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D.N. Angel - The Dawn of Dark (Vol. 1)
DN Angel - The Dawn of Dark
Vol. 1
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2004     1hr 40min

Niwa Daisuke is your average teenager, until his fourteenth birthday. He tries to declare his love to the girl of his dreams but fails. Suddenly, whenever he thinks about this girl, he turns into the legendary phantom th...  more »


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Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Section 23
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/09/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

...can't think of a catchy title...
Darth Caroline | Ann Arbor, MI | 10/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, the dvds aren't like the books, but that's okay. The story's still really good, and the theme is very energetic. Plus, there are subtitles.
So, what is DNAngel? Basically, it's about a 14-year old boy, Daisuke Niwa, who inherits the "Love Gene", which basically means everytime he thinks about his love, Risa, he turns into his "other self", Dark Mousy. What's special about Dark is 1. He's an art theif and 2. The only way for Daisuke to get rid of him is to have his love, Risa, be in love with him too.
There are other characters important to the story, like Daisuke's Mom, and his grandpa. There's also Risa's twin, Riku, his best friend Takeshi Saehara, and of course, Satoshi Hiwatari, a boy with many secrets surrounding him...
The voice overs were excellent, and if you enjoyed the books, you'll love the DVD, it just takes a while to get used to the fact that Krad is introduced before Dad is. Oops..."
DNA Duality
L. Mintah | USA | 07/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"DNAngel: Dawn of Dark: Vol. 1 is the first DVD in the anime series. It contains four episodes, which are called "stages" in this anime. The stages are titled: "Dark Revived," "Rekindled Feelings," "Whisper of the Unicorn," and "Between the Light and the Darkness." All episodes in this volume flow more or less as one long movie, so there is no need to explain them separately. DNAngel is the story of young, short, shy, Daisuke Niwa. Daisuke is in love with cute Risa, who has no idea he has a crush on her. On his 14th birthday, Daisuke learns his family's secret: that he is the bearer of the identity of tall, dashing, winged Phantom Thief Dark.

The setting for DNAngel is a seaside villa in Europe. The town police have received a warning letter that Dark is about to make his first appearance in forty years. Dark steals the hearts of young ladies in addition to artifacts. One big problem is that Dark has also stolen the heart of Risa! On his way back from a mission (given to him by his mother and grandfather), he accidentally runs into the twin of Risa, with unforseen consequences for all.

Daisuke has someone dogging him at school - Satoshi Hiwatari. Could it be Satoshi knows Daisuke's secret? And why does Satoshi seem so malicious? There is another boy in class, an amateur detective very interested in catching Dark, but Satoshi seems to have a much more personal interest.

The extras in this volume are fantastic. The opening song is so beautiful. The man who sings it sings like an angel, and one of the extras shows this seventeen-year old prodigy recording the song.

Of Two Minds
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 12/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This new entry in the youth oriented segment of the anime market tells the story of Daisuke Niwa, a young, somewhat clutzy boy, who happens to be in love. One his 14th birthday Daisuke sets out, determined to finally announce his affection to Risa Harada and ask her for a date. But fate intervenes in the form of Daisuke's mother, Emiko, and his grandfather Daiki. Not in the way families usually discourage dating, though, Instead, Emiko and Daiki plan to ressurect the legendary thief Dark Mousey who will share Daisuke's body.

This isn't really ill intentioned, but having Dark, who is cool wherever Daisuke is not, as an alter-ego comes with a whole set of problems. Not the least of these is that every time he gets emotional about Risa, Daisuke changes into Dark. To make matters worse, Risa thinks of Daisuke as a good friend, but she is attracted to Dark. And then there is Satoshi Hiwari - Supposedly Daisuke's friend, Satoshi is really a police agent intent on bringing Dark to Justice. Things get even more complicated when Krad (Dark's real antagonist) makes his appearance.

While this is played lightly (especially by the US actors) thise complicated plot mechanism is the means whereby Daisuke comes of age. Rather than flee from Dark's influence, the young boy embraces his 'Dark side,' and the ensuing drame enables him to come to an richer understanding of himself.

This only real hitch is, as other reviewers have noted the dubbing is sophomoric, with the Japanese taking the story much more seriously. This is another time when I recommend turning on the subtitles and taking your emotional cues from the Japanese acting. But from a story and artistic viewpoint, D.N.Angel is worth watching.

The best anime, i love this Go Daisuke
Daisuke Niwa | 01/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am not an anime fan, but after watching this dvd i bought the entire series and I am so happy i did it is the greatest show of all time a great storyline,great characters and wonderful songs, Shunichi Miyamoto's if i can be with you was truly a breathtaking exibit i tell all who are intrested buy now i assure you you will not regret it and this will inspire....i have not more to say except this is purely the best."