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Nabari No Ou: Complete Series Part 2 [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,913 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A Darker, Grittier, and Richer Conclusion 14 Nov 2009
By ONENEO - Published on
I reviewed the first collection of Nabari a few months back and though the story was ridiculed for being overly complex and flat emotionally, I found quite a few redeeming aspects to the tale and secretly looked forward to the second (and final) FUNimation release of the series. I completed it last night and have concluded that love or hate the first release, it may be in your best interest to consider completing the journey.

Nabari The Complete Series Part Two comes in at a runtime of 325 minutes and contains 13 episodes (14-26) spanning two discs. The discs come packaged in a pair of thin packs within a cardboard outer slipcase.

The show wears an appropriate TV 14 rating due to some slightly adult slanted themes of violence, war, and conflict. There is no nudity, swearing, or gore to report.

Language options are typical sub and dub, which means the viewer has the choice of running either the original Japanese dialog track (stereo) or an English dub (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround) and the option of displaying English subtitles beneath either dialog choice.

Extras include textless songs, a commentary track from some of the English voice talent over Episode 25, and a host of upcoming Funimation anime previews.

As you would probably expect, the tale picks up right where the first collection ended and jumps right back into rhythm with very little re-establishing. If your memory of the first set is hazy, reviewing is probably a requisite.

Miharu Rokujou's slow and mysterious rise into the ranks of a secret society is fully cemented this time around with his inability to ever return to a life of normalcy. Becoming the Ruler of Nabari is no longer an option but rather his only chance for survival.

To be completely honest, the second half of the tale is actually much darker than the first. Some of those midday high school moments that opened the entire saga seem like ages ago! The plot really becomes no easier to follow this time around but does tend to focus a bit more heavily on the emotional relationships between the characters. Upon completion of the first 13 episodes, I basically concluded that the tale could take one of two paths to fruition: A dependence upon Ninjitsu combat/ action sequences or a deeper look at the emotions motivating the players involved. As it turns out, the latter is the path taken and for the most part, it's pretty rewarding.

Those who felt the first installation came up feeling flat emotionally may be interested in this collection for its insistence upon revealing each and every character's innermost motivations. The acting is subdue, just like before, and sometimes so nonchalant that it almost feels "emotionless" but the story sets up their personas so thoroughly that the responsibility didn't fall squarely into the laps of the actors themselves.

Surprisingly a homosexual angle is solidified by the show's conclusion that may put off some viewers, but the cast commentary over episode 25 does a nice job of offering an explanation into the acting mind set that warrants another viewing.

The music, which has been one of the show's greatest strengths, is maintained here with whimsical melodies (especially during each episode's title card) and intense, sweeping scores when the onscreen tension demands it.

Visually the show continues to charm with moody atmospheres, dark underground lairs, and well-animated character models. I've always been partial to the raining Japanese characters as a tool to indicate the use of power- it's reminiscent to the green coding used in The Matrix with a welcomed organic touch.

Funimation's English dub is very, very well done although I have to give the edge to the original Japanese vocal work on this one. In truth your probably best off to view the show in both languages as the experience is quite unique in either incarnation. The complexity of the plot (and the names involved) may deter some from wanting to go all the way through reading subtitles.

In all Nabari is quite a unique property. Fans expecting an action-filled, Ninja-based hack and slash fest were probably a bit let down with the first collection due to its drab characters and focus on relationships. In that regard, the second installment carries on this tradition pretty heavily. However, by the conclusion of the 26 episodes, it's difficult to come away without a greater understanding/ respect for the cast of characters and the unique struggles they've gone through. And in the end, that is perhaps the greatest mark of a solid piece of anime.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fitting end to my favorite anime of all time. 28 Dec 2009
By DES - Published on
A highly biased review indeed! But that I am biased to like this attests to the drawing power of the story, characters and artwork of this particular series for me. Beautifully and originally drawn; the characters each have their own story and how each particular story was told roped me in and didn't let me go until I finished watching episode 23 and started the manga.

My five star rating isn't because this story isn't flawed: what isn't? But in my opinion the plusses heavily outweigh the minuses and lead to the most blissfull viewing experience I have ever had with an anime.

I am sure not every soul on earth will like this series: it is at times slow moving and thoughtful so it is best to watch in a relaxed, imaginative mood. Don't expect another Naruto: Ninja mythology is the only aspect the two series truly share. The art is stylistically different, the action scenes slicker and more refined, (although there are less such scenes) and the characters are much deeper and more reflective.

All in all I would suggest this series to anyone who appreciates good art and storytelling and has enough of an attention span to finish reading this review.:)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bittersweet goodness, watch! 28 Feb 2010
By Sarranna - Published on
I watched this series after seeing a Funimation preview on another disc. Funimation I assume was trying to target a younger crowd and make the anime look more action packed. In actuality it is quite thought provoking and emotional; there is action but it is all in an effort to convey the emotional ties that bind the characters together. The character development over all 26 episodes is great and sets up a very powerful story surrounding the main characters Miharu and Yoite and their salvation from apathy and nonexistence. The episodes mainly focus on the development, strengthening, and trials of their friendship as they pursue information to help Miharu master the Shinrabansho ninja technique hidden within him. Yoite wishes to disappear from existence (to be erased) using the Shinrabansho while Miharu is torn between granting his friend's wish or saving him instead with it. I will not spoil the rest but the story is wonderful and so sad yet so good.
Personally I would say watch this in Japanese with subs if necessary, they always have the better voice acting skills. I did not find the story hard to follow even though it has many back stories and such. Each character is distinct in its personality and looks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Decent to finish off the series, could have been better still 4 July 2010
By Tristan A. Hayes - Published on
Chances are you probably read the first review for Nabari No Ou, or happened to decided to finish off the 1 season anime and are now entering into deciding on continue the series or abandoning it. My advice for this second is actually quite interesting.

The ending of part 1 convinced me to keep going through the 26 episode series and seeing how it would turn out. The episodes in the teens were actually quite interesting and the same can be said for this part of the season. The plot had the potential to be fast paced and exciting throughout the episode 20 and beyond but there is so much lost potential.

Several mistakes are made. First off the anime spends so much time on the relationship between Yoite and Miharu that it gets annoying. These are two male characters who have the weirdest friendship, and had I not have already know the background of the manga and the outcome, even the genre, I would be convinced that this was dwelling in the realms of a shonen-ai anime. It just gets so sappy at times that I spent time surfing the internet while they were talking and such. Other mistakes were just the pacing, ie, the plot could have been resolved with just 22 episodes instead of dragging it out to 26. Next, the actual villain and resolution of that plot seemed to in my mind conclude at episode 24. All the action and such and even some resolutions, which is two episodes before being finished.

Highlights of the anime include awesome action animations. I would say that is a huge highlight, fighting is fast paced, brisk, and fluid. There arent any badly drawn character models that morph into molds in the heat of action or animation that is reminiscent of first time flash animation users. Folks it is all fresh, smooth, and even magical at times. There is a wide array of ninja took used and even ninjutsu as well. The fight scenes made the series bearable to watch.

There really isnt much more to say other than that the strong background cast was enjoyable to have and it was easy to immediately get acquainted with newcomers to the storyline and even pick out favorites. The opening song was memorable too and I was glad it was chosen (Crawl by Veltpunch).

All in all it is still just a decent anime boxset that gets the job done. There werent any memorable special features, there are english subtitlies for people who want to listen to the Japanese voices, with an acceptable font. The female voice actor for the main male character was a random choice too and probably weakened many of the moments of action when he screamed like a girl or when angry sounded like a women. Oh well.

2.5 out of 5 stars: Decent to continue through just to get through the end, outstanding fight scenes. Amazing opening !!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great anime. 6 April 2011
By Samra - Published on
I'm not really a fan of ninja anime/manga but Nabari is great because it doesn't even seem like one!
I was really hooked from the first part and just had to buy the second. Also, the price was great too.
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