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51 episodes...only a few on DVD  
on June 30, 2004 - 10:08 PM PDT
  of Boys Over Flowers Vol. 1: Declaration of War (2003)
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful

I love this anime; I just want to give fair warning to others. This is definitely an anime where you will want to watch one disc right after another, but there are less than 20 episodes on DVD at the moment out of 51! So if you are not patient, like me, don't set yourself up for failure by falling in love with this series and then not be able to see it all anytime soon.

Also, some may wonder why the whole intro had all of the characters dancing around, yet there is no dancing in the anime, except for at clubs/parties, but no full out dance numbers like in the opening. Well, I can tell you why-- it's because of the movie! The movie (30 minutes with the same characters, but alternate universe - NY City) revolves around our beloved cast in a weird Fame meets Flashdance scenario. But other than that, you will never see Tsukasa bust a move in the anime. Just a little FYI. And by the way, did I say how great this series is? Also, check out Marmalade Boy too. It's not on the same emotional level as Hana Yori Dango, but it's still cute and romantic.
I just love it when John Lithgow is evil...  
on November 5, 2003 - 4:20 PM PST
  of Ricochet (1991)
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful

I think this movie kicks ass. I just happened across it on TV late one Saturday night and I actually enjoyed it. It is a cop thriller type movie and above all, Ice-T is in it! If you like him in Law & Order, you'll like him in this.

Denzel is pretty good too.
... If it ain't broke...  
on October 28, 2003 - 5:28 PM PST
  of Revolutionary Girl Utena vol. 3: The Black Rose Blooms (2002)
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful

...Don't break it!

The main song, I think it's cleverly called "Revolution," that plays when Utena is marching toward a duel, is redone for these episodes, and it is horrible. It sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks going through puberty are singing it. I can't stand it--the original was much better.

Although I like the new "Black Rose" story arc, I don't much care for the little changes they made during the dueling sequences. The annoy me. I liked Anthys little Power of Dios that sleeps within me& speech, and these episodes cut that out.

The DVD setup itself s nice. I like the extra features that come with this version. There is an interview with the director, a nice art gallery, and a summary of the first half of the series. I also really enjoy the opening sequence for the DVDit was done really well.
Sesshomaru, eat your heart out!  
on October 28, 2003 - 5:19 PM PST
  of Inu Yasha Vol. 3: Fathers and Sons (2000)

The 3rd installment of Inu Yasha

Episodes 7 through 9

7. Showdown! Inuyasha vs. Sesshomaru - The demon brothers duke it out for control of Tetsusaiga--A sword made from their father's fang.

8. The Toad Who Would Be Prince - Inu Yasha shows us the first hints of his merciful side

9. Enter Shippo, Plus the Amazing Thunder Brothers! - Shippo is just so damn cute, and this episode introduces my favorite little character

My favorite instrumental score, Hanyou (Half- Demon) Inu Yasha, is the song that plays while the menu is onscreen. It is sad that the whole song is not on the DVD because it is just amazing. It grips your soul, and grabs your heart. It is such a brilliant and beautiful musical piece--I just love it.
When words are not enough...  
on October 15, 2003 - 11:29 PM PDT
  of Inu Yasha Vol. 11: Into the Miasma
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful

I just can't say how much I enjoy this anime enough. I realized that I could probably write a 3,000 word essay on each of the main characters.

On the surface, half human hald demon Inu Yasha teams up with modern day girl Kagome to recover pieces of the "Shikon no Tamu," "Sacred Jewel," or "Jewel of the 4 Souls," whichever one floats your boat, becasue Kagome can see and sense the shards of the jewels where as otehrs cannot. So they run around feudal Japan kicking some demon ass. Lots of action. Lots of ass kicking.

Let's dig a little deeper.

Wow. This anime is jsut amazing. It is very long, and this dvd is justing getting into the 30's of an anime with 4 times that many epsidoes under it's belt.

The characters are so developed and have such a wide range of perspectives and reasons for what they do.

Every one of the main characters could have their own book written about what drives and motivates them to do what they do. No one is truly good for the sake of being good, and no one is eveil for the sake a being evil.

These characters are all or nothing. You either side with them in thier own journey's or you love to hate them and wish for all thier plans to crumble before them.
And in this corner...InuYasha  
on October 15, 2003 - 8:35 AM PDT
  of Inu Yasha Vol. 1: Down the Well (2002)
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful

1. Girl Who Overcame Time and the Boy Who Was Just Overcome
2. Seekers of the Sacred Jewel
3. Down the Rabbit Hole & Back Again

These are the 3 episodes you will find on the first DVD of this series. These are the best translations for the titles I have come across.

For all the Americans who have only seen this anime on Adult Swim, you have to rent it, if only for the opening credits.

The theme song "Change the World" is one of those songs you can't get out of you head because it is just so damn good. Trust me; it's a damn good song.

In closing, I need to remind fans to please watch at least 6 episodes (in a row, an order of sorts) of InuYasha before you judge it. It is an awesome anime, and it WILL grow on you. I promise.

Stereo wonderful stereo  
on October 12, 2003 - 4:39 PM PDT
  of Sailor Moon: Season One Uncut (Disc 1 of 8) (1992)
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful

Oh God. The sound quality is HORRIBLE. There is no other word for itjust plain awful! It sounds like everyone is trapped at the bottom of a well. There is no excuse for it either; I mean it was originally made in 1992, not 1902! However, once you get past that, it's so nice to see Sailor Moon as it was meant to be seen.
The first disc contains 3 episodes, numbers 2, 5, & 6 to be exact, that I had never seen before. This is because DiC just decided not to do them for whatever reason. Ok, so maybe the heroine follows a guy into a bar because a monster is after him, and maybe thats not the greatest example to set for young girls, but cats talk in this anime, are we really going to take every little detail and analyze it so much? Well, so DiC did that, but I shall not. Its really not that bad.
I wouldnt really recommend the uncut versions for younger viewers, but not for contentfor ability to read quickly. Sometimes the dialogue moves very fast and I bet it would be very frustrating for a younger audience.

In closing, if you grew up liking Sailor Moon, at least rent Disc 1, since you will get 3 episodes that are brand new to you. You will enjoy them.

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