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Bavel no Hon
Bavel's Book
5.65 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

A boy and his young sister were curious about the book someone had left on a bench, and they opened the book. Then the small Tower of Bavel was completed on a page. Looking into the tower, they found an old man sitting and reading a book, surrounded by innumerable books. As the man turned pages, mythical animals appeared and disappeared.

(Source: yamamura-animation.jp)

Kids
Black Jack the Movie
Black Jack: The Movie
7.34 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: ANN)

Drama
Byston Well Monogatari: Garzey no Tsubasa
Garzey's Wing
4.21 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Christopher "Chris" Chiaki is an easygoing guy who keeps failing his college entrance exams well into his mid-twenties. His days are occupied with Kendo practice, visits to his family's shrine, and dreaming of his high school reunion. When his spirit is suddenly transported to the world of Byston Well, Chris becomes Garzey's Wing, a legendary holy warrior. The Metomeus tribe summoned him to help liberate them from slavery, but unfortunately, Chris has no knowledge on how to be a holy warrior, and moreover, only has an incredibly dull sword which he salvaged from a corpse.

To make matters more complicated, there is another Chris who is still in the normal world! He cannot control the events in Byston Well, but is tied to the fate of the other Chris. The young man must struggle and adventure in a world of magical creatures and mysterious foreigners.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Fantasy
Chouja Raideen
6.33 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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...

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Mecha Sci-Fi Shounen
Choujin Gakuen Gowcaizer: The Voltage Fighters
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
5.09 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

It is the dawn of the 21st century. The cataclysmic earthquake which reduced half of Tokyo to a broken landscape of twisted steel and shattered stone was only the first sign of the impending apocalypse.

Athletic and popular, Isato Kaiza was an otherwise ordinary student. But nothing could've prepared him for the day he was given a Caizer Stone by fellow student Kash , alias Hellstinger. Armed with the mysterious crystal, Isato now possesses the power to transform into the armored hero: Gowcaizer!

To save the Earth, Gowcaizer and Hellstinger must join forces against Omni Exist, the manifestation of all negative human desires, and the force behind the recent disasters, before the entity obliterates the human race!

Action Sci-Fi Ecchi Martial_Arts Shounen
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Born in the Chinese state of Lu in 551 B.C., Confucius is raised by his mother after his father dies when he is only three. He marries at 19 and enters the service of the local nobility. At 32, he becomes tutor to the Prince of Lu's children, eventually becoming a politician at 51. His career peaks are the roles of Lu's justice minister and eventually prime minister. The land prospers for four years, but Confucius grows disenchanted with court intrigues. For the following 12 years, he wanders the neighboring states, offering advice to their rulers.

(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)

Adventure Drama Historical Romance
Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi
Those Who Hunt Elves
7.05 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Comedy Ecchi Fantasy Magic Shounen
Fushigi Yuugi OVA
Mysterious Play OVA
7.18 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

A year after the events of Fushigi Yuugi, Tamahome is pulled back into the book and is sent on a complicated ride through illusion, confusion, and betrayal. Meanwhile, Yui is acting oddly and Miaka is heartbroken over the loss of Tamahome, while Keisuke and Tetsuya try to discover what is going on with the book.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Fantasy Romance Comedy Historical Shoujo
Gall Force: The Revolution
6.04 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Action Military Sci-Fi Adventure Space Mecha
Hamelin no Violin Hiki
Violinist of Hamelin
6.63 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: AniDB)

Adventure Drama Fantasy
Hana yori Dango
7.77 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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...

(Source: ANN)

Drama Romance School Shoujo
Houma Hunter Lime
Jewel BEM Hunter Lime
6.1 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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!

Comedy Fantasy
Ie Naki Ko Remy
Sans Famille
7.98 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Slice ofLife Historical Drama
InuYasha
6.12 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Television commercials for Shounen Sunday magazine. One was made at the time of InuYasha manga debut and the other slightly prior to the debut of the InuYasha anime. Featuring animation not seen in the television series.

(Source: YouTube, edited)

Action Demons Fantasy
Kakugo no Susume
Apocalypse Zero
4.69 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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!

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Action Demons Ecchi Horror Mecha Sci-Fi Super Power
Kidou Senkan Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico
7.54 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Mecha Military Parody Romance Sci-Fi Shounen Space
Kiko-chan Smile
6.43 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

Adventure Comedy Josei Slice ofLife
Legend of Crystania
6.06 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.
(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Fantasy Magic Supernatural
Mahou Shoujo Pretty Sammy (1996)
Magical Project S
6.76 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

In the magical kingdom Juraihelm, Tsunami is in line to be crowned queen but must complete a test first. She must choose someone to make the world a better place. Sasami is given the task of delivering a CD from her mother's store to a spooky mansion. When she gets there she is met by Tsunami who tells her she will become a magical girl. She endows Sasami with magical powers and sends Ryo-Okhi with her as a guide. Matters are not easy, however, as Tsunami's rival, Ramia, wants the crown and will do anything she can, including creating her own magical girl, Pixy Misa, to stop Tsunami from being crowned.

Comedy Parody Magic Fantasy Seinen
Master Mosquiton
Master of Mosquiton
6.73 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Comedy Demons Supernatural Vampire
Type special
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Brief background information about the One Year War as told by a narrator, to fill in some gaps for new viewers of the franchise.

Military Sci-Fi Space Mecha
Panzer Dragoon
3.33 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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!

(Source: AniDB)

Adventure Fantasy
Saber Marionette J
7.37 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

Action Adventure Comedy Drama Harem Martial_Arts Mecha Romance Sci-Fi Shounen
Shadow Skill (1996)
Shadow Skill: The Movie
6.61 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

In a war torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stands against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons—their unswerving dedication to good and the superhuman martial art known as the Shadow Skill...

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Drama Fantasy Shounen
Shin Hurricane Polymar
Hurricane Polymar: Holy Blood
5.92 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Remake of old superhero show of the same name.

Action Martial_Arts Super Power Sci-Fi
Type movie
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: ANN)

Ecchi Slice ofLife Fantasy Magic Comedy Romance Drama Shounen
Taiho Shichau zo (TV)
You're Under Arrest (1996)
7.55 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: Rightstuf)

Action Comedy Police Seinen
Twin Signal: Family Game
Twin Signal
6.42 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Signal, a robot companion built for Nobuhiko, is attacked by Pulse, one the its creator's previous prototypes. Reprogrammed by Dr. Otoi's mysterious rival, Pulse is loaded down with weapons and sent on a mission by Otoi: steal the most recent robot technology, and obliterate anything that gets in his way.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Mecha Sci-Fi
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

From the north of the galaxy a dreadful menace, Comet Warrior God Tsuifon, is fast approaching the Earth destroying everything in its path. There awaits it Fighter Ultraman, the legendary defender of the planet, and a deadly battle is about to begin.

(Source: AniDB)

Action Sci-Fi Space Super Power Shounen
Variable Geo
5.66 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: AniDB)

Action Ecchi Martial_Arts Shounen Super Power
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

Not available.

Comedy Fantasy Kids
YAT Anshin! Uchuu Ryokou
7.06 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season fall
Year 1996

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.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Sci-Fi Shounen
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