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MM 303 - Anime and Japanese Visual Culture

Anime Watch Alikes


Psycho-Pass: Believing in humanity and order, policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System. But when she faces a criminal mastermind who can elude this "perfect" system, she questions both Sibyl and herself.

Appleseed (Appurushîdo)In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.

Metropolis (Metoroporisu): Kenichi and his uncle Shunsaku Ban must find the mystery behind robot girl Tima.


Deadman Wonderland: After being falsely convicted for the murder of his entire class, a young man must learn to survive in a mysterious prison with a perverted take on incarceration while also looking to clear his name.

Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)A young man competes with people around the world for a chance to become the succesor of God, with a diary that is able to tell the future.

Sword Art OnlineIn the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito, works to escape.


YuYu Hakusho: Ghost Files (Yu Yu Hakusho): One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World was caught by surprise that he would sacrifice himself. Yusuke soon finds out he wasn't supposed to die and has a chance for resurrection and bringing his body back to life. After being resurrected, Yusuke becomes a Spirit Detective, along with his comrades, and one adventure after another happens, whether it be an investigation or a fighting tournament.

Naruto: Shippûden: Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.

One Punch Man (One Punch Man: Wanpanman): The story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.


Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen): A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. (This is a fan-made trailer.)

My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro): When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

She, the Ultimate Weapon (Saishû heiki kanojo): A teenage boy and girl struggle to stay in love when the girl's body is transformed into Japan's ultimate weapon.


Puella Magi Madoka Magica (Maho Shojo Madoka Magica): A creature named Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka a wish if they agree to become 'magical girls' and fight abstract beings called 'witches'. However, a magical girl named Homura is, for uncertain reasons, determined to stop this agreement.

RahXephon: Kamina Ayato lives an ordinary life. He goes to school. He lives with his mother. He has schoolmates. But all of that changes one day when massive machines, known as the Dolem, attack the city of Tokyo with their destructive vocal powers. Caught up in the chaos, Ayato meets a mysterious girl named Mishima Reika. She leads him to the sanctuary, resting place of the RahXephon, a giant humanoid being with powers to counter those of the Dolem.

Serial Experiments Lain: Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired.”

Gurren Lagann (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) takes place in a fictional future where Earth is ruled by the Spiral King, Lordgenome, who forces mankind to live in isolated subterranean villages. The plot focuses on two teenagers, Simon and Kamina, who live in a subterranean village and wish to go to the surface.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all-powerful empire.

 


Kill la Kill (Kiru ra kiru): A young girl arrives at a school of super humans to find out the truth behind her father's murder.

RWBY: Team RWBY trains to fight crime and monsters known as the Grimm. Together they will protect the world of Remnant.


Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (Rurôni Kenshin -Meiji kenkaku romantan): The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

The Slayers Try (Sureiyâzu): The adventures of a teenage female mage and her companions as they quest for gold and glory (especially gold).

Trinity Blood: In a futuristic world of an unsteady truce between humans and vampires a superhuman priest battles to secure a peaceful co-existence.


Space Dandy: The cosmic and comic adventures of Space Dandy, a handsome space explorer tasked to tour the universe and discover new alien beings.

Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (Darker Than Black: Kuro no keiyakusha): In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell's Gate.

Samurai Champloo (Samurai chanpurû): Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."


Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Kôdo giasu: Hangyaku no rurûshu): After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all powerful empire.

Buddy Complex: On the first day back after summer break, high-school student Aoba is attacked by a giant robot that appears out of the sky. As he's pursued through the city, his classmate Hina appears in a robot of her own. She rescues him, and tells him cryptically that "Dio is waiting for you", before she disappears. This begins Aoba's new life as the pilot of the Free Treaty Alliance against the Great Zogiria Republic.

Mobile Suit Gundam 00: In the distant future, mankind has used up all of its fossil fuels, forcing them to turn to Solar Power as an alternate energy source. As a result, this causes a rift to form between richer and poorer nations, eventually leading to war. In the midst of this conflict, a mysterious military group known as "Celestial Being" aims to use force to bring peace to the world, by using special humanoid weapons known as Gundams.


Ouran High School Host Club (Ôran kôkô hosutobu): At the ultra prestigious Ouran High School, Haruhi Fujioka looks for a quiet place to read and walks into an unused music room, and accidentally stumbles across the notorious Ouran High School Host Club, a group of boys who entertain the girls of the school for profit. When Haruhi accidentally breaks an expensive vase belonging to the wacky Host Club, she is made to serve under them until her debt is paid off. Haruhi is soon made a Host, but in order to pay off what she owes, she must continue to allow the Host Club's customers to believe she is a boy.

Azumanga Daioh: A humorous and highly unpredictable animated series following a group of high school girls and their teachers.

Toradora!: Ryuji Takasu high school student looks mean even though he is a nice guy. He meets Taiga Aisaka a girl who overcompensates for her small stature. Both are romantically interested in a close friend of the other's and so reluctantly agree to help one another.


Cardcaptor Sakura (Kadokyaputa Sakura): Sakura stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in a library. Accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it's now up to Sakura to catch them all with her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards.

Magic Knight Rayearth: When the princess of a land ruled by the power of one's will is kidnapped by a traitorous priest, she summons three young girls from Japan to potentially fulfill the legends of the Magic Knights.

Mai-HiME: Thirteen girls, each with the ability to materialize "Elements" and summon metallic guardians called "Childs" have been brought to Fuuka Academy to battle mysterious creatures called Orphans. Each with a different personality and background, they must decide who they truly care about and why they fight.


Ergo Proxy: In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.

Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040: Set in 2039-2040, This series is set in Megalo City, a city built over the ruins of Tokyo. Boomers, a line of android workers created by the Genom Corporation, perform dozens of tasks, from cleaning to management, to heavy industry. However, a strange series of events has caused a great deal of these boomers to go rogue, despite government and corporation cover-ups to the contrary.

Paprika: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.


Fruits Basket: After her mother's death, Tohru Honda finds herself living with the Sohma family consisting of three cousins: Yuki, the 'prince charming' of their high school, Kyo the hot headed, short tempered outcast, and Shigure the mischievous novelist, if not sometimes that of a pervert. Tohru finds out the Sohma family secret that when a member is hugged by the opposite gender or they are tired out, they turn into the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Kämpfer (Kenpufâ): The plot revolves around Natsuru, a normal high school boy with blue hair. One day he wakes up and found himself turned into a girl. A stuffed tiger "Harakiri Tora" comes to life and tells him that he has been chosen as one of the "Kampfer", a female fighter. The Kampfer are destined to fight with other Kampfer. The story starts when he is attacked by an unknown girl who happens to also be a Kampfer.

Urusei yatsura: The series begins when aliens from the planet Oniboshi invade Earth. They agree to leave only if Earth's champion can defeat the Oni champion in a game of tag within a ten-day time limit. Earth's champion, randomly selected by the aliens, is Ataru Moroboshi, a Japanese teenager with highly overactive hormones.


Ah! My Goddess (Aa Megamisama): Nice Guy Keiichi is doing his best as a poor student at a tech college, but his good nature is taken advantage of relentlessly. One day he is attempting to order a pizza over the phone (being stuck at the dorm to take messages for upperclassmen) and by fate reaches the Goddess Help Line. Before he knows it he is presented with a real live goddess named Belldandy who will grant him one and only one wish. Still suspecting he is the butt of an elaborate joke, he wishes for her to be by his side forever. His wish is granted! It would seem his luck has changed, but he finds out that having a goddess is no way to avoid trouble.

KonoSuba - God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! (Kono subarashii sekai ni shukufuku o!): It was a happy day for Kazuma - right up to the moment he died. A goddess intervenes and offers him a second chance in a magical land.

Saber Marionette J: The male-only planet of Terra II is populated by clones of the six men who were marooned there 300 years before. The only females are robots called "marionettes," who serve as workers and soldiers. Japoness marionettes Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry are different from most others, because each possesses a special circuit that gives them human emotions.


Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji): A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family's death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who's always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.

Black Lagoon: A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang.

Claymore (Kureomoa): In a world rife with deadly creatures called "youma", a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organization that trains female youma halfbreeds into warriors with the ability to destroy these creatures. Considered a rogue for picking up a stray child and almost losing herself to her youma side by "Awakening", she is constantly assigned rather dangerous missions.


The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no taizai): The Seven Deadly Sins were once a group of knights in the region of Britannia, who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Liones Kingdom.

Fate/stay night: Amateur mage Shirou Emiya gets involved in a fight between mages using mythological heroes.

Hunter x Hunter: The history of Gon Freecs, a boy who left home alone to become a Hunter. In the hard test, Gon meets Leorio, Kurapika and Killua.