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Rinka is a high school student in Tokyo trying to make ends meet while supporting herself and her father. Her ordinary life takes a turn for the extraordinary when she witnesses a penguin and a school of fish flying through the air. After catching up to one of the fish, she passes out and wakes up to find herself suddenly granted supernatural powers. With her newfound ability to walk through solid objects, Rinka is about to learn just how transparent the world can be.
From the creator of Ga-Rei-Zero comes an adventure that shows how out-of-the-ordinary abilities of high school students can send a powerful message to evildoers the world over.
Contains all twelve episodes of the series with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles.
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The series follows Rinka Urushiba, a cash strapped high school girl who, after an encounter with a flying penguin and some glowing goldfish, gains the power to phase through solid objects. Rinka’s sense of justice soon drawn into conflict with other super-powered individuals who use their powers for less than honourable motives.
The Tokyo ESP anime is a fun series with some very enjoyable action and has some likable characters even if the plot itself isn’t anything spectacular. I have seen the series compared to the 'X-Men' by some and this is a somewhat apt comparison as it deals with some of the same themes of discrimination against super-powered. Some of the designs for minor characters are also influenced by western media with Murasaki's father being based on Leonidas from the film '300' and some 'Ghostbusters' appearing in one episode.
The animation of the series is generally very good throughout with some very well-choreographed action sequences and some nice special effects for the various powers on display. There is some gore here and there but not as much as in some other series. The plot of the series is somewhat basic but there is something of a resolution to the series’ arc even if it does leave some things open for a future continuation.
The DVD includes both the Japanese version with English subtitles as well as the English dub and personally, while the dub is reasonably good, I do prefer the original Japanese. Of the English voices most are quite good with Mallorie Rodak and Adam Dahlberg being particularly good as Minami Azuma and Kyōtarō Azuma respectively. On the other hand I wasn’t much of a fan of Sarah Wiedenheft’s performance as Rinka or Jeffrey Schmidt’s role as the Professor as I felt both sounded slightly too old for their respective characters. Despite this though I did get somewhat used to their voices by the end of the series.
There are two problems that I have with the series that stop me giving the series a full five stars. The first of these is that the anime feels like an incomplete adaption that skips some character introductions and development in places in favour of the action but whether this is the case or not, I do not know as I haven’t read the source material. The second is that the first episode is a flash-forward to the end of the storyline and, while this is somewhat common in anime these days, I don’t feel that it worked too well here and resulted in a lack of build-up.
For special features the DVD includes some trailers (for anime such as the sequels to 'Psycho Pass' and 'A Certain Scientific Railgun', as well as the 'Ghost in the Shell' reboot 'Arise'), some commentary tracks and the usual clean versions of the opening and closing credits sequences. Some of the trailers do auto-play when you insert the discs though and this is somewhat annoying.
As I have said, despite its flaws, 'Tokyo ESP' is an entertaining series that most anime fans should enjoy at some level and I would personally give it a low four stars.
Just like Ga-Rei it starts towards the end and then returns to the beginning, working towards the events seen in the first episode.
The art is adequate and the OST is good as is the dub and there is a little fan service but over all I enjoyed this.
Unfortunately the adverts for other anime shows cant be skipped on either disc.
I'm glad I added this to my collection.
Animation is good and the english dub professionally done. Story and plot feel to similar to the x-men, but rushed. If given more episodes to develop properly, this show could have been something of ledged. Unfortunately it is what it is. Nonetheless, still enjoyable.
A decent show with a rushed plot. Kinda like Japanese X-Men, with generic anime characters and cliches.