Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Legend of Himiko Complete Collection|
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
This mystical epic follows the adventures of a schoolgirl, Himiko, who is transported across dimensions to save a world enslaved by an evil sorcerer king.
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Kim H. | somewhere | 07/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Legend of Himiko is about a young girl who wants to find the history of her birth.As a baby she was transported from another land in another time to modern day Japan, although she didn't know it at the time. A little boy named kutani found her on the steps of an ancient ruin. The only thing that was known about Himiko was that she was found with a blueish green pendent on her neck. Himiko a few years later in high school was questioning kutani at the steps where she was found about what he knew and how she was found. The pendent suddenly came alive and himiko and kutani were transported to a land that is at war. Before the war there were several queen candidates and the life force of the country (bokka) was about to chose the first queen when the enemy struck. Years later the queen candidates and a loyal commander forsaw the saviors of the country in crystal ball. The met with Himiko and Kutani for the first time and narrowly escape the enemy. They join forces and fight, but all himiko wants to do go back home away from this "nightmare" and Kutani promises to take her back. Will they really manage to go back home? This anime is action packed with adventures and you won't regret buying it. It's really addictive actually."
A Very Well Done Anime
WayneXtreme | Indianapolis, IN USA | 03/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I received this for Valentine's Day from my girlfriend, have since watched it, and felt like reviewing it for you, so here it is.
The nation of Yamatai is about to embark in an all new direction when they decide to install a queen to rule their nation, the queen will be chosen from 1 of 6 candidates by a mysterious thing called the Bokka (referred to as the Light of the Bokka throughout the series). Suddenly, the ceremony is interrupted when an invading army (The Kune) launches their attack on Yamatai. In order to protect the candidates, the Bokka scatters the 6 girls across Yamatai.
As for the Bokka, it disappears into a newborn child named Himiko who is then transported into the future. Armed with only her pendant and no memory of her past, Himiko grows up in present day Japan (I believe) where she attends high school with her childhood friend Kutani. One day, the two are wandering around an archaelogical dig headed up by her father, they come upon the place where Himiko was discovered all those years ago.
Not long after, the pendant around Himiko's neck lights up and both she and Kutani are transported to Yamatai. Once there, they begin to learn about the power of the Bokka and their connection to it. They must join with the 6 queen candidates in order to free the nation of Yamatai and rid it of the darkness growing and building under it.
That is all that I want to say about the story line because I don't want to give it away. About the show itself, I loved it. The series consists of 12 episodes on 3 DVD's, each episode is a "full episode" meaning that they are around 23-24 minutes long which is a plus. Honestly, I think that they could've stretched the show out a few more episodes because it seems that the final episodes are a little rushed.
There's plenty of magic, sword-fighting, and yes even zombies in this show as well as other monsters. As I said in the title, this anime was very well done, looks amazing, has a great story/plot to it, and the characters are awesome."
"You're blinding me, babe!"
iansomniak | USA, Planet Earth | 04/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In ancient times, the peace-loving inhabitants of the leaderless land of Yamatai enjoyed a carefree existence, guided only by a sacred eternal flame commonly referred to as the Bokka (not to be confused with Boku, a popular fruit juice drink of the late 1980s, made famous by comedian Richard Lewis). Alas, their blissful utopia was too good to last. When word of an imminent invasion by the dreaded Kingdom of Kune--headquartered on a flying chunk of earth known as Biwa Island--reached the defenseless Yamataians, they scrambled to appoint a human ruler of the female persuasion ASAP. Six lovely young candidates for the job were quickly rounded up, and it was decided that the fiery Bokka would be entrusted with the task of choosing a suitable queen from among the little group of hot babes. The contestants included: Seika, the crystal-gazing fortune teller; Shino, the bewitching blue-haired belly dancer; Imari, the swordswoman who amazed all with her gravity-defying outfit; Fujina, the lavender-haired sake drinker who some deemed untrustworthy; Koran, the redheaded martial arts expert; and Tadami, a myopic and child-like weapon buyer with enormous pink pigtails and saucer-sized eyeglasses. Tragically, before the new queen of Yamatai could be named, the villainous Governor-General of Kune (who was given to fits of maniacal laughter) and his army of bowling-ball-faced soldiers swooped down from their Flying Fortress and commenced burning and pillaging the villages and castles of Yamatai with alacrity.
In the present day, countless eons after Yamatia's destruction, Masahiko Kutani--budding archeologist, high school student and captain of a rock climbing team--helps the adoptive father of his childhood friend, Himiko Himejima, to "dig up some stuff" in the dusty ruins of some bygone civilization. It seems that Himiko's dad is convinced that he's on the verge of making a major archeological discovery, and Kutani appreciates the opportunity to spend time working with Dr. Himejima, as his own father, a thrill-seeking adventurer, is far away on Mount Everest. One fateful afternoon, at the doctor's behest, Kutani visits Himiko on the crumbling steps of the ruins, and reluctantly answers all of her questions about that amazing day, years earlier, when baby Himiko miraculously appeared before his very eyes, on that very spot, in a giant ball of white light--a ball of light that ultimately passed through Kutani's own body before dissipating behind him. At the same moment, a tiny glowing creature with curly antennas and tiny blue and white clothes swirled around Himiko before vanishing into the intricately carved Y-shaped pendant that remains a constant fixture around her neck. As the teenaged boy recounts the far-fetched tale to his wide-eyed girlfriend, his hands suddenly ignite with whipping blue flames! Simultaneously, Himiko, too, spontaneously combusts into a raging fire! Seconds later, the two terrified young people are engulfed by the blaze and whisked away in an incomprehensible vortex of time and space......
Legend of Himiko (also known as Himiko-den) is an entertaining, nicely animated series that falls just short of greatness, primarily due to the fact that there aren't enough episodes in the saga to allow its many characters to be fully developed (no pun intended). As a result, some troubling questions remain unanswered. For example: why does Tenmoku dress like a Vegas showgirl...and just what is the deal with Shohi, the lonely ocarina player who's face and body are partially covered with vines and Brussels sprouts? The artwork in the show is mostly excellent, but some elements are poorly designed--like that kooky Kyou creature that lives in Himiko's necklace, those mushroom-headed Kune troops that look as if their armor is made out of coconut shells, and those tanks that look like cardboard boxes. But, at least the squirming masses of undead puppet soldiers look effectively creepy. Also, the opening and closing songs are exceptional.
This collection contains all 12 episodes on three DVDs in three separate keepcases, which are housed in an attractive cardboard slipcover. The discs includes a generous helping of extras, including: Japanese ads, art galleries and an interactive interview with the English voice cast. The series is rated 13 and up due to some skimpy costumes, bloodless violence and frequent and gratuitous s-word usage. Legend of Himiko could have been better, but even as is, it's a program most anime fans will be proud to own, `cause as the squeaky-voiced narrator girl says, "This is really neat stuff!" So order yours today; and may your paths always be guided by the sacred light of the Boku...I mean Bokka!"
Brian | 08/04/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't have much to say about Legend of Himiko it was okay but it could have been a lot better the story was good but the characters were like flat it's hard to explain but the characters didn't really have personality so much so that I can't even remeber there names and I'm usally good with characters names the only one I remember was Himiko just because it is the name of the title, But it's still worth checking out it's an old anime and it is not bad, but like I said I did not like any of the characters."