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In a futuristic world where cyberspace, artificial intelligences and cyborg cops are the norm, only the Ghost (the indefinable element of human consciousness) exists to determine who is alive and who is purely a creation of the Net. Major Motoko Kusanagi is an elite officer in the Shell Squad who has been so heavily modified that little more than her Ghost remains. She is assigned to finding a computer criminal who is skilled enough to hack into the minds of his victims, and she finds that he uses humans as puppets to do his evil deeds. Things soon take on a more sinister twist. The special edition box set features the original subtitled version of the film and a documentary into the making of the piece.
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter.
All 75 episodes of the 1980s anime series following the exploits of Matt Tracker. While investigating the death of his brother, Matt stumbles into the shady world of VENOM, an international criminal organisation which spans the globe. Joining forces with a group of friends who all possess special powers, he creates MASK (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) and takes the fight to the organisation that, he subsequently discovers, killed his brother.
Double-bill of the groundbreaking Japanese anime feature and its sequel. In 'Ghost in the Shell' (1995), set in a futuristic world where cyberspace, artificial intelligences and cyborg cops are the norm, only the Ghost (the indefinable element of human consciousness) exists to determine who is alive and who is purely a creation of the Net. Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice of Atsuko Tanaka) is an elite officer in the Shell Squad who has been so heavily modified that little more than her Ghost remains. She is assigned to finding a computer criminal who is skilled enough to hack into the minds of his victims, and she finds that he uses humans as puppets to do his evil deeds. Things soon take on a more sinister twist, and it's up to Kusanagi to get to the bottom of it. 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence' (2004) is set in 2032, by which point the boundaries between human and robot have started to break down, and cyborg alteration is now completely the norm. Public Security Section 9 is the organisation responsible for policing this brave new world, and when cyborg detective Batou (Akio Ootsuka) takes on a case of a female pleasure robot that brutally murdered its owner, he uncovers similar crimes taking place throughout the city, as robots, cyborgs, and even humans start to question what it really means to be alive.
The complete first series of the anime about a demonic butler who serves a 12-year-old boy. Set in Victorian England, the story revolves around the young Lord Earl Ciel Phantomhive, who inherits his family's estate and toy empire when his parents are murdered. After entering into a Faustian pact, Ciel obtains the services of demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis, who, in return for wreaking vengeance on his parents' killers, will take Ciel's soul. Episodes comprise: 'His Butler, Able', 'His Butler, Strongest', 'His Butler, Omnipotent', 'His Butler, Capricious', 'His Butler, Encounters', 'His Butler, at a Funeral', 'His Butler, Travels', 'His Butler, Tames', 'His Butler, in an Illusion', 'His Butler, On Ice', 'His Butler, However You Please', 'His Butler, Forlorn', 'His Butler, a Freeloader', 'His Butler, Extraordinary', 'His Butler, in Competition', 'His Butler, Isolated', 'His Butler, Dedicated', 'His Butler, Redirected', 'His Butler, Detained', 'His Butler, Escaped', 'His Butler, Recruiting', 'His Butler, Gone', 'His Butler, Burning' and 'His Butler, Eloquent'.
A remarkable fantasy adventure film quite unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a headstrong 10-year-old girl, unhappy that her family are moving house and that she will have to make new friends.
As they make their way to the new home, Chihiro's father takes a detour to explore mysterious tunnel in the woods. On the other side is what seems to be deserted theme park but is in fact a ghostly town. Unwittingly, they have strayed into the land of the Spirits, a world of dreamlike scenery inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings, ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. With her parents help captive and Yubaba set on enslaving them forever, Chihiro must use all her energy to survive in this strange new place. With the help of Haku, a brave young spirit, she is forced to overcome her fears and join an epic battle for her family's freedom.
Winner of the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Film and the Golden Bear at Berlin, Spirited Away is a visionary work from Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke), which sets the benchmark for all animation to come. The most successful film of all time in its native Japan, it's a thrilling and enchanting adventure for adults and children alike.
All 26 episodes of the Japanese sci-fi anime series set in a future where, following a hyperspace gateway explosion that rendered the Earth almost uninhabitable, the majority of the human race live on Mars. With the government and police under the control of powerful organised crime syndicates, it is down to five bounty hunters known as 'cowboys' to maintain law and order. The episodes are: 'Asteroid Blues', 'Stray Dog Strut', 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Gateway Shuffle', 'Ballad of Fallen Angels', 'Sympathy for the Devil', 'Heavy Metal Queen', 'Waltz for Venus', 'Jamming With Edward', 'Ganymede Elegy', 'Toys in the Attic', 'Jupiter Jazz: Part 1', 'Jupiter Jazz: Part 2', 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'My Funny Valentine', 'Black Dog Serenade', 'Mushroom Samba', 'Speak Like a Child', 'Wild Horses', 'Pierrot le Fou', 'Boogie Woogie Feng Shui', 'Cowboy Funk', 'Brain Scratch', 'Hard Luck Woman', 'The Real Folk Blues: Part 1' and 'The Real Folk Blues: Part 2'.
Episodes 245-255 of the 'Naruto' anime spin-off series. A trio of young ninjas, Naruto (voice of Junko Takeuchi), Sasuke (Noriaki Sugiyama) and Sakura (Chie Nakamura), are schooled together in the village hidden in the leaves. Each desires to become a ninja for different reasons and will face his or her own personal battles along the way. The episodes are: 'The Next Challenge! Naruto Vs The Nine Tails', 'The Fourth Hokage's Death Match!', 'Thank You', 'Battle in Paradise! Odd Beast Vs The Monster!', 'The Man Named Kisame', 'The Angelic Herald of Death', 'The Bridge to Peace', 'The Super Secret S-Rank Mission' and 'The Artist Returns'.
Animated adventure by the Japanese anime studio Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's story 'The Little Mermaid'. When a feisty baby goldfish/mermaid called Ponyo (voiced by Noah Lindsey Cyrus) runs away from her home in the sea, she ends up stranded on the shore and is rescued by Sosuke (Frankie Jonas), a human boy who lives on a nearby clifftop. Ponyo yearns to become human herself so that she can be with Sosuke, but many obstacles stand in her way.
Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Lily Tomlin and Liam Neeson lend their voices to the English version of the film.
Japanese anime feature, told in three segments, about the unrequited love between two school friends. The storyline revolves around two main characters: Takaki (voice of David Matranga) and Akari (voice of Hilary Haag), who become close friends while attending junior high school. After graduating, Akari moves away due to her parents' jobs, and although Takaki manages to keep in touch by writing letters, the pair gradually drift apart. Years later, with Takaki now a computer programmer in Tokyo and still longing for Akari, a chance meeting occurs...
Award-winning, feature-length sci-fi anime adapted from Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1965 novel 'Toki o Kakeru Shojo'. High school student Makoto Konno (voice of Riisa Naka) discovers that she possesses the ability to travel through time and space, and uses the gift to readjust past events in her favour. However, as she learns that every change she makes has the potential for serious repercussions in the present, Makoto is forced to continually revisit the past in order to put right the wrongs she has unwittingly created, eventually realising that everyone's alloted time, even those who can travel through it, is finite.
Japanese animated feature from Studio Ghibli based on the 1952 children's novel 'The Borrowers' by Mary Norton. The Clock family, each only a few centimetres tall, live peacefully under the floorboards of a house in the Tokyo suburbs inhabited by the elderly Sadoko (voice of Phyllida Law). In order to survive, the Clocks borrow everything they need from their human host in such tiny amounts that they go virtually unnoticed. But their existence comes under threat when fearless 14-year-old Arrietty Clock (Saoirse Ronan) is spotted by Sadoko's sickly 12-year-old nephew Sh˘ (Tom Holland).
Howl's Moving Castle is the latest masterpiece from Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of young Sophie Hatter, a girl destined to lead a dull life as a hat maker. Sophie resigns herself to her fate, but fate has other plans for her.
Sophie's life is thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-yet-mysterious wizard named Howl. Subsequently transformed into a 90-year-old woman by the wicked Witch of the Waste, she embarks on an incredible odyssey to lift the curse, and finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle.
Based on the book by Welsh author Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle is an epic tale of adventure and imagination.
Orphan Pazu's life is changed when one day the beautiful Sheeta literally falls out of the sky. Round her neck she wears a glowing crystal, a relic of the mighty Levitation Stones that once kept ancient cities floating in the air. Caught up in a race between sky pirates and sinister government agents, Pazu and Sheeta go in search of Laputa, the last of the fabled castles in the sky.
Hayao Miyazaki's homage to Jules Verne and Jonathan Swift, Castle in the Sky was the first feature film from the now legendary Studio Ghibli. Combining the Japanese master director's twin obsessions of eco-thriller and aerial escapades, its combination of a treasure hunt and a fight against evil make for an unforgettable adventure.
Featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek and Mark Hamill.
All 47 episodes from the second season of the animated series inspired by Yu Gi Oh trading cards. The episodes are: 'The Mystery Duelist: Part 1', 'The Mystery Duelist: Part 2', 'The Past Is Present', 'Steppin' Out', 'Obelisk the Tormentor', 'Stalked By the Rare Hunters', 'Yugi Vs the Rare Hunter: Part 1', 'Yugi Vs the Rare Hunter: Part 2', 'Espa Roba, the ESP Duelist: Part 1', 'Espa Roba, the ESP Duelist: Part 2', 'The Master of Magicians: Part 1', 'The Master of Magicians: Part 2', 'The Master of Magicians: Part 3', 'Playing With a Parasite: Part 1', 'Playing With a Parasite: Part 2', 'Mime Control: Part 1', 'Mime Control: Part 2', 'Mime Control: Part 3', 'Legendary Fisherman: Part 1', 'Legendary Fisherman: Part 2', 'Double Duel: Part 1', 'Double Duel: Part 2', 'Double Duel: Part 3', 'Double Duel: Part 4', 'The Rescue', 'Friends 'Til the End: Part 1', 'Friends 'Til the End: Part 2', 'Friends 'Til the End: Part 3', 'Friends 'Til the End: Part 4', 'Shadow of a Duel', 'Lights, Camera, Duel', 'Let the Finals Begin!', 'The Dark Spirit Revealed: Part 1', 'The Dark Spirit Revealed: Part 2', 'The Dark Spirit Revealed: Part 3', 'Rage of the Egyptian Gods', 'Awakening of Evil: Part 1', 'Awakening of Evil: Part 2', 'Awakening of Evil: Part 3', 'Awakening of Evil: Part 4', 'Mind Game: Part 1', 'Mind Game: Part 2', 'Mind Game: Part 3', 'A Duel With Destiny: Part 1', 'A Duel With Destiny: Part 2', 'The Tomb-Keeper's Secret', 'Showdown in the Shadows: Part 1' and 'Showdown in the Shadows: Part 2'.
In this 6-story anthology collection, batman faces new villains and old ones in a time-line after batman begins.
3 disc set contains all 40, 11 minute episodes from the second season
From the creators of Spirited Away.
From master animator Hayao Miyazaki comes a fantastical tale of action and adventure about the clouds.
In the 1920s, Adriatic Sea, only one pilot rules the skies; Porco Rosso, a talented pilot who, due to a magic spell, has been transformed into a pig. Porco leads a solitary life as a pilot for hire protecting airships from marauding pilots, resting on his private island and visiting his friend, the beautiful hotel-owner Gina. But when a hot-headed American pilot arrives looking to make a name for himself by shooting down The Crimson Pig, Porco enlists the help of a fiesty teenage airplane engineer to get his beat up plane into shape for the big fight.
Featuring the voices of Michael Keaton and Cary Elwes, dizzying aerial action and wise-cracking dialogue, Porco Rosso is a treat for movie lovers of all ages.
This quirky animated series offers a course of wild adventures with a crazy catering company in Marzipan City. There, chef Mung Daal is famed for his oddball dishes. And he's ready to pass on his culinary knowledge to his apprentice, Chowder--if he can get the precocious lad to listen. Meanwhile, Mung Daal's bossy wife, Truffles, and the humorless rock-monster, Shnitzel, fill out the rest of the kitchen staff in this fun, stomach-rumbling series. This volume presents 10 complete episodes of the Cartoon Network show.
Episodes 27-39 of the 'Naruto' anime spin-off series. Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura do battle in the Forest of Death to attain the Heaven and Earth scrolls but something evil is in their pursuit. The episodes are: 'Impossible Dream', 'Beasts: Alive Again!', 'Kakashi Enlightened!', 'Aesthetics of an Instant', 'The Legacy', 'Return of the Kazekage', 'The New Target', 'Formation! New Team Kakashi', 'An Unnecessary Addition', 'The Fake Smile', 'Untitled', 'Simulation' and 'The Tenchi Bridge'.
Young warrior Ashitaka receives a wound that refuses to heal in a battle with a cursed beast. Searching for a remedy for the supernatural injury, he leaves his remote village for the forbidding forests of the west, where he finds a human enclave under siege from divine powers: deities of times past, the wolf gods, and San, a wild girl of the forest.
Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece depicts the clash between the natural world and its old gods, and the rise of humans and the beginnings of modern civilisation. It shows three elements of the Japanese psyche warring for supremacy in an epic ecological fable of stirring mythic power.
The first of Miyazaki's films to gain mainstream attention in the West, Princess Mononoke features an English-language script by Neil Gaiman, author of Anansi Boys and American Gods, and vocal performances from Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup and Gillian Anderson.
Episodes 258-270 of the 'Naruto' anime spin-off series. A trio of young ninjas, Naruto (voice of Junko Takeuchi), Sasuke (Noriaki Sugiyama) and Sakura (Chie Nakamura), are schooled together in the village hidden in the leaves. Each desires to become a ninja for different reasons and will face his or her own personal battles along the way. The episodes are: 'Rivals', 'Rift', 'Parting', 'For My Friend', 'War Begins', 'Sai and Shin', 'Secrets of the Reanimation Jutsu', 'An Old Nemesis Returns', 'The First and Last Opponent', 'The Brilliant Military Advisor of the Hidden Leaf', 'Battleground!, 'Forbidden Words' and 'Golden Bonds'.
Episodes 271-283 of the 'Naruto' anime spin-off series. A trio of young ninjas, Naruto (voice of Junko Takeuchi), Sasuke (Noriaki Sugiyama) and Sakura (Chie Nakamura), are schooled together in the village hidden in the leaves. Each desires to become a ninja for different reasons and will face his or her own personal battles along the way. The episodes are: 'Road to Sakura', 'Mifune Vs. Hanzo', 'True Kindness', 'The Complete Ino-Shika-Cho Formation!', 'A Message from the Heart', 'Attack of the Gedo Statue', 'Unison Sign', 'Medic Ninja in Danger', 'White Zetsu's Trap', 'Aesthetics of an Artist', 'The Allied Mom Force!!', 'The Secret Origin of the Ultimate Tag Team!' and 'Two Suns'.
Double bill of Japanese sci-fi anime fables from director Fumihiko Sori. In 'Elliptical Orbit' a crew return home after a fifteen year space mission. Due to the nature of their journey, however, the crew have only aged two years. How will this affect them as they return to friends and family who have now raced ahead of them in years? 'Symbiotic Planet' follows humankind as they attempt to establish a civilisation on a new planet. Unfortunately, the same battles and struggles that have marked the history of Earth soon break out among the various bands of colonisers.
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