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Avenger: Complete Collection (Collector's Edition) (2005)

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  • Format: Animated, Collector's Edition, Color, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AARKF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Resources on Mars are thin and domes cities have resorted to a gladiator contest to determine who receives the most rations. Layla Ashley is one fighter representing her city. She along with Speedy, a doll breeder run across Nei, a mechanical doll with a peculiar characteristics. Together they wander and fight their way across the planet to take revenge against a man from Layla's past! All 3 DVDs Enclosed in a Limited Collector's Edition Avenger Tin Case! Contains the entire 13 episode series! Receive 4 Bonus Mini Cells included in the DVD! Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Fantasy.

The broadcast series Avenger (2003) is set in the distant future, when the remnants of humanity huddle in domed cities on Mars and inter-city gladiatorial fights determine the distribution of the planet's scant resources. Champion fighter Layla Ashley finds Nei, a robot-child, and embarks on a strange pilgrimage, accompanied by roguish repairman Speedy. As the trio wanders the red planet, the audience learns through flashbacks and Morris-the-explainer speeches that: (1) Layla is seeking revenge for something in her childhood, (2) humans have somehow lost the ability to reproduce, (3) Nei is the long-awaited "Child of Destiny," (4) Earth was somehow destroyed, and (5) the moon is approaching Mars, with dire consequences.Avenger suffers from both too much and too little story. Layla, Nei and Speedy waste so much time wandering that the climax of the tale goes by hastily and fails to make an impact. The filmmakers don't explain what's going on satisfactorily, and the story collapses under the burden of its mythic pretensions. The distaff equivalent of a taciturn warrior-hero, Layla rarely speaks, even when asked a direct question; Nei spends more time looking cute than saying or doing anything. Neither of them is very interesting, which leaves a void at the center of the series. Although Avenger offers some striking visuals of the moon brooding over Martian ruins, it's overly long and boring. (Rated 13 and older: nudity, violence, violence against women) --Charles Solomon

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD of Destiny November 3, 2005
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13 complete episodes for twenty bucks? Sure, I figure that I'd try it. And hey, it turned out to be a good deal.

The story, though it admittedly has parts that don't make sense, is still interesting; it's about a gladiator named Layla who wanders around Mars with a little robot girl named Nei. Earth has been destroyed, humans can no longer reproduce, the moon somehow threatens to wipe out the planet, and in the middle of it all, the two main characters are being hunted down by a pair of immortals who rule over part of the planet.

It certainly has its slow parts, but the occasional fight scenes and some good-quality animation makes up for it all. The characters are kind of likable, but not entirely engaging. The packaging for this is awesome; it's a metal tin with all three discs securely fastened to either end of it. And it comes with four free film cells.

The whole series is like "Noir" mixed with "Iria," and although it may not be up to par with either one, I would reccomend it if you liked them. I'd also reccomend it if you enjoyed such things as "Madlax," "Dot Hack Sign," "Planetes," and maybe "Outlaw Star."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Short Review. January 9, 2007
Well, having literally just finished watching this, I must say that this show left a lot of questions unanswered.

The series starts off feeling like you've missed out on some important details, like you should already know what's going on. It's possible that this started out as a manga and evolved into an animated version of it, I'm not sure. Maybe I've overlooked something somewhere, but after checking several websites across the Internet, I haven't found any other information on it so far.

The artwork in this is great. However, the storyline is a bit slow to develop and the ending was very unsatisfying for me. Flaws aside, it's still worthy of three stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A flawed but still decent series April 22, 2006
This show has a lot of weaknesses, but it's still one of the few action/sci-fi shows that has a decent female lead who a) doesn't have huge [...] get her clothes torn off every fight, b) isn't a ditz and c) isn't obsessed with her own gender. There's no romance, goopy scenes, stupid comedy, or annoying/lame magical-girl elements. Even though a lot of things are left unexplained, Layla is a great character and Avenger was a refreshing change from the usual, sexist action anime out there. It's a very good show at least for female anime-fans who like genuinely strong, independent female leads rather than female leads who are supposedly strong but who are actually totally lame and weak when you think them over carefully. The fight scenes are a bit different from the norm, but they're great--I only wish that there were more of them. Art and music were decent. The story wasn't great, but it kept things moving. The first episode is very representative of the series, so if you don't enjoy that first ep, you should probably just quit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fist of the North Star wannabe February 16, 2008
This is a great anime except for one flaw. The ending. I think I know what happens but I'm not sure. The story revolves around a trained fighter name Layla who was born on a Moon of Mars. All the inhabitants of Mars are people who traveled from Earth. There are the original 12 Earth people who are Gladiators and protectors of doomed cities on Mars. When inhabitants from a Moon orbiting Mars try to land on Mars the ship is attacked and all are killed but one...Layla. Cross, one of the 12 who was against the attack on the ship finds and raises Layla to become a Gladiator and seek her revenge. On her way to take down each Gladiator, she comes across a little girl called Nei who is passing as a robot child called a Doll. There has not been a child born for ten years so Dolls are made to replace them and since Nei is a real child she disquises herself as a Doll. The only other friend to help Nei and Layla is a young man named Speedy who is a Doll maker. Going from doomed city to doomed city they make friends as well as enemies alone the way. Eventually Nei becomes ill and her last chance of survival is for Layla to go up against the last of the 12 Gladiators who also happens to be the man who launched the attack that killed everyone on the ship coming from the moon of Mars. Will Nei survive, will Mars survive, and is Layla all she seems or is she a wandering spirit of vengence fueled by the spirits of those who died on the ship?

The animation is great and the fight scenes and themes seem to be a tamed version of Fist of the North Star? With no extras of any significance and a theme song that is both irritating as is catching this is a nice DVD set at a great price for those just getting into anime.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Forgiving Three January 1, 2006
The story Avenger, at least as far as I got, takes place on a future Mars, where the air is breathable, and people live in tightly packed cities with their form of entertainment being the gladiator contests. Layla Ashley, a young woman with exceptional skill, is just such a gladiator. Though quiet and moody, she's obviously driven by a want for revenge. Traveling alongside her is a man named Speedy who works in dolls, mechanical, child-like servants, and a doll named Nei who doesn't seem like a doll at all. Nei is the only thing to be able to get some emotion out of Layla.

The story sounded interesting at the time I purchased it, and after seeing Avenger in a magazine article I figured it at least

had some potential. If a big-named magazine like New-Type USA would spend valuable space on this anime, then it has to be good, right? Right? My rating is a very forgiving three, and I'll explain why.

I gave Avenger one star because I didn't finish watching it, giving it the benefit of the doubt. I couldn't finish it; every time I sat down to watch the series, I always ended up turning it off after one episode. It's a boring anime, with repetitive dialogue, and often cheesy drama. I gave it a second star because, despite the boring episodes, the animation was pretty good, and some of the earlier action scenes were exciting to watch, despite recycled animation (brief moments that are repeated in an anime). You even get four animation cells inside the DVD bundle to look at. I gave it a third star because of the bundle. You get the entire collection for a little more than thirty dollars. It comes in a reflective, tin case, with DVDs that are well protected despite the fact that the case is over-sized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This series is okay a little hard to follow.
Published 2 months ago by Patrick J. Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A good anime with a cool female warrior
When you buy this then it comes in a cool metal case,its also packed very well.The only thing is that, none of the disks have the number on them. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Fairy
1.0 out of 5 stars What just happened?
Questions, no answers. The other reviewers have said the same, but for some reason were much more forgiving than I am. Read more
Published on September 15, 2009 by Iron Giant
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth to be watched
Honestly, I do not find the anime and its ending sloppy. At first, you have to build up the scenario about the story, even though it does not give a lot of clue from the start. Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by 
3.0 out of 5 stars a rare failure from Bee Train
Animation studio Bee Train and director Koichi Mashimo generally put out good shows, such as Madlax, Noir, and hack//Sign. This is one of their rare failures. Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Porcupine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is by the creaters of dot.hack if you like that you will surely like this it has a great plot and storyine. i enjoyed it hope you do as well
Published on January 3, 2006 by C. King
1.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me or are endings getting sloppy? has spoilers
I'm sorry to say that unless you just like horrible endings, then you won't enjoy this at all. Although story is great and the final battle sequence is amazing, the ending will... Read more
Published on December 12, 2005 by William Ingram
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