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Anime of the Year 1996-IV Fall - Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi


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Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi surprised me a lot with modern isekai concept and really good humor while having next to zero ecchi despite the plot - felt like a firm masterpiece during watching . 
 
1. Hana yori Dango 花より男子  [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/51)
Tags: Shoujo Love Polygon, School Drama, Romance
Makino Tsukushi, a girl who comes from a poor family, just wants to get through her two last years at Eitoku Gakuen quietly. But once she makes herself known by standing up for her friend to the F4, the four most popular, powerful, and rich boys at the school, she gets the red card: F4's way of a "Declaration of War." But when she doesn't let herself be beaten by them and is starting to fall for one of the F4, Hanazawa Rui, she starts to see that there is more than meets the eye...
It can be described as a more serious and high-school version of Kodomo no Omocha, now with a full harem of bishounens. Lots of insincerity, stamps and just visually dull.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
2. Kidou Senkan Nadesico Martian Successor Nadesico 機動戦艦ナデシコ [Xebec] (Finished 5/26)
Tags: Shounen Mecha, Military, Parody, Space Action, Romance, Sci-Fi
Akito doesn't want to fight. Despite a childhood spent on the anime Gekiganger 3, a Mecha show, he'd rather cook than pilot a Mecha. Fate intervenes when his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is transported instantly to the Earth, mysteriously. He has questions no one can answer fully, but follows a girl from a chance meeting in hopes to discover any. The girl, Yurika, is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and in order to follow her, he enlists as their cook. Possessing the nanite implants that allow to control mechas, he's a handy backup pilot for the mechas of the Nadesico. He joins a crew bent on avenging Mars that seems to be composed of only misfits, otakus, and ditzes; however, in reality, they are handpicked experts. They take their own private war back to Mars to face the harsh reality that life may not always be like a Giant Mecha series.
What other one ship space opera comedy  with misfits do I know to compare with? Irresponsible captain Tylor hits all the dots. And compared to Tylor this anime loses in everything - protagonist, comedy, character depth, universe, plot, logic. Nadesico does not care about the story, it has the stage for harem and many girls and that's enough for situational comedy. And Tylor did all that and more. If I try to deliberately search for a field where Nadesico wins it would be absurd humor, though I'm a fan of more conceptual humor. And I just can't enjoy it at all .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
3. Saber Marionette J セイバーマリオネットJ [Studio Junio] (Finished 3/25)
Tags: Shounen Harem, Martial Arts, Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, since the Earth has become overpopulated, efforts to find and colonize on other planets have begun. However, one of the ships, the "Mesopotamia" malfunctions and all but 6 of its inhabitants are all killed. the remaining 6 manage to escape to a nearby planet named "Terra ll ", which is similar to Earth in many respects. However, all of them are male. Therefore, as to not let their efforts go to waste, they begin to set up 6 countries and to reproduce through cloning and genetic engineering. however, there are still no women, and to make up for it they create lifelike advanced female androids called "Marionettes" which do everyday chores and work. However, they are all emotionless machines. But one day, a ordinary boy named Otaru finds and awakens 3 special battle type Marionettes that have emotions due to a "Maiden Circuit" within them. It's up to him then to teach them and allow their emotions to grow, and when a nearby country threatens with world domination, it's up to to Otaru and his "human" Marionettes to protect their country.
First of all, let's forget everything about horrible Saber Marionette R since it's alternative version. Harem supposes good SOL, cute girls and good comedy. And just as Nadesico, it only succeeds in absurd type of humor. On the good side, there is some actual plot and action that help a bit.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
4. Taiho Shichau zo (TV) You're Under Arrest (1996) 逮捕しちゃうぞ (1996) [Studio Deen] (Finished 4/47)
Tags: Seinen Adult Cast, Detective, Workplace Action, Comedy
Tokyo Highway Patrolwomen Natsumi and Miyuki get off to a bad start when Miyuki busts Natsumi for reckless moped driving on her way to work. Things get worse when they find out they're going to be partners!
A continuation of the OVA series, the adventures of Tokyo policewomen Natsumi and Miyuki continue in the You're Under Arrest TV series. It's back to Bokuto Precinct, where demented felons and bashful (but hunky) policemen abound, and where the cutest girl in the office... isn't a girl.
A nice police stories show, but the problem is that it's not particularly interesting. It becomes boring and predictable very soon.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
5. Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi Those Who Hunt Elves エルフを狩るモノたち [Group TAC] (Finished 12/12)
Tags: Shounen Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Ecchi
Loudmouthed martial artist Junpei Ryuzouji, elegant actress Airi Komiyama, and cheery but artillery-obsessed student Ritsuko Inoue all find themselves transported from their homeland of Japan to an unfamiliar, magical world. When the elven priestess Celcia Marieclaire casts the spell to send them home, she is interrupted, and the spell is broken into parts that scatter throughout the world. The spell fragments imprint themselves onto the skin of various elves.
The trio travels in Ritsuko's tank, searching for elves who might carry the spell fragments so that Celcia can transfer them to her own body and make the spell whole again. As they adventure, people begin to refer to them as "Those Who Hunt Elves," gaining a reputation as warriors that put a stop to evil-doers with their miraculous cannon, terrifying elves by stripping any that they find. Though they're not the smartest group, they make up for it with enthusiasm and their strong determination to get back to Japan.
The main question about show is not whether it is masterpiece or not, but where it's a borderline or firm one. Let it be maximum score for comedies. It's the first real modern Isekai that I can recall. It has a lot of ingenuity and variety involved. Both characters and comedy are well done. Humor can be offensive here for some people , but tastes differ, and I see it as provocative, neat and crafty - main attraction, actually alongside uniqueness and twists of stories in each episode.  
Overall Rating: 8/10
 
6. Ie Naki Ko Remy Sans Famille 家なき子レミ [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/23)
Tags: Historical Adventure, Drama, Slice of Life
Remy, a cheerful and tender-hearted girl, lives with her mother in a French country town. One day her father returns to the town after a long period working away from home in a city. Her father tells Remy that she isn't their real daughter, and Remy is almost sold to an evil slave trader. It is Vitalis, a strolling entertainer, who helps Remy. Vitalis discovers her talent for singing and decides to take her in with his troupe.
Guess why I don't remember original from 1977. Because its demographic was determined as kids in MAL. Content is rather all age for both works, but I agree that only kids can welcome proclaimed morals and they are easier to perceive the slow pace. As usual, world masterpiece theater feels terribly boring and just useless to me.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
7. Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy (1996) 魔法少女プリティサミー(1996)  [AIC] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Parody Comedy, Fantasy
The carefree Tsunami is next in line to rule over the Magical Kingdom of Juraihelm. But before she is officially crowned as queen, she must restore balance to the universe that has come to favor darkness. To accomplish her goal, Tsunami gives the ordinary Sasami Kawai a magical baton that can transform her into a magical girl. She also appoints the rabbit-like creature Ryou-Ouki to aid Sasami in the battle against evil.
However, Sasami refuses to become a magical girl—not because she is scared, but because she finds it too embarrassing! Meanwhile, the arrogant Ramia is plotting to overthrow Tsunami by enlisting her own magical girl—the eccentric Pixy Misa—to cause chaos and ensure that balance is never restored. As Pixy Misa terrorizes the planet with her Love-Love monsters, Sasami must learn to swallow her pride and accept her role as the universe's champion of justice, Pretty Sammy.
We sampled Pretty Sammy in OVA already, and the only question is how much series differs from OVA. It has become more thorough and I'd even say loose in contrast to rushed OVA. For magical girl SOL genre Pretty Sammy is rather generic.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
8. Hamelin no Violin Hiki Violinist of Hamelin ハーメルンのバイオリン弾き [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/25)
Tags: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy 
Trouble arises in Staccato one day. Demons show up and start to wreak havoc on the townspeople. The entire country seems to be suffering. The source of the problem is that the "barrier" which until now has kept the demons from crossing over to the human world, is weakening. The person who sustains it is losing her strength after holding it up for so many years. That person is Queen Horn of Sforzando. Hell King Bass is trying to break through the barrier and release their "supreme leader," Kestra (Orchestra). One whose power is unparalleled yet is trapped somewhere in the world of the humans.
OVA was very intriguing and funny, but too short. Now all tempo and humor is gone and we get slow, tedious and serious narration. Maybe things spice up eventually, but definitely not in the first three most important for impression episodes, and characters aren't that interesting to go on in hope for miracle to happen.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
9. Chouja Raideen 超者ライディーン [Sunrise] (Finished 3/38)
Tags: Shounen Mecha Adventure, Sci-Fi
Hishou, Ginga, Ace, Hayate, and Ikazuchi all work at a studio doing various idol-related jobs at the request of their manager, Reiko. But in reality, these five teenagers are really the Reideens, a group of superheroes who fight the Super Devils sent by Lushu, a mysterious being. Little do the Reideens know, these Super Devils are being sent for a more important purpose...
I can't stop getting surprised with the most banal concept choices of Sunrise. Power rangers variation is not a good concept for serialization. Just saying .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
10. YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou YAT 安心!宇宙旅行 [NHK] (Finished 3/50)
Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi 
The emergence of the dimensional tunnel sets the background for a new space era in which space travelling can be designated to planets outside the solar system. Hoshiwatari Goro is a space traveller who goes in search for his father whose whereabouts are shrouded with obscurity. His only link to his father is an old photograph. In order to attain his goal, Goro participates in a young space travelling company known as "YAT" which organises tours to different planets. However, in the midst of his journey, he was involved in an accident which resulted in the destruction of the spaceship. As a form of compensation, he had to work for YAT and this sparks off a train of space adventures for him.
Aired in some Western countries - from this alone it's clear that it's a safe comedy with main focus on kids. I don't fancy its humor, and everything else is too childish.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
11. Kiko-chan Smile きこちゃんすまいる   [Eiken, Magic Bus] (Finished 1/51)
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Tags: Josei Adventure, Comedy, Slice of Life 
Kiko-chan's Smile is an anime and manga series about a kindergarten student who has many of the features of a child prodigy but at the same time has many bizarre habits and an odd personailty.
Not translated. Partially available in Chinese and Korean. Each episode consists of three stories like SOL comedies of the past. Eccentric child genius sketches are easy to watch, but since it's of episodic nature, it's hardly worth the effort of translation, especially because Kiko-chan hardly talks at all and the whole comedy has to be based on some unexpected moves.   
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
12. Angel Densetsu エンジェル伝説 [Toei Animation] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Delinquents, School Action, Comedy
When Seikichi Kuroda—self-proclaimed "guardian" and head thug of Hekikuu High School—hears rumors of a first-year transfer student named Seiichirou Kitano terrorizing his entire class, Seikichi tries to intimidate him through authority. However, things go awry when he witnesses something horrifying—Seiichirou has a face so dreadful and haunting that even Seikichi hurries away in fear.
But despite his menacing appearance, Seiichirou has a heart of gold. Inhibited by his poor communication skills and fear-inducing looks, he has never managed to convey his true self to his terrified peers, resulting in his lifelong ostracization. Now the new guardian, Seiichirou discovers that sometimes friends can be found in the most unlikely places and through the most unusual circumstances.
The concept is intriguing, so it was thrilling to watch. But it's a short-running joke, so can't rate it too high.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
13. Fushigi Yuugi OVA Mysterious Play OVA ふしぎ遊戯 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Shoujo Historical, Isekai Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Having concluded their adventure inside the mystical book The Universe of the Four Gods, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo resume their ordinary lives with but one exception: upon returning to the real world, Miaka is permitted to bring her beloved Tamahome along with her.
Unfortunately, shortly afterward, new troubles threaten the couple's hard-earned happiness. During a visit to the graves of the two other girls who had traveled inside The Universe of the Four Gods, Tamahome is engulfed by a red light and disappears right before Miaka's eyes. Witnessing the puzzling incident, her brother Keisuke and his best friend Tetsuya Kajiwara resolve to help the heartbroken Miaka find her boyfriend again.
Meanwhile, Tamahome has been brought back into the book, only to discover that 50 years had passed since his departure. To his surprise, he learns that he has now switched identities with his former enemy, Nakago. Will the two lovers triumph over these adversities to reunite once more, or are they doomed to remain separated forever?
90% of the time in this afterstory is devoted to bishounens, and since I did not finish the series all those dozens of characters looked confusing.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
14. Kakugo no Susume Apocalypse Zero 覚悟のススメ [Ashi Productions] (Finished 2/2)
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Tags: Mecha, Mythology, Super Power Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Ecchi
A series of natural disasters has reduced the world to rubble, with the survivors doing whatever they must to survive in a world gone mad. But one young boy, Kakugo, gifted with amazing martial arts and a superpowerful suit of armor by his late father, has been charged with making the world (or at least his school) a safer place. But his sister has a matching set of skills and equipment, and she`s on a mission to bring peace to the world... by wiping out humanity!
Reminded me Teito Monogatari a lot. Post-apocalyptic and with body horror as well. This time there's at least a clear plot and quite fine art style. Visual images are rather memorable though plot is not great.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
15. Bakuretsu Hunters OVA Sorcerer Hunters 元祖 爆れつハンター  [Xebec] (Finished 3/3)
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Tags: Shounen Harem, Super Power Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Ecchi
On the "Spooner Continent", a valiant group of Sorcerer Hunters are the people's last line of defense against the evil dark magiks unleashed periodically by those who can't control it. Saving the world and looking sexy while doing it!
Sorcerer Hunters was a rather average adventurer action with a big focus on ecchi. Needless to say, OVA puts full emphasis into it so that there's hardy anything left besides that.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
16. Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX Wedding Peach DX 愛天使伝説ウェディング・ピーチDX  [ADV Films] (Finished 4/4)
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Tags: Shoujo Adventure, Comedy, Romance 
The 1996–1997 anime OVAs of Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach, also known as Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX (Deluxe). These four OVAs were uniquely designed and scripted, and the art style had been changed slightly from the original series as well. Each of these OVAs feature one of the Ai Tenshi along with a season: Wedding Peach—Summer, Angel Salvia—Autumn, Angel Daisy—Winter, Angel Lily—Spring. They are, however, in no way related to each other, except for some indication of previous OVAs by Hinagiku and Yuri. These are the adventures of the four Ai Tenshi, two years after their battle with Reine Devila.
Just fanservice OVA that does not attempt to provide any continuation or serious separate story.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
17. Master Mosquiton Master of Mosquiton マスターモスキートン [Radix] (Finished 6/6)
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Tags: Mythology, Vampire Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
In the 1920's, Inaho resurrects a vampire named Mosquiton with her blood. He awakens and becomes her slave. Now, Inaho is after the O-Part, which will grant her immortality. However, a bunch of supernatural monsters are out to stop them from achieving their goal.
Adequate vampire action with a bit of romance and alleged ecchi, but without fancy, can't say that anything stands out.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
18. Legend of Crystania レジェンド・オブ・クリスタニア [Triangle Staff] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural
Dreams begin to haunt Lady Sheru -- dreams of her past life as Pirotesse. Her love, Ashram, is being tormented at the hands of the soul of Barbas posing as their former king, Beld of Marmo. Interpreting this as a plea for help, Sheru searches for a way to save him by entering the chaos realm using the Chaos Ring. Meanwhile, Redon and his friends are called to arms again as ancient creatures begin to appear after being sealed away for centuries. Both their paths will cross once again, and on their shoulders will the fate of Crystania lie.
It's almost three times longer than prequel and thus fixes its biggest flaw - rush. Finally there is a substantial story with some interesting traits, and two adventurer parties confrontation is always a treat for me. Can't call it a masterpiece though as Record of Lodoss War had better characters and atmosphere.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
19. Variable Geo ヴァリアブル・ジオ [Chaos Project] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Shounen Martial Arts, Super Power Action, Ecchi
The special of the day is Variable Geo-a brutal battle between waitresses who serve up generous portions of energy blasts and vicious side orders of murderous martial artistry.
For buffed beauties who make below-minimum wages, VG is the perfect way to make some fast cash. The victorious walk away with millions, and the defeated lose everything (namely, all their clothes).
But this high-stakes sport has dark forces and dubious practices behind the fun and games. Lethal injections make steroids seem like vitamins. Instead of team prayer, there's demonic possession. Athletic sponsors are malevolent corporations with a more frightening agenda than increased market share. It's all just part of the game.
Imagine ecchi martial arts action, and it won't be far from what Variable Geo offers. But it fulfils eye candy purpose all right.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
20. Kotetsu no Daibouken 小鉄の大冒険  [Project Team Sarah] (Finished 2/2)
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Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Ecchi 
While walking through the streets of Tokyo, Linn Suzuki comes across a strange device sticking up from the sidewalk. Suddenly, she is set upon by thugs and is helped by a beautiful stranger who takes them all down. It seems young Linn has fled Deep Kyoto from her cruel mistress and has traveled to Edo where she hopes to find her long lost brother, who was last seen working for the Kuon Detective Agency. By chance, this stranger happens to be Miho Kuon and lets Linn stay with her (nicknaming her Kotetsu, or Little Tetsu after her brother, Tetsujin). However, a mysterious agency called the Syndicate are after Miho and Linn is now in the thick of things.
Ecchi level is too high, so there's not much room for story left. So if you come here for ecchi, above average. If for story, then...  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
21. Panzer Dragoon パンツァードラグーン [Production I.G] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi 
Legends speak of a Dark Tower with a race of dragons that awaits the command to arise and wreak havoc. At least Kyle used to believe they were only legends until his lady, Alita, is stolen by the Black Dragon!
Now Kyle must form an alliance with Blau, a blue dragon, in order to rescue her before she becomes the catalyst for the Dark Tower's final program: the complete destruction of the world!
Another game concept that would feel just right with lots of fights and gameplay, but with all those fights taken away nothing is left of the plot to fill those 25 minutes.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
 
22. Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Yuna: Shin'en no Fairy Galaxy Fraulein Yuna Returns 銀河お嬢様伝説ユナ ~深闇のフェアリィ~  [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Mecha Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Just when everything seems peaceful again for Yuna and her friends, a new enemy appears in the form of three robotic sisters. Yuna must once again become the Savior of Light to fight this strong, new evil.
More seriousness, but also a more shallow plot with just these robotic sisters. Not great overall.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
23. Houma Hunter Lime Jewel BEM Hunter Lime 宝魔ハンターライム [Production Reed] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Comedy, Fantasy 
For centuries, the magic and human worlds have been at peace with each other, though physically seperated by a magical gate. But when the powerful magic spheres are stolen and fall to the Earth below, the king of magic sends Boss, a fighter; Lime, a master transformer; and Poogie, a master morpher to retrieve them. With not much time, the trio must retrieve the spheres which, when in contact with the human world, suck up the negative emotions of household objects and become BEMs, Bug Eyed Monsters!
Since I happened to play all Lime games, I knew that games were practically ready anime concepts, but I still hoped for some improvisation and just knitting it all together into one story. I'm astonished by the super lazy approach to just choose first sub-lots and stop there even without concluding it somehow. It's still above average.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
24. Gall Force: The Revolution ガルフォース THE REVOLUTION [AIC] (Finished 4/4)
Tags: Mecha, Military, Space Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
East Force meets West Force and all Hell breaks loose. The Solonoids, that lovable race of female warriors, are at it again, fighting amongst themselves. During a heated battle, however, it looks like the leaders of the two factions have hung their warriors out to dry. In the middle of all this fighting and chaos, East Force detects a transmission from an unidentified planet. The Gall Force gals leave their posts to go. Lufy, the West Force's Ace Pilot, who is after Rabby, follows them to the planet.
Unique 80s lovely character designs are gone and new generic 90s have taken their place. Serious AI-Nuclear annihilation themes are gone with that too and concept is super light compared to older parts.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
25. 10-shuunen da yo! Chibi Maruko-chan 10周年だよ! ちびまる子ちゃん  [-] (Finished 0/1)
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Tags: Shoujo Comedy
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Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
 
26. Black Jack the Movie Black Jack: The Movie ブラック・ジャック 劇場版 [Tezuka Productions] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Shounen Medical Award Winning, Drama
Joe Carol Brane attempts to hire Dr. Black Jack on a breed of superhumans that have the strength, intellectual, athletic, and artistic skills with great excel in different fields, only to later find out that they start deteriorating after some period of time and causing an untimely death. Joe needs Dr. Black Jack's help on finding a cure.
Only slightly better than OVA, same medical detective with a bit of body horror.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
27. Shin Kimagure Orange☆Road: Soshite, Ano Natsu no Hajimari 新きまぐれオレンジ☆ロード ~ そして、あの夏のはじまり  [Pierrot] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Shounen Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Slice of Life, Ecchi 
It's been several years and Kyosuke Kasuga is now 19. A mysterious phone call warns him of oncoming cars but he doesn't listen. Ironically, he gets hit by a car and because of his telepathic abilities, gets sent three years into the future. His 22 year old future self is now a photographer who is lost in Bosnia and believed to be dead. Kyosuke must find his 22 year old future self and restore himself, the 19 year old, to his correct time. Along the way he reunites with Hikaru who is now a professional and famous dancer. Madoka is also there, distraught over both Kyosuke, the 22 year old, going missing in Bosnia and Kyosuke, the 19 year old, getting hit by a car.
Another weird nostalgy scam that was absolutely not needed.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
28. Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru Spring and Chaos イーハトーブ幻想 Kenjiの春 [Group TAC] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Anthropomorphic, Historical Drama, Slice of Life
A unique biographical sketch of the life of the great modern Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, Spring and Chaos is a highly stylized and intense film that draws on Miyazawa's writing techniques to tell his life story. Miyazawa often used animals as the main characters in his stories and poems, and it is this technique that allows director Shoji Kawamori to recreate Miyazawa's fanciful land of Ihatov and use it as the backdrop for Miyazawa's life. Beautiful and affecting, Spring and Chaos is a fitting tribute to one of Japan's greatest writers.
The story is mostly about how Kenji learned and wished to see magic and life in nature. Hardly informative or revealing, but overall not bad though short.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
 
29. Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo Movie 1: Operazakan - Aratanaru Satsujin 金田一少年の事件簿・オペラ座館・新たなる殺人 [Toei Animation] (Finished 1/1)
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Tags: Shounen School Mystery
Invited for a anniversary celebration, Kindaichi, Miyuki and inspector Kenmochi re-visit the Opera House. There they discover that a play of "The Phantom of the Opera" is being rehearsed again. However, it doesn't take long when members of the acting troupe are killed by the "Phantom". Kindaichi will once again have to solve a murder series in the Opera House.
I think it's the first Kindaichi anime, so should list it. Kindaichi stories involve more adventure and more mystics compared to Conan. Those who like detectives know Kindaichi well, those who don't like detectives won't bother anyway.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
 
30. Alice in Cyberland ありす ALICE in Cyberland [Vega Entertainment] (Finished 2/2)
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Tags: Sci-Fi
When criminal Cybernackists appear in the Cyberland, the vast 21st century computer networks, Alice, Miss Catnick, Leina, and Julie are drawn in by the mysterious Lucia to become a fighting force of young girl soldiers in the Cyberland to combat the criminal element.
I was afraid it had something to do with old nukige visual novel, but in fact it's made after a simple PS1 fighting game , so anime is rather generic with couple fights as well.  
Overall Rating: 4/10

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Those who Hunt Elves is a trash ecchi fantasy series that is fairly awful.

Nadesico is a pretty interesting science fiction with a ship's crew going up against alien invaders in a last ditch attempt to save Earth (fairly typical of pre-2000 sci-fi space stories)

This time the Legend of Crystania isn't as hurried, but it still stops short of completing the story and satisfying the watcher.

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Wedding Peach OVA - Obviously only good for the visual excitement of the fans who want to see the fan service, otherwise you may watch it to see Saliva's possible boyfriend.

Nobody's Girl - The last World Masterpiece Theater before their brief revival in 2000's end.

Saber Marionette J - I just glance it in Animax at afternoon, and I can only understand is that there's three female marionette who is attached to a guy.

YAT - Broadcasted in Indonesia as well, and from what I remember I think it resemble Rogue Galaxy to a degree, although only for the season one (Yes it has sequel in 1998 later).

Hana Yori Dango - Another anime that was broadcasted in Indonesia, and this one is quite famous in Indonesia (And some other Asian countries), although the fame is not because of the anime. But instead the reason is because the live action adaptation from Taiwan that change the cast name, and said adaptation is known as Meteor Garden with the female MC Tsukushi known as San Chai and her love interest Tsukasa known as Dao Ming Si. To know on how famous Meteor Garden in Indonesia is, there's a lot of merchandise based on F4 (Taiwan version obviously) that was produced here including bed sheet (That I still own until now).

That's all for my comment in regard on Fall 1996 anime.

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