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Ys - Book One
Ys - Book One
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2002     1hr 42min

Esteria is an Island country that once flourished with great riches and promise. But the hands of evil have taken hold and monsters now cover the country and torment its people. An unsuspecting adventurer by the name of...  more »


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Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Anime Works
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 10/15/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Another Great D&D style Fantasy Adventure!
Theodore Shinn, Jr. | Lawrenceville, GA United States | 12/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've always had a deep fondness for stories about the heroic Knight who undertakes a daring quest, offers aid to those in need, rescues damsels in distress, slays the dragon, fights evil with sword in hand, and fulfills the prophecy. If you too dream of these things, then get this DVD along with Record of the Lodoss War. This DVD was an impulse buy, I just saw it and decided what the heck? I was not disipointed. This action-packed fantasy adventure draws you right into the story. True, the plot is not overly in-depth (The brave soul must find the secret behind the endless attacks of the evil beasts), but come on, it's based on a video game. I thought the story was well thought out and interesting. I also found the voice acting to be excellent. The art work was beautiful, and I was impressed with the soundtrack. The soundtrack is mainly classical style (synthesized) and Pop. To me, the art work and music of an anime film are the most important. This film delivers the not only great artwork and music, but great acting, story, and action as well. If you like Lord of the Rings, Record of the Lodoss War, Swordfighting, Sorcery, D&D, RPG, and/or Mythology, then Ys is for you."
This is why I enjoy anime and RPGs so much. Excellent!
Matt | WI United States | 10/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's too bad, Ys didn't get the recognition it deserved back in the early 1990s, when Ys Books I & II, as well as Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, all were released across the trio of 16-bit consoles of the day (Genesis, SNES, TG-16). Even without an anime to suppliment the RPGs, they were very anime-like in story and characters.This anime was actually done in the early / mid 1990s, and consists of the 7 episode "Book I" (We get the first 4 of those 7 here on this DVD), and there's also a 'Book II' forthcoming. As a fan of "Record of Lodoss War' (OAV), this should please those fans, as well as fans craving more of the fantasy / RPG types of anime. This series couldn't have come at a better time, abelt. 10 years late to the years Ys originally came out here., with RPGs as a genre seeing a huge acceptance now, even if it isn't a mainstream genre.The dub here (as with a lot of dubs these days) is great! They've really bought the characters, and world of Ys to life. The soundtrack here, rocks! That's one of the unique things about the Ys series and it's music, be it on this anime, or on the RPGs themselves. They always did the unique (Hard-driving rock music), not the cliched (orchestra, lots of brass), with RPG soundtracks.Overall, a great anime OAV series so far!"
A little old, but good
Matt | 02/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ys Book One reminds me of some of the older Japanese animes. The animation's a little rough, but all in all I say it's pretty good. It sort of has a classic old-fashioned legend-like story line - and I kinda like that. I'll be getting the next one when it comes out."
A new anime that won't disappoint!
The Captain | The U.S. of friggin' A!! | 10/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hiya boys n' girls! I was a big fan of the Ys video game for SNES, so when i saw an anime version i just had to get it. I was a bit worried, but i was pleasantly surprised! The DVD layout is like a video game and the soundtrack reminds you of a videogame as well(rock on!) and the anime is old-school traditonal animation (killer!). The english cast was VERY well done. The story focuses on the beginning of how our hero Adol gets involved being a savior and such. Most animes seem to be schucked out with the same old predictable plots, and it was fun to get back to the basics-swords, skeleton guards, retardedly evil villans! Trust me, if you're a fan of old-school anime then please pick it up (you can thank me later)! I think there's one more DVD to follow, and I'm gonna get me a copy!"