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Aoi Bungaku Series

Alternative Titles
Synonyms: Blue Literature
Japanese: 青い文学シリーズ 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Aired: Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 27, 2009
Studios: Madhouse
Genres: Drama, Historical, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Aoi Bungaku Series

 

Anime Aoi Bungaku Series

 

Synopsis
The series consists of adaptations of six modern classics of Japanese literature: Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) & Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!), Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) & The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito), and Ango Sakaguchi’s In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita).

No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) – A high school student becomes lost and alienated. Despondent and aimless, he falls into a cycle of self abuse, depression and drugs that taints his life for years. Told in four chapters, each chapter deals with a different point in his life and the final chapter leaves him standing alone – an empty and hollow caricature of his former self.

In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom (Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita) – A love story between a 12th-century woman and a mountain bandit who abducts her.

Kokoro – A 1914 tale of a young man’s life journey during the Meiji era. The work deals with the transition from the Japanese Meiji society to the modern era, by exploring the friendship between a young man and an older man he calls “Sensei”. It continues the theme of isolation developed in Soseki’s previous works, here in the context of interwoven strands of egoism and guilt, as opposed to shame.

Run, Melos! (Hashire, Melos!) – An updated retelling of a classic Greek tale of the story of Damon and Pythias. The most prominent theme of “Run, Melos!” is unwavering friendship. Despite facing hardships, the protagonist Melos does his best to save his friend’s life, and in the end his efforts are rewarded.

The Spider’s Thread (Kumo no Ito) – The Buddha Shakyamuni chances to notice a cold-hearted criminal suffering in Hell. But this criminal did perform one single act of kindness in not stepping on a spider in a forest. Moved by this selfless act, Shakyamuni takes the silvery thread of a spider in Paradise and lowers it down into Hell, but it falls upon the criminal to seize the opportunity and pull himself out – if he can.

Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) – A famous artist is commissioned by a great lord to create a series of paintings depicting scenes of the “Buddhist Hell.” The artist is unable to paint scenes that he has not seen himself, prompting him to torture and torment the Lord’s staff to create his imagined images of hell. His creative efforts taint the household, as the story descends into madness and destruction.

(Source: AniDB)

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Sanctuary

Alternative Titles
English: Sanctuary
Japanese: サンクチュアリ

 

Information
Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Aired: May 1, 1996
Studios: None found, add some
Genres: Action, Drama, Police, Seinen, Thriller
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
MAL: Sanctuary

 

Anime Sanctuary

 

Synopsis
Two Japanese survivors of the Khmer Rouge massacres in Cambodia vow to find a sanctuary, even if they have to build it themselves. Returning to Japan, they take seemingly opposite paths: one becomes a politician, the other a gangster.

As Asami and Houjou work through the linked worlds of politics and crime in modern Japan, they don’t hesitate to do anything necessary to secure their own positions and stay true to their vow. Loyal to no one else, they find their friendship increasingly tested as they rise in their chosen fields.

(Source: ANN)

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei

Alternative Titles
English: When They Cry Gratitude
Synonyms: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni 3rd Season, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Dai San Ki
Japanese: ひぐらしのなく頃に礼 

Information
Type: OVA
Episodes: 5
Aired: Feb 25, 2009 to Aug 21, 2009
Studios: Studio Deen
Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
MAL: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (When They Cry Gratitude)

 

Anime Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei (When They Cry Gratitude)

 

Synopsis
The endless cycle of murders has been broken and Rika is finally able to settle down for a normal life with her friends. However, she is involved in a traffic accident and wakes up in a world where everything is different. A world where no one commited the sins that shaped them into the persons they are. It’s up to Rika to discover the truth behind this world and whether or not it truly is perfect.

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Mouryou no Hako

Alternative Titles
Synonyms: Moryo no Hako, Box of Goblins
Japanese: 魍魎の匣

 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Aired: Oct 8, 2008 to Dec 31, 2008
Studios: Madhouse
Genres: Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Mouryou no Hako

 

Anime Mouryou no Hako

 

Synopsis
The story follows a series of bizarre murders of schoolgirls who have been dismembered and stuffed into boxes. The private investigator hired by a missing daughter’s mother joins forces with an antique book seller and others to unravel the murder spree.

(Source: ANN)

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari

Alternative Titles
English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: Eternal
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika Movie 2, Magical Girl Madoka Magica Movie 2
Japanese: 劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 永遠の物語 

Information
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Aired: Oct 13, 2012
Studios: Shaft
Genres: Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari

 

Anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari

 

Synopsis
The second movie in the Madoka trilogy. It is a recap of the last four episodes of the series.

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari

Alternative Titles
English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika Movie 3, Magical Girl Madoka Magica Movie 3
Japanese: 劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 叛逆の物語 

Information
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Aired: Oct 26, 2013
Studios: Shaft
Genres: Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari

 

Anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari

 

Synopsis
Were all the magical girls truly saved from despair? Now, the great “Law of Cycles” leads the magical girls to their new fate. Madoka Kaname, a girl who once led an ordinary life, sacrificed her very existence to set every magical girl free from their cruel destiny. Homura Akemi, another magical girl who was unable to keep her promise with Madoka, continues to fight in the world in which Madoka left her behind.

“I dream of the day when I can finally see your dear smile again.”

Madoka Kaname has changed the world. In this new world, is what the magical girls see a world of hope… or despair?

(Source: Madman)

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari

Alternative Titles
English: Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: Beginnings
Synonyms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika Movie 1, Magical Girl Madoka Magica Movie 1
Japanese: 劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 始まりの物語 

Information
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Aired: Oct 6, 2012
Studios: Shaft
Genres: Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari

 

Anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari

 

Synopsis
The first movie in the Madoka trilogy. It is a recap of the first eight episodes of the series.

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Kagewani: Shou

Alternative Titles
Japanese: 影鰐-KAGEWANI-承

 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Aired: Apr 1, 2016 to ?
Studios: Tomovies
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Kagewani: Shou

 

Anime Kagewani: Shou

 

Synopsis
Mysterious monsters that appear and attack in present time.
The people can only be played with by them in this extreme situation.
Why do these monsters appear to attack people…?
Sousuke Banba, a scientist, searches for the truth with the keyword “Kagewani”
A new feeling of panic suspense animation begins.

(Source: MAL News)

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Fate/Zero 2nd Season

Alternative Titles
English: Fate/Zero 2nd Season
Synonyms: Fate/Zero Second Season
Japanese: フェイト/ゼロ 2ndシーズン 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Aired: Apr 8, 2012 to Jun 24, 2012
Studios: ufotable
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Fate/Zero 2nd Season

 

Anime Fate/Zero 2nd Season

 

Synopsis
The battle for the Holy Grail continues, with more lives lost and more secrets revealed. When the curtain falls, who will emerge victorious is anyone’s guess… And what “victorious” truly means, is even more questionable.

(Source: ANN)

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Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin

Alternative Titles
English: Rainbow
Japanese: RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Aired: Apr 2, 2010 to Sep 29, 2010
Studios: Madhouse
Genres: Drama, Historical, Seinen, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin (Rainbow)

 

Anime Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin (Rainbow)

 

Synopsis
Seven teenagers in 1955 have to learn to live together in the same hold in the reformatory of Shio. Confined in a hall where suffering and humiliation are daily, they are waiting for a ray of hope in a dark, incarcerating world. The story follows their life together and how they move on afterwards.

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Paranoia Agent

Alternative Titles
English: Paranoia Agent
Japanese: 妄想代理人 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Aired: Feb 3, 2004 to May 18, 2004
Studios: Madhouse
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity
MAL: Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

 

Anime Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

 

Synopsis
An elementary school kid dubbed with the title “shounen bat” or “lil slugger” has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden bat. Now, two detectives are investigating so they can stop this kid from making any more attacks, but they will find out soon enough… that this case is much more than they expected.

(Source: ANN)

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Another

Alternative Titles
English: Another
Japanese: アナザー 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Aired: Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012
Studios: P.A. Works
Genres: Horror, Mystery, School, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Another

 

Anime Another

 

Synopsis
In 1972, a popular student in Yomiyama North Middle School’s class 3-3 named Misaki passed away during the school year. Since then, the town of Yomiyama has been shrouded by a fearful atmosphere, from the dark secrets hidden deep within.

Twenty-six years later, fifteen-year-old Koichi Sakakibara transfers into class 3-3 of Yomiyama North and soon after discovers that a strange, gloomy mood seems to hang over all the students. He also finds himself drawn to the mysterious, eyepatch-wearing student Mei Misaki; however, the rest of the class and the teachers seem to treat her like she doesn’t exist. Paying no heed to warnings from everyone including Mei herself, Koichi begins to get closer not only to her, but also to the truth behind the gruesome phenomenon plaguing class 3-3 of Yomiyama North.

Based on Yukito Ayatsuji’s popular supernatural mystery/thriller novel, Another follows Koichi, Mei, and their classmates as they are pulled into the enigma surrounding a series of inevitable, tragic events—but unraveling the horror of Yomiyama may just cost them the ultimate price.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Death Note

Alternative Titles
English: Death Note
Japanese: デスノート 

Information
Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Aired: Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
Studios: Madhouse
Genres: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
MAL: Death Note

 

Anime Death Note

 

Synopsis
A shinigami, as a god of death, can kill any person—provided they see their victim’s face and write their victim’s name in a notebook called a Death Note. One day, Ryuk, bored by the shinigami lifestyle and interested in seeing how a human would use a Death Note, drops one into the human realm.

High school student and prodigy Light Yagami stumbles upon the Death Note and—since he deplores the state of the world—tests the deadly notebook by writing a criminal’s name in it. When the criminal dies immediately following his experiment with the Death Note, Light is greatly surprised and quickly recognizes how devastating the power that has fallen into his hands could be.

With this divine capability, Light decides to extinguish all criminals in order to build a new world where crime does not exist and people worship him as a god. Police, however, quickly discover that a serial killer is targeting criminals and, consequently, try to apprehend the culprit. To do this, the Japanese investigators count on the assistance of the best detective in the world: a young and eccentric man known only by the name of L.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

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