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Dual Vol. 1: Visions back to product details

Seriously disappointing.. not good at all...
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written 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?
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written 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
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written 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.

A cross between Rahxephon and Tenchi Muyou, sort of
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written by DChiu August 18, 2003 - 7:02 PM PDT
1 out of 4 members found this review helpful
"Reshape the world" and "surrounded by girls" is pretty much the shortest comment I can make about this series. Although comparing it against Rahxephon is probably a bit harsh, as this series isn't anywhere nearly as dark as Rahxephon. As others have already pointed out, it's rather light hearted and is quite amusing at times.

The makers of Tenchi Muyo remakes Neon Genesis Evangelion... into a comedy?
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written by markhl April 22, 2003 - 3:00 PM PDT
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Depending on how much anime you've seen, you might experience quite a bit of deja vu when watching the first few episodes. There are overt recycling of the mecha and pilot profiles from the successful Neon Genesis Evangelion series, which may repel some die-hard Evangelion fans away before the second DVD, and some characters and situations appear as if they stepped out (in some cases literally) from Tenchi Muyo!/El Hazard (other Pioneer/AIC productions).

Having said all of that, this light comedy actually is quite enjoyable if you can move past the obvious similarities to previous anime. The parallel universe theme is carried out interestingly as the two worlds and the people in them look exactly the same however with different personalities and with new interesting inter-relationships. The war (well.. kind of - you'll see what I mean) between the forces of Rara (yes.. Rara) and the robots are rather silly at the beginning but develops more significance with each passing episode. Overall, the series improves significantly from the beginning, where it appears as just a stereotypical knock-off of other anime, to the end, where the blend of many familiar elements mix to form an identity of its own.

There are 13 episodes (and a special 14th on the last DVD) so this is a fairly short series which moves along at a good pace. Don't expect an anime masterpiece but if you need a break from it all and just want some fun, Dual! fits the bill well.

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(Average 7.37)
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