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    Boys Over Flowers

    Boys Over Flowers

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    TV Tokyo (ended 1997)
    Boys over Flowers is the story of Makino Tsukushi, a 16 year old girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is a new student at Eitoku Gakuen, a very exclusive school that is attended by the richest of society's children. At first she choses to stay unknown for the remaining two years of her stay at the school. But her one and only friend gets in trouble with the F4 and Tsukushi stands up for her friend. She receives a red card and that's when all the confusion begins. The F4 are Hanazawa Rui 18, Nishikado Soujirou 18, Mimasaka Akira 18 and Doumyouji Tsukasa 17 who is the ringleader of the group. Tsukushi's unexpected resistance piques Doumyouji's interest. Her strength proves to be attractive to him, and he ends up having a crush on her, even though they are 'at war' with each other. Tsukushi, on the other hand, does not seem to be that impressed with the rich, arrogant Doumyouji, and instead finds herself attracted to another member of the F4, the quiet, sensitive violin player, Hanazawa Rui. This sets up an explosive triangle of love and hate relationships, as Tsukushi finds herself in the middle of a tug of war between Rui and Doumyouji. Tsukushi has to face the pressure of the school's rapidly shifting opinion of her, her status as a poor girl in a rich school, and her attraction to a cool but mysterious guy (Rui) while at the same time dealing with the advances of Doumyouji. If you should come across this series, I highly recommend checking it out!moreless
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    Web Ghosts PiPoPa

    Web Ghosts PiPoPa

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2009)
    Yuta fears most kinds of modern technology, which becomes a problem when his mother takes a job at Dreamland Japan headquarters in technologically advanced Kamimai City. Yuta accidentally uncovers an entirely different universe accessible via his cell phone. In Web World, he befriends three "ghosts" named Pit, Pot, and Pat. Together, they must battle enemy ghosts and prevent the Web World from invading the real world too.

    Opening Theme:

    #1: "Password@PiPoPa" by Atsuko Bungo (eps 2-4) #2: "Get On Top" by Shimai Sugimoto

    Ending Theme:

    #01: "Hoshi Hikari" by COONmoreless
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    Blue Dragon

    Blue Dragon

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2009)
    This Japanese, animated show is based on the Xbox 360 game of the same title. Each year for the past ten years strange, purple clouds have appeared in the sky, bringing disasters to the locales over which they hang. Shu, Kluke, and Jiro are determined to fight back. Through some gnarly misadventures, the three friends find themselves trapped in a flying fortress. They end up swallowing glowing orbs which has the strange result of making their shadows transform into monsters; Kluke's becomes a blue phoenix, Jiro's a blue minotaur, and Shu's a blue dragon. Following their escape from the floating fortress, they encounter more people from towns that have also fallen victim to the purple clouds. The three friends realize they have to use their shadow-monster powers to stop Nene (the commander of the floating fortress) from destroying their world. Opening Theme: #1: "FRIEND" by Keita Tachibana (eps 1-26) #2: "Mune ni Kibou o" by Haruka (eps 27-51) #3: "Hikari no Sasu Hō e" by JiLL-Decoy association (eps 52-77) #4: "Aoi Mirai" by Watari-Rouka Hashiritai (eps 78-102) Ending Theme: #1: "Fly So High" by Yu Yamada (eps 1-16) #2: "Kokoro" by SS501 (eps 17-26) #3: "HANA" by Masami Mitsuoka (eps 27-51) #4: "Tsubomi" by JiLL-Decoy association (eps 52-64) #5: "Sunnyday" by Lead (eps 65-77) #6: "I~jaNAI?" by Mikuni Shimokawa (eps 78-90) #7: "Tsubomi" by Mikuni Shimokawa (eps 91-102)moreless
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    Sister Princess

    Sister Princess

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2001)
    In the first season, Wataru Minakami is forced to leave and find another high school when a computer glitch causes the entrance exams to be scored incorrectly. When he finds out that his father enrolled him to another high school, he is sent to a place called Promised Island where he finds twelve young girls. The burden of school is enough, but when he finds that all the girls are his little sisters, high school seems to be easier than the weight of twelve siblings. The second season is more serious in nature and goes back to the original magazine and mini-novel stories. Wataru and his sisters reside apart on another island and simply take life one day at a time. Most episodes chronicle their usual routines while a select twelve features each sister with her own personal story.moreless
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    Fushigi Yuugi

    Fushigi Yuugi

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    TV Tokyo (ended 1996)
    Schoolgirls Miaka Yûki and her best friend, Yui Hongo stumble upon an ancient Chinese novel titled The Universe of Four Gods in Japan's National Library. When they try to read the book, they are transported back to the ancient world of China. Miaka becomes the Priestess of one of the four gods, Suzaku of the Konan empire. While Yui becomes her rival, the priestess of Seiryu in the land of Kutou. Whichever girl summons her god first is up to the courage and skill of the priestesses and her magical Celestial Warriors, as they both meet triumphs and tragedies along the way.

    The televised series is available on VHS through Pioneer and the full series is available on DVD through Geneon. Please see the Mysterious Play Guide for the original Japanese cast list.moreless
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    Suzuka

    Suzuka

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2005)
    Yamato Akitsuki moves from a small town to attend high school in Tokyo. On his walk to move into his new apartment he sees a the most beautiful girl doing high jump out on the school track. He instantly falls in love with her, but he doubts he will ever see her again. Ironically enough, when he enters what he thought was his apartment room for the first time he is surprised to see her standing there. What a great first impression to have on the girl of his dreams right? Living next door to Suzuka and with all the stresses of high school, will he be able to win her love?moreless
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    Toradora!

    Toradora!

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    Adapted from the light novel series of the same name by Yuyuko Takemiya, Toradora! follows Ryūji Takasu who is always mistaken for a delinquent because of his eyes, because of that he can never get a girlfriend. Starting off his second year of high school, Ryūji finds out he is in the same class as his only friend Yūsaku Kitamura and the girl he has a crush on, Minori Kushieda. All is looking well for Ryūji, until he accidentally bumps into the school's "most dangerous animal of the highest risk level", Taiga Aisaka. Unfortunately for him, Taiga is Minori's best friend, but Taiga has a secret that may force her and Ryūji to work together for common goals. Additional Titles: Tiger x Dragon Opening Theme: Pre-Parade (プロヒロヽド) by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura, and Yui Horie
    silky heart by Yui Horie Closing Theme: Vanilla Salt (ハニラソルト) by Yui Horie
    Orange (オレンジ) by Rie Kugimiya, Eri Kitamura and Yui Horiemoreless
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    Nanaka 6/17

    Nanaka 6/17

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2003)
    Nanaka Kirisato is a seventeen-year-old high school student who is serious about her studies and is very cold and distant. She always criticizes her best friend, Nenji Nagihara, for being a childish delinquent who spends his time fighting and not studying or caring about his future. However, Nanaka wasn’t always this way, and everyone is about to be reminded of that when one day something shocking happens! After an argument with Nenji, Nanaka falls off a flight of stairs in the rain and suffers a brain injury. Now, Nanaka has the mind of her six-year-old self! Nanaka's father, Taizo Kirisato, and Nenji must keep her injury a secret as she struggles to live a normal life and grow up all over again! But this time, Will things turn out differently? Nanaka 6/17 or Nanaka Jūnana-bun no Roku (ななか6/17) is a manga series by manga-ka Ken Yagami. The anime adaptation aired on TV Tokyo in Japan and is licensed for distribution in the United States by ADV Films.moreless
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    Natsu no Arashi!

    Natsu no Arashi!

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    Thirteen year old Yasaka, spending his summer vacation with his grandfather, meets a mysterious older girl named Arashi who seems to be much more than she appears at first glance. Slowly but surely, Yasaka is drawn into the overlying mystery of Arashi's true identity. Opening Theme: "Atashi dake ni kakete" by Omokage Lucky Hole Ending Themes: "Kirari Futari" by Ryoko Shiraishi (episodes 1 through 5) "Hito Natsu no Keiken" by Ryoko Shiraishi (episodes 6 through 10) #3: "Kassai" by Yui Horie (episode 11 through current)moreless
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    Nagasarete Airantou

    Nagasarete Airantou

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2007)
    Nagasarete Airantou - Comedy, Harem, Romance (May contain mild nudity, adult themes)...

    A young boy named Ikuto runs away from home. He ends up adrift in the sea, when he is transported to an island by a tidal wave. He is rescued by a girl named Suzu. Ikuto soon learns that the island's human population consists entirely of females, and they all seem desperate to take him as their partner. He also finds out that arriving on the island is much easier than it will be leaving the island.moreless
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    Hayate no Gotoku!

    Hayate no Gotoku!

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    Hayate the Combat Butler - Comedy, Action, Romance (May contain violence) ...

    Ayasaki Hayate, a high school kid known for his bad luck, spends his days working at part-time jobs. After incurring a debt of 156,804,000 yen (1.3 million U.S. dollars) through gambling, Hayate's parents disappear leaving him to sort himself out. While attempting to pay off his parents' debt collectors, Hayate attempts to kidnap and hold for ransom the daughter (Sanzenin Nagi) of a very wealthy couple. Things become complicated when Nagi mistakes Hayate's kidnap attempt for a confession of his love for her. While botching his own kidnap attempt, he manages to save her from other kidnappers, causing her to fall madly in love with him. Nagi ends up hiring Hayate as a live-in butler to pay off his debt collectors and to keep the man of her dreams close at hand. _______________________ Opening Theme: #1. "Hayate no Gotoku!" by KOTOKO (eps 1-26) #2. "Shichiten Hakki*Shijou Shugi" by KOTOKO (eps 27-52) #3: "Wonder Wind" by ELISA #4: ""daily-daily Dream" by KOTOKO Ending Theme: #1. "Proof" by MELL (eps 1-13) #2. "Get my way!" by Mami Kawada (eps 14-26) #3. "Chasse" by Kaori Utatsuki (eps 27-39) #4. "Ki no Me Kaze" by IKU (eps 40-52) #5: "Honjitsu, Mankai Watashi Iro!" by Shizuka Itou with Eri Nakao, Sayuri Yahagi and Masumi Asano #6: "Karakoi ~Dakara Shoujo wa Koi wo Suru~" by Rie Kugimiya and Ryoko Shiraishimoreless
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    Blood Lad

    Blood Lad

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    A manga written by Yuuki Kodama. Blood Lad is about a vampire leader named Staz. He lives in the Demon World and rules over one of the districts. He is obsessed with the Japanese culture and especially likes manga. When Staz learns that a teenage girl named Fuyumi enters the Demon World by accident Staz then vows to return her to the human world to turn her back in human.moreless
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    The Wallflower

    The Wallflower

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2007)
    AKA Perfect Girl Evolution or Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge: Romance, Slice of Life, Comedy.
    Sunako Nakahara was in love and wanted to confess her love to the boy. Sadly, the boy of her dreams rejected her and not only that, called her ugly! Because of that, Sunako vowed never to love again and shunned all forms of beauty and became a "creature of darkness". The landlady then takes in four gorgeous boys, namely Takano Kyouhei, Oda Takenaga, Ranmaru Mori and Toyama Yuki, of Sunako's age and made a deal with them. The deal was: if they succeeded in making Sunako a lady during their stay, they'll get FREE RENT! But if they fail, their rent TRIPLES! At first, they think that Sunako's a girl that will just have to smoothen her rough edges but when they encounter this scary and gothic girl, they thought that it would take them much longer than they thought.moreless
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    Pani Poni Dash!

    Pani Poni Dash!

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    Miyamoto Rebecca is only eleven years old when she becomes a teacher in a classroom full of strange children. Despite being a cute eleven year old girl, Miyamoto Rebecca can be quite sarcastic and offensive. With the help of her friends Himeko, Ichijou, Rei and a white rabbit, Mayamoto Rebecca turns the school on its head with her unique style of teaching.moreless
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    SuperGALS!

    SuperGALS!

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    Ran Kotobuki is not just your average teenager living in the popular Shibuya shopping district; she considers herself the world's greatest GAL! Even though she's the daughter of a family of police officers, Ran prefers to just live the teenager life by her own rules, along with her friends Aya and Miyu. They go shopping, dance and sing, dress and accessorize, talk about and date GL guys, and every once in a while chase down petty criminals.

    A fun shojo comedy about the Tokyo kogal culture by Mihona Fujii, Super GALS! is produced by Studio Pierrot, the folks who've done Saiyuki and Great Teacher Onizuka, and later went on to produce the immensely popular Naruto and Bleach anime.

    Also known as: Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran Number of Episodes: 52 Originally broadcast in Japan: Spring 2001 – 2002. Season 1: Super GALS! Season 2: Super GALS 2: The Heart of Shibuya Availability: Both series are officially licensed and are available as Box Sets. Season 1 was dubbed into English, and released by ADV Films in 2003-2004. Season 2 was originally released by Enoki Films, but is now distributed by Right Stuf with English Subtitles in 2006. Manga: GALS! has 10 volumes released in Japan and most of these are now available in the US. Rating: This series has not aired on regular US television, but ADV rates this a 15+. It's got quite a bit of trash-talking language (like witch with a B, and the S word), bloodless violence (people get into fights, muggings, and crimes), and a few adult situations. It'd probably be considered TV-14 if it aired in the US.

    Music Opening Theme: H*I*M Music and Lyrics: Kana Arrangement: Akio Noyama Vocal: dicot Ending Theme: I want to hug you Lyrics: Ikuno Takagi Music & Arrangement: Isao Yoshida Vocal: Jungle Smile

    Cast of CharactersThe Shibuya GALS Ran Kotobuki, age 16, a fiery, but popular gal with orange hair with a dark red highlight. She considers herself the greatest Gal in Shibuya, and is revered among the local community for going out of her way to help others. She enjoys living in the here and now, and has a philosophy which she terms the Ironclad Rules for Gals. She enjoys shopping, playing, and eating. But such a life leaves her dirt poor, so she sometimes, no, usually, charms her guy friends into treating her. When she's not energetic, she's sleeping in homeroom. Nickname: Ran-Pyon Miyu Yamazaki, age 16, is Ran's buddy with the blonde hair. She was a former gang leader, but after Ran's brother Yamato set her straight, she ascribes to the philosophy of the Gals, trying to do good whenever she can, and she has a big crush on Yamato! She is a pretty good baker of cookies, and talks about herself in the third person. Aya Hoshino, age 16, is the gal with the long black hair. A top academic student, she completes the trio of Gals when Ran and Miyu help her out with a social situation in the first episode. She is quite shy when it comes to expressing her romantic feelings, especially when Rei Otohata starts being friendly to her. She tends to follow along with the other Gals on things, but learns to figure out her own feelings and desires thanks to her friends. Nickname: Aya-ppe. ♥ Shibuya guys Rei Otohata, age 17, is the guy with the dark hair from Meisho High. He ranks #1 on the Super High School Grand Prix, and is ever so popular, but he has an aloof attitude most of the time, tending to not care when girls give him affection. He works part-time at a record store. He goes by Otohata most of the time. Yuya Asou, age 16, the blond guy from Meisho High, and ranked #2 on the Super High School Grand Prix. Although he's sought out by all the girls, Yuya forgoes that, and has a crush on Ran instead. But that love goes unrequited because of his shyness, and he is only relegated to being a Nice Guy (more than a friend, less than a boyfriend) in Ran's eyes, especially when Tatsuki arrives, he loses his chance to be Ran's boyfriend. Nickname: Second Place (Nii) (from Ran), Bro or Brother (from Tatsuki). Tatsuki Kuroi, age 16, is the dark-skinned guy with the spiky blond hair. He's originally from the Machida area on the outskirts of Tokyo. He is the self-proclaimed king of para para dancing. He's very friendly and easy-going, and soon becomes Ran's boyfriend after a casual confession. Nickname: Tatsukichi, Machida Black, Monkey Boy.

    Kotobuki Family Yamato Kotobuki, age 25, is Ran's older brother, and a police officer at the Shibuya office near the train station. He tries to keep Ran in check if she's causing trouble nearby. Even though he gets annoyed by the Gals hanging around his police box (office) all the time, he does care for Miyu and enjoys her affections. Sayo Kotobuki, age 14, is Ran's younger sister who wears a hat almost all the time, so she looks like a Girl Scout. She aspires to become a policewoman, and thus becomes the good daughter of the family. But for now she is a Junior Detective and role-plays scenes from her favorite show Odaiba Cop with her boyfriend Masato. Nickname: Sayo-chan. Catchphrase: Datchu! (You bet!) Taizo Kotobuki, age 51, is Ran's father and the Chief of Police in the Shibuya district. He's disgruntled that Ran decided not to be a police officer, and tends to administer punishment by either giant swinging them or withholding her allowance. Kiyoka Kotobuki, age is a secret, is Ran's mother. She's also a police officer and she drives a patrol car. She plays all sorts of random Japanese instruments.

    Gals from Bukuro Mami Honda, age 16, is the daughter of the extremely wealthy Honda family. She lives the life of a debutante at home and school, where she has been trained to excel at just about everything she does. But she hides that persona away when she rules the streets of Ikebukuro. When she visits Shibuya, it is clear she is intent on invading Ran's turf, and the two girls become rivals. Nickname: Mami-rin (from Ran) Harue Kudou - Mami's friend has a shady past must like Miyu. In fact, she used to hang out in Shibuya. Alternative spelling: Harue Kudoh

    Shibuya locals Masato Iwai - age 14, is Sayo's boyfriend. He and Sayo call themselves the Junior Detectives, and travel around Shibuya doing detective work and acting out their favorite scenes from Odaiba Cop. They even have their own theme song. Catchphrase: Datchu (You bet!) Minigal Tan and Minigal White are the chibi gals who introduce the different Gal terminology in each episode. Nakanishi is Ran's teacher. He's always annoyed that Ran arrives late, sleeps in homeroom, and makes up far-fetched tales for not doing her homework. As a result, he punishes Ran with supplementary schooling (i.e. detention with teaching), but generally cares that Ran progresses academically. Nickname: Naka Teach. Satsuki Iida and Rie Aihara are schoolmates that Ran has known since elementary school. Satsuki has blonde hair in a short ponytail, and Rie has black hair. They are fairly trendy but mainly interact with Ran and the gals at school. Tan Face Trio (Red, Yellow, and Blue) are a group of girls who pride themselves in spending most of their time in sun salons (tanning booths). This is different from Tatsuki who is naturally dark-skinned. They don't like Ran that much, and try to find ways to poke fun of her paleness. In the series, they are only known by their primary hair colors.

    Characters that appear in Season Two Naoki Kuroi, age 14, is the skateboarding, fun-loving younger brother of Tatsuki. He falls in love way too easily, and hopes to inherit the family's ramen business. He becomes a Junior Detective, and pals around with Sayo and Masato, although he hopes to find someone to love that isn't taken. Nickname: Naokichi, Monkey Boy (same as his brother) Towa Himejima, age 24, is a green-haired gal who has returned to Shibuya to manage the Palm Tree café, which becomes the local hangout for the Gals. Kasumi Tsukino, age 14, is a homely girl with glasses and pigtails. She was rescued by a super Gal when she was younger, and now aspires to be the number one gal in Shibuya. But in order to be number one, she has to take down Ran, and she plots all sorts of mean schemes. Her icon is the Rabbit. Katase Kazuki, age 16, is a boy at Aya's school who quickly charms and befriends Aya when she is having troubles figuring out her relationship with Rei. He aspires to study but gets annoyed when Aya doesn't act as studious as she used to be because she wants to be with her friends.

    Contributing to the guide Summary: The episode titles will be changed to include heart and arrow symbols only when the summaries and recaps are added or updated. Since the production codes are self-evident they will only be added with major changes. Trivia: GAL Lingo, Ironclad Rules for Gals, references to real places in Tokyo, character debuts, ring tones, and cultural observations (New Year's temple visit, Ran plays DDR, what is para para). Quotes: Please specify the English dub or sub in the comments section. Allusions: Product Parodies like the upside down McDonalds sign, references to other TV shows or movies. Notes: Alternative titles from Enoki Films, Video release dates (first episode of the disc or volume only) Cast: For character names, I've used the Western format for the English dub and tried Eastern format for the Japanese dub. For instance: Luci Christian (Ran Kotobuki) Megumi Toyoguchi (Kotobuki Ran) The guest stars are mainly in Western format. There are plenty of Japanese VA guest stars left to fill out, so if you can read Japanese credits, go for it.

    Any questions or clarifications, please contact the Editor.moreless
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    Kaasan - Mom's Life

    Kaasan - Mom's Life

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    Originally known as Mainichi Kaasan, this is a slice of life anime about a career-committed mother and the trials and tribulations of her somewhat unusual family.
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    A Little Snow Fairy Sugar

    A Little Snow Fairy Sugar

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2002)
    A fairy wants to become a snow fairy, to do this she must find something A small European town was home to a girl named Saga. One day she met a tiny little fairy (that only she could see)This little fairy was looking for a "twinkle" in order to become a full Snow Fairy.Saga named the Fairy "Sugar," and since Sugar was hungry Saga helped her, and sugar followed her home. Then two other fairies arrive "Wind Fairy Pepper" and "Sun Fairy Salt" to play with Sugar and keep her out of trouble. -The Main Characters- Name: Sugar bout her: She wants to become a Snow Fairy like her mom. She likes to eat and can be lazy. Is Apprentice: To become a Snow fairy Magical Instrument: Piccolo Age: If she was human she would be 9 Name: Salt About him: Is said to be rebellious and is dedicated to become a "Sun Fairy" Is Apprentice: To become a Sun fairy Magical Instrument: Trumpet Age: If he was human he would be 9 Name: Pepper About her: Was born in a Wind Fairy family..so she is dedicated to become a "Wind Fairy". Is Apprentice: To become a Wind fairy Magical Inatrument: Harp Age: If she was human she would be 9 Name: Saga Race:Human About her: Is responsible, and likes to play the piano. Age: 11 Opening Theme Song: Sugar Baby Love by Yoko Ishida (Episodes 2 - 23) Ending Theme Songs: Snow Flower by Maria Yamamoto (Episodes 1 - 23) Sugar Baby Love by Yoko Ishida (Episode 24) Kokoro no Piano by Masumi Asano (Specials)moreless
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    Daphne in the Brilliant Blue

    Daphne in the Brilliant Blue

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    Welcome to the Daphne in the Brilliant Blue guide at TV.com.

    Summary: In the future, global warming has led to a rise of the water level and made the Earth a water world. Maia Mizuki, a young student, shows great promise. Though hoping to join the Ocean Agency, which manages the resources of the sea, her hopes are dashed and her finances collapse when she is rejected. Destitute and homeless, she finds a job and a new home with Nereids, a private security and investigation agency. As she finds her way in the world with Nereids, she also begins to discover more about her own past.

    Opening Theme: "Asu no Blue Wing"

    Ending Theme: "Anata to Yuujikan"moreless
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    Hanaukyo Maid Team

    Hanaukyo Maid Team

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    TV Tokyo (ended 2004)
    After his mother passes away, Taro Hanaukyo is invited to his grandfather's home. He soon meets a beautiful maid named Mariel from the house, and discovers that not only did his grandfather leave, he also stated that, Taro is, "The Master of the House." Taro also discovers that not only is the estate a colossal mansion, it has hundreds of gorgeous maids ready to serve him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Taro now has to deal with not only a responsibility of running a house, but deal with hundreds of over zealous maids that want to please him in every way possible.moreless
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