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Chrono Crusade: Complete Collection [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tomoko Kawakami , Akira Ishida    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tomoko Kawakami, Akira Ishida, Greg Ayres, Hilary Haag, Saeko Chiba
  • Producers: Atsuya Takase, Jun Kato, Satoshi Matsui, Tsuneo Takechi, Tsuyoshi Wakamatsu
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5IONE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,147 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrono Crusade 12 April 2010
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Brilliant anime with lots of action. Very moving at times, especially at the end, but can watch it over & over...superb!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nuns with Guns 1 Dec 2008
Think 1920s America...Now think demons and monsters...and that is Chrono Crusade in a nutshell.
Rosette Christopher is a member of the Magadelane order who are a group of Nuns that specialise in exterminating devils...and in typical anime fashion, the only way these nuns can fight these devils is by shooting them and shooting them some more. However, beneath this is a deep and tragic story.
Throughout the story, Rosette is accompanied by a 'good' devil named Chrono who acts as her sidekick and companion. Together, it is their job to protect people from the devils. As can be expected, there is some truly brilliant action sequences on show here, which are nicely animated by acclaimed studio Gonzo who worked on titles such as Full Metal Panic, Gantz and Desert Punk. However, the series has a tendency to go a bit OTT with some of the fighting (especially towards the end of the series), so much so that it is some times hard to follow what is going on through the masses of explosions and noise.

My one problem with this anime, like many animes is the fact that the style of the series drastically changes when it comes near the end of the series. The series begins as a fun, action packed story with plenty of humour and likeable characters, however towards the end, the creators saw the need to introduce a very serious and much darker approach to the series. Like I said, many series do this, (usualyy after they have peaked on ratings after plenty of fun lighthearted episodes, the creators usually throw in a serious plot at the last minute to give the series a bit more structure) however, Chrono Crusade just takes the mick. As well as the plot turning serious in tone and atmosphere, it also turns downright depressing to such an extent that you question whether it is the same show.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah R
Chrono Crusade takes place in Chicago, 1928; where Jazz is king, bootleg liquor flows freely, and apparently demon summoning is the new `thing' amongst the people. To combat the demons, a secret organisation by the name of `The Order of Magdalene', run by the Catholic Church, has risen to protect the public and exorcise them. We follow one particular exorcist/nun by the name of Rosette, who also has plans to find her lost brother, Joshua, who was captured by a powerful demon several years prior. Along with her demonic partner, Chrono; the two set off to find him and shoot anything that gets in their way!

You have to give the series some props; the plot is original. You probably won't find another series starring nuns that exorcise demons alongside one, and you have even less of a chance of finding an anime series that makes numerous references to the bible and related elements to Catholicism, in great detail. And on top of that, the series takes place in 1920's America! Not Japan. Not present day. But in the past of America, a rare treat indeed. How the series progresses gets a thumbs up too. There's not a single filler episode in Chrono Crusade; I know I used this a negative point in my Pretear review, but Pretear was only 13 episodes long, Chrono Crusade is 24 - therefore allowing much more time to develop the story and its characters.
Also a lot of the common cliché in anime are handled quite nicely. For example, the romance sub plot between Rosette and Chrono is handled very maturely. You won't get Rosette going bright red when someone mentions she has feelings for him, and Chrono won't try to kiss her only to land on her breasts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its okay 22 May 2014
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an adv classic this was a really good dvd but with a nicely done sad ending would recommend it if you were short of some thing to watch
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Message 25 Feb 2006
By Antonio D. Paolucci - Published on
In an initial review I wrote for the first volume of this series, I presented Chrono Crusade as no more than an action-oriented comedy that dealt lightheartedly with some rather controversial stuff. While I believe that was okay for the time, I've since learned, in watching the entire anime, otherwise. Yes, this series will make you laugh, especially at the antics of the two main characters. And about half of the of the twenty-four episodes are light-hearted, while the others are surely dark. Of those twelve more serious episodes, the last four or five are as as heart-wrenching as Aztec sacrifices. But, so as not to confuse, the constant contrasting emotions have no effect on the anime itself. The happy-go-lucky stuff happens early on, mainly to introduce the characters or the settings, or whatever, and the darker stuff comes later, during the main story line.

The story itself follows Sister Rosette Christopher, a spunky girl great at destroying things, and her trusted partner-in-mischief Chrono, a peaceful, child-like devil. Both of them work for the Order of the Magdalene, a fearless group of exorcists and devil-slayers. Early on in the series, Rosette and Chrono are sent on a collection of unrelated missions, either to destroy threats from devils or to save those in danger. In one of these missions, they meet Azmaria, a girl with a tremendous power to heal, yet a power she's unable to control. They take her under their wing. Soon after, the real story begins. Chrono and Rosette's histories are revealed, and the two main enemies, Aion and Joshua, Rosette's brother, begin their quest to start the apocalypse. This ignites a war between man-kind and devil-kind, and though the sides are sometimes blurred between the two, it's clear that the final outcome wanted by Aion is one that may be inevitable. Still, help for the good-guys comes from odd places, including a pagan jewel-witch who has the power to materialize creatures from gemstones, and a horde of devil/hell-police, who want to keep the order in place, the way God had intended.

By the end, I, personally, was floored. Not only did I like the idea of devils with morals, but I enjoyed the fact that Chrono Crusade was fearless in its attempt to present a great story, controversy or not. It uses stories from the Bible, as well as religious mysticism, and mixes things that would be considered sacrilegious in our society, such as the love between a human girl and a devil. Even with that controversy, though, the message of this series is deep, and one that tells the story of human history and how many mistakes we have made over the years.

And of course, there is the actual climax of Chrono Crusade, which I will admit brought more than just one tear to my eye.

Chrono Crusade ranks close beside Last Exile as one of GONZO's greatest anime. The story ranges from moronic to dead serious, and pulls this off well by presenting a message and a theme, something that's uncommon in anime meant for laughs. The ideas in this story, though rich with controversy (if anime were as mass marketed as Harry Potter, this would be a series in the burning pits), are unique for an anime, and the ending is one of the best I've seen, especially when you consider the history of anime endings. I recommend this box set to anyone who wants to see something unique and worth multiple viewing, because that's exactly what Chrono Crusade is.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, great series... 2 Nov 2005
By JeremyG - Published on
I'm really surprised at some of the negative reviews surrounding this series. My wife and I just finished the collection, and we were both blown away. If you're at all into Catholic mysticism, exorcism, angels, and demons, all with a good helping of Japanese existentialism, you'll love this series. If you want mechs, you're on the wrong page. Chrono Crusade has its silly, humorous moments, but by the time you've gotten to the end, you'll find yourself moved, unsettled, and sad that it's over. It's worth seeing, and the five-disc collection is an excellent value.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good series, but I wish this set had better packaging 8 July 2009
By Lesley Aeschliman - Published on
The Chrono Crusade Complete Collection is a five-disc set that contains all twenty-four episodes of the series. There the first four discs have six episodes each, with extras included on the first, second, and fourth discs. The fifth disc in the set only contains extras. I was disappointed by the packaging of this set. When you open the box, you find that all five discs are stacked one on top of the other on one hub. Also, there is no booklet or insert included in the box, so you don't know what episodes are on what discs unless you put the discs into a DVD player.

The extras on the first disc include the original on-air openings for the first five episodes, as well as commentary on episode one by the American voice actors for Rosette and Chrono. The only difference between the five on-air openings is about ten seconds of footage in the middle; otherwise, it's the exact same opening. Because the difference is so slight, it made this feature rather boring to watch. The only extra on the second disc is commentary provided by the American voice actor for Joshua and ADR Director Matt Greenfield. The fourth disc contains the unused on-air openings for the final four episodes. These unused on-air openings are exactly like the openings on the first disc, but with different footage during the ten seconds in the middle.

The fifth disc contains several bonus features. First is "Azmaria's Extra Classes." These are a series of eleven three-four minute pieces that explain various aspects of Chrono Crusade. The topics covered in this section include: America in the 1920's, the Magdalene Order, weapons used by the Magdalene Order, the Apostles, the beasts Satella summons, the devil worshippers, "the Sinners," the pursuers and the Believers, stigmata, the ritual of Atonement, and the Head of Pandemonium. Next, is the clean opening and clean close (which are the opening and ending credits without the credit text).

The "Chrono Crusade Chronicle" is a feature that is designed to look like a newspaper. This is divided into four sections: "Famous People Sighted," "Mysterious Creatures Discovered," "Mechanical Curiosities," and "Chrono Crusade Slang." All of these contain various pieces of information, and is done in a slideshow format (the only exception to this is "Chrono Crusade Slang," which is a list of slang words from 1928 that the viewer can page through). Outside of "Chrono Crusade Slang," the viewer has no control over when the screen changes to the next page of information.

Next is "Production Sketches." This feature is not done in a way that the viewer can go through at their own pace. Instead, it is done as a 36-minute long video file. The disc also includes ADV Previews and DVD credits.

While I was disappointed in the packaging of this set, and wish some of the special features had been done differently, this is a good set to own if you are a fan of Chrono Crusade.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuns 'n Guns 14 Feb 2011
By RavenRing - Published on
The scene is Brooklyn during the 1920's and the city is periodically plagued by devils summoned by Satan worshipers. When this happens, it is up to the Magdalene Order to banish the devils and restore peace. Rosette Christopher is an exorcist of the Order's, and with her controversial partner, Chrono, she destroys devils with flare... lots of flare and the destruction of whole city blocks.

Chrono Crusade is a surprisingly deep anime. It starts out with a devil-a-day feel, but quickly moves on to an actual plot. The first half is mostly action and and comedy punctuated with drama. The second half is where this series really shines by getting much darker and more tragic. The story has several background stories that really flesh out the main storyline and add complexity and realism as well. The characters themselves are never very complex, but they are likable and not too stereotypical.

A short warning for those who might take offense: there is a perverted old man employed by the Order whom often looks up the Sister's skirts. Also, this story is both flattering and damming of the Christian religion. Most of the bad things said about God and Christianity are said by the bad guys, but it is insinuated that even some of the good guys are of the same, or a similar, opinion by the end.

I've watched Chrono Crusade twice now and I was even more impressed with it the second time I watched it. The production value seems quiet good, the voice actors all did an excellent job, and the soundtracks one the best I've ever heard. One warning though: Rosette's English voice actor is completely intolerable. Watch it in Japanese, your ears will thank you.

Chrono Crusade is probably the best Christian influenced anime I've ever seen and one of my favorite anime overall (I've seen lots of anime). It isn't for everyone, with the heavy religious overtone and the darkness of the later half, but for those of you who don't mind such things it can be a very enjoyable series. And finally at a low price in a nice compact form!

I've also read the manga and found that this is one of those very rare instances where the anime and manga diverge yet both are equally good. If you enjoy the anime, try giving the manga a shot as well.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 25 Dec 2005
By Ann - Published on
This is probably my favorite anime series, and I have seen quite a few. The animation is brilliant and the characters are endearing. On the surface, this series tells the story of a battle between God and the devil, and on God's side there's a demon, an exorcist and an apostle. The character development is wonderful and by the end of the series you feel like you know the characters like the back of your hand. I cannot praise this series enough and I hardly suggest you check it out. :)
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