With Gainax (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 563,403 | Gross: $10.06M

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 624 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.6
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A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 38,656

3. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 141,518 | Gross: $0.55M

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.2
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Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 28,724

5. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 68,723 | Gross: $19.20M

6. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007)

PG-13 | 98 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.7
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The fate of the world is threatened by seemingly monstrous entities known as Angels. NERV is an organisation set up to counter this threat and it is up to young pilots to protect Earth but exactly what are the real motives behind NERV?

Directors: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi

Votes: 15,831 | Gross: $0.11M

7. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)

TV-14 | 112 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.0
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Under constant attack by Angels, NERV introduces two new pilots: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka Langley Shikinami. Parallel to the incursion, Gendo Ikari and ... See full summary »

Directors: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno | Stars: Kotono Mitsuishi, Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura

Votes: 13,977 | Gross: $0.13M

8. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)

Not Rated | 101 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.5
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A recap of the first 24 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion, followed by a 30-minute continuation of the plot that would later form the first third of The End of Evangelion.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 9,822

9. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012)

TV-14 | 96 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.0
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14 years have passed since the near third impact. Most of the world has changed except Shinji Ikari who awakens, unaged in a new and strange environment. Misato has formed a group that has ... See full summary »

Directors: Mahiro Maeda, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 8,351 | Gross: $0.17M

10. Tales from Earthsea (2006)

PG-13 | 115 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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47 Metascore

In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Mariska Hargitay, Jun'ichi Okada

Votes: 28,934 | Gross: $0.05M

11. Tengen toppa gurren lagann (2007–2008)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.

Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Kana Asumi, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 12,314

12. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

115 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.9
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61 Metascore

A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Directors: Shin'ichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei | Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 39,353 | Gross: $1.00M

13. Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996–1999)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Richard Cansino, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 15,830

14. Ouran High School Host Club (2006)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

8.3
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At the ultra prestigious Ouran High School, Haruhi Fujioka looks for a quiet place to read and walks into an unused music room, and accidentally stumbles across the notorious Ouran High ... See full summary »

Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Mamoru Miyano, Masaya Matsukaze, Ken'ichi Suzumura

Votes: 7,030

15. FLCL (2000–2018)

TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

8.3
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A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi, Suzuki Matsuo

Votes: 13,626

16. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Animation, Action, Fantasy | Post-production

Tokyo is under attack by powerful creatures known as the Angels as Shinji Ikari is chosen to pilot the Humanoid Decisive Weapon Evangelion in order to save humanity in the fight against them.

17. Summer Wars (2009)

PG | 114 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.5
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63 Metascore

A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takahiro Yokokawa

Votes: 23,073 | Gross: $0.08M

18. Pokémon the Movie 2000 (1999)

G | 99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.1
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28 Metascore

Ash Ketchum must gather the three spheres of fire, ice and lightning in order to restore balance to the Orange Islands.

Directors: Michael Haigney, Kunihiko Yuyama | Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rica Matsumoto, Madeleine Blaustein, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 19,036 | Gross: $43.76M

19. Angel Beats! (2010)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.8
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Rebellious teens fight in armed combat against one dispassionate girl's supernatural powers in an afterlife high school.

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Harumi Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Ryohei Kimura

Votes: 9,401

20. Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017 Video)

15 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

7.4
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In 2022, a powerful weapon causes a global blackout that has massive implications all over the world.

Director: Shin'ichirô Watanabe | Stars: Jovan Jackson, Luci Christian, Bryson Baugus, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 6,312

21. Tekkonkinkreet (2006)

R | 111 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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65 Metascore

2 boys defend Treasure Town. Yakuza try to take over and clear it for new development.

Director: Michael Arias | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô

Votes: 11,562

22. Munemoshune no musume tachi (2008– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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Rin Asogi runs a private investigation agency in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, performing odd jobs ranging from finding lost pets to hunting rare stamps in order to get by. Yet despite ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Cason, Jamie Marchi, Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 1,571

23. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.6
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Two Angels, Panty and Stocking, are kicked out of Heaven for bad behaviour and sent Ghost hunting by Garterbelt, a Priest of Daten City.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Arisa Ogasawara, Mariya Ise, Kôji Ishii

Votes: 1,317

24. Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro takes up his sword again to tear through an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic leader.

Director: Fuminori Kizaki | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Grey Griffin

Votes: 7,780

25. Mind Game (I) (2004)

103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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66 Metascore

After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.

Directors: Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto | Stars: Kôji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii, Seiko Takuma

Votes: 7,491 | Gross: $0.04M

26. The Second Renaissance Part I (2003)

9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

8.0
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A tour is taken into the Zion archives, where the history of the real world and the rise of the machines is shown to viewers.

Director: Mahiro Maeda | Stars: Isshin Chiba, Katsumi Chô, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry

Votes: 5,469

27. A Letter to Momo (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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65 Metascore

Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura | Stars: Karen Miyama, Yuka, Daizaburo Arakawa, Toshiyuki Nishida

Votes: 5,804

28. Eureka Seven (2005–2006)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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14-year-old Renton joins the rebel GekkoState ship, co-pilots the TypeZero with the mysterious Eureka, and unknowingly becomes part of a grand scheme.

Stars: Yûko Sanpei, Keiji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 2,624

29. Robot Carnival (1987 Video)

90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A collection of short stories, made by different animators with "robot" as the working title.

Directors: Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Kôji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki, Keiko Hanagata, Kumiko Takizawa

Votes: 1,676

30. Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Unrated | 121 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi, Heidi Lenhart

Votes: 4,438 | Gross: $0.06M

31. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A teen acrobat of mysterious origins and a young inventor find themselves entangled in a sinister plot that involves the fate of the world.

Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Carl Domaski, Judson Jones, Craig Kanne

Votes: 1,354

32. XXXHOLiC (2005– )

TV-PG | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Kimihiro Watanuki, a high-schooler, is troubled by monsters and spirits who are magically attracted to him. However, nobody else can see them but him. One day, Watanuki stumbles into a shop... See full summary »

Stars: Sayaka Ôhara, Jun Fukuyama, Kazuya Nakai, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 1,459

33. Gunbuster (1988– )

PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.8
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A young pilot, daughter of a deceased space captain, is selected to pilot a colossal robot as the key point of Earth's defence in a space war.

Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Rei Sakuma, Norio Wakamoto, Maria Kawamura

Votes: 1,173

34. .hack//Quantum: Walking Party (2010 Video)

TV-14 | 26 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.9
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Tobias, Mary, and Sakuya challenge the impregnable "The One Shin", but they lose their way in the maze and unintentionally trap other guild members. A mysterious cat is watching their blunder. Is it another player character or NPC?

Director: Masaki Tachibana | Stars: Terri Doty, Kara Edwards, Ayumi Fujimura, Kana Hanazawa

Votes: 141

35. Eden of the East (2009)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.6
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On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryohei Kimura, Saori Hayami, Leah Clark, Jason Liebrecht

Votes: 3,134

36. Cutie Honey: Live Action (2004)

94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.3
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The adventure of Cutie Honey, a super heroine who can transform into anything using her necklace to switch on and say "Honey Flash!".

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Eriko Satô, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Murakami, Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Votes: 1,424

37. Neon Genesis Evangelion: Girlfriend of Steel (1997)

Adventure

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Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tetsuya Iwanaga, Junko Iwao, Motomu Kiyokawa

Votes: 61

38. A Certain Scientific Railgun (2009– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.6
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A spinoff series from a certain magical index that follows Academy city's third ranked psychic power user or "esper", named Misaka. The series follows her and her friends in events ranging ... See full summary »

Stars: Brittney Karbowski, Alison Viktorin, Cherami Leigh, Brina Palencia

Votes: 774

39. Digimon Adventure Tri. 3: Confession (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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After seeing Meicoomon's abrupt transformation and killing of Leomon, Agumon and the other Digimon are kept isolated in Koushiro's office in order to prevent them from infection, but signs of infection begin to appear in Patamon.

Director: Keitarô Motonaga | Stars: Yutaka Aoyama, Miho Arakawa, John Eric Bentley, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 654

40. His and Her Circumstances (1998– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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TV series that tells the every-day stories of a group of teenagers in high-school, focusing on their romances and personal problems.

Stars: Atsuko Enomoto, Megan Hollingshead, Christopher Nicholas, Dick Rodstein

Votes: 1,167

41. Appleseed (1988 Video)

Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Action, Crime

6.4
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In a vast futuristic city, built on the ashes of the third world war, a police officer and her cyborg partner fight terrorism.

Director: Kazuyoshi Katayama | Stars: Masako Katsuki, Yoshisada Sakaguchi, Toshiko Sawada, Toshio Furukawa

Votes: 2,167

42. Spriggan (1998)

R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.5
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48 Metascore

An elite superhuman agent must stop a foreign military unit from seizing control of an ancient artifact that holds the key to ultimate power.

Director: Hirotsugu Kawasaki | Stars: Shotaro Morikubo, Ryuji Aigase, Takehito Koyasu, Katsumi Suzuki

Votes: 3,370 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Re: Cutie Honey (2004 Video)

45 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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Directors: Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Takamichi Ito, Masayuki | Stars: Yui Horie, Hideo Ishikawa, Junko Noda, Kazue Ikura

Votes: 218

44. Ani*Kuri15 (2007– )

1 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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15 one-minute shorts created by various people from Japan's animation industry. The title of the collection, Ani*Kuri15, is abbreviated from the words "anime" and "creators".

Stars: Yuka Terasaki, Rei Nakagawa, Takeshi Maeda, Akira Nakagawa

Votes: 376

45. Dead Leaves (2004)

Not Rated | 55 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves.

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi | Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Takako Honda, Yûko Mizutani, Mitsuo Iwata

Votes: 3,225

46. The Dog of Flanders (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.9
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A small poor boy lives with his caring grandfather in a small Flemish village in the 19th century Belgium, has a lovable pet dog, loves art and dreams of becoming a famous painter one day. Based on a famous Flemish novel.

Directors: Yoshio Kuroda, Doug Stone | Stars: Makoto Tsumura, Sakura Tange, Brady Bluhm, Brianne Brozey

Votes: 443

47. Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Horror

6.7
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44 Metascore

Saya is a Japanese vampire slayer whose next mission is in a high school on a US military base in 1960s Japan, where she poses as a student. She uses a katana/samurai sword to kill vampires.

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 11,414

48. Ancien and the Magic Tablet (2017)

111 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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69 Metascore

In the near future, a high school senior discovers that events in her waking life begin to parallel events in her dreams.

Director: Kenji Kamiyama | Stars: Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Jamison Boaz, Ray Chase

Votes: 885 | Gross: $0.05M

49. Blade of the Immortal (2008– )

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.8
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In medieval Japan, a witch curses a master swordsman with immortality. After many years he grows tired of it and asks her to make him mortal again if he atones for his sins by killing a 1000 evil men. A girl seeking revenge helps him.

Stars: Mela Lee, Keith Silverstein, Karen Strassman, Rina Satô

Votes: 415

50. Honey and Clover (2005– )

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Yuuta Takemoto is a poor college student who lives in a dilapidated apartment building with his two friends, Shinobu Morita and Takumi Mayama. The series chronicles the students' story as they struggle through life and love.

Stars: Haruka Kudô, Tomokazu Sugita, Hiroshi Kamiya, Yûji Ueda

Votes: 947


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