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Dual Vol. 1: Visions (2000)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Kazuki is plagued by visions of giant robots that no one else can see. But all of the years of ridicule are about to pay off! Before he knows what's happening, Kazuki gets ensnared by a pretty face, and then a mad

scientist's experiment tosses him into this parallel world! Now the danger is very real and his allies are twice as strange as he ever imagined! On the plus side, he gets to drive the robots!

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Seriously disappointing.. not good at all... by tommyk January 27, 2012 - 2:58 PM PST
Made in 1998, this anime fails to crawl out of the impact crater of Evangelion on the giant robot anime landscape. Another reviewer here said it's not fair to compare the two, but how can you when this anime slavishly imitates the characters, robots and even plots of Eva, but doesn't do as good a job? As a harem anime, this is also pretty lame, it's not really ecchi and everyone seems to have a personality transplant from a potato, and I don't mean just the obligatory "robot girl". Finally, the jokes are so bad even the actor's laughs sound forced, and the animation goes from OK, to truly laughably poor. One thing about this DVD was the trailers included from Geneon, they aren't video trailer commercials, it's just pictures (??) with information on contacting G. offices, a brief synopis and info like ( VHS Dub ). There's a few anime on there, but the one that stuck out with a little thing called "Pokemon". Who knew? Oh, Geneon, I stare in wonder at how that little lottery ticket would save your company from laserdisc hell, make you rich and how you would implode in just 10 years and be gone completely... epic.

A New Tenchi Muyo Series? by manuelvillanueva October 5, 2005 - 1:01 AM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
If these characters seem vaguely familiar with another anime it's because they are. Masaki Kajishima designed the characters for Dual! and Tenchi Muyo. In fact, Dual! and Tenchi Muyo GXP have 5 identical characters--give or take on the hair styles.

I enjoyed both Dual! and Tenchi Muyo GXP. The plots may be different however the comedic situations are the same. If you're a Tenchi fan you'll like this one as well.

A Rare Breed......a GOOD Harem by Bartholomerj November 17, 2003 - 9:12 AM PST
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
At it's heart Dual is a "harem" anime. That alone is enough to send shivers down my spine. Geeky guy capturing the hearts of not just one but multiple beautiful women, and, more strangely, doing so against his will and trying to avoid the attention? It's a genre that's often too depressing to me to be funny.

But Dual is. It's light-hearted, it's got a sound plot, and it's fun. It's probably not really even one of the funniest shows I've seen, but it's a good mix. Enough so that it's gotten two or three spins in my DVD player already, which is rare when there's so much stuff I have that I haven't seen.

A lot of the concepts (like the mechas) are based off Evangelion (highly recommended). Don't be too fooled though. In all honesty I find Nadesico to bear closer resemblace for a comedy and Rahxephon to be another totally new Evangelion itself. It's just one of the MANY concepts that are incorporated into Dual, along with the whole "warped to a parallel world" and harem concepts.

In a sense, Dual is completely unoriginal, encompassing "been there done that" elements from all sorts of anime into a light hearted and comedic mech adventure. But it does so in it's own original way. In the end, it's one of the best originally unoriginal anime I've come across, and I'll probably end up watching it even a couple more times in the future.

Recommended to harem/comedy/mech anime fans and any combination thereof.

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