Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Witch Hunter Robin - Belief |
Actors: Akeno Watanabe, Steve Blum, Paul St. Peter, Karen Strassman, Takuma Takewaka
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Things that go 'bump' in the night...
Michael Valdivielso | Alexandria, VA | 04/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In this DVD there are five more episodes of the Witch Hunter Robin series and the first two are not really as strong as the other three. I think that a lot more could of been done with the plot in 'Raindrops', because that is the kind of story that SHOULD of scared the living daylights out of me. I hate dummies and puppets and toys that move on their own, yet this episode didn't even make me twitch. And 'Simple Minds' was kind of lame. Yet the last three episodes PLUS the overall artwork, great music and perfect voice work saved it all. We get hints, in the last few episodes on the DVD, of something greater happening in the background.
Oh, and in episode eight the Witch-Healer's English voice is that of Steven Jay Blum (Spike from Cowboy Bebop and Roger Smith from The Big II)which increased my enjoyment of watching that episode. Of course, Wendee Lee and Crispin Freeman do a smashing job with their character's voices.
Few extras, just some files and notes, but the second Witch Hunter Robin DVD had five episodes (like the first one) and that more than makes up for the lack. I would suggest getting it used."
Witches, Witches, Everywhere
L. Mintah | USA | 11/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The second volume of Witch Hunter Robin features more vignettes about STN-J and the witches they chase. These episodes are interesting, although the only one that really wowed me was the third one, Faith. That had an amazing twist I did not see coming.
In the last episode, Separate Lives, someone from Harry's past is revealed, but the story is a little disappointing in it's ordinariness. I hope there is more to Harry's then just this revelation.
Something is going on with Amon towards Robin. She doesn't know it, for he keeps it secret, but he actually dumps his girlfriend, Robin's roomate Touko. But why? What information about Robin does Amon have that we do not? We will have to wait for the next volume of the series.
Vol. 2 has character profiles, very helpful in allowing you to get names straight. Belief contains a hearty five episodes, 6-10: Raindrops, Simple-Mind, Faith, Sign of the Craft, and Separate Lives.
In volume three, the series will take a serious twist and change its tone.
Robin starts crushing on Amon
E. M. Gomez | California | 12/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
In this episode Robin gets a ride home from a stranger when her vespa brakes down in the rain on a long stretch of empty road. Robin likes this woman, she is well put together and succesful; Robin espires to be her. The next morning Robin finds out that woman died in a horrible wreck. Not able to simply let it go, Robin investigates the event against much speculation. Amon humors her quite a bit in this one and we kinda see a spark at certain parts.
~ "Simple Minds"
Two guys rob a bank, one of them is later found dead, and the STNG gets calld in becouse the valt and several cars in the robbery were crushed psychicly. Things take an odd twist when the suspect tries to kill a small kid. The kid is damaged goods that got passed around the family becouse he likes to bend spoons. Was the suspect ditching evadence when he tried to kill his nephew, or somthing else entirely.
What do you call a Wich, with active powers, that doesnt know he's a Witch? That is the theme of this episode; in the end, upon finding the truth out, the Witch kills himself (but not for the reason your thinking).
~ "Sign of the Craft"
By far one of the more complicated episodes, pay attention to everything said or you wont understand how there were two Witches killing, but only one mind.
~ "Seperate Lives"
A very indepth look at Harry and his Bar. This one really tugged at my heartstrings. Comedically, i did enjoy the witty bantar of Dogima and Robin when they were poseing as Waitresses for a sting opperation."
Witch Hunter Robin's world starts showing shades of grey
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 05/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Belief" is the second volume of episodes of the anime "Witch Hunter Robin," which is about the STN-J team that protects Japan from the threat of modern day witches. In the first volume the team's primary objective was to track down people who have the witch gene in their ancestry and take care of them before these latent abilities emerge and they hurt the general population. Of course, STN-J usually does not get there in time and there ends up being a fight. Our entry to this world is Robin Sena, a 15-year-old girl born in Japan but raised in an Italian convent who returns home to be the team's new "witch hunter." Robin is a "craft-user" whose ability is to create and manipulate flame and while she has trouble getting accustomed to the other teenagers on the STN-J team, she obviously has feelings for its leader, Amon.
Volume 2 brings together episodes 6-10 of the 26 in the series: (6) "Raindrops" begins innocently enough with Robin's car running out of gas in a rainstorm. She is given a ride by a woman who is killed in an accident after dropping Robin off and the young witch hunter suspects a witch might be involved and asks Amon to help her investigate. Nice use of the show's theme song as a poignant piano piece at the end. (7) "Simple-Mind" begins when a thief's car is pulled from the harbor. STN-J is in pursuit, but the thief (or somebody else) is able to crush Karasum'a car and get away. (8) "Faith" has STN-J facing a moral dilemma when they investigate a miracle worker who takes the life-energy of people he considers unworthy and uses it to save the lives of others. If they bring Dr. Karosawa in, then lives will be lost. (9) "Sign of the Craft" finds Robin being investigated because bodies are showing up burned from the inside out. When the team investigates their prime suspect, Aki Yoshioka, they find a pile of ash and a confession, but, of course, that is not the end of the chase. (10) "Separate Lives" has Robin and Dogima going undercover as waitresses as Harry's bar to capture Yutaka Kobari who was once betrayed to STN-J by his own father. Unfortunately, somebody else is after Yutaka as well.
"Witch Hunter Robin: Belief, Volume 2" is an improvement over Volume 1 because the STN-J cases are more subtle this time around. Dealing with megalomaniacs each time out was going to get old really fast, so the anime stops seeing the world of witches in black and white to now provide some ambiguity that sets a much better tone of the episodes. Robin is making some headway with the other members of the group, but they are not yet one big happy witch hunting family. In fact, at this point the episodes are developing the individual characters more than making the team more cohesive, and I am totally fine with that given I think the lower key approach of the anime is a step in the right direction."