Wonderful Anime wonderful price
Vash the Stampede | Mechanicsville, MD USA | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Saber Marionette J is one of the best anime and in fact it is so good it is a legend hence the title. It is a tried and true story with a twist. The story takes place on a planet where there are no females, just males, and to compensate the men have created androids called marionettes. They are emotionless dolls just designed to look like a woman really. Well our hero Otaru stumbles onto a marionette named Lime that somehow has emotions and the story starts from there, with the hero getting into trouble and Lime getting him out of trouble. Along the way he finds two more marionettes named Cherry and Bloodberry. If you like a lot of action with a little bit of comedy and a touch of romance then this anime is for you. What makes it even more perfect is the great price it is only 44 Dollars for 25 exciting episodes in a single box set. I would recommend it to any fan of anime or anyone who loves a good action series, it is definitly one for your collection."
An excellent amalgamation of action and romance, with a gold
Gyuri Barabás | Budapest, Hungary | 04/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All my previous attempts at watching anime were a failure, but one of my friends persuaded me to take just a brief glance at the first episode of Saber Marionette J. Since then, I have been completely enthralled. The series is a pleasant mixture of romance and grave events going on in the background - to be unleashed upon the whole of Terra II in the end. But the thing that distinguishes the series from the average is the catching self-irony, which protects the anime from becoming kitsch. This hilarious humour is much more evident in the first episodes - as the great, complex events slowly unfold, the story gets darker and ever more melodramatic. In fact, it is arguable whether it was a good decision to give it a completely happy ending, after the things that happen (well, at least this way it was possible to continue the series with Saber Marionette J to X). The Japanese voice-actors are great (it is interesting that the main male character Mamiya Otaru is being dubbed by an actress), as well as the animation. The whole series is full with mild erotic content - rather to add to the humorous side of the story than to be serious. The characters are complex and filled-out, though after a while they inevitably start to become increasingly predictable. And that leads to the only attribute of the series I didn't approve of: as the plot progresses, some scenes get soaked up with melodrama, almost to the point of distastefulness. Nevertheless, this is not very bothering, because the unfolding plot and the morale that shines through compensate for it. I would recommend Saber Marionette J to anyone craving for some romance, humour and action, arranged in an enjoyable and consistent way. All in all, the whole series is just very touching. A must-have for old anime-fans, too, though they have probably seen it.
Superior Harem style anime.
Jay F. Grissom | San Diego, CA. USA | 01/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Cherry, Lime, Bloodberry combo feels cheesy at first... but quickly becomes pivotal to the story.
This is really worth watching. The combination of the three personalities mixed with themes related to loyalty, love, and commitment to friendship just makes this a fine work.
The story is not as deep or involved as other harem anime (Tenchi, Love Hina, etc... etc...) But it strikes a fine balance of depth and light hearted humor.
The character design is a bit cheesy too but it grows on you so quickly it is easy to over look.
There isn't any fan service but at times they hit the "sexy nail" right on the head with Bloodberry. Fun.. playful.. enjoyable.
Worth your money."