Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Loveless - Lost and Found |
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Ritsuka Aoyagi is a sixth-grader who's troubled by the loss of his older brother. One day he meets a mysterious man who claims to have fought alongside his brother. His name is Sobi Agatsuma, who wants Ritsuka to become ... more »
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Really intriging...Worth watching. Worth purchasing.
Kero-chan | 02/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As per the reviews below, people not used to shonen-ai do seemed turned off by this show, and I thought I would too. I only started watching as one of my favorite voice actors is part of the cast. BUT...
My my.. what a surprise. Loveless has a plot that really evolves and takes flight. Also the characters are really interesting and mysterious. My first-hand reaction to watching the show would have had be be a mix of emotions: sometimes thinking "hey, this is kinky, yet artistic", othertimes thinking "isn't this totally wrong?... yet, it seems ok" - by that I mean that this anime definetely breaks the barriers of what is love and what may or not be accepted by society today. I thought I would be totally put off by male-male kisses, but they were so well orchestrated, along with the age-gap issue, and yet there's the bondage themes... but they are all packaged in this beautifully animated, very high-quality artistic level that you are just hooked.
This is probably my wordiest review, but hopefully it will get you curious enough to watch this very unique series, and you will understand how all of the above was so interestingly melded into one story. I do hope they are able to make a second part to this series. NOT a show for kids - do not let the cat ears and tail fool you."
A&M Junkie | UK | 04/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the Manga "Loveless" by Yun Kouga, Loveless defies comparison. This is truly a unique, mysterious, and beautiful anime.
12 year old Ritsuka is a traumatised boy who has been mentally and physically abused by his mother and ignored by his father since he lost his memory 2 years ago. At his mother's insistence that he is no longer her real son he is now in therapy. After finding his closet relation - the older brother that he loved - burnt to death in his own school, he transferred schools. The series begins with his first day at his new school.
It is then that he meets an very attractive young man called Soubi who claims to be his brother's friend. With this meeting Ritsuka learns that his real name, that was chosen for him before birth by an unknown source, was "Loveless." Soubi was the former partner of Ritsuka's older brother Seimei in a strange fighting style that uses words as their power. This may sound strange, but the fighting in the anime is beautifully styled and sometimes brutal in the second volume. Soubi explains to Ritsuka that, at his brother's wish, Ritsuka has inherited Soubi and that Soubi will protect him from the mysterious Septimal Moon who killed Semei.
This is not yaoi (the main character is 12 after all), but more an intense shonen-ai. The fighting partnership is based upon the Sentouki, the partner who fights, taking orders and strength from his partner who is considered to be the "master." Only through love can the partner's become strong. So when Soubi tells Ritsuka that he loves him from their first meeting, Ritsuka is confused, troubled, and also desperate to be loved. Ritsuka agrees to join Soubi in the hope that he will find out want happened to his brother and to get revenge on those that killed him.
Their are many types of love represented in the anime, from the love of friendship to the love of family. The animation is above average and the music is very moving, especially the gorgeous song "Michiyiki" by Kaon Hikita that plays during the ending credits. The anime is in the original Japanese with English subtitles. A must for any shonen-ai fan or anyone wanting to see an anime that explores the different meanings of love."
A long time fan's opinion...
Katsu | Florida, USA | 02/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Loveless IS shonen-ai, without a doubt. Anyone who says otherwise just doesn't know the series well enough, or just hasn't been paying close attention. True, it could also fall under other genres, but it is also considered shonen-ai (there is a boy x boy relationship, not to mention kissing, plus the fact that much of the series centers around Ritsuka and Soubi's relationship and how it effects and changes both of them). I've seen this entire series in Japanese with fansubs, and have to say that it is really exciting to see it brought to the US. If they continue with the four episodes a DVD habit, then there will only have to be three DVD's, which is also a great incentive to buy; not only will it be to support the industry, but it wont take too much out of fan's wallets. I'm also excited to hear about the DVD extras being on the DVD's. Many fans have seen them, though not with subtitles, which made them confusing.
In any case, onto the show. There are both shonen-ai and shoujo-ai (girl x girl)present in the show, though the latter of the two isn't present in the first DVD. The characters can be both amusing and complex, and the fight scenes aren't there just for entertainment, but plot and character development; not to mention the unique atmosphere that the battles themselves take place in. I love the series and just about everything about it, including the soundtrack, which I hope will be released over here as well. The only qualm I have about the series as a whole is the abrupt ending. The anime is only a portion of the storyline of the manga, so if you want even more Loveless if the series leaves you hanging, then that's the way to go.
Both the anime and manga though are worth purchasing, in this consumer's opinion, and I personally plan on buying both now that I can."
K. M. Page | On Kritiker's Computer | 12/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having seen "Loveless", I have found it to be a wonderful shounen-ai series. Based off the manga, it has a wonderful storyline, many-facteted characters, strife, love, and war.
The animation itself is nothing to sneeze at, either. It's very clear, with beautiful contrasts, and vivid battle scenes.
I highly recommend this series for anyone liking shounen-ai or having a clear and open mind to "unusual" relationships, yet enjoys intrigue, fantasy, and interactions between people. :)"