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.hack//Liminality
summer 2002
ova - 4 Episodes Available

While playing the newly released MMORPG "The World," Minase Mai and Tomonari Kasumi collapsed in the real world and were sent to the hospital after hearing a mysterious sound. Only Mai had recovered while her friend Kasumi had slipped into a mysterious coma. Mai is later approached by the creator of "The World," Tokuoka Junichiro, who unveils to her that, just like her friend, six other players across the country had also collapsed while playing "The World" and are now in mysterious comas. What exactly is "The World," what is this mysterious sound Mai keeps on hearing, and why are people slipping into comas from this game? Minase, Junichiro and their acquaintances set off to get to the bottom of this problem before any further harm happens.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Game Mystery Sci-Fi
Anime Tenchou
Anime Tenchou
Animation Store Manager
summer 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

This is the Animation Store Manager!!

Anime Tenchou is a CM character for Animate, one of Japan's biggest retailer of anime, games, and manga. The character series was created by Shimamoto Kazuhiko for publicity purposes. Later adapted into a manga, a weekly radio drama and this OVA animated by GAINAX and directed by Anno Hideaki.

Anizawa Meito is the blazing store manager. He is a fireball who loves animation merchandise at heart. He takes over the dying wish of the former store manager, though still alive, who was attacked by the rival store and becomes a “store manager” of newly opened animation goods specialty store, Animate. The scarlet, “store manager visor” is his trademark.

(Source: AniDB)

Action Parody
Armitage III: Dual-Matrix
summer 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

A few years after they first met, Naomi Armitage and Ross Syllabus have started a family. Despite their normal lives, they must keep their identities a secret because many people believe that Robots do not deserve equal status with humans. Ross has an opportunity to abolish these ideas on Earth through a vote, but organizations in the shadows are working so that it doesn't happen.

(Source: ANN)

Action Sci-Fi Adventure Mecha
Asagiri no Miko
Asagiri no Miko
Shrine of the Morning Mist
summer 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Since childhood, Tadahiro Amatsu has two different-colored eyes - one brown and one light hazel. But because of a dark secret behind his left eye, he's become a target for the masked sorcerer Ayatara Miramune and his band of demons. To combat the demons appearing all over town, Yuzu Hieda, a priestess in training, recruits four other girls from her high school. Under the supervision of Yuzu's elder sister Kurako, the five young priestesses must undergo months of training to master their abilities.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy Supernatural Fantasy Seinen
Bakuten Shoot Beyblade the Movie: Gekitou!! Takao vs. Daichi
Bakuten Shoot Beyblade the Movie: Gekitou!! Takao vs. Daichi
Beyblade the Movie: Decisive Battle! Takao VS Daichi
summer 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

The Bladebreakers are on a well deserved vacation. But, a hyperactive kid named Daichi continues to pursue Tyson for a rematch after his defeat in the Beyblade World Championships. The Bladebreakers' vacation eventually takes a turn for the worst once they encounter mysterious Beybladers who claim to be the Dark Spirits sealed inside a strange temple. With Daichi under their control, the Shadow Bladers seek to destroy the world with their Dark BitBeasts. Together, Tyson, Max, Ray, and Kai must save not only Daichi... but the world as well...

(Source: ANN)

Action Sci-Fi Adventure Comedy Sports Shounen
Bonobono: Kumomo no Ki no Koto
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The second theatrical Bonobono movie, done completely in 3D.

Drama
Densha Kamo Shirenai
The Evening Traveling
summer 2002
music - 0 Episodes Available

Black-and-white music video for the song "Densha Kamo Shirenai" by a Japanese folk band Tama (たま). Directed by Akino Kondoh.

Music
Di Gi Charat: Kuchi Kara Bazooka
summer 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

Piyoko and her villainous friends plot for a way to use the mouth rocket to beat Dejiko's laser eyes.

Comedy
Digimon Frontier: Ornismon Fukkatsu!!
Digimon Frontier: Ornismon Fukkatsu!!
Digimon Frontier: Island of Lost Digimon
summer 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

The five digi-destined children stumble upon an ancient island inhabited by two different types of digimon; The Beast types, and the Human types. When they see two young digimon-a beast and humanoid-have become friends, they decide something must be done about the feud.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy Shounen
Dragon Drive
summer 2002
tv - 38 Episodes Available

If there's one word to describe Reiji Ozora, it would be "quitter." He can never find the motivation to finish anything, and loses interest at the drop of a hat. This all changes when his best friend Maiko introduces him to the new game "Dragon Drive."

In this virtual reality game, each player is assigned a dragon tailored to match their personality and strength. Reiji hopes for a big, strong, scary beast, but instead, he is stuck with Chibi, a cute, friendly-looking dragon smaller than he is. How disappointing—except it turns out that Chibi is the rarest dragon of them all!

Reiji finally discovers something he can remain interested in, and works hard to train both himself and his newfound friend. Soon this training will be put to use to save the world, for there are people who have dark aspirations for Dragon Drive!

Action Sci-Fi Adventure Comedy Fantasy School Shounen
Fortune Dogs
summer 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

A French Bulldog is adopted from the Happy Kennel by a girl named Ai and is given the name Alex. She tells him stories and reads to him from a book titled The Adventures of Freddy about dog who leaves home to find the Fortune Tree.

However, he is separated from Ai when he mistakenly follows a girl wearing the same clothes as Ai on a bus. Adopting the name Freddy, after the hero in Ai's storybook, Alex begins his quest to return to Ai. But before he can return to his owner, Freddy and his new friends must find the Fortune Tree and save it from dying, otherwise all the humans in the world will lose their good will and no longer care about their pets.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Adventure
Futari Ecchi
Futari Ecchi
Step Up Love Story
summer 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Makoto and Yura Onoda are a newly-wed couple with zero sexual experience. Yura is a shy and naive 25-year-old woman whose good looks grab men's attention, something that she dislikes because she gets embarrassed very easily. Her husband Makoto is of the same age, but as opposed to his wife, he loves having dirty thoughts about other women. Physically though, Makoto is truly faithful to Yura.

Both of them may be virgins, but now that they are married, they are ready to dive into the world of sex, "practicing" as often as possible. However, the world of sex is complex, so they need all the help they can get to find their way through it. Thankfully, their friends, acquaintances, and porn media lend them a helping hand.

Comedy Ecchi Romance Seinen Slice ofLife
G-On Riders
summer 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

At Saint Hoshikawa School there is a secret group called the G-On Riders. Students with superior strength and ability are chosen to be in the group, which was formed to fight against alien attacks on the earth. However, many of the problems that the members face are ones amongst themselves, and the same is true for the invaders. And another student at the school, Ichiro, tries desperately to confess his love to Yuki, one of the Riders.

(Source: ANN)

Action Sci-Fi Comedy School
Gaia Getter A-kun
summer 2002
ona - 0 Episodes Available

Far away from our solar system there is a 3rd planet of another called Mangana. A Queen rules it with an iron fist. The first Prince, A-kun, is nothing but naughty kid and so the Queen gives him the task of invading Earth to prove his worth. A-kun comes in tow with his semi-forced attendants and hijinks ensue.

Comedy Kids Sci-Fi Space
Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo: Kaizabaan no Chousen
Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo: Kaizabaan no Chousen
Crush Gear Turbo The Movie - Kaiservern's Ultimate Challenge
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The very first Gear even made in the world is stolen. The gear, named Kaiservern, beats the prize winners of the Australia convention one after another. Kouya and Manganji, which won a prize in the Asia Convention, become targets too. When the unidentified gear fighter who handles Kaiservern appears in front of Kouya and Manganji, the two boys decide to fight together to win victory over their enemy.

(Source: Sunrise)

Shounen Sports
Ginga Tetsudou 999 for Planetarium
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The movie was screened in several Planetariums in Japan and followed the adventures of Tetsuro, Maetel and a bunch of new characters like Nanami Yuma.

Adventure Space Drama Sci-Fi
Guilstein
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The theatrical anime film is a full digital (3-D) action/horror film based on a manga by Tamaki Hisao, best known to Western fans for his manga adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope. Characters were designed by Yasushi Nirasawa, a well acclaimed maker of creature action figures. Monkey Punch (Lupin III creator) served as the film's script superviser. Set in the year 2088, it depicts a dark future in which humans have been transformed into the "Guilstein," creatures with no human souls in them...

(Source: AniDB)

Action Horror Sci-Fi
Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Deluxe
summer 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

After the events in the city, Haré and family come back to the Jungle. But it is never calm for Haré as he first must deal with an unstable substitute teacher, then with some big news: Weda is pregnant. The answer to how and who will change his family forever. Poor Haré, now has to deal with a father in addition to his drunk mother and Guu, and soon a sibling too.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Slice ofLife
Ki-Fighter Taerang
Ki-Fighter Taerang
Ki Fighter
summer 2002
tv - 0 Episodes Available

The Grand Evil was sealed in a cave behind an energized shield. But now, thousand years have passed and he is about to regain his former power to break away free from the shield. In order to prevent this disaster, the Elders of Fantasia have to take measure to keep the radioactive power in the shield. They send out nymph warriors to find and fetch Ki-fighter cocoons hidden somewhere in the word.

During the mission, the nymphs come across with TaeRang, the Ki-Fighter, our heroic kid. He turns out to be the one who has a power to defeat of the Grand Evil, TaeRang sets on his way to find other weak creatures and their villages that are endangered by the unjust evil power. TeaRang is the one wise and brave kid to set it all to justice.

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Kids
Kinnikuman II Sei: Muscle Ninjin Soudatsu sen! Choujin Daisensou
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

In order to save a princess, Mantarou (Kid Muscle) and the gang must find a special ginseng. They are later joined by Kevin Mask.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Comedy Drama Romance Martial_Arts Samurai
summer 2002
music - 0 Episodes Available

Song by Mio Isayama with Kiyoshi Nakajima illustaration. A part of NHK's Minna no Uta.

Music Kids Fantasy
Lupin III: Episode 0 "First Contact"
Lupin III: Episode 0 "First Contact"
Lupin III Episode 0: The First Contact
summer 2002
special - 1 Episodes Available

Jigen tells the story of the gang's first meeting. Jigen, still a member of the Mafia, is hired to protect an ancient artifact - one that Lupin and Fujiko are both trying to steal. Meanwhile, Inspector Zenigata, then of the Japanese police force, has come to the U.S. on Fujiko's trail, and Ishikawa Goemon is searching for the lost treasure of his clan.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Mystery Comedy Seinen
Macross XX
summer 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

A showcase of Macross variable fighters in action, from the VF-1 Valkyrie to the YF-19 and YF-21 - as animated in 3D by Gonzo.

Action Mecha
Maou Dante
Maou Dante
Demon Lord Dante
summer 2002
tv - 14 Episodes Available

While sleeping one night, Ryo Utsugi had a nightmare of monsters attacking him. One day he learns a mysterious power to let him hear voices and have visions of girls getting killed, but one night he hears the same voice.

(Source: ANN)

Action Demons Horror Shounen Supernatural
Neko no Ongaeshi
Neko no Ongaeshi
The Cat Returns
summer 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Haru Yoshioka is your ordinary high school girl who has trouble making decisions for herself. One day, she spots a strange cat crossing the road with a small present... and a truck headed straight for it! Haru doesn't even stop to think before jumping in front of the truck and getting them both to safety.

This one selfless act initiates a chain of events that sends Haru on an epic adventure. The cat she saved turns out to be no ordinary feline, but Lune, Prince of the Cats. In honor of her bravery and for saving his life, he offers to marry her. Haru mutters a reply which is taken to be a "yes," and for better or for worse, her fate is sealed.

Alongside her cat companions Muta and the Baron, she's aided from above by a raven named Toto, and must travel to the cat world in order to rectify this misunderstanding. Her journey is tougher than it seems: If she cannot escape from the claws of the King of the Cats and find her true self, she will be turned into a cat forever.

Haru may start off as an everyday girl, but after her descent into the world of cats, she returns a different beast entirely.

Adventure Drama Fantasy
Nurse Witch Komugi-chan Magikarte
summer 2002
ova - 5 Episodes Available

Ungrar, the King of Viruses, has escaped from his prison cell in Vaccine World. Maya, the Goddess of Vaccine World sends Mugimaru down to Earth to find a human to accept the powers of Vaccine World and become the Magical Nurse. He finds the best (and the only willing) person for the job when he meets Komugi Nakahara. Komugi is a playful, lazy, and easily distracted (typical) teenager whose dream is to become a cosplay idol. Balancing her career with the Kiri-Pro Promotion Company and her new job battling Ungrar's loyal henchman, the Magical Maid Koyori, Komugi delights audiences in this parody anime series.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Magic Parody
Pokemon Movie 05: Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Latias to Latios
summer 2002
movie - 1 Episodes Available

As they continue their journey through the Johto region, Satoshi and his friends visit Altomare, an island city that hosts an annual racing event called the Pokémon Water Race. While Takeshi and Kasumi are enjoying themselves, strange things seem to be happening to Satoshi—he somehow loses the water race, sees some women attack a girl with their Pokémon, and despite them saving her, the girl later denies ever seeing Satoshi and Pikachu before!

Fortunately for Satoshi, his confusion clears up as he learns that the girl he and Pikachu saved earlier was actually a Pokémon named Latias, who likes to disguise herself as her human friend, Kanon. Latias and another Pokémon, Latios, are known as the Eon Pokémon, as they inhabit and guard Altomare along with a mystical blue sphere called the Soul Dew. An ancient legend of Altomare is highly connected to the Eon Pokémon and the Soul Dew, and is well known among the locals—as well as among Latias' earlier assailants, the thief sisters Zanner and Lyon. As the thieves attempt to capture both the Eon Pokémon and the Soul Dew, Satoshi is forced to act in order to stop them from bringing disaster to Altomare.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy Kids
Pokemon: Pika Pika Hoshizora Camp
Pokemon: Pika Pika Hoshizora Camp
Pokemon: Camp Pikachu
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Pikachu and some of the other pokemon camp out in the woods and help the Pichu brothers get on the train.

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Kids
Princess Tutu
summer 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

In a fairy tale come to life, the clumsy, sweet, and gentle Ahiru (Japanese for "duck") seems like an unlikely protagonist. In reality, Ahiru is just as magical as the talking cats and crocodiles that inhabit her town—for Ahiru really is a duck! Transformed by the mysterious Drosselmeyer into a human girl, Ahiru soon learns the reason for her existence. Using her magical egg-shaped pendant, Ahiru can transform into Princess Tutu—a beautiful and talented ballet dancer whose dances relieve people of the turmoil in their hearts. With her newfound ability, Ahiru accepts the challenge of collecting the lost shards of her prince's heart, for long ago he had shattered it in order to seal an evil raven away for all eternity.

Princess Tutu is a tale of heroes and their struggle against fate. Their beliefs, their feelings, and ultimately their actions will determine whether this fairy tale can reach its "happily ever after."

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Drama Fantasy Magic Mystery Romance
Rikujou Bouei-tai Mao-chan
Rikujou Bouei-tai Mao-chan
Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan
summer 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Mao Onigawara is a happy 8-year-old grade-schooler and the granddaughter of Chief of Staff of Ground Defense Force. Equipped with her cloverleaf-shaped badge which enables her to transform (but gives her no special power whatsoever), Mao and her best friends (granddaughters of Chief of Staff of Air and Marine Defense Force, respectively) will defend Japan against the invasion from "cute aliens," who are way too cute to be dealt with by regular armed forces.

(Source: ANN)

Comedy Kids Magic Military Sci-Fi
Saishuu Heiki Kanojo
Saishuu Heiki Kanojo
She, The Ultimate Weapon
summer 2002
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Shuuji and Chise are third year students at a high school in Hokkaido. The shy Chise is finally confessing to Shuuji, and finally the two of them are starting to exchange diary awkwardly. One day, Shuuji tries to escape from a sudden enemy air raid on Sapporo. While desperately escaping from the air raid, Shuuji sees a scene that he could not forget for his life. He sees Chise, with a huge weapon looking as if it was part of her hand, shooting the enemy fighters down one by one. Apparently, Chise is the ultimate weapon with destructive power which is important for the war.

(Source: AniDB)

Military Sci-Fi Drama Romance School
Samurai Deeper Kyou
Samurai Deeper Kyou
Samurai Deeper Kyo
summer 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

In the year 1600, at the fog-covered battlefield of Sekigahara, a fierce battle was waged by two exemplary swordsmen. One was Kyoushirou Mibu, a skilled and noble warrior in possession of the unique powers of the Mibu Clan. The other was the thousand-man slayer, with eyes and hair the color of blood, "Demon Eyes" Kyou. Their legendary clash was cut short when a meteor from the heavens fell down upon that battlefield, leaving both to vanish in its wake.

Samurai Deeper Kyou begins four years after that battle, when a gun-wielding bounty hunter by the name of Yuya Shiina hunts down Kyoushirou—now a perverted, traveling medicine-man who has built up a large debt. On her way to claim his bounty, they are attacked by an inhuman monster that seeks to devour Kyoushirou. This encounter awakens "Demon Eyes" Kyou, whose mind has been trapped inside of Kyoushirou's body ever since that fateful battle. Thus begins a grand tale of legendary two swordsmen and the discovery of their secrets.

Adventure Comedy Historical Supernatural Samurai Shounen
Sentou Yousei Yukikaze
summer 2002
ova - 5 Episodes Available

This full 3DCG digital animation has story takes place in the far future after a pillar of huge fog appeared suddenly in the South Pole. This pillar, known as Jam, is actually a passage for an earth invasion.

In order to oppose the threat, the United Nations established an earth defense mechanism. Fukai Zero is a hero registered to the main force of earth defense and the special 5th flight squadron. His reconnaissance plane, Yukikaze (windblown snow) is the best tactical reconnaissance plane. His job is to collect battle information return safely to the base with the information. But one day when he about to finish his duty, an unidentified machine attacked him...

(Source: AnimeNfo)

Action Drama Military Psychological Sci-Fi Space
Sore Ike! Anpanman: Roll to Laura Ukigumojou no Himitsu
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

14th Anpanman movie.

Kids Fantasy Comedy
Sore Ike! Anpanman: Tekka no Maki-chan to Kin no Kamameshidon
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

14th Anpanman short movie.

Adventure Kids
Tenshi na Konamaiki Specials
Tenshi na Konamaiki Specials
Cheeky Angel DVD Specials
summer 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

Short DVD extras that feature Megu in various costumes and poses.

Shounen
UFO Princess Valkyrie
UFO Princess Valkyrie
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie
summer 2002
tv - 32 Episodes Available

UFO Princess Warukyure, aka UFO Princess Walkyrie is about a princess from outer space who accidentally crashes on earth, where Kazuto desperately tries to maintain the public bath of his grandfather. Due to circumstances, Kazuto receives part of princess Walkyrie's soul which forces her to stay there with him. But that's not the only problem ... because her soul lost strength, the princess transforms both mentally and physically into a little kid!

(Source: AniDB)

Comedy Ecchi Magic Sci-Fi
Ultra Maniac OVA
summer 2002
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Ayu Tateishi is a popular second-year student at her middle school admired for being calm, cool, and collected. But this carefully preserved image was all crafted to catch the eye of her crush Tetsushi Kaji, who once complimented her for those qualities. Studying, playing tennis, and finding chances to speak with Tetsushi are all that are on Ayu's mind—until the day she finds a mini-computer underneath a bench.

After returning the item to Nina Sakura, a girl who was searching for a lost item earlier, Ayu is chosen by Nina as a confidante for her secret. When the school's two tennis teams have a dispute regarding use of the courts, Ayu is forced to settle the matter by playing against Hiroki Tsujiai, the captain of the boys' team and Tetsushi's best friend. While dreading the prospect of losing and embarrassing herself, Ayu is approached by Nina, who is revealed to be a witch who came to Earth after failing to graduate from the Magic Kingdom's middle school. Wanting to help Ayu win the match, Nina imbues a piece of chocolate with a spell that just might come in handy...

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Magic Romance School
Umigame to Shounen
summer 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

The first film in Shin-Ei's series of annual WWII themed anime television movies for children "Sensou Douwa" (war story).

(Source: AniDB)

Drama Historical
Witch Hunter Robin
summer 2002
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J's witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.

(Source: ANN)

Action Magic Police Supernatural Drama Mystery
Xevious
summer 2002
movie - 0 Episodes Available

In the year 2150 A.D. space pilot Takeru and human computer Martha come across a giant ship which contains two mechanical beings called Sara and Ru Mi. They warn Takeru and Martha of the Gump, an alien race that is heading to Earth so that it can take over the planet. With only 40 mintues remaining until Earth's invasion, Takeru enters the Solvalou, a combat aircraft, and heads to the Gump's base on the planet Andoa.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Sci-Fi Space
Young Herlock wo Oe! Cosmo Warrior Zero Gaiden
summer 2002
special - 0 Episodes Available

Sequel to Cosmo Warrior Zero.

Military Sci-Fi Adventure Space Drama
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