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  • Directors: Katsuhito Akiyama
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CYIR2K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 26 episodes from the anime series adapted from Yoshiki Takaya's long-running manga chronicles, in which a normal high-school student is thrust into an epic battle of good and evil via a suit of alien robot armour that transforms him into a powerful mechanised warrior.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Crawshaw on 21 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This is an updated version of the original manga series on Guyver.

I watched the first volume (4 episodes) of this, as I was a huge fan of the original, which is unfortunately very, very difficult to get hold of, aside from the occasional second-hand VHS tape. I liked it, and if I hadn't seen the originals, I would have given it 4 stars instead of the 3 I have awarded. In its own right, and as an animation of the comic book upon which it's based, this is pretty good. It's only when comparing to the original that it begins to suffer.

The differences are subtle, but they're there. Here's a few examples.
* In the original, Sho would call upon the Guyver with a scream that sounded almost agonised. Perhaps I read too much into this, but I imagined a hulk-like conflict, where he acknowledges he requires the power, but is loath to call upon it. In contrast, in this version, Sho sounds almost as though he's calling his dog.
* The violence in this version is understated compared to the original. If you've only watched this version, that might not sound possible, but believe me, it is.
* The artwork in this version is more... "primitive" is probably the wrong word, but it's the only one I can think of that even vaguely fits. The original was beautifully created, and the background would fade as the Guyver rushed towards his enemy with blades flying, this animation seems more like the sort you'd see in Pokemon, all clean lines and smooth finishes. It's pleasing to the eye, yes, but lacks the brutal, visceral feel of the original that dragged your eye from your socket to the center of the screen where the action was happening.

Overall, this is good. Well-drawn, good story, based on a classic manga comic. But if you've seen the original, you may, like I was, be feeling a little let down by the end of it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Snook VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
The Guyver is a long running series of mangas that was originally adapted into a good yet flawed 12 episode anime series in the 80s. Now, 20 years later, Guyver is back on our screens with a brand new and even better adaptation of the brilliant sci-fi story.

For starters I have to say that the original Guyver series was the first anime I ever watched (I still have the single episode video tapes somewhere) so I was ecstatic (to say the least) when this classic series finally recieved a remake.

The Guyver tells the story of Sho Fukamachi, a normal everyday teenager who happens to come across something known as a Guyver unit. To his surprise and horror, this mysterious unit takes over Sho's body and transforms him into the Guyver, A bio weapon with unbelievable power.
With his newfound powers, Sho must protect the people he cares about from the sinister Chronos Corporation and their army of monsters (known as Zoanoids) who will stop at nothing to retrieve the Guyver for their own devices and eliminate anyone who knows of it's existence.

What ensues is an action packed and violent sci-fi anime that improves on the old series in pretty much every way. And when I mean violent, I'm not not kidding...be prepared for blood and guts galore as limbs and body parts fly all over the place. However, it is not over to top gore, but the DVD set is still well deserving of it's 15 certificate.
As this version of the Guyver series is longer than the older one, it is much more in depth and contains a lot more characterisation and better paced story-line. Making this a must have for fans of Guyver.

I particularly like the way that the creators have kept the animation really authentic to the style and the feel of the original story.
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Short answer? This anime is brilliant. However; if you want a detailed review as to why, here it is.

First off, the animation is spectacular. The lines are clean and the backgrounds detailed and fleshed; with the flow never once wavering even in the fight sequences. Any scene where the Mega Smasher is fired deserves special praise as you will never get tired of seeing that thing go off; especially with the incredible animation and sound effects. The music is also amazing, with changes between epic orchestrals and sharp techno and rock, to set the tone perfectly. In terms of voice acting, the two leads are played by Chris Patton and Luci Christian; two very experienced VAs who have worked together in accompanying roles in award winning anime such as Full Metal Panic, Princess Tutu and Welcome to the NHK to name a few. Other side characters of note include amazing performances by Bill Wise as Commander Guyot and Andrew Love as Masaki Murakami; though all other actors are seasoned veterans.

The story itself is fantastic. While the first 5 episodes feel very much like a "monster of the week" style show, following that the tone becomes dark and sombre with plot twists coming left right and center; building up to a very emotional climax in the final four episodes.

I came into the series as a solid fan of the original OVAs, going so far as to name them in my top 10 anime; however I always felt they were lacking something. This series takes on those issues and changes them for the better, as well as building on what made the original series awesome. I would easily rank this series as my number one show ever, hands down.

I've re-watched these episodes countless times and will watch them countless more.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of anime, particularly the sci-fi genre.

P.S

ZX-Tole forever!
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