spring 1988 Anime Season

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Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

This story is based on one of the famous Japanese writers "George Abe"'s troubled boyhood. Although he was born in wealthy family, he starts keeping company with yakuza...

Ecchi Drama
Agigongryong Doolie (1988)
Little Dino Dooly (1988)
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Continuation of the series from 1987.

Kids
6.64 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Appleseed takes place in the aftermath of World War III, where the General Management Control Office has constructed the experimental city known as Olympus. Built to be a paradise on Earth, Olympus is inhabited by humans, cyborgs, and bioroids (genetically engineered humans designed for increased physical capabilities and decreased emotional capabilities). Bioroids run and control all of the administrative functions of Olympus, ensuring that the city remains the utopian society it was meant to be for all of its citizens. But for some people living in Utopia, the city has become less of a home and more of a cage.

Police officer Calon Mautholos has grown to despise Olympus following his wife's suicide, blaming her death on the lack of creative freedom caused by the rules binding the citizens of the city. As his hatred for the city grows, Calon conspires with the terrorist A.J. Sebastian to destroy the Legislature of the Central Management Bureau to send the rules of Olympus that killed his wife tumbling down. But when Calon discovers it is not political malcontent, but rather hatred for bioroids that motives Sebastian, Calon turns renegade and gains the attention of city officials. Deunan Knute and her partner Briareos of the ESWAT counter-terrorism unit are dispatched to hunt down and stop Calon and Sebastian... by any means necessary!

Action Sci-Fi Adventure Police Mecha
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

First Bikkuriman film.

Action Adventure Kids
6.46 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Sonic Soldier Borgman is a science fiction that comebines super sentai with non-gattai. It features a sentai-like three members team that fight an organization known as Youma. Features three characters with three basic ranger colors: Pink, Blue and Green. Featuring three main characters: Chuck, Ryo and Anise, Ryo is the leader, Chuck and Anise are teachers at a public school. Sometimes, the students help or make troubles to the Borgman somehow, some even know the Borgman secret identities. Ryo has a talking "modern" blue motorcycle that can upgrade itself. The transformation code is "Borg. Get On". Each member has a personal cannon that matches his/her armor color that appears only to finish the monster they fight.

Action Sci-Fi Demons
8.08 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Ryo Saeba is a "sweeper" know as the City Hunter. He and his sidekick Kaori Makimura are hired to solve problems that the police can't (or won't) handle. When he's not keeping the streets of Tokyo clean, Ryo is chasing the ladies, and Kaori chases after him with a giant anti-ecchi hammer.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Mystery Shounen
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Based on the manga by Tanaka Keiichi.

Dr. Chichibuyama is the perverse head of a hospital way out in the mountains and terrorises patients with the help of his lover and a sexy young nurse.

(Source: AniDB)

Ecchi Parody Seinen
6.96 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Leona Ozaki joins Newport City's infamous Tank Police division. With aid of Al and her newly built mini-tank, Bonaparte, she wages war on Buaku and his cohorts, the Puma Sisters.

(Source: ANN)

Sci-Fi Comedy Police Mecha
6.68 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Dommel is a lazy dog who does nothing more than eating and sleeping. His owner, Semafoor, is an inventor of the strangest things you could imagine. Together this becomes a mix for some funny events.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Kids
Doraemon Movie 09: Nobita no Parallel Saiyuuki
Doraemon the Movie: The Record of Nobita's Parallel Visit to the West
7.14 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Nobita is trying to prove that the Monkey King exists so they went back to the time Sanzo began his pilgrimage. Doraemon used a virtual video game console and let Nobita play "Journey to The West" to give Nobita clothes that the Monkey King wears. Nobita messed up on prooving Monkey king exists. When Nobita and his friends played "Journey to The West" and they finished the game without fighting any demons. Later, they found out thier world is ruled by demons. The problem is that Doraemon left the game console open in the past without closing it and demons started to appear to invade the world. Doraemon and the others now have to go back into the past to vanquish the demons.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Fantasy Kids Sci-Fi Shounen
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Schoolgirl Mami Sakura discovers that she has superpowers. She can sense other people in trouble and teleport to help them, but she keeps her secret double-life hidden from her parents with the help of her schoolfriend, Kazuo Takahata. In this short film, Mami uses her powers to make a puppet show for deprived children.

(Source: Anime Encyclopedia)

Fantasy Shounen
F
6.65 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Akagi Gunma is a young, impetuous and rash teenager who decides to move to the big city to fulfill his dream of racing a Formula One car. The story follows how this simple farmer boy from the country moves on to the city in pursuit of his dreams.

(Source: ANN, edited)

Cars Sports Shounen
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

A Cinderella story of sorts, Fashion Lala stars a little girl named Miho who doesn't get along with her family. Miho loves to design clothing, but her aunt and three cousins don't believe that such a young girl is capable and mock her designs. Meanwhile, a contest for the new "Disco Queen" is coming up, and Miho wants nothing more than to be able to design a dress for someone to wear to the competition, since she's too young to enter herself. With determination and a little bit of magic, Miho's dreams just might come true!

Shoujo
7.66 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

This is the second series of Lady Lady. Every year at Lynn's school, an honorable “Lady Quest” is given to the most sophisticated lady. Lynn strives to receive this honor.

(Source: Toei Animation)

Drama Shoujo
Hotaru no Haka
Grave of the Fireflies
8.52 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

As World War II reaches its conclusion in 1945, Japan faces widespread destruction in the form of American bombings, devastating city after city. Hotaru no Haka, also known as Grave of the Fireflies, is the story of Seita and his sister Setsuko, two Japanese children whose lives are ravaged by the brutal war. They have lost their mother, their father, their home, and the prospect of a bright future—all tragic consequences of the war.

Now orphaned and homeless, Seita and Setsuko have no choice but to drift across the countryside, beset by starvation and disease. Met with the apathy of adults along the way, they find that desperate circumstances can turn even the kindest of people cruel yet their youthful hope shines brightly in the face of unrelenting hardship, preventing the siblings from swiftly succumbing to an inevitable fate.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Drama Historical
6.74 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Elements of the Bubblegum Crisis series in an MTV-styled rock video. Clips from the series are combined with the music of Kinuko Omori and the Knight Sabers.

(Source: Facets Multimedia)

Music
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Dagon's little rocket crashes into a beautiful, blue planet and lands on a bed of green weeds. He quickly becomes friends with all kinds of creatures: Zipzap Mantis, General Ant Garibaldi, Andy Ant, Doctor Marilyn Wasp, and many more. Needless to say they are all insects. Insects? Yes, Dagon is only one centimetre tall!

The tiny residents of the land of weeds become curious about the identity of this stranger from another planet. But when Dagon saves them from the danger posed by their ferocious enemies, Gulpo Toad and Godzi Lizard, everyone thinks Dagon is a SUPER-BUG!

This planet is also home to a number of creatures that are very terrifying to these little fellows. They are called the Sapiens, or the human beings. Dagon must confront these massive creatures in order to get his rocket back from them!

So begins Dagon's funny and thrilling adventure on Earth...

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Adventure Fantasy
Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor
Patlabor: The Mobile Police
7.3 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

As the human race evolves, so does its technology. Engineers have successfully created robots dubbed "Labors" for mass distribution, utilized by society for a number of everyday tasks. However, there are criminals who manage to get their hands on these Labors, using them for their own nefarious means.

To combat this new form of delinquency, police around the world begin using "Patrol Labors" or "Patlabors" to put a stop to Labor-related crimes. Rookie police officer Noa Izumi is drafted into a special Patlabor unit, getting her own mechanical suit to fight crime. Naming this machine Alphonse, Izumi works tirelessly alongside her peers to keep civilization safe from those who would use this advanced technology to harm others.

As Izumi becomes further ingrained within her unit, she must also learn how to navigate both her social and professional spheres with grace and wit. She befriends the aloof Asuma Shinohara, fellow pilot Isao Oota, and the other members of her brigade as she helps them to combat conspiratorial plots, workplace revolts, and supernatural beings.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Mecha Police Sci-Fi
Kiteretsu Daihyakka
Kiteretsu Encyclopedia
6.63 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

The main character is a scientific genius boy named Kiteretsu, who has built a companion robot named Korosuke. He frequently travels in time with his friends and Korosuke in the time machine he built. Miyoko is a girl in his neighborhood who is basically his girlfriend. Tongari is his rival, who happen to share some similar traits of Honekawa Suneo. Buta Gorilla (Kumada Kaoru) is a typical neighborhood bully, who also share similar traits of Gian (Takeshi Goda) except that he often antagonizes Korosuke (though they are in grade school).

(Source: Wikipedia)

Comedy Drama Kids Slice ofLife
Kujakuou
Spirit Warrior
6.03 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

A young mystic without a past, Kujaku was born under a dark omen possessed of incredible supernatural powers. Raised by priests, he has learned to use these powers for good. But the evil Siegfried von Mittgard seeks to steal his birthright, and rule the world as the Regent of Darkness. He has dispatched bloodthirsty minions to destroy Kujaku before he can awaken to his destiny. Now, Kujaku must unravel the riddle of his past, before the power within consumes him!

(Source: AniDB)

Action Demons Horror
6.5 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

When Rin's mother dies, she makes the promise that some day she will become a Lady, and travels to England to meet the rest of the family. She is not very welcomed (specially at the start by her stepsister Sara), but after some time they are all a happy family. Rin (Lynn) is also very interested in horses and racing, and she wins a nice share of contests.

This series is divided into two parts, first with Rin being really a child, and the second with her being around 13.

(Source: Anidb)

Drama Shoujo
6.33 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Mako, a sexy young teacher, comes to Gyunabe high school to enlighten young minds. What she wasn't counting on was a class full of misfits lead by the delinquent Obayashi. If their never ending quest to see her underwear and embarrass her in front of the whole school doesn't force her to quit, then her principal's brilliant idea of making her the new rugby coach will.

(Source: ANN)

Sports Comedy School
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

The protagonist, Ryuu or Crying Dragon, is a mysterious man who often plays games with the gang members. He only wins by "ron," a move in which one needs to wait for the opponent's tile to complete the win.

*"Ron" is also called "naki" in mahjong, which has the same pronunciation as "crying" in Japanese.

Action Drama Game Seinen
6.92 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

A 9-year-old boy named Wataru Ikusabe is magically transported to a magical realm of the gods called Soukaizan which he is supposed to save. In his quest to save the realm, he manages to transform a clay sculpture into a somewhat autonomous (small) Super Robot.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Adventure Comedy Mecha Sci-Fi Shounen
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Classic fairy tales and literary works, both western and eastern, originally aired as a part of the early morning children's program Hirake! Ponkikki before the anime was combined and released on VHS.

Adventure Fantasy Historical Kids Magic Supernatural
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

The year is Universal Century 0093. Char Aznable has taken command of Neo Zeon, the rebels of outer space. He firmly believes that humankind can only achieve peace by relocating to space. Thus, he plans to crash the giant asteroid Axis into Earth and plunge the planet into an uninhabitable winter. Char also eagerly anticipates this opportunity to settle a 14-year rivalry with Amuro Ray. The two have been reluctant allies at times, but Char has never forgiven Amuro for causing the death of one of his comrades during the One Year War.

Only the Earth Federation's Londo Bell Unit has the power to stop Char from fulfilling his dangerous goal. Leading the defense of Earth is veteran captain Bright Noa and Amuro Ray with the latest Nu Gundam mobile suit. In this thrilling conclusion to the original Gundam series, Londo Bell engages in a final conflict with Neo Zeon that will decide the fate of Earth and end this long-standing rivalry—once and for all.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Military Sci-Fi Space Drama Mecha
6.35 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

A collection of short parodies of the Mobile Suit Gundam saga. Episode 1 pokes fun at key events that occurred during the One Year War. In episode 2, Amuro, Kamille and Judau fight over who runs the better pension when Char comes in to crash their party. Episode 3 is the SD Olympics, an array of athletic events pitting man with mobile suit.

Mecha Parody Sci-Fi
Moeru! Oniisan
The Burning Wild Man
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

When Kenichi Kokuho was a small boy, he was lost in the mountains and never found. However, unknown to anyone, Kenichi has been brought up by his foster father in the wild. When Kenichi becomes 15 years old, his foster father tells him the truth about his background. As he finds out, Kenichi decides to go to a civilized society where his parents live.

Everything Kenichi experiences in the town is a series of surprise and wonder. His family is delighted to see their son alive, but shocked at the fact that he has become wild and different from other children. And now, his new life is about to begin.

His wild attitude and physical toughness cause various problems in the town. Kenichi has his own way to handle things, but it is too different for the most people to understand what he is up to. Can he get used to life in the town?

Action Adventure Comedy
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

In northern Europe, the reincarnation of Odin, Dolbar, rules supreme. One day, Hyoga rescues a man in Siberia so warns him about trouble in the Asgard. Athena goes out to investigate and sends Hyoga in advance but when she and the others arrive at the Asgard, Hyoga is nowhere to be found. When Dolbar captures Athena to take control of the sanctuary, the bronze saints try to help her but are attacked by the God Warriors.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Sci-Fi Shounen
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Toei's month long run of fairy tale stories.

Adventure Fantasy Historical Kids Magic Supernatural
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

The second season of the 1985 anime Pro Golfer Saru.

Kids Sports
Soukou Kihei Votoms: Red Shoulder Document - Yabou no Roots
Armored Trooper Votoms: Red Shoulder Document - Roots of Treachery
7.3 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

After armored trooper pilot Chirico Cuvie is given orders to transfer to Planet Odon, he and all of the other new recruits are sent into a simulated battle to test their abilities. However, this 'simulated battle' turns out to be a serious fight to eliminate those without the necessary skills. Chirico survives along with just three others, despite the fact that he fought while injured. It soon becomes apparent that this is not the first time he has survived against incredible odds, a fact that Colonel Peruzen wishes to exploit. But is Chirico truly immortal?

(Source: Anime-Planet)

Drama Mecha Military Sci-Fi
Tonari no Totoro
My Neighbor Totoro
8.38 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

In 1950s Japan, Tatsuo Kusakabe relocates himself and his two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, to the countryside to be closer to their mother, who is hospitalized due to long-term illness. As the girls grow acquainted with rural life, Mei encounters a small, bunny-like creature in the yard one day. Chasing it into the forest, she finds "Totoro"—a giant, mystical forest spirit whom she soon befriends. Before long, Satsuki too meets Totoro, and the two girls suddenly find their lives filled with magical adventures in nature and fantastical creatures of the woods.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Comedy Supernatural
Topo Gigio
Return of Topo Gigio
6.26 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Created by Maria Perego, Topo Gigio has been a beloved character for more than two decades. This animated TV series features numerous exciting stories and introduces many friends.

Topo Gigio is the first mouse astronaut to travel the Milky Way. Can a mouse become an astronaut? Well, Topo Gigio has come from a year 2,388,400 years ahead in the future. He is friendly and can talk with humans. He makes friends with his neighbors including a girl, her pet mouse, cats, and other mice.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Kids Adventure Comedy
Transformers: Choujin Master Force
Transformers Super-God Masterforce
6.69 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Even though the Decepticons have been driven off Earth, a small team of Autobot Pretenders have remained behind, just in case. Led by Metalhawk ("Hawk" in his human identity), the Pretenders live among the humans, using their Pretender shells to assume human size and appearance. The Autobots' caution is rewarded: Decepticon Pretenders soon appear, led by a mysterious force called Devil Z. The Autobots and Decepticons soon build up their forces, recruiting humans to become Junior Headmasters and Godmasters (Powermasters).

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Mecha Sci-Fi Shounen
Tsurupika Hagemaru-kun
Little Baldy Hagemaru
7.06 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Hagemaru Hageda is a young kid, studying in fourth standard living with his parents in Japan. Only child of his parents, he and his parents are a big misers. They do anything for saving money and this is the basic plot of the show. Hagemaru also has a pet dog named Pesu, who often comments about Hagemaru's family being too miser and not giving him anything to eat.

He is best friend of his class-mate Masaru Kondo and he has a crush on Midori, a girl from his class. In most of the episodes, Hagemaru goes to school and the story revolves around his teacher (his 'miss') and his friends. At the end of the each episode, top ten snippets are shown.

Kids Comedy
Type movie
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

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Adventure Comedy
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Michael is a fat orange cat who lives with a pair of well-meaning but very stupid humans who fondly imagine he is their pet. But Michael's own daily life is rich in all kinds of little incidents and upheavals-avoiding local bad cat Nyazilla, a monster against whom Michael knows he'll always come out worse, scrounging food from local stores, meeting up with his animal friends, and keeping the humans amused as best he can. And Michael also has a fantasy life even his fellow feline Garfield would envy, with cat corporations, cat nightclubs, and his own imitation of a dancing American megastar also called Michael.

(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)

Comedy
5.72 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Based on the role-playing game "Legend of Xanadu". The evil magician Reichswar has killed the King to gain possession of a magic crystal; now he means to use its power to rule the whole of Xanadu. Then the widowed Queen Rieru is kidnapped. One brave young warrior, wielding the magic blade Dragonslayer, goes to her rescue.

(Source: The Anime Encyclopedia)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy
Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Ronin Warriors
7.1 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Thousands of years ago, the evil emperor Talpa attempted to conquer the Earth. Defeated, he was banished to the Nether Realm and his armor was divided into 9 separate suits. Now, he has returned to conquer Earth, having reclaimed 4 of the suits. The other 5 are in the possesion of those who are the only hope of stopping him: The Ronin Warriors.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Samurai Sci-Fi Shounen
Type ova
Status finished
Season spring
Year 1988

Three reporters from the school paper get transported back to the Edo period.

Comedy Historical Sci-Fi
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