Lost Universe DVD Box Set (Hyb) (Thinpak)
Nicholas P. Faggion - Sep 10 2007 AlucardsQuest@comcast.net
Finally! And Slayers fans pay attention!
It's always disappointing when an anime series you like disappears. The Rumik Theater OVAs may have disappeared, The Final Fantasy Legend of the Crystals anime was never brought to DVD, and Ninja Cadets made 2 episodes and never finished it's own story... but Lost Universe returns!
For the uninitiated, this is a sci-fi anime with some nice comedic touches. And since it comes from the mind of the man who created Lina Inverse and The Slayers, you won't know what's around the next corner, but you can't wait to find out what it is. The characters are rough, but eventually likable (the secret weapon wielding hero with a cape fetish, a sexy spaceship computer that can take human form, and an undercover police rookie gal who blows up the kitchen but makes good food).
This series is noteworthy for being one of the first to combine both hand-drawn and CG animation. The dub is up to ADV's early standards, the intro music is catchy, and as a whole you won't want to stop watching. It makes a nice companion piece to any other Slayers boxset, Don't miss this!
Arthur d. Hansen - Mar 22 2008
Rating: Pretty good!
The compilation I've been looking for!
I've been looking for an affordable copy of Lost Universe for years! This was a great find and a great deal that I found at my local Best Buy!
I'm glad a reputable company is finally coming to this realization so that I can get my Anime Fix without having to break my bank account.
Jesse H - Nov 17 2008
The most horrible dub in the universe!
Any intelligent discussion of this show has to first deal with the issue of its (*cough*) "interesting" dub which was given to it back in ADV's early days . Folks, I am no sub-snob; quite the opposite. I love dubs dearly and prefer those to the subtitle experience any day. Having said that, I hope you will take me at my word when I say that the only thing this anime is TRULY "best in the whole universe at" is its laughably-horrible and hilarious English voice acting.
Seriously, the dub is SO bad that you will find yourself watching it just to laugh at it time and time again! I can't tell you how many times Kane squeaks in defiance of a burly enemy, how many villains sound like they were having a colonoscopy during their evil speeches, or how many times Canal deadpans during life-and-death situations (and, contrary-wise, freaks out over minor utterances). In all fairness, ADV's script-writers bore a big part of the blame for this mess. When you're playing a loving granny who screetches, "Sorry Kane--you're too young for a bottle of HOOOOOCH!", how else can you live with yourself unless you play it ridiculously over-the-top? The discrepancies between the emotions portrayed on-screen and given by the actors also might point to bad management--not giving the actors the information they needed to do their jobs. This WAS one of ADV's very first projects, after all. Anyway, the final word on the dub is this: the sub is far better from a literal standpoint (both in terms of voice acting and translation), but the dub track is infinitely more fun in the "so-bad-it's-great" sort of way. To get the full experience, watch both.
Other than its amazing(ly bad) dub, "Lost Universe" is a pretty typical space-age adventure story. This show touts its ties with "Slayers," but the buyer should understand that the relationship is mostly due to the art. The plot seems geared toward a slightly younger audience, although you will get some pretty hilarious episodes here and there (the "chicken-hijacking-hijinx" one was particularly good). It is also worth noting that this anime and its characters start to grow on you more as it goes, so don't be discouraged by a "slumpy" early-middle part.
In short, I give "Lost Universe" a 6.5 out of 10. It's not the best sci-fi anime around by any stretch, but it is a pleasurable watch that will keep its viewer entertained throughout. RightStuf's release is also a huge improvement (translation, presentation) over the previous ADV release, and the price is right, too.
K B - Mar 22 2012
Good anime lame ending
I liked this anime until we got to the last couple of episodes and it went very Star wars on us if you catch my drift then the move i hate most in an anime ending oh this person went away and I'll wait for their return. Not bad anime i just didnt like the ending
Charles K. Ziese - Nov 1 2012
Animage magazine had this series in the 1998 top ten for a reason
I felt the opposite theme for a certain two characters was very clever.
Like most stuff I watch, silly with some backstory first, serious with little humor later. The theme song Infinity gets me out of a bad mood easily. Kane has got to be one of the goofier heroes I have seen but is serious when needed. Personally, I think Canal (in her more mature form in EP 13) is the prettiest anime character of all time. My only complaint is that Canal's more mature form was rarely seen.