Yes - Funimation finally decided to come to its senses
Michael Sinatra | Santa Barbara, CA USA | 08/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, it's actually happened. After releasing Kiddy Grade in 8 individual DVDs, and later halved in 4 "File Collections", Funimation has finally done the sensible thing in the Anime industry: released a box set for a series it has flaunted for what seems like years. But of course, this is expected from Funimation, which milks it's DVD releases for every dollar it can earn - releasing the minimal episodes per volume.
As fans already know, "Kiddy Grade" is the story of G.O.T.T. agents Eclair and Lumiere as they try and preserve order sometime in the distant future, where mankind has formed the "Galactic Union" in order to avoid interstellar wars. But as the two young women soon realize, the universe is a big place - and they may just be another drop in the bucket - or are they?
While "Kiddy Grade" presents an enveloping and philosophical storyline, the overall quality is mediocre. The plot itself may not make sense to some viewers, and is very hard to follow. Also be advised this series relies heavily on Fan-Service to keep viewers hooked - not that it's horrific, but it's there. And with good reason - character design and series art are fabulous.
What may surprise most is the quality of the English Dub. Funimation regulars and Voice Acting vets Colleen Clinkenbeard (Riza Hawkeye, "Fullmetal Alchemist") and Monica Rial (Kirika, "Noir") provide the voices for Eclair and Lumiere, and do a fairly good job in outclassing their Japanese counterparts. "Kiddy Grade" also features impressive performances from other recognizable Funimation voice talents such as Laura Bailey (Lust, "Fullmetal Alchemist"), Dameon Clarke (Scar, "Fullmetal Alchemist"), and Alison Retzloff (Conan, "Case Closed").
To summarize, if you're looking for a series that's great to watch (look at), this is a sound investment. If you're looking for a remake of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" or "Ghost in the Shell", you won't find it here."
Charles Stuckey | Florida | 07/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this up "sight unseen" and am glad I did. It was very well done and had a good storyline. It jumps from present to past in an extended "flashback" that some might find confusing if they're not following closely. It has aspects of old and new styles of anime that blend well to make an entertaining and amusing story that still can be thought-provoking."
Better then I expected
Brian | 08/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kiddy Grade has a lot of action it takes place in the future it is about two girls Eclair and Lumiere who work for an organization called G.O.T.T. The organization is ment to keep the peace with the galaxy. They have cybernetic enhancements which give them cool abilities. Eclair the brunette has an ability called "Power" with gives her super speed and strength. Lumiere the blue haired girl has an ability called "Puppet" which gives her controll over electronics such as robots,ships,guns, etc. all I'll say is that they, Well mostly Eclair has a some secrets and a dark past. So if your looking for something new it's worth the buy plus it comes with these collectible cards."
M. Tullidge | 07/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a wonderful show. Its Sailormoon meets Neon Genesis Evangelion with the fun fighting scenes, somewhat mature content, and social issues it deals with. Its all the fun of both series; not too ditzy and not too dark. The soundtrack was lovely and the animation was perfect. Despite some occasional nudity and boring dialogue, the show was great and this set has everything you could want out of it. The collector cards are a nice touch."