Here are some very brief synopses written by Otafest volunteers of Anime that will be shown at Otafest. They are included with ratings to help you out in choosing between different Anime to suit your tastes:

Ratings:
General - Like Disney, but better.
PG - Some mature themes explored, such as intense action, violence, or minor nudity.
Mature - Adult themes, much fan service(nudity), and/or graphic violence within.

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Agent AIKa: Naked Mission + Lace in Space

    Rated: Mature
    Agent AIKa takes place in the near future where Tokyo has once again been submerged under the ocean, hence many have flocked to exciting careers as salvagers... people who look for old junk. Aika is one of these salvagers, who becomes involved in a maniacal plot to destroy the world. This anime combines Indiana Jones like adventure, mixed with the fantastic action of a James Bond flick, dumped right into the middle of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. If you like action comedies with a healthy dose of fan service, you'll love this!

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Air Bats 2nd & 3rd Strike

    Rated: PG
    Welcome to the world of the Japan Air Self Defense Force's 801 Tactical Training Squadron, known as the Airbats. This is a comical look at the second string, all female flight team, acrobatic demonstration unit made up of airforce members who all have some dark spot in their history resulting in their getting assigned to this squadron. Some of the team's "undesirable" quirks range from insubordination, through to compulsive gambling, and being an anime fan!
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Area 88

    Rated: PG
    This intense war centered OVA series provides extremely detailed fighter designs and a fast-moving, dynamic plot. Well actually it's not so dynamic... guys fly up and guys get shot down, then they buy newer, better planes, and go up again. A simple and straightforward hook catches the viewer's attention as she/he follows the trials of Shin Kanzaki and his attempts to buy himself out of the mercenary Air Force of Asran. This is the series that spawned the ever popular UN Fighters video game a few years back, and contains much of the same intensity. So if you like war films and jets you will definitely enjoy this series.

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Bakuretsu Hunters OVA

    Rated: Mature
    If you have seen the series you may be prepared for the intensity that the Bakuretsu Hunters OVA's bring, otherwise strap yourself in for a whippin' good time. This is the anime that brought together the concepts of fantasy adventure, comedy, fan-service, and S&M dominatrix's! With the ever dateless, sword-swinging Carrot Glaces leading the charge the group of Sorcerer Hunters goes through three short adventures, from a painfully exciting trip t,o a local hot spring, to a battle with the minions of the dreaded Necronomicon, to trip back to the old home town. The end result is a roller coaster ride of fantasy comedy, filled with the sex-parody antics of the Sorcerer Hunters.

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Battle Angel Alita

    Rated: PG
    On a future Earth, there is a great floating city. Perhaps life is a futuristic paradise there...but we don't go there. Instead, we enter a city built underneath the floating city. In these slums, a cyborg engineer finds a discarded cyborg from the trash dropped from above. He rebuilds her and gives her a name: Gunnm.
    She awakens to find a world where living conditions are poor, gangs roam the area, and "survival of the fittest" is the social norm. A child with no past, she must struggle to survive in a world that has become a dark shadow of what was.
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Battle Athletes

    Rated: PG
    Pioneer is at it again, and if you like some of their other offerings, you have to check this one out too! It's happy and fun and they do battle! Battle Athletes takes place somewhere around the year 4000, after Earth has faced several cataclysms and interstellar wars. The pride of the human race resides now in its physical prowess. No title from competition is more coveted than Cosmic Beauty, which is given out each year to the girl that shows the most impressive physical prowess in competition. So you're a guy and you're looking for the fame and prestige of being the Cosmic Beauty? Too bad! Girls only! In our tale, Akari Kanzaki is a new student at the University Satellite, the Cosmic Beauty training school. She has quite a legacy to live up to; her mother is a former Cosmic Beauty and perhaps the most famous of all time. With her two team mates Chris Christopher and Anna Raspiki, the sky's the limit!
    Also see: El Hazard, Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon

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Birdy the Mighty: Final Force

    Rated: PG
    High school boys have a hard enough time coping with school pressures and relationships but in Tsutomu's case that is only the beginning. One evening, after being accidentally killed by Space Federation Officer Birdy, Tsutomu must thereafter share his body with hers in order to stay alive juggling their time between Tsutomu's body and secretly battling aliens and mutant monsters as a shapely and immensely powerful female officer. They are in a race against time as they try to track down the alien mastermind who is determined to mutate the entire human population of Tokyo into psychic maniacal monsters.
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Child's Toy

    Rated: PG
    Sana is a child actress with her own TV show "Kodomo no Omocha" (Child's Toy). She lives with her eccentric mother who's an award winning writer and her manager Rei. One day, she finds her class in chaos. The chaos is all led by a boy called Hayama who just happens to have an incriminating photo of the teacher. Unable to tolerate this, Sana becomes the leader of the girls and vows to teach him a lesson! Child's Toy is a hilarious comedy often referred to as "Marmalade Boy on acid."
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City Hunter Movie

    Rated: Mature
    Ryo Saeba is City Hunter, an expert detective, mercenary, and shameless ladies' man. When a mysterious soldier plots his revenge on the government and brings Tokyo to its knees, City Hunter is forced into action. Bullets fly as well as Ryo's hormones as the action becomes seriously tense.
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Dirty Pair Flash

    Rated: PG
    The legacy of the legendary trouble consultants Holly and Iris is resurrected by the 3WA supercomputer in seventeen year-olds Yuri and Kei. So the supercomputer thought. In fact, the new Lovely Angel team are anything but a team! Yuri is vain, boy-crazy, and parties 96% of the time she actually does show up for work. Kei is trigger happy. That's all there is to say there. They don't get along very well, but they always seem to be able to pull it together in the crunch! In Mission 1, the GCN corporation is looking to resurrect the Siren project, abandonded during a crisis. To avoid opposition to the supercommunication project, the head of GCN has decided to exterminate the opposition using the assasin Lady Flare. The assasin inadvertantly draws the Lovely Angels into the conflict. Although they know nothing about the underlying conspiracy, they - let by Kei dragging Yuri along - plunge in and leave only carnage in their wakes!

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Dragon Half

    Rated: PG
    Dragon Half is perhaps the classic in Super Deformed anime comedies. The plot centers on a Dragon-Half(half human, half dragon) named Mink, and her quest to go see the famous, dragon slaying idol singer Dick Saucer. Employing a host of comic parody vignettes from all your favorite animes, Dragon Half is an hour of pure fun. No one walks away quite the same after this one... if nothing else the infamous ending theme will be stuck in your head forever. If you haven't seen it yet do so immediately, and if you have... its better the second time around.

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El-Hazard: The Mysterious World

    Rated: PG
    The power hungry high school president, Jinnai, sabotages his fellow classmate's and rival's (Makoto's) science project, causing them, as well as the drunken history teacher (Mr. Fujisawa) to be transported to another dimension called El Hazard. In this world they all have super-human powers. While Makoto and Mr. Fujisawa try to obtain the ancient magic in order to return to their own world, Jinnai would rather rule El Hazard with his new queen and insect-like monsters, called Bugrum.

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End of Evangelion

    Rated: Mature
    Now that NERV has defeated the prophesied 17 angels, they must face and defeat the 18th and final angel or mankind will be destroyed. As NERV prepares to face its final challenge, Gendo Ikari strives for his final goal, and SEELE reveals their true intentions for NERV, Adam and the Evas. What is the Eva project, and the angels? What is Rei? Will Shinji refuse to fight? Will Asuka pilot an Eva again? A must see conclusion to the Evangelion series!

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Faerie Princess Ren

    Rated: PG
    Brought to you by the same crew who did Kodomo No Omocha(Child's Toy), Faerie Princess Ren is a hyper-paced, bizarro comedy. The primary character is a young treasure hunter named Go who is seeking the great prize find of Salamander's Treasure. He is joined by a wide cast of interesting and wacky supporting characters. Along the way Go is discovered by the faerie princesss Ren, who is looking for a similar treasure... hence the title. This is perhaps the craziest and most hilarious comedy you'll ever see in anime, unfortunately only two were ever made, check it out!

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Ghost in the Shell

    Rated: Mature
    Well, little needs be said here... if you haven't seen Ghost in the Shell(GITS) then you must have been living in a shell for the last four years or so, or had a virtual memory installed. This is the movie adaptation, by Mamoru Oshii, of Masamune Shirow's(wai, wai!) classic cyberpunk manga. The story addresses the themes of the nature of humanity, the clash of nature with expanding technology, pushing the edge of technological enhancement, and the moral greyness of government operations. The animation is stunning, the soundtrack haunting, and the action and plot gripping.

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Golden Boy

    Rated: Mature
    Golden Boy is a six part OVA series that was most definitely produced for the male otaku market. The story revolves around a modern ronin(wandering student) named Kintaro Oe who goes about Japan doing odd jobs and learning about life. While appearing to be a perverted clutz Kintaro manages to perform superhuman feats of mental and physical prowess in order to advance his studies... study, study, study! This hilarious comedy is aimed at a male audience primarily, as it seeks to highlight the underlying male psyche in day to day interactions with females... in the world of anime. Leave your morals at the door and be prepared to laugh to tears.

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Gundam W: Endless Waltz

    Rated: PG
    The trials and tribulations of war continue in Yoshiyuki Tomino's famed Gundam universe. Five courageous young Gundam pilots find themselves in the middle of political turmoil and corruption as they try to preserve the peace between Earth and it lunar colonies. Will they be able to stop the conflict before war erupts or will the mobile suits be called into action once again?

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Hime Chan's Ribbon

    Rated: General
    Erika, queen of a magic world, is on Earth looking for the girl who looks exactly like herself. She finds her in a tomboy named Himeko. Himeko (Hime-chan to her friends) is infatuated with an an upperclassman boy, has fun with her friends and is an ordinary girl in all ways. This changes when Erika gives her a magic ribbon which allows Hime-chan to change into anyone she wants to. As a side effect, her stuffed lion, Pokota comes to life and acts as Hime-chan's advisor. Showing her maturity, Hime-chan immediately uses the ribbon to get closer to her 'sempai'. A 'magical girl' series with a very ordinary girl in the lead role. Billed as a magical comedy.

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Iria: Zeiram the Animation

    Rated: PG
    Zeiram - the most dangerous life form in the galaxy. It's virtually unstoppable - perhaps even invulnerable. The Tedan Tippedai Corporation secretly attempted to import Zeiram to be used as the basis for a powerful new bio-weapon, and now it's loose! Iria, a ruthless young bounty hunter whose brother was butchered by Zeiram, uncovers this information while stalking the monster - evidence that certain parties would rather have silenced. Now Iria must expose the silent conspiracy before any more innocent people are massacred by the monster.

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Laputa: Castle in the Sky

    Rated: G
    Nothing here yet...
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Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro

    Rated: PG
    Nothing here yet...
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Macross Plus Movie

    Rated: PG
    Macross Plus is a stunning anime, that's all there is to it. It has all the romance and battle action that has made its predecessor Robotech legendary. The abundance of color in this anime makes it a pleasure to watch. Add in the stunning soundtrack by Yoko Kanno and you have a full package that just can't be missed. Macross Plus is a story about three people who learn a lot about themselves when they return to their place of birth, Planet Eden. Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman are both headstrong test pilots. They're working for rival companies both vying to produce the next version of transforming fighters. Myung Fan Long is the producer for Sharon Apple, a virtual pop idol taking the galaxy by storm. Their chance meeting on Eden leads to a violent and emotional conflict.

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Magic Knights Rayearth

    Rated: General
    While attending a school fieldtrip at Tokyo Tower, 3 girls are plunged into adventure when a captured princess summons them to the magical world of Cefiro with her pleas for help. In order to save the crumbling world of Cefiro they must rescue the princess from her captor, Zagato, and become the Legendary Magic Knights. As they are thwarted by Zagato's powerful henchmen they develop their fighting and magic skills, as well as their friendship with one another.

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Mahou Tsukai Tai

    Rated: PG
    What happens when a technologically superior alien ship decides to drop in, stay a while, and the military and government are powerless to stop it? You just have to accept it... unless you happen to be a member of the Magic Club at the local high school and have a very special ace up your sleeve. What if you actually have the ability to make magic happen? Under the dedicated guidance of the club president, the club's members travel a side splitting journey of fun, romance and enlightenment, while handling the problems of the domineering manga club president, nosy reporters, and finally the alien's themselves.
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Maze OVA

    Rated: Mature
    The Maze story centers on the sex-changing girl Maze, but where Ranma was tame Maze is not. The OVA's trace another scenario with Maze and her posse battling the evil machinations of the folm(magic) wielding brothers. All your favorites from the television series are in this one, but with a quite a bit more fan service. For those who haven't seen the television series be prepared to be immersed in world of magic wielding fantasy mecha pilots, fairies, sex-changing girls, and dragons with an obsession for Jeopardy! If you thought Escaflowne needed some more laughs, and show more skin then Maze is right up your alley.

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Nadesico

    Rated: PG
    The Earth is at war with an invading alien fleet. The aliens invade Mars and swiftly conquer the Earth colony. The survivors make it back to Earth. Unknown to the Space Navy, one of their contracting companies decide to design and build their OWN space battleship. To captain it, a young girl fresh out of college is selected because she did the best on the exams. To make matters worse, Yurika is also the daughter of one of the Navy admirals! The Nadesico is launched and proceeds to wage its own war on the aliens, while staying one step ahead of the disgruntled Navy. Also known as "Martian Successor Nadesico", this series might be your standard space-comedy...except for the crew of anime otaku who add a unique twist.
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Oh My Goddess!

    Rated: General
    College freshman Morisato Keiichi gets more than he bargained for when he goes dialing for dinner and gets an unexpected delivery - Belldandy, a real live, honest to goodness Goddess. Belldandy grants him a wish, and Keiichi decides that what he really needs is a girlfriend just like Belldandy!
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Peacock King: Spirit Warriors 1

    Rated: PG
    Led by the evil Siegfried von Mittgard, a group of Neo-Nazis intend to blanket the world in darkness. However, the forces of Light have assembled four heroes to oppose Siegfried's mad scheme - including Kujaku, an apprentice exorcist. Deep within Kujaku lies an incredible power... a power he barely understands.
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Ranma : One Flew Over the Kuno's Nest

    Rated: PG
    An anime about everything and anything-goes-martial-arts, Ranma is known by many anime fans as an extremely funny anime. With the dreaded curse of the Jyusenkyo springs the characters change their forms when splashed with hot/cold water. In this particular OAV, all hell breaks loose when (one of) Ranma's self proclaimed rivals, Kuno, stumbles across mystical egg that grants its owner invincibility.
    Kuno, one of Ranma's rivals and the self proclaimed "blue thunder" of Furinkan High School, is in a shop examining an egg. The shop owner explains to him that this egg is the egg of the lengendary pheonix and rumour has it that the owner of the egg will be invincible. Kuno, being not only gullible but stupid as well, buys the egg for a hefty sum. As Kuno walks down the street with his purchase, he meets Ranma rather "painfully" and drops the egg, which Ranma catches before it hits the ground. As Kuno reverts back to the daily routine of being pounded Ranma, Ranma unintentionally returns the egg by placing it on Kuno's head.... unbeknownst that the shop owner had already warned Kuno against such an action. The egg cracks.. engulfing the surroundings in a bright light.. then all hell breaks loose. "Oh, Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love! Let My Love be Forever!"
    Ukyo and Shampoo are invited by the "Furinkan neighbourhood munchies association" to take a trip, together. Being rivals for Ranma's attention, they disagree to such a suggestion until they find the perfect vacation spot, the Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love. Rumor has it that all couples that daring this tunnel will be separated.. perfect for breaking up Ranma and Akane, or so they think! With the help of Ryouga and friends, they enter the tunnel courageously and without hesitation, not knowing what whacky stuff will happen...
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Romeo's Blue Skies

    Rated: General
    From World Masterpiece Theatre comes Romeo's Blue Skies. Originally based on the European children's classic Die Schwarzen Bruder (The Black Brothers), Romeo's Blue Skies is a story of a boy who voluntarily sells himself into a type of cruel slavery to help his family through a terrible crisis. His good nature and inner strength, along with the help of friends he meets, makes it possible for him to survive his ordeal.
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Rurouni Kenshin Movie

    Rated: PG
    For anyone who has never seen Rurouni Kenshin before, come see this movie. It's fast, emotional, intriguing and rich. The movie brings all the characters of the popular series together in a tale about a ghost from the past of the Hitokiri Battosai. The ghost is an Aizu rebel called Hitokiri Gentatsu who was killed when Kenshin was still the Battosai working for the Ishin. The ghost's legacy is another samurai, Shigure Takimi, who blames himself for the death of his friend and their comrades. His pledge is to avenge their deaths in blood against the Ishin government and the British ambassador. With tons of romance, intrigue, swordplay and treachery, the Rurouni Kenshin Movie will definitely keep you enthralled until the last blow is struck.
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Sabre Marionette J

    Rated: PG
    What happens when, in a vain attempt to populate another planet, your space ship crash lands and all the females die? You get this hilarious anime called SMJ. This anime covers a wide range of interests from comedy to action to love to big mechas. Better yet, if you're a fan of cute yet surprisingly powerful android females, you'll love this. Sharing resemblences to Nuku Nuku (including the infamous voice actress, Megumi Hayashibara), SMJ takes place in a period where the only females are those that are "manufactured" and emotionless.
    The chaos all starts when a hard-working teenage boy named Otaru comes upon a history museum in a city named Japones; a semi-futuristic yet somewhat acient-in-looks city. While exploring the museum, he comes across a lovely painting of a female settler that died long ago in the crash. He then falls through a trap door into a secret room under the museum where he sees her; a peculiar "marionette" android that has emotions... for him.
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Sailor Stars 199-200

    Rated: General
    In the final chapter of Sailor Moon, Mamoru leaves to study abroad and subsequently disappears under mysterious circumstances. The Sailor Senshi encounter a new enemy, the Sailor Ani-mates. Lead by Sailor Galaxia, their mission is to gather all of the star seeds in the universe. A new ally also appears in the form of the Sailor Star Lights. They are three Sailor Senshi from outer space that are on earth to search for they're lost princess. In a war where Sailor Senshi fight each other, will Sailor Moon be able to protect those she loves?

Sailor Moon R Movie

    Rated: General
    With the powers of the Silver Crystal, Usagi Tsukino can transform into the sailor suited soldier of love and justice, Sailor Moon. In Sailor Moon R, a little girl with a familiar cone shaped hairstyle (chibiusa) falls into Tokyo searching for the Silver Crystal. The Sailor Senshi find themselves embroiled in a battle to protect the Chibiusa and the Earth from enemies of the future. The movie takes place in the middle of the season where Usagi and friends take a break from fighting evil to go to a Batanical Garden. Unfortunately, someone from Mamoru's past appears to come between him and Usagi.
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Sakura Taisen

    Rated: PG
    Nothing here yet...
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Slam Dunk

    Rated: PG
    Nothing here yet...
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Slayers Great

    Rated: PG
    Yet another chapter in the Slayers saga, and we follow the journies of Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent as they search for fame, fortune, and ... well ... more food...
    Lina and Naga venture to the land of the golem makers on their travels and end up getting mixed up in the local politics. Unfortunately, politics here involve the regional occupation. So what do you get when you cross the sorceress duo and a lot of golems? A whole bunch of trouble and even more laughs. So be prepared for action, adventure, and massive destruction. Dragon Slave!

Slayers Next

    Rated: PG
    Slayers Next is the second season of the popular Slayers television series, and continues the valiant journeys of the sorceress genius Lina Inverse and her thicker than lead partner Gourry Gabriev. After defeating Rezo the Red Priest, Lina continues on in her search for more treasure, more food, and to con Gourry out of the Sword of Light... and it is here that they meet the mysterious stranger Xellos. The old band is quickly reunited, with Amelia and Zelgadis joining the adventure. So sit back and get ready for more wacky, fireball wielding mayhem with The Slayers!

Slayers Try

    Rated: PG
    Slayers Try is the third season of the Slayers television series. Once again Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev are wondering the countryside in search of a bigger meal, when they are requested for a new job. With the cursed force that isolated the subcontinent lifted, many countries are seeking exploration. The nation of Seyruun is no exception, with King Phil and Princess Amelia leading the way for the cause of justice. The old team reunites again to stop a mysterious new evil. As always Slayers Try is full of the hilarious fantasy parody comedy that made the series famous, guaranteed to split your sides with laughter.

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Tenchi Muyo Movie I

    Rated: PG
    Kain, the most notorious criminal of all the galaxies, makes a daring escape from the highest security prison of the Galaxy Police, and travels back in time. His one goal: to take revenge against the family of the person that put him there, the royal family of Jurai. Join Tenchi, Ryoko, Ayeka and the others as they travel back in time to stop Kain from destroying the Royal Family of Jurai. Find laughter, and drama as we witness the actions and antics of this deranged bunch.

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Variable Geo

    Rated: Mature
    Based on the popular Advanced Variable Geo fighting games for SNES and PSX, the series revolves around participants in the Advanced Variable Geo contest that seeks to find the world's strongest waitress. To remedy dropping sales at restaurants the Variable Geo competition was launched to find the strongest waitress and soon became a huge success... go figure as the loser of each match has to strip! While this may sound lame at first, fear not, Variable Geo is packed full of intense Street Fighter-esque combat sequences... and chocked full of young, nubile anime girls. This is perhaps without a doubt THE fan-service fighting anime out there.

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Violin of Hamelin

    Rated: PG
    It has been fifteen years since Queen Horn of the kingdom of Schwartzend defeated the invading demon hordes, fifteen years since Bass, the Demon Warlord, was forced to abandon his body and take control of the body of a young woman. It was fifteen years of peace, as the demons trapped behind Queen Horn's magical barrier schemed and plotted. Now, the barrier has been broken. The demons are finally free to seek out their leader, the High Demon Lord Kestra, and free him from the confines of Pandora's Box. But in the myth, when all of the evils of the world were released from the box, the one thing left inside, the one thing that all the terrors of the world paled in comparison to, was Hope.
    Thrust into the centuries-old conflict between humans and demonic forces, Hamelin and his young companion discover secrets about themselves and their past that may either force the tides of darkness back altogether, or bring about the final fall of humanity.
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Whispers of the Heart

    Rated: General
    From the critically acclaimed Studio Ghibli comes Whisper of the Heart (Mimi wo Sumaseba). Shizuku, a fourteen-year-old intermediate school student in modern day Japan, finds herself at the crossroads of life in this beautiful story of discovering one's own self-identity, and in the course of this discovery, her first love. A bookworm who "can't wait" for libraries to open, notices that by some coincidence or design, the name Amasawa Seiji is on the library checkout cards of all the books she has checked out. Thus begins a mystery of whom this Amasawa is.
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X1999: The Movie

    Rated: Mature
    As the millennium approaches, the end of the world, prophesied to occur in 1999, comes ever nearer. Japan's greatest seers and visionaries have all foreseen this terrible fate, and at the very center of the prophecy is a young man named Kamui Shiro, who possesses startling psychic powers.
    As other beings with unique powers begin to gather in Tokyo -- the "Seven Seals," who seem to be Kamui's allies, and the "Seven Harbingers," who might be enemies -- it becomes clear that all are somehow linked to the destruction to come and to the one young man who holds Earth's destiny in his hands!
    X/1999 is an occult science fiction fantasy, drawn in the breathtaking, lyrical style of shojo manga by the four-woman artistic team Clamp.
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You're Under Arrest

    Rated: PG
    Miyuki and Natsumi are two stunningly beautiful policewomen who are, at heart, a couple of girls that just want to have fun. Although they're 2 very different girls, they get along like clockwork. Better make sure you're not on the wrong side of the law when you run into them or they'll just be itching to say, "you're under arrest!" Free from all the mecha, magic and the likes, You're Under Arrest is a light hearted show from the creator of Oh My Goddess!
    Also see: Oh My Goddess!

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