- Directors: Kazuki Akane
- Writers: Hiroshi Oonogi
- Format: Animated, Box set, PAL
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 5
- Studio: starz home entertainment uk ltd
- DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2007
- Run Time: 604 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000W2FIC6
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Noein Complete Series Boxset  [DVD]
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All 24 episodes of the anime series directed by Kazuki Akane. In the near future, a violent battle takes place between two alternate dimensions in space and time - La'cryma, home to the protectors of humanity, and Shangri-La, whose inhabitants are bent on the annihilation of all time-spaces. A group known as the Dragon Cavalry is dispatched from La'cryma on a journey through the various known dimensions in search of the Dragon's Torque, the only thing that can stop the invasion and prevent the destruction of all possible realities. Back in the earthly present, 12-year-old Haruka (voice of Haruka Kudou) and her friend Yuu (Fujiko Takimoto) are contemplating running away from their home city to live in Tokyo when, to their shock and confusion, they meet a member of the Dragon Cavalry calling himself Karasu (Kazuya Nakai) . He not only believes that Haruka possesses the Dragon's Torque but also claims to be an older version of Yuu from 15 years in the future. The episodes are: 'Blue Snow', 'Runaway', 'Hunted', 'Friends', 'And Then...', 'Dimension of Tears', 'Precious Person', 'Secrets', 'Beyond Time', 'A Stormy Night', 'Out of Sync', 'Battle', 'Wish', 'Memories', 'Shangri'la', 'Repeat', 'Dilemma', 'Nightmare', 'Reminiscence', 'Once More', 'Illusion', 'To the Future', 'The End' and 'The Beginning'.
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Another problem I found throughout the series was the many explanations about the quantum physics involved in theories of parallel universes. They left me at a loss! Even when I rewound it, to try and grasp what was being said, I still was no further forward!! I don't want to slate this offering, I did enjoy it to some extent. The concept of mulitiple universes and Harukas 'reality' being the reality of the Dragon Knights had great premise. However, it was left unexplored. It would have been interesting to see more of La'cryma and learn why 'their' Haruka decided to do what she did. I was left with the feeling that there was so much more that could have been done. I liked it but the iron test for me is would I watch it again? My answer? Very unsure. And if I did it would be in the very distant future. The good thing is the low price of this boxset, so if you never watch it again your initial outlay has not be excessive.
The show itself blends the concept of the multiverse with children's slice of life adventures. To be honest this made the first few episodes difficult to watch as I found the contrast between kick-ass genetically engineered warriors from the future with 12 year old kids worrying about exams and going on ghost hunts quite jarring. I was actually wishing they'd just do away with the kid's story. That changes by around episode 6 where I realised that the "side-stories" actually add a great deal of characterisation and this aspect becomes vital to the overall story and conclusion.
That said it's still the sci-fi elements I enjoyed the most as they lead to weird multi-world theory, time-travel and general spooky/weirdness. One thing I've noticed with many anime shows is that their endings can be very rushed and non-sensical. Thankfully this show is an exception which is a huge relief as given the plot there was a huge potential for it being a messy ending. What we get is one of the more satisfying conclusions to an anime series.
The animation and character designs are excellent throughout and the battle scenes are highly kinetic and often in a different style from the main animation. The musical score is also excellent and really adds to the atmosphere and I found myself humming the more haunting tunes a long time after watching the episode.
This is definitely a show that anime fans should check out. For those who can accept the two very distinct aspects of the show, I think this is probably a classic - although if you can't handle it, it's probably not going to work out. If you can grab it at the promotional price though it's definitely worth the gamble.
When you watch this series for the 1st time you will probably notice that the animation is a little different from a lot of mainstream series' like Naruto or Bleach- but don't get me wrong it's different in a good way. The visual style is sort of flat but it still somehow manages to look hauntingly beautiful. The fight scenes are fast and frantic and look both spectacular and chaotic- every fight has very epic feel to it with some awesome music backing up a lot of the action. But don't go thinking that the action is all there is to this series- it also incorporates slice of life with a touch of romance here and there. These scenes are just as mesmerising to watch as the rest.
I found both the English dub and original Japanese voices good to listen to (with the exception of one character in the dub sounding very whiney) so I would recommend you try to watch the 1st episode with both before continuing (just to decide on your favourite).
I've found that this series has great replay value and I'm sure that if you buy this set you will find yourself watching it again and again for many years to come.
And now for the best part- this set is DIRT CHEAP so buy it now!! Trust me its quality far exceeds its price.
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