Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mirage of Blaze Collection|
Actor: Mizuna Kuwabara
Director: Mizuna Kuwabara
Genres: Action & Adventure, Anime & Manga, Animation
Takaya Oogi is a street smart high school student, dedicated to protecting his best friend Yuzuru Narita. The two are wrapped up in an ancient war of darkness and tragedy, begun during Japan s chaotic Warring States Period... more »
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Great Anime, disks seem cheap though
robbie | MD | 06/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you liked Mirage of Blaze and don't have any of the disks then this maybe the best way to get them in one package. There are the four disks with the original 13 episodes and the Rebel OVA. The packaging isn't the greatest nor are the disks, the disks seem less sturdy to me. For those not familiar with the story, Mirage of Blaze is a very in-depth story. It is almost too in-depth for the length of the series and the OVA. They are based on a long series of novels that as of this date have never been translated into English. Which is more the pity because I feel a lot of the story was left out. Basically, there were past wars and they are still being fought in the present by either vengeful spirits being awakened and by Possessors whom are either the awakers or the ones trying to exorcise those spirits. There is no true end to the events and if you don't like that it may not be best for you to buy but maybe rent them. I loved the series and the OVA even though I dislike stories that don't end (as of yet anyway). It has some action but a lot of talk especially about who's doing what because of the past and what they are doing now. This maybe boring for some who do like mostly action. A Word of Warning: there is some back and forth emotional stuff between two of the main characters (guys) so if you are squeamish then take this into account. Nothing really physical happens in the 13 episodes (though one scene almost is), but there is one incident in the OVA that some may have a problem with, though they don't actual do it (and non-con). Reviewers for the separate disks and the OVA mention this. I wouldn't say this would be a reason not to watch just for to be aware of. Also you may want to shop around I got it for less elsewhere."
Mirage of Blaze Collection
E. Bradman | Florida, USA | 08/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like it because it had a lot about the Feudal Era of Japan and I loved the story.
Some people may find it a bit disturbing because part of it is a love story where
two men are involved and the ova its pretty strong in that respect but I just looked at it as a wonderful story regardles but I really would had liked a more
complete ending. I had rented at Netflix I thought I would like to see it again
So I bought and I am glad because I catch things that I missed the first time around"
A Story for Today
Onigumo | Houston, Tx | 04/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with you, C. Vasquez. The story is dark and sad. People
are still obsessing over each other and hurting one another.
I do feel the character of Naoe has done the things you mention.
However, remember the statement of Nagahide, "You drove him to it,
and you don't remember what a sinful person you really are."
Nagahide, encapulates the relationship of master and servant,
when he makes this statement to Lord Kagetora.
Don't forget that Kagetora was used by everyone and strikes out
the last scene at the lake is heart breaking. Kagetora says
that "After all this time, do I have the right to think about him"
We do not know what Kagetora has done to Naoe."
Dramatic Anime At It's Best
DY Sanik | 11/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm an anime lover, and often enjoy the light-hearted comedies or swords and sorcery genres, but sometimes I enjoy to view a "mature" drama with well-defined characters, a strong storyline which includes fight scenes, romance and tragedy, and the Mirage of Blaze series fully and epicly delivers.
Classic themes of love, honor and betrayal abound in this story revolving around Takaya Oogi, a defiant high school student who actually has the soul of a feudal age Japanese warlord Lord Kagetora, if only he is awakened. His best friend, Yuzuru Narita, ironically and unknowingly harboured the soul of a rival.
Into their daily lives, along with others who are "posessors", comes Nobutsuna Naoe claiming to have served Lord Kagetora in the past, vowing to stay by his side and assist him in what must be done: to free the vengeful spirits and stop them from causing mischief and death. He appears to be the faithful protector, yet he has a secret, a dark secret which he cannot tell Takaya. Both draw to and confused by Naoe's intensity, Takaya only grudgingly agrees to help in the quest to rid modern Japan of the ghostly menace. Along their journey, with other helpers from the past in new human bodies, Takaya recovers some of his memories from feudal times, and the source of his deepest agony: the betrayal of love.
My only disappointment was the series wasn't continued past 3 episodes of the 2nd season. Technically the "movie" Rebels at the River's Edge is not a movie at all, but those 3 episodes. Although listed as not rated, it has mature themes, suggestive sexual situations and two non-com m/m images best for older or select audiences. Although not explicitly yaoi, but more shounen-ai, the romance/attraction is between two male characters, Takaya and Naoe. For those used to constant action, this series might seem slow moving or tedious at times because there are many complicated Japanese names and history that has to be explained, but the mood is carefully laid out by writer. It is beautifully drawn and consistent throughout. For those with open-minds and a true love for dramatic anime, this is a masterpiece."