spring 1997 Anime Season

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AIKa
AIKa
Agent AIKa
spring 1997
ova - 8 Episodes Available

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.

Action Ecchi Adventure Comedy Sci-Fi
spring 1997
music - 0 Episodes Available

A slow song by Japanese enka singer and former J-pop idol Yoko Nagayama shown in the NHK program 'Minna no Uta.'

Music Slice ofLife Kids
Bamboo Bears
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

Comedy
Battle Athletess Daiundoukai
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Ecchi Sci-Fi Shounen Space Sports
Buttobi!! CPU
Buttobi!! CPU
I Dream of Mimi
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Ecchi Magic Sci-Fi Seinen
Chou Tokkyuu Hikarian
Chou Tokkyuu Hikarian
Super Express Hikarian
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Chou Tokkyuu Hikarian is about a series of bullet trains that are turned into robots. The robots, along with two humans named Tetsuyuki Shinbashi and Minayo Kanda, have to stop an alien invasion.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Kids Adventure
Chuuka Ichiban!
spring 1997
tv - 52 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Comedy Drama Shounen
City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart
City Hunter: Goodbye My Sweetheart
City Hunter: The Motion Picture
spring 1997
special - 0 Episodes Available

Ryo Saeba (aka the City Hunter), is a private detective in the city of Tokyo. Together with sidekick Kaori Makimura, Ryo is hired by actress Emi Makaze to find her long lost brother. The woman's brother turns out to be "The Professor", a dillusional ex-soldier who's planing to destroy the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. Kaori is assigned to guard Emi, but they both get caught up in the Professor's scheme. The City Hunter must save them, without allowing downtown Tokyo to be destroyed.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Shounen
Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan
Clamp Gakuen Tanteidan
CLAMP School Detectives
spring 1997
tv - 26 Episodes Available

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!

(Source: Bandai Entertainment)

Action Mystery Comedy Shoujo
Crayon Shin-chan Movie 05: Ankoku Tamatama Daitsuiseki
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: Manabu Tsuribe)

Action Adventure Comedy Seinen
Detective Conan Movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper
Detective Conan Movie 01: The Timed Skyscraper
Case Closed The Movie: The Time Bombed Skyscraper
spring 1997
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Conan Edogawa is facing a dilemma: Ran Mouri has asked Shinichi Kudou out to the movies and he is unable to provide a convincing excuse not to go. However, when the day of the date arrives, he has more pressing problems to worry about—a great amount of plastic explosives has recently been stolen and the culprit has challenged Shinichi to find and dispose of the bombs he has scattered across the city. Now forced in a race against time, Conan must not only protect the city, but also figure out who the mastermind is and his reason for confronting Shinichi.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Mystery Comedy Police Shounen
Doraemon Movie 18: Nobita no Nejimaki City Boukenki
Doraemon Movie 18: Nobita no Nejimaki City Boukenki
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Spiral City
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

After Suneo bragged about having a ranch, Nobita was asked whether or not he has one, pressuring him to say yes. Doraemon won a number of lotteries for useless planets in the belt between Mars and Jupiter. When Suneo and the rest came to see the ranch, Nobita happened to read the last of the lottery number to the go-anywhere-door, leading them to a huge dreamlike area. As Nobita's toy horse pranced around because of the wind-up life gadget, Suneo and the others became interested in doing the same to their toys and let them live in the area. So they decided to make their own clockwork city.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Fantasy Kids Shounen
Dragon Ball GT: Gokuu Gaiden! Yuuki no Akashi wa Suushinchuu
spring 1997
special - 0 Episodes Available

Years after the end of the Dragonball GT, the story continues in this special with Son Goku's now eldery granddaughter Pan, and a new generation of super saiyajins, the great-great-grandsons of Goku and Vegeta
100 years after the end of DBGT, all the heroes of Earth have died...except for Pan, the granddaughter of Son Goku. Pan has a grandchild named Goku Jr. However, he does not have the bravery of his great-great-grandfather. Pan suffurs a heart attack, and Goku Jr. believes that he might be able to save her with the power of the 4 star Dragon Ball. Along with the school bully, he tries to find the ball...and unleashes his hidden bravery and power.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Comedy Super Power Martial_Arts Fantasy Shounen
Eikyuu Kazoku
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Psychological Comedy
El Hazard 2: The Magnificent World
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Continuing the from OVAs; When Fujisawa, suffering from cold feet, leaves Miz at the altar, an enraged Priestess drafts Makoto and friends to go find him. In the couse of locating the hapless (and gutless) teacher, they find another Ifurita. Meanwhile Jinnai and Diva searching for a new Bugrom homeland stumble upon another yet another Demon God, the impish Kalia. However, unlike Ifurita she has a mind, and a mission, of her own...

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy
Flanders no Inu (Movie)
Flanders no Inu (Movie)
The Dog of Flanders
spring 1997
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Set in 19th-century Belgium, this classic tale, based on the Flemish novel by Oui'da, celebrates the affectionate bond between an innocent boy and his faithful dog. The stunning animation, a masterful combination of traditional and computer-aided animation, captures the natural splendor of the Flanders countryside and recreates the spirit of this classic story that has captivated audiences world wide for more than 130 years. In fact, the popularity of The Dog Of Flanders led the local Belgian government of Flanders to dedicate a statue to Nello and Patrash in 1985, immortalizing their devotion to each other.

(Source: AniDB)

Drama Historical
Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
Fushigi Yuugi: Dai Ni Bu
Mysterious Play OVA 2
spring 1997
ova - 6 Episodes Available

Miaka and Taka (Tamahome's reborn out-of-the-book self) return to the Universe of the Four Gods to try and restore Tamahome's memories to Taka. This is not as easy as it sounds, however, when the evil Tenkou shows up to rain on their parade. He manages to thwart most of their attempts at getting Taka's memories back, and uses his newfound power to summon the Gods outside the book.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Drama Fantasy Historical Martial_Arts Romance Shoujo
Gegege no Kitarou: Obake Nighter
Gegege no Kitarou: Obake Nighter
Spooky Kitaro: The Obake Nighter
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Like the other 1990s Kitaro mini-movies, this is a remake of a story that’s already been done in the anime, but like every Kitaro remake this is a very different take on the story. In this case it’s a remake of the baseball story that was featured in the very first episode of the original series from 1968.

(Source: TSHS)

Sports Demons Supernatural
Hakugei Densetsu
Hakugei Densetsu
Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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?

Sci-Fi Adventure Space
Hana yori Dango (Movie)
Hana yori Dango (Movie)
Hana Yori Dango The Movie
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Set in an alternative timeline to the TV series and manga, the movie features a classic Cinderella story told through the medium of 80's dance. Tsukushi Makino is a trainee dancer in a New York Performance group, struggling to become the star of the show with the help of Rui Hanazawa and Tsukasa Doumyouji.

(Source: ANN)

Drama Romance Shoujo
Hareluya II Boy
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Hibino Hareluya is a delinquent teenager who is tough and loves to pack a punch. His father is none other than the almighty God who does not approve very well of his son's rebellious acts. Disappointed in Hareluya's lack of responsibility, his father sends him to Earth as a normal high school student, stripped of his powers. Posing as a local priest, God keeps an eye on his son's adventures as Haleluya rights wrongs around the school with two-fisted justice, Love tattooed across the knuckles of each hand.

(Source: ANN)

Action Fantasy Comedy School Shounen
Haunted Junction
spring 1997
tv - 12 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Supernatural School Shounen
Hen
Hen
Strange Love
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Yoshida Chizuru is the sexiest co-ed in her class. Secretly, she's been appearing in TV commercials—despite the fact that students are forbidden from working. But one of her professors has uncovered her secret and hopes to use this information to his advantage. Yoshida's got plans of her own, and has no intention of giving up her acting career...

Comedy Ecchi Shoujo Ai
Hermes: Ai wa Kaze no Gotoku
Hermes: Ai wa Kaze no Gotoku
Hermes: Winds of Love
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

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.

The first title in the series of anime films by the Happy Science cult.

Drama Fantasy
Hyper Police
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Police Romance Sci-Fi
JaJa Uma! Quartet
JaJa Uma! Quartet
Wild Cardz
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Magic Shounen
Jigoku Sensei Nube: Gozen 0 Ji Nube Shisu!
Jigoku Sensei Nube: Gozen 0 Ji Nube Shisu!
Hell Teacher Nube: 0 a.m. Nube Dead
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

New student comes to Nube class. His name is Jun and he's a lonely boy who loves clowns very much. His only friend is a Pierre - clown in the mirror. And one night Pierre gives Jun a mask with strange abilities. At that point Jun starts to act strange and lot of accidents occur in the school.

Adventure Comedy Horror Supernatural School Shounen
Jungle de Ikou!
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

After meeting a dancing old man in what she thinks is just a crazy dream, a preteen schoolgirl embarks on a series of fanservice-filled magical girl adventures with a little creature named Ongo who might be evil and a shy girl with mysterious powers named Nami.

(Source: ANN)

Action Ecchi Adventure Magic Comedy
Kero Kero Chime
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Aoi, a regular boy, is cused 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 accross many dangers, and make many new friends.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Fantasy Comedy
Kikansha Sensei
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The story depicts the interaction of the children of the island and their teacher, Yoshioka Makotoware who is unable to speak because of a childhood accident.

A movie based on the best-selling novel by Shizuka Ijuin.

Comedy School Slice ofLife
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Mystery Shounen
Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Shinigami Byouin Satsujin Jiken
spring 1997
special - 0 Episodes Available

A one-hour special that aired after a month of the series' absence on television between episodes 23 and 24.

Kindaichi will have to investigate in a hospital where series of murder happen.

Mystery Shounen
Kishin Douji Zenki Gaiden: Anki Kitan
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

In Kanoesaru village every 60 years mysterious murders happen. Every time seven 17 year old girls are killed. The villagers believe it is the work of a demon who once saved the village so they keep quiet about it. However the current head of the Ibuki family calls an exorcist to save her 2 daughters. What is the truth behind the murders in Kanoesaru village?

(Source: AniDB)

Action Demons Supernatural
Kougyou Aika Volley Boys
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

In a mix of Field of Dreams and Ping Pong Club, sex-starved teenage boys at Kudo High School sign up for the girls' volleyball team hoping that if they build it, the girls will come, to a year that has no girls in it at all.

(Source: ANN)

Sports Comedy School Seinen
Kyuumei Senshi Nanosaver
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

Adventure Shounen
Mahou Gakuen Lunar! Aoi Ryuu no Himitsu
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Barua of the Magic Race (Vile Tribe) has kidnapped students of the Magic School. Elie, Rena and Senia, are asked to look for them by the schools master. Along their search they find interesting and crazy things, and get into trouble as usual. Upon finding the students, they find their magic is not strong enough to save them, but they get some help from an unwanted friend.

(Source: ANN)

Fantasy Magic Comedy
Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu (TV)
Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikuu (TV)
Maze: The Mega-Burst Space
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Mecha Shounen
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
spring 1997
movie - 1 Episodes Available

In the year 2015, more than a decade has passed since the catastrophic event known as Second Impact befell mankind. During this time of recovery, a select few learned of beings known as the Angels—colossal malevolent entities with the intention of triggering the Third Impact and wiping out the rest of humanity.

Called into the city of Tokyo-3 by his father Gendou Ikari, teenager Shinji is thrust headlong into humanity's struggle. Separated from Gendou since the death of his mother, Shinji presumes that his father wishes to repair their shattered familial bonds; instead, he discovers that he was brought to pilot a giant machine capable of fighting the Angels, Evangelion Unit-01. Forced to battle against wave after wave of mankind's greatest threat, the young boy finds himself caught in the middle of a plan that could affect the future of humanity forever.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Drama Mecha Psychological Sci-Fi
Pokemon
Pokemon
Pokémon
spring 1997
tv - 135 Episodes Available

Pokemon are peculiar creatures with a vast array of different abilities and appearances; many people, known as Pokemon trainers, capture and train them, often with the intent of battling others. Young Satoshi has not only dreamed of becoming a Pokemon trainer but also a "Pokemon Master," and on the arrival of his 10th birthday, he finally has a chance to make that dream a reality. Unfortunately for him, all three Pokemon available to beginning trainers have already been claimed and only Pikachu, a rebellious Electric type Pokemon, remains. However, this chance encounter would mark the start of a lifelong friendship and an epic adventure!

Setting off on a journey to become the very best, Satoshi and Pikachu travel across beautiful, sprawling regions with their friends Kasumi, a Water type trainer, and Takeshi, a Rock type trainer. But danger lurks around every corner. The infamous Team Rocket is always nearby, seeking to steal powerful Pokemon through nefarious schemes. It'll be up to Satoshi and his friends to thwart their efforts as he also strives to earn the eight Pokemon Gym Badges he'll need to challenge the Pokemon League, and eventually claim the title of Pokemon Master.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Adventure Comedy Kids Fantasy
Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu
Psycho Diver: Mashou Bosatsu
Psycho Diver: Soul Siren
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Horror Psychological Sci-Fi
Rurouni Kenshin: Review Special
spring 1997
special - 0 Episodes Available

Summary of various fighting scenes of the first half of the series and a brief overview of the Kyoto arc.

Action Comedy Samurai Shounen
Sakura Tsuushin
Sakura Tsuushin
Sakura Diaries
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Drama Romance Slice ofLife
Saru Kani Gassen: Ijimekkozaru to Shoujiki Kani-san
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

An educational animation on the problems of bullying.

Comedy Kids
Shin Tenchi Muyou!
Shin Tenchi Muyou!
Tenchi in Tokyo
spring 1997
tv - 25 Episodes Available

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Harem Romance Sci-Fi Shounen
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena
spring 1997
tv - 39 Episodes Available

After meeting a traveling prince who consoled her after the deaths of her parents, Utena Tenjou vowed to become a prince herself. The prince left Utena only with a ring bearing a strange rose crest and a promise that she would meet him again some day.

A few years later, Utena attends Ootori Academy, where she is drawn into a dangerous game. Duelists with rings matching Utena's own compete for a unique prize: the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, and her mysterious powers. When Utena wins Anthy in a duel, she realizes that if she is to free Anthy and discover the secrets behind Ootori Academy, she has only one option: to revolutionize the world.

Shoujo Kakumei Utena blends surrealist imagery and ideas with complex allegories and metaphors to create a unique coming-of-age story with themes including idealism, illusions, adulthood, and identity.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Drama Fantasy Mystery Psychological Shoujo
Slayers Try
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Comedy Demons Magic Fantasy Shounen
Spoon-hime no Swing Kitchen
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

An NHK toddler's anime following a Spoon Princess and other kitchen themed characters.

Adventure Kids
Sprite: Between Two Worlds
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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?

(Source: AniDB)

Comedy Ecchi Romance School
Super Fishing Grander Musashi
spring 1997
tv - 5 Episodes Available

Musashi lives with his father. His mother left them three years ago. Musashi believes she will come back to them. One day they move from Tokyo to a village in the countryside. Musashi hates living in the countryside and asks his father to take him back to Tokyo. He wonders if his mother will be able to find him in their new home.

Soon after moving to the countryside, Musashi happens to see a man fishing for bass with a decoy fish. Musashi is fascinated by lure fishing. He learns a lot from the man, and discovers that his mother's father was a grand champion of bass fishing. Musashi feels that fishing could lead him to his missing mother. He shows a marvelous talent for lure fishing and takes trips to many places around the world in search of various incredible fish. Through fishing, Musashi comes to enjoy living amongst nature.

(Source: Official Site)

Adventure Sports
spring 1997
music - 0 Episodes Available

A music video to Two-Mix's "White Reflection"; the group, in animated form, notices a strange light and follows it to various locations.

Music
Tensai Eri-chan Kingyo wo Tabeta
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Based on a same name children's fantasy picture book by Takeshita Ryuunosuke.

Kids Slice ofLife Comedy
Tezuka Osamu no Kyuuyaku Seisho Monogatari: In the Beginning
spring 1997
tv - 0 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: official homepage)

Note: While the series was in production during a period of several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was not aired in Japan until 1997, on the satellite channel WOWOW. It was most likely broadcasted in Italy in 1992.

(Source: AniDB)

Historical
The☆Doraemons: The Mysterious Thief Dorapan The Mysterious Cartel
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The mysterious thief Dorapin sets up a scheme with the intent of stealing the Friendship Telecards from the Doraemons.

(Source: ANN)

Kids Fantasy Comedy Sci-Fi Shounen
Ultra Nyan: Hoshizora kara Maiorita Fushigi Neko
spring 1997
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Haruka finds a cat in an abandoned building and names it "Nyan". Little does she know that this cat is actually "Ultra-Nyan" who has come from outer space. Using his mysterious powers, Ultra-Nyan helps Haruka and her friends foil the plans of a couple of no-good catnappers.

Sci-Fi Kids
VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

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.

Adventure Comedy Ecchi Mecha Sci-Fi Space
Vampire Hunter
Vampire Hunter
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge
spring 1997
ova - 0 Episodes Available

The world is a dark, brooding place populated by humans, but ruled in reality by powerful beings known as the Darkstalkers, and there is constant conflict between them as they try to determine who is the most powerful of them all. Zombies, vampires, werewolves - all of them compete in contests of strength and sheer will to attain their own personal goals.

All of this becomes moot when a race of Aztec robots called the Huitzil decide that humanity isn't worth saving, and start waging war on the world, while in the sky, a solar god from outer space plots the conquest of Earth. And the Darkstalkers must become unwilling allies in order to save the world.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Action Adventure Supernatural Drama Vampire Fantasy
Yakusai Kochou
Yakusai Kochou
Demon Fighter Kocho
spring 1997
ova - 1 Episodes Available

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.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Supernatural Ecchi
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