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Akiba-chan
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Akiba-chan focuses on the daily life of Akiba-chan and four fellow TV and game fans in the Maison de Akiba apartments. Buildup Entertainment (Gundam: Mission To The Rise, Macross Plus) produced the computer animation with director Junya Kabe (Specter, D) and character designer Poyoyon Rock (Nurse Witch Komugi, Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko).

(Source: yukianimereviews.com)

Comedy Kids Slice ofLife
Arcade Gamer Fubuki Extra
summer 2008
special - 1 Episodes Available

It's time for fun at the beach! Check out all the girls from Arcade Gamer Fubuki in their swimsuits.

Action Ecchi Parody Adventure Game Comedy School
Aria the Origination: Sono Choppiri Himitsu no Basho ni...
summer 2008
special - 13 Episodes Available

Special episode based on manga Navigation 39 entitled "The Secret Place". Its action takes place between episodes 5 and 6 of Aria the Origination.

Akari and President Aria take a walk in the eastern part of Neo-Venezia. The are spotted by Akatsuki, who follows them to try to greet Akari. They eventually end up at St Mark's Basilica, where Akari has a secret place, which is discovered by Akatsuki, Aika, and Alice.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Slice ofLife Comedy Shounen
Batman: Gotham Knight
summer 2008
ova - 1 Episodes Available

Anime-inspired direct-to-DVD anthology film. Comprised of six short stories, from diverse creators, including Academy Award-nominated Josh Olsen (A History of Violence), Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer, and comics scribe Brian Azzarello. It's planned for a release window of two to four weeks prior to the release of The Dark Knight, and would bridge the gap between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

(Source: IMDB)

Action Adventure Martial_Arts
summer 2008
music - 0 Episodes Available

The official music video that eventually spawned the entire Black Rock Shooter franchise. Inspired by the first official illustration by huke, the song was composed by ryo of supercell, illustrated by huke and sung by Hatsune Miku, Vocaloid's main character.

Action Music
Blade of the Immortal
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Manji is an amoral swordsman, who has been cursed with eternal life. He has grown tired of living with all the death he has created. He has no skills other then those of killing, thus he forms a plan to regain his mortality: he shall kill one hundred evil men for each good one he has killed. The old witch who afflicted Manji with immortality agrees to Manji's proposition and Manji is set on his path to kill one thousand evil men. On his journey he meets a young girl, Rin, who has her own vengeance to seek against the sword school whose members slaughtered Rin's family. Rin and Manji journey together, each hoping to find some kind of peace. In their way are many varied enemies. Rin and Manji are almost constantly under attack and must learn to live their lives, avoiding being consumed by revenge.

(Source: ANN)

Action Adventure Historical Samurai Supernatural
Blassreiter: Navi
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

This special aired between episodes 11 and 12 and recaps the events of the first eleven episodes.

Action Sci-Fi
Bounen no Xamdou
Bounen no Xamdou
Xam'd: Lost Memories
summer 2008
ona - 26 Episodes Available

Sentan Island is a small island surrounded by the Yuden Sea. It exists in a state of dreamlike tranquility, cut off from the war between the Northern Government and the Southern Continent Free Zone. Our hero, Akiyuki Takehara, lives on Sentain Island along with his mother Fusa. He is currently separated from his father, the town doctor Ryuzo, but the bond between father and son remains. One day, after taking Ryuzo the lunch that Fusa has made for him as usual, Akiyuki arrives at school, where he is caught up in an explosion along with his friends, Haru and Furuichi. The explosion produces a mysterious light, which enters Akiyuki's arm, causing him excruciating pain. He's given no time to understand it, however, as the white-haired girl who rode on the bus with him guides him to a power unlike anything he's ever known.

Action Military Sci-Fi
Candy Boy Episode: EX01 - Mirai Yohouzu
summer 2008
ova - 1 Episodes Available

A dvd only prequel to the Candy Boy series. Twin sisters, Yukino and Kanade Sakurai, move to a new school in the big city of Tokyo but not everything is quite like they expected.

School Shoujo Ai Slice ofLife
Chocolate Underground
summer 2008
ona - 0 Episodes Available

Chocolate and other sweets have been banned thanks to the political reign of the Good For You Party, and the new laws are enforced strictly, with force if need be. Smudger and Huntley are two teen boys determined to eat chocolate again. They search out rumored chocolate bootleggers, eventually starting their own chocolate underground distribution.

Adventure Comedy Kids
Clannad: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, Tomoyo-hen
Clannad: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, Tomoyo-hen
Clannad: Another World, Tomoyo Chapter
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

Clannad: Mou Hitotsu no Sekai, Tomoyo-hen is set in an alternate reality where Tomoya Okazaki dates his junior, Tomoyo Sakagami.

Tomoyo has been elected to be the school's next Student Council President. This is great news as she can now work toward her goal of preventing the school's cherry blossom trees from being axed. Although Tomoya is ecstatic for her, given his reputation as a delinquent in school, his relationship with Tomoyo is making them the subject of gossip around the campus, which can potentially compromise her standing as Student Council President. The school community's disapproval of their relationship becomes more apparent when the Student Council's Vice-President and even the school's administration warn Tomoya to distance himself from Tomoyo.

With the bad atmosphere widening the rift between Tomoya and Tomoyo, will Tomoya succumb to societal pressure and do as they say, or will their love for each other rise above it all?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Drama Romance School Slice ofLife
Cobra The Animation: The Psycho-Gun
summer 2008
ova - 4 Episodes Available

When Utopia More discovers an ancient record that holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe, she becomes the target of the ruthless Gypsy Doc of the Pirate Guild. Utopia finds herself saved by the easy-going yet legendary space pirate, Cobra, whose custom made Psychogun makes him a force to be reckoned with. Together, the two of them attempt to stop Gypsy Doc (along with Cobra's revived arch-nemesis, Crystal Boy) and his efforts to steal the record and use its secrets to rule the universe.

Action Adventure Mecha Sci-Fi Space
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Omake Flash
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Omake Flash
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Extra Flash - Baba Theater Redux
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

9 flash anime specials included in the Code Geass R2 DVDs and BDs.

Parody
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Picture Drama
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Picture Drama
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Picture Dramas
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

Though it has been one year since the Black Rebellion failed, the battle lives on, as the Holy Empire of Britannia attempts to expand its power worldwide, and the Black Knights work to regain theirs.

As a newly instated Knight of Rounds, Suzaku Kururugi is an indispensable asset in battle, though he has yet to bear the full weight of his title. Among his opposition, C.C. and Kallen Stadtfeld strengthen their bond as they work together on crucial missions for the Black Knights. Interspersed throughout the drama are lighthearted, humorous moments, including the Ashford Academy Student Council’s handmade dress party and the Black Knights' pajama party.

Blending tragedy and comedy, Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 Picture Drama gives a behind-the-scenes look at the characters of its parent series, showcasing how they come to terms with their roles and each other.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Comedy Ecchi Slice ofLife
Detroit Metal City
Detroit Metal City
Detroit Metal City: The Animated Series
summer 2008
ova - 12 Episodes Available

Dominating the world of indie music, Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a popular death metal band known for its captivatingly dark and crude style. Its extravagant lead singer, Johannes Krauser II, is especially infamous as a demonic being who has risen from the fiery pits of hell itself in order to bring the world to its knees and lord over all mortals—or at least that's what he's publicized to be.

Unbeknownst to his many worshippers, Krauser II is just the alter ego of an average college graduate named Souichi Negishi. Although he is soft-spoken, peace-loving, and would rather listen to Swedish pop all day, he must participate in DMC's garish concerts in order to make ends meet. Detroit Metal City chronicles Negishi's hilarious misadventures as he attempts to juggle his hectic band life, a seemingly budding romance, and dealing with his incredibly obsessive and dedicated fans.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Music Comedy Seinen
Detroit Metal City: Birth of the Metal Devil
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

This is a special introductory episode of Detroit Metal City.

Parody Comedy Romance Music
Eve no Jikan
Eve no Jikan
Time of Eve
summer 2008
ona - 6 Episodes Available

In future Japan, in a time when android housekeepers have become commonplace, society strictly abides by the Three Laws of Robotics, which all androids must follow. Under the influence of the Robot Ethics Committee, androids are treated the same way as lesser technology, such as household appliances. However, a minority with an adoration for androids exists, categorized as "android-holics," and are shunned by the general public.

Rikuo Sakisaka was raised to accept society's precept about androids, and is perfectly aware that they are not human. That is, until the day he discovers a strange message buried within the activity logs of his household android, Sammy. This leads him to Eve no Jikan, a cafe with only one rule that its patrons must adhere to: there must be no distinction made between humans and androids. Curiosity drives Rikuo to learn more about the shop, and he attempts to unearth the reason behind Sammy's peculiar behavior.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Sci-Fi Slice ofLife
Feng Yun Jue
Feng Yun Jue
Storm Rider: Clash of the Evils
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

This is a sequel to the story featuring two legendary and adventurous characters, Wind & Cloud. The Sword Worship Villa, the world's top sword maker, witnessed the bloody execution of its people due to allegations of conspiring to start a rebellion. The young master of the villa, Ao Jue, is the only survivor of the execution. In order to complete the “Jue” Sword, forged by generations of his family, Ao Jue swears to attack Tin Ha Wui and battle with Wind & Cloud in order to obtain the blood of the Flame Kylin which can unleash the power of the sword. With Wind's blood containing the blood of the Flame Kylin, he becomes the prime target in Ao Jue's plan of completing the sword.

Action Adventure Martial_Arts
Gake no Ue no Ponyo
summer 2008
movie - 1 Episodes Available

A goldfish sneaks away from home and floats off on the back of a jellyfish. After getting stuck in a glass jar, she drifts to the shore where she is freed by Sousuke, a five-year-old boy who lives with his mother Lisa in a house by the sea while his father Koichi works on a fishing boat. After healing a cut on Sousuke's finger by licking it, the goldfish is named Ponyo by her new friend.

Unknown to Sousuke, Ponyo already has a name and a family. Her father Fujimoto, a sorcerer who forsook his humanity to live underwater, searches frantically for his daughter Brunhilde. When found and captured, Ponyo rejects her birth name and declares that she wants to become a human. Using the power received from Sousuke's blood, she grows arms and legs and escapes to the surface once more. But the magic released into the ocean causes an imbalance in nature, causing the Moon to start falling out of orbit and the tides to grow dangerously stronger. Reunited with Ponyo, Sousuke must pass an ancient test to restore order in the world and let his companion live on as a human.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Adventure Fantasy
Gegege no Kitarou: Youkai Japan Rally 3D
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Not available.

Adventure Fantasy Cars Supernatural
Geunyeoneun Yeppeotda
Geunyeoneun Yeppeotda
Life is Cool
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Three thirty-something friends meet each other for the first time in ten years. But when one of them goes on a blind date with a gorgeous girl, things become quite complicated.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Comedy Drama Romance
Hidamari Sketch Recap
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

Recap of Hidamari Sketch series included on the limited edition DVD ""Hidamari Sketch Fan Disc / Mousugu! Hidamari Sketch x 365".

Slice ofLife Comedy School
Hidamari Sketch x 365
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

After passing her entrance exam, Yuno enrolls at Yamabuki High School as part of an art degree. She stays at the Hidamari Apartments along with best friend Miyako, and seniors Hiro and Sae. Each episode follows a day in her life as she mingles with her friends, close peers, overly hyper teachers and closely follows the mundane lives of the high school girls.

(Source: ANN)

Slice ofLife Comedy School Seinen
Ikkitousen: Great Guardians
summer 2008
tv - 12 Episodes Available

Hakufu's dreams of participating in new fights and tournaments are put on hold as new obstacles block her path. Her friends have lost faith in her, new enemies appear, and a younger sister she never knew existed suddenly shows up on her doorstep. If Hakufu ever hopes to compete worldwide, she's going to have to deal with her issues at home first.

(Source: FUNimation)

Action Ecchi Martial_Arts School Super Power
Indie Anibox: Selma Danbaekjil Coffee
Indie Anibox: Selma Danbaekjil Coffee
Indie Anibox: Selma's Protein Coffee
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The 2008 animated omnibus Indie Anibox: Selma's Protein Coffee consists of three inventive short films from up-and-coming directors. Kim Woon Ki's kooky mystery thriller "Wanted" is set in a peaceful village suddenly disrupted by heavy rainfall and the appearance of a strange old woman named Selma. Yeon Sang Ho's 3-D animation "Love is Protein" is an inventive black comedy about three poor roommates who break their piggy banks to order fried chicken - only to discover their prospective meal is the son of a weeping chicken. Jang Hyung Yoon's surreal "A Coffee Vending Machine and Its Sword" follows a swordsman who reincarnates as a coffee vending machine and falls in love at first sight with the maintenance girl.

(Source: YesAsia)

Comedy Drama Romance Samurai Sci-Fi
InuYasha (TV): Kuroi Tessaiga
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

A 30-minute Inuyasha feature titled Kuroi Tessaiga screened on Takahashi Rumiko's picture exhibitions across Japan.

In January 2010, this special ended up, slightly edited, as episode 15 of Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen.

Adventure Comedy Demons Supernatural Magic Romance Fantasy Shounen
It's a Rumic World: 50th Anniversary Weekly★Shonen Sunday
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

The characters from Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, and Inuyasha all gather together in a short crossover to introduce the 50th Anniversary Weekly Shonen Sunday "Rumic World" Museum opening, celebrating Rumiko Takahashi's manga work.

Comedy Sci-Fi
summer 2008
music - 0 Episodes Available

A famous music video tells a sentimental story of a small group of gangsters in China, and their growth from childhood to their mid-age.

Music
Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel
summer 2008
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Haruka Minazuki and Aoi Kannazuki are freshman high school students and best friends. During the day they help with school activities but at night they thwart enemies like Black Auction and other villains as Red Angel and Blue Angel, the Twin Angel team.

Magic
Kakinoki Mokkii
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

A persimmon tree wants to grow more fruit and a crow wants to get over his fear of flying. They end up working together to achieve what the both want.

Fantasy Kids
Kanokon Specials
summer 2008
special - 12 Episodes Available

Uncensored 2-minute DVD Specials of Kanokon.

Ecchi
Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen
the Garden of sinners Chapter 5: Paradox Paradigm
summer 2008
movie - 1 Episodes Available

In November 1998, a double homicide occurs at the newly constructed Ogawa apartment complex in the heart of Mifune City. The murderer, Tomoe Enjou, has fled in a panic. To his astonishment, he is not pursued by the police and news of the incident has not been reported through media outlets. After Shiki Ryougi defends Tomoe from a group of thugs, she allows him to use her residence as a hideout. However, a few days later, Tomoe is shaken to discover that his mother is alive, even though he is convinced that he killed her.

Coincidentally, Mikiya Kokutou is investigating a tip that his associate Touko Aozaki receives regarding the murder at the unique apartment complex. As he uncovers more information about the incident, Mikiya takes a particular interest in Tomoe. Deciding to investigate him further, Mikiya soon discovers the disturbing truth of the foreboding Ogawa complex.

The fifth installment of the Kara no Kyoukai film series, Mujun Rasen combines an intricately constructed mystery with established themes and characters to produce a dark, thought-provoking story.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Kiku-chan to Ookami
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

"Kiku-chan to Okami" is an adaptation of "Grave of the Fireflies" author Akiyuki Nosaka’s short story "Toshi-Oi Mesu-Okami to Onna no Ko no Hanashi" (The Story of the Old Mother Wolf and the Girl), which follows a girl and the wolf in the fields of WWII Manchuria who watches over her like a mother.

(Source: AniDB)

Adventure Historical
KimiKiss Pure Rouge: Love Fighter
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

DVD only episode entitled 'love fighter'. It features the whole cast but focuses on Megumi Kuryuu.

Romance School
Kodomo no Jikan Recap
summer 2008
ova - 0 Episodes Available

A 86-minute DVD episode that includes an uncensored summary of the original TV series.

Comedy Ecchi School
Koihime†Musou
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

After witnessing the death of her family at the hands of bandits, Unchou Kan'u has devoted her life to protecting the innocent by exterminating any group of bandits she comes across. Over time, Kan'u's deeds become famous throughout the land—even if she herself remains unknown. During her travels, she runs across a young girl, Chouhi Yokutoku, whose parents suffered a similar fate as Kan'u's. Finding companionship through their similar pasts, the two girls take a vow of sisterhood and continue to wander the land, determined to bring peace to wherever their journey takes them.

During Kan'u and Chouhi's journey, they meet and travel with several people who are sympathetic to their cause, such as the noble Chouun Shiryuu, the headstrong Bachou Mouki, and the calculating Shokatsuryou Koumei. From problems with local lords to groups of ravaging bandits, Kan'u and her friends do what they can to make life a little easier for those in need, wherever they may be.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Adventure Historical Ecchi Martial_Arts Fantasy
Koukaku Kidoutai 2.0
Koukaku Kidoutai 2.0
Ghost in the Shell 2.0
summer 2008
movie - 1 Episodes Available

Mamoru Oshii's first Ghost in the Shell cyberspace film will return to five Japanese theaters in an enhanced Ghost in the Shell 2.0 edition on July 12. The new edition will include new computer graphics and digital effects for some scenes and a reunion of most of the cast members for a new 6.1 surround sound recording. Academy-Award-winning sound mixer/editor Randy Thom (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, The Incredibles, The Right Stuff) has overseen the new soundtrack with Kenji Kawai's original music and a final mix that has been produced at Thom and Lucas Digital's Skywalker Sound studio in California.

In the new edition, the enigmatic Puppet Master character will be played by Yoshiko Sakakibara (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence's Harraway, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex's Prime Minister Yoko Kayabuki). Iemasa Kayumi (Giant Robo's Chief Chuujou Shizuo, RahXephon's Ernst Von Bähbem) played the role in the original edition.

The film will screen in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. Not coincidentally, Oshii's latest film, The Sky Crawlers, will open one month after Ghost in the Shell 2.0 on August 2.

(Source: ANN)

Action Sci-Fi Police Psychological Mecha Seinen
Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night - Mahou no Lamp wa Akumu no Yokan
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

Lupin scores a "magic lamp" and finds it does hold a genie. However, the stroke of 7PM strikes, and that is the last thing he remembers. Finding himself in Singapore, Lupin must battle his way past the forces of Colonel Garlic and discover the secret behind the lamp. But every time the clock strikes 7PM, his memory is wiped clean! How can Lupin piece together this puzzle, when he can't even remember what he is doing?!

(Source: Lupin III Encyclopedia)

Action Adventure Mystery Comedy Seinen
Macross 25th Anniversary: All That VF Macross F Version
summer 2008
ona - 0 Episodes Available

Short movie about the Variable Fighters in Macross F.

Action Sci-Fi Mecha
Macross 25th Anniversary: All That VF Macross Zero Version
summer 2008
ona - 0 Episodes Available

Short movie about the Macross Zero Variable Fighters.

Action Sci-Fi Mecha
Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba
summer 2008
ova - 0 Episodes Available

OVA episodes that are bundled with the limited edition of the manga volumes 23-25. First episode to cover chapters 176 and 177 of the manga. Second episode to cover chapters 178-180. And third episode to cover chapters 182 and 183.

Adventure Harem Comedy Supernatural Magic Romance Ecchi Vampire Shounen
Mahoutsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto: Natsu no Sora
summer 2008
tv - 12 Episodes Available

Get ready for a second magical journey to the world of Someday's Dreamers, where spellcasting is a profession that requires both the proper training AND a license. It's to get that license and fulfill a promise made to her late father that young Sora Suzuki has made the long journey from her distant home in the countryside town of Biei to the big city of Tokyo. It's a daunting challenge, but she's got a little bit of talent, a charming personality and, most important of all, the promise of an internship! What she ISN'T expecting, though, is how different life in the city will be, especially the people themselves. While she gets along with the confident Asagi, Kuroda and the gentle Hiyori, she's completely confused with the mysterious boy Gouta. And yet, as a result of their internships they keep ending up in the same situations and slowly learning to understand more about each other than they ever imagined possible!

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)

Slice ofLife Drama Magic Romance Shounen
Mianhada Saranghanda
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

When hit KBS drama I'm Sorry, I Love You aired in 2004, it recorded high TV ratings, won the acclaim of critics, and quickly became one of the flagbearers of the Korean Wave. The tragic love story of Mu Hyeok (So Ji Sub of What Happened in Bali) and Eun Chae (Yim Soo Jung of Lump Sugar and I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK) made stars out of its leads and attracted an enormous fanbase throughout Asia. Two years later, G&G Entertainment released a 35-minute animated version of the drama, Between of One Year, consisting of highlights from the drama and new scenes dealing with the final moments of Eun Chae and Mu Hyeok's relationship. The script was supervised by the writer of the original live-action drama, Lee Kyung Hee.

Drama
Mission-E
summer 2008
tv - 10 Episodes Available

Chinami and her friends have formed an organization called OZ, with the financial backing of the Kujo Group. Their goal is to peacefully integrate people with Type-E abilities into society, and oppose the Foundation, an organization which seeks to capture and control Type-E users for their own mysterious purposes.

(Source: ANN)

Action Comedy School Sci-Fi
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Short episodes about Mofu☆Mofu, a little, soft, white alien, and its two friends, Meru and Miru.

Kids
Myself ; Yourself Specials
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

DVD specials featuring an animated music video to the full version of the opening song and an alternative animation to the ending song.

Drama Romance School
Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 2 - Kizuna
Naruto: Shippuuden Movie 2 - Kizuna
Naruto: Shippuden the Movie 2 -Bonds-
summer 2008
movie - 1 Episodes Available

A mysterious group of ninjas makes a surprise attack on the Konohagakure, which takes great damage. The nightmare of another Shinobi World War could become a reality. Sasuke, who left Konoha to kill his brother, Itachi, appears for the second time in front of Naruto at an unknown location to prevent it from coming to fruition.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Martial_Arts Shounen Supernatural
Natsume Yuujinchou
Natsume Yuujinchou
Natsume's Book of Friends
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

While most fifteen-year-old boys, in one way or another, harbor secrets that are related to girls, Takashi Natsume has a peculiar and terrifying secret involving youkai: for as long as he can remember, he has been constantly chased by these spirits. Natsume soon discovers that his deceased grandmother Reiko had passed on to him the Yuujinchou, or "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the spirits whom she brought under her control. Now in Natsume's possession, the book gives Reiko's grandson this power as well, which is why these enraged beings now haunt him in hopes of somehow attaining their freedom.

Without parents and a loving home, and constantly being hunted by hostile, merciless youkai, Natsume is looking for solace—a place where he belongs. However, his only companion is a self-proclaimed bodyguard named Madara. Fondly referred to as Nyanko-sensei, Madara is a mysterious, pint-sized feline spirit who has his own reasons for sticking with the boy.

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yuki Midorikawa, Natsume Yuujinchou is an unconventional and supernatural slice-of-life series that follows Natsume as he, with his infamous protector Madara, endeavors to free the spirits bound by his grandmother's contract.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Slice ofLife Demons Supernatural Drama Shoujo
Neo Angelique Abyss: Second Age
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Continuing where the first season left off, the sudden increase of Thanatos with the disappearance of the Aube Hunters has now left Arcadia in ruin. Desperation reigns high as the Religious Organization fights to battle the Thanatos. Six months had already past since Hidamari mansion burned to ashes, the Aube Hunters, once hailed as heroes, is now blamed for the appearance of Thanatos. Nevertheless, hope still exists for the reappearance of the Queen's Egg one day, who will become the savior of Arcadia. Unknown to many however, the Aube Hunters have actually been silently waiting for the awakening of Angelique, who has been asleep the entire time.

Adventure Fantasy Harem Shoujo
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
Haruka Nogizaka's Secret
summer 2008
tv - 12 Episodes Available

Hakujo Academy is a private high school with a student body filled with elite students. At the top of this list is the beautiful Haruka Nogizaka, an intelligent and wealthy girl who comes from a prestigious family, and is by far the most idolized girl at school. Her popularity is so great that her classmates occasionally give her French nicknames to further express their infatuation.

Yuuto Ayase is a timid boy who has the unbelievable luck of sitting in class with Haruka every day. Like many others, he admires her from a distance, never even dreaming of approaching her. But with a sudden twist of fate, Yuuto's random visit to the school library brings Haruka's darkest secret to light, one which could potentially destroy her current reputation of elegance. As it turns out, the school's most beloved princess is actually a huge otaku. This revelation marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship between these two classmates.

Comedy Romance
Penguin Musume♥Heart Special
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

ONA Special episode #11.5.

Comedy Ecchi School Slice ofLife
Pokemon Movie 11: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi
Pokemon Movie 11: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi
Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

The legendary Renegade Pokémon, Giratina, encounters the Temporal Pokémon Dialga by a lake and successfully manages to drag Dialga into its home—an alternate dimension separate from the normal world. But a small green Pokémon gets gotten dragged in as well—and though it somehow escapes, Dialga uses this opportunity to escape as well after preventing Giratina from chasing after it.

After accidentally ruining Satoshi and his friends' picnic, the green Pokémon is taken to the Pokémon Center where it is treated for injuries and introduced as Shaymin, the mythical Gratitude Pokémon. Using telepathy, Shaymin demands that Satoshi, Hikari, and Takeshi take it somewhere. But before they can find out where to go, the group find themselves being pursued by both Giratina and a strange man named Zero—both in search of little Shaymin! Will Satoshi and his friends be able to find Shaymin's desired place while keeping themselves out of danger?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Adventure Fantasy Kids
Pokemon: Pikachu Koori no Daibouken
Pokemon: Pikachu Koori no Daibouken
Pikachu's Great Ice Adventure
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

While playing in the ocean near a tropical resort, Pikachu & Co. get in a scuffle with Team Rocket's Pokémon. This scuffle causes the Pokémon to wind up miles away in an Ice-covered Paradise. However, when they get there, they are seperated soon find that certain Pokémon in the area require their assistance. Will they be able to reunite with their friends and help these Pokémon out?

(Source: Serebii)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy Kids
Qin Shi Ming Yue: Ye Jin Tianming
Qin's Moon: Night Ends - Daylight
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

In the second season, Emperor Qin sends Quicksand to destroy Machinery City, the home of the Mohist School.

At the same time, Duanmu Rong sends the three kids, Tianming, Shao Yu, and Gao Yu, into the forbidden grounds of the Mohist School, a place where nobody could enter without permission.

(Source: AniDB)

Action Historical Martial_Arts Fantasy
Ranma ½: Akumu! Shunmin Kou
summer 2008
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Twelve years after the final OVA was shown, and the end of the manga, a new piece of Ranma ½ animation was made for the "It's a Rumic World" exhibition of Rumiko Takahashi's artwork. The new 30 minute special is based on the "Nightmare! Incense of Spring Sleep" manga story from volume 34, and was shown on odd numbered days at the "It's A Rumic World" exhibition in Tokyo from July 30th to August 11th.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Action Comedy Supernatural Martial_Arts Shounen
RoboDz
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Five minute episodes following the adventures of three robot friends: Nejimaru, Sombrenosuke and Drum-Kan-Be, who coexist with humans of the same world. When an alien invasion called Corporation Baddoru arrives, they are forced to join forces against the invaders.

Sci-Fi
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Jo: Zoku Zetsubou Shoujo Senshuu
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

A special summary episode of the second season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, focusing on the girls that were not introduced in the first Zetsubou Shoujo Senshuu: Otonashi Meru, Fujiyoshi Harumi, Kaga Ai and Mitama Mayo.

Comedy Parody School
Scarecrowman
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

A regular old scarecrow has stood in a field for twenty years when one day, after a lightning storm, he comes to life. He becomes friends with the daughter of a scarecrow shop owner.

Fantasy Kids
School Rumble San Gakki
School Rumble San Gakki
School Rumble 3rd Semester
summer 2008
ova - 0 Episodes Available

A short 2 episodes attempt to conclude the series. Karasuma goes to America after the end of the third term. Will Harima finally confess? What will happen with Tenma and Karasuma?

Comedy Romance School Shounen
Seiyou Kottou Yougashiten: Antique
summer 2008
tv - 12 Episodes Available

A high school crush, a world-class pastry chef, a former middle-weight boxing champion... and a whole lot of cake!
Ono has come a long way since the agonizing day in high school when he confessed his love to handsome Tachibana. Now, some 14 years later Ono, a world-class pastry chef and gay playboy has it all. No man can resist Ono's charms (or his cooking skills!) but he has just found a new position under a man named Tachibana. Can this be the only man who resisted his charms, and if so, will the man who once snubbed the "magically gay" Ono get his just deserts? And how in the heck did a former middleweight boxing champion wind up as Ono's cake boy?

(Source: DMP)

Comedy Shoujo Shounen Ai
Sekirei
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

Struggling yet brilliant teenager Minato Sahashi has failed his college entrance exams for the second time, resulting in him being regarded as worthless by those around him. However, the course of his seemingly bleak future is altered dramatically when a beautiful, supernatural woman falls from the sky and into his life. That woman, Musubi, is a unique being known as a "Sekirei," a humanoid extraterrestrial with extraordinary abilities. These aliens are known for kissing humans carrying the Ashikabi gene in order to awaken additional latent powers deep within.

Recognizing the potential within the seemingly insignificant youth, Musubi kisses the bewildered Minato, initiating a bond between the two of them. This drags him into the high-stakes world of the Sekirei, where he and his new partner must compete against others in a battle for survival called the "Sekirei Plan." However, unbeknownst to the contestants, there is far more at risk that what the competition initially entailed.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Comedy Ecchi Harem Super Power
Shinjuku Shin-chan Patrol: Warui Otona ni Ki wo Tsukete
summer 2008
ona - 0 Episodes Available

Free video hosted by Tokyo neighbourhood to protect kids from "bad adults".

(Source: ANN)

Kids
Slayers Revolution
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Having lost the Sword of Light in the previous battle, Lina and Gourry continue their journey in search of a replacement weapon. On the way, the two of them meet up with Amelia and Zelgadis in the kingdom of Luvinagard while taunting some pirates. Lina is happy to reunite with her old friends, but appearing before her is Luvinagard's Inspector of the Special Investigative Unit; a man called Wizer. However, Lina is amazed at his unusual behavior...

(Source: ANN)

Adventure Comedy Fantasy
Sore Ike! Anpanman: Hiya Hiya Hiyariko to Bafu Bafu Baikinman
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Not available.

Kids Fantasy Comedy
Sore Ike! Anpanman: Yousei Rinrin no Himitsu
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

Not available.

Comedy Fantasy Kids
Strike Witches
summer 2008
tv - 12 Episodes Available

In the year 1939, humanity was on the verge of destruction. Equipped with weapons of devastating power, a mysterious alien race, known as the Neuroi, began an invasion of the Earth, ravaging the planet, obliterating countries, and vanquishing human armies. To counter this seemingly unstoppable force, the world's powers united. A new device was produced, called the Striker Unit, capable of facing Neuroi technology. Girls equipped with the Striker Unit became known as the Witches, forming humanity's last line of defense. They began their fight against the Neuroi, utilizing their now-enhanced magical abilities, flaunting destructive weapons no human could manage.

Fast forward to 1944—Yoshika Miyafuji is a young teenage girl who eventually decides to join the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, known as the "Strike Witches." With no formal training however, can Miyafuji learn to cooperate with her fellow Strike Witches? And if so, can she save humanity from the Neuroi onslaught?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Ecchi Magic Military Sci-Fi
Taiho Shichau zo: Full Throttle - Watashitachi no Iru Basho
Taiho Shichau zo: Full Throttle - Watashitachi no Iru Basho
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle Special
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

Rounding off season 3, Natsumi and Miyuki reminiscince about their lives at Bokuto station while hearing from people they've met through work. (This is limited to characters they've met in season 3.)

We are also introduced to Bokuto Station's two new recruits; Kaori Takano and Sakura Fujieda. Starting off their duty, they are taken on a field trip by Miyuki and Natsumi and quickly find out what will be expected of them as police officers.

Action Adventure Comedy Police
Takane no Jitensha
Takane no Jitensha
Takane's Bicycle
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

An 11-year-old boy, Takasumi Takane, will be given a new bicycle if his exam results are in the top 100, but his results put him in 112th place. He tells his mother a lie that he placed 92nd, and he tears the answer sheets apart. On his way home from cram school, he accidently breaks the old bicycle that he is supposed to hand down to his little sister, Tamaki. This angers Tamaki. Furthermore, Tamaki accuses him of telling a lie, and he begins to think of her as a nuisance. One night, when he goes to a shrine to look for his missing dog, Chris, he encounters a young man named Yoyogi. Somehow, Yoyogi has the answer sheet marked as “92nd." Yoyogi proposes a trade, but threatens to return the answer sheet to its original owner unless he is given something Takane doesn't need. Takane offers him his sister, Tamaki. At that very moment, Tamaki arrives, searching for Takane and Chris. Yoyogi turns Tamaki into a shining object and swallows her. Takane decides that he was wrong and wants to save her. Yoyogi agrees to restore Tamaki to her original form if Takane wins a race against him, with his broken bicycle. Can Takane win the race rescue Tamaki?

(Source: AnimeNFO)

Fantasy School
summer 2008
music - 0 Episodes Available

A music video from NHK's Minna no Uta featuring a song by Angela Aki and art by Fruits Basket's mangaka.

Based around 3 people as young children they sit down and write to their future self. They wish for the best and tell themselves to never give up faith or hope to always believe and stay strong even if everyone else puts them down. They just need to believe in thyself and they will be fine.

I won't give away much more then that, but at the end they thank their younger self's and how they gave the advice proudly accepting what happened and glad they wrote it. They just hope for their future self to be happy more than anything no matter what happens.

Music Slice ofLife Kids School
Telepathy Shoujo Ran
summer 2008
tv - 26 Episodes Available

Ran is a bright and energetic first-grader in junior high school who possesses supernatual abilities. Together with Midori (her friend who also has supernatural powers) and Rui, the threesome are constantly embroiled in mysterious circumstances. Ran is troubled by her powers because it seems to spark off the ill intentions of people in contact with her. However, with the support of her family and peers, Ran learns to deal with her 'other' side and accepts who she is. The threesome also learn how to team up as a whole and solve these mysterious events.

(Source: ANN)

Fantasy School
summer 2008
music - 0 Episodes Available

An anthology of animated shorts featuring characters from Gurren Lagann in alternative worlds. Every clip is animated by a particular animator of GAINAX.

Creators are Akira Amemiya, Shin Itagaki, Hirokazu Kojima, SUEZEN, Ryouji Masuyama, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Yoh Yoshinari, and Keisuke Watanabe

Music
Tetsuwan Birdy Decode
Tetsuwan Birdy Decode
Birdy the Mighty: Decode
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

While pursuing an alien fugitive, Birdy Cephon Altera—a bombastic police officer from the Space Federation—finds herself on Earth. Her target, Geega, has disguised himself as a human and assimilated into the fashion industry, so Birdy follows suit and joins a modeling agency, taking on the identity "Shion Arita." Her position as a rising model has her posing for photo shoots by day and chasing intergalactic criminals by night.

Meanwhile, Tsutomu Senkawa, an average high school student, explores an abandoned building with his friend, and coincidentally, Birdy has tracked down Geega to the same building. Senkawa briefly witnesses the battle before being seized as a hostage by Geega. However, Birdy, oblivious, attacks Geega and accidentally kills Senkawa. Distraught, she quickly decides to save him by integrating his consciousness into her body.

Now, Birdy and Senkawa must not only cohabitate the same body, but also balance Senkawa's high school life, Shion Arita's modeling career, and Birdy's increasingly dangerous job as a Federation officer.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Sci-Fi Comedy
The Sky Crawlers
summer 2008
movie - 0 Episodes Available

In an alternate timeline, the world has seemingly achieved peace. Bereft of international conflicts, wars are now waged between private corporations in place of peaceful nations. Yuuichi Kannami, a recent transfer in Area 262, simply does his job as a contracted fighter pilot. However, the more time he spends at his new base, the more mysteries come to light.

The Sky Crawlers exhibits this reality through the eyes of Kannami as he endeavors to understand the "Kildren," humans genetically altered to be teenagers forever with faster reflexes, and his predecessor, the ace pilot known as "Teacher." However, what troubles Kannami the most is how all this connects to the base commander, Suito Kusanagi. Area 262 has the answers, but the truth comes with a price the young pilot may not be ready to pay.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Drama Military
Toshi Densetsu Monogatari Hikiko
summer 2008
ova - 0 Episodes Available

Story: 3D CG-animated movie about Hikiko, who is a character of a Japanese urban legend. She was violently treated all the time by her parents and classmates at the elementary school and she's extremely ugly due to the constant violence. To revenge, she caught students from elementary school and drag them on the floor until they're badly mutilated.

When Revsersing Hikiko's full name 森妃姫子(Mori Hikiko) gives 引き籠もり(hikikomori), which means Social Withdrawal.

Horror
Tsumiki no Ie
Tsumiki no Ie
La Maison en Petits Cubes
summer 2008
movie - 1 Episodes Available

In a flooded town where the waters are ever-rising, an old man must constantly build new floors onto his home in order to keep dry. But when his favorite smoking pipe falls into the watery abyss beneath him, he dives into the depths of not only his house, but memories of years past.

Tsumiki no Ie is a short film about the everlasting effect of time on one's life—how it can swallow the past entirely, and how one must learn to continue moving forward despite what has already happened.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Drama
Ultraviolet: Code 044
summer 2008
tv - 0 Episodes Available

044 becomes the strongest female soldier excelling in combat through gene manipulation using a virus. However, in exchange for her abilities, her days become numbered. The next mission of the government is to destroy a bloodthirsty squad, Phage, and its leader King. In her battle, she encounters a Phage soldier, Luka, and finds herself unable to kill him. She wonders why, but as a result, Daxus Jr., the leader of the government group, regards her as a traitor. She is targeted by both Phage and the government, and she runs away with the injured Luka.

(Source: ANN)

Action Sci-Fi
Wagaya no Oinari-sama.: Kuu-chan no Omake Gekijou
summer 2008
special - 0 Episodes Available

Short comedy sketches involving Tenko & Kou.

Adventure Comedy Supernatural Fantasy Shounen
World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Spinoff based on the Nintendo DS RPG game by SEGA, released in Japan July, 2008.

In a world where humans serve as livestock for the ruling beastman, and where sand fills the roles of water and fire. Kyrie is recruited by the "World Destruction Committee" to assist in putting an end to their world. Kyrie alone holds the power needed to do it.

(Source: AniDB)

Adventure Fantasy
Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo
summer 2008
tv - 13 Episodes Available

Based on a series of light novels written by Tanaka Yoshiki and illustrated by Kakinouchi Narumi.

The story revolves around Ryouko Yakushiji, a 27-year-old multilingual investigator that graduated from Tokyo University's elite Department of Law, and the bizarre cases she faces while working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Yakushiji not only has to deal with supernatural beings in her line of work, but also her rival Yukiko Muromachi, another equally talented and beautiful police investigator.

(Source: AniDB)

Mystery Police Supernatural
Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo
Zero no Tsukaima: Princesses no Rondo
The Familiar of Zero: Rondo of Princesses
summer 2008
tv - 12 Episodes Available

Following his brave sacrifice in the war against Albion, Saito Hiraga is knighted and treated as an aristocrat, something that proves difficult for Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière. With their relationship no longer defined as the mighty Void mage and clueless familiar, she wonders what exactly this means for them.

While venturing to a castle, Louise is ambushed by a powerful mage named Sheffield. Battling alone, the young mage nearly faces defeat until Saito makes his appearance. The mystical and unknown nature of Void magic seems to be at work in the battle, and Louise begins to believe in the possibility of another Void user. Moreover, she realizes that Saito's magical rune is fading, and so a new adventure begins as they search for the elf who revived Saito in the past. The relationship between former master and servant faces a new challenge as they work to restore the runes and redefine the bond which holds them together.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Action Adventure Harem Comedy Magic Romance Ecchi Fantasy School
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