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AnimEigo
AnimEigo is an American entertainment company that licenses and distributes anime, samurai films and Japanese cinema. Founded in 1988 by Robert Woodhead and Roe R. Adams III, the company was one of the first in North America dedicated to licensing anime and helped give anime a noticeable following in the region. Over its history, the company has released many anime titles, such as ''Urusei Yatsura'', ''Vampire Princess Miyu'', ''Otaku no Video'', the original ''Bubblegum Crisis'' OVA series, and ''Kimagure Orange Road''. Their name is a portmanteau of "anime" and "eigo" (英語), the Japanese word for the English language. History Rise and fall The company was founded in 1988 in Ithaca, New York by Robert Woodhead and Roe R. Adams III. It is now based in Wilmington, North Carolina and run by Natsumi Ueki, Robert's wife. Their first release was ''Metal Skin Panic Madox 01''. In July 2003, the company signed a deal with Koch Entertainment to help market and distribute their titles ...
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Urusei Yatsura
is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi and serialized in Shogakukan's ''Weekly Shōnen Sunday'' from 1978 to 1987. Its 374 individual chapters were published in 34 tankōbon volumes. It tells the story of Ataru Moroboshi, and the alien Lum, who believes she is Ataru's wife after he accidentally proposes to her. The series makes heavy use of Japanese mythology, culture and puns. It was adapted into an anime television series produced by Kitty Films and broadcast on Fuji Television affiliates from 1981 to 1986 with 195 episodes. Twelve OVAs and six theatrical films followed, and the series was released on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc in Japan. The manga series was republished in different formats in Japan. Viz Media released the series in North America in the 1990s under the names ''Lum'' and ''The Return of Lum'', but dropped it after nine volumes. They re-licensed the manga and began releasing an omnibus edition under its original titl ...
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Bubblegum Crisis
is a 1987 to 1991 cyberpunk original video animation (OVA) series produced by Youmex and animated by AIC and Artmic. The series was planned to run for 13 episodes, but was cut short to just 8. The series involves the adventures of the Knight Sabers, an all-female group of mercenaries who don powered exoskeletons and fight numerous problems, most frequently rogue robots. The success of the series spawned several sequel series. Plot The series begins in late 2032, seven years after the Second Great Kanto earthquake has split Tokyo geographically and culturally in two. During the first episode, disparities in wealth are shown to be more pronounced than in previous periods in post-war Japan. The main adversary is Genom, a megacorporation with immense power and global influence. Its main product are boomers—artificial cybernetic life forms that are usually in the form of humans, with most of their bodies being machine; also known as "cyberoids". While Boomers are intended to s ...
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Oh My Goddess!
, or ''Ah! My Goddess!'' in some releases, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kōsuke Fujishima. It was serialized in Kodansha's ''seinen'' manga magazine ''Monthly Afternoon'' from September 1988 to April 2014, with its chapters collected in 48 ''tankōbon'' volumes. The series follows college sophomore Keiichi Morisato and the goddess Belldandy who moves in with him in a Buddhist temple; after Belldandy's sisters Urd and Skuld move in with them, they encounter gods, demons and other supernatural entities as Keiichi develops his relationship with Belldandy. The manga series has been licensed for English-language release by Dark Horse Comics. The series was adapted into an original video animation produced by Anime International Company (AIC), and an anime series which aired from 2005 to 2006. Additionally, AIC has developed two OVAs and a film, and OLM, Inc. has also developed an anime series as well. Companies have developed thousands of types of mer ...
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Vampire Princess Miyu
is a Japanese horror manga series by Narumi Kakinouchi and Toshiki Hirano, as well as an anime adaptation by the same creators. The anime was originally presented in a 4-episode OVA (Original Video Animation) licensed by AnimEigo in 1988, and was later adapted into a 26-episode television series licensed by Tokyopop (later by Maiden Japan) and released in 1997. Plot Stranded in the space between the human world and the demon underworld, the series central characters are a Japanese vampire girl named Miyu and her Western Shinma companion Larva. Miyu is the daughter of both a human being and a Shinma (a name for a race of "god-demon"). She was born a vampire and as such, she was awakened as the guardian whose destiny is to hunt down all stray Shinma and send them back to "the Darkness"; charged with the responsibility of returning the evil demons away. Before turning 15 years old, she yearns to return to the darkness herself but not until she has banished all the Shinma fro ...
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Yawara!
''Yawara!'' (also stylized as ''YAWARA!'') is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. It was serialized in ''Big Comic Spirits'' from 1986 to 1993, with the chapters collected into 29 ''tankōbon'' volumes by publisher Shogakukan. In 1990, it won the 35th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga. A live-action film adaptation directed by Kazuo Yoshida and starring Yui Asaka was released by Toho in 1989. In the same year, Yomiuri TV began broadcasting an anime adaptation titled ''Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl!'', which ran from October 16, 1989 through September 21, 1992 for 124 episodes. Each episode ended with a countdown of days remaining to the start of the Barcelona Olympics. The anime, produced by Kitty Film with animation by the Madhouse studio, aired on Japanese television contemporary with Kitty's ''Ranma ½'' but achieved higher ratings than ''Ranma ½'', despite the latter series being better known outside Japan. AnimEigo licensed the ...
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Metal Skin Panic Madox 01
is a 1987 original video animation. It was directed and written by Shinji Aramaki. It has been licensed in the United States by AnimEigo The plot centers on a mechanic who comes across the MADOX-01, a heavy powered armor suit designed to fight enemy tanks. After getting trapped in the suit before reading the user's manual, the military attempts to reclaim it, leaving him with no choice but to defend himself. MADOX Units The MADOX-00 is armed with a rifle that fires large caliber rounds, a spear in the left hand, and a grapple claw located in the pelvis. The MADOX-01 is equipped with built in chainsaw located in the left & right shoulder binder, a claw hand on the right arm, and by default a laser guided mini-gun mounted on the right arm. During the demo against remote tanks the MADOX-01's mini gun is removed and armed with a twin anti-tank rocket system and wing mounted mini missile launchers. The MADOX-01 has a large array of addition weapons and is deployable from a Blackhawk ...
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Otaku No Video
is a 1991 anime spoofing the life and culture of otaku, individuals with obsessive interests in media, particularly anime and manga, as well as the history of Gainax, its creators. It is noted for its mix of conventional documentary film styles (with actual film, no less), with a more traditional anime storytelling fashion. It is licensed in the United States by AnimEigo. The ''DAICON III and IV Opening Animations'' from the early eighties are also featured in this OVA. Plot summary The story begins in ''Otaku no Video 1982'', where the main character is an everyman character, Ken Kubo, living with his girlfriend Yoshiko and as a member of his college's tennis team, until introduced by his former friend Tanaka to a club of enthusiasts: a female illustrator, an information geek, a martial artist, and a weapons collector. Kubo soon joins them; and when Yoshiko abandons him, makes the wish to become the supreme enthusiast, under the name of "Otaking". Kubo's quest continues in ''M ...
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Riding Bean
is an anime original video animation following the exploits of courier-for-hire Bean Bandit and his partner, gunwoman Rally Vincent. A manga was also published in the Japanese magazine that was left unfinished (due to the cancellation of the magazine) after its fourth chapter. The manga is included in the final volume of the Revised Edition of the ''Gunsmith Cats'' manga. Plot The anime follows one day in the life of Bean Bandit and Rally Vincent, as they find that they have been framed for the kidnapping of Chelsea Grimwood, the daughter of Mr. Grimwood, President of the Grimwood Company/Grimwood Conglomerate. However, it is Semmerling, by way of various disguises, tricks, and manipulations, who is the real kidnapper — and the real target is Mr. Grimwood himself. While the police are in hot pursuit of Bean and Rally, along with Chelsea in tow, Semmerling and her helper Carrie plan to make a secret getaway with Mr. Grimwood as hostage. Cast Production Only one episode o ...
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Battle Royal High School
''Battle Royal High School'', originally known as is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Shinichi Kuruma. It was serialized in the Tokuma Shoten magazine ''Monthly Shōnen Captain'' infrequently between the May 1986 and August 1989 issues. Originally released in four ''tankōbon'' (bound volumes), ''Battle Royal High School'' was later re-released in two larger volumes on December 20, 2008. The manga was adapted into an original video animation (OVA) anime feature on December 10, 1987. It was directed by Ichirō Itano, and features character designs by Nobuteru Yūki and a musical score by Shirō Sagisu. The anime is considerably condensed when compared to its manga source material, making many characters seem out of place. The OVA was localized in English and released in North America by AnimEigo on VHS July 31, 1996 and on DVD September 23, 2003. The anime has been out-of-print in the region since 2011. Plot A story about a high school karate master possessed by a de ...
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Megazone 23
is a four-part Japanese Retro Futuristic original video animation created by Noboru Ishiguro, written by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama and Emu Arii, and directed by Ishiguro, Ichiro Itano, Kenichi Yatagai, and Shinji Aramaki. The series debuted in 1985. It was originally titled but the title was changed just before release. The story follows Shougo Yahagi, a delinquent motorcyclist whose possession of a government prototype bike leads him to discover the truth about the city. Released on the VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc and VHD formats, the first part was a major commercial success upon release in 1985, selling over 216,000 copies in Japan, mostly to video rental stores. At a price of , the first part grossed approximately from video sales in Japan. The film's concept of a simulated reality has drawn comparisons to later films including ''Dark City'' (1998), ''The Matrix'' (1999) and ''Existenz'' (1999). Plot Megazone 23's story is set in the far future of the human race, after, in the e ...
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You're Under Arrest (manga)
is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kōsuke Fujishima. It was serialized in Kodansha's ''seinen'' manga magazines ''Morning Party Zōkan'' and ''Morning'' from 1986 through 1992. It centers on a fictional police station in Sumida, Tokyo, as its officers tackle everyday criminals while keeping people safe. It mixes both drama and action with some comedy and humor. The chapters of ''You're Under Arrest'' have been collected in seven ''tankōbon'' volumes by Kodansha. The manga has been adapted into three television seasons, three OVA series and a film, all animated by Studio Deen. The series also spawned a live-action drama special starring Misaki Ito and Sachie Hara. The show has received positive reviews from critics. Story The story revolves around Natsumi Tsujimoto and Miyuki Kobayakawa, two female officers of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the protagonists of the show as they are stationed at the fictional Bokuto Police Station loca ...
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Kimagure Orange Road
is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Izumi Matsumoto. It was serialized in ''Weekly Shōnen Jump'' magazine from 1984 to 1987, with the chapters collected into 18 ''tankōbon'' volumes by Shueisha. The story follows teenage esper Kyōsuke Kasuga and the love triangle he gets involved in with Madoka Ayukawa, a young heroine with bad publicity who is believed to be a young delinquent, and her best friend Hikaru Hiyama. Following a 1985 film pilot (Shonen Jump Special), Toho and Studio Pierrot created an anime television series that was broadcast on Nippon Television from 1987 to 1988. Two more films were released in 1988 and 1996, as well as an original video animation series that began in 1989. In the mid-1990s the series was novelized as well. The manga has been released in English digitally by Digital Manga Guild. The anime television series, second film, and original video animation series were all released in North America by AnimEigo, while the third f ...
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Zatoichi
is a fictional character featured in one of Japan's longest-running series of films, as well as a television series. Both are set during the late Edo period (1830s and 1840s). The character, a blind masseur and blademaster, was created by novelist Kan Shimozawa. This originally minor character was developed for the screen by Daiei Film (now Kadokawa Daiei Studio) and actor Shintaro Katsu, who created the screen version. A total of 26 films were made from 1962 to 1989. From 1974 to 1979, the television series ''Zatoichi'' was produced, starring Katsu and some of the same actors that appeared in the films. These were produced by Katsu Productions. 100 episodes, with episodes 99 and 100 being a two-part story finale, were aired before the ''Zatoichi'' television series was cancelled. The seventeenth film of the original series was remade in the US in 1990 (by TriStar Pictures) as ''Blind Fury,'' starring Rutger Hauer. A 2003 film, ''Zatōichi'', was directed by Takeshi Kitano who al ...
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Gunsmith Cats
is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kenichi Sonoda. It was published in Kodansha's ''seinen'' manga magazine ''Monthly Afternoon'' from 1991 to 1997 and was followed between 2004 and 2008 by a sequel series ''Gunsmith Cats Burst'' which included the same characters and situations. The series describes the adventures of young women fighting crime in Chicago. Plot Nineteen-year-old Irene "Rally" Vincent operates the titular "Gunsmith Cats" gun shop but also works as a bounty hunter, which is the impetus behind many of the stories. She is assisted in both activities by her housemate, former prostitute "Minnie" May Hopkins. Rally is an expert combat shooter and marksman with just about every firearm in existence, as well as a brilliant driver. May is an explosives expert, knowing the inner workings of and many uses of all manner of explosive devices. Teenage ex-burglar and lock-picker Misty Brown later joins the team and there is also Becky Farrah, a top, if exp ...
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Robert Woodhead
Robert J. Woodhead is an entrepreneur, software engineer and former game programmer. He claims that a common thread in his career is "doing weird things with computers". Programming career Along with Andrew C. Greenberg, he created the Apple II game ''Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord'', one of the first role-playing video games written for a personal computer, as well as several of its sequels. Woodhead designed the 1982 Apple II arcade game ''Star Maze'', which was programmed by Gordon Eastman and sold through Sir-Tech. He told ''TODAY'' magazine in 1983, "I have loads of arcade game ideas, but lack the patience to do the actual coding. I'm sort of a big project person; I like the challenge of a program like ''Wizardry''." Later, he authored Interferon and Virex, two of the earliest anti-virus applications for the Macintosh, and co-founded AnimEigo, one of the first US anime releasing companies. As a result of this venture, while living in Japan, he married his tra ...
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