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Utawarerumono: The False Faces - Complete Collection (2015 - 2016/Season One/Sentai Blu-ray Set)

Picture: A Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: A-

A mysterious young man awakens to a dangerous new world with no idea where he is or even who he is. He is rescued and named Haku by Kuon, a young cat girl who takes him under her wing, teaching him the ways of life. As they journey together, Haku meets and makes new friends learning about his strange new world. They end up in the Yamato Empire where he soon becomes closely involved with it's daily life, commerce and even politics. But even in the seemly peaceful kingdom things are not what they seem and Haku has some secrets of his own in Utawarerumono: The False Faces - Complete Collection (2015 - 2016).

Haku is a mysterious young man, after being rescued from giant monsters he finds himself in a world filled with strange creatures and people with animal ears and tails. His life soon becomes closely tied in with Kuon and all their friends living in the Yamato Empire. And while he doesn't seem to worry about remembering his past, he is more concerned with living a peaceful life. Because of his calm attitude and demeanor, Haku soon proves he is a capable man when it comes to knowledge, thinking out side the box and leadership. He soon meets various princesses and leaders in the Yamato Empire and he helps them protect the nation from insurgents, corruption and all enemies ...foreign or domestic. But as he learns more about his brave new world, he also learns dark secrets in which shake the very foundations of what he thought he knew.

This was a fantasy series, at first it seems like everything is set in some fantasy world filled with swords and sorcery but later it is revealed it is Earth in the far future, in where super science has changed the world and the main character is one of the few last surviving humans. The first half of the series is fill with drama and comedy, making fun of various anime stereotypes and situations. In the second half is more serious and political and is about how the all main characters work together to save their world.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers are much better than the OVA set of this franchise we reviewed a little while ago, with much better color and detail. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes are presented in decent English and slightly better Japanese versions, both offering some Pro Logic-like surrounds to match the image quality, but sounding a little better than the OVA set. Extras include Japanese shorts, clean opening and closing animations and trailers.

Episodes include...

Curse - A young man wakes up in new world and is chased by a giant monster, but is suddenly save by a young girl named Kuon who names him Haku.

A Chivalrous Man - Kuon and Haku joins a monster hunt.

The Path to the Imperial Capital - Haku and Kuon is asked to help escort Princess Ruluthieh to the capital.

The Imperial Capital - Haku has to prove his worth to Nekone, Oshtoll's younger sister.

The Pirate Girl - Haku meets a runaway Princess Atuy, who wants to find love and go out on a date with him.

The Owner of the Inn - Haku meets Kuon's 'mothers' who so happens to also be owners of the Inn they are living in.

The Childish Imperial Princess - Haku meets (another) runaway princess, young Imperial Princess Ange who brings more trouble for him and the girls.

Detective Story from the Imperial Capital - Haku is asked to investigate a corrupt general in an illegal underground monster fighting ring.

Envoys From the Country of the Sleeping God - Haku meets two of Kuon's over protective 'sisters'.

Love - Princess Ange declares her love for Oshtoll and gets love advice from all the girls.

The Imperial Princess Plays with Fire - Princess Ange pretends to be kidnapped to get Oshtoll to come 'rescue' her with hilarious consequences.

Oracles of the Chains - The Emperor gifts two twin sisters Shrine Maidens to Haku who makes all the girls jealous and think Haku is a playboy.

The Eight Central Generals - The country Yamato is attacked and the Generals and armies prepare for war.

Master Swordsman - Haku rescues the families and hostages from the enemy who are forcing prisoners to fight on the frontline.

Mask - Haku learns of the terrible power of the masks worn by the generals which allow them to transform into giant guardian which quickly ends the war ...but causes unbelievable destruction and needless deaths.

Banquet - Haku still recovering from the shock of war and death, everyone tries to cheer him up with a surprise party.

Afterglow - Haku learns of the past and the origins of this world, and that the Emperor is really his brother ...and they are the last humans on the Earth.

Invasion - The Emperor decides to invade Tuskle ...Kuon's home country. Haku is asked to deliver supplies to the frontline.

Blazing Up - Haku and company heads to Tuskle by sea and meets Auty's father.

Military Man - Haku sneaks behind enemy lines to destroy the enemies food supply, but can he out smart their strategy?

Death of an Emperor - With the death of the Emperor, Ange is poisoned and Oshtoll is framed.

Rescue - Oshtoll plans to give up his life to restore peace to the Empire, but Haku plans a rescue for Oshtoll and Ange.

Escape - Can Haku escape with Princess Ange and Oshtoll from the entire empire? Who is friend and who is foe?

Once Sufficient to be Ruler - Oshtoll and Vray face off in one final epic battle to the death.

One Who Would Succeed the Will - With Ange out of danger, peace slowly returns, but Haku is gone... what lies in the future for the Empire and those who survived?

For more on the OVA season, try this link...


- Ricky Chiang


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