Blue Seed, one of the best out there!
Joel Jankiewicz | Dauphin, Manitoba Canada | 08/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A couple of years ago, I never thought about buying this series, but having the chance to buy the perfect collection seemed to good to pass up. I gave this series a shot, and what can I say about it? FANTASTIC!This series has almost everything in it, action, adventure, some mystery, comedy, and even romance. Blue Seed shouldn't be underestimated for being an older anime, since it came out in 1995, and was later released by ADV Films in 1997. I really enjoyed going through the 26 evenly passed episodes, the characters were wonderful and memorable, and the ending fits the series well. There isn't alot left hanging, which means this series comes to a satisfying conclusion. The characters are really likable, especially the relationship between Momiji(The heroine), and Kusanagi(...). Momiji is the clumsy but brave girl(Unlike other magical girls), while Kusanagi is the hero who comes to save the day,(...). One cannot help but laugh when he peeps at Momiji's pantys under her skirt, one can get a good kick out of that.If you are an anime fan who has good taste, then get Blue Seed when you can, you won't regret it."
Great Anime Series - a few technical issues
Slade Simon | Scottsdale, AZ USA | 07/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After only having the first three tapes, I decided I was going to get the DVDs. Budget was always a concern until I found this boxed set... The series is about a small, secret government organization that protects Japan from a race of mythological plant-based creatures called Aragami. Momiji is the only one who can protect Japan because of her family's bloodline. Kusanagi was created to protect Momiji and her sister Kaede. However, Kusanagi wants to be free of that and is more interested in trying to kill Momiji. He quickly returns to the role of protector within the first few episodes (out of 26). I found the series to be very enjoyable, and it seems to borrow elements from the movie, Green Legend Ran. I can't really make a comparison without a risk of revealing the endings of both. The styles are somewhat different so I can't promise that if you enjoy one, you'll like the other. You might find the stories interesting though.I did experience some technical issues with the DVDs. If I chose Japanese with English subtitles, the settings would reset back to English dubbed with no subtitles at the beginning of the next episode. I also had a problem on the 3rd DVD. After the 3rd episode, one of the Omake Theaters appeared. When it finished, I was taken to the Extras menu instead of the next episode. However, if I simply skip ahead to the next chapter stop, it does take me to the next episode like it should. I usually skip the opening and closing titles after I've seen them several times (especially when watching all episodes straight through) so this isn't a major concern. If you prefer the dubbed version, this is a great DVD edition. Many of the usual ADV voice actors are here. Some you may recognize from Evangelion or Gunsmith Cats. Amanda Winn does the English voice of Momiji. (Amanda was Rally Vincent in Gunsmith Cats.) Tiffany Grant's Kome is not her best performance. Tiffany Grant seems to be known best for Asuka in Evangelion. She also provided the voice for Becky in the dubbed version of Gunsmith Cats and Chocolat in Sorcerer Hunters. If you prefer subtitles, you can only hope the problem was with my DVD player. Resetting things to Japanese with English subtitles after each episode could get frustrating. I have not checked to see if selecting Spanish was any different."
Blue Seed rules!
Ruth Allen | Newburyport, MA United States | 07/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blue Seed is an AMAZING series in many ways. I bought the first vhs volume 3 years ago and since then have enjoyed it. Although the art is usually far from perfect, that doesn't stop it from being on the list of my favorite anime ever! There are some amazing action sequences, but along with that, it will make you laugh, cry, and give you some shocking plot twists (which I will NOT spoil). The concept is X- Files meets Aliens meets your favorite sitcom (in most parts).
Parents be warned; the violence is not all that keeps this title out of the reach of young children. There are a few near-sexual situations and some panty humor. As for the better language, steer clear of the dub if you can't stand squealing heroines. I'd probably go for the sub even if that wasn't the case.
I won't reveal the plot for you, but I will tell you a few things. The leading character (no names mentioned; find out yourself) is done by a massively popular voice actress: Megumi Hayashibara. The humor fades later, and speaking of the humor, NO STUPID COMEDY CLICHES(thank GOD!).
And although the whole monster thing is a bit of a cliche, the monsters themselves are pretty original. If you want more humor later check out the 13 omake theaters.
Overall, I'd put it in the no. 2 spot on my favorite anime t.v. series list (putting it below the amazing Neon Genesis Evangelion and above the hilarious Slayers). My father even came to enjoy it, and if you LOVE anime or are a beginner, you'll adore it."
Chris G, Willhoite | 06/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this anime almost blindly, going on reviews and brief story summaries, and never really knew what to expect. My fears were put to rest, though, once I saw the first episode. The show is funny and action packed but has enough depth and meaning to keep you interested from beginning to end. There are many correlations between the show and Japanese myths whether important or not which gives the show a bit of mystesism. For the most part it is all about having fun and keeping track of a young girl and her friends who are just trying to leed normal lives amits the chaos and wierd occurances and let's not forget trying to save the world. But important questions arise; Should they really save Japan? Does the human race really deserve to live after everything it has done?That aside, not only does the show have laugh-out-loud humor but included on each disc is a number of Omake Theaters(which puts the characters in various silly situations in one form or another creating film shorts) are even more funny. Some range from hilarious while rarely others range to just beeing poetic, but there are only one or two of those.All in all a perfect addition in one's anime collection as it has a mix of comedy, love, and action which are all well ballanced. The only problem is I don't think this is a show for 12 and up as it is rated thusly. The anime has mild language, a touch of blood, brief nudity(panty shots more than anything), and enough sexual inuendo to give it a rating where the minimum age should be a bit older."