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Anime of the Year 1997-II Spring - Hyper Police



No masterpiece as it often happens. If I compare enjoyment level of those that I rated higher than others, I'd nominate Hyper Police as it's at least logical, easy-going and with memorable characters though episodic
1. Shoujo Kakumei Utena Revolutionary Girl Utena 少女革命ウテナ [J.C.Staff] (Finished 11/39)
Tags: Mahou Shoujo, Psychological Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Years ago, a tragic incident befell a young princess when both her parents died. Devastated, it seemed nothing would calm this poor soul. However, a prince traveling through the area came to see the princess, hoping to cheer her up. After wiping her sorrowful tears, the prince gave her a ring carrying a rose emblem and told her as long as she holds onto the ring, they are destined to meet again. The event leaves a deep impression on the girl, Utena Tenjou, leading her to become a prince herself.
Years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy, recognized by the same rose emblem as her precious ring's. There, attracted by the scent of roses, she witnesses Anthy Himemiya tending the flowers, accompanied by the Student Council President Touga Kiryuu and Vice President Kyouichi Saionji, who seem to be arguing over Anthy. While Utena thinks nothing of the occurrence, the Student Council gathers to discuss an important matter.
Subsequently, a misunderstanding leads to Utena being dragged into the world of Duelists—those with rings similar to her own. The Duelists fight for the ownership of the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, who is said to possess great power. Wanting to prove her capabilities as a prince, and enraged that Anthy is being wronged and objectified, Utena resolves to fight against the Duelists to save her from the cruel fate.
Utena is probably the most famous shoujo and with pretense of psychology, so needed to rewatch it again now as I don't remember what it ended with. Last time I watched it, I was most unsatisfied with pacing and loose middle of the show, so now watched only beginning episodes and 34 onwards to not completely doze off prematurely. And ending is yet another disappointment. Unique bore is still a bore.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
2. Slayers Try スレイヤーズ TRY [E&G Films] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Shounen Mythology Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
For nearly a millennium, demons have imposed a magical barrier that has impeded the people trapped within it from reaching the outside world. Now that it is broken, several kingdoms seek to explore the lands that were once beyond their grasp. To this end, they establish a peace delegation to make contact with the inhabitants of the new world.
Meanwhile, the young sorceress Lina Inverse receives a message from a mysterious woman named Filia ul Copt. When they meet, Filia expresses interest in hiring Lina and her friends, having heard of their great deeds, for a certain task that will take them to the outside realm. Despite that, Filia feels the need to put their strength to the test and pits them against a dragon in the middle of the city! After proving themselves, the sorceress and her fellow adventurers set off for the unexplored lands, where many adventures and a worrying prophecy await them.
I'd rename to Slayers still Try. The vibe is there, but loses in comparison with Slayers Next.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
3. Shin Tenchi Muyou! Tenchi in Tokyo 新・天地無用! [AIC] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Harem Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Tenchi Masaki heads out to tackle the big world, setting off to school in Tokyo! But not everyone is happy to hear he is moving away, as his female friends sulk and complain at the prospect of him being alone. However, Tenchi is not by himself for very long, as he soon meets a kind and compassionate girl named Sakuya Kumashiro who helps him get used to life in Tokyo.
The two become close friends, but Sakuya wants more than just that, so she proclaims her love for Tenchi. This confession comes as a shock not only to Tenchi, but also the girls back home. In response, the girls decide to step up their game, and they immediately flock to Tokyo to take Tenchi for themselves.
With the girls competing for his love, Tenchi must decide once and for all who the most important woman in his life is. However, he is going to have a hard time deciding, as strange events start happening that drive Tenchi further apart from his friends.
Tenchi series was slowly moving in the direction of silliness, but now with the need to fill in 26 episodes it just blooms exceedingly .  
Overall Rating: 5/10
4. Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo The File of Young Kindaichi 金田一少年の事件簿 [Toei Animation] (Finished 3/148)
Tags: Shounen Mystery
Hajime Kindaichi's unorganized appearance and lax nature may give the impression of an average high school student, but a book should never be judged by its cover. Hajime is the grandson of the man who was once Japan's greatest detective, and he is also a remarkable sleuth himself.
With the help of his best friend, Miyuki Nanase, and the peculiar inspector Isamu Kenmochi, Hajime travels to remote islands, ominous towns, abysmal seas, and other hostile environments. His life's mission is to uncover the truth behind some of the most cunning, grueling, and disturbing mysteries the world has ever faced.
I promised to skip Kindaichi, but it concerned OVAs and Movies, naturally I'd still want to list series as TV series often have openings. Not that I have anything more to say about Kindaichi though.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
5. Chuuka Ichiban! 中華一番 [Nippon Animation] (Finished 3/52)
Tags: Shounen Action, Comedy, Drama, Gourmet
The story takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, where the Emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". It was an era in which top chefs with different cooking styles tried their best to improve their skills and to become the best chef in China. It is a country where insulting a high-grade chef or fooling around with cooking could land a person in a jail, and impersonating a top-chef is as good as usurpation of authority. Chefs compete with each other in order to gain respect and even power, but also with the risks of losing everything.
The country of China has four major regions: Beijing, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong.
The beginning of the story takes place in Szechuan, Mao's birthplace.
After the death of Mao's mother, Pai, who was called the 'Fairy of Cuisine', Mao becomes a Super Chef in order to take the title as Master Chef of his mother's restaurant. However, before he takes his mother's place as Master Chef, he continues to travel China in order to learn more of the many ways of cooking, in the hopes of becoming a legendary chef, just like his mother. During his journey, he meets great friends and fierce rivals who wish to challenge him in the field of cooking.
There have been a lot of cooking our gourmet anime since Ajikko, but never expected to see a historical cooking subgenre show. With magic tools and exaggerated techniques it's too unrealistic to trust and respect and thus enjoy.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
6. Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan CLAMP School Detectives CLAMP学園探偵団 [Pierrot] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Shoujo Action, Comedy, Mystery
The CLAMP school, with its integrated curriculum from kindergarten to post-graduate studies, was founded by the largest of Japanese business empires, the House of Imonoyama. Funded entirely out of its own deep pockets, it was hoped that the school would be a haven for young men and women on whose shoulders our future would rest.
The School is open to any talented individual, irrespective of his or her lineage or financial standing and is known to count scores of singularly talented pupils. It is furthermore also famous for its harboring of a remarkable percentage of party animals. Not even the bright and talented minds of CLAMP School can keep the campus free of crimes and mysteries. Or can they? Join Nokoru, Suoh and Akira, our case-cracking kid detectives, as they save the day and even the odd damsel in distress!
I'm just not the one to evaluate a detective show about cute elementary school bishounens helping some ladies as everything is so alien that nothing is able to catch attention to care about any of this in the least.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
7. Hyper Police はいぱーぽりす [Pierrot] (Finished 5/25)
Tags: Detective Action, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi 
Sasahara Natsuki is a poor bounty hunter in a world where monsters and humans live together. Most of her cases involve monsters infringing upon the rights of humans, who are protected by law from their generally more powerful neighbors. Being half-human and half cat-beast, Natsuki straddles the two societies and tries to understand and respect both while enforcing the law. She is assisted by a werewolf named Batanen who is afraid to admit he loves her; another werewolf named Tommy; and a Kyubi fox demon named Sakura who has her own plans--which include eating Natsuki to complete her her nine tails and thereby her magical powers.
Half-beast world at the very least guarantees cuter than usual character designs. Had to sample some additional episodes to grasp the concept correctly, but now I know I'm sure that it's of episodic nature and holds no big central plot line. Some case or recreation, some humor, some flirt and some Sakura trying to kill Natsuki repeats over and over as it goes on. It's fairly entertaining, but in Dirty Pair there was at least some adventure each episode while here concept is more loose and there can be episodes about nothing much.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
8. Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu (TV) Maze: The Mega-Burst Space  [J.C.Staff] (Finished 3/25)
Tags: Shounen Magical Sex Shift, Mecha Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Maze wakes up in her house, everything is a wreck and she has amnesia. Before she can gather what has happened the girl Mill storms into her house thanking her for having saved her life. She tells Maze that her house suddenly fell down from the sky and crushed Mills pursuers under it. However before long they are both on the run from further pursuers who want their hands on princess Mill. They are only saved when Maze discovers that she has phantom light magical powers and can summon Mills family heirloom mecha. However her performance with the mecha is weak; that is until the sun goes down and she is turned in to a lecherous man. Soon other travellers join them as Maze tries to protect Mill and figure out what she is doing in this fantasy world.
Magical Sex Shift anime are either too frivolous or too tilt on comedy like Ranma. Maze at least tries to stay half-serious fantasy that even starts as isekai. As I see it, Maze half-asses everything and fails to excel at anything, thus the oblivion.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
9. Haunted Junction HAUNTED じゃんくしょん  [Studio Deen] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Shounen School Comedy, Supernatural
Saito High is a high school with its spiritual beings and a principal whose hobby is collecting occult paraphernalia. The school has the prophecy-chosen members of the Holy Student Council to protect it. These students have problems of their own; Haruto Houjo, the president, has a way of summoning spirits, and would resign from his duty for a normal life if it weren't for the principal. Kazumi Ryodo, the next member, is good at being possessed and has something for the Hanako. The last member is Mutsuki Asahina, who is a master of exorcism and is attracted to small boys. Unfortunately, these three are in charge of keeping the school in line and defending the world from supernatural beings, and this mission brings them through wacky predicaments.
I doubt occult anime can ever really impress me. Haunted Junction is probably the best attempt so far as it's a full-scale comedy based around hunting youkai. Humor is closer to absurd one, yet not going to extremes like some shows out there. Heroine obsession with shota often looks really horrible, though. Ping-pong club had a lot better humor also following half-absurd humor style. So theme, characters and humor quality don't suit me.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
10. Hakugei Densetsu Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick 白鯨伝説 [Studio Junio, Annapuru] (Finished 26/26)
Tags: Space  Adventure, Sci-Fi
A courageous young man tries to find the only person who can save his planet from the most terrifying beast in the universe—the great white whale Moby Dick—in this futuristic anime adventure set in 4699. But locating the outlaw Captain Ahab and his illusory crew of whale hunters and persuading them to put an end to the leviathan's long reign of terror won't be easy. Will Ahab take up the challenge one more time?
Produced by Tezuka Productions and directed by Osamu Dezaki , Hakugei promises a unique experience. But it's far from good and loses to Captain Tylor in all aspects. After setup the whole middle is loose and even the ending is not particularly interesting. Crew is varied, but stereotypical and without girls . Humor is not really good as it's mostly based on cheap violence and choir reactions of the crew nullifying individuality. Sadly, it ends up boring on every level .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
11. Hareluya II Boy ハレルヤIIBOY [Triangle Staff] (Finished 5/25)
Tags: Shounen School Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Hareluya Hibino has one ambition in life: to conquer the entire world! Despite his tough exterior, he's not a bad person, and when push comes to shove, he'll do his best to help those in need. Together with aspiring painter Kiyoshiro, Hareluya will take on whatever curveballs life may throw his way.
A decent and even slightly funny delinquents anime. Visuals are somewhat underwhelming. Characters are rather average and humor is not that great with the one recurring pattern of taking out enormously huge items from behind back .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
12. Tezuka Osamu no Kyuuyaku Seisho Monogatari: In the Beginning In The Beginning: The Bible Stories 手塚治虫の旧約聖書物語 In The Beginning [Tezuka Productions] (Finished 3/26)
Tags: Historical 
Through the Italian National Broadcasting Network, Tezuka Osamu received an ardent request from the Vatican to make the Bible into animated form. This request was probably made to see how the Bible would be depicted by the non-Christian Tezuka Osamu. Tezuka Osamu accepted the request and spent an entire two years to complete a pilot film. It was about the mythology of Noah's ark, with the enthusiastic Tezuka Osamu not only writing the scenario but also drawing pictures by himself. During production, however, he unfortunately passed away, so Director Dezaki took over the film and completed it.
Bible is not a historical book, not more than Ramayana or other mythological texts. Can only be watched by kids or people who don't know the contents of the book.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
13. Kero Kero Chime ケロケロちゃいむ [Studio Comet] (Finished 3/30)
Tags: Isekai, Parody Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Aoi, a regular boy, is cursed with a spell that turns him into a frog whenever he gets wet. He is sent to another world with a frog kingdom to find the princess to undo the spell. When he finds out that she doesn't know how to lift the curse, they set out to find the spell that will. Along the way they meet many interesting creatures, come across many dangers, and make many new friends.
Kids travel again, this time in a friendly comedy filled world. Reminds me Dragon Ball the most with a normal yet transforming protagonist and worse tempo. Too childish and unreasonable to bother.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
14. Bamboo Bears バンブー・ベアーズ [Telescreen] (Finished 3/52)
Tags: Comedy 
Bamboo-Lee, Dah-Lee, and Slo-Lee are three bears with a goal: to save the world before more species become extinct. But can the bears stand up to the spineless villains behind Ratco Corporation? With Ai-Ai the pink dragon on their side, they may be able to rescue the environment before it's too late.
Anime has official dub and no translation subs because of the usual reasons - it was sold abroad and no one cared about it enough after that. Characters and themes are close to Rescue Rangers.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
15. Kyuumei Senshi Nanosaver 救命戦士ナノセイバー [Image Kei] (Finished 0/28)
Tags: Adventure
The third show in the Virtual Trilogy, a mix of anime and live action shots.
In the beginning of the 22nd century society advanced rapidly. Now even children are able to become real doctors, a task before that took two and a half decades to achieve. And nanomachines became prevalent to fight disease. Keita is a Nanosaver, a child doctor who uses the virtual world to apply life saving techniques by entering the body and treating the patients in a virtual medical station (VMS). As more and more patients are taken in, various mysterious are uncovered about them.
In the second half of the anime, a small Ethanarian alien and galactic federation is introduced.
Not found.  
Overall Rating: 0/10
16. AIKa Agent AIKa [Studio Fantasia] (Finished 7/7)
Tags: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi 
A catastrophic earthquake has left Tokyo, and most of the Earth for that matter, under the sea. Aika is a salvager who retrieves various remains from the watery ruins. When Aika accepts the dangerous mission of locating and obtaining the mysterious Lagu, she discovers that she's not the only one after it.
If you like pantsu and can turn off head, it's possible to somewhat enjoy this parody action comedy. But for most people it will be just waste of time.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
17. Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu Mysterious Play OVA 2 ふしぎ遊戯 第二部 [Pierrot] (Finished 6/6)
Tags: Shoujo Historical, Isekai, Martial Arts Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After Tamahome is reborn into the real world as Taka Sukunami, it does not take long until he meets Miaka Yuuki again, leading to their romance blooming once more. However, the appearance of Ren Shigyou—a new student at Miaka's high school—disturbs their blissful days.
Resentful of the happy lovers, Shigyou uses his unusual manipulative skills to quickly become popular and rally his classmates against Miaka and Taka. As Shigyou's followers unexpectedly attack the pair, the two end up falling from the school's roof into a red light and are transported to The Universe of the Four Gods realm.
Returning to the place where Taka once lived as Tamahome, the couple learns that an evil demon is behind the recent events. To make matters worse, Taka risks disappearing from existence unless he recovers his previous life's memories, which are stored in seven jewels. Joining forces with their former companions, Miaka and Taka embark on a quest against the clock to retrieve the precious stones before it is too late.
Previous OVA was a mess as epilogue, this OVA suits much better for that role. Story itself so-so, so main purpose to watch should be further exploration of personalities as normal material for fans.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
18. Sakura Tsuushin Sakura Diaries 桜通信 [Shaft] (Finished 3/12)
Tags: Love Polygon Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
A Keio University (one of the top three colleges in Japan) exam candidate, Touma Inaba, is interupted when a cute young girl, Urara Kasuga, arrives at his hotel room door. She later turns out to be his cousin who he barely remembers from his childhood. Urara, who had felt something special for him (an other-than-cousinly-love), invites Touma to live with her since he has no place to stay other than the hotel room. Before taking the test, Touma meets Meiko Yotsuba, a beautiful, sophisticated woman also trying to get into Keio. Meiko gets into Keio but Touma does not, due to a cold Urara had given him shortly before. Although he did not make it, he pretends he does to earn the respect of Meiko. Touma is caught up in a love triangle with Urara and Meiko, while struggling to keep Meiko believing he's really a Keio student and still be there for Urara at the same time.
This romance is too simple with a too mischievous girl, and nothing catches the eye here for me.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
19. Buttobi!! CPU I Dream of Mimi ぶっとび!!CPU [OLM] (Finished 3/3)
Tags: Seinen Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi
Embarrassed to be the only member of the Electric Brain Study Society who doesn’t own a computer, Akira Takaoka is thrilled when an electronics store advertises a PC9821 for only ninety-eight thousand yen. The deal is limited to the first five customers; unfortunately, by the time Akira gets there, the PCs are sold out. However, a mysterious man in the back alley offers him the exact same deal. Akira takes the deal, only to realize that this PC is not a 9821 version, but a 2198 version instead. It turns out that the PC2198 is an advanced bio-type computer that needs a nearly constant input of sperm to function!
The PC2198, named Mimi, now has to defend Akira from the evil Apple Nacintosh sisters who want to take over the entire Japanese PC market. Will the embarrassed Akira be able to supply Mimi with what she needs to win?
Another sudden android girl gain. Kinda expected level of everything for that premise. Parody can not substitute humor, so nothing exceptional.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
20. Battle Athletess Daiundoukai Battle Athletes バトルアスリーテス大運動会 [AIC] (Finished 3/6)
Tags: Shounen Space Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sports, Ecchi
It is the year 4999 - mankind has long abandoned war in favor of intergalactic competition through athletic events. One of which is an all-female contest for the coveted "Cosmo Beauty" title. Akari Kanzaki has just entered the University Satellite in hopes of becoming the latest Cosmic Beauty - a title held by her mother long ago. On her first few days in the university, she meets new friends, encounters fierce rivals, and struggles to become the best of all the Battle Athletes.
Enthusiastic spokon is something I can't appreciate. Additional elements hardly matter here for the core of different sports competition remains intact. Average is the only word that comes to mind.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
21. Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu Psycho Diver: Soul Siren サイコダイバー 魔性菩薩 [Madhouse, Studio Junio] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Psychological Horror, Sci-Fi
Yuki Kano has it all: fame, wealth, the world at her feet. There's also something very wrong with her... from time to time, she's totally unable to sing (which, for a pop star, is not good). Enter Bosujima, a "psycho diver" with the capability to enter people's heads and straighten out what's wrong with them. Well, most of the time, anyway.
This movie actually does a good job of being a thriller, but all that buildup resolves in an unsatisfactory way, and the remaining impression is rather sour. Movie is definitely above average in its genre, but I just don't like horrors and can't appreciate all that dark palette movie uses.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
22. VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh VS騎士ラムネ&40FRESH [Production Reed] (Finished 3/6)
Tags: Mecha, Space Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Ecchi
To save the galaxy from impending doom, Cacao and Parfait are sent on a mission through time and space to retrieve the Fourth Warrior, Lamunes.
Unfortunately, Cacao and Parfait discover Lamunes at the helm of the marauding Giga Genos invasion fleet. World by world, Lamunes is determined to bring the entire galaxy under his tyrannical heel. With the help of a plicky orphan, it's up to Cacao and Parfait to stop Lamunes from taking over the world.
There were the times when Knight Lamune was just a stupid mecha show, then fanservice elements were snowballing. This last desperate ova is a full-scale ecchi and it's something that I'm dropping even with just 6 average length episodes.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
23. Sprite: Between Two Worlds 真奈美&ナミ スプライト [J.C.Staff] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: School Comedy, Romance, Ecchi
Lately, shy Manami has been flirting outrageously and sparking vicious cat-fights! Afterwards, she remembers nothing. Can it be that another personality seethes beneath her own? A wild woman who’ll do anything to find trouble?
The whole anime lasts for slightly more than an hour and without much explanation consists of scenes with a boy and different sides of Manami personality. Messy and boring.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
24. Yakusai Kochou Demon Fighter Kocho 厄災仔寵 [やくさいこちょう] [Media Blasters] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Comedy, Supernatural, Ecchi 
Spirits begin terrorizing a school and it is left up to the sexy student Kocho Enoki to use her attractive body and magical powers to defeat the attackers. Teamed with her sister and Kosaku, their human decoy, they attempt to free the school from the spirits. Unfortunately a female spirit arrives who is immune to Kocho's sexy charms.
Phew, the last ecchi this season, but this one is easy as it does not even last half an hour and contains just one ghost-hunting. Not really exciting, but at least it has some absurd elements and some nice comments which looks beneficial compared to totally bland competitors .  
Overall Rating: 6/10
25. JaJa Uma! Quartet Wild Cardz じゃじゃ馬カルテット [Movic] (Finished 2/2)
Tags: Shounen Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
The Crown Knights are a bizarre special force to fight to the criminals who threaten the tranquil Card Kingdom. Each one had a special ability. But these Crown Knights must get down and dirty when they run up against two war machines shaped like gigantic chess pieces. The deck is stacked against them, somehow they've got the checkmate these indestructible invaders before the Card Kingdom topples.
Some banal superhero parody wrapped in even more ridiculous cards entourage and toppled with giant chess. Expect some headache from all this stupidity.  
Overall Rating: 4/10
26. Eikyuu Kazoku 永久家族 [Studio 4°C] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Psychological Comedy
It started as a sociological experiment. Six different people were brainwashed to think that they were a family and then put in arbitrary situations to see how they would react; however, when a taping of the families conducts is sold in a desperate attempt to make a little capital, it instantly becomes a success. Now the family is a first rated show and their every move is broadcasted around the world without them knowing it. But when a clogged toilet sets off a chain of events that ultimately frees the family from the room they are confined in the broadcasters, not willing to lose their source of income, set out to hunt down and recapture every member of the Eternal family.
Some percentage of experimental movies is really something, but this show is not there - it's a set of random scenes literally flushed in the toilet each time from the beginning. What's described in synopsis so logically, viewer will need to gather from pieces and often in wrong succession, so there's only time for a brief ending. Can only be enjoyed by someone who likes absurd shows.  
Overall Rating: 5/10
27. Crayon Shin-chan Movie 05: Ankoku Tamatama Daitsuiseki 映画 クレヨンしんちゃん 暗黒タマタマ大追跡  [Shin-Ei Animation] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Seinen Action, Adventure, Comedy
An action comedy film depicting the Nohara family who get caught in a fight between two clans, Tamayura and Tamayomi. Set in Tokyo and Aomori (northern end of Japan's main island). The Tamayomi clan had plotted to revive the evil genie Jarke and to conquer the world. To stop Tamayomi's plot, the three gay brothers (Rose, Lavender and Lemon) from Tamayura clan wrested Jarke's ball, which was a key to revive Jarke, from the bar girl gang of Tamayomi clan, but Shinnosuke's younger sister Himawari swallowed down the ball. The Nohara family, with the three gay brothers and a female detective Yone Higashimatsuyama, fights a fierce battle against the Tamayomi gang chasing them.
Very weird setting that sometimes even feels like musical. It's just not Shin-chan I liked.  
Overall Rating: 6/10
28. Hermes: Ai wa Kaze no Gotoku Hermes: Winds of Love ヘルメス 愛は風の如く [Animation Staff Room] (Finished 1/1)
Tags: Drama, Fantasy 
Thousands of years in the past, a young boy named Hermes is named as a future great hero in a prophecy. Hermes grows up to save a beautiful princess and face the evil king Minos of Crete.
Serious story would be fine, but here it's not. All characters look alike and weird songs are inserted as if it's Disney.  
Overall Rating: 5/10

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Utena is one of those anime that was immensely popular despite being absolutely awful and making no sense.  Such anime became common near the turn of the century, and they have left a legacy of indelible horror and illogic in the minds of formerly rational human beings exposed to them.

Hyper Police- I was fond of this anime, if only because the protag was a catgirl and her partner was a kitsune.  The image of a world where gods, youkai, and demons were both coexisting with and fighting humans was pretty fascinating at the time.  

Fushigi Yuugi 2- Honestly, this season turned me off of the series, though I liked the first one (despite its horrors).  

Haunted Junction was one of those random comedy fantasy anime that made waves before FLCL ruined everything.  It is fairly amusing, though the humor hasn't aged that well.

Slayers Try- This was the last good season of the Slayers.  Or rather, it was the last complete one, lol.  It has some decent action scenes, the series' usual combination of slapstick humor and drama, and a few new characters on a new continent.

Clamp Gakuen was one of many weird anime Clamp made over the years.  It wasn't one of their better moments, but it wasn't awful either.

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Utena - From what I understand it gather a lot of GL fans thanks to the premise with the female become the knight in order to rescue the girl. The director himself is the main director of Sailor Moon from R onward, although he quit because he felt the lack of creative control in Toei. Another thing that I understand from Utena is that apparently it's sort of deconstruction work for several tropes, which help that the director is being friend of Evangelion director so there's some Evangelion influence in Utena or something like that. This work is obviously quite influential, so much that people still remember it by calling the newest Gundam premise being influenced by Utena to a degree.

Kindaichi - I definitely can say that just glance the first three episodes here should be more than enough to get the idea of what the series will offer, especially where the anime did slightly loosely adapt the manga (In fact I notice that some manga cases are not adapted in 1997 series). Like I mention beforehand, Kindaichi here is dealing with serial murder and locked room, and of course airtight alibi here is very common as well. Unlike Conan here Kindaichi obviously has no overarching plot, in which I can say that it's for the best after seeing a lot of times where Gosho keep teasing the main plot progression in Conan. Kindaichi here is the source of inspiration for Aoyama Gosho on writing Conan, and yet here we are have Conan far more popular compared to Kindaichi (At least in the overseas).

Cooking Master Boy - It's the English name for Chuuka Ichiban, and yes it's the anime about cooking show in 19th century of China. As for the anime itself, the first 23 episodes here can still be realistic to a degree (Although having best chef as someone equal to the General rank in military is definitely not), and it start to become less realistic where the stuffs such as Legendary Cooking Utensils and Dark Cooking Society introduced in which the latter is copied in Shokugeki no Souma finale (And cause the last arc to become infamous). The anime itself is cut short with only three out of eight utensils found out, and seeing that the manga is rushed perhaps it's for the best. There's also 2019 anime of this as well, although compared to 1997 anime I seen that not much people cares for the newer version.

That's all for what I can write in regard of Spring 1997 anime.

Edited by littleshogun
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