Saber Marionette J

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In the distant future during the 22nd century of the Earth, due to the problems of overpopulation of the planet, Humanity began a project to combat the problem, which consisted of colonizing other planets. One of the ships, Mesopotamia, was designed with a system that allowed it to have an almost human reason, a situation with advantages and disadvantages from the point of view. This system was developed by Lorelei, a young genius, who in addition to being intelligent, sweet and kind, is very beautiful, so much so that she fell in love with Fausto and Ieyasu, who were crew members of the ship.

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Return to the Sea
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9.00
2 votes

#1 - Return to the Sea

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/25/1998

The Maiden's Voyage
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8.00
3 votes

#2 - The Maiden's Voyage

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/18/1997

For reasons that Faust cannot fathom, Panter and Luche saved him from being killed by one of the Mesopotamia's projectiles, and they, Otaru, the Marionettes, Ieyasu and Hikozaemon are now underground, safe for the moment. Wasting no time, Ieyasu lays out the plan: Japones is prepared to use JaponesGar to attack the Mesopotamia, but since the current incarnation of JaponesGar is stationary, Japones needs Geltland's plasma diffuser (see episode 21) and rocket-booster technology to escape Terratoo's somewhat hostile atmosphere and get to the offending spacecraft. At this point, Otaru interjects that he was under the impression that the Mesopotamia was completed destroyed 300 years ago - that's why the six survivors were sent to the surface with little or no hope of survival, right? As it turns out, the admittedly harder-to-take truth is that the Mez is, in fact, still there. Its artificial-intelligence computer, the one Lorelei designed, went insane, took over the ship, killed most of the crew and took Lorelei hostage. Actually, it took Lorelei for a mate, and she's been in suspended animation ever since. Faust was going to save her himself, but then Otaru SCREWED EVERYTHING UP! However, he is interrupted in mid-blame by a spookily familiar voice. Out of the darkness of the cavern lurches Tiegel, supported by a tangle of RCA cables and missing a few parts. One such part is her memory - the only thing left is her knowledge of the pre-brainwashing Faust she used to love and pamper. She mutters something about the lorelei being in bloom, then collapses into Faust's arms. Greatly disquieted, Faust orders everyone but Otaru into the next chamber. If Otaru thought the Mesopotamia thing was a shock, he doesn't know from being shocked. Faust, once he and Otaru are alone with the inert Tiegel, finishes the story of the Mesopotamia. It seems that the purpose of Faust I and Ieyasu I in creating the otome kairo was a desperate plan to free Lorelei. Using Lorelei's same paradigm of

You'll always be there
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8.00
3 votes

#3 - You'll always be there

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/25/1997

As the Marionettes, aboard JaponesGar, approach the Mesopotamia and missiles begin to explode all around them, Luche feels the Mesopotamia's feelings - love for Lorelei, anger at those that would take her away - resonating in her otome kairo and Lime hears Lorelei's voice again, telling her to flee while she can. But then, the computer's chattering mind suddenly stops, and as the attack on the surface of Terratoo continues, JaponesGar punches through the Mesopotamia's hull. Once inside, it doesn't take Luche long to ascertain the location of the heart of the Mesopotamia's computer. Though the Mesopotamia's interior defenses are more than adequate, they're no match for the Marionettes and Saberdolls. In fact, one of the rockets launched at the Marionettes is quickly put to a most unintended use, as the girls turn it around and ride it down the dark corridor, laughing all the way. Bells on bobtails ring, making spirits bright, and Luche wonders at this behavior - how can the girls laugh and sing, Lime especially, since they'll probably die tonight? To answer this question, one must journey deep into Lime's memory, to a sunny afternoon when she and Otaru weren't doing anything in particular. Contemplating a vast grassy field, Lime asks Otaru about the nature of happiness. Otaru's view: happiness derives from the fact that the sky is blue, the clouds are white, the grass and forest are green. In other words, happiness is the fact that it's great to be alive. Thus did Otaru teach the Marionettes the nature of happiness - it's the beauty of the world and the smiles of loved ones and the very fact of being alive. As they rocket along on the rocket, Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry remember every happy moment they've spent with Otaru, and feel as if he were there on the rocket with them. Before they know it, our robotic protagonists have come to the vast, dark chamber housing the central computer. The motif is Creepy Biomechanical, and Ieyasu and Hikozaemon distract the mechanic

Everyone's Happy
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8.00
3 votes

#4 - Everyone's Happy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/27/1997

Cherry Panic! The Great Romantic Scheme!!
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7.57
7 votes

#5 - Cherry Panic! The Great Romantic Scheme!!

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/22/1996

Cherry is in love with Otaru, but every time she gets close enough for a kiss, Lime interferes. After defeating average street thugs in a fight, Cherry solicits their help in a faux kidnapping plan designed to get Otaru alone. Otaru responds to Cherry's "ransom" letter and quickly goes to an abandoned warehouse to rescue Cherry. But when Otaru's moment of triumph comes, dangerous smugglers appear at the warehouse.

Challenge from Faust
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7.50
6 votes

#6 - Challenge from Faust

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/29/1996

The Shogun sends for Otaru, Lime and Cherry and explains why the two marionettes are different than others - they each have a special maiden circuit that gives them emotion. Unfortunately, the secret to making maiden circuits was lost long ago. But just as he's about to explain Otaru's role in the mystery, an android replica of Faust flanked by Saberdolls appears to learn the secret himself. Once he does, the android explodes, wounding the Shogun. As the Saberdolls attack and Lime and Cherry defend, Otaru frees another marionette with a maiden circuit, Bloodberry. Another marionette has joined Otaru's family.

Faust: Warped Sincerity
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7.50
4 votes

#7 - Faust: Warped Sincerity

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/11/1997

Fifteen generations ago, Lorelei, an Earthling scientist on board the colonization ship Mesopotamia, designed a central computer for the new colony to be established on Terratoo. Evidently something of an Evangelion fan, she used three different aspects of her personality to give the computer humanlike thoughts and emotions, making it almost as if it were alive, and thus able to think creatively and kill off the crew if they become a problem and so forth. In fact, by the time the Mesopotamia reached Terratoo, she had nearly finished it - all that remained was to iron out some emotional instabilities... Flash forward to the present. The same computer, still aboard the Mesopotamia, has awakened and appears to be attacking those dwelling on the planet's surface, firing probes that smash the ground open and produce flashes of electrical energy that paralyze any electronics within range, including Marionettes and Saberdolls. One of these nearly causes Faust to be crushed by one of his own tanks, but he is saved by Panter and Luche. He asks where Tiegel is, but answers his own question: she died like a dog! Needless to say, this does not sit well with her comrades, and Faust has to shoot Panter to keep her from stepping out of line. Meanwhile, the Leopard is still attacking Otaru and crew, having recovered from the electrical jolt. The Marionettes take off over the rooftops, hoping to draw it away from Otaru, and this works out very well considering that the Marionettes, or, more specifically, their otome kairo, are the targets. Telling Otaru to join the rest of the population of Japones in the underground shelters (more Eva), the girls dash off back toward the ruined part of the city and succeed in crushing the Leopard under a falling building. But it's not dead, it's just resting. Though much of its simulated flesh has been ripped off, exposing its endoskeleton and eyeballs, it'll be back to terminate the Marionettes, so they dash off and hide in an apartment building u

Time of the Heart's Awakening
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7.50
4 votes

#8 - Time of the Heart's Awakening

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/25/1998

Marionette Girl: The Troublemaker
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7.44
9 votes

#9 - Marionette Girl: The Troublemaker

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/8/1996

The Imperial Guards of Japoness fear that evil despot Faust, leader of another city called Gartlant, is up to something dreadful. Three of Faust's special marionettes, termed Saberdolls, suddenly appear in Japoness and destroy a group of secret agents that previously burned down resident fancy boy Hanagata's house. The Saberdolls then disappear just as nimbly as they arrived. Even though Hanagata annoys Otaru, Otaru still fights to save Hanagata's little brother from the flames. But civilians impede Otaru's would-be rescue, claiming the cause hopeless. In an act of valor, Lime saves the boy, leaving the others to question the differences between man and machine.

Passionate Unwelcoming! Flying Love Attack!
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7.43
7 votes

#10 - Passionate Unwelcoming! Flying Love Attack!

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/5/1996

Bloodberry, also attracted to Otaru, takes a more forward approach to love. But after Otaru refuses her forward advances and marriage proposal, she decides to woe him by making his greatest wish come true. Bloodberry mistakenly thinks that Otaru's wish is to fly, so she makes a flying machine and they fly away, much to Otaru's fright and dismay. They crash land on Mt. Kamuna where the evil beast Ponta lives. Lime, Cherry and Hanagata assemble flying machines of their own for rescue.

My First Kiss Tasted Like Plasma
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7.43
7 votes

#11 - My First Kiss Tasted Like Plasma

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/17/1996

Upset and jealous that Otaru kissed one of the Saberdolls, Luchs (in an attempt to distract her during the effort to destroy Gartlant's central computer), Lime, Cherry, Bloodberry and Hanagata make for poor companions on the trip back to Japoness. When they happen upon an abandoned spa resort, Otaru resolves to take a break and enjoy the facilities to ease the group's tension. When a plasma tornado develops over the resort it suddenly becomes clear why the spa resort had been abandoned, and why Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry abruptly malfunction. Otaru builds an iron "lightning" rod to attract the plasma tornado away from the resort, kisses each of the ill marionettes goodbye, and plans to sacrifice himself to the tornado by making sure the rod stays in place.

Suddenly, a Love Comedy
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7.33
3 votes

#12 - Suddenly, a Love Comedy

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/25/1998

The Silent Assassin
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7.33
3 votes

#13 - The Silent Assassin

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/25/1998

Big Trouble in Castle Japoness
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7.25
8 votes

#14 - Big Trouble in Castle Japoness

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/15/1996

Furor Faust, spurting Hitler-like slogans, plans to attack Japoness. Meanwhile, Otaru, Hanagotta and Lime take a tour of the national museum in Castle Japoness. When Lime accidentally breaks a national treasure, Imperial Guards race after the trio. Otaru sacrifices Hanagata to the mob in order to escape with Lime, but they end up in a secret room that houses the Shogun, Japoness' leader. Just as the Shogun starts to enjoy their company, and alludes to knowing more about Lime's origin, one of Faust's Saberdolls, Panther, disobeys Faust's orders and appears to eliminate the Shogun. Lime battles with Panther, but both are on equal footing and are getting nowhere. In the melee, Otaru accidentally awakens another special marionette, Cherry. With Cherry's help, they defeat Panther, who returns to an angry Faust and is punished for disobedience. Otaru, now with two devoted and human-like marionettes, walks home.

Getting Rich Quick is a Sour Joy
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7.25
8 votes

#15 - Getting Rich Quick is a Sour Joy

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/12/1996

With three marionettes to feed, Otaru finds that his financial means have rapidly dwindled to one remaining coin, enough for one day's supply of rice. Otaru sends Lime to get the rice, but she returns with a lottery ticket instead, having been tricked into believing it a magical piece of paper. When Otaru's idea of running a burger stand ends up costing more than it profits, their only hope remains in the lottery ticket. Luckily Otaru and company win the "happiness is yours" prize - unluckily the prize is a year's supply of pickles.

Tiger: To the end of love, and beyond!!
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7.25
4 votes

#16 - Tiger: To the end of love, and beyond!!

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/11/1997

Now that there is no living ruler of Japones, Bloodberry muses aloud, they'll have to pick a 16th Emperor of Japones, and if they have any sense they'll pick Otaru. This prospect excites Cherry - she'll get to be the first lady! She can see it now - a laughing, leering Otaru, wearing a black robe and scary makeup, forcing Cherry to undress and ravishing her before his court - no! Otaru should definitely NOT be Emperor! At the same time, half a world away, the Saberdolls have been cast out of the court of Faust again, permanently this time - that is, unless they can bring him the otome kairo of Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry. Nobody expects them to return successfully, or even alive. Meanwhile, the minds of the previous Emperor and Chamberlain in the bodies of Tamasaburo and Baiko soothe the Japones parliament, and reconstruction work on the castle continues. Bloodberry is hauling stuff around, Cherry is mixing the concrete (albeit somewhat inattentively) and Lime - well, Lime is trying to help, but she winds up just running around, dragging Hanagata behind her. Suddenly, Lime's knees begin to spark. She stops, sending Hanagata flying into the concrete, and Gen-nai opines that she's probably got frayed knee-cables. In fact, all three Marionettes could use some repair, and Otaru resolves to fix them up at once. Otaru takes the Marionettes back to the charred remains of the Japones History Museum and roots around until he finds the secret door to the room where he found Lime and where Ieyasu showed him the Multicolored Monkey-Meter. Otaru brushes aside the question of whether he's qualified to do Marionette repair - he didn't do all those odd jobs for nothing! After dodging Hanagata's attempt to serve as his nurse and Bloodberry's, Lime's and Hanagata's entreaties to examine their chests, Otaru gets down to business. At last, after much hardship, Tiegel, Luche and Panter reach Japones. They haven't been repaired since the battle with JaponesGar, and are forced to take ene

The Beautiful Marin Blue
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7.25
4 votes

#17 - The Beautiful Marin Blue

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/18/1997

Infiltration of the Dark Empire
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7.17
6 votes

#18 - Infiltration of the Dark Empire

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/3/1996

After Otaru, Lime, Cherry, Bloodberry and Hanagotta successfully repel the Saberdolls, they journey into Gartlant to detonate the central computer. Cherry plans for Lime, Bloodberry and Hanagata to distract the city's guards while she and Otaru hack into the main computer room and place explosives on the central computer. The plan appears to work until, in the midst of their escape, Otaru and company find themselves surrounded by the Saberdolls with deactivated explosives in hand.

Maiden Circuits Win the Day!?
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7.17
6 votes

#19 - Maiden Circuits Win the Day!?

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/10/1996

In the midst of Saberdolls, Otaru and gang look defeated until a young boy named Micky rescues them by blinding the Saberdolls with flash pellets. Resolved to make Gartlant a better place and save Japoness, Otaru and friends trek once again to the main computer room, this time through another series of abandoned tunnels. Before Otaru can enter the computer room and complete his mission, however, he has an urgent need to relieve himself, which similarly spurs the need in Hanagata. But as their golden arches fall into the computer room, the Saberdolls catch up.

Love Prophecy Battle Royale
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7.14
7 votes

#20 - Love Prophecy Battle Royale

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/19/1996

Hanagata, now Otaru's annoying neighbor, has finally decided to declare his love for Otaru, but just as he attempts to do so, marionette collectors kidnap Lime, leaving Otaru devastated and in no mood to listen to Hanagata's declaration. Spurned, Hanagata peevishly tells Otaru that his feelings for the marionettes are unnatural. But Otaru ignores the jibe, saves Lime and insists upon caring for each marionette as if they were human.

Enter Lime! The Planet of Men
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7.00
8 votes

#21 - Enter Lime! The Planet of Men

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/1/1996

Three hundred years after six men crash-landed from space on an uninhabited planet named Terra II, six cities have developed (one for each of the original founders). Genetic engineering assured the survival of the race, as every man raises clones instead of children from natural propagation. Unable to genetically engineer women, however, has resulted in a planet of men and their android servants called marionettes, all of which take female form. But suddenly, out of happenstance, a local boy, Otaru, from the city of Japoness awakens a special marionette named Lime from a secret underground capsule. Lime has the ability to laugh and get angry and demonstrates amazing strength - attributes that make her unlike any other marionette. But more importantly Otaru and Lime become friends.

Otaru's Big Debut! Time for You to Shine
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7.00
5 votes

#22 - Otaru's Big Debut! Time for You to Shine

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/24/1996

After saving it from Gartlant, Japoness gives Otaru and ganga a hero's welcome. Otaru gets an agent and abandons himself to a lifestyle filled with fame and fortune, ignoring his marionettes, who decide to leave Otaru. But fame has taken its toll on Otaru and he realizes just in time how much he misses his marionettes.

What's a Living Thing?
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7.00
5 votes

#23 - What's a Living Thing?

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/21/1997

The marionettes learn about life and death when Lime adopts a squirrel for a pet. As Lime nurses the squirrel back to health, and then chooses to set the squirrel free for its own good, the marionettes experience new emotions, proving that their maiden circuits are continually growing, just as the Shogun said they would. When the Shogun hears of the pet project that the marionettes have undertaken he is pleased because the growth signifies one step closer to reviving females on Terra II.

Love Unending, Hearts Distant
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7.00
4 votes

#24 - Love Unending, Hearts Distant

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/18/1997

When Lime fled in horror at Tiegel's death, she encountered Soemon Obiichi, Otaru's swordmaster. At his query, Lime poured forth her confusion about hearts - they make her and her "sisters" happy, but they also cause so much pain...! What's the point of having a heart at all? Soemon offers to help her out of this misery, and by the time Otaru finds Lime, her heart - her otome kairo - is gone. Lime is stiff and unresponsive and her pupils have closed completely, but she's still alive. Otaru takes her home and puts her to bed. A crowd gathers in Otaru's house that before long is scouring Japones town for Lime's missing "heart", and Otaru joins them despite objections that he should stay with Lime. Soemon tries to console Otaru, saying that Lime is Lime, missing hardware or not. Otaru goes home and finds Lime waiting in the genkan (place to change shoes), up and around but still almost totally unresponsive to any stimulus. She is capable of responding to commands, but her movements are so stiff and uncoordinated as to be without effect. However, the old Lime, though not in evidence at the moment, is not gone completely... Meanwhile, Faust receives a report from a loyal minion in the field, Rubens, that an otome kairo has been captured from one of the Japones Marionettes. Rubens signs off and removes his disguise - it is in fact none other than Soemon himself, who took Lime's otome kairo as a loyal secret agent of Geltland - in his mind, he is Soemon Obiichi of Geltland no longer. His defection was triggered by, of all things, a Marionette. Her name is Koyuki, and though she is no more animated or human than Lime is now, Soemon felt from the moment he first saw her that they were destined to spend their lives together. This intimacy with what remains, sentio-epistemiology aside, a machine earned him nothing but hatred from the Japones citizenry. Ultimately, he was kicked out of the country in disgrace. He wandered through the desert to Geltland, where he was found by Fa

Soaring Emotion
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7.00
3 votes

#25 - Soaring Emotion

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/4/1997

Geltland has been busy. Apart from their cloud-clearing device, they have completed another Saberdoll, of sorts: the Saber Beast Leopard. Also, once they have the otome kairo from Lime, Cherry and Bloodberry, they will be able to complete the Sabelberg II, the sequel to the big bunny-eared blitzbomb that was so soundly defeated by JaponesGar a while back. The Marionettes have fun new toys, too: their custom-made limited edition one-firing-day-only Otaru Mamiya teacups. Bloodbery is on her 15th cup of tea of the morning, Lime refuses to eat or drink out of anything but her teabowl, and Cherry has given her teacup a place of honor at the family shrine. However, they don't get to revel for long - their pleasant lunch with Hanagata (who simply will NOT behave himself) is interrupted by the arrival of Hikozaemon in Baiko's body, who summons Otaru and his girls (and, by default, Hanagata) to a conference at the royal palace. Ieyasu in the body of Tamasaburo is presiding, and present are the leaders of the other free countries of the world: President Joy (male) of New Texas, Wong of Xian, Villé of Romana and Alec of Peterubulbu, which is technically no longer a free country, being overrun by Geltland. The leaders of the free world are sick of Geltland's antisocial behavior, and since Otaru has been to Geltland before and even took out a supercomputer there once (by kissing it full on the lips, true...), he is the perfect person to go in and whack Faust once and for all. At this moment, the Marionettes sense something, a disturbance that only their otome kairo can perceive: the approach of the Saber Beast Leopard. Following close behind it is a massive body of Geltland panzers, led personally by Faust. Faust is still haunted by his memories of Lorelei - his ancestor, all of whose memories he has, was in love with her, and resolved that he, or one of his clones, would someday come to save her. Unfortunately, all of Japones' human population has been completely earthbound an