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Blood Reign - Curse of the Yoma (Essential Anime Collection) (2009)

Takashi Anno  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Takashi Anno
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXSS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If Ninja Scroll were more moody and brutal May 21, 2002
This is some old anime, 1989 to be exact. So when people bellyache about it not being up to snuff technically, then there's why. If you judge it by other anime of that period, then it holds up just fine.
The story is meant to be moody and semi-cryptic (imagine that! cryptic anime!) and when I watched it at about 3AM it genuinely weirded me out. There is much deceit and decadence, and the traditionally clueless main character, questing though he's not quite sure why or how.
Surely this is no Ninja Scroll or Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin), the storytelling aspect is not nearly as well done. But on a more basic level of horror and intrigue, it succeeds well. I think it all depends on what you're expecting when you first view the film. Don't approach Blood Reign thinking you're in for the second coming of Akira and you will be pleased. But it certainly is not for kids, unless you want your kids watching ground-dwelling beasts emerge up through the bloody corpses of freshly killed drunken thieves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contrary... February 2, 2002
Contrary to what other people say, the animation is quite lovely. People are comparing it to modern standards, so of course it is not up to par if you look at it like that, but for it's time, the animation is superb.
The storyline, while not as developed as many other animes I have seen (Evangelion, Love Hina, etc), was enough to keep me interested so that I have watched it a few times over. Also, contrary to what some other people have said, the story is not confusing whatsoever.
So if you are interested in seeing more action then story, then pick this one up. But, if you want massly developed characters and intrigue, this isn't for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An ill fated lover's lullabye for a smaller audience August 26, 2001
Yoma is a twinbladed sword. On one side it's very bloody, there is ninja action and horror but with his mystical and sometimes calm story, his changing colours which are mostly of a darker nature it will more attract people who like dark fairy tales then ones who expect and want to see a good action movie. If you're in search for a good action flick with ninja/monster thematics you should stop reading here right now and go buy ninja scroll, cause this movie might dissapoint you. Yoma is also a melancholic flavoured ghost story about everlasting friendship and love that's stronger than death as well as other pathetic stuff. Romantic natures who might think now that it might be worth a try should mind the fact that there is a lot of blood and brutality as well, though it lacks the typical rapture scenes that are used most of the adult animes (which is a very good point i think). That leaves a small audience and that might be, in addition to it's age, the reason why it's not that successful and why people are so different in their opinions about it. I think it's a very good picture, cause i like dark fairytales with mystical and frightning elements as well as the era of the samurai and ninja clans. The moody colouring which might appear dull to some viewer fits the actual moments in the movie quite well i think (when you're outside at night you might notice sometimes that all around you seems to be singlecoloured or at least dominated by a certain colour). The music fits great, there is mystical music when something strange is happening, fight music when the yoma appear and Hikage has to fight em and dramatic music for the memory and love parts. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How a bad syncronisation can mess up a good movie September 20, 2001
I have an addition to make. My erlier review was on the original,
japanese version of yoma. Lately i watched the english version and now i want to tell all of you who read this - DON'T watch the syncronized version ! Even though you might not like watching movies with subtitles but this pictures loses A LOT in it's translated state.
The cute squeekish voice of Aya has turned into an average female anime girl voice, the yoma sound as if they have no lust in preying on the humans anymore - in short words - the whole vocal cast is totally messed up. Alone the way they speak out the name of the main person, Hikage (which they do a lot in the flic) is a pain to the ears. Plus they ruined the atmosphere of the movie's best parts by adding some additional sound effects which don't fit at all.
This shows how much a good voice acting can give to a movie or take from it.
Watch this movie with japanese audio and english subtitles (most of you are not familiar with japanese i guess), you won't regret it !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better then average August 25, 2005
Not perfect but, great mystery surrounds the whole movie because the Yoma are never fully explained. There could have been more conflict and fighting; this is no Vampire Hunter D or Ninja Scroll. The artwork is beautiful and the Yoma themselves are interesting, taking the forms of regular animals on earth and still containing their supernatural abilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's alright May 15, 2001
I had pretty high expectations of this ninja/horror flick, and it didn't quite meet them. Animation is clearly a bit aged in this one, but its decent enough. There is one very awesome battle scene in the beginning that got me excited to watch further, but unfortunately the rest are kind of weak. However, I've never seen an anime quite like this mixing zombies with ninjas. The whole film is extremely dark and eerie, and the story kind of drags along but keeps you a bit interested. Compared to titles like Ninja Scroll or the infamous Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin in Japan), this is no match. Then again, it was made before Ninja Scroll, but all in all the title is decent to rent, but not purchase especially at the hefty price they put on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It came in very good condition.
Published 14 days ago by Nak
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime Treasures.
I had owned a vhs copy. And I enjoyed it very much. I am a HUGE FAN of anime. So now I use amazon to find any titles that I want for my collection.
Published 7 months ago by Albert Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Ninjas vs. Zombies!
This late-80s 2-part OVA was probably one of the first horror anime to be released in English. Originally released in subtitled VHS as Curse Of The Undead Yoma, it was later... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically Ninja Scroll without the tits
It's grenade toting ninjas fighting demons in futile Japan! WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT IT?! Ok. It's only 2 episodes long resulting in ton of plot holes, but hey the action more than... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maurice Peyton
4.0 out of 5 stars NINJAS!!! I love NINJAS!!!!
If you love Ninja scroll and ninja films in general!!!! WATCH THIS STUFF !
Animation is old but cool, it's dramatic, good acting, very good visuals, it's an eye candy at... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Shahar Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diffrent Ninja Anime
Not perfect but, great mystery surounds the whole movie because the Yoma are never fully explained. There could have been more conflict and fighting. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Jason Burnham
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Fantasy, Demons and Violence for the win ;)
Love this one. The things that make me really enjoy this one is the dark tone and colors of the movie, creepy music, awesome demon character designs, and the main character, a... Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem from the glory days.
My first experience with this anime was back in the late 90's when I was still very young. This was back when they started showing ova's on cinimax late nights. Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by Michael Schock
5.0 out of 5 stars curse of the yoma review
i saw this movie ages ago and have been searching for it since, finally found and rented it on netflix and plan to buy it on amazon. Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by Deviant Eris
1.0 out of 5 stars Nubidu's Anime review
This movie blows. 2 episodes only - which will leave you uncertain about where this is going and where it all began.
Published on August 1, 2005 by Nouhad J. Kalmoni
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