Ranked #7578


Alternative Titles

English: Cipher


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 3, 1989
Genres: Drama, Music
Duration: 40 min. per episode
Rating: None
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Score: 5.181 (scored by 702 users)
Ranked: #75782
Popularity: #4880
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Two brothers are in the spotlight: one a movie star making a football movie, the other a musician who occasionally goes to school (to cover for his sibling). What will destiny bring them?

Related Anime

Adaptation: Cipher

Characters & Voice Actors

Rang, Roy
Rang, Jake
Rang, Jake


Tominaga, Tsuneo
Collins, Phil
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Loggins, Kenny
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Williams, Deniece
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music

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Apr 17, 2012
Having finished "CIPHER THE VIDEO" after 40 minutes’ worth of confusion, bewilderment, laughter, and tears, I feel it necessary to gather my thoughts on it in some fashion. Recently released in a new rip/encode by ARR, “Cipher” is truly one of the more puzzling works I have ever seen from any era, in any medium. Its intentions seem wholly unknown to me, buried under the purest of incompetency, laziness/budget constraints, and seeming indifference.

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"Annis Marfie is a boyish-looking girl, who is studying art in New York. One day, she discovers that her schoolmate, an extraordinarily beautiful semi-pro model, Shiver is actually read more
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Dec 18, 2014
it's 10am and i havent gone to bed yet because i cant stop thinking about cipher. this ova was great. ive been sitting in my bed weeping from laughter and staring off in sheer bewilderment. i havent had enough time to completely wrap my mind around what i just watched. im a big fan of so bad theyre good movies. this is the best i have ever seen, hands down. it beats manos, it beats the room and it beats plan 9. this is so beyond all that. so much stranger and poorly thought out than i could have imagined anything could ever be. read more
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Mar 23, 2015

I have seen a LOT of really weird anime, but I have never seen anything like Cipher. This anime comes completely out of left field and just leaves you speechless. It is basically a 40 minute music video that tells the story of a famous teen actor and his twin sister, who often attends school in his place. It was made in the 1980s, so the soundtrack is mostly Kenny Loggins and Phil Collins. It is PURE 80s cheese! I guess you have to consider that "AMVs" didn't exist in the 1980s, so the very concept of watching anime mixed with popular music was brand read more
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so bad theyre amazing. same kind of stunning incompetence, same kind of hilarity. i thoroughly enjoyed both of them, although cipher is somehow way worse. 
reportRecommended by simonephone
Both are 80's style OVAs centered around blonde, bishie main characters and their struggle to find their place in the grand scheme of things. Both series have masterful and memorable OST and boast an unforgettable cast.  
reportRecommended by lordzeru
Cipher and Inferno Cop have the best plots available in anime. Nothing comes close to these two and if you loved one, you will love the other with the same amount of love for reasons only someone who watched Cipher or Inferno Cop can understand. 
reportRecommended by NataliaIsMyWaifu
Pastel colors, music montages, and ambiguous plots make these two 80's soul mates. Although, Bobby's in Deep isn't nearly as "enjoyable". 
reportRecommended by MyLonesomeCowboy

Opening Theme

"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins

Ending Theme

"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins

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