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I Can Hear the Sea   Iczer-1   Iczer-3   Inu-Yasha   Iria   Irresponsible Captain Tylor

I Can Hear the Sea

A snotty Tokyo girl moves to a provincial sea town, there she clashes with her new classmates in high school. Told from the perspective of one of the local boys who is first appalled by her, but later befriends her when he finds out about the divorce of her parents and helps her cope with her family problems. A sweet, subdued story about growing up to be an adult and about first love with some interesting insights into everyday life of Japanese school and college students.

[Entry by Hanno Mueller]

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Ichigeki Sachuu! HoiHoisan

see HoiHoi-san

Iczer-1: Nagisa and Iczer-1

An ongoing battle between races with planet-trashing abilities comes to Earth. Humans suddenly start turning into weird, bloodthirsty monsters without warning. Into this havoc comes Iczer-1, a girl (well, she looks like one, anyway), and she enlists the unwilling help of a young human girl called Nagisa to help pilot the big Iczer-Robo mecha. The story behind this is a bit convoluted and difficult to explain without introducing spoilers, but there is a link between Iczer-1 and her enemies, and there is a bigger menace waiting in the wings. A later series, Iczer-3, is based on this series.

[Was available from US Renditions when US Renditions was still in operation; currently licenced by Media Blasters.]

[Entry by Chika]

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Earth has been taken over by Big Gold's daughter (see Iczer-1) and Iczer-1 is in no fit state to do anything about it. All there is left is Iczer-1's little sister, Iczer-3, but she is very much a rookie. Just as well that Nagisa is waiting aboard the only remaining Earth ship, sitting waiting on the moon along with its crew. The story is very similar to Iczer-1 except that there isn't quite so much body-snatching; each episode seeing the crew and Iczer-3 battle each of the baddies (mostly rejects from the Negaverse!!!). Iczer-1 and Iczer-2 both emerge at the end, by the way. Iczer-3 is available subbed from USMC.

[Entry by Chika]

I'm Gonna Be an Angel

see Tenshi ni Narumon

Inuyasha: Inu-Yasha and Kagome

Hundreds of years ago in Feudal Japan, during the Sengoku Jidai (or Warring States Era), there was a half-demon, half-human hybrid named Inu-Yasha. He sought to capture the Shikon no Tama (or Jewel of Four Souls) for himself, but Kikyo, the priestess who had guarded the jewel, sealed him away with a sacred arrow. On her deathbed, she was cremated along with the Jewel ... but the story does not end there. In the modern age of the present day, Kagome Higurashi, a seemingly ordinary girl, is thrust back into the Sengoku Jidai by a magical well, and must now protect the mysteriously reappeared Shikon no Tama from the fearsome demons and ogres that wander across the land. But can she rely on Inu-Yasha, the resurrected half-demon, to help her defend this enigmatic jewel? A gothic horror/adventure series, with romantic comedy elements, from Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku). Licenced by Viz.

[Entry by Nicholas A. Jalowick]

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Iria (a.k.a. Zeiram, the Animation)

Set in a future time Iria is a bounty hunter in training. She, her brother Gren and their boss Bob are hired to for a rescue mission when the most dangerous lifeform in the galaxy Zeiram shows up as part of the cargo. Escaping to the planet Taowajan with no idea on the fate of Gren or Bob, Iria must deal with the authorities idea of urban renewal which is to allow Zeiram to run loose in a city slum. Later on all records of the rescue mission have vanished and Iria must contend with a conspiracy that wants to silence her before she can find out what their plans for Zeiram are. (6 episode series on VHS and DVD by US Manga)

[Entry by Bruce Grubb]

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Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Irresponsible Captain Tylor: Justy Ueki Tylor

Through a series of coincidences (or are they?), Justy Tylor (aged 20) becomes captain of the Battle Cruiser Soyokaze, which is full of misfits and rejects. His easy-going, do-your-own-thing manner annoys and confuses friend and foe alike, and his amazing successes keep people wondering: Is he incredibly lucky or incredibly clever?

Available from The Right Stuf International.

[Entry by Catherine Johnson]

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