Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Haruka Beyond the Stream of Time 6|
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Infinity Resources Inc Release Date: 09/16/2008
Haruka Vol. 6 finally brings us a storyline featuring Shimon
Dennis A. Amith (kndy) | California | 10/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With volume six of "Haruka -Beyond the Stream of Time"-, this time around we get episodes focused on Shimon, another storyline about Yorihisa (which is evidently becoming a fan favarite), Takamichi and Tomomasa.
In episode 15 titled "Heart beyond Hate", Shimon has not always been trusted by the people in this new land. Because of his blonde hair and blue eyes, something not common especially in the new world, they are known as demons.
Although he has his friends with Akane and Tenma, he has somewhat been isolated because the guardians do not want him to be seen in public because of his blonde hair and literally, he can get himself killed.
To make things even worse, one of the guardians, Inori refuses to work with Shimon because of his feelings that since Shimon is blonde, his is in fact a demon.
So, Shimon has felt left out and as everyone has pulled their weight to protect Akane, Shimon feels he is the weakest of the group.
Shimon eventually finds himself a new friend named Sefle (from the Demon clan) who doesn't know that Shimon is one of the guardians but feels he can use Shimon to get close to Akane, the dragon priestess.
But what happens when Sefle unleashes his demon against children and has the villagers believe that Shimon is the cause of the attacks. But what happens when Inori also believes that Shimon attacked the children?
In episode 16 titled "The Day of Atonement", we get another Yorihisa storyline as he has been dreaming about his beloved older brother (who died trying to protect Yorihisa long ago). In his dream, he is told to go East and with the possibility of it being a sign, Akane, Yorihisa and Tenma set out to find the Talisman.
But what happens when Akane is split up from the group and Yorihisa and Tenma are not just attacked by enemies but also a challenge by one of the higher level demons.
In episode 17 titled "The Oleander Lady", as everyone grows anxious to start finding the Talisman of the West, Takamichi is getting irritated by Tomomasa who acts as if he doesn't care about finding the Talisman but prying into his own personal life and his thoughts about women.
But what happens when both men are drawn to a strange woman?
Video is presented in anamorphic 16:9:LB and presented in 1:71:1 aspect ratio. I watched this DVD twice now on my 52 inch television and on my 24 iMac. And as I have mentioned before in my reviews, "HARUKA" has beautiful conceptual art when it comes to the backgrounds and just overall, how the whole land just looks lush. Colors galore! And I also enjoy the character designs. The men of course are quite Bishonen but the overall costumes to the colorful settings of the backgrounds mesh well with each other. Beautiful anime.
As most of Honneamise releases, there is no English dub track and as most Honneamise releases, the encoding of audio for their DVD's are top notch as audio is encoded at 448 kbps and clear audio. As for voice acting, I have been so far, very pleased with the Japanese voice acting for the characters.
The "HARUKA" DVD's do not really come with many special features. Mainly featured on each volume is bonus footage titled "The Demon's Soliloquy" which is more or less Akram's voice and his rendition of the teaser trailers.
And as with each volume, there is a four fold, double paged booklet which features episode synopsis, images, character profiles, staff interview with Nobuhito Sakamoto (art director) and Yoichi Kato (scriptwriter) and a section titled "Anthology of the Eight Guardians - Poems Unraveled" which features the poetry shown at the end of each episode.
I have to admit that part of the allure of "Haruka -Beyond the Streams of Time" has to be the fact that almost like a Japanese RPG, there are a group of characters always on the move and there is a storyline within each character. May it be their past or the current mission that they are on.
With the first half of the series focusing on introducing the eight guardians, now we get to see them work and interact together and even go in battles against the demon clan.
I was a bit surprised that there is another Yorihisa storyline so soon but I would imagine that he must be quite popular in Japan and thus, another storyline featuring the purple-haired swordsman was needed.
But I hope to see more storylines on the background of each of the eight guardians.
Another anticipated storyline was episode 15 and that was to finally see Shimon not be so weak and finally using his power. Granted, he's going to be the shy member of the eight guardians but at the same time, it was finally good to see a story based on him.
With so many storylines focusing on Akane, again, it was great to see the storylines now focusing on her protectors and I hope that continues on to the next upcoming volumes of the series.
So, all in all, if you have been watching this series, volume six is another cool volume featuring episodes that are building up to possibly a major battle between the eight guardians and the demon clan.
If you invested so much time into the series, then definitely check this latest volume out!"