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Anime of the Year 1995-II Spring - Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu



I highlighted few comedies, but here is another one that I can call a masterpiece - Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu
1. Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 新機動戦記ガンダムW [Sunrise] (Finished 3/49)
Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
The United Earth Sphere Alliance is a powerful military organization that has ruled over Earth and space colonies with an iron fist for several decades. When the colonies proclaimed their opposition to this, their leader was assassinated. Now, in the year After Colony 195, bitter colonial rebels have launched "Operation Meteor," sending five powerful mobile suits to Earth for vengeance. Built out of virtually indestructible material called Gundanium Alloy, these "Gundams" begin an assault against the Alliance and its sub organization OZ.
One Gundam, whose pilot has taken the name of the slain colony leader Heero Yuy, is forced to make a crash landing into the ocean after an atmospheric battle against OZ's ace pilot Zechs Marquise. Upon coming ashore, he is found by Relena Peacecraft, daughter of a peace-seeking politician, who witnesses Heero's descent to Earth. Although neither of them realize it yet, this encounter will have a profound impact on both their lives, as well as those on Earth and in space colonies.
Last Gundam was a gust of fresh air, now it's again return to the stale roots as Sunrise rigidly refuses to evolve.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
2. Slayers スレイヤーズ [E&G Films] (Finished 26/26)
Tags: Mythology Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Powerful, avaricious sorceress Lina Inverse travels around the world, stealing treasures from bandits who cross her path. Her latest victims, a band of thieves, wait in ambush in a forest, thirsting for revenge. When Lina is about to effortlessly pummel her would-be attackers, the swordsman Gourry Gabriev suddenly announces his presence. Assuming Lina to be a damsel in distress, the foolish yet magnanimous man confronts the brigands in order to rescue her. After defeating them posthaste, the oblivious cavalier decides to escort Lina to Atlas City. Though not very keen on this idea, she ends up accepting his offer.
However, without realizing it, Lina has chanced upon a mighty magical item among her most recent spoils. Now two mysterious men are hunting the young magician and her self-proclaimed guardian to obtain this powerful object for apparently nefarious purposes. This way they begin their adventure, one where the fate of the world itself may be at stake.
Many people are probably aware of Slayers. I watched it fully, but never considered it a masterpiece even many years ago let alone now.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
3. Fushigi Yuugi Mysterious Play ふしぎ遊戯 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/52)
Tags: Shoujo Historical, Isekai, Martial Arts, Reverse Harem Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
During a visit to the National Library, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo stumble upon a strange old book that casts a red light, sucking them inside its unfamiliar world. Upon arrival, the two encounter hostile slave traders and barely escape with the help of Tamahome—a powerful young man bearing a Chinese symbol on his forehead. But, a moment later, the red light returns and takes Yui away.
Desperate to reunite with her companion, Miaka asks Tamahome for assistance. However, the situation escalates when the pair encounters the land's emperor, Hotohori, who believes Miaka is the foretold priestess of the kingdom's protector god Suzaku. By gathering the god's seven Celestial Warriors, the priestess can summon Suzaku and have all her wishes granted. Hotohori hopes this will save his country, and since it appears to be a fitting solution to the girl's problems as well, he convinces her to accept the role.
Meanwhile, at the library, Yui realizes she has been brought back alone. Unable to intervene, she helplessly witnesses Miaka traversing through courageous trials as the mysterious book's heroine.
This show has enough charm, but can be easier enjoyed by women due to the fact that male characters are ok while protagonist Miaka can be super irritating with her eternally naïve and carefree attitude to everything .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
4. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS 美少女戦士セーラームーン Super S [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/39)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo Fantasy, Romance
SuperS centers heavily on Chibi-usa and the Sailor Team. A new enemy, the Dead Moon Circus, has now appeared. Their motive is to find the Golden Dream Mirror that would be used to rule the world. To do this, the enemy attacks innocent victims for their Dream Mirrors and test their energy. Chibi-usa also has a new ally on her side, Pegasus. This season also sees the Sailor Senshi obtaining new powers.
Always nice to have a shift of focus to side characters, the second half of each episode is still some boss and battle.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
5. Tenchi Muyou! 天地無用! [AIC] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Shounen Harem, Space Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Tenchi Masaki's life changes forever when the ship of an infamous space pirate, Ryouko Hakubi, is shot down and crashes near his family's temple. Little did Tenchi know that by saving Ryouko, he would spark a series of events that would lead alien women from all walks of life to inhabit his home. This includes the delicate Princess Aeka of Jurai and her playful younger sister Princess Sasami; the scatterbrained first-class detective Mihoshi Kuramitsu and her more capable partner Kiyone Makibi; and the eccentric, mad scientist Washuu Hakubi.
The six women do their best to adapt to their new lives, but their more advanced and exotic lifestyle does not mesh well with the simplistic customs on Earth. As a result, they just end up making a mess and causing trouble for poor Tenchi. Though the girls are a pain, Tenchi begins to form a close relationship with each of them, and through their bond, he begins to gain a better understanding of his role in the universe.
It's on comparable level with second OVA 6 episodes, still can't enjoy these characters though.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
6. Magic Knight Rayearth II 魔法騎士(マジックナイト)レイアース II [TMS Entertainment]  (Finished 3/29)
Tags: Isekai, Mahou Shoujo, Mecha Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Little time has passed since the Magic Knights’ final confrontation with Princess Emeraude’s "Mashin." Still haunted by the princess’ death, Hikaru Shidou returns to Tokyo Tower. There, she meets her friends Umi Ryuuzaki and Fuu Hououji for the first time since their spontaneous quest to save Cephiro. Plagued by nightmares of the realm she had left behind, Hikaru is relieved to find that her companions too want to return and serve the kingdom they once so dutifully protected.
The Magic Knights’ wish is answered, for at the top of Tokyo Tower, the three are blinded by the same great light they had seen on the day they first met. Once more on the back of a flying fish, the group returns to Cephiro—a world now desolate and in ruins. With the collapse of the Pillar's power, monsters freely roam the land while three nations seek to annex Cephiro with hopes of seizing the Pillar for themselves. Complicating things further is the mysterious Lady Debonair, who proclaims herself to be the rightful heir of the fallen country.
Now confronting graver stakes and radically different enemies, the three Magic Knights set forth once more to save Cephiro and bring peace. With the bonds they have forged together, the trio stands united in the face of such a great challenge.
Can't compete with first season impact, but quality is still higher than average .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
7. Street Fighter II V Street Fighter II: The Animated Series ストリートファイターII V [Group TAC] (Finished 3/29)
Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Ryu and Ken Masters are close friends and both are martial artists. In order to become better fighters and learn new techniques, they travel the world and are exposed to many different fighting styles, as well as meeting new people. During their journey, they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy perpetrated by a mysterious organisation called Shadowlaw, both now face their ultimate challenge and must fight for their lives as they combat the evil M. Bison.
Wow, first time game receives two-season long series. Main problems are slow pacing , some slacking on animations and unfaithful adaptation of side-characters from the game. Story also does not strike as anything but average.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
8. Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach Wedding Peach 愛天使伝説 ウェディングピーチ [OLM] (Finished 3/51)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
There are three known worlds—the human world, the angel world, and the devil world. The evil queen Raindevilla yearns to destroy the angel world with help or her many devil minions. The goddess Aphrodite sends an angel to the human world, Limone, to summon three love angels in the form of three school girls, Momoko Hanasaki, Yuri Tanima, and Hinagiku Tamano, who together become Angel Lilly, Angel Daisy, and Wedding Peach. The three girls must fight to overcome the evils of the devils, as well as their own lives, and restore peace to the angel world by gathering all pieces of the Sacred Four Somethings (or Saint Something Four) and defeat the evil queen once and for all.
Can't help but notice that it's another Sailor Moon imitation. As for me, it does not live up to decent status.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
9. Ike! Ina-chuu Takkyuubu The Ping-Pong Club 行け! 稲中卓球部 [Grouper Productions] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Gag Humor, School Comedy, Ecchi
When the Inaho Junior High Ping-Pong Club grows apathetic about an upcoming tournament, their new manager, Kyoko Iwashita, boosts their morale with something they cannot refuse—a "sex pass," a voucher that grants the best player on the team unadulterated access to her body for a whole month. This is just one of many ways that this peculiar ping-pong club exceeds the realm of normalcy.
Among the Ping-Pong Club's six members, Maeno proves to be the most troublesome, discovering bizarre ways to distract the team each day. With the others contributing to these mischievous acts, Takeda—the captain of the club—tries his hardest to put up with the team's antics. But when popular vice-captain Yuusuke Kinoshita is being swept away by girls, he instead finds himself receiving support from the stern but resilient manager, Kyoko.
With the ever-present risk of their team being dissolved, Takeda and his friends find themselves having to overcome numerous obstacles. While Maeno often appears to put the club in jeopardy, it is usually he who devises schemes that are just so crazy that they have a chance of working. Can Maeno and his ludicrous stunts help his team persevere, or will they continue to just be a nuisance to the Ping-Pong Club?
Wow, this is something. I still don't like nonsense and absurd humor, but unlike Magical Circle Guru Guru or Akazukin Chacha or High School Kimengumi humor here is event and context based , not random though mostly below the waist one. The main question for me is whether it can be 8 just as Crayon Shin-chan, and my answer is that Crayon Shin-chan has the upper hand here as more integral and having characters that are as funny as Shin-chan (mainly, kindergarten caretaker, book shop pair and student having baito at different shops) .  
Overall Rating: 7/10
10. Azuki-chan あずきちゃん [Madhouse] (Finished 1/117)
Tags: Shoujo Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Azusa Noyama is a 12-year-old girl student, taking 5th grade, but everyone knows her as Azuki-Chan, nickname that she dislikes. Yuunosuke Ogasawara, a new student, asks her about her nickname, saying that he likes it. Azuki falls in love with him, and they start going out together. They share a diary, and become boyfriend and girlfriend.
Just one episode is translated. It's cute and sincere and has cool 90s romantic features like wired phones and diaries, so decent overall .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
11. Tobe! Isami Soar High! Isami 飛べ!イサミ [Group TAC] (Finished 6/50)
Tags:  Shounen Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Isami Hanaoka is just a fifth grader who happens to be a descendant of the Shinsengumi. Together with fellow descendants and classmates Soushi Yukimi and Toshi Tsukikage, she discovers in the basement of her home, strange artifacts left behind by their ancestors as well as a message urging them to "Fight the evil Kurotengu organization."
15 episodes are translated so far. It's about small kids, pacing is horrible, and story barely even started to develop by the end of 6th episode. Very average as there's nothing interesting for me here .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
12. Juusenshi Gulkeeva Wild Knights Gulkeeva 獣戦士ガルキーバ [Sunrise] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Mecha, Super Power Action, Fantasy
The world we live in is called Earthside in this story. There are the other worlds called Nosfertia, Heavenstia, and Eternalia. When Darknoids from Nosfertia begun invasion to Earthside, Heavenstia sent 3 Animanoids (beast-humans) to prevent it. The lead character Touya had believed that he was a mere human but found he was actually a being of Eternalia. With the help of 3 Animanoids, Touya fights to defend Earthside.
Another painfully bad Sunrise mecha from the 70s or so it should be to feel even remotely ok.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
13. Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger 十二戦支 爆烈エトレンジャー [Shaft] (Finished 4/39)
Tags: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The Eto Rangers ride in Space-Time Transmitting Machine Kirinda to repair the Novel Worlds of Mugen. The Eto Rangers themselves are anthropomorphic animals, each representing one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals (and The Twelve Branches in Buddhism). In Japan they are known as the Eto animals. The Novel Worlds are stories created by the human imagination, such as old folk tales as well as newer books. These living worlds play out repeatedly, and are necessary for the good of humanity. Princess Aura rules Mugen, which is an island continent hanging over an ocean from the skybound Novel Pole. The Great God Goal gives her power, but she may never leave the small palace island area. Their nemesis is the forgotten Spirit of Cats, Nyanma (real name, Chocolat), who was excluded from the choice of 12 protectors by being disqualified from the race (in actual legend there are many versions of this story). She seeks her revenge by distorting Novel Worlds with Jarei Monsters.
When a Jarei Monster goes to a Novel World they alter the story, turning it into a different version, sometimes a parody of itself. Bakumaru, the Spirit of Mice, must use the Genmakyou mirror to reveal ("Jarei Shouran!") the evil spirit once enough clues lead to its identity. Often the Eto Rangers must play out some of the story to find out who or what it is, sometimes even taking on the role of one of the characters in the tale. After defeating the creature, Kirinda is called when Bakumaru holds up his hand with one of Aura's 12 gems on it and calls out "Daikourin Kirinda!" Kirinda descends from a dimensional slit and purifies the evil spirit with a beam weapon, calling out "Jouka!" (Purification).
No idea how it managed to get rating PG13+, maybe because of mild violence. It's a show for kids and I can hardly imagine children over some 8 years old to take any interest in it initially if they get a choice of several shows. It looks a lot like Chip n' Dale and feels remotely similar...  
Overall Rating: 4/10
14. Kyouryuu Boukenki Jura Tripper 恐竜冒険記ジュラトリッパー [Production Reed] (Finished 4/39)
Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 
On a school yachting trip, fifteen children of various ages are mysteriously transported to another world where dinosaurs still roam. While attempting to return home, they encounter talking dinosaurs, revolutionaries, pirates, a princess and primitive scientists. These unlikely allies help them escape from soldiers, bandits, vicious dinosaurs, and fanatical priests. Aggression between the two oldest boys leads to a split in ranks, and a sneaky double cross plot. Unlikely romances bloom in this tense atmosphere, and the group learns that each has strengths that can help them get home, if they work together. Loosely based on the book Deux ans De Vacances, by Jules Verne from 1888.
Only four episodes are translated. Setting itself is only mildly amusing, but communication and relations feel good. I might watch it to the end if it was translated.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
15. Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Wow! Maerchen Oukoku アニメ世界の童話 / メルヘン王国  [Toei Animation] (Finished 0/26)
Tags: Fantasy
Based on Western tales from the usual suspects: 1001 Nights, C. Perrault, Beaumont, J. & W. Grimm, H. C. Andersen, C. Collodi, English fairytale, H. Pyle, L. Carrol, J. Swift, A. Dumas, E. T. A Hoffman, L. F. Baum, and J. Spyri.
Only 21 stories were broadcast, with the last five being released on VHS.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
16. Kuma no Puutarou クマのプー太郎 [Studio Deen] (Finished 1/30)
Tags: Comedy 
The series depicts Puutarou's peculiar encounters with his bizarre neighbors.
Not translated. From one random episode can confirm it's a decent absurd comedy.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
17. El Hazard: The Magnificent World 神秘の世界エルハザード [AIC] (Finished 7/7)
Tags: Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
After Makoto Mizuhara agrees to testify against the boisterous student council president Katsuhiko Jinnai for bribing school clubs in the recent student council elections, Jinnai chases him down in an attempt to silence his self-proclaimed rival. Suddenly, during the chase, time stops for everyone—except Makoto. Perplexed, he wanders around the campus until he notices a light coming from the school's closed-off basement, where an ancient relic had just been uncovered.
Makoto is walking toward the artifact surrounded by strings of light, when out of it comes an otherworldly woman who claims she has been waiting for ten thousand years to see him. Weakened by the passage of time, she uses her remaining power to transport a confused Makoto to another world, which she refers to as El-Hazard. However, others who are still at school are also caught in the spell, namely: Jinnai; Masamichi Fujisawa, the alcoholic teacher; and Nanami Jinnai, the headstrong sister of president Jinnai.
The fantastical and magnificent world of El-Hazard awaits these four individuals where they will become entangled in the story of its inhabitants and embark on an adventure filled with laughter, danger, and even romance.
Watched OVA earlier and never considered it a masterpiece even though I like Isekai. Transferring classmates with teachers and overall relaxed attitude really hurt the genre as there's no first impact of danger, investigation and adaptation. And I get familiar Tenchi harem notes here.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
18. Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan Miyuki-chan in Wonderland 不思議の国の美幸ちゃん [animate Film] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Comedy, Fantasy, Girls Love, Ecchi 
Miyuki, a cute girl, is in over her head. When late for school, she is suddenly transported to another world (Alice In Wonderland style), except that all the inhabitants of the other world are female...and they all seem to be in love with Miyuki. And the world behind her mirror is even weirder.
Both episodes together take only 28 minutes together. It's fantasy on Alice in Wonderland with only sexy females in lingerie or similar looking dresses inside. There's constant running or falling with short phrases thrown to or by other characters Miyuki meets. Since there's no sense in all that, score is appropriate .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
19. Hikyou Tanken Fam & Ihrlie Ruin Explorers Fam & Ihrie 秘境探検 ファム&イーリー [Ajia-Do] (Finished 4/4)
Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy 
Fam and Ihrie are willing to do almost anything to make a buck. So when these debt-driven damsels discover the potential profits to be hand in recovering a particularly dangerous mystical object, it means mortal peril for an entire civilization.
There's no guarantee that they'll live long enough to squander the fabulous wealth they've been promised, and danger lurks around every turn as they cross dark seas in pursuit of legendary evil. Haunted by an unspeakable curse, plagued by doomsday prophecies, plotted against by untrustworthy traveling companions and looked in desperate race to gain the Ultimate Power, Fam and Ihrie are the Ruin Explorers!
I tried to find at least something that would stand out as decent in this OVA... and I found exactly nothing. Pure averageness in every field. Horrible directorship, nonsense plot and inability to breathe life into characters make it utter waste of time .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
20. Saber Marionette R SMガールズ セイバーマリオネットR [animate Film, Zero-G Room] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Harem, Mecha Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Jr., the heir of Romana and his battle sabers Cherry and Lime, who have girl circuits are enjoying their peaceful life in Romana. Suddenly, the evil Star-Face and his sexadolls attack Romana in order to take over so Star-Face can become the next High Official. In order to truly become the next High Official and ruler of Romana, he must first eliminate Jr. This begins a battle for, not only Jr.'s life, but for all of Romana.
Very weak story material even with rather good implementation. I fail to find any appeal in here, so can't emphasize with anything happening.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
21. Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku 真・女神転生 東京黙示録 [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Mythology Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Handsome and effeminate, quiet but proud, the sinister Akito Kobayashi has a passion for the occult and has developed a computer program to summon demons and the living dead. But little does he know that fellow high school students Kojirou Souma and Saki Yagami are reincarnations of powerful and benevolent spirits. When the pair's friends have become targeted by demons trying to harvest their life energies, they must harness their dark metaphysical powers to destroy Kobayashi's threatening program, or risk losing their loved ones forever.
I've always had trouble describing genre/theme of Megami Tensei. And this title finally gave a good definition - Spiritual Ninja . This is one of the worst titles in franchise with nothing important happening in first episode and just some normal fighting action in the final episode .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
22. Dirty Pair Flash 2 ダーティペアFLASH 2 [Sunrise] (Finished 5/5)
Tags: Detective Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi
Always causing more destruction than they prevent, special agents Kei and Yuri face tough challenges while at an amusement park planet. This anime set finds the pair facing off against an android hit woman, transvestite assassins, ghosts and more. In addition, the Lovely Angels get into several wild adventures while tracking down a con man and giving love advice to the computer programmer they're protecting.
First flash was used as prequel to all the Dirty Pair series and showed how the two got acquainted, this time stage is the same as the main series. Yuri is still dumb as a chicken in contrast to original concept and it may be me , but forms have gone even bigger with more skimpy outfits. Only first and last episode bear meaning while middle three are variety fanservice themed. As for me, Sunrise is only worried about making $ , so short low-effort fanservice series is a seemingly good solution for that .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
23. Megami Paradise 女神天国 [animate Film] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Adventure, Fantasy, Ecchi
Mama Megami, the mother goddess and ruler of paradise is retiring. Her successor appoints a young mage named Lilith to be one of her guardians. Lilith's first assignment is to recruit two more worthy guardians for the new Mama Megami. Not an easy task, as Stashia, the first candidate on Lilith's short list is not interested. Lilith didn't even have a chance to ask the second person on the list, a warrior named Juliana due to a misunderstanding caused by Stashia's little sister Rurubell. Rurubell wants to be a guardian, but Lilith turned her down due to her very young age and lack of experience. Meanwhile, Paradise is under attack by an evil goddess who wants to dominate it, and it's up to Lilith, Stashia, Rurubell, and Juliana to thwart the attackers.
Without normal plot there are only girls in bikini armor fighting each other and occasionally casting spells .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
24. Princess Minerva プリンセス ミネルバ [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Parody Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Princess Minerva enters a tournament that offers the winner a fortune. But when her bodyguard gets kidnapped by an evil sorceress, things really start to heat up.
And again bikini armor knights fight each other. This time there's even no aesthetic appreciation, so it's plain bad.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
25. Sailor Victory 聖羅ヴィクトリー [animate Film] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Mecha Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Five Female high school friends reunite as the secret crime-fighting organization known as Sailor Victory. Commanding 3 giant Ninja Robots, Gion, Momoyama and Sagano, they fight evil in the virtual-future city of Mikado. When a disgraced and disgruntled city official turns to the dark side, he joins forces with the evil and sinister Margarita.
Graduation heroines wear sailor suits, drive mecha and flash with ecchi transformation scenes. As expected, nothing personal, just business, I mean fanservice.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
26. Kouryuu no Mimi: Mina no Shou 黄龍の耳 [OLM] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Super Power Action, Drama
Based on the manga by Inoue Noriyoshi, which has also had a Super Famicom game spinoff.
Natsume Kiroemon, the protagonist, was the 45th leader of the Natsume family, and inherit the "Kiryuu no Mimi ", a tool which gave its bearer easy access to wealth and women. As a result of his father's death, he left the Italian monastery where he'd been training and rightfully took the name "Natsume Kiroemon" as well as the power of the Kiryuu no Mimi. Upon his return to Japan, he fell fatally in love with Kanako, one of the members of the rival Mina family. However, the evil hand of the Mina family attacked Natsume constantly and abducted Kanako. Now Natsume has unlocked the seal, making the Kiryuu's power surge, and he's striking back at the Mina family.
What kind of plot is that, really...  Basically, it's ecchi, so plot hardly matters. Same as score.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
27. Udauda Yatteru Hima wa Nee! ウダウダやってるヒマはねェ! [J.C.Staff] (Finished 0/2)
Tags: Shounen Delinquents, School Action, Comedy
Anime adaptation of the manga "Udauda Yatteru Hima wa Nee!" by Hideyuki Yonehara, serialized in Weekly Shounen Champion.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
28. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 03: Unkokusai no Yabou クレヨンしんちゃん 雲黒斎の野望 [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Seinen Historical Comedy, Sci-Fi
A member of the Time Patrol finds out that there is a disturbance in Japan, 1570. While heading to that particular time and location to investigate, she is attacked and ends up stuck underground the Nohara residence at the end of the 20th century Japan. Having limited resources at hand, she is forced to ask for the help of the Nohara family. Together they go back in time and meet with a samurai named Fubuki-maru who believes that they are the legendary three persons and dog whom someone from her family would eventually meet in a crucial moment. The lonely samurai asks for their assistance in defeating the man that possesses strange magical powers, the sinister Unkokusai lord.
The question for each new Shin-chan movie is whether it allows to understand characters better like first movie or it's just an exotic stage adventure like second movie. And the latter stands true, so the score is corresponding.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
29. Seirei Tsukai Elementalors 精霊使い  [AIC] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Shounen Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Based on the manga by Okazaki Takeshi begun in 1990.
After a family tragedy, Kagura is left with only his beloved friend Asami for consolation. Meanwhile, there is a war beginning in the spiritual world. Beings known as "Elementalors" call upon power from spirits to maintain harmony in the world by balancing individual forces of nature. Lord Shiki, a water Elementalor, kidnaps Asami in order to use special powers she posesses to retrieve his daughter, who has been imprisioned for nearly destroying the Earth. Kagura discovers that he is also an Elementalor—a very powerful one. He must join forces with other Elementalors to save Asami and prevent Lord Shiki from causing a great imbalance by releasing his daughter.
This show got good visuals and stage, pretty characters, ok action. But without memorable characters or interesting story it's all just typical and instantly forgettable one-shot.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
30. Tobe! Pegasus Kokoro no Goal ni Shoot 翔べ! ペガサス 心のゴールにシュート [E&G Films] (Finished 0/1)
Tags: School Sports 
The movie is about the soccer team Pegasus created from the visually impaired children studying in the Chiba Prefectural School for the Blind.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10

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I have to majorly disagree with kivandopolus on which anime are the best for this particular season.

Slayers- Slayers is one of those odd anime that, though the animation itself hasn't aged well, manages to maintain a certain level of attraction even today.  It is one of the anime I most often use to introduce people to anime, for a few reasons.  One of those reasons is that the english dub is actually one of the best from that period of time, thus making it an ideal entry-level anime.  Another reason is that the humor is straightforward slapstick for the most part, meaning there is no need for the watcher to be familiar with Japanese humor to be able to enjoy it.  While I won't say the story of this particular anime is great, it is more than enjoyable enough to be worth watching to the end.  Best of all, it is a series that kids and adults (anime fan adults, anyway) can watch together without either side getting bored.

Fushigi Yuugi- I have to say that Kivan's assessment of this anime is waaay off.  While the otome-style format of this particular fantasy is mostly not done anymore in anime, at the time it was a moderately popular style, of which Fushigi Yuugi was one of the most famous at the time.  If this one were to be remade today, it would probably achieve a reasonable level of popularity, in my opinion.

Gundam Wing- of the Gundam series, this one is one of the top three (and considering there are like twenty Gundam series, that actually says a lot).  Like all the Gundam series, it is a bit heavy-handed in using the odd dichotomy of being a series about war that is heavily anti-war (this peculiarity is only rarely mentioned by reviewers for some reason, though).  However, the characters are excellent, and the series has aged very well.  The only downside to it is that, three decades after the Soviet Union's fall, it is a bit hard to relate to some aspects of the setting for younger people.  For younger people who want something they are more likely to be able to relate to, Gundam 00 is similar with a more modern set of references in the setting.


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Quite a number of anime that I recognize of in this season, so let me try to comment on it.

Sailor Moon SuperS - Other than particular focus on side character, this series is also featured the only main villain who actually manage to fought Sailor Moon for more than one series, although in SuperS finale the villain here is defeated and there'll be another fight against her in first six episode of the next series. Unlike previous series, this time Toei decided to not make the remake of the series like Sailor Moon Crystal, but instead they decided to remake the series through two-part movie called Sailor Moon Eternal.

Gundam Wing - I decided to dig the Indonesian magazine from 2001 that mentioned this in the article abut on how anime is not for the children (For the info back when the magazine is published people did perceive anime as the entertainment for children), and after seeing TV Trope page of this let's just say that the theme is definitely quite heavy for the children (Well Gundam theme has always been quite heavy). Oh yes we have Midorikawa Hikaru as Heero (Gundam Wing MC) manage to said the phrase 'I'll kill you' in a cool way, although obviously what Heero did is not the good example for the children (Especially when he said that phrase to his future love interest Relena).

Rayearth 2 - Unlike first Rayearth in which the villain has quite complex motivation, in here CLAMP (Or rather the director because CLAMP encouraged the director to make the anime different compared to the manga) decided to make the simpler villain in that the motivation of the villain is just to destroy everything. That said, obviously the heavy burden that the three girls received still haunting them, and so in here they're trying to try to move on from the burden by once again saving the world that they're previously saved. Forgot to mention that while this series is classified as magical girl series, in here the girls will ride the robot to fight so there'll be super robot fight.

Wedding Peach - If you thought that this is like Sailor Moon, then you'll be right on the mark because the manga here is written by one of Sailor Moon anime script writer. Like Sailor Moon, Wedding Peach here also focused on love in which case it's the wedding so naturally there'll be more talk about wedding, although in exchange the manga writer decided to use angel and devil instead of alien like in Sailor Moon. Speaking of Sailor Moon comparison, in here the anime ending here is lighter than first Sailor Moon anime ending.

Fushigi Yuugi - Also known as Curious Play, and the first thing that I understand is that it has a lot of sappy moment such as when Tamahome (Voiced by Midorikawa Hikaru as well) and Miaka keep calling each other name and my sister comment on how cheesy the moment is (She later watch it herself and liking it). As you can see, this is indeed an shoujo isekai anime with Miaka who is a childish girl summoned to become Suzaku priestess with the mission to summon Suzaku, although of course the mission here is not an easy one seeing that there'll be a lot of death (And the mangaka Watase Yuu here didn't hesitate to kill off the main characters through the series). It should be noted that compared to other Fushigi Yuugi series that Watase wrote, this series is Watase's lighter one in which it's still quite dark from on how several main characters are killed of.

That's all for what I can say in regard of Spring 1995 anime.

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