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Romeo x Juliet: Romeo Collection, Part 1
Romeo x Juliet Romeo Collection Part 1
Actors: Takahiro Mizushima, Fumie Mizusawa, Chris Burnett, Brina Palencia
Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
NR     2009     4hr 50min

Love is something you never regret....For most of her young life, Juliet was forced to live a tortuous lie. Disguised as a boy, she lurked in the shadows of Neo Verona. Escaping from the monotony of a life in hiding only a...  more »


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Actors: Takahiro Mizushima, Fumie Mizusawa, Chris Burnett, Brina Palencia
Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Funimation Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/23/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 4hr 50min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Japanese, English

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Movie Reviews

This anime, to be or not to be...
saintBYgrace | 06/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I just picked up this anime from a local store and all I can say is...WOW! Therefore read on, dear friends, for thou art about to uncover a gem in thee world of says I...

I am a fan of this story from the start so my interest in this was already high. So one would think this was a match made in heaven, right? I mean what is there to think about as I enjoy anime and one of my favorite stories has made its way to the States in English. However, I have also learned that just because something is done in the way of anime, a good story one does not make. With that here are my thoughts about this first part of the anime entitled... "Romeo X Juliet".

In a nut shell, I am very happy to have seen this anime with my own eyes. I enjoyed the art, the story telling, the way it leads you on and I found myself catching my breath a time or two because I did not see said event happening the way it did (which is VERY rare for me being 38 years young and seeing allot of not only anime but movies in general).

I found myself wanting to jump into some of the fights that happened and other times feeling like I was hiding behind a bush watching and taking in all that was happening with a smile on my face saying to myself..."They are SO made for one another.". But then again, I am a sucker for this story and while my view is tainted, I have to request that if you even remotely enjoy the story of "Romeo and Juliet", to please check this out (I feel you will not walk away all).

Are there things that I would have liked to see done in a manner more to my liking? Maybe, but then again, I would not have been left breathless by some of the events that happened and that is well worth its weight in gold in its own self.

I am going to give this only four stars just because I have yet to watch the second part of this (which comes out in Aug if I remember right). But as for what I have seen so far, 5 stars all the way. For the normal anime watcher it may drop a star or two but anything less then 3 out of 5 stars and I feel you are not doing this anime justice.

Romeo X Juliet is a great treat and I for one am more than happy with my purchase and can not say enough good things about this great story done in the form of anime. Now IF only someone would do a anime version of "The Three Musketeers" and done as well as this was I would be in anime heaven."
No Regrets When it Comes to Love or Anime
ONENEO | Buffalo, NY | 07/05/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Okay before you look at this anime's title and roll your eyes with "been there, done that" theatrics, allow me to immediately put your mind at ease: This is not simply an animated version of the classic Shakespeare play. Instead what we have is a uniquely animated drama based loosely on the classic source material from anime masters, Gonzo.

Released for the first time ever on DVD, Romeo x Juliet from Funimation breaks the 24 total episodes into a pair of two-disc sets. The first of which (reviewed here) is known as The Romeo Collection and contains episodes 1-12. Packaged within an appropriately artistically decorated cardboard exterior slipcase is a pair of thin disc cases each containing a single dvd (with 6 episodes on each).

Total runtime comes in at 290 minutes and the show wears a conservative TV PG (13+) rating, based presumably more on the grander adult oriented themes (we do all know how this tale will end) than it is language, sexual scenarios, or gore.

Language options are standard fair sub & dub meaning the original Japanese dialog track is presented (in stereo) as well as the option of instead watching an English dub (in Dolby Surround 5.1). Finally English subtitles are available with either vocal option.

To paraphrase the opening set-up: The story takes place once upon a time, in the sky continent known as New Verona where the all-powerful ability to hover in the distant sky breathes life and prosperity upon the people. However, foolish passions will someday transcend eternity. Now let me introduce to you the tragic story of innocent pure love tormented by fate in the midst of chaos, Romeo and Juliet.

In the event that this doesn't help you understand the story better, imagine a blend of European 1600s culture with some mythological elements peppered about for greater intrigue. The main source of transportation on New Verona happens to be winged horses and let us not forget that this continent is in fact floating high in the sky.

Just like with the play, Gonzo structured the classic Montague versus Capulet struggle as the immediate and driving force of the prose. However the show does take some interesting liberties fairly early on in the form of young Juliet donning a wig and mask to pose as a male superhero who delivers justice in a severely corrupted and hierarchal society.

The star-crossed lover angle between the lead characters takes little time in starting but develops quite slowly; oftentimes painfully so. There is little doubt that this show could have succeeded as a 12 or more-standard 13-episode show but was pushed to 24 due to Japanese broadcast television specifics. As such, expect some story threads to fizzle out and others to drag on needlessly.

In the spans where things are progressing smoothly, the lead characters and their motivations are quite well done (save perhaps for the few times a wig can completely baffle everyone to the fact that Juliet is a female; especially when Romeo and his winged horse encounter the "male" version).
Visuals are definitely high budget Gonzo territory and this fact is clear nearly immediately. The character cells maintain a sort of washed out appearance that adds to the feel of antiquity to the equation while the backgrounds are lavish and rich with impressive lighting effects throughout.

Sound work is solid with a dub that succeeds on some levels but fails at others. A very deliberate approach was taken early on by the voice talents to eliminate the old-English speaking style of the original work but then often (and out of nowhere) a character will slip into a bit of cliché old style of speaking only to nearly as quickly recover. The Japanese audio avoids these pitfalls entirely but comes off as lackluster in some of the key critical moments. Choose your poison, as it were.

Music score is very appropriate with nice fluctuations at the tense moments and subtle inflections when things get delicate. In all I came into the show with hopes of Gonzo having duplicated the effort that made Gankutsuou work compared to Alexander Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo. Unfortunately, it appears as though the problem with Romeo x Juliet is that the source material on which it is based was simply too ambitious from the onset. In effort to make a modernized tale of the Shakespeare play feasible, blown tender moments and miscued romantic scenarios were perhaps inevitable. Still, you have to give Gonzo credit for even attempting such a feat. In the end it comes off more as a minor derailment than a total train wreck. However, suburb visuals, smooth music work, and deliberate pacing may make this one worth looking into regardless of how it compares to the source material."
Light hearted, tender romance
James J. Tschudy II | Ogden, Utah | 08/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A wonderful and light hearted "re-write" of Romeo and Juliet; the famous tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young "star-cross'd lovers".

In this modified version of the tale, the entire house of Capulet is murdered by the house of Montague while Juliet is yet a young child. Juliet, the only survivor of the house of Capulet, is raised in secret by the still-loyal followers of Capulet. On her 16th birthday, Juliet is appraised of "who" she really is - and assumes the burden of raising the standard of Capulet once again. Unfortunately, this happens after she has already met and fallen in love with Romeo, the crown prince of the house of Montague!

Romeo, Juliet, and their love, initially sweet and innocent, grow more deep mature, and their love more desperate, as both Juliet and Romeo experience the rigors and challenges of life and love in the streets of fair Verona.

The animation is good. The plot is intricate. The character development of Romeo and Juliet is captivating. I highly recommend it!
An Amazing Anime Masterpiece!
K. B. Stanford | 11/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've always been a fan of the classic play of the same name, so I was excited that an anime adaption was in the works. But I never expected anything like this... I've been enjoying anime for many years, and I don't think any other series I've watched has moved and warmed my heart more than "Romeo x Juliet."

William Shakespear's classic tale of these two star crossed lovers is taken to a whole new level of excitement, action, suspence, and romance--all housed within a two volume DVD set. Romeo is a young noblemen and the son of the ruthless Prince Montegue who has brought the helpless and innocent people of Neo Verona to their knees. Juliet is the last surviving member of the slain Capulat family and Neo Verona's only hope for a brighter future. Although they are supposed to despise one another, these two young people simply cannot deny the strong love that they instantly share for each other upon their first meeting. But as they fight to keep their love alive against all odds, will they also be able to end the reign of the vicious tirant Prince Montegue?

This adaption is very loosly based on the play, so not everything is entirely by-the-book. But in the end, the moral of the story is still the same: that the power of true love is strong enough to overcome all obsticals, no matter what.

What more can I say, other than this is an amazing buy! But words really don't do this anime justice--You have to WATCH it. I highly reccomend this product. It may be a little pricey, but you will not regret it!"