Koji Kabuto and Mazinger against Dr. Hell and his army of mechanic brutes.

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Cobra the Animation

The original video animation (OVA) and anime series Cobra the Animation is based on the Cobra manga series written by Buichi Terasawa. All series were produced by Guild Project and animated by Magic Bus. The first OVA, Cobra the Animation: The Psychogun (COBRA THE ANIMATION ザ・サイコガン Kobura Za Animēshon Za Saikogan), was directed by Buichi Terasawa, while Cobra the Animation: Time Drive, (COBRA THE ANIMATION タイム・ドライブ Kobura Za Animēshon Taimu Doraibu) was directed by Kenichi Maejima. The anime, Cobra the Animation: Rokunin no Yūshi (COBRA THE ANIMATION 六人の勇士 Kobura Za Animēshon Rokunin no Yūshi), was directed by Keizō Shimizu.

Both OVAs were released direct-to-DVD by Happinet: The Psychogun was released between August 29, 2008 and February 27, 2009, while Time Drive was released between April 24, 2009 and June 26, 2009. Rokunin no Yūshi was broadcast by BS 11 between January 2, 2010 and March 27, 2010. The OVA were later released in a DVD box set on February 19, 2010 by Happinet. The anime series episodes were later released in seven DVD and Blu-ray compilations between April 23, 2010 and October 2, 2010 by Happinet.

On December 18, 2009, Crunchyroll and Happinet announced that Crunchyroll would begin to stream the first OVA series on that day. The last episode was streamed on January 8, 2010. The two episodes of Time Drive were uploaded on January 1, 2008. The anime series begin to be streamed on January 2, 2010, and the last episode was available on March 27, 2010 for premium users, and on April 3, 2010 for free users.

Each series used different pieces of theme music but all of them used a single opening theme and a single ending theme. The opening theme from The Psychogun is “Kizudarake no Yume” (傷だらけの夢) by Yoko Takahashi and it ending theme is “Wanderer” by Shigeru Matsuzaki. The second OVA used “Time Drive” by Sasja Antheunis as opening theme and “Kimi ga bi Waraunara” (君が微笑うなら) by Shigeru Matsuzaki as ending theme. “Cobra the Space Pirate” by Sasja Antheunis and “Kimi no Uta” (君の歌) were used respectively as opening theme and ending theme for Rokunin no Yūshi.

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Afro Samurai

The Afro Samurai dōjinshi was adapted into an anime miniseries by Gonzo in 2007, along with the television film sequel Afro Samurai: Resurrection in 2009, which gained two Emmy nominations, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, which it won and Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or More).

Plot

A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.

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Saint Seiya: Hades

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Plot

Hades is planning to take over the world, to achieve that goal, he sends out deceased Gold Saints to take Athena’s head. Seiya and the other Bronze Saints come to help but their help isn’t appreciated by the remaining Gold Saints that are still alive.

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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is an American animated television series developed by Klasky Csupo for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on three young monsters—Ickis, Oblina and Krumm—who attend a school for monsters under a city dump and learn to frighten humans. Many of the episodes revolve around them making it to the surface in order to perform “scares” as class assignments.

The series premiered October 29, 1994, at 11 am on Nickelodeon.[3] Running a total of 52 episodes over 4 seasons, the final episode aired December 6, 1997.

Plot

The show takes us through the struggles of life as a child monster. Three monster friends are studying how to scare humans in school. Often, their attempts don’t work out as planned.

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The Addams Family: The Animated Series (1992–1993)

The Addams Family is an American animated series based on the eponymous comic strip characters by Charles Addams and is the second cartoon show to feature the Addams (the first was the 1973 series). It ran from September 12, 1992 to November 6, 1993 on ABC and was produced by Hanna-Barbera (producers of the 1973 series). The series’ development began in the wake of the 1991 Addams Family feature film. Two seasons were produced.

Plot

Gomez and Morticia Addams, along with their children Wednesday and Pugsley, are just an ordinary American family facing the challenges of ordinary American life, with a few monsters, ghosts…

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OVA • Transformers: Zone

Transformers: Zone (トランスフォーマー ゾーン Toransufōmā: Zōn) is a 1990 one-shot OVA exclusive to Japan in the fictional Transformers universe. It was released on July 21, 1990 on VHS and on April 21, 2004 on DVD in Japan. An unofficial fan-made English dub was released on TFCog.com in March 2004.

Story

Following on from Victory, the mysterious three-faced insectoid being, Violenjiger dispatches the nine “Great Decepticon Generals”—Devastator, Menasor, Bruticus, Trypticon, Predaking, Abominus, King Poseidon, Overlord and BlackZarak—to acquire “Zone Energy”, destroying the planet Feminia to obtain the world’s store and in search of the powerful Zodiac. Caught in the destruction of the planet, Star Saber is rescued by Dai Atlas, who then repels an attack by the Decepticons on Earth, and is appointed the new Autobot commander at the conclusion of the episode, following a battle with the Decepticons and unlocking the power of the Zodiac that was found on Earth.

Characters

The cast of Zone is composed heavily of Micromasters, who also made up much of the toyline. Dai Atlas is a “Powered Master”, so named for his motorized gimmick, as is his combining partner Sonic Bomber—the toyline also featured another partner for them, Roadfire, who was not in the episode. The solitary Decepticons in the toyline were the Race Track Patrol, and Metrotitan, a redeco of the Autobot city Metroplex, neither of whom appeared in animated form. None of the Decepticon Generals ever appeared in toy form.

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Transformers: Victory

Transformers: Victory (トランスフォーマー ビクトリー Toransufōmā: Bikutorī) is an anime series produced by Toei Animation. It is a Japanese-produced spin-off of the well-known original Transformers cartoon, and the final complete animated series from the original “Generation 1” era.

Development

Following the conclusion of the American Transformers cartoon series in 1987, Takara, the Japanese producers of the Transformers toyline, opted to create unique anime for their shores to advertise their own version of the Transformers toyline, which began to grow further and further apart from its American progenitor. After Transformers: The Headmasters in 1987 and Transformers: Super-God Masterforce in 1988, Transformers: Victory was produced in 1989.

These Japanese-exclusive Transformers series had been moving further and further away from the stylistic roots of the American series, and Victory represents this divergence at its greatest. The visual style of Victory is derived heavily from the anime of the time, with the transformations of the robots being treated as more monumental, presented through more dynamic and lengthy stock footage. Still frame effects and re-used animation were used wherever possible to compensate for high levels of animation compared to previous series, possibly due to budget cuts at the time.

Despite his apparent death in The Transformers: The Movie, Wheeljack returned during the death of God Ginrai/Birth of Victory Leo saga, along with Perceptor from the original series, with God Ginrai and Minerva from Transformers: Super God Masterforce returning too. The series was released in the UK on DVD in Region 2, PAL format on December 26, 2006. In 2008, Madman Entertainment released the series on DVD in Australia in Region 4, PAL format. Transformers: Victory was released with The Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce in the USA, released by Shout! Factory. It was released on August 28, 2012.

Story

Victory is the story of the new Autobot Supreme Commander, Star Saber, defending the Earth against the forces of Deszaras (though commonly in the English fandom is known by “Deathsaurus” a butchered version of his Japanese name), the Decepticons’ new Emperor of Destruction. Deszaras desires the planet’s energy to reactivate his massive planet-destroying fortress, sealed away in the Dark Nebula long ago by Star Saber. The series eschews the story arc-based approach of Headmasters and Masterforce, returning to the American show’s method of episodic adventures that did little to alter the status quo of the series, with a heavy emphasis on action, complemented by dynamic animation.[1] Its cast consists almost entirely of brand new characters (although there are some guest appearances from characters on earlier shows).

Victory’s story is told over thirty-two original episodes. However, the broadcast series also includes six additional clip shows – bringing the total number of broadcast episodes to thirty-eight. Additionally, after the end of the series, another six additional clip shows were created by Masumi Kaneda, which were available only through home video and seldom-seen regional Japanese broadcasts, taking the total number of Victory episodes to forty-four.

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Transformers: Super-God Masterforce

Transformers: Super-God Masterforce (トランスフォーマー 超神マスターフォース Toransufōmā: Chōjin Masutāfōsu) is a Japanese Transformers line of toys and anime series that ran from April 12, 1988 to March 7, 1989 for 42 episodes. On July 3, 2006 the series was released on DVD in the UK, and it was aired on AnimeCentral in the UK a few years later. In 2008, Madman Entertainment released the series on DVD in Australia in Region 4, PAL format. On May 1, 2012, the series was released on DVD in the US.

Story

The core concept of Masterforce begins with the human beings themselves rising up to fight and defend their home, rather than the alien Transformers doing it for them. Going hand-in-hand with this idea, the Japanese incarnations of the Autobot Pretenders actually shrink down to pass for normal human beings, whose emotions and strengths they value and wish to safeguard.[1] The Decepticon Pretenders tend to remain being large monsters, unless they battle in their robot forms. Later on children and adults would be recruited to become Headmaster Juniors for both the Autobots and Decepticons but as the story progressed the story focuses more on the Godmasters (released as Powermasters in the West) and they became the more powerful Transformers on the show. The Godmasters themselves are human beings with the ability to merge with their Transtectors (robot bodies). Most of the Godmasters would be adults with the exception of Clouder who is about the same age as the Junior Headmasters. Other characters would later appear including Black Zarak who would later merge with the Decepticons leader; Devil Z for the final battle and for the Autobots comes Grand Maximus who has a Pretender guise and is Fortress Maximus’ younger brother. Also the Firecons make a brief appearance in one episode and a robot who transforms into a gun (similar to G1 Megatron) was given to Cancer of the Headmaster Junior Decepticons as a gift from Lady Mega. His name was Browning (or BM in the dub). The Decepticons also had the Targetmaster Seacons under their command, but like the Pretenders, they were sentient robots and didn’t require humans to operate them. The Autobots would also gain the help of another sentient robot called Sixknight (Or as he is known outside Japan; Quickswitch), who appeared on Earth as a travelling warrior who wanted to challenge Ginrai (who is the Godmaster of the body of Optimus Prime) to a battle, but soon decided for himself to fight for the Autobots cause. The story basically tells the efforts of the heroic Autobot forces as they protect the Earth from the Decepticons. Only this time round, human characters played a more important role than in other Transformers series.

Development

With the conclusion of the US Transformers cartoon series in 1987, Japan produced their first exclusive anime series, Transformers: The Headmasters, to replace the fourth and final US season and to carry out the story concepts begun in The Transformers: The Movie and carried on through the third season, using the existing cast and adding the eponymous Headmasters into the mix. With the completion of the series, the evil Decepticons had finally been forced off Earth, and the stage was set for the beginning of Super-God Masterforce.

Although nominally occurring in the same continuity as the previous Transformers series, there was a very obvious effort on head writer Masumi Kaneda’s part to make Masterforce a “fresh start” as a mecha story, introducing an entirely new cast of characters from scratch, rather than using any of the previous ones. To this end, although the toys are mostly the same in both Japan and the West (barring some different color schemes), the characters which they represent are vastly different—most prominently, Powermaster Optimus Prime’s counterpart is Ginrai, a human trucker who combines with a transtector (a non-sentient Transformer body, a concept lifted from Headmasters) to become a Transformer himself, the same applies to the other Powermasters’ counterparts; the Godmasters. The Pretender figures released during that year were the same but in Masterforce the Autobot pretenders disguise themselves regular sized humans that can wear normal clothing instead of being giant humans wearing armor as they were in contemporary Marvel comics.

The attempt to start things afresh with Masterforce does give rise to some continuity quirks, however, such as Earth technology being portrayed as contemporary, rather than futuristic as in 2010 and Headmasters, and some characters being totally unaware of what Transformers are, even though they have been public figures for over two decades. Similarly, the show never supplied the viewer with the full backstory – within the main 42 episodes of the series, important aspects such as what the true villain, Devil Z is or who BlackZarak is are never explained. Even the timeframe of the show was never revealed, with the series taking place an indeterminate amount of time after Headmasters. Most of these facts would all be revealed later in made-for-video clip shows and other media, including a Special Secrets episode where both Goh and Grand Maximus would explain and reveal several pieces of trivia about the show.

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Transformers: The Headmasters

Transformers: The Headmasters (トランスフォーマー ザ★ヘッドマスターズ Toransufōmā: Za Heddomasutāzu) is a Japanese anime television series that is a part of the Transformers robot superhero franchise. It aired from July 1987 to March 1988, and its 17:00-17:30 timeslot was used to broadcast Mashin Hero Wataru at the end of its broadcast.

Development

Initially, Takara, the Japanese producers of the Transformers toyline, imported the American Transformers cartoon series from 1985 to 1986. When the series came to an end with the three-part miniseries “The Rebirth” in 1987, however, Takara decided to continue the series themselves, declining to import The Rebirth and instead creating a full-length 35-episode spin-off series, Transformers: The Headmasters (two additional clips episodes were produced after the fact for direct-to-video release). Supplanting The Rebirth’s position in Japanese continuity, The Headmasters occurred one year after The Return of Optimus Prime, introducing the title characters to the Transformers universe in a different way. Whereas in western fiction, the Headmasters result from the merging of a Transformer with an organic alien being from the planet Nebulos, the Headmasters of the Japanese series are a group of small Cybertronians who departed the planet millions of years ago and crash-landed on the inhospitable planet Master. To survive its harsh climate, a select few Cybertronians constructed larger bodies called “Transtectors”, to which they connected as the heads.

Story

Six years after the decisive battle against Unicron, when a group of rebellious Headmasters led by Weirdwolf joined with Galvatron’s Decepticons in an attack on Cybertron, the bot Headmasters, led by Cerebros return to their home planet to aid in its defense. The situation soon gets worse when it is revealed that Vector Sigma, the super-computer at the planet’s heart, was destabilizing, and Optimus Prime again sacrifices his life to save Cybertron. This soon proves to be only delaying the inevitable, however, when a bomb attack instigated by Scorponok turns Cybertron into a burnt-out, inhospitable husk. Rodimus Prime departs to search for a new planet for the Transformers to live on, leaving Cerebros in command, operating from the planet Athenia. Meanwhile, Scorponok replaces Galvatron – who had vanished in the explosion – as Decepticon leader, constructing a personal Transtector so that he can battle Cerebros’ own giant form, Fortress Maximus, and redubbing himself MegaZarak.

Although populated mainly with new characters, The Headmasters featured characters from all previous seasons, including new versions of Soundwave and Blaster, rebuilt after a duel that destroyed them both as Soundblaster and Twincast. Human Daniel Witwicky and his young Autobot friend Wheelie also played major roles in the series, serving as the youthful characters for the audience to identify with. More new characters were introduced when Galvatron returned to leadership and the Decepticons embarked on a space voyage, ransacking planets in a chain of stories that introduced the Horrorcons, Autobot and Decepticon clones. Later, the Decepticon ninja six-changer Sixshot kills Ultra Magnus, and the Autobot Headmasters manage to destroy Galvatron, leaving Scorponok to become leader of the Decepticons again. When the Decepticons then return to Master, refugees from the planet are caught in a plasma bomb accident that fuses them to the arms of several Autobots and Decepticons, creating the Targetmasters, and in a final move, Scorponok attempts the destruction of Earth, only to be foiled, thanks in part to a traitorous Sixshot.

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Saint Seiya

The Saint Seiya anime (also known as Knights of the Zodiac), based on the manga series of the same name by Masami Kurumada, was produced by Toei Animation. It first premiered on Japan’s TV Asahi on October 11, 1986, and continued on until April 1, 1989. It was directed first by Kōzō Morishita (episodes 1–73) and then by Kazuhito Kikuchi (74–114). The character designers were Shingo Araki and Michi Himeno. Seiji Yokoyama composed the soundtrack. The chief scriptwriters were Takao Koyama (1–73) and Yoshiyuki Suga (74–114).

The anime is divided into arcs, similarly to Kurumada’s original manga. The first is the “Sanctuary arc”, which starts on episode 1 and ends on episode 73, followed by the “Asgard arc” (episodes 74–99). The Asgard storyline did not exist in the manga and was created especially for the anime. The third arc, the “Poseidon arc” (episodes 100–114), concluded the anime, leaving the final part of the manga without an animated adaptation.

It was not until 2002 that the “Hades arc”, the finale to Kurumada’s manga, was adapted into an original video animation (OVA) series. The project was divided into three chapters – “Sanctuary”, “Inferno” and “Elysion” – spanning a total of 31 episodes. The first chapter was directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi and scripted by Michiko Yokote. It was broadcast on Animax, a Japanese pay-per-view channel, from November 9, 2002 to April 12, 2003, and later released on DVD in 2003. The second chapter was divided into two parts. The first was directed by Tomoharu Katsumata and scripted by Yosuke Kuroda. The first episodes were released from December 17, 2005, to February 18, 2006. The DVD compilation was released in the same year. The second part of the second chapter was released on Japan’s SKY PerfecTV! from December 15, 2006, to March 1, 2007. The third and final chapter was released from March 7 to August 1, 2008.

Plot

A group a young warriors known as ‘Saints’, each in possession of a ‘cloth’ guarded by a different constellation, must protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena as she attempts to keep the Earth from being destroyed by evil forces.

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The Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spin-off/sequel of the 1984 comedy movie Ghostbusters.[4] The series ran from September 13, 1986 to October 5, 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DIC Enterprises and Coca-Cola Telecommunications.

Plot

The series follows the continuing adventures of the four Ghostbusters, their secretary Janine, their accountant Louis, and their mascot Slimer, as they chase and capture rogue spirits around New York City and various other areas of the world.

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OVA • Transformers: Scramble City

Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers: Scramble City Activation (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー スクランブルシティ発動編 Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimei-Tai Toransufōmā: Sukuranburu Shiti Hatsudō-hen), sometimes referred to as just Scramble City (スクランブルシティ Sukuranburu Shiti) is an episode of The Transformers released as an OVA (Original Video Animation) in Japan in April 1986. It was created as a promotional video for the new line of ‘Scramble City’ toys and the cassettes were paired with the toy sets. Despite strong belief (such as that voiced on the 20th Anniversary DVD bonus commentary for the episode), it was not meant to introduce Japanese audiences to the new characters from The Transformers: The Movie (considering Ultra Magnus, Ramhorn, Steeljaw, and Ratbat are the only ones from the film that appear in it). Chronologically, it takes place years before the movie during the early stages of construction on Autobot City.

Plot

Beginning with a recap of the coming of the Transformers to Earth and the story of Devastator, the OVA then gets its original story underway, as the Autobots are shown to be in the midst of constructing the powerful “Scramble City”, overseen by their newest arrival, Ultra Magnus. When the Decepticons learn of this, their combiner robots are deployed to attack, and a battle between them and their Autobot counterparts ensues, focusing on their “Scramble Power” – the interchangeability of the individual limbs – to the extent that at one point, Breakdown of the Stunticons connects to Superion to damage him. At the OVA’s conclusion, Scramble City is activated and assumes its robot mode of Metroplex to rout the Decepticons. However, from the ocean depths, the Decepticons’ own city, Trypticon, rises.

This cliffhanger was never resolved as no direct sequel was ever produced. An extended commercial, called Scramble City Toys but often mistakenly identified as Scramble City 2, was released, but rather than wrap up the cliffhanger, it retold the OVA through stop-motion animation of the toys themselves, with one addition – the introduction of Galvatron, erroneously presented as one of Megatron’s troops, rather than the recreated Decepticon leader himself.

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Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (Japanese: 機動戦士ガンダムΖΖ, Hepburn: Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Zēta, Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zeta) is the third installment in Sunrise’s long running Gundam franchise and the last TV series in the franchise released in Japan’s Shōwa period. A direct follow up to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, it is directed and written by Yoshiyuki Tomino, and he assembled a new team consisting of character designer Hiroyuki Kitazume, who had been one of Zeta Gundam’s animation directors, and mechanical designers Makoto Kobayashi, Yutaka Izubuchi and Mika Akitaka. Initially airing on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and affiliated ANN stations in Japan, the series was later aired by the anime satellite television network, Animax, across Japan and its respective networks worldwide, including Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, South Asia, and other regions.

Plot

Following the decisive battle against the Titans, AEUG’s Argama crew (along with a new bunch of kids), has little time to regroup as a new threat looms in the horizon: Haman’s Neo Zeon!

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Defenders of the Earth

Defenders of the Earth is an American animated television series produced in 1985, featuring characters from three comic strips distributed by King Features Syndicate—Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, and Mandrake’s assistant Lothar—opposing Ming the Merciless in the year 2015. Supporting characters include their children Rick Gordon (son of Flash), L.J. (son of Lothar), Kshin (adopted son of Mandrake), and Jedda Walker (daughter of the Phantom).

The show lasted for 65 episodes; there was also a short-lived comic book series published by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). The closing credits credit Rob Walsh and Tony Pastor for the main title music, and Stan Lee for the lyrics. The series was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel as part of Sci Fi’s animation block, Cartoon Quest.

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Four of the greatest comic strip heroes join forces to battle Ming the Merciless…

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Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (Japanese: 機動戦士Ζガンダム, Hepburn: Kidō Senshi Zēta Gandamu) is a 1985 Japanese television anime series, the second installment in the Gundam franchise, and a sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. The show was created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, with character designs by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, while the series’ mechanical designs is split among Kunio Okawara, Mamoru Nagano, and Kazumi Fujita. The series was originally aired on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its sister ANN stations between 1985 and 1986.

Plot

Eight years after the One Year War, the Earth Federation creates an elite force called the Titans to hunt Zeon remnants. When Titans proves to be no better than Zeon, the Anti Earth Union Group (AEUG) is formed to restore peace in space.

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The Transformers

The Transformers is a half-hour American animated robot superhero television series which originally aired from September 17, 1984 to November 11, 1987. The first of many series in the Transformers franchise, it was based upon Hasbro’s Transformers toy line (itself based upon the Diaclone and Microman toy lines originally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara) and depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects.

Co-produced between Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions for first-run syndication, animation for the series was done by Toei Animation in Japan, and later by AKOM in South Korea. The series was supplemented by a feature film, The Transformers: The Movie (1986), taking place between the second and third seasons.

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Space Cobra

The anime series Space Cobra (スペースコブラ Supēsu Kobura) is based on the manga series of the same name written by Buichi Terasawa. The series is directed by Osamu Dezaki and produced by TMS Entertainment. Loosely based in the first eight volumes of the manga, the episodes follows Cobra, a spatial pirate, who enjoys an adventurous life along with his gynoid partner Armaroid Lady.

Space Cobra broadcast between October 7, 1982 and May 19, 1983 on Fuji Television.

The series use two pieces of theme music, an opening theme and ending theme: “Cobra” (コブラ Kobura) and “Secret Desire” (シークレット・デザイアー Shīkuretto Dezaiā) both by Yoko Maeno.

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Ulysses 31

Ulysses 31 (宇宙伝説ユリシーズ31 Uchū Densetsu Yurishīzu Sātīwan, lit. Space Legend Ulysses 31) (French: Ulysse 31) is a French-Japanese animated television series (1981) that updates the Greek mythology of Odysseus (known as “Ulysses” in Latin) to the 31st century. The show comprised 26 half-hour episodes and was produced by DIC Audiovisuel in conjunction with anime studio TMS Entertainment.

Plot

The plot line of the series (made by the French Jean Chalopin) describes the struggles of Ulysses and his crew against the divine entities that rule the universe, the ancient gods from Greek mythology. The Gods of Olympus are angered when Ulysses, commander of the giant spaceship Odyssey, kills the giant Cyclops to save a group of enslaved children, including his son. Zeus sentences Ulysses to travel the universe with his crew frozen until he finds the Kingdom of Hades, at which point his crew will be revived and he will be able to return to Earth. Along the way they encounter numerous other famous figures from Greek mythology who have been given a futuristic twist.

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Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam (also known as First Gundam, Gundam 0079 or simply Gundam 79) is a televised anime series, produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise. Created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, and lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes. It was the very first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs.

Plot

In the war between the Earth Federation and Zeon, a young and inexperienced crew find themselves on a new spaceship. Their best hope of making it through the conflict is the Gundam, a giant humanoid robot, and its gifted teenage pilot.

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The Mystery of the Arcadia (OAV)

Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto. It was serialized in Play Comic from 1977 to 1979, with the chapters collected into five tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. The series follows the titular Captain, an outcast turned space pirate after he rebelled against Earth’s Government and humanity’s general apathy. Space Pirate Captain Harlock was adapted into an anime television series in 1978 directed by Rintaro and produced by Toei Animation.

Plot

In 2977, mankind has space colonies, machines do all the work and everyone just wants to have fun. When deadly plant-based aliens that look like women attack the Earth in order to colonize it, only one rogue captain can stop them.

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