Play It Again (Anime)

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OVA Play It Again

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Title: Play It Again
Japanese Title: プレイ・イット・アゲイン
Original airdate: December 22, 1999[1]
Manga source: Gosho Aoyama's Collection of Short Stories: Play It Again
Cast: Sanjuurou Tsurugi
Sanjuurou Sakura
Michiko Tsurugi
Tatsuya Nakadai
Ran Mouri
Sonoko Suzuki
Director: Osamu Nabeshima
Screenplay: Kazunari Kouchi
Storyboard: Osamu Nabeshima
Technical Director: Osamu Nabeshima
Animation Director: Atsushi Aono
Character Design: Yasuhiro Moriki (design works)
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Play It Again (プレイ・イット・アゲイン Purei Itto Agein?) (literally "Play it again") is an Original Video Animation originally released on December 22nd, 1999, based on the short story of the same name by Gosho Aoyama from May 1988.


  • Characters[edit]


    Michiko Tsurugi refuses to allow her grandfather Sanjuurou Tsurugi to show up for parent day at her high school, causing him to make a bet with her. If she can beat him in a sword fight, Sanjuurou won't go to the school. Michiko tricks Sanjuurou by forcing him to chase her around a large cherry blossom tree, tiring him out so much that she easily wins the fight. Disappointed, Sanjuurou lies down underneath the tree and admires the fact that despite the fact the tree was planted when he was young it still blooms beautifully and doesn't look any different unlike himself and he wishes to himself to be young again.

    When he wakes up, Sanjuurou decides to go to Michiko's school anyway to demand a rematch. When he arrives in her classroom though Michiko doesn't recognize him and Michiko's teacher tells him to change his clothes and to head back to his own classroom. Confused, Sanjuurou goes to look at himself in a mirror and discovers he's returned to being a teenager! Sanjuurou decides to take advantage of his newfound youth and goes exploring the town eventually finding himself at the home of his first love who he'd given a comb to 60 years ago. Sanjuurou then returns to the school and stops in the restroom. While in the restroom Sanjuurou overhears Nakadai from the kendo club talking to his friends about taking advantage of Michiko as his next target. Can Sanjuurou protect his granddaughter from the lecherous Nakadai?



    Ran and Sonoko's cameo.
    • Ran Mouri and Sonoko Suzuki make a cameo appearance while Sanjuurou is perusing the bookstore.
    • The animation staff fleshed out the short story by making this short story OVA connect with the story presented in Detective George's Mini-Mini Big Strategy. The comb George retrieves for the client in the previous short story is in fact the comb that Sanjuurou gave his first love over sixty years ago.


    See also[edit]


    Short Stories
    Self-published Mococo (HOLEMAIL RUNNER) (1986) • WALK MAN (1986)
    Competition entry Nonchalant Lupin (1987)
    Shōnen Sunday Wait For Me (1986) • The Santa Claus of Summer (1987) • Sunday 19 Show - The Wandering Red Butterfly (1988) • Play It Again (1988) • Excalibur (1988) • K∀ITO (1989)
    Young Sunday Tell Me A Lie (2007)
    Detective Conan OVAs
    OVAs Conan vs. Kid vs. Yaiba - The Grand Battle for the Treasure Sword!!16 Suspects!?Conan, Heiji, and the Vanished BoyConan, Kid, and the Crystal MotherThe Target is Kogoro!! The Detective Boys' Secret ReportFollow the Vanished Diamond! Conan & Heiji vs. Kid!A Challenge from Agasa! Agasa vs. Conan and the Detective BoysThe Casebook of Female High-School Detective Sonoko SuzukiThe Stranger from Ten Years LaterKid in Trap IslandA Secret Order From LondonThe Miracle of Excalibur
    Magic and Bonus Files Magic FileMagic File 2: Shinichi Kudo, The Case of the Mysterious Wall and the Black LabMagic File 3: Shinichi and Ran, Memories of Mahjong Tiles and TanabataMagic File 4: The Osaka Okonomiyaki OdysseyMagic File 5: Niigata~Tokyo Souvenir CapriccioBonus File 1: Flower of Fantasista
    Gosho Aoyama's Collection of Short Stories Wait For MeThe Wandering Red ButterflyThe Santa Claus of SummerDetective George's Mini-Mini Big StrategyThe Ten Planets in the Night SkyPlay It AgainThe Mysterious Murder Plan (The Making of Conan)
    Detective Conan vs. Wooo Fatuous Detective!? Kogoro MouriTelevision Personality Maomi Yuki's Worries