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.hack//Sign
spring 2002
tv - 28 Episodes Available

A young wavemaster, only known by the alias of Tsukasa, wakes up in an MMORPG called The World, with slight amnesia. He does not know what he has previously done before he woke up. In The World, the Crimson Knights suspects him of being a hacker, as he was seen accompanying a tweaked character in the form of a cat. Unable to log out from the game, he wanders around looking for answers, avoiding the knights and other players he meets along the way.

As Tsukasa explores The World, he stumbles upon a magical item that takes the form of a "guardian," which promises him protection from all harm. Subaru, the leader of the Crimson Knights, along with several other players who became acquainted with Tsukasa, set out to investigate why Tsukasa is unable to log out, and attempt to get to the bottom of the problem before it gets out of hand.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Game Sci-Fi Adventure Mystery Magic Fantasy
Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai
Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai
Magical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
spring 2002
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Satoshi "Sasshi" Imamiya believes his life is in shambles, as only a 12-year-old can. Having lost his card collection, his childish dilemmas worsen when he learns that his childhood friend, Arumi Asahina, will be moving away.

Suddenly, their issues are dashed aside for the surreal, and they find themselves transported away through bizarre worlds of science fiction, magic, and war. Any attempt to escape only catapults them into another alien land. Soon, the two come to a realization: every world is just a reimagining of their hometown. But there are two unfamiliar faces—the voluptuous Mune-mune and the elusive blue-haired Eutus—and they just might be the key to escaping their predicament.

Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai follows Sasshi and Arumi's comedic exploits as they desperately attempt to return home. However, when the pair unravel a tale spanning generations, they begin to wonder if the cause of their situation is more personal than they thought. Is returning home truly what they desire?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Parody Ecchi Fantasy
Ai Yori Aoshi
spring 2002
tv - 24 Episodes Available

Kaoru Hanabishi, a college student who lives alone, met a beautiful but bewildered girl dressed in a kimono at a train station. He volunteered to guide her way to the address she was looking for, which happened to be in his neighborhood, but turned out to be an empty lot. Not knowing what to do next, Kaoru invited the devastated girl to his apartment and asked for any additional clues to her destination. She supplied him with a photo of two children whom Kauru immediately identified as himself and Aoi Sakuraba, his childhood friend. It turned out that the girl in front of him is Aoi Sakuraba herself, his betrothed fiancee who came all the way to Tokyo to marry him. Her revelation was not only surprising but also reminded the deepest part of Kaoru's memory for why he left the Hanabishi family in the first place.

Harem Slice ofLife Comedy Drama Romance
Ai Yori Aoshi: Yumegatari
Ai Yori Aoshi: Yumegatari
Ai Yori Aoshi: Speaking of Dreams
spring 2002
special - 1 Episodes Available

Kaoru and the girls have a picnic in Spring and talk about their dreams for the future.

Comedy Harem Romance Slice ofLife
Angelique: Twin Collection
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

As the title implies, this series features a pair of characters per episode. Each DVD has one music video for each character, plus one part of an eight part story. Annoyingly, the music videos are for the short versions of the songs, not the full versions... to get those, you had to buy the Twin Collection CDs.

(Source: Neo-Romance)

Fantasy Sci-Fi Shoujo
Argento Soma Special
spring 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

The pilot Sue Harris goes to a mission on a frozen country, there she suffers an accident on the mountains and her life is in severe danger. Trying to survive on the harsh enviroment, she encounters an alien and engages in combat with it. The two beings will use all means possible to escape of that dead trap alive.

Action Mecha Sci-Fi
Atashin'chi
Atashin'chi
My Family
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Outrageous misadventures of an almost normal family with a housewife, her husband, and their two kids Yuusuke and Mikan. Wacky humor about this weird family's daily life.

(Source: AniDB)

Comedy Slice ofLife
Azumanga Daioh
Azumanga Daioh
Azumanga Daioh: The Animation
spring 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Chiyo Mihama begins her high school career as one of the strangest students in her freshman class—a tiny, 10-year-old academic prodigy with a fondness for plush dolls and homemade cooking. But her homeroom teacher, Yukari Tanizaki, is the kind of person who would hijack a student's bike to avoid being late, so "strange" is a relative word.

There certainly isn't a shortage of peculiar girls in Yukari-sensei's homeroom class. Accompanying Chiyo are students like Tomo Takino, an energetic tomboy with more enthusiasm than brains; Koyomi Mizuhara, Tomo's best friend whose temper has a fuse shorter than Chiyo; and Sakaki, a tall, athletic beauty whose intimidating looks hide a gentle personality and a painful obsession with cats. In addition, transfer student Ayumu Kasuga, a girl with her head stuck in the clouds, fits right in with the rest of the girls—and she has a few interesting theories about Chiyo's pigtails!

Together, this lovable group of girls experience the ups and downs of school life, their many adventures filled with constant laughter, surreal absurdity, and occasionally even touching commentary on the bittersweet, temporal nature of high school.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Slice ofLife Comedy School
Baby Baachan
Baby Baachan
Baby Grandma
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Amika is a elementary school student who dreams of becoming an idol. Her grandmother is a harsh yet wealthy woman who lives on a remote island that she owns. When her grandmother passed away, Amika's life begins to appear subtle changes. Not long after the passing of her grandmother, Amika's mother gave birth to a baby girl. Ironically, Amika's little sister looks and behaves exactly like her grandmother.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Drama
Bakutou Sengen Daigunder
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Akira Akebono, a young boy who is competing in a robot tournament where many of the robots are capable of transforming into animal forms. Akira wants to win the ultimate prize, the Titan Belt, with the help of his group of robots, all of which are capable of forming into the robot Daigunder. Daigunder is the creation of Akira's father, Professor Hajime Akebono. Together with a girl named Haruka, they compete under the name of Team Akira. However, Team Akira faces opposition from not only their competition, but a robot named Ginzan who is under the control of the evil Professor Maelstrom.

(Source: ANN)

Sci-Fi Adventure Mecha
Canary
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Mika Katagiri wants her band to perform at the upcoming local festival. However, complications arise. Their keyboardist, Jun, refuses to play, and their stage has been cancelled. Refusing to give up, Mika and her band strive to find a way to play at the festival, using any means necessary.

(Source: ANN)

Fantasy Music Romance School
Chobits
spring 2002
tv - 27 Episodes Available

When computers start to look like humans, can love remain the same?

Hideki Motosuwa is a young country boy who is studying hard to get into college. Coming from a poor background, he can barely afford the expenses, let alone the newest fad: Persocoms, personal computers that look exactly like human beings. One evening while walking home, he finds an abandoned Persocom. After taking her home and managing to activate her, she seems to be defective, as she can only say one word, "Chii," which eventually becomes her name. Unlike other Persocoms, however, Chii cannot download information onto her hard drive, so Hideki decides to teach her about the world the old-fashioned way, while studying for his college entrance exams at the same time.

Along with his friends, Hideki tries to unravel the mystery of Chii, who may be a "Chobit," an urban legend about special units that have real human emotions and thoughts, and love toward their owner. But can romance flourish between a Persocom and a human?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Sci-Fi Comedy Drama Romance Ecchi Seinen
Cosplay Complex
spring 2002
ova - 3 Episodes Available

Meet Chako and her friends from the Cosplay Association at East Oizuki Academy! They're the hottest new cosplay team in Japan...fresh from a winning streak of local battles, they're set to sweep the Cosplay World Series!

Yeah, right.

In reality, Chako and her friends are barely able to keep their club alive at all. Feeble club membership and a lack of sponsorship might be the end of their cosplay dreams before they can even start. But don't you dare underestimate this group of spunky girls! They'll survive a barrage of pervy newcomers, cosplay rivalries, costume disasters and dating mishaps in order to reach their ultimate goal of competing in the World Series. The clothing flies as the girls suit up (and strip down) for Cosplay Complex!

(Source: DVD Back Cover)

Comedy Ecchi Parody School
Crayon Shin-chan Movie 10: Arashi wo Yobu Appare! Sengoku Daikassen
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

A full-scale historical drama set in the last days (the year 1574) of the Sengoku Era of feudal Japan. It is the story of the Nohara family, who has been transferred into the Sengoku Era by time warp, and a tragic love between a princess Ren Kasuga (a daughter of the feudal lord Kasuga at the Province of Musashi) and a samurai warrior Matabei Ijiri (a retainer of the Lord Kasuga).

(Source: Manabu Tsuribe)

Historical Drama Romance Samurai Seinen
Deko Boko Friends
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

The creators of Deko Boko Friends, Maruyama Momoko and Kuwamoto Ryoutarou (m&k), have a fervent wish - they would like to see children grow into adults who live harmoniously with individuals representing a variety of backgrounds and personalities.

The twelve characters represent 12 types of personality traits. Each character is an amalgamation and condensation of traits found in a variety of people. The creators would like to see children develop tolerance and a broad-minded mental outlook that would enable them to accept each person they encounter. The concept uses the element of surprise to introduce this series of animated short stories. Each animated short focuses on one character and brings his or her strong personality trait to life.

(Source: AniDB)

Comedy Kids
Denkou Chou Tokkyuu Hikarian
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

The second season of Chou Tokkyuu Hikarian.

Action Adventure Kids
Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street
Detective Conan Movie 06: The Phantom of Baker Street
Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street
spring 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Noah's Ark—the latest in VR technology and a milestone of human innovation—is set for a showcase to Japan's privileged children. They have the honour of beginning a new revolution in gaming; however, their carefree fun is cut short when a company employee is found murdered, with his dying message pointing to a clue hidden within the Ark.

Along with the Detective Boys and Ran Mouri, Conan Edogawa enters Noah's Ark to solve this mystery and ensure the perpetrator is caught. But once they're inside the Ark, it takes on a mind of its own, imprisoning them and the children within its worlds. To escape and bring the murderer to justice, Conan and company must navigate a simulated 19th century London and track down the infamous Jack the Ripper—with the lives of 50 innocent children depending on them.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Mystery Police Shounen
Digimon Frontier
spring 2002
tv - 50 Episodes Available

With five new kids and an exciting new mission in the Digital World, Digimon Frontier brings back all the great action and adventure of the last three seasons. Takuya, Kouji, Izumi, Junpei. and Tomoki meet each other in a train that takes them to the Digital World where a war against evil is being fought. The Angel digimon, Cherubimon, one of The three angels sent to save the World from the power-hungry Lucemon, has turned to the dark side and the entire Digital World is in peril. To fight this great battle, the five CHOSEN ONES must find the Densetsu no Spirit (Legendary Spirit).

Action Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy Shounen
Digimon Tamers: Bousou Digimon Tokkyuu
Digimon Tamers: Bousou Digimon Tokkyuu
Digimon Tamers: Runaway Locomon
spring 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Locomon, a train digimon, has suddenly appeared in the real world. All the tamers scramble to stop the train before it reaches its final destination: the portal into the Digital world.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Sci-Fi Shounen
Doraemon Movie 23: Nobita to Robot Kingdom
Doraemon Movie 23: Nobita to Robot Kingdom
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita in the Robot Kingdom
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Doraemon and friends travels into another world via the time machine; where humans and robots are living together. However they soon find out that the Empress of Robot Kingdom was trying to capture robots there and turn them emotionless. As the situation goes tense, our heroes sets out to stop the Empress and her plan.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Kids Shounen
Doraemon: The Day When I Was Born
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Not available.

Kids Fantasy Comedy Sci-Fi Shounen
Forza! Hidemaru
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

A soccer anime with a cast of wacky animals in sports getup seems far out of its time in the early 21st century, but it was the year of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, and the very young audience sees these tropes with fresh eyes. Hidemaru is a feisty fox; his friends include bunnies, dogs, horses, and a couple of hefty hippo girls.

Based on a manga Hidemaru the Soccer Boy by Makoto Mizobuchi, serialized in CoroCoro Comics.

(Source: AnimeVice)

Sports
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Searching for the Full Moon
spring 2002
tv - 52 Episodes Available

Two years ago, Mitsuki Kouyama's friend, Eichi Sakurai, moved to America before she could confess her feelings to him. Though she cannot contact him, they made a promise to fulfill their respective dreams: Mitsuki wants to become a professional singer, and Eichi an astronomer. She hopes that one day her music will reach him across the world with a brilliance like that of the full moon.

There is just one catch: Mitsuki suffers from throat cancer, which makes her voice quiet and singing strenuous. Her grandmother, who has a hatred of music, insists that Mitsuki undergo surgery to remove the cancer, but she refuses due to the risk of losing her voice. One day, two shinigami—Meroko Yui and Takuto Kira—appear to tell her that she only has one year left to live. This sudden revelation spurs Mitsuki into action, and she decides that with Meroko and Takuto's help, she will become a professional singer in the time she has left.

Full Moon wo Sagashite follows the emotional story of Mitsuki and her shinigami friends as they discover what it means to sing—and ultimately, what it means to live.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Music Comedy Supernatural Drama Romance Shoujo
Galaxy Angel Music Collection: Shouen to Shien no Cassoulet
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Forte suddenly asks for leave for the day, leaving the Angels, Ranpha in particular, thinking she's off for a date. Meanwhile, Forte meets up with an old acquaintance who wants to ask her opinion on a rather pressing matter of life and death.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Sci-Fi Comedy
Galerians: Rion
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Six years have passed since Rion discovered his own identity as an artificial being, yet succeeded in destroying the genocidal Mother Computer, Dorothy, before perishing himself. Now reactivated by Lilia, Rion awakens to find that Dorothy managed to execute one final catastrophic program, rendering a new evil crew to finish her goal of human annihilation. It is a fully 3D CGI animated OVA based on the hit PlayStation game, called Galerians, released in August, 1999.

(Source: AniDB)

Adventure Drama Horror Military Mystery Psychological Sci-Fi Shounen Supernatural
Gate Keepers 21
spring 2002
ova - 6 Episodes Available

Thirty-two years have passed since the initial defeat of the Invaders. A.E.G.I.S is all but dismantled now and has become an underground organization consisting of only a few Gate Keepers left to save humanity. One of the members, Ayane Isuzu, is sick of society as a whole, though she continues to defeat the Invaders out of spite for her father. Suddenly, she learns of the revival of Machine General (Kikai Shogun) and Devil Count (Akuma Hakushaku), but a mysterious ghost girl now accompanies them. It is up to Ayane and the remnants of A.E.G.I.S to stop them and save humanity once again.

(Source: ANN)

Action Drama Mecha Sci-Fi Shounen
Generation of Chaos Next: Chikai no Pendant
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Prologue to the second game in the Generation of Chaos RPG series. Ellile is a knight-in-training in the Kingdom of Fredbarn in the Neverland World. He and Princess Roji are secretly in love, and plan to marry. Lifile, the head of the knights, finds out, and tells Ellile that he's not strong enough to protect Roji, let alone the Kingdom. Ellile becomes frustrated, and comtemplates what to do... During the OVA, there are a few animated shorts dealing with a fourth character, Poro, her robot friend, and the GOC Next cast.

(Source: ANN)

Action Military Adventure Romance Fantasy
Gun Frontier
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

It is a harsh and barren wasteland, where the weak aren't allowed to dream. It is also a sacred land for true men, for there is no place a man can feel more alive. This is the Gun Frontier. Sea Pirate Captain Harlock and the errant samurai, Tochiro arrive in the United States on the Western Frontier. Along with a mysterious woman they meet along the way, the two friends challenge sex rings, bandits, and corrupt sheriff. They are searching for a lost clan of Japanese immigrants, and they will tear Gun Frontier from end to end until they find it.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Drama Historical Sci-Fi Seinen
spring 2002
music - 0 Episodes Available

A music video for the song by Konishiki that was featured on NHK's Minna no Uta program.

Music Kids
Happy☆Lesson (TV)
spring 2002
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Hitotose Chitose was always alone and untrusting of people but when 5 female teachers appear and started living together with him in his family's house as his mothers, things started to change and pick up, together with Hazuki-nee and Minazuki (his 2 sisters) everyday is a lesson.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Drama Harem Romance Slice ofLife
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Ajisai Yumegatari
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Whisked away to the land of Kyou, Akane learns that she is the Ryuujin no Miko, and meets the Hachiyou, her protectors. They must defeat Akuram, a demon who wants to destroy Kyou using the power of Azusa, a woman who has the power to absorb human energy. If Akane and the Hachiyou cannot defeat Akuram and bring peace to Kyou, Azusa'a power will destroy the humans.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Fantasy Romance Supernatural Demons Historical Drama Shoujo
Initial D Battle Stage
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

There are many street races in the Initial D Series. This OVA has no plot other than to collect all the street races into one stage. The dialog during the original races is left in.

Action Cars Drama Seinen Sports
Juuni Kokuki
Juuni Kokuki
The Twelve Kingdoms
spring 2002
tv - 45 Episodes Available

Youko Nakajima has only ever wanted to be normal. She does what she is asked, gets good grades, is the class president, and even helps her classmates whenever she can—but because of her red hair, she has never fit in. With her pushover attitude, Youko lets classmates take advantage of her, so she has nobody she can really call a friend.

But on an otherwise ordinary day, a man who claims to be from another world barges into Youko's classroom and bows before her. This elegant blond-haired man, Keiki, claims that Youko is his master and belongs on the throne of his kingdom. However, their first meeting is cut short as Keiki has been followed by otherworldly beasts called youma. He is able to escape with Youko into his own realm, but two other classmates—Ikuya Asano and Yuka Sugimoto—are caught up in the madness as well. Unfortunately, their troubles have only just begun, as the youma attack leaves them separated from Keiki. Alone in this strange new land, these ordinary students must learn to fend for themselves or die.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Adventure Fantasy Magic Supernatural
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko
Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko
She and Her Cat: Their Standing Points
spring 2002
ova - 1 Episodes Available

It was on a rainy spring day that Chobi became a young woman's pet cat. Though he immediately fell in love with the beautiful and kind person who took him in, he can never hope to fully understand the complex world of humans. Over the course of their first year living in the same apartment, Chobi and his new owner live in their own separate worlds⁠—standing alone yet close together.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Drama Psychological Romance Slice ofLife
Kikou Heidan J-Phoenix: PF Lips Shoutai
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Mecha series based on Takara's videogames.

Comedy Mecha
Lupin III: Ikiteita Majutsushi
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Lupin steals an extraordinary gem from a Mediterranean party, only to be interrupted by Pycal, the trickster "magician" who had apparently died fighting Lupin early in his career. Pycal, now armed with real magical abilities, is determined to take revenge.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Mystery Comedy Seinen
Mahou no Star Magical Emi: Kumo Hikaru
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Kazuki Mai, an elementary schoolgirl, wanted to be a magician but her skills weren't good enough for here to join her grandparents' Magiccarat troupe. One day she sees a light enter a strange heart-shaped mirror. The light is actually a mirror fairy named Topo, who takes over her favourite stuffed toy, a flying squirrel and gives her a bracelet with the 4 card suits. The bracelet can turn into a bubble wand which transforms Mai into the 18 year old magician Magical Emi, who uses her magic to help people and participate in her grandparents' shows.

Comedy Shoujo Slice ofLife
Megami Kouhosei Special Curriculum
spring 2002
ova - 1 Episodes Available

A retelling of the TV series from the point of view of one of the Goddess Pilots.

(Source: ANN)

Action Mecha Military Sci-Fi Space
MiniPato
MiniPato
Mobile Police Patlabor Minimum
spring 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Unlike most shows the three episodes are not only totally unrelated to each other but really don't follow a plot as such and are more a light hearted jibe at both the Patlabor series (TV and films) and other "mecha" Anime. Episode 1 is a brief introduction to the weaponry carried by the Ingram and how it was designed and why it is the way it is. Episode 2 looks at the design and maintenance of the Ingram 98 AV in SVU2 and takes a swipe at the marketing forces behind them (as in merchandising for the series). Episode 3 is the only one to attempt to expand on a very minor point raised in the original TV show and just how SVU2 is actually funded.

(Source: ANN)

Parody
Naccio to Pomm
Naccio and Pomm
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Naccio and Pomm have come to Earth from a far-away planet. What they discover, and what viewers of all ages delight in, is fun, fun, fun!
Italian-based, Japanese master animator Fusako Yusaki uses mere clay (plasticine), plus a great deal of off-the-wall imagination, to create a simple, yet captivatingly busy world of play. Naccio and Pomm bounce and bumble through their explorations of everyday settings -- everyday to us Earthlings, that is. For the two aliens, every experience is new and endlessly enjoyable.

(Source: microjapan.com)

Kids Adventure Sci-Fi
Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono
spring 2002
ova - 1 Episodes Available

Nakoruru, finally returned to her home Kamuikotan after a long, fierce battle, receives a warm welcome from dear friends and the village children. Her spirit is uplifted by her reunion with companions Manari and Yantamuu. But as the trauma of battle falls away, Rela appears and challenges Nakoruru and the shadow of misfortune creeps closer... Nakoruru is a popular Ainu girl from SNK's Samurai Spirits fighting game (PC and Dreamcast), now she has her very own OVA series.

(Source: AniDB)

Fantasy Supernatural Historical Drama
Oh! Super Milk-chan Special
spring 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

Bonus episode that only appeared on the Grasshoppa! Vol. 2 DVD.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Sci-Fi Comedy Parody
One Piece Movie 3: Chinjuu-jima no Chopper Oukoku
One Piece Movie 3: Chinjuu-jima no Chopper Oukoku
One Piece: Chopper Kingdom of Strange Animal Island
spring 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

The crew comes upon Crown Island where the animals can talk and they makes Chopper their new king. But there are human hunters there also looking for the legendary horns that will give the person who consumes it immense power. Luffy and friends must stop them from destroying this animal kingdom.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Comedy Super Power Fantasy Shounen
One Piece: Yume no Soccer Ou!
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Luffy and his crew take on the Villain All-Stars in a game of soccer in order to become the Dream Soccer King. The game comes down to a pk tie-breaker shoot-out with Coby as goalie and Helmeppo refereeing.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Fantasy Shounen Sports
Otogi Story Tenshi no Shippo Specials
spring 2002
ova - 5 Episodes Available

Episodes 5.5 and 13.

Comedy Fantasy Magic Romance
Ou Dorobou Jing
Ou Dorobou Jing
Jing: King of Bandits
spring 2002
tv - 11 Episodes Available

Jing may appear to be a young boy, but his remarkable skills make him one of the most feared thieves on the planet. Along with his feathered partner Kir, Jing travels from town to town, stealing anything of value regardless of the amount of security. But when he's in a pinch, he has one more trick up his sleeve: Kir bonds with Jing's right arm to perform the effectively deadly "Kir Royale" attack. And because of all this, Jing is infamously known by many as the "King of Bandits."

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Sci-Fi Shounen
Palme no Ki
Palme no Ki
A Tree of Palme
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Palme is a puppet created by a man to care for his sickly wife. After her death Palme becomes paralyzed with sorrow, that is, until a woman being pursed happens to cross paths with Palme and his creator and ask them to deliver something precious to a sacred place called Tama. Palme, mistaking her for his masters late wife, accepts the request. This becomes his first step to becoming more human in order to understand his own feelings.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Drama Fantasy Romance
Pita Ten
Pita Ten
Pita-Ten
spring 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Kotaro was pretty much supposed to be your average boy, worried about the pressures of education while enjoying a simple life with his friends. Much to his despair, he one day finds the overly cheerful Misha at his door, asking to be friends out of nowhere. Even more shocking is that Misha is an apprentice angel, yet she does more bad then good. Along with Kotaro's school friends Takashi and Koboshi and the so called devil Shia (once again being able to do more good then bad), the group of friends spend their days getting into all sorts of adventures and troubles. Based on the manga by Koge-Donbo.

Comedy Fantasy Kids Romance School Shounen
Psychic Academy
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Insecure Ai Shiomi begins attending the prestigous Psychic Academy for psychically gifted students, following in the footsteps of his legendary older brother.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Romance Supernatural
Rayca
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Rayca is a girl of the 31st Century where individuals exist only as computer data. She comes to the 21st century to learn about our sub-culture. Characters are designed by Haruhiko Mikimoto of "Superdimensional Fortress Macross" fame. Theme song by Tsubasa Makoto.

Sci-Fi
Rizelmine
spring 2002
tv - 24 Episodes Available

Iwaki Tomonori is an average 15-year-old boy who likes older women. He happens to have a crush on his teacher, but soon thereafter, learns she has become engaged. He heads home brokenhearted, only to find a 12-year-old girl named Rizel at his home, who he learns the Japanese government has married him to against his will. Furthermore, he learns Rizel is no ordinary girl; she is a biochemically engineered human, and her creators (her "papa"s, as they are often referred to) promise to waive multiple bills of Iwaki's parents in exchange to be allowed to stay at their house, and thus Iwaki's life with Rizel begins.

Sci-Fi Comedy Romance Ecchi School
Rockman.EXE
Rockman.EXE
MegaMan NT Warrior
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

In the year of 20XX, a young boy by the name of Netto Hikari receives a very special gift as he enters the 5th grade. His very own customized net navi, Rockman! Despite Rockman's small size and far more responsible personality, the two boys quickly become the best of friends. A net navi is designed to guide his operator from the inside of his or her PErsonal Terminal, or simply PET for short. Children and adults alike enjoy friendly "Net Battles", where they spar their navis against each other to prove their worth.

(Source: Official Site)

Action Game Sci-Fi Adventure Comedy Mecha Shounen
Shiritsu Araiso Koutougakkou Seitokai Shikkoubu
Shiritsu Araiso Koutougakkou Seitokai Shikkoubu
Araiso Private High School Student Council Executive Committee
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Kubota Makoto and Tokitoh Minoru (characters from Kazuya Minekura's manga Wild Adaptor—though no reference is made to the darker storyline of WA in this light-hearted anime)—are the muscle of their high school's all-powerful student council. They defend the student body from disorder—generated by both humans and demons—while avoiding their classes.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Sports Shounen Ai
Sweat Punch
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Sweat Punch is a series of five Studio 4°C shorts collected as a direct-to-DVD package film entitled Deep Imagination.

Action Historical Fantasy Mecha
Taiho Shichau zo in America
Taiho Shichau zo in America
You're Under Arrest: No Mercy!!
spring 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

Fresh from being transferred to the LAPD, Miyuki and Natsumi must investigate some unusual car theft incidents in their area. And when Miyuki's yellow 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is "gone in 60 seconds" (literally), the situation gets more complicated when they discover who the thief is.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Police Shounen
Tenchi Muyou! GXP
spring 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

From crashing his bike to falling in lakes, Seina Yamada just cannot shake the bad luck that follows him. But his fortune begins to change when he is forcibly recruited into the Galaxy Police and ends up capturing the most pirates in the force.

Now, Seina is no longer just the unfortunate boy from Earth; he is a man that pirates have come to fear. Despite his reputation, Seina is still the same clumsy guy, but at least he has Amane Kaunaq, a former model, and Kiriko Masaki, his long time friend, to keep him together. With their help, Seina sets out on an adventure in the hopes of becoming a great Galaxy Police Officer.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Comedy Harem Mecha Police Sci-Fi Shounen Space
Tenshi na Konamaiki
Tenshi na Konamaiki
Cheeky Angel
spring 2002
tv - 50 Episodes Available

Megumi-chan is a girl with a secret past. She used to be a boy until she met a person she thought was a magic user. This person gave him/her a magical book from which a genie appears to grant one wish when blood is applied to it. Megumi made the wish to be a man in a man's body but the genie has a twist: he grants wishes backwards so he turns Megumi-kun aged 9 to Megumi-chan. Years pass and Megumi enters High School where she immediately beats up the school bully who of course falls in love with her. She is looking for that book again to be able to reverse the spell placed upon her.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Magic Romance Shounen
The☆Doraemons: Goal! Goal! Goal!!
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The Doraemons, a group of culturally different versions of the Doraemon, gather to play a game of soccer.

(Source: ANN)

Kids Fantasy Sports Comedy Sci-Fi Shounen
Tokyo Mew Mew
Tokyo Mew Mew
Mew Mew Power
spring 2002
tv - 52 Episodes Available

Ichigo Momomiya expected her date with her crush, Masaya Aoyama, to have a more romantic ending than her falling asleep after she sees a vision of a cat entering her body. Things get even stranger when, the next day, she begins displaying cat-like behaviors such as an intense craving for fish. When Masaya is attacked by a monster, she discovers that she is able to transform into the cat-eared magical girl, Mew Ichigo.

After she saves Masaya, two researchers named Ryou Shirogane and Keiichiro Akasaka approach her and reveal they had injected her with Iriomote Cat DNA in order to create a magical girl that can save the world from aliens. Ichigo is tasked with fighting these monsters, but saving the world proves to be just too much for Ichigo to handle by herself. Fortunately, she learns that there are four other girls just like her, and now, Ichigo must find them quickly before the aliens completely take over the planet.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Sci-Fi Comedy Magic Romance Fantasy Shoujo
Tokyo Underground
spring 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Under the capital city of Tokyo, Japan, there exists a large, vast, and unknown world known as Underground. There, people known as Elemental Users exist; people who have the ability to control the elements: Fire, Water, Lightning, Magnetism, Freeze, etc. Meet Rumina Asagi and his best friend Ginnosuke Isuzu, two average high school freshmen who reside in Tokyo. When they meet Gravity User, Chelsea Rorec, and the Miko of Life, Ruri Sarasa, their whole lives change into one big adventure.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Romance Sci-Fi Shounen Super Power
Trava: Fist Planet
spring 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Ace pilot Trava and his personal mechanic buddy Shinkai, on their way to mark an out-of-the-way planet, pick up Mikuru, a girl with no memory. The three are about to discover that the planet is more than it seems.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Mecha Sci-Fi Space
WXIII Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor
WXIII Kidou Keisatsu Patlabor
Patlabor Movie 3: WXIII
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

When the level of Labor accidents begin to escalate around Tokyo Bay, police detectives Kusumi and Hata are assigned to investigate. What they discover leads to a series of government cover-ups, conspiracy concerning a new biological weapon entitled WXIII-Wasted Thirteen and a tragic, personal connection to Hata. The only hope to stop this threat is to cooperate with the military and lead WXIII into a showdown with the Labors of Special Vehicle Division 2.

(Source: ANN)

Sci-Fi Police Mecha
Wagamama☆Fairy Mirumo de Pon!
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Kaede is a cheerful and energetic eighth grader. When it comes to boys, however, she is hopelessly shy.

One day, on her way home from school, Kaede walks into a mysterious shop and buys a colorful cocoa mug. When she reaches home, she casually peeks into the bottom of the mug and discovers an engraved note, which says, "If you read this message aloud while pouring hot cocoa into the mug, a love fairy ("muglox") will appear and grant your every wish." The skeptical but curious Kaede follows the directions and announces her wish to date Yuuki, the class heartthrob. Suddenly, the adorable blue Mirumo appears! We soon find out, however, that this cute little muglox would rather eat chocolate and create mischief than help Kaede.

Mirumo, it seems, is prince of the muglox world. Horrified at the prospect of having to marry Rirumu, his princess bride-to-be, Mirumo has escaped the muglox world. Hot on his heels, however, are Rirumu, Yashichi the bounty hunter, and a cast of hundreds of muglox ranging from the good to the bad to the nutty. This gang of adorable troublemakers will see to it that school life for Kaede and her friends is never the same...

(Source: mirmo-zibang)

Kids Adventure Fantasy Magic Comedy Romance School Drama Shoujo
Whistle!
spring 2002
tv - 24 Episodes Available

Kazamatsuri Shou's dream has always been to become a professional soccer player, but he has one problem: he's not very good at the game. He was accepted to the prestigious Musashi no Mori Junior High, known for its top rate soccer team, but he was never able to rise beyond the rank of third stringer. After transferring to Sakura Jousui Junior High, he can finally play soccer. And, with the support of his new friends and teammates, his strong determination, and lots of hard work, his soccer skills are developing rapidly and setting Shou well on his way to achieving his dream.

(Source: ANN)

School Shounen Sports
Wild 7 Another Bouryaku Unga
spring 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

A big transatlantic ship, full of rich and important people for international business, has been taken by a group of terrorists. The only hope for their rescue is in the hands of a Japanese man known as Japa, but first, he must hire seven companions to help him, and together they will be the Wild Seven. The main plot occurs in the waters of Nicaragua's Canal.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Police Shounen
eX-Driver the Movie
spring 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

After winning domestic preliminary round, Lisa, Lorna, and Soichi advance to ex-Driver world race competition held in Los Angeles as representative team from Japan. Like a bad omen, they encountered a reckless AI car the first night they arrived at Los Angeles. Although they successfully stopped the car, the local police department is not very happy about that and insists to examine their car overnight.

However, the problem did not stop just there. The daughter of the United States team`s sponsor, Angela, has gone missing. Lorna realized that Angela was on the reckless AI car before. Soichi who guessed that Angel could be in danger then start looking for her. But Soichi got captured by a mysterious man, and he shocked to find Angela is also there.

During the confinement inside a warehouse, Soichi finds out that apparently there is a connection between the series of incident and illegal gambling on the ex-Driver world race competition. Now Soichi must escape from the warehouse with Angela...

(Source: AniDB)

Action Adventure Cars Comedy Sci-Fi Shounen
eX-Driver the Movie Specials
spring 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

Three short bonus shorts featured with the movie, featuring Lisa, Lorna and Souichi in events set just before where the movie takes off. These bonus shorts are done in comedic style, mainly with camera pans and zooms on still images.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Comedy
eX-Driver: Nina & Rei Danger Zone
spring 2002
ova - 1 Episodes Available

The story takes place on a world 100 years in the future, a few years before Lisa and Lorna joined eX-D organization. The world where people drives computer-controlled electrically powered "AI cars" which automatically take you where you want to go. However, one AI car mysteriously start to run amok. Now Nina and Rei, as the main driver for ex-D organization have to solve the mystery behind the AI car with evil plot and trap awaiting for them...

(Source: AniDB)

Action Sci-Fi Cars
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