Kodocha Is Awesome! The DVDs However...
W. Hentschel | FL, USA | 11/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This anime series is great. I'm glad Funimation dubs Kodocha. They do a great job, and honestly if it was someone else, this series would get cut up pretty bad. The only major change is in the opening sequence... They could not acquire the rights to the 1st season opening, so the 2nd was used in it's place. The Kodocha DVDs are dubbed & uncut, and feature lots of laughs, some serious drama, and a nice art style.
The only disappointment is there's only 4(!) episodes per Volume. Don't you think they could fit more on a DVD than that?? Keep in mind, this is a show 102 episodes long. That comes to 26 volumes at the rate they are going. -_-;; Well, be prepared to part with your money -- you're going to love this show."
Great anime, horrid DVD.
cheebs! | 12/07/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If I could give 0 stars, I would. Seriously.
My first clue that this DVD release was botched should've been the company that released it: FUNimation. You know, that same company that butchered Dragonball in its various forms. So I expected a few edits, especially that Sana-chan would likely not refer to her manager as her pimp. Sadly, that seems to be one of the few things they got right.
First thing I noticed was the ommission of the original S1 opening, "Juu-kuji no News." Supposedly this is due to licensing issues. However, a scene was omitted as a result of this, and the opening they used contains minor spoilers for much later episodes. Also, the Jp audio cuts out in multiple places, which is jarring and slightly painful given the show's frenetic pace.
I was unable to get beyond the first few minutes of ep 2, as the sound cut out for the third time and I just gave up. Thankfully I still have my fansubs."
One of my all-time favorite series
Kits | RI | 09/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kodocha is just so funny and fantastic and wonderful. It's one of the few shows where I laugh out loud during almost every episode, yet it also maintains an air of poignancy that sometimes moves me to tears.
A lot of people are complaining about Funimation's release of the series. I am not. I never even thought there ever would be an English language release of such an ecletic series. This is a nice starter box for your collection, and it comes with a Babbit purse which I must admit I find terribly adorable. The sub stays true to the original series, and the only place it deviates is with an early scene in the first episode where a guest appearance is made by a member of the band Tokio. Tokio did the opening song for the original Japanese version, which has been cut out of the Funimation version. This is because Tokio wanted an excessive amount of money for Funimation to be able to license the song for the use of the English release and they apparently weren't willing to bargain. Funimation chose to remove the song entirely from the series rather than continue negotiations with Tokio. I think the removal of the song takes away from the series, but it's still better to have Kodocha without the song than to not have it at all."
This dvd as well as much of the first half of the series get
voldemae | VA | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this series several years ago and have watched the whole thing since. The first half especially is charming, wacky and new. the second half of the series or Junior High school, is not very good at all, not because the Author of the seires loses her touch (in the manga) but because this long TV series neglects to follow the original story line in the second half. This means a whole lot of filler and no content. What miho obanna did wonderfuly in a `10 volume manga is done teribly owning to the second half in a `102 episode series. It is not alltogether the fault of the japanese producers of this tv series. originaly Miho Obanna was planing to make the series go on for 8 volumes instead of ten. that is what the TV producers were counting on. The change of plan led them to change parts of the plot and screw up the wonderful ending to the manga. It is because of the bad ending as well as the large amount of completly taseless and juvanile filler that this series is disapointing. Although the first half is much better, the firs half of the actual plot of the manga is completly exausted by episode 30 or 35. the first half is more true to the original plot and the filler is much better.
I predict that by the time the second half of the series gets out, loyal fans will flock to buy it. they will soon realize however that after a while they are watching dvd after dvd of filler. It is prety aparent where the plot diverges and becomes tastless.
I know anime is expensive and that is why I recomend buying the ten volume manga at a good price. It is SUPERIOR in quality. you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars to buy a long series that will disapoint you and your wallet in the end."