This is a ripping yarn, suitable for anyone but young children. There is some violence, though not graphic, and some scary bits. The story (taken from a series of novels) is excellent, and the visualisation in the anime was excellent. I would have given it, and the second volume DVD 5 stars, but the frame per second rate is just a little bit too low causing the flow to be a bit disjointed. Younger watchers from a non-Japanese background might have some trouble keeping the names of all the characters straight, but this is more of a problem in the novels. I gave it to my neighbour's boys, who are 8 and 10, and they liked it a lot.