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English: Cipher
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 3, 1989
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Magic Bus
Source: Manga
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: ShowbizShowbiz
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 26 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 4.481 (scored by 58905,890 users)
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Ranked: #130722
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Popularity: #5758
Members: 12,073
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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?


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Opening Theme

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"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins

Ending Theme

"Against All Odds" by Phil Collins


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.

The provided summary is as follows:

"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 ...
Apr 6, 2018
Mixed Feelings
I'm so confused???? But apparently, that's expected, since this is pretty much an (official) AMV for a manga.

To be fair, the music is good. It's very american (i mean, phil collins is in the intro! just an example), but it's good. The dub is horrible, it's like they COULDN'T pay for actual voice-actors so they just asked around the street for random people to come over and say some lines in front of a microphone.

BUT... it's so hilarious that you just roll with it and accept the awkwardness. It kind of gives a certain "charm" to this OVA.

The art is pretty and I actually want ...
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 brother, 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 ...

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