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Hiatus, Involuntary (Again)

I'm giving advance warning that my fansubbing activities, and releases from the Orphan team, will be curtailed for a few months. This time, ...

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Bride of Deimos

Deimos no Hanayome: Ran no Kumikyoku ( Bride of Deimos: The Orchid Suite ) is a 1988 one-shot OVA. It's based on an incomplete 17-volume ma...

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Chalk-iro no People

After Heart Cocktail , Watase Seizou released three more anime OVAs based on his stories: 1987: Boku no Oldies wa All-Color ( My All-Color ...

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Captain Bal

The Young Animator Training Project , variously known as Anime Mirai, Anime Tamago, and now, Anime no Tane, is an annual project sponsored b...

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Raw, Raw, Raw!

It's my birthday (big whoop), so in honor of that, Orphan is releasing some more "raws from the attic." Or in more truthful terms, our stash...

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There Are Places I Remember...

I turn 77 today, reinforcing my title as Oldest Living Fansubber™. It reminds me how long I've been doing this (17 years - not as long as so...

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Bakuen Campus Guardress

When I first watched Bakuen Campus Guardress ( Combustible Campus Guardress ), a four-episode episode OVA from 1994, I was gobsmacked by ho...

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Boku no Oldies wa All-Color

After Heart Cocktail , Watase Seizou released three more anime collections based on his stories: 1987: Boku no Oldies wa All-Color ( My All...

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Science Saru x MBS Original Short Anime Daisakusen

Here's another set of four 90-second anime from Japanese TV. Titled Science Saru x MBS Original Short Anime Daisakusen - the title takes lo...

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Heart Cocktail Again

Twenty years after the original Heart Cocktai l manga, Watase Seizou released another anime collection, Heart Cocktail Again . Unlike the or...

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Satsujin Kippu wa Heart-iro v2

Satsujin Kippu wa Heart-iro ( The Murder Ticket Is Heart- Colored ) is a 1990 standalone OVA based on a series of young adult novels for wo...

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Nayuta

Nayuta is a 1986 sci-fi OVA,based on a three volume manga by Sasaki Junko. (The manga is not available in English.) It's another show that a...

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Asatte Dance

Here's another ecchi OVA from Knack: 1991's Asatte Dance ( Dance till Tomorrow ), adapted from a seven volume manga by Yamamoto Naoki. It's...

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DAYS OAD

Back in 2016, Orphan subbed DAYS: Touin Gakuensen , the second set of DAYS OADs and the next step in the Seiseki High School soccer team's q...

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One Pound Gospel

Takahashi Rumiko is best known for her long-running manga and anime series, like Ranma 1/2 , Urusei Yatsura , Inuyasha , and Kyoukai no Rinn...

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Mellow

Another year, another ecchi OVA about cross-dressing from Knack. This time it's 1993's Mellow , which is based on a manga by Kasahara Rin th...

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Fruit Brains

This one is literally hot off the presses - well, hot off the airways. Fruit Brains ( Kudamonou ) appeared on a Japanese variety show a few...

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2023 in Review

A year of retreads and repeats, none of them good: War in Ukraine. War in the Middle East. Covid, flu, and RSV. Donald Trump and Joe Biden r...

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Uchuu Neko: Mardock no Bouken

So here's Orphan's holiday release, the 2016 short series Uchuu Neko: Mardock no Bouken ( Space Cat: Mardock's Adventures , or more grandil...

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Ai to Ken no Camelot

Some anime is great; some is awful. And some just leaves you scratching your head, not in confusion (like Genji, Part 1 ), but in bemusement...

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Okama Hakusho (Okama Report)

This one needs warning labels: Borderline hentai! Outdated stereotypes! Nudity! Sex, mostly gay, some straight, some consensual, often not! ...

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Raiyantsuuri no Uta

Orphan is pleased to bring you the first English version of the 1994 movie Raiyantsuuri no Uta ( The Song of Raiyantsuuri ), a title so rar...

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Inochi no Chikyuu: Dioxin no Natsu

Here's another project that has been stuck in limbo for a very long time: the 2001 movie Inochi no Chikyuu: Dioxin no Natsu ( Life on Earth...

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Cat-Eyed Boy 03

Happy Halloween! Barely in time, Orphan yet again brings you some paper cut-out thrills and chills: the third episode of Umezz Kazuo's 1976 ...

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Heart Cocktail (Batch)

Here, as promised, is the batch release for Heart Cocktail . There are no changes. I really liked Heart Cocktail . I found it interesting, a...

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Heart Cocktail Vol 6

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Seizou, is a joint project between DarkWispers (Darkonius), Lonely Chaser (MartyMcflies...

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Genji Part 1

Here's another project that's been on my "to do" list for a long time: 1992's time-travel sci-fi mind-fuck OVA Genji (Part One) . The "Part ...

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Heart Cocktail Vol 5

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Seizou, is a joint project between DarkWispers (Darkonius), Lonely Chaser (MartyMcflies...

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Heart Cocktail Vol 4

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Seizou, is a joint project between DarkWispers (Darkonius), Lonely Chaser (MartyMcflies...

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The Laughing Salesman Specials

With the release of the 23rd and last Laughing Salesman special, Evil-Saizen has completed its work on the series: 103 TV episodes, the pil...

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Heart Cocktail Vol 3

It would be difficult to riff changes on my previous blog posts about Heart Cocktail , so I'll focus on a different aspect of the series: t...

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Sanada 10 Batch

So here's Orphan's final word on Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densetsu Sanada Juu Yuushi ( Legend of the Warring States Heroes: The Ten Warriors ...

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Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo!

Maken Liner 0011 Henshin Seyo! ( Wonderdog Liner 0011 Transform! ) is a 1972 Toei sci-fi anime movie. It seems like a descendant of 1970's ...

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Sanada 10 - The End of the Beginning... Actually, Just "The End" (Ep10-12)

The final episodes of Sanada 10 bring the series to a close... sort of. In fact, there are so many loose ends that it's clear the creators…

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Heart Cocktail Vol 2

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Seizou, is a joint project between DarkWispers (Darkonius), Lonely Chaser (MartyMcflies)...

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Sanada 10 - If SIx Turned Out to Be Nine... (Ep 7-9)

At long last, Sanada 10 stops setting the stage and moves into telling a story. However, it promptly runs into a prime difficulty of histor...

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Dallos (Blu-ray)

It's been more than ten years since Orphan first released Dallos . After release posts for the DVD version , the HD web version , and the la...

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Sanada 10 - The Sanada Six (Ep 4-6)

Although the series title (and the folk-tales on which it is based) refer to ten brave Sanada warriors, at this point, we've only met six, a...

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Heart Cocktail Vol 1

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Saizou, has been on my wish list for a long time. Our media maven in Japan acquired the…

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Sanada 10 - The Battle of Sekigahara (Ep 1-3)

Sanada 10 - more formally, Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densetsu Sanada Juu Yuushi ( New Legend of the Warring States Heroes: The Ten Warriors ...

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Wan Wan Chuushingura (Full HD)

Another re-release in full HD, courtesy of Ioroid's raws. Wan Wan Chuushingura is a 1963 feature-length cartoon from Toei Douga. It tells t...

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Noel's Fantastic Trip (LD Version)

As I mentioned in my post on the DVD version of Noel's Fantastic Trip , the movie was originally released to home video on VHS tape and…

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UTOPA (1080p)

Recently, a fellow who goes by the handle Ioroid has been uploading high-quality 1080p webstreams of a number of Orphan's releases. We've al...

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Noel's Fantastic Trip

Iruka (which means "dolphin" in Japanese) is a Japanese folk singer and children's book author. In 1983, she wrote the songs and story for a...

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Sanada 10 Special

Once upon a time, in the ancient days of the mid-oughts, there was a TV series with the rather long title of Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densets...

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Junkers Come Here v2 (Laserdisc)

In my original blog post for the 1994 OVA Junkers Come Here:Memories of You , I wrote, "The show was never released on laserdisc, let alone...

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One Small Step for VHS Tapes (Hayou Tsurugi v2)

When Orphan released Hayou Tsurugi last year, I noted that " the tape had copy protection, which caused problems during the ripping proces...

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Rehab Assignment (Grimm Douwa: Kin no Tori Full HD)

When it came to Covid, I was pretty lucky, considering my age. No hospitalization required, no lingering after-effects. Still, it knocked me...

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Hiatus, Involuntary

Orphan's seven fans must be wondering what is going on. It's been a month since the last blog post, and even longer since the last release. ...

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It's Broken, Broken, Broken

For some time, I've wondered why anime groups have taken to specifying exactly which video players they support for their releases. Some say...

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