The Adventures of Tweeny Witches

The Adventures of Tweeny Witches, known in Japan as Magical Girl Squad Alice (魔法少女隊アルス Mahō Shōjotai Arusu?), is an anime series produced by Studio 4°C. It was translated and dubbed into English by the anime television network, Animax, who broadcast it in its respective networks in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and other regions, and has been licensed for distribution in the United States by Media Blasters. The animation series uses computer graphics and records the actors’ performances first and then synchs the animation to them[citation needed], the reverse of the normal dubbing method in Japanese animation.[1]

Story

The protagonist of the story is Alice, who mysteriously enters the world of the witches. Herself an enthusiast of witchcraft she is delighted, however she is not satisfied with the way of the witches, insisting that magic only be used to make people happy. She is marked as a troublemaker when she releases all the sprites the witches have captured for use as the source of magic spells. Later in the series, the witches interact with the world of the wizards as both try to save their worlds from destruction.

The Adventures of Mini-Goddess

The Adventures of Mini-Goddess, also known as Ah! My Goddess: Being Small is Convenient (ああっ女神さまっ 小っちゃいって事は便利だねっ Aa Megami-sama: Chicchaitte Kotoha Benridane?), is a 48-episode TV series featuring super deformed versions of Urd, Belldandy, and Skuld of Oh My Goddess! fame in a comedic super deformed style. The series aired from early 1998 through early 1999.[citation needed]

It premiered as a part of the omnibus show Anime Complex on WOWOW and is distributed in North America by Pioneer Entertainment (now Geneon Entertainment). This series departs the most from the basic manga storyline, and indeed, shares next to no continuity with the previous series. [1]. However, in several volumes of the manga series (and in a collective volume of its own) several episodes of the show had their debut as short comic strips.

Notably, this is one of the few times Kikuko Inoue was not able to do Belldandy’s voice work throughout, as she was on maternity leave for the first thirteen episodes.

Plot Outline

The series basically revolves around the three goddesses and their rat companion Gan-chan’s adventures in their temple home. The goddesses remain constantly in miniaturized form, for apparent freedom of space and in order to properly interact with Gan-chan. Most of the humor in the show is centered on the relationship of the goddesses – particularly Urd and Skuld – with Gan-chan. From episodes 25 and 26 (“Chu Hard“) on, Marller joins the cast and provides additional hilarity with her futile attempts to eliminate the goddesses once and for all.

Most of the original characters from the mainstream series are not featured, although in one episode Keiichi has a small vocal cameo, and the ninja trio created by Marller – Kodama, Hikari and Nozomi – appear as antagonists in the double episode “Rules of the Ninja“.

The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends

The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Friends (Traditional ChineseHello Kitty 愛漫遊)is an HKICT award winning[citation needed] collection of 52 episodes animated using CGI, that embraces themes of happiness, family and friendship intended for kids to watch with their family and friends. It is produced from 2006 to present by Sanrio Digital and Dream Cortex.

Although the show is aimed at children between the ages of three to ten, it is popular for men and women of all ages.[citation needed]

Each episode features a mini musical performance, with original songs written and composed by Greg Chun from Hollywood.

Overview

The series focuses on core values established more than 30 years ago by Sanrio such as: happiness, family values, friendship, and educational values.

  • Unlike the older series, which were short and cute episodes, this is an educational TV series that targets both the children and their parents.
  • The animation works together with real actors in teaching children from age two to six about words, simple math, shapes, colors and foreign languages like Chinese & Japanese.
  • The series offers an entertaining way for children to learn about social interaction and behavior while following the adventures of Hello Kitty.
  • Hello Kitty establishes a new image, giving children more things to learn from, rather than just being sweet and cute.

Episode List

Episode Title Episode Summary
1 A Colorful World Hello Kitty and friends learn that world is made up of many fascinating colors.
2 Our New Friend Dear Daniel Kitty and the gang befriend a shy new student.
3 XO Man Begins Badtz-Maru reveals a “super” alter-ego.
4 The Magic Chisel The kids portray a classic fable about greed.
5 Keroppi’s Best Friend Keroppi is driven to invent a best friend.
6 Happy Earth Day The Twin Stars teach the kids a lesson about conserving the environment.
7 The Case of the Broken Vase Keroppi learns the importance of telling the truth.
8 A Fair Share Badtz-Maru discovers his selfish ways have consequences.
9 My Melody’s Missing Smile The kids try to find out why My Melody is unhappy.
10 V.I.P. (Very Important Pochacco) Pochacco puts on a show in a quest for fame.
11 Give Me a Brake Keroppi’s new car proves quite a handful.
12 There’s No Space Like Home Kitty and the gang have an adventure in outer space.
13 Lost and Hound When the kids get lost, Badtz-Maru and Daniel think they know the way home.
14 March of the Badtz-Maru’s Badtz-Maru journeys to the South Pole to be with his penguin friends.
15 Tall Order Part One Keroppi finds a novel solution to being vertically challenged.
16 Tall Order Part Two Keroppi learns there are advantages to being small.
17 Run My Melody, Run My Melody is nervous about her big race.
18 Where’s Santa? Part One A missing Santa Claus has the children worried that Christmas may be cancelled.
19 Where’s Santa? Part Two Kitty and friends help Santa save Christmas.
20 Hide and Seek The kids play a game of Hide and Seek around the school with surprising results.
21 A Fish Story Kitty bonds with a new pet.
22 Election Badtz-Maru and Daniel vie for class president.
23 A School Day A typical school day presents challenges for the kids.
24 Café Cinnamoroll Kitty and the gang help a shy new friend open a new business.
25 The Big Game The kids learn the importance of teamwork.
26 Power Outage The Twin Stars give up their powers to see what it’s like to be regular kids.

3000 Leagues in Search of Mother

3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (母をたずねて三千里 Haha o Tazunete Sanzenri?) is an anime series directed by Isao Takahata and aired in 1976. It is loosely based on a small part of the novel Heart (Cuore) by Edmondo De Amicis, i.e. the monthly tale (racconto mensile) From the Apennines to the Andes (Dagli Appennini alle Ande), widely expanded into a 52-episode epic.

The series was broadcast on the World Masterpiece Theater, an animation staple that showcased each year an animated version of a different classical book or story, and was originally titled “From the Apennines to the Andes”. Nippon Animation, producers of the World Masterpiece Theater, would adapt Cuore into a second TV anime series in 1981, although this second series was not part of the WMT.

A summarization movie was released in the 1980s using edited footage from the TV run. Nippon Animation also re-animated 3000 Leagues as a feature-length film in 1999, with a theme song performed by Scottish pop superstar Sheena Easton (“Catch a Dream”).

The series was dubbed into several languages and became an instant success in some countries, such as Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Venezuela, the Arab world and Israel. In Hebrew, the series is called HaLev, meaning The Heart (the name of the novel which the series is based on). In some European and in Latin American countries the series is simply known as Marco, in Arabic the series was a huge sucsess , it was called ” Wada’an Marco “,”وداعاً ماركو”,” Goodbye Marco”.

Plot

The plot of the series focuses on Marco, a young shota who lives with his family in the harbor city of Genoa, Italy during a depression period in 1881. Marco’s father, Pietro Rossi, is a doctor that dedicates his time to treating poor patients, and therefore the family has financial difficulties. His beloved mother, Anna Rossi, goes to Argentina to work as a domestic to earn money for Marco. When the letters from his mother stop coming after an indication that she is sick, Marco fears the worst for his mother’s fate, and since his father is too busy working in his clinic and his older brother Tonio was sent off to train as a locomotive driver in Milano, he is the only one free enough to go search for her.

Marco takes with him his older brother’s pet monkey, Amedeo and together they sneak aboard the Andrea Dora, a ship bound for Brazil. In Brazil Marco boards an immigrant ship and finally arrives in Buenos Aires, where he meets a puppeteer called Peppino and his family, whom he knew from Genoa. They accompany him to Bahía Blanca in order to try and locate his mother.

In Bahía Blanca he discovers his uncle stole the letters which his mother had sent him. He returns to Buenos Aires, and sails off on a ship to Rosario, there he tries to figure out how to get on a train to Córdoba. Marco’s Italian friends collect enough money and buy him a train ticket. Marco arrives in Córdoba, and successfully manages to locate the agricultural engineer Mister Mequinez. He tells Marco that his mother works for his brother in Tucumán, and gives him enough money for a train ticket. But Marco ends up giving the money to a Doctor to save the life of a poor girl he meets. Marco sneaks on the train but he gets caught and tossed off the train in the middle of nowhere. A group of travelling gipsies rescue him and give him an old donkey.

After a few days the donkey dies and Marco continues to walk to Tucumán by foot. He eventually arrives to his destination hungry and tired and finds his mother. His mother is very sick and needs an operation but she is too weak. As soon as she sees Marco she strengthens and she manage to pass to surgery successfully. At the end of the series Marco and his mother return to Genoa where the family is reunited.

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