Sentai Complete Collection
(2004/both Umbrella Region Free Import Blu-rays)
B+/B+/C+/A Sound: B+/B+/B+/C+ Extras: C/C*/B/A Main
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for a new set of Anime releases, two of which are theatrical
a certain accident, Tomoharu finds himself haunted by the ghost of
his best friend Misao. They soon find themselves pulled into another
world where there are secret societies, giant mechas, magic and
demons. Together, the fight to protect the peace from those would
destroy it, but soon learn there are much darker forces at play and
the truth about Asura Cryin' and Misao. Can they save their world
and break the chains of fate?
Cryin': Complete Collection
find ourselves after Tomoharu's accident, Tomoharu where he barely
survived, but Misao's body was placed into a Asura Machina, a robot
that transcends space and time. While it preserved her life, Misao
is now part of Asura Machina, she can only appear as projection/ghost
to Tomoharu. Tomoharu and Misao find themselves in world of combat
with secret societies, other Aura Machinas and 'Demons' (people who
have paranormal abilities) all fighting for 'plugins' for the
Machinas. They learn the dark secret of Asura Machina is that it
consumes the body, soul and existence of the people inside them, the
more you use them the faster they will be consumed. Various plugins
are discovered in ruins and they unlock/upgrade the secrets/powers to
the Asura Machina and that is why people are fighting over them.
Tomoharu searches in hope that one of these artifacts will free Misao
from the Asura Machina and save their world from destruction.
was a well-drawn anime with giant mecha, adventure and with your
usual high school kids holding the fate of the world in their hands.
It was like a mix blend with high school drama, robots, paranormal
powers and a harem. The story is your typical anime, boy meets girl
and becomes the hero to save the world, but it also has more serious
side with parallel worlds and saving the multiverse. Extras include
clean opening and closing animations and trailers.
Machina. The Evil Mechanical God - 3 years after Tomoharu's plane
crash and Misao's ghost haunting him, Tomoharu entering high school
but he is suddenly attacked by various occult societies seeking
something called an 'Extractor' from him.
Destruction - Tomoharu learns he and Misao are connected to
powerful mecha called Asura Machina and both the Royal Dark Society
and the First Student Council wants to recruit him.
Shadow Born of the Light of Science - In order to save Takasuki a
fire user, Tomoharu realizes he must take control of Asura Machina
and defeat the First Student Council President.
Feeling of Losing Your Destruction - Tomoharu and the Dark
Society are hired for a part time job to stop a out of control raging
Hearts and Bodies - Shuri gets amnesia and is 'Yukari' now, but
someone is after her and wants something called a 'Stabilizer'.
Sacrifice Beyond the Darkness - Shuri recovers her memories but
Tomoharu gets a cold and he is unable to help her until he get over
Scattered Across the Cruel Sky - People can now see Misao.
Tomoharu learns that Shuri and her sister Yukari were also on the
same plane crash with him 3 years ago.
Princess of Calamity - Something is hunting the all the Demons,
Takatsuki and Ania a luck eater move in together with Tomoharu.
Forbidden Being That Should Not Exist - Tomoharu learns more
about the Asura Machina from Ania and learns of a forbidden contract
for Asura Machina users and demons called 'Asura Crying' increasing
the Asura Machina powers 10 fold.
by the Chains of Time - Ania gets kidnapped and Tomoharu and his
friends race to rescue her. Kagakagari plans to sacrifice all the
demons in the city in attempt to break the Curse of the Asura Machina
to free those inside. Tomoharu destroys Kagakagari's machine before
it kills all the demons in the city.
Ordinary and Extraordinary With Us - Before their Hawaii school
trip, Tomoharu and friends have a little talent contest in the memory
the World Wilts and Dies - While Tomoharu and his friends are
vacationing in Hawaii and he finds another plugin for the Asura
Machina. Kagakagari fights Tomoharu for it.
of the Accursed Sinner - Kagakagari takes an entire plane hostage
in a terrorist attack unless he is given the plugin, but trade goes
wrong and Aine is forced to sacrifice herself to save everyone and
land the plane safely. Only then Tomoharu learns the dark truth of
Asura Machina those inside are not just 'sacrifices' but fuel for the
Asura Machina and eventually their soul will be consumed by it.
Obliterated World and the Ruins of Memories - Tomoharu and his
friends discover an ancient ruin under their school while cleaning
the school pool.
Berial Doll Consumed by the Demon - Tomoharu finally meets their
reclusive science club president Tokiya and learns of Toru's tragic
past with him.
but Inconvenient Choices - While Tomoharu and his friends enjoy a
day at the beach, Kagakagari and the club presidents explore a ruin
on a nearby island.
Price of Calling the Name of the Living Sacrifice - Kagakagari
saves Tomoharu which makes him question why the various club
presidents don't tell him the truth about Asura Machina.
Lonely Relationship Between Love and Magic - Tomoharu and
Takatsuki end up stuck together for 24 hours after a 3 legged race
accident. Meanwhile, Takatsuki's family is being targeted by a rival
Truth I Offer to You - Tomoharu and his friends are attacked by a
mysterious masked girl and her group, but they are more surprised
when they meet another Tomoharu from the a parallel world.
of Destruction Darkness of Annihilation - Ania is kidnapped
(again) but Tomoharu and his friends learn they have been betrayed by
Tokiya and Toru, that they had plans to destroy their world in order
to create 'their' perfect world. Tomoharu attempts to stop Tokiya
but ends up being pulled into a blackhole.
Future Without Memories - Tomoharu awakens and finds himself in
the 1st world and where everyone is different, but he is then
reunited with the Takatsuki from his world.
and Peace, Adjoined - Tomoharu is reunited with a grown up Ania
and finds out that she has arrived 5 years before of him and has been
waiting for him.
Life, Dying Life - Tomoharu meets his older brother from the 1st
world and learns the world is on the verge of destruction. Tomoharu
and Misao takes a risky plan to close the dimensional gate that is
destroying their world.
Feelings for You Destroy the World - After saving the 1st world,
Tomoharu, Misao, Takatsuki and Ania return to their world and plans
to stop Tokiya from destroying their world.
Felt for the Past. Parting and Predestination - Tokiya has manage
to speed up the destruction of their world by forcing the dimensional
gates open. Tomoharu and his allies unite to stop Tokiya, but Tokiya
then attempts to seduce them by promising to bring back all the
people they lost and died.
Gears of Choice - Tomoharu along with Misao and Takatsuki combine
their powers to defeat Tokiya. Tomoharu then uses the Igniter to
free Misao and then create a world where no one has paranormal powers
and Asura Machina no longer exists, thus will ever suffer the
tragedies of Asura Machina again. Tomoharu, Misao and Takatsuki is
able to become normal high school students and live their lives in
Kisaragi on the outside is a beautiful, kind and sweet girl but
secretly she is a super android and transforms into Cutie Honey, a
Warrior of Love. Honey battles day and night to protect humanity
against Sister Jill and her endless army of Panther Claw of
super-powered monsters. Along with the PCIS (Panther Claw Criminal
Investigation Service) the vow to stop Sister Jill and her evil plans
to take over the world in Cutie
Honey Universe: Complete Collection
is a super android built by the late Dr. Kisaragi to combat evil.
She is able to transform into Cutie Honey with her 'Airborne Element
Fixing Device' built within her, the device is able to change her
appearance into any disguises and create any weapons, armor or items
she needs. Unfortunately, Honey's very power is the very thing
Sister Jill wants. Sister Jill's source of power comes from
transforming all her 'victims' into her future Panther Claw army.
However, Sister Jill doesn't want to physically defeat Cutie Honey,
instead she wants to break her spirit and make Honey submit to
herself willing. In Cutie Honey Universe, Sister Jill
secretly infiltrates the PCIS and is Honey's partner 'Genet' and
Honey and the PCIS doesn't realize it until the final battle.
is a total remake of the 1970s classic anime of Go Nagi's Cutie
Honey with modern animation. It however, keeps to the original
Cutie Honey story and theme, that it is a story of a transforming
heroine who is what every girl wants to be and every boys wet dream
of a beautiful girl who is sweet, innocent, kind and pure in heart
(and somehow always ends up scantily clad). Extras include clean
opening and closing animations and trailers, but a deluxe edition
(pictured with this review) has also been issued with a huge
additional number of extras.
About You is Perfect - Here comes Cutie Honey and her debut fight
against the the evil organization Panther Claw.
True Joy of Having Met You - Honey recalls the first she
transformed into Cutie Honey how her father was killed protecting her
from Panther Claw.
Am Made For You - While on a date Honey's best friend Natsuko
gets trapped in a department store as a hostage by the Panther Claw.
Beauty - Honey pretends to be an idol to make a trap for Panther
Claw. Honey's partner 'Genet' is revealed to be really Sister Jill
(to the audience).
Death Do Us Part - Honey and the PCIS go undercover to discover
the mayor is secretly a Panther Claw and supplying illegal weapons.
Fortune Befall You - Sister Jill and her Panther Claw army
attacks Honey's school Saint Chapel and destroys her school and
massacre all her classmates. Honey vows bitter revenge.
to You Alone - After barely escaping, Honey reveals to Natsuko
her true identity. Sister Jill reveals she has a far crueler fate in
store for Cutie Honey, not to defeat her, but to make her come over
to the dark side and join her.
of Love - Natsuko is conflicted with Honey's true identity and
her role in her life. Natsuko is kidnapped by Panther Claw (again)
and confesses her feels about Honey, Panther Claw Tarantula
sympathizes with her unrequited feelings and helps her instead.
Whole World is Just You and Me - Sister Jill wanting Honey to
feel ultimate despair kidnaps and kills Natsuko. Panther Claw
Tarantula conflicted with her own emotions and loyalties spits into
2, one good and one evil.
You for Your Compassion and Encouragement - Honey gives into
despair and starts walking down a dark path and begins a crusade
against Sister Jill and the Panther Claw army ...but at the cost of
her innocent and soul. Honey is saved by Tarantula (the good one)
when she transform into Natsuko and reminds her of why she fights
...for the people who love her.
Will Be Mine - Along with the help of Panther Claw Tarantula and
Dragon, Honey decides to do a direct assault on Sister Jill's
fortress. Seigi discovers all of Sister's Jill's victims are not dead
but in stasis.
Will Return with Hope - Sister Jill is about to crush Cutie Honey
until all of Honey's allies return and revive disguised as Cutie
Honey(s). An army of Cutie Honey(s) battles against the Panther Claw
army while Cutie Honey (the real one) recovers and she is able to
find the strength to defeat Sister Jill and afterwards return to
being a normal schoolgirl.
the future city Metropolis a new age has begun where everything is
maintain by robots and all of it is controlled through the Ziggurat
Tower. A private detective and his young nephew Ken-ichi is sent on
a case investigating a scientist connected to illegal organ
trafficking. Through fate, Ken-ichi meets Tima a young girl robot,
but little does Ken-ichi or Tima know that she IS a robot and that
Tima is connected to the fate of Metropolis and could destroy the
entire world in Rintaro's Metropolis
is the shining city of the future where robots do all the work, but
not all the people are happy because they blame the robots for taking
away all the jobs. While most of the people live in slums, few live
at the top, namely Duke Red leader of the industrial complex and
builders of the Metropolis. Secretly, Duke Red has commissioned Tima
to be build (in his decease daughter's image) and to become the
central control system of the Ziggurat and to take over the world.
the mayor and military industrial complex have plans to siege power
and take control staging a revolt, but they fail. Rock another
humanoid war robot from the previous war serves Duke Red and has a
major 'father complex', he learns of Tima's existence and becomes
jealous and seeks to destroy Tima before she can ascend her throne.
Tima is however is rescued by Ken-ichi and they are forced to go on
the run from Rock. Eventually Duke Red learns of Tima's survival and
has her brought to the Ziggurat. However, by that time Tima has
already bonded with Ken-ichi and would rather be a human girl than
the most powerful robot in the world. She is forced into the control
chair of the Ziggurat and she goes out of control starting a world
wide robot rise-up against humans tearing the city apart.
manages to separate Tima from the Ziggurat but not without Tima
falling off the Ziggurat and to her death, only then does the robot
revolution stop and the robots return to their normal functions. Now
in the ruined cities, people have no choice but to rely on the robots
they once hated to help rebuild their cities. Ken-ichi decides to
stay and help rebuild Metropolis and with the help of all the scrap
robots they recover all the pieces of Tima and eventually rebuild
was the 2001 anime sci-fi movie of a dystopian society (almost steam
punk) with huge geared cities that is run by robots. It asks a lot
of social and political questions such as what happens if people
become a society that is dependent on robots, are humans really need
anymore? And what happens if those robots become sentient one day?
Are robots really evil or the human heart that build them or the
people who raise them? Extras include making of Metropolis
documentary, filmmaker interviews, animation comparisons and
Steam comes from a long line of steam inventors and dreams his
inventions will change the world, his head is always up in the clouds
(or steam in his case) and he always working on some new invention.
But one day he receives a steam ball in the mail from his grandfather
that could revolutionize the world, but in the wrong hands it could
start the next world war. Ray soon finds out both his grandfather
and father are connected to it's secrets and both the military and
industrial complexes wants it ...and will do anything to get it in
Katsuhiro Otomo's Steamboy
like his father and his grandfather before him, are inventors of
steam powered inventions, his grandfather invents a new compact steam
powered ball that can replace the gigantic steam boilers needed to
power machines and is the next generation's new power source. Ray's
father has sided with wealthy American industrialists who wants to
use the steam ball to create weapons of mass destruction, steam
powered armor, tanks and even a gigantic floating fortress.
Ray's grandfather has sided with European industrialists claiming the
technology should be shared with the world instead of lining the
pockets of American warmongers. Ray is conflicted on which side he
should stand on and who to give the steam ball to, his father or his
grandfather, but he soon realizes both sides were planning to start a
war with each other anyway. But it is up to Ray to save London from
his father's invention goes out of control and threaten to destroy
the city he loves.
was totally a steam punk focused movie set in a Victorian England in
an industrial age where everything was fueled by steam power.
However, the moral of the story seems there will always be war and
conflict, but science will still progress and shape the future.
Extras include interview with Kasuhiro Otomo, multi-screen landscape
study, re-voicing Steamboy featurette, voyage of Steamboy, Clean
Ending, production gallery and animation onion skins.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital
High Definition image transfers on both Sentai releases are really
good, up there with their better releases and with only minor detail,
color and depth issues versus their very best, while the 1080p 1.85 X
1 digital High Definition image transfer on Metropolis
can show the age of the materials used and can have more than a few
rough spots throughout. This one needs a new 4K transfer scan like
leaves us with the 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image
transfer on Steamboy that used digital work throughout, but
despite the age of that work, looks incredible throughout and is my
favorite of the four releases visually.
for sound, the
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Japanese 2.0 Stereo lossless mixes on Asura
have Pro Logic-like surrounds and are very well recorded, with Honey
also having a lesser English dub option. Both feature films offer
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mixes in Japanese and lesser
English dubs with Metropolis
sounding great and just barely the best offering here, but Steamboy
is lacking throughout with a lack of consistent soundfield and
choppiness that disappoints. Despite its age, this should not be the
case, but it is off.
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