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  • Directors: Kunihisha Sugishima
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MVM
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDEOGK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes 1-4 of the fetishist, sexually charged Japanese anime in which a former war photographer struggles to live the straight life as a tabloid snapper. Ex-war photographer Saiga has been reduced to selling his artistic soul as a tabloid photojournalist in the near-future dystopian city of Tokyo. It is a morally corrupt society in which the rich get rich while the poor get poorer, and where even the most taboo desires can be satisfied... for a price. Then, in the midst of yet another dull assignment, Saiga infiltrates an underground den of vice that specialises in pandering to the warped sexual desires of city's wealthiest and most powerful citizens. There, he witnesses a depraved ceremony in which the Goddess, a beautiful young girl named Kagura, is about to bestow a dangerous gift upon a more-than-willing victim. When his cover is blown, Saiga is only saved from certain death by a kiss from Kagura. It is a brief exchange that mysteriously gives Saiga a devastating new, supernatural ability. Forced to flee from his enemies with the young girl in tow, Saiga is plunged into a living nightmare in which he must confront his inner demons while trying to uncover the secret behind his remarkable transformation. Meanwhile, unknown to Saiga and those who wish to see him dead, Kagura's single, fateful kiss has ignited a chain of events that could destroy the entire social structure of Tokyo and bring the city to its knees... Episodes are: 'Depravity City', 'Goddess of Greed', 'Film Like a Bullet' and 'Lethal Headshot'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rustic Rod on 16 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
I am surprised that nobody has yet raved about this fast-paced, highly imaginative adult anime. Yes, it does have adult content but for all the right reasons. eg: To show a corrupt, mega-rich elite attempting to fulfil their grubby, normally unobtainable desires in a secret, multi-billion-Yen club beneath the streets of Tokyo. It even has its own subway. A filthy (sic) rich woman (don't get me started on all the character names because there are so MANY in this series that it would take several pages just to list them) is jealous of her daughters youth and beauty, so whilst outwardly providing her with the best schools, clothes and chauffeur-driven cars, she deprives her of all freedom, love, and even food !! And by night the girl is (apparently) drugged and used as a wish-fulfilling 'angel' in the aforementioned club... because she is a "Euphoric", able to literally pass on magical powers which make certain dreams come true. Either that or death... if the body cannot accept the transformation. (By day she is told that her hazy memories of these events are merely 'bad dreams', so her sanity is also on the line.) A beneficiary of one such a transformation is a rich, successful but frustrated dancer who gains the ability to take ANY shape in a rubbery, stretch-o-matic way, which allows for some stunning effects. Just one of the many sub-plots which never loses sight of the main story arc.
Into this spectacularly sleazy set-up comes our hero (pre-special powers) the Speed Grapher who gains access to the club, but after being caught and apparently terminated, instead of dying (thanks to our 'angel') gains the ability to shoot (-to-kill) with his camera. A mixed blessing as the guy is a professional photographer!!
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The art work was really well done, has a amazing story that keep you intrested all the way though. I was really pleased i got this ... if you love anime you'll be mad not to give this a chance. It kinda has some rude bits so its more like adult series, it really fit well into the plot so its all good :)

im surprised it not more well known considering how good it was.
In all you should get this you wont be disapointed.
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By Jamesohk on 26 April 2008
Format: DVD
This series is great.
The characters are complicated and real.
The good mix of action, sex and gripping plot leave you craving more.
This volume does not reveal much but slowly, you learn.
Well worth a watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Twisted and weird 21 Dec. 2006
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Speed Grapher, the first disc, really gives you lots of images, flavors and lots of background story while never slowing down in the story itself. I happen to be a fan of Monica Rial so I really enjoyed hearing her in another different character.

The story is very much for adults, I would say some adults might not even be able to handle it. Lots of sexual suggested scenes (hints of bondage, S&M, extra) and some very interesting bad guys. To say the least.

Twisted and evil, most of this world is a darker copy of ours. Take all the greed, hate, passions, trash, mix it into Hell on earth and you have Tokyo in this setting. The rich get richer and the poor get to serve the rich. If they are lucky.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
a fantastic series, though not for everyone 23 Jun. 2006
By Dorothea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I've seen this entire show in Japanese, therefore I can't comment on the DVD extras or dubbing.

Saiga, the main character, is a famous photographer who has spent most of his professional life taking pictures on the war front. It's made clear from the beginning that taking pictures of death and destruction turns him on. However, after getting injured, he is forced back to Japan by his boss. He gets bored in Japan, taking pictures of politicians, etc., until he discovers a secret club and becomes involved with the club's "goddess."

The following may be considered spoilers, although I'll refrain from giving away any of the serious surprises. The club's goddess is a beautiful and abused high school girl named Kagura.
Her genetic uniqueness is only explained towards the end of the series, but she has the ability of granting certain individuals their deepest "desires". These people are referred to as Euphorias. For example, a professional dancer gains the ability to bend and stretch his body however he wants. Saiga, who is passionate about taking photographs, gains the ability of making anything he photographs explode (wouldn't that suck though? he can't take pictures anymore...well he doesn't seem to mind). He rescues her from the club and the two of them end up on the run while Suitenguu, the club's leader, sends Euphorias after them to bring her back.

Some people criticize the art, but it's not that bad either, and the characters are great. They're well developed, well-drawn and at least in Japanese, the voice-acting is terrific. Suitenguu is by far the best villain I've encountered. In my opinion, toward the end of the show he completely upstages Saiga.

The show has some flaws. I almost stopped watching during the first episodes. The scenes of what goes on in the club aren't exactly graphic, but they're still sexual and a little discomfiting. NOT something to watch or recommend to people who aren't already into this kind of anime. There's also some very bad Engrish spoken in some of the early episodes. The engrish gets a little better though, as the show progresses. Even if you don't like it right away, you should watch at least through the first three or four episodes before making a decision.

Fans of shows like Berserk, Gungrave, Basilisk, Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, Gantz or Bleach should definitely check this show out. Despite its flaws, it's one of my favorites. It takes a little while to get into, but it's well worth the effort. Did I mention that Suitenguu is the best villain EVER?
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good Mature Story, Shotty Animation 8 July 2006
By Antonio D. Paolucci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Speedgrapher had my attention since the moment it was announced to have been acquired by FUNimation. I knew it would have the type of story that would appeal to me, that being dark and mature, and it was made by the company that has become my all-time favorite anime studio, GONZO. Now, after seeing this volume, I will say I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong; Speedgrapher wasn't bad. It had everything I expected of it, minus one thing, that being the animation. Unfortunately, that could be an important factor for a lot of people.

The art (the cover of the DVD) for this anime is misleading, like those cheeseburgers in fast-food restaurant commercials. It makes the animation in Speedgrapher look about five times better than it really is. To be completely honest, the animation itself wasn't even that bad: it was like a mix of Burst Angel and Gankutsuou. It was only bad when the characters were moving. They lacked fluidity and every action seemed a bit choppy. It looks like something made in the early nineties with a mediocre budget.

The story, though, is really what carries the anime, so I was able to put the bad animation behind me. Speedgrapher is about a photographer named Saiga who is aroused by death and destruction when seen through his camera lens. As a war photographer he got all of this he wanted, but when the war stopped and he was sent back to city life, he lost his interest and became embittered with the dark dealings of the city of Tokyo. However, during a paparazzi job, Saiga discovers a beautiful young girl named Kagera who inadvertently grants Saiga a wish he never knew he wanted, and that is the power to destroy with the flash of his camera. Yet he also gains something else from this girl: a muse. Unfortunately, Kagera is the idol of an underground club that caters to all of the rich folks' ugliest desires. In order for Saiga to save this girl he must become a target of some of the most powerful men and women of Tokyo. But for his muse, Saiga is willing to do anything.

The story mixes a bit of the carnal with a lot of bloody violence and comes together okay despite the bad animation. Saiga and Kagura, the two main characters, have just enough flaws, idiosyncrasies, or whatever to be likable, and the bad guy, though ridiculously dressed, presents enough threat to the characters that the conflict seems genuine. Not a perfect plot yet, but it's still early in the series and things begin to head in a good direction by the last moments of this volume.

As for the box set, I would have to say that it's only worth it if you're a perfectionist. At forty dollars you're not getting too much. The three art cards are only a littler bigger than playing cards, and the contained art book is thinner than what I'm used to getting from FUNimation's other releases. In fact, besides the collector's box, the one thing I actually enjoyed the most was the box that kept the DVD in place. It's surprisingly artistic and I now use it to hold other swag I got from other anime in the past.

Now, for the DVD. FUNimation is well-known for putting everything possible into a DVD of release of their anime. Speedgrapher 1 is no exception. While it contains a lot of the anime norm (previews, text-less credits, art gallery), it has an interesting cast audition feature that lets normal folk get a glimpse into the world of voice acting. This DVD also contains a preview of GONZO and FUNimation's next release, Basilisk.

I'm going to say this:if you like the flashy animation that has become common in most modern anime, you're won't like Speedgrapher. The animation is dull and the character models are generic. But if you like classic anime as well as new stuff, the animation in this won't bother you at all. Also, if you enjoyed GANTZ or Elfen Lied, consider this the next best thing to those dark and mature titles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great show, but really only 4 eps?? 7 Aug. 2014
By viv - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Okay...the Show gets a 5/5 for me..
It is one of my all time favorites, the concept behind the show is really creative and its geared towards a mature audience. Please, do not let your kids watch this for sure!

The box set is beautiful and the extras are nice.

But really, i felt I was fooled.
It ONLY CONTAINS episodes 1-4 I believe.
I was lead to believe it was all the episodes. Or I would have purchased the S.A.V.E by Fun.
Whats the point of owning only 4 eps??
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good, but really strange 9 Dec. 2012
By KevinB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
While researching a story for his next article, Saiga, stumbles upon a den of vice. The super rich are gathering underground in Rupongi. He rescues a young girl from a perverted ceremony in where she grants the power to make dreams a reality. In the escape, Saiga gains the power to blow up whatever he takes a picture of. Not being of "noble" descent or having a lot of money, he is considered an outsider by the cult. The cult is out to kill him and retrieve the young girl, Kagura.

This anime starts off with a bang. It's a constant thrill ride with some cool characters that have alarming special powers. The animation, voice acting, soundtrack, and plot are all very well done. This anime is very strange. The premise is very original and kinda takes you by surprise. If you've seen Eyes Wide Shut, you can kind of get a feel for the type of vibe this show has. It's not as perverted as Eyes Wide Shut, and this is mainly an action series,but the mood is very similar. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anime fans that don't mind a little weirdness sprinkled in with their anime.
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