Best 34 Military Movie Anime You Need to Watch

They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Baka Baka Baka na Sekai, Osaru no Sankichi: Boukuusen, Osaru no Sankichi: Totsugeki-tai, and more!

34: Baka Baka Baka na Sekai

English: Crazy World
Japanese: 馬鹿馬鹿馬鹿な世界
MAL Score: 4.24
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

An absurd film by Kuri Youji.

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33: Osaru no Sankichi: Boukuusen

English: Sankichi the Monkey: The Air Combat
Japanese: お猿の三吉~防空戦~
MAL Score: 4.50
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Monkeys battle polar bears in air combat. Short film from 1942.

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32: Osaru no Sankichi: Totsugeki-tai

English: Sankichi the Monkey: The Storm Troopers
Japanese: お猿の三吉 突撃隊
MAL Score: 4.65
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Short movie from 1934 about a war between monkeys and bears.

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31: Norakuro Shoui: Nichiyoubi no Kaijiken

English: 2nd Lieutenant Norakuro: Sunday Magic
Japanese: のらくろ少尉~日曜日の怪事件~
MAL Score: 4.86
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Norakuro’s adventures in the Fierce Dog Brigade continue in this short film from the 1930s.

30: Rekkoku Rikugun

English: Armies of the World
Japanese: 漫画の列国陸軍
MAL Score: 5.01
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

During a night of drinking Maru-san (Mr. Circle) and Sumi-san (Mr. Square) hear the armies parade of the world and talk to learn more about them on a global scale. In every aspect Japan’s army was the smallest.

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29: Sora no Momotarou

English: Momotaro’s Sky Adventure
Japanese: 空の桃太郎
MAL Score: 5.15
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Momotaro has been requested to fight off the Wild Eagle enemy which has suddenly appeared. He takes to the skies in his airplane, accompanied by a dog, a monkey , and a pheasant, and heads for an island some 10,000 kilometers away. One of the island people promises to prepare the two refuels that the plane requires during its flight to the island. The first refuel will be found on a giant tortoise shell, and the second is a refuel station especially positioned on the back of a whale which will come to surface. Momotaro’s plane is attacked by the Wild Eagle out of the blue as it approaches the island, but after an exciting dogfight in the air, he successfully fights off the enemy.

(Source: ANN)

28: Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei

English: Momotaro: Sacred Sailors
Japanese: 桃太郎 海の神兵
MAL Score: 5.20
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A monkey, a dog, a pheasant, and a bear travel southward after resting in their villages at the foot of Mt. Fuji. A squadron flies to Onigashima under the command of Momotarou. Parachutes blossom in the sky. Momotarou and company will take over the island after a swift and successful mission. The village children pretend parachuting with glee as they run towards Mt. Fuji.

(Source: Imagica)

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27: Sakana no Kuni

English: The Nation of Fish
Japanese: 魚の國
MAL Score: 5.38
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Short movie with Fish.

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26: Saru Masamune

English: The Monkey Sword Masamune
Japanese: 猿正宗
MAL Score: 5.44
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Short movie from 1930 about a soldier traveling a great distance to deliver a letter. Along the way he receives a sword from a monkey.

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25: Ice Movie

Japanese: ICE 劇場版
MAL Score: 5.54
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Compilation movie of the previously released OVA.

24: Tonpei to Sarukichi

English: Tonpei and Sarukichi
Japanese: 豚平と猿吉
MAL Score: 5.54
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A lazy pig Tonpei steals food from the monkeys Sarukichi and assaults some of them. After getting beat up, the pig talks to the lion king and lies to him about what happened. The lion comes to put the monkeys back into place and an all out war starts with tanks, guns, and airplanes.

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23: Hyaku-nengo no Aru Hi

English: A Day after a Hundred Years
Japanese: 百年後の或る日
MAL Score: 5.56
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Mr. Ogino should have died during the war but his spirit was brought back to life by the power of science. He sees the world 100 years later during the year 2032 lead by one of his descendants. They decide to take a trip to Mars too and the ship malfunctions, because a spirit of the past was on the ship, it went out of control trying to reach Buddha’s paradise instead.

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22: Gokiburi-tachi no Tasogare

English: Twilight of the Cockroaches
Japanese: ゴキブリたちの黄昏
MAL Score: 5.86
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Hybrid film with animated cockroaches interacting with live-action actors.

In a trashy bachelor pad lived a colony of roaches who were able to roam freely for food or for games. Because of the homeowner being gentle with the roaches, they have no fear of traps, spray, or being stepped on. However when the homeowner starts bringing over a woman over, life starts to change for the roaches who are already living an easy life.

(Source: ANN)

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21: Soliton no Akuma

Japanese: ソリトンの悪魔
MAL Score: 6.02
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In the future, tensions are rising between Japan and China. The jewel of humankind is the new Ocean Techno Polis, a man-made city which floats above the sea. One day, a mysterious catastrophe destroys a Taiwanese submarine followed by the entire city of Ocean Techno Polis. One of the engineers of Ocean Techno Polis, Kurase, must race to rescue his family. Along the way, he must deal with a Japanese navy trying to keep their own secrets under wraps, and discover why Ocean Techno Polis sank to the bottom of the sea.

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20: Future War 198X-nen

English: Future War Year 198X
Japanese: Future War 198X年
MAL Score: 6.05
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

An American scientist constructs a laser–satellite with hope to prevent any nuclear conflicts. However, after a fatal error from both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. government, war breaks, and humanity faces a new bloodshed.

(Source: ANN)

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19: Grey: Digital Target

Japanese: GREY デジタル ターゲット
MAL Score: 6.14
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Grey is a laconic trooper in a rough, futuristic military system which rewards success in battle with high pay and promotions, but only three precent of troopers live long enough for the final goal – citizenship and the chance for a life above the misery of most of the populace. Grey has managed to keep coming back alive, even earning the nickname Grey Death. But is the society he’s fought for worth it?

(Source: ANN)

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18: Area 88 Movie

Japanese: エリア88 劇場版
MAL Score: 6.46
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Kazama Shin, tricked and forced into fighting for the remote country of Arslan, can only escape the hell of war by earning money for shooting down enemy planes or die trying. As the war rages on, Shin has to deal with the consequences of killing and friends dying around him as he tries to keep his mind on freeing himself from this nightmare.

(Source: ANN)

17: Starship Troopers: Red Planet

English: Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
Japanese: スターシップ トゥルーパーズ レッドプラネット
MAL Score: 6.49
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After the events of Invasion, Johnny Rico has been demoted to the rank of colonel and relocated to a Martian satellite to train a new batch of troopers. Unfortunately, these troopers are some of the worst low-performing Rico has ever trained as they’re Martians and don’t take the war seriously. Mars overall has low support for the war as they see their planet unaffected by the bug conflict and even suggested pulling out from the war. Because of their laid back attitude, the denizens of Mars wasn’t ready when the bugs attacked. Unknown to everyone, Sky Marshall Amy Snapp executes her plans for power.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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16: Strike Witches: 501 Butai Hasshin Shimasu! Movie

Japanese: ストライクウィッチーズ 劇場版 501部隊発進しますっ!
MAL Score: 6.60
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

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15: Spriggan

English: Spriggan
Japanese: スプリガン
MAL Score: 6.67
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Deep in the Ararat Mountains of Turkey, a secret organization known as ARCAM has found what is believed to be Noah’s Ark. However, the U.S. Machine Corps., a rogue organization of the Pentagon, wants to take over the Ark as a means of global supremacy. Only a special ARCAM operative known as a Spriggan stands in their way. Japanese Spriggan Yu Ominae teams up with French Spriggan Jean-Jacques Mondo to combat members of the U.S. Machine Corps. led by Col. MacDougall—a genetically-enhanced boy with deadly psionic powers. However, they must act fast and stop MacDougall before he uses the Ark for his own agenda.

(Source: ANN)

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14: Starship Troopers: Invasion

Japanese: スターシップ トゥルーパーズ インベイジョン
MAL Score: 6.69
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now head of the Ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined…

(Source: Amazon)

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13: Golgo 13

English: Golgo 13: The Professional
Japanese: ゴルゴ13
MAL Score: 6.79
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After assassinating the son of business tycoon Leonard Dawson, Golgo 13 finds himself prey to the CIA and the U.S. Army, whom Dawson has personally hired to kill the assassin. As days pass by, Dawson slowly loses his sanity as he continues to plot every attempt to kill Golgo 13 even without caring about who hired the assassin to kill his son.

(Source: ANN)

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12: Vexille: 2077 Nihon Sakoku

English: Vexille
Japanese: ベクシル 2077日本鎖国
MAL Score: 6.93
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In an alternate 21st century, the robotics industry undergoes a period of rapid advancement worldwide. By the year 2050, Japan has firmly established itself as the leader in robotic technology and manufacture with Daiwa Heavy Industries. As the technology evolves to include robotic enhancements to the human body, the blurring of the line between man and machine triggers a sudden shift in world opinion. In response, the U.N. passes a unilateral ban of further research and development on robotics in 2067. Japan fiercely objects to this ban, but is unable to prevent its passage. In protest, Japan withdrew from international politics and chose to pursue a policy of high-tech national isolation. While only trade continues, Japan disappears from the world scene.

Ten years later, a series of bizarre incidents lead the American technology police agency SWORD to believe that Japan has concealed extensive development of banned technologies through the use of the RACE network. SWORD dispatches a unit of special agents to infiltrate Japan and gather intelligence on the country. Vexille, a veteran agent among the group, uncovers the horrifying truth behind the ten years of isolation.

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11: Penguin’s Memory: Shiawase Monogatari

Japanese: ペンギンズ メモリー幸福物語
MAL Score: 7.05
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Mike is a penguin soldier who returns home after being injured during combat. Estranged from his family and friends, he leaves his hometown and starts to roam adrift through the country.

(Source: ANN)

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10: The Sky Crawlers

English: The Sky Crawlers
Japanese: スカイ クロラ
MAL Score: 7.29
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

In an alternate timeline, the world has seemingly achieved peace. Bereft of international conflicts, wars are now waged between private corporations in place of peaceful nations. Yuuichi Kannami, a recent transfer in Area 262, simply does his job as a contracted fighter pilot. However, the more time he spends at his new base, the more mysteries come to light.

The Sky Crawlers exhibits this reality through the eyes of Kannami as he endeavors to understand the “Kildren,” humans genetically altered to be teenagers forever with faster reflexes, and his predecessor, the ace pilot known as “Teacher.” However, what troubles Kannami the most is how all this connects to the base commander, Suito Kusanagi. Area 262 has the answers, but the truth comes with a price the young pilot may not be ready to pay.

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9: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

English: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
Japanese: 劇場版 鋼の錬金術師 嘆きの丘(ミロス)の聖なる星
MAL Score: 7.29
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Chasing a runaway alchemist with strange powers, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric stumble into the squalid valley of the Milos. The Milosians are an oppressed group that seek to reclaim their holy land from Creta: a militaristic country that forcefully annexed their nation. In the eye of the political storm is a girl named Julia Crichton, who emphatically wishes for the Milos to regain their strength and return to being a nation of peace.

Befriending the girl, Edward and Alphonse find themselves in the midst of a rising resistance that involves the use of the very object they have been seeking all along—the Philosopher’s Stone. However, their past experiences with the stone cause them reservation, and the brothers are unwilling to help.

But as they discover the secrets behind Creta’s intentions and questionable history, the brothers are drawn into the battle between the rebellious Milos, who desire their liberty, and the Cretan military, who seek absolute power.

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8: KanColle Movie

English: Fleet Girls Collection KanColle Movie Sequence
Japanese: 劇場版 艦これ
MAL Score: 7.51
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The movie starts off after the events of Episode 3, when Kisaragi had sunk. The Mikawa Fleet (Furutaka, Aoba, Kako, Kinugasa and Tenryuu) are in the middle of Night Battle. Choukai uses Searchlight and gets medium damage, but they win in the end. A New Fleet Girl gets “dropped”, emerging from the sea. It is Kisaragi. Kisaragi is brought back to the temporary base in Solomon Islands, but she is suffering from PTSD and has amnesia, unable to remember anyone from back in the anime, excluding Mutsuki…

(Source: Wikipedia)

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7: Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho

English: The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Japanese: 雲のむこう、約束の場所
MAL Score: 7.52
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Hiroki Fujisawa and Takuya Shirakawa harbor admiration for two things in their life: their classmate Sayuri Sawatari and the vast Ezo Tower that stands boundlessly across the Tsugaru Strait. Fascinated by the limitless structure beyond their reach, Hiroki and Takuya begin constructing an aeroplane from a fallen drone they discovered—naming it the Bella Ciela—to fulfill their dream of one day reaching the sky-scraping top of the tower. Later joined by the girl they love, Hiroki and Takuya promise Sayuri to fly with her to the seemingly otherworldly top together. However, Japan has suffered a North-South partitioning that has fueled conflict near the base of the tower, which marks the border between the America-controlled Southern islands and the Northern lands occupied by the Soviet Union.

Further along, Sayuri suddenly disappears, and Hiroki and Takuya never see her again. Unbeknownst to them, she fell victim to a sleeping disorder that left her comatose for the past three years. Although Hiroki and Takuya later learn about Sayuri’s condition, they also discover that the girl’s unconscious state is oddly linked to the same tower the trio had promised to conquer together.

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6: Strike Witches Movie

English: Strike Witches: The Movie
Japanese: ストライクウィッチーズ 劇場版
MAL Score: 7.59
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

After fending off the threat of a Neuroi invasion of Romagna and destroying the enemy’s nest over Venezia, Yoshika Miyafuji goes back to her home town in the Empire of Fusou. Despite the loss of her magical and healing abilities, the former officer of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing wants to continue studying medicine. This is in order to help those in need, both civilians and those on the front lines alike. She receives an invitation from a prestigious school in Europe and decides to accept the offer, embarking on a journey back to the war-torn continent.

However, a new danger arises, as more and more Neuroi manage to break through human defense lines, appearing unnoticed in supposedly safe areas and disturbing the balance of power in Europe. Yoshiki’s sense of duty collides with her inability to pilot a Striker Unit, but with her friends in peril, it seems that there is only one thing she can do.

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5: Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

English: Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~
Japanese: テイルズ オブ ヴェスペリア
MAL Score: 7.60
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Ten years after the Great War against the demon-beasts, the empire rules over the world and prosperity relies on the massive use of aer.

Yuri Lowell and Flynn Scifo are two young men who have just enrolled the ranks of the prestigious Imperial Knights. One day, they are sent to the town of Ceazontania, where abnormal aer activity has reportedly caused the proliferation of horribly mutated beasts, with serious threat for the whole region.

Meanwhile, the Knights Supreme Commander Alexei Denoia and the naive Princess Estellise are involved in a behind-the-curtains struggle for power in the capital. The situation in Ceazontania deteriorates as the garrison of Imperial Knights finds that they cannot expect any immediate support from the capital.

Then, Niren Fedrok, commander of the Imperial Knights in Ceazontania, takes an unexpected decision that is going to change Yuri and Flynn’s destiny forever.

What are the secrets behind the extraordinary events that are happening around Yuri and Flynn? Will they be able to defend the innocent people of Ceazontania and stay true to their beliefs?

(Source: Funimation)

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4: Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku

English: The Princess and the Pilot
Japanese: とある飛空士への追憶
MAL Score: 7.64
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

The war between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been raging for years. In the midst of this struggle, the prince of the Levamme Empire declares his love for Juana del Moral and vows to end the war in one year, as part of his marriage proposal. When the Amatsukami catch wind of this, they assault the del Moral residence, targeting Juana’s life. As a last ditch effort to bring the prince his bride, the San Maltilia Airforce hires a mercenary of mixed blood—a bestado—to fly Juana to the Levamme capital in secret. The pilot, Charles, accepts the mission…but traversing an ocean alone, into enemy territory, proves a much more dangerous ordeal than anyone could have anticipated.

(Source: NIS America)

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3: Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa

Japanese: 図書館戦争 革命のつばさ
MAL Score: 7.78
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Kasahara Iku and Dojo Atsushi receive an emergency recall in the middle of their date as Japan is rocked by a terror attack. Their new duty is a protection detail assigned to Touma Kurato, an author. Meanwhile, the relationship between Librarians and the Media Purity Committee is also worsening.

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2: Akira

English: AKIRA
Japanese: AKIRA(アキラ)
MAL Score: 8.16
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

Japan, 1988. An explosion caused by a young boy with psychic powers tears through the city of Tokyo and ignites the fuse that leads to World War III. In order to prevent any further destruction, he is captured and taken into custody, never to be heard from again. Now, in the year 2019, a restored version of the city known as Neo-Tokyo—an area rife with gang violence and terrorism against the current government—stands in its place. Here, Shoutarou Kaneda leads “the Capsules,” a group of misfits known for riding large, custom motorcycles and being in constant conflict with their rivals “the Clowns.”

During one of these battles, Shoutarou’s best friend Tetsuo Shima is caught up in an accident with an esper who finds himself in the streets of Tokyo after escaping confinement from a government institution. Through this encounter, Tetsuo begins to develop his own mysterious abilities, as the government seeks to quarantine this latest psychic in a desperate attempt to prevent him from unleashing the destructive power that could once again bring the city to its knees.

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1: Youjo Senki Movie

English: Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie
Japanese: 劇場版 幼女戦記
MAL Score: 8.26
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1

Synopsis

With its armies sweeping across the continent, the Empire seems unstoppable. After securing victory over the remnants of the Republic’s army, the Empire’s ultimate victory is finally within reach. However, dark clouds are gathering in the East. The communist-led Russy Federation is mustering troops on its western border, preparing to enter the war. Supported by a detachment of Allied volunteer magicians—among whom is Mary Sioux, the daughter of a soldier killed by Tanya Degurechaff—the Federation is determined to spread the communist creed and bring the Empire to its knees.

Meanwhile, Tanya and her battalion return to the imperial capital from the southern front. Upon their arrival, they are tasked with investigating troop movements on the border with the Federation. Any escalation of violence at this point may lead to new conflicts, plunging the world into a devastating global war.

Will the Empire eventually emerge victorious from its struggle, or will it crumble in the face of superior enemies and radically different ideologies?

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Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!

1. Youjo Senki Movie
2. Akira
3. Toshokan Sensou: Kakumei no Tsubasa
4. Toaru Hikuushi e no Tsuioku
5. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
6. Strike Witches Movie
7. Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
8. KanColle Movie
9. The Sky Crawlers
10. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
11. Penguin’s Memory: Shiawase Monogatari
12. Vexille: 2077 Nihon Sakoku
13. Golgo 13
14. Starship Troopers: Invasion
15. Spriggan
16. Strike Witches: 501 Butai Hasshin Shimasu! Movie
17. Starship Troopers: Red Planet
18. Area 88 Movie
19. Grey: Digital Target
20. Future War 198X-nen
21. Soliton no Akuma
22. Gokiburi-tachi no Tasogare
23. Hyaku-nengo no Aru Hi
24. Ice Movie
25. Tonpei to Sarukichi
26. Saru Masamune
27. Sakana no Kuni
28. Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei
29. Sora no Momotarou
30. Rekkoku Rikugun
31. Norakuro Shoui: Nichiyoubi no Kaijiken
32. Osaru no Sankichi: Totsugeki-tai
33. Osaru no Sankichi: Boukuusen
34. Baka Baka Baka na Sekai

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