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Neo Ranga is a 1998 anime that mixes elements of family drama with social satire, as well as political and religious commentary, focusing on the Musashino area of contemporary Tokyo, and the trials and tribulations of locals in relation to the Shimabara sisters (Minami, Ushio and Yuuhi), three somewhat odd young women who live odd lives.

Oh, and there are monsters and mecha in there somewhere, too.

It was released in the US by ADV Films.


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This show provides examples of:

  • BFS: A wooden variety in Ranga's blade.
  • Big Word Shout: RANGAAAAAA, oh so much.
  • Blob Monster: The Kyoshin Yoshino.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Done by a group of mooks at the end of the first season.
  • Christmas Special: A particularly grim one about the worthlessness of Christmas both to the heroes and villains.
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  • Clean Up the Town: Yuuhi and Ushio's initial goals after gaining control of Ranga, though their ideas and methods greatly vary.
  • Combat Tentacles: The Kyoshin Salume, Hatsune, and Ranga himself exhibits versions of these at times.
  • Covers Always Lie: The DVD and VHS covers depict the girls in somewhat revealing outfits — the same one from the Bait-and-Switch Credits above — and in somewhat suggestive poses. Again, none of these ever really happen.
  • Spoiler Opening: Both openings spoil events that happen at the very end of their run on the show, such as the girls' near execution, the Curiotes, and Ranga's ultimate fate.
  • Those Two Guys: Female example with Ushio's friends.
  • Title-Only Opening: For the first four episodes.
  • Untrusting Community: One of the main concepts of the show.
  • Victorious Loser: "Paradise has disappeared."
  • When Trees Attack: The Kyoshin Hatsune.
  • Yakuza: Yuuhi, the most cynical of the girls, at least once has used Ranga to attack the Yakuza. Ushio and Minami weren't happy, logically.

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