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4.0 out of 5 stars All sorts of crazy!, 12 May 2013
This review is from: King Of Thorn Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack (Blu-ray)
I haven't watched many stand-alone anime films outside of the Studio Ghibli Collection, `Summer Wars' and `The Girl Who Leapt Through Time', so I was pretty happy to see a couple new, good-looking anime films on their way over to a UK release (Loups Garous being the second) and on blu-ray no less!

Now, usually I'd start talking about the general plot, but to be honest that's pretty hard to do with a piece like this. It's somewhere between a horror, a mystery, an action/adventure and a sci-fi, and constantly messes with your head, throwing in hints and tricks and all sorts of crazy! The synopsis on the amazon page is really all you need to read plot-wise as anymore would only spoil/confuse the experience for anyone going into it. That said, it does all manage to hold itself together well and wraps up nicely at the end, though there are questions still to be answered, you feel like you almost don't want/need to know the rest.

Animation wise I was pretty impressed. This movie looks amazing on blu-ray, there's no doubt about that, but if you can only afford the normal DVD release/don't have a blu-ray player then don't worry because you can definitely still appreciate the detail and fluid animation that went into this project. There is quite a bit of CGI work and for the most part it blends in well and doesn't take away from the experience as CGI sometimes can, though on occasions it appears as though the characters in some scenes are CGI, which can leave them looking a little odd to say the least!

The dub is quite good, and it does help that you can hear and appreciate all the accents going on (American, Russian, Italian and possibly Australian?), so if you prefer to watch dubs over subs, there's nothing too harmful to your ears here!

Warning, this piece can get quite bloody at times, so if you're not into the occasional gore splatter then you should probably be cautious, though the creators didn't overdo it which is nice (compared to pieces like Elfen Lied which basically give you something grossly over-the-top bloody every five seconds) and this planning manages to hold the tension very well for when something violent does happen!

Now I haven't read the manga, and I hear that although the film does retain the basic plot, the manga gives you more details about the characters and their back-stories and that the endings are also different. That being said this is still a fine stand-alone piece and if anything has made me want to read the manga to see a different take on the story.

Overall King of Thorn is worth a watch. It's exciting, weird and beautiful, with a story full of twists and interesting characters so don't miss out and make sure you give it a try.

I would also recommend this to anyone who liked Serial Experiments Lain, Evangelion, and Noein.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2015 17:08:25 GMT
So pleased you mentioned Loups garous, can you recommend any more these these two.

Posted on 20 Jul 2015 13:50:36 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
Great review. I saw this trailed on a copy of Haibane Renmei, and your review makes me keener to see this.
In return I recommend looking at Haibane Renmei. Watch once - realise significance & foreshadowings as you watch again and again.
and you will..... ABe. 'nuff said.
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