summer 1988 Anime Season

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Ace wo Nerae! 2
6.74 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Three years has passed since the events of the first series. Hiromi continued training with her coach and became Japan's junior champion. Their common profits have also contributed to the coach being chosen as the first trainer of the Japanese Selection of Tennis and is arranged to head a trip with the youngest members of the team to USA. The relation between Hiromi and its trainer is narrower at personal level but it exceeds the teacher-student bond with great difficulty.

(Source: AniDB)

Drama Shoujo Sports
Akai Koudan Zillion: Utahime Yakyoku
Zillion: Burning Night
5.98 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

In the peaceful aftermath of the Nozsa wars, the charismatic heroes known as "The White Knights" have changed career paths to becoming music making rockstars. J.J., Dave, Champ and Apple have formed a rock band called, "The White Nuts". Their music career would soon be interrupted by a new threat of colonial settlers. Apple is kidnapped by the sadistic ODAMA Clan - a family of ruthless killers. Located in a heavily-fortified mountain retreat, J.J. and company attempt a rescue mission with their laser weapon Zillion. But the former Knights only have a limited supply of Zillium for the Zillion guns. A mysterious stranger named Rick turns out to be an old lover of Apple.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Sci-Fi Adventure
Akira
8.16 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government—stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads "the Capsules," a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals "the Clowns."

During one of these battles, Shoutarou's best friend Tetsuo Shima is caught up in an accident with an esper who finds himself in the streets of Tokyo after escaping confinement from a government institution. Through this encounter, Tetsuo begins to develop his own mysterious abilities, as the government seeks to quarantine this latest psychic in a desperate attempt to prevent him from unleashing the destructive power that could once again bring the city to its knees.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Military Sci-Fi Adventure Horror Supernatural Seinen
Antique Heart
5.65 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

There's an old decrepit building at the edge of the school grounds that hasn't been used for years, and it falls apart a little bit more each day. But the little house holds a secret, as Takahiro and his friends are soon to find out...they wind up making contact with a mysterious entity known as Saki. Can Takahiro save Saki's world from destruction.

(Source: ANN)

Magic Mystery School
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

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Action Adventure Kids
Type tv
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Based on Fujiko Fujio A's manga of the same name.

Kids Comedy
Dallyeola Hani
6.65 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Hany is a small tomboy and slightly troublesome teenager who lives life a bit carelessly on her own since her Father lives abroad due to work in the Middle East and her Mother died when she was very small. The only thing Hany is very good at is running~ fast! Hong Du-kke is a new track and field coach of her school and takes notice in her talent and gets her to train with him.

(Source: Cute in Korea)

Sports
Deimos no Hanayome: Ran no Kumikyoku
Bride of Deimos
5.77 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Two siblings were happy on Mt. Olympus, until they fell in love. Deimo's sister Venus got imprisoned in the Swamp of Death. To save Venus's life, he must find a human reincarnation so that they can continue their love.

(Source: ANN)

Mystery Horror Demons Psychological Supernatural Drama Magic Fantasy Shoujo
Type special
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Not available.

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Kids Shounen
Dragon Ball Movie 3: Makafushigi Daibouken
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
6.94 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Emperor Chiaotzu's wife has gone missing, and he is told by Master Shen that if he collects the seven dragon balls he can call upon the eternal dragon and wish for her return. Meanwhile, Goku and Krillin attend the World Martial Arts Tournament, which is hosted by the Emperor; Bora and his son Upa attempt to hide the dragon ball they found from the emperor's forces, which are under the control of the evil Shen and General Tao; and Bulma conducts her own search for the dragon balls with the help of Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong.

(Source: Written by page8701 from IMDB)

Action Adventure Comedy Fantasy Sci-Fi Shounen Super Power
Dragon Ball Specials
6.79 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Specials included with the original series.

Goku no Koutsuuanzen (Goku's Traffic Safety)
Goku is heading to West City to attend Bulma's birthday party, and on the way he ends up learning the rules for getting through traffic. The movie was for children to watch so it would teach them how to get across a pedestrian crossing.

Goku no Shouboutai (Goku's Fire Brigade)
An episode for kids where Goku and the others work for the Fire brigade and explain how avoid problems with fire.

Fantasy Comedy Super Power Shounen
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Based on Kaori Kimeki's fantasy manga in "Princess" magazine.

A first-episode preview of the then-upcoming OAV series. This was released theatrically on a double bill with the digest edition of the "Aim for the Ace 2" OAV series.

(Source: AniDB)

Adventure Fantasy
Hare Tokidoki Buta
Fair, then Partly Piggy
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Noriyasu seems like an average third-grader, but his life goes haywire after he catches his mother reading his private daily journal. In an effort to astonish her, he begins writing outlandish lies about a giant snake in the bathroom, cooking pencils for dinner, and a rain of pigs, but Noriyasu is the one who's shocked when his writings play out in reality and everyone else treats the events as normal. Things become even more chaotic when he takes several stabs at being a newspaperman, producing “fake news” that become the talk of the town and one resulting in an apocalyptic porcine holiday.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Kids
Kaze no Matasaburou
5.91 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

A foreign transfer student from the city arrives one day in a Japanese country town. Enchanted by his air of mystery, his classmates nickname him "Matasaburou the Wind Imp" after a local legend. Eventually they become friends and spend many days playing in the countryside. One windy day, Matasaburou returns to the city, leaving his classmates to speculate that he really was Matasaburou the Wind Imp and that he flew away on the wind.

Slice ofLife Kids Fantasy
Kyuuketsuhime Miyu
Vampire Princess Miyu
7.01 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

A quiet gothic horror story about a vampire girl, Miyu, whose destiny it is to hunt down murderous demons known as Shinma and return them to their land of origin, the Dark. Miyu is pursued by the Spiritualist Himiko, determined to find out who Miyu is and to stop her from sucking the life blood from helpless humans. Each of the four episodes chronicle one of Miyu's encounters with a Shinma and the humans that it is affecting, from the perspective of Himiko's pursuit of Miyu.

(Source: AniDB)

Action Horror Demons Drama Vampire Shoujo
Lemon Angel (1988/II)
5.83 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

The sequel of Lemon Angel (1988).

Ecchi
Natsufuku no Shoujo-tachi
6.05 / 10
MAL score
Type special
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

In 1945, the second and third-year students of a Hiroshima girls' school are taken away to work in war factories. The remaining 220 girls of the first year try to make the best of their new-found status as the only teenagers in an almost deserted town, even amid the deprivations of wartime. On the 7th of August, an American bomber changes their lives forever. Broadcast on the 43rd anniversary of Hiroshima in memory of "the girls who lost their lives to the atom bomb."

(Source: Anime Encyclopedia)

Drama Historical
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

In the middle of another break from school, A-Ko dreams of finding the perfect boyfriend. Because of this, she and C-Ko get into an argument that leads to C-Ko running away and nearly getting hit by a motorcyclist named Kei. While working part-time at a fast-food restaurant to raise money for a party dress, A-Ko meets Kei and immediately falls in love with him. B-Ko happens to like him as well; however, both A-Ko and B-Ko are unaware that C-Ko is the apple of Kei's eyes.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Mecha Sci-Fi Super Power
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Marg was deprived his little brother, Mars, by Zure, and lost his parents. Therefore, he was living alone on the planet, Gishin. He became a member of guerrilla to riot against the dictator Zure, and he fell in love with Ruru, the daughter of the leader, Ura. However, the organization was destroyed. He was trapped by Zure, and he was brainwashed to become a soldier. Then, his long cherished wish that he would meet his brother again was realized… as a duel with him.

Gaia, God Mars, and the Gishin robot Zeron receive redesigns although the OVA mostly focuses on an alternate telling of Marg's life on Gishin up until the events of episode 19.

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Action Sci-Fi Space Mecha
Saboten ga Nikui
5.44 / 10
MAL score
Type music
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

A dung beetle and a scorpion among others are taunted and teased by some cacti. A stop motion animation with song by Yamada Kuniko for NHK's Minna no Uta segment.

Music Comedy Kids
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Sun God Apollo the brother of Athena is here to take Athena back to heaven and taking over the sanctuary. He revived the deceased gold saints and use them and a few god saints as bodyguards. But Athena did not obey him, Apollo had no choice but send her to hell. On the otherhand, the bronze saints are on their way to save Athena.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Fantasy Sci-Fi Shounen
Sakigake!! Otokojuku Movie
Charge!! Men's Private School
6.71 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Otokojuku, a private school for juvenile delinquents that were previously expelled from normal schools. At this school, Japanese chivalry is taught through the feudal and military fundamentals. Similar to an action film, the classes are overwhelmed by violence. Only those who survive it become true men.
(Source: Animenfo)

Action Comedy Martial_Arts School Shounen
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

In 1945, American troops land on the island of Okinawa. The Japanese fight a guerrilla war against the invaders, and little Ryuko is forced to leave her grandparents behind and flee with her mother and younger sister, who are eventually killed. Ryuko heads on alone across the war-torn island. Eventually she reaches safety in Japanese-occupied caves, only to witness the Japanese troops committing suicide with hand grenades. Based on a children's book by Akira Aratagawa and Hikuji Norima, itself inspired by real American footage of an Okinawan girl, Tomiko Higa, waving a white flag at the island's surrender.

(Source: Anime Encyclopedia)

Drama
Tatakae!! Ramenman (Movie)
6.01 / 10
MAL score
Type movie
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Theatrical film of the anime series Tatakae!! Ramenman, based on the manga chapter "Strike the Darkness".

It was released in Japan on July 9, 1988 and is set sometime after the Mongol Tiger two-parter.

(Source: Kinnikuman Wiki)

Action Adventure Martial_Arts Shounen
Tekken Chinmi
Iron Fist Chinmi
7.31 / 10
MAL score
Type tv
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Chinmi is a young Chinese boy devoted to martial arts training. Word of his skill reaches the kung-fu masters at the famous Dailin temple who invite him to study with them. Through his own dedication and the guidance of his teachers, Chinmi becomes one of the top students at the temple. Eventually, the time comes for him to leave Dailin and make a pilgrimage. On his journey he faces a number of dangers that test his skills, but he also meets many people who inspire him in different ways. A chastened but determined Chinmi returns to Dailin for advanced training. But soon his skills are needed again—the Mongol hordes are nearing the temple.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Historical Martial_Arts Shounen
Ten Little Gall Force
6.26 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

A super deformed parody which depicts the "making of " Eternal Story and Destruction. A very humorous behind-the-scenes look (if "Gall Force" were a live-action series instead of being animated).

Cast and crew members run into severe and embarrassing difficulties as things do not turn out as they should; for example, Lufy totally drowns in embarrassment as she is object of a whole crowd of spectators while in the nude; the director's obsession with realistic filming causes some real high-voltage friction with Catty; and in the end, after the premiere, the girls end up in an ongoing on-stage tussle about which one is the most popular character.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Military Sci-Fi Space Comedy Parody Mecha
Tokyo Vice
The Tokyo Project
5.5 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

One night at a rock concert, a mysterious man dies while leaving a floppy disc with a member of the Rutz Detective Agency. Soon they realize the disk contains information about a deadly new weapon under development. The heroes become involved in a game of political subterfuge and military espionage, hot on the trail of the killer!

Action Mecha Mystery Sci-Fi
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

This science-fiction anime was inspired somewhat by the life of Kinshiro Toyama (1793-1855), who was first popularized in the 1893 kabuki play "Toyama no Kinsan."

Action Sci-Fi
Watt Poe to Bokura no Ohanashi
Watt Poe
6.26 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Jam lives in a small coastal village that lives off fish that men bring home every day. One day his grandfather tells him that in recent year the fishing has been scarce. The steel hawks who live nearby on the mountain have kidnapped Watt Poe, a narwhal who is said to be the great protector of the sea, thus depriving the fishermen of his blessing. The boy decides to climb the mountain with the intention of bringing Watt Poe back to the sea...

Adventure Sci-Fi
What's Michael? 2
6.07 / 10
MAL score
Type ova
Status finished
Season summer
Year 1988

Michael the orange tiger cat returns for another series of vignettes.

The sketches this time include a three-part send-up of The Fugitive, the famous 1960's TV show. Richard Kimble is now a veterinarian on the lam (lamb?), running from a false conviction for a murder committed by "a man with overbite." Despite the omnipresent danger, he must stoop and intervene whenever he sees a cat (always Michael) suffering; after treating the patient, he plays a trick on the cat and runs away. (He's a fugitive, after all.) Another sketch draws parallels between wandering husbands and wandering house cats, who seem to have similar proclivities. Two more point out what happens when a cat's instincts run up against the requirements of baseball or pro wrestling.

(Source: Orphan Fansubs)

Comedy
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