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The Spring anime lineup is definitely shaking up to be worth looking into with enough worthwhile titles for me to grab my attention. I even managed to come across some titles worth a look that I wasn't even planning on checking out for this season. From slice-of-life dramas to manic comedy to superhero action, here's a look at my thoughts on Spring anime titles I have had a chance to look into for this season thus far.

Currently Watching
Tiger and Bunny
The premise to this series is quite original compared to much of what I have heard in recent years with the focus on corporate-sponsored superheroes competing on a reality show. Seeing product placement on the costumes of the superheroes for companies like Pepsi and Bandai was worth a chuckle when I first seen Tiger and Bunny. The series is focused on veteran superhero Kotetsu Kaburagi (superhero name Wild Tiger) forced to team up with newcomer hero Barnaby Brooks following the acquisition of the company that was sponsoring Kotetsu for the reality show. The first three episodes thus far have been used to introduce the two characters and focusing on the two adjusting to working together as they have different views of how a hero should be. This is one of the better-looking titles I've seen thus far for the season featuring plenty of well-rendered CG animation for city landscapes, the costumes worn by the heroes and fluid animation coming from the heroics pulled by the competing superheroes. I am hoping there is a point in the series that explores what led to superheroes becoming walking advertisements for corporations in the world of Tiger and Bunny. But for now, this series is doing a decent job of hooking me thanks to the chemistry between Barnaby and Kotetsu.

Hanasaku Iroha
I am a sap for slice-of-life titles and for the most part, Hanasaku Iroha has done a good job of hooking me into the show. Finding herself dumped onto working for her grandmother's hot springs resort by her irresponsible mother, Ohana finds herself learning to adjust to her new surroundings as her grandmother treats the family members working under her as employees, overcoming her own shortcomings with her personality and trying to make friends with the younger workers at the inn. The first two episodes appeared to be focused on a serious drama with exploring Ohana's circumstances of working at the resort. Yet in the third episode, there is a change in mood thanks to the antics of an erotic writer that Ohana meets up with in the resort leading to some comedic and somewhat perverted moments. Some folks I've come across in blogs and forums online have already started ripping on the series for going against the serious mood it had in the first two episodes and are threatening to drop the show. I did enjoy said episode despite it seeming out of place with what was set up in the first two episodes. It looks like the next episode will be focused on the school lives of Ohana and the high schoolers at the resort which should make for a decent break from focusing on things at the resort.

The focus on time travel that I heard of from the premise for this visual novel game spinoff was what brought me into checking out Steins;Gate. I was not expecting the focus on otaku-related subjects during the first episode until I seen Chaos;Head (made from the same makers of this series) recently which led me to get used to this element to the series. Unlike Chaos;Head though, this series looks more stark and subdued in its overall feel as color is a bit more darker and there is a more defined look to its visuals. Rintaro Okabe's character is quite different from Takumi from Chaos;Head  in that he is not afraid to defy others with his theories related to time travel and possible conspiracies, even while coming across as a bit eccentric. Like Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate appears to be setting up for a complicated plot set up by a powerful corporation as Takumi digs deeper into a conspiracy from said corporation. The time travel subject of the series has hooked me in well thus far with mentions of real-life infamous Internet figure John Titor proclaiming to be a time traveler and the series making reference to his original theories of what the future would hold for humanity. I'm looking forward to continue seeing what developments come up with Takumi's conflict with SERN in Steins;Gate.

Dodoron Enma-kun Meeramera
This was one of a few titles I wasn't planning on originally watching. I can be a sap for comedy titles provided they deliver the right stuff to hook me in and with the manic and perverse comedy of Dodoron Enma-kun, this series looks geared to be my comedy title of choice for the Spring season. The series knows how perverse and over-the-top it can be with its humor with Enma not afraid to do overkill tactics to kill off enemy demons and the raunchy elements to the show blending right in like a demon literally trying to attack Enma and his friends with a certain body part and Yukiko-Hime always winding up getting unclothed during intense moments with a demon. From what I understand, this series is a remake of an old 1970s anime series and it does show with the character designs. If you have no problem with manic, perverse comedies, then you should be able to get enjoyment out of this series.

A Channel
Many of you on Anime Vice are well familiar with my utter hate of moeblob titles. This has to do with the fact that such titles force you to feel a certain way towards the overly cute and submissive female characters that are portrayed in said titles, which is a huge turnoff for me in portraying female characters. Fortunately in the case of the latest moe title A Channel, this feeling of caring for the characters actually comes off naturally for me this time around instead of making me feel like wanting to bang my head on a wall. Other than Run's ditziness frying my brain cells at points, the interactions between her and her friends come across quite naturally enough where I did get some chuckles out of some of the actions of the characters and enjoying some of the heartwarming moments with the interactions between the four characters. As long as A Channel is able to keep the interactions between the four friends natural, I might not feel so tempted to bash moeblob titles as much as I have been.

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Long title aside, C was one of this season's heavily anticipated titles by anime fans. Being a sap for Noitamina titles, this series was a definite choice for me to check out and from what I seen of the first episode, I'm already hooked. The first episode of this series did quite well at introducing both the twisted world of the competition for money in bank accounts and introducing college student Kimimaro. It's hinted from the get-go that there is something sinister going on in the "Financial District" that the creepy banker tempts Kimimaro into accepting. With the college student struggling on his own, such an arrangement would seem tempting to anyone trying to get by financially. The world of the "Financial District" already set this series up as one of the best-looking titles of the season with its highly colorful and abstract environments and the slick looking battle scene that took place at the start of the episode. It will be interesting to see how well Kimimaro handles things in the Financial District for the next episode of C.

This was another title that I originally had no plans of checking out and much to my chagrin, I didn't even know it was another Noitamina title airing this season. Setting aside my lack of prior research on AnoHana, I also got hooked on this show thanks to its dramatic focus on Jintan and the ghost of his dead childhood friend, Menma. The show got started from the get-go in pulling its punches with exploring what led up to Menma's death, the guilt Jintan had over her loss and what led him and his five friends to drift apart after Menma's death. The show appears to be focusing on Jintan trying to reunite with his friends to grant a wish for his childhood friend's ghost with what was brought up Menma during the episode. With the effective emotional drama AnoHana pulled in its first episode, I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress with AnoHana in the weeks to come for the Spring anime season.

Deadman Wonderland
This was another highly anticipated Spring anime series I heard folks raving for. Looking into how the first episode ran, my impressions of Deadman Wonderland are not too good thus far. It looked like the series was forcing things to be as hellish as possible for Ganta and to quickly toss him into the prison/ theme park known as Deadman Wonderland. The first five minutes of the episode alone looked quite rushed with the flow of events where Ganta's classmates are slaughtered, he gets hospitalized, arrested and went through a speedy trail. It's like the series wasn't sure how to toss Ganta into Deadman Wonderland so they decided to toss a bone and run with it. A later scene where Ganta recalls the time he spent with his classmates while in the prison had me caring less for the kid because of the lack of depth on his life before being tossed into Deadman Wonderland. In terms of showing off the prison/ carnival park premise, the series does do a decent job depicting it with the twisted mix of entertainment shown with the prisoners treated as circus freaks for the carnival that the audience enjoys and the reality of the situation with prisoners being treated horribly with their lives at risk with the prison staff caring less for how they treat them, shown clearly through a prisoner eventually killed from the poison in the collar strapped to his neck. However, the series has done a poor job from the start for me in mixing grittiness and substance effectively like Black Lagoon's been capable of pulling. I'll give this series a few more episodes to see if it can clean up its act or else I will be ditching it quick.

Hyouge Mono
Feudal era titles have done well in the past to hook me in as I got great enjoyment out of seeing similar titles like House of Five Leaves, Beast Player Erin and the 2009 anime adaptation of The Tale of Genji. Hyouge Mono makes itself a satirical comedy focused on the obsessive interest that warlord Sasuke Furuta has for expensive tea sets and his tense relationship with legendary shogun Oda Nobunaga. The laughs for the first episode for me came from Sasuke's facial expressions and his interest for a rival warlord's prized teapot getting his mind off a mission. This series definitely seems to be set to be under the radar for this season as there are quite a number of high-profile titles airing and Hyouge Mono has none of the conventional anime elements that would hook in viewers making it an acquired taste. As a matter of fact, the first episode of Hyouge Mono aired two weeks ago yet it wasn't subbed by a fansub group until just last week. So anyone planning to check out this series should be prepared to expect fansubs for it to be out later than usual.

Titles I Dropped
Sket Dance
The first episode to this shounen series had me comparing it to the old cheesy weekday afternoon after-school specials made during the 1980s to teach kids lessons on touchy subjects like bullying and drug abuse with how the Sket-Dan operated. The Sket-Dan does have its typical character archetypes that you would expect out of high school anime like Yusuke being the hot-headed, loud-mouthed leader, Himeko being the short-fused violent girl and Switch the group's brains and resident computer geek. Seeming both cliched and cheesy with how the characters and premise were painted, I chose to ditch Sket Dance after its first episode.

Nichijou was originally planned to be my comedy anime title of choice for this season thanks to the seemingly bizarre humor of it thinking I would get something like Arakawa Under the Bridge. However, the dry delivery of the humor I seen from the show's first episode had me getting bored with it and it led me to not seeing beyond the episode's first half.

I decided to get a quick peek at the series since I heard first impressions of it seemed better than Madhouse's takes on Iron Man and Wolverine. The character designs to it definitely looked close to their comic book counterparts as Wolverine no longer looked like a gloomy bishounen from his Winter series and the opening battle with Dark Phoenix looked slick. However, the Japanese voice acting for the characters sounded quite corny and kept me from wanting to watch any further than the Phoenix battle. Perhaps when the series gets dubbed in English and airs on G4 in the near future I might be tempted to see the show again.

There is one additional anime title I'm planning to look into for this season which has yet to air in the form of Moshidora which I will likely post a review of here on Anime Vice once the series completes its run. The series will be airing all 10 of its episodes the next two weeks Monday through Friday starting on April 25. Otherwise, feel free to post your thoughts on what I thought of the titles I seen for the Spring 2011 anime season.
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Been working on this one all week. Decided to use the OP music of Bokurano, Uninstall, for the musical choice of the AMV and one of my personal favorite anime, RahXephon, as the anime of choice. Enjoy!
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This video I just uploaded onto Youtube is the fourth update I've made in showing off my anime collection. Enjoy!
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There are many anime titles that are accessible to fans here in America and the more well-known and popular titles tend to get regularly re-released or milked for as much profit as possible from anime distributors whether it is a distributor's flagship title, a major shounen anime craze, or fan demand is high enough where distributors continue to provide said title to the fans. However, there are a fair number of anime titles here in the states that have been out of print for a number of years now for one reason or another and are still talked about by fans who seen them back when they were still being released. Whether distribution rights to the show expired, left unprinted after so many years, or the company went out of business, these ten titles I list below in no particular order show a number of anime titles that I believe are worth your time to see provided you're prepared to either go on a tricky money hunt if you choose to hunt a title legally or going the not-so-legal route of getting fansubs or DVD rips.

1. Great Teacher Onizuka
It might be surprising to those of you who get manga from Tokyopop, but there was a time where the manga distributor was releasing anime on DVD and Great Teacher Onizuka just happened to be one of those titles picked up by Tokyopop. This is a fun 43 episode comedy-drama focused on former biker gang member Eikichi Onizuka becoming a teacher to a troublesome class of middle school students. The anime's memorable for the comedic antics and great measures done by Onizuka to get his class in line and dealing with corrupt school officials who are working at trying to get him fired. He isn't exactly a conventional teacher either as the guy's a pervert, cusses, is below-average with knowing school subjects, skilled in martial arts, still has ties to some biker gangs and will often subject any students causing trouble in his class to humiliating or life-threatening situations to set them straight. Even with focus on his antics, the students and school staff still get fleshed out enough where you get enough sense of how they think of one another and why they behave as they do, especially as the students come to accept Onizuka and change their ways. Sadly, it looks like Tokyopop ditched their distribution of anime a while back so this title's been out of print for a number of years now. If you are looking for a fun school dramedy where you can see things like the vice-principal getting a German suplex or forcing a troublesome student to bungee jump off a bridge, then Great Teacher Onizuka's well worth your time to look into.
2. Card Captor Sakura
Long before One Piece fans were pissed at 4Kids' heavy editing to the show and later rejoicing when Funimation picked it up, this popular mahou shoujo title from the late 1990s went through a similar event with Nelvana heavily editing it and the fans rejoicing when Pioneer/ Geneon picked up the show and released it uncut on DVD. Card Captor Sakura has quite a bit of charm where it creates a refreshing twist on standard mahou shoujo plot formulas for the time and mixes it with plot elements you would find in other shoujo anime titles like relationship developments (which this show is quite infamous for amongst its fandom) and dealing with themes such as personal loss and unrequited love. The series does feature a number of likable characters from Sakura's camera-tooting best friend Tomoyo to crush Yukito to gluttonous Clow Card guardian Kero, as well as bending around mahou shoujo plot formulas as Tomoyo frequently makes mention of Sakura's status as a magical girl and makes her battle costumes, there are no actual antagonists in the series and no transformation sequences as the only sequences in this anime involve Sakura summoning her wand and any Clow Card she draws power from. Ever since Geneon closed up shop in America back in 2007, Card Captor Sakura has been out of print and is one of a handful of Geneon titles that has yet to be license rescued. If you do have interest in trying to get the DVDs, that would be a lofty goal in itself as the series is 70 episodes long and spread across 18 DVD volumes. Plus, don't go expecting an English dub as CCS was one of the few anime titles from Pioneer released only in Japanese with only the second movie to the series receiving a proper English dub from the distributor. 
3. Saikano
First appearances can be deceiving if one goes into watching this show without looking up info on it beforehand. What seems to be your run-of-the-mill high school romance anime quickly turns into what is perhaps one of the most depressing anime titles you'll ever come across. Saikano tackles the tragedies of war as it focuses on two high school students struggling to make their relationship work in the form of Chise and Shuji as Chise has been made into a cyborg to fight a global war for Japan and finds herself slowly losing her humanity as her power increases while Shuji struggles in accepting the fact his girlfriend isn't so normal and finds himself attracted to an old love interest that complicates his relationship with Chise. The show retains a bleak and tragic tone throughout its run as many prominent characters die and you get a sense of what they believe in as they either fight a losing war, try retaining whatever normalcy they can in their lives or deal with unrequited love. Viz Media picked up Saikano for North American release back in 2004 and like a good number of titles not a shounen anime franchise they've picked up, the show has been out of print for several years now. If you don't mind depressing and tragic anime titles, then Saikano is well worth your time to look into.
4. Kimagure Orange Road
One of the big hit romantic comedies of the 1980s alongside Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku, KOR is well-known for the love triangle involving teen esper Kyosuke Kasuga and former delinquent girls Madoka Ayukawa and Hikaru Hiyama. Sometimes touching and sometimes funny, this show deals with Kyosuke's everyday interactions with the two girls as he is attracted to Madoka yet with Hikaru also fawning for him, he can't bring himself to ward off Hikaru's advances and this complicates any developments that would push along his potential relationship with Madoka. The show's occasional laughs come from when Kyosuke tries making use of his esper power to make things easier in settling his relationship developments yet these efforts backfire and he finds himself having to mend any messes he created with his powers. The show does also do some parody with nods to popular 1980s movies like the Terminator and episodic cameo appearances from Umao and Ushiko quoting lines from Romeo and Juliet before they are shoved aside from the antics of the major cast of the series. Kimagure Orange Road was originally licensed by AnimEigo where they released the entire series subbed on DVD back in the mid 2000s. However, AnimEigo allowed their distribution rights to the series to expire in 2006 which has led to this anime being out of print and is currently unlicensed. It's quite easy to track down fansubs of the show, though getting it on DVD would be a whole different matter as entire box sets of the series have been known to be selling close to or over $1,000 on sites like Amazon and E-Bay.
5. Zoids
Normally if you see anime based off a popular toy line or card game, you might be expecting something mediocre or horrible as the whole plot to said series is mostly an excuse just to promote said toy or game. While Zoids is based on a toy line, it actually creates a worthwhile plot focused on an ongoing war and later on, events following the war as a new faction becomes a threat to both of the kingdoms that were involved in said war. The show is mostly focused on Van and Fiona as Van assists Fiona with trying to find details on her past and eventually becoming entangled in the conflict between Helic and Guylos. The show does a decent job fleshing out all the various elements to the world of the series and exploring the pasts of a number of prominent characters in the show like Raven and Reese. Zoids was licensed and distributed in an edited format through a partnership between Geneon and Viz Media in the mid 2000s, as well as being aired on Toonami. This partnership fizzled out when Geneon shut down in America and only individual volumes of the show were released before it went out of print. 
6. Koi Kaze
A controversial title, but one worth watching if you are open-minded enough for the subject matter. Koi Kaze gives a believable focus on exploring the increasingly forbidden relationship occurring between marriage consultant Koshiro and his younger sister in high school, Nanoka. The show sensibly and tastefully follows a tightrope in focusing on how Koshiro and Nanoka come to grips with their feelings for one another and depicting the different points in their lives with how they understand how society would regard their relationship as it follows a neutral mentality in exploring the developments as the series neither condones nor disapproves of Koshiro and Nanoka's taboo relationship. Koi Kaze was distributed by Geneon in 2005 before going out of print when the distributor shut down two years later. Like Card Captor Sakura, it is one of a handful of Geneon titles that have yet to be license rescued by any current distributor.
7. Video Girl Ai
Another victim of Viz Media sitting on a license while it goes out of print, Video Girl Ai has not had a new DVD release in nearly a decade and it's a shame considering this is a fun little romantic dramedy to check out. This 6-episode OAV series focuses around a complicated love square involving dateless high schooler Yota, his love interest Moemi, best friend Takeshi and the video girl Ai. It effectively mixes around comedy and drama with the comedy used out of Ai's character as she frequently causes mischief for Yota as her personality became altered thanks to his defective VCR and the drama coming off of the painful realities of unrequited love faced by three of the four involved in the love square. The final episode is well-known to a number of old-school fans in symbolically exploring the delicacy of being in love through one of Yota's painful ordeals when going after the girl he ultimately chooses to go with. Despite being out of print though, the series is fairly easy to obtain legally if you know where to look as all the OAV episodes are on a single DVD and I managed to snag it for just $10.
8. Key the Metal Idol
Another Viz title that has been out of print for years, Key the Metal Idol isn't really all that well-known to many anime fans I've come across and it's quite likely one of the most underrated titles I've had an opportunity of checking out. This dark drama explores a young girl named Tokiko "Key" Mima who believes herself to be a robot and must make over 30,000 friends to become "human" as a final request by her dying grandfather. This OAV series slowly unveils bits and pieces to the true nature of Key's character and the weapons manufacturer that considers her a threat in their moral-bending goals of perfecting their military robot technology that Key's grandfather was involved with. The series also introduces a number of other characters who serve to assist, encourage or deter Key in her goal and they are fleshed out enough where you know of their motives and personalities. Key the Metal Idol also has one of the most hauntingly powerful soundtracks I've seen in an anime featuring a subdued and tense mood which blends well with the somber mood given off by the series. 
9. Ayashi no Ceres
The fourth anime to be out of print from Viz on this list, Ayashi no Ceres is a tragic romantic drama focused on Aya Mikage dealing with the questionable actions of her family as she is banished upon learning that she is the reincarnation of the tennyo (celestial maiden) Ceres and discovers that some in the family are trying to exploit the power of the tennyo via physical and mental abuse from scientific means. The show does explore the backgrounds of many of the show's prominent characters allowing you to become familiar enough with why those hunting the tennyo are committed to their actions despite their lack of morality towards the celestial beings, as well as those aiding Aya in stopping the cruelty of her family. In addition, it explores some of the typical themes found in shoujo anime such as love, hate, defying fate and personal loss. This series does get quite intense and dramatic as the show presses on with some major characters getting killed off throughout the conflict and major sacrifices are made from both sides in this conflict. If you don't mind tragedy in your viewing of shoujo anime titles, then you might be tempted to give Ayashi no Ceres a shot.
10. Earth Girl Arjuna
Not too many anime I've come across have tackled themes of environmental awareness which I have seen from Studio Ghibli titles like Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke. Arjuna's an interesting title in the fact it blends themes of environmental awareness with exploring issues concerning human communication and mixing in elements related to Hinduism. It paints quite the shocking picture of the reality behind man's conveniences being a problem to the natural environment and the difficulty humanity has with relating their thoughts to one another because of different moralistic beliefs. It is sort of a mahou shoujo title as main heroine Juna finds herself tasked with preventing the beings known as Rajaa from destroying the planet via transforming into her Avatar state. It is hinted that there is far more going on than just a monster race trying to destroy the planet which brings some grey morality to the surface in Juna's quest. The presentation of this series is quite impressive featuring bright and vivid scenery, as well as fluid animation coming from Juna's battles with the Rajaa and while she is riding the motorcycle of her potential boyfriend Tokio. In addition, the show's soundtrack is composed by Yoko Kanno who offers up a mix of Indian musical pieces and otherworldly tracks that fit in perfectly with the mood of this series. Arjuna is one of the few anime titles from Bandai Entertainment that has been out of print for a while. However like Video Girl Ai, the series is fairly easy to get as single volumes and box sets of the series can be tracked down for sale from online sites at a fairly reasonable price.
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There have been notable anime and manga titles I've come across in my eight years of fandom that are well known for either shaking up debates among fans, running into legal issues, censorship or stirring up issues in the news connected to said title. I'm posting this blog entry today to highlight on some of anime and manga's most infamous moments in the spotlight for one reason or another. Of course, be warned that this is just my personal opinion so don't get in a bind over anything else you would deem as more infamous than the examples I have provided. 
  10. Macross Frontier
This might seem like a strange entry for most folks, but the licensing issues regarding Macross are enough of a mess where this is worth mention and explains why it would be very difficult to see Macross Frontier legally outside of Japan. Back in 2004, there was an ugly series of lawsuits filed over who had rights to trademarks and copyrights to the Macross series. It was ruled that Tatsunoko legally owns the rights to the Macross series and they had licensed the series here in the states to Harmony Gold USA, the TV company responsible for the original TV series' US airing in the 1980s under the name Robotech. Because of this ruling, any North American distributor desiring to pick up any of the later anime adaptations of the Macross franchise would have to get consent from Harmony Gold before licensing it in North America. However, Big West, an advertising firm in Japan that also owns a good chunk of the legal rights to the Macross series, has not been on good terms with Harmony Gold in recent years. Long story short, legal complications and tensions between the American and Japanese companies that have rights to the series are the major hurdle keeping Macross Frontier from potentially being licensed.
9. School Days
A good number of folks who seen this series should be familiar with the reasons I have for this entry. The novel game that School Days is based on is infamous for its violent "bad" endings that involve Makoto, Sekai or Kotonoha suffering brutal deaths from one another or inflicting death upon themselves. It was planned by the anime makers of the TV adaptation of the series that they would adapt variations of the "bad" endings for the final episode of the series. However a day before the premiere of the final episode, real news got out of a high school girl in Kyoto killing off her police officer father with an axe. In response to the shocking news, many Japanese TV broadcasters pulled the episode from airing to prevent showing any similarities to the murder that occurred. The sattelite channel AT-X would be the only network to air the episode albeit in an edited version. The episode was shown uncensored during a public screening by the maker of the game version to the series, 0verflow and later released on DVD.
8. Death Note
Death Note has led to some rather strange happenings in countries outside of Japan. There have been several incidents here in the United States where grade school kids and teens have been suspended or expelled from school for creating replica "Death Notes" that contain the names of their classmates. In Belgium, there was a crime scene with two notes found near the severed body parts of a white male which said "Watashi wa Kira desu," or "I Am Kira" which is a nod to Light's alias while killing criminals and those he considers a threat. Four people later were arrested for the crime and two of the suspects left the notes at the murder scene because they were fans of Death Note. Plus in China, the country has banned the sale and distribution of the manga series for the "physical and mental health" of their younger population as they have been creating replica Death Notes as well.     

7. Narutaru  
This is one area many of you might not be familiar with. Narutaru is a series that tackles a number of controversial subjects involving preteens and teens such as teen pregnancy and sexuality, rape, self-mutilation and psychopathy in which the mood of the series is deceptive starting off light-heartedly and getting increasingly darker and more graphic in content as the series progresses. Narutaru's American publisher, Dark Horse Manga, was completely taken by surprise over the content to the later volumes of the series when they had originally published the manga adaptation of the series. Upon seeing the content to the seventh volume that depicted more graphic content than the six earlier volumes, Dark Horse edited the content of the volume's more intense content such as the graphic killing of a classmate and a rape scene involving a test tube. After the seventh volume, Dark Horse halted publication on later volumes of Narutaru with three later volumes being printed in Dark Horse's Super Manga Blast magazine up to its cancellation.

6. Pokemon 
There may have been issues raised in America with Pokemon over the treatment of animals or racial and religious discrimination, plus some episodes being banned either for content or events in the news. But the major reason this cash-cow from Nintendo makes it on the list is thanks to the Electric Soldier Porygon episode. Featuring a three second clip of flickering coming from an attack by Pikachu, the intense light strobing from the scene led to seizures being inflicted upon 685 Japanese people during the original Japanese airing of this episode. As a result of the health problems inflicted, the Electric Soldier Porygon episode has been banned from being aired internationally, it became frequently parodied in other forms of media like South Park and earlier episodes of Pokemon were edited to reduce the flickering coming from Pikachu's electric attacks. 
5. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Before Walt Disney Pictures picked up the rights of distributing Studio Ghibli's first major hit film, New World Pictures had picked up distribution rights to Nausicaa during the 1980s. Hoping to gear the movie for children, New World altered the content of the movie by changing the title of the movie to Warriors of the Wind, changing the character names, cutting out scenes that were considered "slow moving" and completely changing the plot to the movie where the Ohmu were depicted as enemies. This led to great outrage from Ghibli fans and even Hayao Miyazaki himself who hated the complete alteration of Miyazaki's work from New World. Miyazaki himself even recommended that fans of his work remove any memories that they would have of the heavily edited film. As a result of New World's handling of Nausicaa, Studio Ghibli adopted a strict "no edits" policy where they would have say on whether or not any of the content in their films are edited. This was first demonstrated during Miramax's handling of Princess Mononoke where the co-founder of Miramax received a katana with the words "no cuts" embedded on it when Ghibli got word that Miramax wanted to make edits to the movie to make it more marketable in America.
  4. Kite 
This hentai title has been heavily edited or banned in a number of countries thanks to its graphic sexual content and violence. In particular, Kite depicts the main heroine Sawa being raped by her corrupt employer Akai in the present while working as an assassin under him and as a child when she was found by him following the murder of her parents. In America, the movie was originally released heavily edited and was eventually released unedited from the title's distributor, Media Blasters. Three versions of Kite have been released in America. The general release version removes nearly all of the movie's sexual content. A later Director's Cut version restores many of the sex scenes removed from the edited version though some scenes depicting a younger Sawa getting raped were still cut from the movie. The Special Edition version of Kite fully restores all the content removed from the original edited version.
3. Kodomo no Jikan 
One of the more well-known infamous lolicon titles, Kodomo no Jikan's manga source material was going to be licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment here in America under the name of "Nymphet". But feeling pressured by the tightly conservative views of mainstream America's thoughts on depictions of pedophilia in fiction, Seven Seas chose to cancel their plans of publishing the series.
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
There's enough controversy regarding Eva that I can mention here regarding its content, fan reaction and choices from Hideaki Anno's direction. Because the show was featuring more intense content for its later episodes in its early evening time slot during its original TV airing in Japan, many of Gainax's sponsors were pressured into cutting off their funding for Eva's animation budget which resulted in the later episodes having to cut back on animation to conserve on the show's tightened budget. The final two episodes of the series led to heavy debates and backlash from fans of the show for the radically different approach it went for in exploring the mentalities of the characters over the plot developments that the show had been building up on. Gainax received enough scrutiny from fans and Hideaki Anno even received death threats. This supposedly led to Anno having a "break down" and he made criticisms against the otaku culture in an interview for Newtype magazine in response to the fan reactions he received. For the End of Eva movie, the open-ended resolution to the movie combined with a number of plot developments left open to interpretation (which even include developments from the TV series) have led to enough heated debates and speculations over the years from fans of the series over what was happening leading Evangelion to be one of anime's most heavily debatable titles.
1. Urotsukidoji
This hentai title really shook things up outside of Japan. Infamous for its graphic violence and tenatcle rape scenes, Urotsukidouji has been banned or heavily censored in many countries with the title single-handedly being responsible for denting the reputation of anime for a number of years in Britain when originally released. The OAVs were released in a movie format for theaters in Western countries with the more explicit and graphic content being removed and scenes being reanimated to keep the narrative smooth from the edits. Even with all the censorship, Urotsukidouji still received an NC-17 rating when it was screened in American theaters.
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