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Tekkon kinkurîto (2007) - animation / action / adventure
aka: Tekkonkinkreet
Tekkonkinkreet takes place in Treasure Town, a city with a fluid sense of reality—in most ways it seems like a gritty Japanese metropolis, but several characters, including our two heroes, Black and White, have supernatural powers. Black and White are street kids who can fly, and who watch over Treasure Town, though the source of their powers and their history as a crime-fighting team is murky—among the many storytelling flaws in Tekkonkinkreet is the fact that it's a superhero movie that never bothers to fully explore the mythology of its heroes. Once one gets past the vague sense of context and setting, however, the film settles into a mostly compelling story in which Black and White, who have exceptional fighting as well as flying skills, take on a combination of Yakuza gangsters and alien assassins who are trying to take control of Treasure Town. The specifics of this battle are regularly glossed over or ignored, but Arias keeps the audience hooked with a series of dynamically edited action sequences and a structure that keeps the film moving from one set piece to the next with a minimum of slow spots.

Pom Poko (1994) - animation / comedy / drama
A community of magical shapeshifting raccoons desperately struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.
Sutorenjia: Mukô hadan (2007) - animation
aka: Sword of the Stranger, aka: Mukô hadan
Hunted by the the Mings from China, young Kotaro and his dog meet a nameless samurai ("Nanashi") who is constantly being haunted by dreams of the past which lead him to seal his sword. Among the Mings is a fiercesome Western fighter named Rarou, who desires only to find a worthy opponent. When both groups clash with a Sengoku-era feudal lord, a proud general, and monks torn between faith and survival, the reason behind the Mings' pursuit tests the bond between Kotaro and Nanashi.
劇場版BLEACH The DiamondDust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸 (2007) - animation
aka: BLEACH The DiamondDust Rebellion もう一つの氷輪丸, aka: Gekijô ban Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion - Mô hitotsu no hyôrinmaru, aka: Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

When an artifact known as the "King's Seal" is stolen during transport from Soul Society, TÃshirà Hitsugaya is assigned to retrieve it. Hitsugaya goes missing after a battle with the thieves, leading Seireitei to suspect him of treachery. They order his immediate capture and execution. Unwilling to believe that he is capable of such a crime, Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, Rangiku Matsumoto, and Renji Abarai set out to find Hitsugaya and clear his name
Kumo no yôni, kaze no yôni (1989) - animation / comedy / drama
aka: Like the Clouds, Like the Wind
Country girl Ginga leaves her home in hope of becoming one of the Emperor's Wives.
Digimon: Runaway Locomon (2002) - animation / action / adventure
aka: Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express, aka: デジモンテイマーズ 暴走デジモン特急, aka: Dejimon Teimāzu: Bōsō no Dejimon Tokkyū
The evil Parasimon is invading the Real World on Locomon and the Tamers must stop him.
Devilman: Demon Bird Silene (1990) - animation / fantasy / horror / action
aka: Devil Man - Volume 2: Demon Bird, aka: Devilman: Siren, the Demon Bird, aka: Devilman: Thief of Souls, aka: Debiruman: Kaichô shireinyu hen
A sequel to 'The Birth,' Devil Man fights hordes of demons. Akira Fudo (Devil Man's alter ego), now infamous among the demons, must accept challenges, fight for his life, as well as come face-to face with the death of his parents and putting his mother's soul to rest.

There's a twist at the end regarding his enemy, which while slightly cliche for anime, would probably never happen in an American feature.
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (2007) - animation
aka: Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section 9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents, and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker nicknamed the "Puppet Master" is behind the entire series of events.
Meitantei Conan: Tanteitachi no requiem (2006) - animation / mystery
aka: Detective Conan: The Private Eyes' Requiem, aka: Detektic Conan - Das Requiem der Detektive
On 4 April 2006 Ito Suehiko & Shimizu Reiko rob cash truck with deceased Nishio Masara. On 6 April 2006 Shimizu Reiko killed Nishio in their company. On 15 May 2006 Shimizu Reiko was claimed suicide and died. (NOW) Mori Kogoro drove Ran and Conan and others to Miracleland. When Ran order Conan to go outside together, Client stopped Conan from leaving the office! What happened? "By 22:00 you have to settle this, or else, all your ID-belts would explode" When Kanagawa police spoke on 4 April matter, Conan got a call, "Detective Mori? No! Are you Kudo? Really you! High-School Student Detective Kudo Shinichi." What would happen to everyone by 10pm?
Ibara no O (2010) - animation / adventure / horror
aka: King of Thorn
Early Reins (2004) - animation / action / adventure
Early Reins : A revolver holds six deadly bullets. Likewise, the train to Sunshine Hill holds Lola, Alice, Janette, Helen, Caroline and Margaret. Margaret is the daughter of a famous sheriff, Caroline is a young girl forced to defend herself on her own, Helen is a confident saloon singer, Janette is a caring doctor, Alice is as wealthy as she is deadly, and Lola leads them with her perfect marksmanship. The find themselves on a train escorting a man named Spencer from the frontier. He counts among his enemies an outlaw gang of notorious robbers. They're more than ready to take his head along with the train’s cache of gold if the girls can’t stop them!
Memorîzu (1995) - animation
aka: Memories
"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," three space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by one woman's memories. In "Stink Bomb," a young lab assistant accidentally transforms himself into a human biological weapon set on a direct course for Tôkyô. The final episode, "Cannon Fodder," depicts a day in the life of a city whose entire purpose is the firing of cannons at an unseen enemy.
Teiruzu obu vesuperia: The first strike (2009) - animation
aka: Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
Gekijouban Bleach: Jigokuhen (2011) - animation
aka: Bleach The Movie 4: The Hell Verse, aka: Bleach The Movie 4 The Hell Verse
Masked Hell denizens appear in Karakura town so Rukia and Renji are sent to investigate the matter.After a fight with them they manage to rescue Karin from them but they return to hell with Yuzu ....
Towa no Quon Movie 2 (2011) - animation
The story follows a boy named Quon and others who suddenly wake up with supernatural powers.
In a futuristic Tokyo, unique human beings who have awakened distinct powers are being hunted by a secret organization named Kestos. Known as "Attractors", these exceptional humans are joining forces to defend themselves. They are led by a boy named Quon, an idealist who is determined to save all the Attractors he can.
Gekijouban Makurosu F: Itsuwari no utahime (2009) - action / adventure / animation
aka: Macross F - False Diva
The galaxy songstress Sheryl Nome Ranka Lee Alto Saotome friends are traveling space along with the New Macross class ship -Macross Frontier- that contains 10 million citizens in search for new planets in which humankind can develop and progress. The perils of space are vast as itself the threat from the alien insect-like race Vajra will push all Macross Frontier fleet to an edge is this the ultimate humankind enemy or is there something even worse in space. Music songs will prove one of the most valuable human assets in the space even more powerful than combat VF mechas as it can reach not only humans but the space and beyond.
Pokemon - Mewtwo Returns (2000) - adventure / animation / family
In this direct-to-video sequel to Pokémon: The First Movie, Ash, Misty, and Brock continue exploring the Johto region, then have to rescue Pikachu after Jessie and James of Team Rocket kidnap him. The search leads them to the hidden plateau where Mewtwo has established a haven for the cloned Pokémon from the previous film. The evil Giovanni is plotting to recapture Mewtwo and renew his efforts to create an army of bio-engineered Pokémon. Aided by the reluctant Meowth, Ash and his friends defeat Giovanni and his henchman.
Gake no ue no Ponyo (2009) - animation / adventure / family
aka: Ponyo on the Cliff
An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
Tôfu kozô (2011) - animation
aka: Little Ghostly Adventures of Tofu Boy
In Edo period Japan, yokai monster Tofu Kozo always balances a tofu on a tray or he will vanish into the air. He is so timid and non-threatening, that he cannot frighten other people.
Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004) - animation / action / adventure / comedy
aka: 大活劇! 雪姫忍法帖だってばよ!!, aka: Naruto the Movie
Naruto Uzumaki the ninja-in-training knuckle-headed and his team are sent on a mission to guard Yukie Fujikaze, a popular actress starring the hit movie "The Adventures of Princess Gale." The crew is heading toward the Land of Snow, a land forever covered in snow, to shoot the final scenes of the film. When Yukie refuses to go and escapes from the set, she is brought back by force by Naruto and his teammates. But little do they know there are three rouge Snow Ninja lying in wait with a sinister purpose that forces Yukie to make a crucial decision and face her hidden past.
Arrietty (2010) - animation / family / fantasy
14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants...
Gedo Senki (2006) - adventure / animation / fantasy
Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange...
Hagane No Renkinjutsushi: Mirosu No Seinaru Hoshi (2011) - action / adventure / animation
In the lost holy land of Milos, the Elrics search for the truth behind an unknown form of alchemy. What secrets are hidden in Milos? Riddles must be solved and dangers faced before the truth can be found.
Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004) - action / adventure / animation
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Hotaru No Haka (1988) - drama / animation / war
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.
Kari-gurashi No Arietti (2010) - adventure / animation / family
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (2001) - adventure / animation / family / fantasy
In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
The Ocean Waves (1993) - drama / animation / romance
The main character travels to his hometown for his high school reunion. During the trip, he recalls the memories of the days in high school...
The Place Promised In Our Early Days (2004) - drama / animation / romance / sci-fi
In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.
Urusei Yatsura 3: Rimenbâ Mai Rabu (1985) - comedy / animation / romance
A curse placed on Lum as an infant manifests itself in the present day, causing her to be taken to another dimension. Lum's husband, Ataru Moroboshi is turned into a hippo, and attempts to find Lum with the help of her friends.
Urusei Yatsura 5: Kanketsuhen (1988) - comedy / animation / sci-fi
After falling asleep in class, Lum has a strange dream of a dark hooded figure coming to her as a child on her home planet of Oni... 
Bleach: Diamond Dust Rebellion (2007) - action / animation / thriller
An artifact known as the "King's Seal" is stolen during transport from the Soul Society...
Black Magic M-66 (1987) - animation / action / sci-fi / thriller
A freelance reporter stumbles on a desperate military operation. An army chopper has crashed and its cargo has been activated. Now there are two killer androids running loose in the wilderness and have the daughter of their inventor as their target. Can the army stop them or can the reporter reach the little girl before the droids do?
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) - animation / drama / family
Watch From Up on Poppy Hill: A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Dead Rising 2 (2010) - comedy / animation / fantasy / music
After a new batch of the zombie outbreak is let loose in Fortune City, Nevada, a new terrifying fight for survival begins. A new hero is requested. Enter Chuck Greene, a devoted father and motocross legend. After his daughter Katey gets bitten by her zombified mother, Chuck retreats from his hometown and makes his way to Fortune City to take part in a new brutal game-show called TIR: Terror is Reality. The game-show consists of contestants doing unspeakable things to zombies while trying to win out over the other opponents. The pure reason that Chuck decides to take part in the show is to pay for the zombrex treatment that his daughter needs to stay alive and stay human. Along the way he must help more stranded civilians escape to safety and take.....
Gekijô-ban Naruto: Daikatsugeki! Yukihime ninpôchô dattebayo!! (2004) - animation / action / adventure / comedy
Naruto Uzumaki the ninja-in-training knuckle-headed and his team are sent on a mission to guard Yukie Fujikaze, a popular actress starring the hit movie "The Adventures of Princess Gale." The crew is heading toward the Land of Snow, a land forever covered in snow, to shoot the final scenes of the film. When Yukie refuses to go and escapes from the set, she is brought back by force by Naruto and his teammates. But little do they know there are three rouge Snow Ninja lying in wait with a sinister purpose that forces Yukie to make a crucial decision and face her hidden past.
Gekijô-ban Naruto: Daigekitotsu! Maboroshi no chitei iseki dattebayo! (2005) - animation / adventure / comedy / drama / fantasy
Watch Gekijô-ban Naruto: Daigekitotsu! Maboroshi no chitei iseki dattebayo!: Naruto the Movie 2 Legend of the Stone of Gelel: The movie revolves mostly around a special mineral called the Gelel Stone, which has a strong and mysterious power. There was once a clan that could control the stone's powers, but they were destroyed because of fights for the stone.
Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (2008) - animation / action / crime / drama / sci-fi
Watch Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0: Digitally reproduced version of Ghost in the Shell; a hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner.
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