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Parasite Dolls

What Is It?

The 2003 Japanese anime (animated) cyberpunk three-part original video animation (OVA) / miniseries Parasite Dolls.

Parasite Dolls Trailer
Parasite Dolls 2003 ( ENGLISH SUB )

This is how Fandom describes this anime:

Parasite Dolls (パラサイトドールズ Parasaito Dōruzu) is a three-part original video animation produced by the Anime International Company and IMAGICA Entertainment, and written by Chiaki J. Konaka and Kazuto Nakazawa. The series is set in Megatokyo and focuses on a group of A.D. Police officers known as the Branch.

The Branch is tasked with stopping terrorist activities as well as Boomers (androids) that have become harmful to society. Branch officer Buzz must cope with having a Boomer for a partner, while officer Michaelson finds the line between human and robot to be a thin one. Together, they serve to protect a world that is slowly deconstructing around them.

This is how MyAnimeList describes this anime:

A secret unit of the AD Police, known as Branch, specializes in crimes involving humanoid robots called ‘Boomers’. Branch officer Buzz must cope with having a Boomer for a partner, while officer Michaelson finds the line between human and robot to be a thin one. Together, they serve to protect a world that is slowly deconstructing around them. Set in the Bubblegum Crisis universe.

(Source: ANN)

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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG – Individual Eleven

What is it?

The 2006 Japanese anime OVA Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG – Individual Eleven.

Trailer (This is not for the OVA, but it is basically what it is about)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG Trailer

OVA

Ghost in the Shell: New animation action 2019 – S.A.C. 2nd GIG – Individual Eleven

Scene

Ghost In The Shell: Individual 11 – Trailer

What is it about?

This is how The IMDb describes this anime OVA:

The year is 2030. Six months passed since the Laughing Man Incident was solved.

About 3 million refugees are living in Japan, invited to fill the labor shortage.

However, the emergent presence of the invited-refugees intensified their confrontation with the “Individualists”, who called for national isolation, which then led to the increased incidences of terrorist attacks.

Under these circumstances, a terrorist group called the Individual Eleven carries out a suicide attack.

But there was a greater scheme behind their action.

When Section 9 learns this, they attempt to nail down the mastermind of the incident.

Meanwhile, Kuze, a surviving member of the Individual Eleven, becomes a charismatic leader of the invited-refugees and intensifies the confrontation against the government.

And Motoko starts feeling a strange sense of fate connecting her with Kuze…

Invited-refugees from Asia: At the time of the Third and the Fourth World Wars, about three million Asians became refugees.

As a source of cheap labor, they were invited into Japan.

Thus they were called “invited-refugees.”

As post-war Japan recuperated, the unemployment rate of the invited-refugees increased.

This developed a circumstance that could lead to a conflict.

The problems surrounding the invited-refugees might explode any minute…

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Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – The Laughing Man

What is it?

The 2005 Japanese anime (animated) feature-length OVA Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – The Laughing Man.

Ghost In The Shell: The Laughing Man
Ghost In The Shell: The Laughing Man

What is it about?

This is how Fandom describes this OVA:

“The Laughing Man Incident” started off with a kidnap of Ernest Serano, the CEO of Serano Genomics in 2024, followed by blackmails targeting manufacturers of micromachines and medical equipment.

It was just the first of a series of terrorist incidents aimed at corporations, and it’s been speculated that the number of corporations targeted was the highest in the post-war period.

Several conjectures circulated regarding the final purpose of the criminal: terrorism against cyber and prosthetics technology, a corporate conspiracy, or simply a blackmailing scheme for money.

But the reality was that nothing was identified concerning the incident: nothing about the criminal’s nationality, sex, age, or even whether there was an accomplice or objective.

The only clear fact was that the Laughing Man was a top-notch hacker.

One day, Police Investigator Yamaguchi, who was tracking the Laughing Man Incident, calls Togusa in Section 9.

Yamaguchi dies mysteriously immediately afterwards.

A few days later, the Laughing Man hijacks the broadcast of a police news conference to express regrets about the incident.

Section 9 is dispatched to investigate the intentions of the invisible hacker known as “Laughing Man,” who finally broke his silence.

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Lupin The Third Part 5 | Is Lupin Still Burning?

What is it?

The 2018 Japanese anime (animated) television show Lupin The Third Part 5.

Toonami – Lupin The Third: Part 5 Promo (HD 1080p)

The 2018 original video animation (OVA)/memorial episode Is Lupin Still Burning? In Hell.

Toonami – Is Lupin Still Burning OVA Promo (HD 1080p)

What is it about?

Lupin The Third Part 5

This is how Wikipedia describes this anime (animated) television show:

The series is set in modern-day France and follows the thief Arsène Lupin III.

In the first story arc of the series, he infiltrates a data center to steal digital currency from “Marco Polo”, a site on the dark web, which sells illegal items such as drugs and weapons.[3]

The rest of the regular ensemble cast of Lupin the Third characters, the marksman Daisuke Jigen, the swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII, the con artist Fujiko Mine and Inspector Koichi Zenigata, are joined by the new character Ami Enan, a teenage hacker.

In the second arc, Lupin gains possession of a black notebook containing extremely sensitive information about high-level political figures, which makes him a target for the ruthless director of the DGES as well as for Albert d’Andrésy, a fiendishly cunning criminal and ex-partner of Lupin hiding under the façade of an honest government official.

In the third story arc, Lupin intends to steal the Bloody Teardrop, a national treasure of the south-east Asian kingdom of Padar, which is currently worn by its royal princess Dolma, who has befriended Ami.

When a revolution threatens Dolma’s life, Ami reunites with Lupin to rescue her.

The fourth and final story arc sees a last reunion between Lupin and Ami against the Shake Hands Corporation, a shady IT conglomerate whose aim is world domination via an exclusive monopoly for cyber-trafficking and internet use, and which has been pulling the strings behind the scenes of some of Lupin’s exploits in the series.

Recurring sub-themes in the series include the use of contemporary high technology (particularly the internet, facial recognition programs and surveillance drones), and the question of trust between Lupin and the rest of his gang.

LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5 – Opening | LUPIN TROIS

Is Lupin Still Burning?

Here is how Wikipedia describes this memorial episode:

A memorial episode titled Is Lupin Still Burning? (ルパンは今も燃えているか? Lupin wa Ima mo Moeteiruka?) was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the manga.

It was directed by Jun Kawagoe, with Monkey Punch as general director and character designs by Hisao Horikoshi and Satoshi Hirayama.

Its title is a reference to the debut episode of the first anime and as such will follow its story, but will feature other enemies such as Kyosuke Mamo, Sandayu Momochi, Pycal, and Stoneman.

It was included in the first DVD/Blu-ray set of the Part 5 anime on July 25, 2018.[51]

An English dub will air on Toonami on December 14, 2019.[52]

LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5 – Ending | Seine no Kaze ni… (Adieu)