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Aria: The Scarlet Ammo (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Todd Haberkorn , Leah Clark  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Todd Haberkorn, Leah Clark, Brina Palencia, J. Michael Tatum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Box set, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNY9MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kinji is a junior at a high school for mercenaries. He just wants to be normal, but his secret condition-he turns into an ace killer when he's turned on by the female form-triggers a fiery transfer student's unrelenting desire to make him her partner.

A mash-up of magical girl, harem comedy, fan service, and murderous-moppet elements, Aria the Scarlet Ammo (2011) began as a series of light novels written by Chugaku Akamatsu and illustrated by Kobuichi. Kinji Toyama is in his second year at a Tokyo high school that trains students to become Butei, or armed detectives. He'd like to transfer to a normal school, as he's not much of a gumshoe unless he's sexually aroused--then "Hysteria Savant Syndrome" transforms him into an alternate persona who's as suave as he is deadly. When he encounters ace student and loudmouth Aria, Kinji gets drawn into a complex plot that involves a mysterious killer who's targeting Butei. Kinji asks, "Is it too much to ask for a normal, ordinary life?" and the answer is obviously yes. More girls from the student body pursue him and the inevitable clashes occur. Riko is supposedly a descendant of Poe's Arsène Lupin, which makes her a rival to Aria, whose great-grandfather was Sherlock Holmes. (Another student claims descent from Joan of Arc.) Aria is as demanding as Haruhi Suzumiya and as loud as Kaname in Full Metal Panic, but she lacks the charm of those outspoken heroines. Although Kinji is likable enough when he's not being shoved into someone's cleavage, he comes across as a wimp when he lets Aria bully him. The cast shoots off enough ammunition to fill a small warehouse, swings swords, throws knives, sets piano-wire snares, and unleashes various unexplained magical techniques. But a villain who attacks a busload of high school students with an Uzi and tries to crash a hijacked airliner must play better in Japan than it does in the United States. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against woman, risqué humor, nudity, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon

(1. La Bambina, 2. Aria the Quadra, 3. First Mission, 4. Butei Killer, 5. Butei Character, Section 1, 6. The Shrine Maiden of Hotogi, 7. Caged Bird, 8. Durandel, 9. Honey Trap, 10. Special Training, 11. Infiltration, 12. Vlad, 13. The Butei Come and Train at a Hot Spring)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond what I expected April 12, 2013
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Aria: The Scarlet Ammo is one of those "on a whim" purchases that I made after reading a little about it previously, and I am quite pleased with this anime. The characters are interesting and fun, yet dynamic enough not to be the same boring character profiles that you tend to run into when you watch a lot of anime. The story is interesting and seems relatively sound. The art is quite good, I am one who prefers a clean and detailed anime art style and Aria: The Scarlet Ammo definitely makes the grade. I wish it were longer though as there were some things that were discussed but left untouched since it is a shorter anime.

A quick summary:
All characters involved are the grand children of famous characters or real people; Sherlock Holmes, Joan d'Arc, and Arsene Lupin to name a few. They of course, being this is anime, have inherent skills that put them a cut above average humans and this type of thing becomes a factor in the story.

The protagonist of the story is a student at Butei High School, a school for students who intend to become police and as such. The students of Butei High are given the right to arrest people and work on various levels of criminal cases and leads. They are divided into various categories such as assault, recon, etc. Toyama Kinji, the male protagonist, has his own connection to characters of the past and also possess an interesting and somewhat awkward ability. When women are close enough to him to get his hormones running, he enters a state of mind called hysteria mode and his senses and reflexes heightened exponentially so that he may protect the girl nearest him. During this process, he also changes personality types and becomes a "gallant" gentleman as it were.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aria: The Scarlet Ammo June 6, 2013
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This was a great anime. The storyline, character development, animation and voice dub. The rating is TV 14 for action, violence and drama. By drama they mean awkward situation of a sexual nature, it goes with the storyline so I don't think anyone minds it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, but its been done before. November 3, 2012
By KevinB
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Butei High School is a school that trains young people to be detectives. They receive an education as well as combat skills training. Kinji is a 2nd year student that has the ability to go into a "berserk" mode when he gets to excited. Even though he is a lower ranked Butei this ability makes him a hot commodity. One day he meets a girl named Aria. Aria is the highest rnked Butei and she partners up with Kinji to solve different cases. Her objective is to prove her mothers innocence and have the 7 life sentances against her lifted. They go through many trials together and become very close.

This anime has nothing original. We all know there is nothing new under the sun, but that doesn't mean something unoriginal can't be fun. This anime has some pretty good characters, an interesting story, and good animation. If you've seen Shakugan No Shana, then you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this show. Despite being an unoriginal idea, this anime is very enjoyable. It's got action, comedy, and a decent enough amount of drama. Those are the things that make a series interesting. I can confidently recommend this series to any anime fan. I hope you enjoy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARIA THUMBS UP March 17, 2013
By jay cee
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The plots and characters are developed well. This is a "have to have set". Plenty of extra characters help the action along also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll pump you full of holes!! February 25, 2014
By Chaotic
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Aria the Scarlet Ammo is a pretty good series, but with all these new animes lately, it needs a second season! I really enjoyed the animation style, and it looks great on blu ray. The dub wasn't bad, however Aria's voice can be kinda piercing at times. There is some fan service in this series, but nothing over the top and no nudity. The premise is a group of high schoolers who are training to be Butei, or weapon-wielding detectives. The main character has something called hysteria mode, which can only be invoked when he gets "turned on". Many of the characters are descendants of famous historical characters, such as Joan of Arc and Sherlock Holmes, which gives a kind of cool aspect to their backgrounds. I loved the action and gunplay, all of the guns used were authentic and very detailed (I'm a weapons enthusiast and I hate it when guns are misrepresented). All in all, you should def get this series if you like gunplay, mystery, action, and some fanservice (what anime wouldn't be complete without a bathhouse or beach episode :)). Lots of comedy in this one as well and it's easy to fall in love with some of the characters (Reki rocks!!). Only con is they leave some loose ends which is typicall in anime but this one def needs another season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buddy cop anime! December 16, 2013
By Ash
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As a result of rising crime rates Tokyo establishes the Butei academy where the students not only learn the standard high school curriculum, but also learn investigative, vehicular and combat skills in order to solve crimes.

Each Butei student is the descendant of a historical or fictional person and possess similar skills to their famous ancestors.

The animation, English dub, characters and story are great!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it, just thought the ending was a little........... hooki
Published 9 days ago by Matthew aubel
3.0 out of 5 stars Aria ruins the scarlet ammo
I bought this on the strength of the product description. In theory it has a lot of potential. The concept of a high school for armed undercover agents (Butei) is interesting. Read more
Published 10 months ago by albionphoto
5.0 out of 5 stars GunGal? Definitely.
Watched it, loved it, bought it, watched it, loved it.
Funny anime, recommended for girls-with-guns lovers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yohan Hong
2.0 out of 5 stars Region B costumers beware
If you own a REGION B Blu Ray player (Europe, Australia) and you're planning to buy this product cause somewhere on the net you read this is a A+B release, then I advise you to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Humble
5.0 out of 5 stars Good anime, great packaging
This is a blu-ray/DVD combo (dubbed -n- subbed) of Aria: The Scarlet Ammo (the complete series). The anime is pretty decent, especially if you're searching for anime similar to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Claire M. Wroblewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
i loved watching it in japanese subtitles and the english dubbed was good too. the graphics are amazing and i liked the storyline.
Published 14 months ago by hotrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
I am not a big fan of Funamation. However, I really enjoyed this anime. My only hope is that actually release season 2 of this. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sean P. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars ARIA
Where's a 4.5 when you need one?

This will be short and sweet.
Kinji Tōyama is a student at Tokyo Butei High, a universal educational facility, which... Read more
Published 17 months ago by The Slightly Put Out Hatter
3.0 out of 5 stars More for gun nuts
Not much for harem fans. Too many petit girls for my taste. Last episode makes up for a lot of showboating.
Published 18 months ago by Clifford Caldwell
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