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Spiral: What are the Blade Children?
Spiral What are the Blade Children
Actors: Masumi Asano, Caitlin Glass, Daniel Katsuk, Kenichi Suzumura, Greg Ayres
Director: Shingo Kaneko
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2004     2hr 5min


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Actors: Masumi Asano, Caitlin Glass, Daniel Katsuk, Kenichi Suzumura, Greg Ayres
Director: Shingo Kaneko
Creators: Chinatsu Houjou, Katsuhiko Koide, Kyou Shirodaira, Mitsuyasu Sakai, Tetsuo Tanaka
Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Funimation Prod
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

"I love it" does not describe my feelings . . .
Niki R. | New York | 02/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard about Spiral from watching an online trailer. I'm always on the lookout for the latest anime and this one looked exceptionally interesting, so I thought, "why not check it out?" I had no idea what an amazing show I was getting myself into.

Now, granted, Spiral is not an action, fighting anime. In fact from what I have seen so far, there is very little physical confrontation. It's one big mystery story where you follow the protagonist, Ayumu Narumi, as he tries to figure out puzzles and unravel clues behind the mysterious Blade Children. Sound boring? Wrong. Ayumu gets involved in so many deadly situations, that the viewer will find himself on the edge of his seat waiting to see if Ayumu can 'think' his way out of them. I even found myself getting excited trying to figure out each mystery before he did (Talk about viewer involvement :b). But don't think this anime is nothing but one big mind game either. There is well constructed plot and plenty of comidic moments throughout each episode to keep anyone laughing. The chemistry between Ayumu and Hiyono, a bubbly energetic girl, is exceptionly hilarious, especially when she's trying to get his attention.

In it's entirety, Spiral has the makings of an awesome anime. It contains suspense, comedy and a good storyline. I found that the music often sets the mood very well too. It does require the viewer to think a bit, though, so if you really are a solid fighting, little thought, anime fan, you can subtract a star from my rating. Otherwise, it's deffinetly worth adding to any anime fan's collection."
hunybunbunny | San Antonio, Texas | 03/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you don't think Spiral is amazing then somethin's wrong with you! Spiral is now my most favorite anime of all time. Its more of a mystery-type rather than an action DVD. The main question everyone wants to know is "Who are the blade children?". Ayumu Narumi, the main character, is anxiously trying to figure that out since a couple of years ago his brother disappeared on his journey looking for them. Spiral is one of the best anime around. If you like Cased Closed or maybe even any Funmation DVDs, you're definitely gonna like this one."
Buy it now!
Kelly Erickson | Federal Way, WA United States | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard of this anime in a magazine, and decided, what the heck, might as well try it. I was blown away.

Spiral isn't a fighting anime or with too much violence. Spiral is one mystery after another, always fraught with danger, with a bit of violence, but not really blood.

I loved this anime from the moment I watched it, so complex and yet so simple. I highly recommened it to anyone and everyone"
Not Quite the Whole Package
L. Mintah | USA | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Spiral: Volume One contains the first four episodes of the anime series about a youth whose brother has gone missing and his search to uncover the truth behind the mysterious Blade Children. The Blade Children are a murderous, vicious, and cruel bunch who seem like they should be exterminated. If we are supposed to feel sympathy with these "children," it's not happening. One big strike against Spiral is that it has one of the most annoying anime characters ever drawn: Hiyoko, intrepid girl reporter for the school newspaper! Her Japanese voice makes me writhe in pain. The music in this series is embarrassingly bad.

Things I like about the series so far is the tone of mystery that keeps you wanting to know more. We sense the truth here is far stranger than fiction. There is a tone of conspiracy theory that plays well. I like the menu setup. Instead of the usual "audio," "extras," and "menu" labels, the choices are mathematical parts of a spiral: ratio (audio setup), base (menu), and exponents (extras). Very cool. The techno music at these options is extra cool. I wish they had incorporated that into the anime instead of just on the disk.

The episode titles are 1. "Spiral of Destiny" 2. "Manor of Death" 3. "Cursed Children" and 4. "The Happiness of Those Who Believe.""