Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Lyrical Nanoha The Complete Series |
Actors: Cristina Valenzuela, Jennifer Alyx
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Very Moving and Exciting Story
Raso | CT, USA | 02/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great example of what a truly great Anime has to offer. It's a shame that only Anime seems to ever involved these kinds of character complexities and moral and philosophical dilemmas, but whatever I guess.
With out spoiling anything, the story revolves around a young girl who is granted toe power to use magic via a gem that transforms her into a so called "Magical Girl" (this is a term applied to any female character that can transform into a more powerful form in Anime). The story seems to blend magic and technology in a dazzling way, at times you often wonder if the characters are using magical items or some sort of super advanced technology.
The characters are beautiful and seem to come to life with personalities of their own that make each character stand out amongst the other multitude of characters. These are not your western characters, who love fighting and fight to "protect freedom". They have flaws but not every character is bipolar or paranoid. They are rich and diverse and help to take you away from the toils of real life, not remind you of them.
If you are unfamiliar with Anime and see a cute cartoon girl on the cover and your first thought is "This is a children's show" you are only half right. While this show is easy to digest for children of about 10 or so years old, there are some complexities and even some realities that younger children might not be ready for.
There's no vulgarity or sexual content, though the transformation scene might me considered kinda risky for some viewers, important body parts are simply not drawn. Sponge Bob or Tom and Jerry are both 100 times more violent and offensive than anything you will find in this show.
That said, this show can be equally enjoyed by a more mature audience, especially one who still considers themselves a child at heart. If you like a fun, touching story with out all of the mellow-drama, propaganda and nonstop real world head line news references that you'll find in 95% of all American Prime Time dramas, then you'll love this show.
Lyrical Nanoha A's is the second season and is available via Amazon's current selection at the time of this review's writing."
A Nice Entertaining Anime Worth A Look At For Anime Fans
Rich | CA | 05/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been in the mood for some more light-hearted animes for a few months now and after getting series like Angelic Layer and Chobits this series turned out to be just as entertaining to watch as the other mentioned animes. The series follows with some of its storylines of series like Sailor Moon and Card Captors and while not to childish it keeps the drama down so it doesn't become to melancholy or sad to watch through it. The series suffers only one true annoyance it was the somewhat half-baked dubbing cast, while the Japanese voice cast were great doing their character roles and played their roles perfectly the same can't be said about the English voice cast which seemed to just have at most about one to two of their voice cast who did a decent job while you couldn't help but wince while trying to listen to the other dubbed voice crew trying to mull over their lines with little to no talent what so ever. While some say anime series should only be watched subbed I'm more partial to listening to both subbed and dubbed for most of my animes, but I do agree if you can't get a good dubbed voice cast just leave the anime series subbed and save the fans a lot of headaches. So for fans of Sailor Moon to Chobits here's a wonderful anime series worth a peek and I say don't be turned away thinking this series just for children it may surprise you how entertaining you find the series as well...."