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Recent reviews of titles here:Heroic Age DVD Complete Series (Hyb) - S.A.V.E. Edition
BRUCE W. BODDY - Nov 18 2014
It’s Powerful, Beautiful and I think pretty cool!
This Anime series is a beautiful sweeping epic, with a full and uplifting, tear-jerking Score that took this series beyond just being a good space adventure. Try to think of Lawrence of Arabia without it’s beautiful musical score, it wouldn’t be the movie it is.
Well in this Anime, when Princess Dhianeila is giving (anyone) of the numerous narrations that she gives through out this Series (( By the way, I believe this is the best voice performance that Catlin Glass has ever given)) and the music is building and building behind her voice and than boom, the crescendo hit’s and it raises the hairs on the back of my neck and brings tears to my eye’s. This music flows throughout the series and it makes it what it is.
Both of the main lead characters - Age- voiced by J. Michael Tatum and -Princess Dhianeila- voiced by Caitlin Glass, Have got to be two of the purest of mind, body and soul characters that I know of in Anime.
The Princess has great mental powers, that allow her to perceive, feel, read thoughts and is able to find or track someone over distances of Galactic proportions. It’s more than that, but that's the best way to explain it. That being said, no man (because of the over powering thoughts that we have) can come too close to the Princess or she’ll be overwhelmed by those thoughts and collapses ( Boy that’s right on the money, right guys) Only Age because of his pure soul can come near her.
I’ve watched this series twice and I’m about to watch it for the third time. Like I said it’s the only Anime of it’s kind that I’ve seen. Haunting, Beautiful, moving, uplifting and it’s got TONS of SPACE BATTLES and the body count that goes with it.
Gingitsune Blu-ray Complete Collection (S)
Angel Mendez - Nov 19 2014
Rating: Pretty good!
A 9/10 Slice of Life Series with a Special Vibe
Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Goods is a slice of life anime with supernatural elements, centered around developing its characters. The main character, Makoto, is a shrine maiden and high school student who can communicate with heralds or messengers of the gods. The heralds appear in the form anthropomorphized animals. Part of the show deals with Makoto and the unique relationship she has with Gintarou, the herald at Makoto's family owned Shinto shrine.
But Gingitsune is more than a story about shrines and spirits. To me where this series really shines is when it focuses on the personal issues of the people around Makoto. If you are big on well developed characters and slice of life in general, Gingitsune is an anime that should be satisfying to you. I recommend buying the BD version because, even though the show does not have the greatest visuals, it has several neat scenes that should look better in high definition.
Allison & Lillia DVD Complete Collection (S)
Larry Burke - Nov 19 2014
The visuals on this title are very nice - spectacular backgrounds and very nice CGI aircraft (modeled on real-world airplanes). A nice touch is that the planes in the second series are a generation later than those in the first, just like the protagonists. The music is also beautiful - opening and closing credits, as well as the oft-heard "Ueber Meer, Ueber Laend (Over Sea, Over Land)," all nicely-done in a sort of folk/classical style.
The overall storyline - heroes who don't want to be known as heroes followed, in the second half of the series, by their children - is interesting, but the writing, at best, only ever rises to the old "Saturday morning serial" writing: the bad guys are two-dimensional, and seldom get names, the heroes are constantly getting out of one scrape only to get into another, and things just happen without explanation (usually to the heroes' benefit, unless the opposite is needed to maintain the tension). I felt the sub-narrative "romance" storyline was better done than the main plot in the first half, but feels labored in the second half. Also, the final episode struck me as rather unfulfilling - expected, but (again), no explanation of how the hero survived his last peril, and no denoument of the larger story. Perhaps this is a result of the source material (a series of light novels) continuing on past the events of the series.
Might make a good watch for younger teens/tweens. Adults might find it enjoyable if you don't go into it with high expectations (like I did).