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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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Mazinger Z: Infinity

Mazinger Z: Infinity (劇場版 マジンガーZ / INFINITY, Gekijōban Majingā Zetto / Infiniti) is a 2017 Japanese animated super robot film directed by Junji Shimizu. It is a feature film sequel to the Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger manga and anime series. It ignores the events of the subsequent series, Grendizer and Mazinkaiser. The film was produced to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z. It premiered worldwide in on October 28, 2017 at the 12th Rome Film Festival, and in Japan in January 13, 2018.

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When the evil Dr Hell attacks the Earth, the mighty giant mecha Mazinger Z is formed to stop him.

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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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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand

M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand is a 2016-2017 ongoing comic series published by IDW Publishing, based on the 1985 Kenner toyline. The series began with a one-shot tie in to the Revolution event, followed by a number one issue. The series centers on Matt Trakker and the M.A.S.K. paramilitary team as they battle against Miles Mayhem and his black ops squad V.E.N.O.M.. Following the First Strike crossover, M.A.S.K. merged with G.I. Joe and relaunched as Scarlett’s Strike Force.

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General Miles “Mayhem” Manheim runs Project Spectrum, a classified program designed to train participants to combat threats to the Earth. Project Spectrum’s recruits are outfitted with special Masks that not only grant the wearer special abilities, but allow them to control vehicles that can transform from normal-looking cars and motorcycles to advanced battle modes. A group of Spectrum recruits consisting of Matthew Trakker, Julio Lopez, Gloria Baker, and Brad Turner are put together as the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, while Vanessa Warfield, Sylvester Rax, and Bruno Sheppard are recruited for… another team.

M.A.S.K. is written by Brandon Easton with pencils by Tony Vargas and colors by Jordi Escuin. Tommy Lee Edwards provides covers for the series, as well as backmatter for each issue.

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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: Legend of Sanctuary

Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary (聖闘士星矢 レジェンド・オブ・サンクチュアリ Seinto Seiya Rejendo Obu Sankuchuari), is a 2014 Japanese CG animated fantasy martial arts action film produced by Toei Animation, directed by Keiichi Sato and written by Tomohiro Suzuki. It is based on the manga Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada. It is the sixth film based on the series. Legend of Sanctuary was released in Japan on June 21, 2014 while it premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 11, 2014. It stars the voice talents of Kaito Ishikawa, Ayaka Sasaki, Kenshō Ono, Kenji Akabane, Nobuhiko Okamoto, and Kenji Nojima as the leading roles; executive producer Masami Kurumada. The plot focuses on five young warriors known as Saints that have the mission of protecting Saori Kido, the reincarnation of the goddess Athena from enemies in the Sanctuary.

Plot

Warriors called “Saints” are the champions of hope who have always appeared since the Age of Myth whenever evil threatens the world. In this present day story, many years since the long fought “Holy War” we find Saori Kido, a girl troubled by her mysterious powers. She is saved by a boy, Seiya “Bronze Saint” from a sudden attack by an assassin, through the accident Saori realizes her destiny and mission and decides to go to “Sanctuary” with Seiya and his company of Bronze Saints. In Sanctuary they confront “Pope” and wage a desperate battle against the greatest Saints, the “Gold Saints”.

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Appleseed Alpha

Appleseed Alpha (also styled as Appleseed α) is a computer-animated military science fiction cyberpunk film. The English version’s voice cast includes Luci Christian (Deunan Knute), David Matranga (Briareos) and Wendel Calvert (Two Horns).

Plot

Appleseed Alpha focuses on the early days of Deunan Knute and Briareos in the 22nd century, as they start their journey throughout the ruins of New York in search of the mysterious city called Olympus. Deunan Knute and Briareos are hired by criminals to help them deal with the robots that seem to hinder them a lot. On one of these missions, the duo encounters Iris and Olson, who are on a mission, too. It is later revealed that Iris and Olson’s mission is somehow connected with what Deunan and Briareos are looking for.

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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.

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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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9

9 is a 2009 American computer animated science fiction film directed by Shane Acker, written by Pamela Pettler and produced by Jim Lemley, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and Dana Ginsburg. The film stars the voice of Elijah Wood as the titular role, alongside other voices of John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Fred Tatasciore.

The film is based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film of the same name created at the UCLA Animation Workshop . Focus Features released it theatrically on September 9, 2009. It received generally mixed reviews from critics and earned $48.4 million on a $30 million budget. It also received an Annie Award nomination for Best Animated Effects in a Feature Production. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 29, 2009. As of 2019, this is the only adult animated film released by Universal Pictures (under Focus Features) to date.

Plot

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity’s salvation.

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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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Appleseed Ex Machina

Appleseed Ex Machina, also known as E.X. Machina (エクスマキナ Ekusu Makina) in the original version, is a 2007 Japanese animated CG science fiction film and is the sequel to the 2004 Appleseed film, similarly directed by Shinji Aramaki, and was produced by Hong Kong director and producer John Woo.[1][2] It was released on October 20, 2007 in Japan.

Plot

With Brialeos convalescing after a mission, Deunan is assigned a new and remarkably familiar partner as a strange wave of terrorist attacks plague Olympus.

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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: Heaven Chapter: Overture

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Plot

Hades is defeated and Seiya can’t wake up from the wounds of that battle, Saori is taking care of him away from the city; meanwhile Artemis comes to earth and claims the lifes of bronze saints for killing a God.

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Appleseed

Appleseed (アップルシード) is a 2004 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Shinji Aramaki and based on the Appleseed manga created by Masamune Shirow. It features the voice acting of Ai Kobayashi, Jūrōta Kosugi, Mami Koyama, Yuki Matsuoka, and Toshiyuki Morikawa. The film tells the story of Deunan Knute, a former soldier, who searches for data that can restore the reproductive capabilities of bioroids, a race of genetically engineered clones. Although it shares characters and settings with the original manga, this film’s storyline is a re-interpretation, not a true adaptation. This Appleseed film should not be confused with the 1988 OVA which was also inspired by the manga. Appleseed was released on April 18, 2004.

Plot

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?

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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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Akira

Akira (Japanese: アキラ Hepburn: Akira) is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, produced by Ryōhei Suzuki and Shunzō Katō, and written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, based on Otomo’s 1982 manga of the same name. The film had a production budget of ¥1.1 billion ($9 million), making it the most expensive anime film of its time.

Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a local biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the manga, the plot differs considerably, and does not include much of the last half of the manga. The soundtrack, which draws heavily from traditional Indonesian gamelan as well as Japanese noh music, was composed by Shōji Yamashiro and performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi.

Akira premiered in Japan on 16 July 1988 by Toho, and was released the following year in the United States by pioneering animation distributor Streamline Pictures. It garnered an international cult following after its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales. It is widely regarded by critics as one of the greatest animated and science fiction films ever made, as well as a landmark in Japanese animation. It is also a landmark film in the cyberpunk genre, particularly the Japanese cyberpunk subgenre, as well as adult animation. The film had a significant impact on popular culture worldwide, paving the way for the growth of anime and Japanese popular culture in the Western world as well as influencing numerous works in animation, comics, film, music, television and video games.

Plot

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

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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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Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth

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Plot

Lucifer has been awakened from his slumber by Eris, Abel and Poseidon. He has come to destroy Athena and fulfill his heart’s desire: becoming the strongest of all the gods.

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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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Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth

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Plot

The Sun God Abel returns to life, bent on punishing the humans and cleansing the Earth from their presence. When Athena joins him, leaving humans to their fate, the Bronze Saints must defend the Earth in their greatest battle yet.

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Saint Seiya: The Heated Battle of the Gods

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Plot

Hyoga is missing somewhere in Asgard… When Seiya and the others are looking for him, Athena is kidnapped and they have to rescue her from Dolvar and some mysterious warriors.

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Appleseed

Appleseed (Japanese: アップルシード Hepburn: Appurushīdo) is a Japanese cyberpunk-style OVA adaptation of the manga of the same name created by Masamune Shirow. The anime takes place in a non-determined future. The anime, produced by Gainax and animated by Artland, departs greatly from the manga’s storyline, sharing only the characters and setting.

Plot

In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.

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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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