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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the kids
I haven't watched this myself, I am acting here as scribe for my two kids (16 and 10 respectively) who as big fans of the Xbox 360 Blue Dragon game, were keen to see the series. As discriminating animation fans, they say the graphics on this could be better, but they have seen much worse, and the story keeps you interested to the end. They enjoyed a lot of the humour...
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by Chinatown Blue

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Search For The Extra Seven
With the search for the extra seven in full swing, but with a serious lack of leads; the crew of shadow wielding heroes decide to invest in the help of an investigator. The genius undercover detective known as Homeron has a fair amount of screen time in this set as each episode sees him searching for the powerful 'extra seven' pages of the book of the beginning...
Published on 8 Oct 2009 by J. Snook


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the kids, 5 Nov 2009
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This review is from: Blue Dragon Vol. 5-6 [DVD] (DVD)
I haven't watched this myself, I am acting here as scribe for my two kids (16 and 10 respectively) who as big fans of the Xbox 360 Blue Dragon game, were keen to see the series. As discriminating animation fans, they say the graphics on this could be better, but they have seen much worse, and the story keeps you interested to the end. They enjoyed a lot of the humour but more particularly they rate the action highly. The dubbing apparently also provides a lot of amusement value, though it isn't as bad as some. Definitely not one for the adults, they tell me, but good entertainment for the younger audience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Search For The Extra Seven, 8 Oct 2009
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J. Snook "Ichigo_2020 - Anime Buff" (Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blue Dragon Vol. 5-6 [DVD] (DVD)
With the search for the extra seven in full swing, but with a serious lack of leads; the crew of shadow wielding heroes decide to invest in the help of an investigator. The genius undercover detective known as Homeron has a fair amount of screen time in this set as each episode sees him searching for the powerful 'extra seven' pages of the book of the beginning. Meanwhile, the shadow wielders are stuck in some kind of 'filler limbo' as they pass the time getting into scraps with the Grankingdom army and generally not getting anywhere in terms of plot or characterisation.

Whether the creators were running out of ideas or they were just trying to fill out the series, it is evident that this volume is the slowest segment of the story so far. The episodes contained in this set are extremely formulaic and don't really go anywhere. The search for the extra seven is the key theme of this release and it is incredibly over-long and drawn out with each episode providing little plot progression, instead choosing to appease the viewer with a barrage of shadow wielding action, mission impossible-style antics (on Homerons part) and perverted boob gags (on Maru Maro's part). Unfortunately, with it's lack of substantial plot or character development, these other elements fall flat and make for some really shallow and repetetive viewing. Whereas, the previous volumes used a nice balance alongside the interesting, if slightly simple story, this volume seems a little hollow in comparison.

The animation and soundtrack are of a high quality, but once again there is a serious lack of special features. For a franchise as popular as Blue Dragon, you would expect more special features than just a bunch of trailers. That nitpicking aside, this volume isn't terrible but it has some serious flaws, more--so than the previous episodes of the show. There is definetly a lag with this collection of episodes that may end up making you switch off and turn on something better. After this point, the series can either pick up the pace or carry on the way it's going. If it's the latter, then the remaining 27 episodes may not be even be worth watching. Let's hope things improve for the next release.
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