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Shangri-La Part 2 [DVD]


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  • Directors: Makoto Bessho
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MVM Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Dec 2013
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ECVPODG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collection of episodes from the Japanese anime adapted from Eiichi Ikegami's light novel. In a future dystopian world which was turned into a jungle wasteland by global warming and a massive earthquake, society has been fractured, divided by the upper classes who live in luxury in Atlas, a specially built closed-off city, and those forced to live in the tough conditions outside of its walls. One of these unfortunate citizens is Kuniko Hojo (voice of Mikako Takahashi), a young boomerang-wielding girl in training to become the leader of resistance group Metal Age, who is determined to get behind the city gates and bring down the corrupt government.

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By anthony mercer on 22 May 2014
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this second part was not as good as the first but it was okay well worth buying and enjoyable for all
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War has started Kuniko has launched a revolution and is determined to take down Atlas and save the people from the jungle.And give her people some where safe to live and survive.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
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5 star series, one star pricing ~ 21 Aug 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I first watched this series for free on Crunchyroll (a free or premium for pay streaming anime site). They have since removed the series due to Funimation's picking up the license. Note: this is the second half of the series and contains 12 episodes on two discs. The box is made to go into the art box from Part One LIMITED EDITION - Shangri-La: Part 1 (Limited Edition).

I had always wondered why a top class Gonzo series had not been picked up until this time. But now seeing the staggering $60 price point for 12 episodes borders on criminal. The series is a solid 5, but Funimation's decision to package a 2009 series for this price is unethical at best. I felt this would have better been the entire series for $60 instead of $60 for the first half and $50 for the second. Shame on you Funimation. Perhaps in a year or two it will appear in their S.A.V.E. series?

The series is one that is set in the near future. Mankind has been cornered into small settlements due to overwhelming growth of aggressive plants. Any attempts to use fossil fuels typically winds up with mysterious attacks from afar on the populace.

The aspect I really enjoyed about this series was their characterization. I really like that one of the important characters is actually a transvestite! The other supporting characters are also quite enjoyable. I do prefer the Japanese audio with English subtitles, especially for Karin (the blue haired computer hacker girl) and Momoko (the tranny). Mikuni adds a little awe, horror, and strange compassion into the series as well. Don't want to spoil anything.

The 'villains' at Atlas corporation are only some of the diabolical fiends of this jungle world. Every person is unwittingly contributing to the grip the totalitarian rulers are exerting on the populace. Kuniko is a brave and fearless heroine, and she is a welcome addition to the recent outbreak of strong female anime leads recently.

It seems the late 2000s and early 2010s are giving the public many great, under appreciated anime series. This is surely one of the better Gonzo produced series I have seen recently, and a great addition to any anime fan library. I only wish the price wasn't so steep. I wonder if there were 'business' issues with the licensing fees preventing a lower release price?

The animation is fluid and wonderful to look at (only the scenes with Leviathan look like a PS1 video game segment). Voice acting is top notch, though I think the Japanese edges the English dub. But it is a good English dub. Subtitles seem to be pretty consistently translated. And the music, while not to the level of Fullmetal or Gundam, is still quite good.

By the end of the series you will be scratching your head wondering why they didn't go an extra few episodes. Episodes 21-24 seem a bit rushed. The series WAS based on a Japanese novel, so perhaps the producers didn't foresee the story arcs they would need tied up in the end. And since most new anime series are only running 12 - 24 episodes nowadays (except a few big franchise series), you can't just go to the studio and ask for more money to produce an extra 2 or 3 episodes.

Still, a five star series, a creative story, and just loads of fun to watch.
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An Excellent Conclusion 18 Dec 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
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Kuniko has launched a rebellion against Atlas. As the fight reaches it's peak, secrets about Atlas, Tokyo, and Kuniko's past are revealed. Prime Minister Ryoko's sinister plot to dominate the world is far more evil and will require the deaths of many innocent people. Kuniko, Momoko, and all their friends must give everything they have to save the world from a nuclear winter.

This series started of kind of strange, and got even stranger in good way. This series has a very interesting plot. There are lots of twists, turns, huge surprises. The characters are unforgettable. I also loved the animation style. The bright colors and detail are amazing. The voice acting and soundtrack are top notch as well. This series isn't for young viewers. There is a lot of suggestive material, strong language, and violence. There isn't any nudity though, if that bothers you. Everything about this series is awesome. I'll enjoy it for many years to come. I think that any mature anime fan will as well.
My son is enjoying his latest anime stories 25 Feb 2014
By ladybugmom - Published on Amazon.com
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I probably will not begin to understand the attraction to anime. Yet it makes my son happy and he eagerly awaits for more stories in this series.
Fun and Off-Beat 12 Feb 2014
By William J. Landon - Published on Amazon.com
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Shangri-La is an engaging and imaginative anime. Some of the characters are a bit twisted but are treated in a largely humorous way. I would recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of anime and is not offended by alternative life styles portrayed in a light way. Definitely not for children as contains a number of themes and images that could be disturbing to the younger folks.
Feisty heroine's struggle with Authority ends in a bit of a scramble 5 Mar 2013
By Andrew R. McLaren - Published on Amazon.com
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This review should be read alongside my review of Part 1. The two parts are not stand-alone and cannot be viewed as such.

In Part 1 of Shangri-La practically all of the elements of what could have been a truly creative story are put in place:
Feisty, pink-haired heroine: check
Wise old granny: check
Wacky gender-bending entourage: check
Unorthodox weaponry: check
Superbly BBEG mega-villain: check
Morally bankrupt corporation: check
Equally morally-bankrupt economic side-plot: check
Underlings who serve the BBEG without a qualm: check
Morally-informed landscape: check

So why the low number of stars you ask?

The following review includes some unavoidable spoilers.

Kuniko is a darling of a heroine, courageous in the extreme, high-spirited, flat-chested and using a power boomerang that allows her to avoid killing. In Part 2, she now leads Metal Age, the small rebel force that seeks to force Atlas, Japan's only real remaining authority and sanctuary, to open itself to all people, not just loyal corporate slaves. Top marks for the heroine, for resisting any fan-service (other than subtle references to her underwear colour after she performs some aerial kicks) and a tiny minus for leaving her wearing an increasingly battered sailor-suit, which I think is down to one button by the final episode.

But in Part 2, a few new elements are introduced that take the story off into a skew that is unwelcome and ultimately create too crowded a canvas at the end.

There are one or two too many "reveals" about the people that created Atlas, that run Atlas, and that serve the factions. With another three to six episodes that would not have been a problem. But by the 2nd-last episode the faces ducking in and out of the plot to announce they are helping/still alive/seeking revenge/looking back sadly are getting comical. The last episode is a rushed mess that even Kuniko's spirit can't quite overcome.

I can't forgive the writer for placing a McGuffin at the heart of Atlas and by extension at the heart of everything he wants to say about Carbon Markets as an economic theory. The show had potential for explaining and critiquing this very contemporary issue, but instead opts for "we found a god's body." (I have no problem with a very similar McGuffin in Evangelion, but that show puts it pretty much front and centre.) And I'm no economist but explaining that carbon markets can be bankrupted by buying "carbon zero" tracts of Antarctica to offset them sounds like nonsense and jibber-jabber.

Anime series are often spoiled a little by changes of music and even art direction. No complaints about this in Part 2. The case is attractive, and if you wisely buy the limited edition Part 1 you can choose to throw it out and slide Part 2 into Part 1's case, which is made for both.
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