Can a past life affect the future? Kyoji, the only member of a small Kendo (traditional Japanese wooden swordplay) club has his world turned upside down! Sudden visions of past life events during the age of the Incas reviv... more »e ancient rivalries and ambitions, clouding modern day relationships and turning friends into deadly enemies! Kyoji's former mentor, Tate fully accepts his past life as Yawaru, an Inca warrior, and has adopted his old ambition to cleanse the world of its weaker elements. However, he also remembers it was the betrayal of Biruka, Kyoji's past life, that thwarted his original attempt! Does the past really play an important role in the future? Nazca is a story of past lives and present conflicts. A story of friendships shattered and reformed by events that happened hundreds of years ago during the days of the Incas!« less
"When it comes to Englsih dubs of anime there are usually two categories, those that stink and those that really stink. Well surprisingly Nazca doesn't fall into either category, I actually liked it, and I can't remember the last time I liked a dub (well maybe Star Blazers when I was young). The English speaking cast was well chosen and their performances were quite believeable. I actually felt that the characters had some depth and dimension to them. As to the plot, it deals with reincarnation and the continuance of an unfufilled past from a previous life. The main characters discover they are the reincarnation of ancient Incas. Their discovery creates major turns in their lives. Friends and lovers now become enemies. While some may feel the story is not so original, I think their take on the story is quite good and well worth watching. While the visuals aren't the most breathtaking, they are far from being as bad as some stuff I've seen in recent months from major anime distributors. My biggest pet peeve is the incorporation of certain C.G. graphics from time to time in certain scenes. I felt the C.G. was rather crude and resembled an old super nintendo video game. While it was a distraction it hardly appears and doesn't really ruin the entire video. As for those who just can't stand watching something dubbed into English, there is good news, the Japanese language version is also great to watch. It's got some great voice talent (including Megumi Hayashibara, who I feel is one of the best Japanese anime voice actresses). The subtitles are very true to the original Japanese dialogue. Technically the DVD was well mastered, the sound was even better on the English version than the Japanese version. The menu screen is an improvement over Pioneer's old style. I only wish they animated it and put some of that great music from the show in the background. In conclusion I will say this is a must have for any anime fan who appreciates a good story and nice animation. I hope the next volume is just as good."
B. Crowley | Little Falls, NJ USA | 10/25/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This anime isn't one of the best I've ever seen. It's your ordinary person in a fantastic role, forced to become a hero in a good vs. evil struggle. In Nazca, a group of Japanese citizens discover they were Incan warriors in a past life. Sound far-fetched? Their awakening souls start ruling their being, and friends become enemies. Will the good student be able to stop his now evil kendo teacher from unleashing the power of creation on the world?The creators of this anime thought it would be a good idea to mesh computer generated scenes in with the animation. It wasn't a good idea. The characters look out of place and distorted whenever the CG backgrounds are used.Nazca is an all right story, but you can pretty much guess how it's going to end. I don't feel it's worth purchasing 4 DVD's to see the entire saga."
Good fantasy anime
silo1013 | 08/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a well done, intelligent fantasy. I didn't find the plot to be particularly slow-moving at all [of course, I wasn't expecting explosions and battles and naked chicks every five seconds: your definition of "slow plot" may vary]. I didn't care for the CGI/animation mix that was done in certain parts -- it wasn't seamless and I found it to be distracting; the character animation however is quite pleasing and their Incan warrior incarnations I thought especially well-designed [historical innacuracies and all -- this *is* a fantasy, you'll recall]. The opening JS Bach tune by Eccentric Opera is a nice change from the usual j-pop.Overview: intelligent dialogue and good looking guys fighting each other in nifty costumes.. works for me! :)"
Nazca wasn't all that bad, i liked it
Matress C. | Canada | 06/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"At first when ive seen the cover of this anime for sell in a store i wasn't so sure if it was worth buying, but althought i have decided and purchased it, meanwhile when finish watching the DVD ,the plot was a little off balance i find but was great peace of work, Nazca is based upon a true story in Egypte but don't mean that it is exact, because it is not the same of its categorie necesarely, althought i have injoyed this anime with the interesting costumes and designs of the atmosphere of the backgrounds and as for the CG scenes...well i guess it could of been better but anyways, i do recommend this animation out there for others that like fantasy stuff, i do indeed."
A tale of Reincarnation
Simone | USA | 02/24/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a twelve-episode anime television program that is based on manga by Mr. Akira Himekawa. This is a story about reincarnated souls (Inca men and women) who have been reborn as Japanese citizens in Japan. The main character of the story is a seventeen year old, Japanese, high school student, named Kyoji Miura. His life drastically changes after his kendo teacher, and his best friend, a man named Tate, injuries an opponent during a kendo tournament. Now, Tate is convinced that he is the reincarnation of an Inca warrior. Tate also believes that Kyoji is the reincarnation of his enemy an Inca warrior named Vilca. Tate, throws away their present relationship in favor of their previous one, and seeks to create his ideal world by unleashing an ancient weapon on this world. This anime is interesting in many ways because of the theme of reincarnation and friendship. The opening scene and the music to this show are really good, and I thought the whole Inca bit was unique. The voice actors in the dub are good, but the voice actors in the sub are far superior in my personal opinion, either way whichever version you choose you will not be disappointed."