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Gasaraki Vol. 8: To Be a Kai (2001)

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Studio: ADV Films
Genre: Anime, Mecha
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
The world stands poised on the brink of destruction. Only through the actions of a few brave men and women will the Earth survive the coming conflict. While the puppets of the Kugutsu struggle to sever the strings that control them, the Kai prepare for their ultimate confrontation.

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And so it ends... by EWilson March 26, 2004 - 9:21 AM PST
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2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
So the last few disks have been ratcheting up the suspense - what will happen between the SSDF and Symbol? Between Japan and the US? Between Yushiro and Miharu? Between Yushiro and the rest of the Gowa family? And what is the Gasaraki? Each episode has left us wondering - what's coming next?

Well, the final disk in the series doesn't completely deliver on all of these fronts. The political intrigue that has been building from early on reaches a sense of closure, but it feels somewhat anti-climatic. The personal intrigue for Yushiro and his family gets ramped up a bit, but his relationship with Miharu isn't really addressed to a great degree. And the Gasaraki? Well, in comparison to the gritty, logical nature of the rest of the show, the Gasaraki's secrets seem to come out of left field.

That being said, it's been an interesting ride. Gasaraki starts slow, but picks up pace and ends strong (albeit without achieving a full resolution). It's got a unique amalgamation of robot action and politicial intrigue, with a portion of Japanese mysticism. It's been an enjoyable anime, one that employs subtlety and character interaction as its main devices. It fails to deliver in some respects, but even so, Gasaraki as a series is well worth the rental.

Very confusing by hneline1 March 12, 2002 - 10:06 AM PST
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2 out of 11 members found this review helpful
It looks like this DVD contains the last three episodes of the series, although it's simply hard to tell. Without the background of earlier volumes, this DVD is very confusing with unexplained terminology, unexplained relationships, unexplained consequences. The battle scenes are extremely hard to follow. Character motivations and behaviors aren't explained or aren't consistent. As it is, I won't be viewing the earlier Volumes because this series seems to have undeveloped characters, a confusing plot, and too much violence.




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