The Anime Primer

Capsule Descriptions of Anime: J

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Jungle wa Itsumo Haré Nochi Guu   Juuni Kokki

Journey to the West

see Gensomaden Saiyuki

Jubei Nimpuucho

see Ninja Scroll

Jungle Emperor Leo

see Kimba the White Lion

Jungle Taitei

see Kimba the White Lion

Jungle wa Itsumo Haré Nochi Guu (a.k.a. Haré+Guu)

Pure madness in a jungle that seems to have escaped from a Salvador Dali painting. Ten-year-old Hare's quiet life in the Jungle with his mother Weda is turned into a comic inferno one day when Weda brings home "cute" little Guu, a girl who appears to be around Hare's age. But Guu turns out to be an inexplicable being - unimaginably powerful and yet a cynical trickster who seems to be there specifically to turn Hare's life into a living damnation. Hare Nochi Guu is a brilliantly witty series with astoundingly imaginative writing that at its core is based upon some very memorable and likeable characters.

Licenced in North America by AN Entertainment.

[Entry by Dave Baranyi]

R1 official website

Juuni Kokki (a.k.a. The Twelve Kingdoms, Chronicle of Twelve Countries, Juuni Kokuki)

Youko Nakajima is summoned into another world alongside two of her classmates after she is attacked by mysterious beasts at school, and becomes embroiled in a political struggle over the rule of one of the Twelve Kingdoms that make up this world. This is only one of the storylines that occupies this 45 episode series, however - later story arcs follow others who have been swept into the Twelve Kingdoms through Youko's perspective. What perhaps seems like a slightly stale coming-of-age girl-in-another-world story is given a darker twist than many other such shows, featuring racism, assassination and betrayal. There's a lot more focus on political and cultural aspects compared to, say, Escaflowne, although the slow pace and excessive angst may put some off. The first two story arcs are available on DVD in Region 1 from Media Blasters, with the first disc of the third arc due shortly.

[Entry by Andrew Hollingbury]

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