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Æon Flux
16 episodes (1991-95) 30m/shorts


Sexy animated assassin uses acrobatics to get around in a future full of mutants, clones and robots - all in the name of defending anarchy against scientific order. Started life as a series of shorts on MTV's experimental Liquid Television, culminating in a ten-episode season in 1995. A live-action feature film was released in 2005, but things weren't quite the same.





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Neon Genesis Evangelion
26 episodes (1995-96) 30m


By the mid-90s computer age, anime had become decidedly more cutting edge. Suffering the effects of depression, Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno used the show's characters to express what he had learned in psycho-therapy. Biomechanical Evas are piloted by 14-year-olds to thwart the invading 'Angels'. Somewhat intense and a genuine classic for the modern age.





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Cowboy Bebop
26 episodes (1998) 30m


A team of bounty hunters crewing an old fishing spaceship try and track down jobs that pay using the hyperspace gateways that connect the solar system. Best known for its adult themes, the dramatic tension mainly revolves around the blood feud between the main character and his ex-partner nemesis from his dark past. Ultra-cool cutting-edge series with a hard bopping soundtrack.





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Futurama
140 episodes (1999-2013) 30m


Simpsons creator Matt Groening warps to the year 3000 in this merciless animated parody of all sorts of sci-fi junk. A cryogenic accident sees pizza delivery nerd Fry end up in the future where he hooks up with a beautiful one-eyed woman, an alcoholic Homer-like robot and Professor Farnsworth - his distant future great nephew. Revived in 2007, taking it to seven seasons all up.





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Invader Zim
46 episodes (2001-03) 15-30m


Delightfully zany Nickelodeon series created by Jhonen Vasquez. Diminutive alien Zim comes from a planet where the tallest beings rule. Having previously proven his incompetence as an invader, his leaders send him on a special intelligence mission to Earth to get him out of the way. Being the only green kid in the class, fellow student Dib gets suspicious… and the antics begin.





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Space Ghost: Coast to Coast
96 episodes (1994-2004) 15m


Hanna-Barberaís 60s superhero Space Ghost is not-so-super anymore. He decides to host a talk-show to get him through to retirement and hires former arch-enemies Moltar and Zorak to help out. Sometimes they are not so helpful and no show seems to run according to plan. An interesting array of guests from the popular cultural fringe donít quite know what to make of it.





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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
52 episodes (2002-04) 30m


In the near-future the agents of Section 9 combat all manner of cyber-crimes. Each episode tips the viewer off as to whether or not it is a 'standalone' or 'complex' containing implications for the overarching plot. Unlike most modern anime, individual episodes can usually be watched without too much background info being necessary. Internationally popular.





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Tripping the Rift
37 episodes (2004-07) 30m


CGI-animation strictly for adults only. An ultra-crass spaceship captain heads up a crew carefully crafted to parody just about every sci-fi icon ever screened. Just imagine South Park in space with a pornographic edge. Six, the sexy android, already has a cult following - which is a bit of a worry really. Pushes the boundaries, but a load of fun for the liberal-minded.


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