Set in a barbarous world of magic and mysticism, this action-packed tale of intrigue and adventure follows the exploits of Amon - a young man on a desperate quest to avenge the death of his mother. When his hunt leads him ... more »to the castle of the Emperor Valhiss, Amon must endure the perils of initiation and join the ranks of the Imperial army in order to gain an opportunity to take his revenge. But once within the heart of the fortified city, Amon unexpectedly encounters the princess Lichia - the sultry daughter of King Sem Darai. It seems the Emperor hopes to exchange the princess for a map in the King's possession. But what is the Emperor's ultimate goal?« less
Tess M. (duplica123) from STOUGHTON, WI Reviewed on 1/17/2012...
not a bad fantasy, if a little confusing. The animation is very '80's. It's kind of hard to tell that Yoshitaka Amano was part of this, usually his style is more distinct (vampire hunter D & final fantasy games), so that was a disappointment to me. I think the movie would have been better if they had cleaned up and sharpened the animation before releasing it on DVD. All in all, an okay watch but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone specifically.
Reconsider even renting this title.
Gary Thompson | Arnold, MD USA | 06/04/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This anime, unfortunately, is very disappointing and not worth the time it takes to watch it in. I blindly bought it with the assurace of such previous Amano titles as Vampire Hunter D and Angel's Egg. But as soon as the credits started to roll I was busy thinking of ways to get my money back. This anime is everything that VHD isn't, the quintessence of trite horror anime. Just another quiet hero who is a master at the sword, however Amon, the protagonist, doesn't even seem capable of such simple criteria. He seems to require help to get out of every situation he gets himself into. Not to mention a banal "patch-plot" which tries to give the anime a point in the last five minutes of the movie. It can hardly even be played off as yet another bathos filled, campy anime with no plot and senseless action pasting the scenes together. The action scenes are just as disappointing as the anime itself with no excess blood or gore where there is plenty of opportunity and, sadly, necessity for it. Furthermore, for an anime that could use all the help it could get, there is not even an ounce of fan service which could have brought something to this bland 90 minutes. The only redeeming quality is Amano's always-inspiring character design which, while familiar, is pleasing to look at. Yet when pros and cons are juxtaposed, this anime should have stayed in the mid 80's amidst its poorly conceived brethren to possibly one day become a 8th generation fansub. At least then I could tape over it."
Uh...how can I put this nicely?
just_a_canadian_girl | Canada | 08/18/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Oh my goodness!!! If you are reading this review b/c you are considering buying this movie, PLEASE stop! Save yourself! First of all, there was practically no character development at all. Amon is the main character, and you hardly get to see into his mind, or know what he's feeling at all! The princess is even worse, along with all the other characters. There are some funny parts, but nothing impressive enough to save this one.
Okay...so all the characters are sadly one-dimensional, without depth...what could be worse? The storyline. It really lacked any real purpose or meaning. It was excruciatingly boring...captured princess...distraught father...hero comes to save her...I'd say more, but then there would be absolutely no point in watching the movie. I'm a romantic, and maybe that's why I haven't burned the DVD yet, after pulling out all my hair in frustration. But, this was actually painful to watch. The sound quality wasn't great either, along with the dubbing. I haven't watched the subbed yet, b/c I can't bring myself to watch it again. And the animation...definitely not even close to top notch...the quality reminded me of some old animes when I was a kid...like Astro Boy (not that I don't like the classic. I was a huge fan when I was 3). That unclear, unpolished, unfinished, messy kind of animation. I will say that the cover is kinda cool and that's was intrigued me...but I was quite disappointed with this movie. I grew out of the Sailor Moon stage a while ago, but even the Sailor Moon movies were better, if you like the romance department (try Sailor Moon R: The promise of the Rose). If you're looking for something a little deeper that also pulls at some heartstrings from time to time, I recommend Princess Mononoke and the Escaflowne Movie, both of which I loved. PM has great storyline, characters, everything! And Escaflowne is all that with purely exquisite animation. Just stunning. Amon saga lacks in all aspects and there are certainly better things to spend your money on. A rental at best, for those who are curious. But remember, curiosity killed the cat. Don't say I didn't warn you..."
Nice 80s anime
H. waheedi | 12/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice anime of the 80s.The story is nice but remains average.The animation look great for an old anime and theres also a small scene with Vampire Hunter D in it.
i can say i like this anime but i cant say i love it or watch it frequently but if you like old 80s anime you might as well see it."
Dated, tame but not the worst thing out there
Kevin | Ottawa, ON Canada | 07/21/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"OK.. to give credit where credit is due. 80s animation has to be judged as such. Amon Saga is like watching Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman) fun if you were there and remember it. I enjoyed Amon Saga, but wouldn't rank it with even the lowest of my favourite Animes. It is a typical good vs. evil, save the damsel in distress, meet unlikely allies along the way adventure story. The action scenes lack the gore and intensity of more modern anime, the dialogue is simple and the language clean. An updated story and some deeper development would make a decent remake."