What a surprise! I brought this Blu-Ray edition purely on the strength of Amazon reviews and ratings. I knew absolutely nothing of the Manga story, nor indeed of the films themselves that came out a few years ago. It was pure impulse. However, as a blind novice, I must say that I really did enjoy these movies. Yes, the first film is probably a bit stronger than the second simply because you're left begging for more. But in these days of vapid and vacuous Hollywood, such film's made a really welcome change. With such an unusually gripping story told with such good actors, it doesn't take long to forget that you're reading sub-titles. And with over 80 titles now in my Blu-Ray collection, the transfers of these films into High Def really do qualify as some of the best I've seen! All in all, I'll just say this: Whenever a film leaves you with so much of an impression that you'd both like to watch it again one day or discuss it with friends - than that purchase has to be well worth it. And this purchase - believe me - IS well worth it! Especially on Blu-Ray. So just buy it, sit back and enjoy the rather novice and different experience...
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