Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Blade of the Phantom Master Shin Angyo Onshi|
Directors: Charles Campbell, Joji Shimura
Genres: Indie & Art House, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Amidest a maelstrom of death, the ronin Mensu clashes with wasteland cannibal nomads from beneath the desert sands. Together with his Sando-a beautiful but deadly human weapon-Mensu saves thousands from the evil dictator ... more »
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Rated M for "Manhwa" and mostly "Meh"
maxmasa31 | Honolulu, HI United States | 01/24/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My wife actually got this, and didn't know it was actually based on a Korean comic. Not that there's anything wrong with manhwa, we're just not familiar with it. In any event, we went into this with an open mind, particularly because this was a joint Korean-Japan production and the story and art looked really good.
I won't go into a summary of the anime, but I will say that the story lacked...well, a story. The origins of the "amen osa" are briefly covered in an introduction and that's it. No other back story is given and this DVD comes across as two episodes of a greater series, even though it isn't. Character names are dropped, but the story behind the name is never visited or even resolved. Characters are who they are just because they are. No explanation is given for most anything.
Don't get me wrong, though, the characters are interesting enough that I would like to see more of this world. However, as far as I know, this was a one-shot deal, so it's a little disappointing.
Moving on to the animation, the artwork is top-notch. It blends computer and hand-drawn animation beautifully, and the fight scenes are great. The computer rendering of Munsu's (the main character) phantoms are especially nice. I was very pleased with the look of this anime, as is to be expected for a theatrical release.
With that said, though, I think most people will be left wanting more or just being confused with the lack of story.
For those looking to buy this for kids, I don't recommended it for anyone 16 or under. There isn't any nudity, but there is a fair amount of blood and violence that may be disturbing to small children or young adults."
A Good Action Anime
R. Horning | Cali | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This anime caught my eye since my friend and I are always on the lookout for good anime thats not too goofy or primarily T&A.
I do agree with other reviews that it lacked story, but we were basically just looking for a good action movie. The lead character was very enjoyable in that he didn't screw around. In many movies you get characters that do stupid stuff and you're left staring at the screen going,"Come on! Just shoot him!" And Munsu delivers big time.
But the lack of back story and overall development of many characters did leave me wanting more. What story is there is pretty straight forward and isn't as confusing or mystifying as many other animes.
So if you just want a good action anime I highly recommend this, good action combined with beautiful animation."