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Arisa Good Luck

Here's a true bluebird: the 1999 one-shot OVA Arisa Good Luck . Last month, Tennouji, translator and proprietor of SakuraCircle, contacted m...

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Lunatic Night 03v2

Here's an updated version of episode 3 of the late 90s h-anime comedy Lunatic Night . This version was made possible by Internet pen-pal kno...

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Beast City (Inma Daitoshi) 3v2

sxales has recently released a new dual audio encode of the US version of the 1990's h-anime Beast City ( Inma Daitoshi ), which includes t...

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Nana Toshi Monogatari

Here's another project that BlueFixer asked Orphan to redo: the two-part sci-fi OVA Nana Toshi Monogatari: Hokkyokukai Sensen ( A Tale of S...

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Chameleon 5

We're seven months into a catastrophic 2022. War ranges unchecked in Ukraine. Inflation is at a forty-year high. Drought is killing the rive...

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Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de 2

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de ( In a Distant Time ) is an otome game franchise developed by Ruby Party. It spans at least a dozen…

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Hayou no Tsurugi

Hayou no Tsurugi was a series of forty (!) light novels by Maeda Tomiko, published between 1989 and 2017. (A spinoff series, Hayou no Tsuru...

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King Fang v2

In November of 2021, Orphan's timer ninacloud noticed that an uploader going by the handle of fabrebatalla18 had torrented a group of "rare ...

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Sotsugyou: Graduation

There are lots of OVAs with Graduation in the title. This one is the two episode OVA from 1995. It is based on a dating sim game and…

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Status

I haven't done a status report in a long time, because for a long time, there was nothing to report. Now, though, there are quite a few proj...

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Kakyuusei (1995), DVD Edition

The world doesn't need another version of Kakyuusei (1995), but here's one anyway. An Internet pen-pal who goes by the handle of ProxyMan ha...

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Junkers Come Here: Memories of You

Stop me if you've heard the one about the talking dog... Junkers Come Here and its sequel were novels by Kine Naoto. They featured a Schnau...

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Kosuke-sama Rikimaru-sama: Konpeitou no Ryuu

Kosuke-sama Rikimaru-sama: Konpeitou no Ryuu ( Kosuke and Rikimaru: The Dragon of Konpei Island ) is a 1988 OVA from Toriyama Akira, the cr...

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Ninkuuuuuuu!

With the release of a batch torrent, including the drama CD, Soldado and Saizen's Blu-ray version of Ninku is complete. (DB - remember them?...

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Tezuka Osamu: The Secret of Creation

Another first for Orphan: a live-action documentary about (who else?) Tezuka Osamu. A raw for this showed up recently on the anime community...

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Toei's Kitten

Several major themes run through Orphan's releases: rescuing shows stranded on the wrong side of the Digital Divide; rescuing shows abandone...

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Choujikuu Romanesque Samy: Missing 99

Choujikuu Romanesque Samy: MISSING 99 ( Superdimensional Romanesque Samy: MISSING 99 ) is a 1986 sci-fi fantasy that makes no sense along m...

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Baby Love

Baby Love is such a familiar shoujo romance that it seemed like a refugee from the Margaret Video Series, but it was actually made somewhat ...

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Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament Ep 13-15

Here is volume 5 of Tezuka Osamu's Tales of the Old Testament: In the Beginning , which continues the Exodus story through the giving of the...

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Salvaging an Investment (Cherry no Manma)

Many, many years ago, members of the team were interested in translating Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage , a three-part horror OVA from 1989. The...

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Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament, Ep10-12

In my blog post on the third set of episodes, I piously hoped that there wouldn't be a year gap again, as there had been between the…

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Practice Makes Perfect (A-Girl v3)

You were probably not expecting (or needing) this: a fourth version of the 1993 shoujo OVA A-Girl. Well, practice makes perfect. In 1992, Ma...

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2021 in Review

The world continues to go to hell in a handbasket. The pandemic continues to rage. The world supply chain is borked. Inflation is rampant. W...

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Chameleon 4

What's this? Two episodes of Chameleon in the same calendar year? Is Satan gliding around his domain on ice skates? In the blog post for epi...

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Sensou Douwa: Aoi Hitomi no Onnako no Ohanashu

Sensou Douwa ( War Tales or War Fables ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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Yuki (BD 720p)

This one's for you, DmonHiro. To prepare for encoding the 1080p version of Yuki , M74 made a "test" encode at 720p for review. It looked fin...

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Yuki

Forty years ago, the famed "social realism" film director Imai Tadashi released his one and only anime movie, Yuki . It was based on a 1976 ...

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Bakumatsu no Spasibo

Yet another project that began in the deep, dark past. Bakumatsu no Spasibo ( Gratitude in the Bakumatsu ) is a 1997 movie about Russian adm...

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Alice in Cyberland, the Sequel

In my blog post on the original Alice in Cyberland , more than three years ago, I commented on the mystery of the missing second episode.…

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Mother: Saigo no Shoujo Eve

Here's another project whose antecedents are lost in the mists of time: an English subtitled version of the 1993 sci-fi movie Mother: Saigo ...

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The Girl That Got Away

Orphan-raws is releasing its encode of Kakutou Bijin Wulong ( Fighting Beauty Wulong ), done from R2J DVDS. Therein lies a story: a project...

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Sangokushi Dai San Bu Harukanaru Taichi (HD)

The third movie of the Sangokushi trilogy is Sangokushi Dai San Bu Harukanaru Taichi ( Sangokushi: The Distant Land ). With this release, O...

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Shin Takarajima

It's no secret that practically every staff member in Orphan is mad for Tezuka Osamu. The team has done more shows by the God of Manga that ...

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Cat-Eyed Boy (Youkaiden Nekome Kozou) 01

Just in time for Halloween, Orphan presents the first episode of Umezz Kazuo's 1976 horror series Youkaiden Nekome Kozou ( Spirit Legend Ca...

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To-Y Blu-ray

To-Y is a 1987 OVA about a Japanese indie rock band and its lead singer. It is based on a ten-volume manga by Kamijou Atsuji. To-Y …

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Laughing Salesman HD Completed

Today, another milestone: the last group of high-definition TV episodes for Laughing Salesman ( Warau Salesman ) has been released. The TV ...

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This Is Where I Came In...

I just had the pleasure of editing the Blu-ray version of episode 58 of Yawara! - the last one I had never touched (or seen) before -…

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Sangokushi Dai Ni Bu Choukou Moyu!

Here, after an unconscionable delay, is the HD version of the second movie in the Sangokushi trilogy, 1993's Sangokushi Dai Ni Bu Choukou M...

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Kageyama Tamio no Double Fantasy

Kageyama Tamio was a Japanese actor and writer. He is probably best known to anime audiences for his book Coo: Tooi Umi Kara Kita Coo , whic...

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Tobira o Akete

Tobira o Akete is a sword-and-sorcery fest from 1986. It's based on a 1984 short story by the Japanese fantasy and science fiction writer M...

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A Long Time Coming: King Fang

About four years ago, a gentle Swede who goes by the handle Go no Ken found a rare VHS tape of the 1978 TV special Daisetsuzan no Yuusha…

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Sensou Douwa: Kiku-chan to Ookami

Sensou Douwa ( War Fables or War Tales ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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Kasei Yakyoku v2

When Orphan released Kasei Yakyoku in late 2018, we had to use a VHS tape for the first two episodes. At the time, I said we'd redo…

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Kaitei 3-man Mile

Toei Douga pioneered the feature-length theatrical cartoon in Japan, starting with 1958's Hakujaden . Orphan has released several Toei featu...

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

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(Maris) The Choujo

I'm not as familiar with the works of Rumiko Takahashi as an anime fan ought to be. I've never watched Maison Ikkoku , Urusei Yatsura , Ranm...

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More Raws from the Attic

Time to share a bit more buried treasure with the anime universe. Today's offering is Super Real Mahjong, a pair of OVAs from 1990 which sha...

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Sangokushi Daiichibu Eiyuu-tachi no Yoake (HD)

This has been in the works for a while. High-definition versions of the Sangokushi movies appeared on Japanese streaming sites in the spring...

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Body Jack (Laserdisc Version)

I wasn't planning on doing any more of the Pink Noise series after Call Me Tonight , but the laserdisc for the fourth and last show in…

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Hashire! Shiroi Ookami

Orphan hasn't done a critter feature in a while, so we're quite chuffed to present the first English-subtitled version of the 1990 movie Has...

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