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  • Actors: Blue Dragon
  • Directors: Yukihiro Matsushita
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • 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: VIZ VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BP14E4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blue Dragon, Vol. 1 (DVD)

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Blue Dragon (2007) boasts an impressive pedigree: it's based on the Xbox 360 game supervised by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and features original character designs by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z.. Blue Dragon is set in a world where certain warriors are Shadow Wielders, capable of commanding powerful monsters. Shu, the 10-year-old hero of this fantasy adventure, aspires to become a great warrior, although his friend Kluke keeps his ego in check. When the forces of evil king Nene attack their village, Shu and Kluke meet the skilled fighter Zola and her apprentice Jiro. Zola recognizes Shu's ability to summon the Blue Dragon, an extremely powerful shadow beast. He becomes her second apprentice. Kluke decides to journey with them, as does another Shadow Wielder, the elfin Marumaro. The plot requires a lot of exposition, and the story feels like it was assembled from pieces of other series. The hyperactive Shu resembles a mixture of Gohan in Dragon Ball and Simon in Gurran Lagann--after a triple espresso. Kluke, who loves weapons and robots, feels like a mixture of Bulma and Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist. Blue Dragon is not a particularly original series, but it will please fans of the Xbox game. (Rated A: All Ages: suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, minor toilet humor) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Shadow Comes Forth, 2. A Fateful Decision, 3. Shu and Jiro: Rivals in Training, 4. A Member of the Deevee Tribe, 5. Front-Line Base Assault)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T Boz on August 17, 2008
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If you are a fan of the animation style of Akira Toriyama, you really need to see this series. Toriyama, of course, gained worldwide fame for his Dragon Ball manga and anime series, but his creations go far beyond that, creating such manga as Dr. Slump, and being the character designer for the Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger video game series. Toriyama is something of a national treasure in Japan, and anything he puts his name on is sure to sell millions. So it's with this preface that the anime series for Blue Dragon hits these shores. Based on the Xbox 360 game of the same name, and developed by the "holy trinity" of director Hironobu Sakaguchi, designer Akira Toriyama, and musical composer Nobuo Uematsu (all of Squaresoft fame) this anime retells the basic storyline of the game, but with added exposition. For example, the beginning of the game starts with a land shark attack, and quickly moves into the main storyline, whereas this series sets up the characters more, then shows their hometown being attacked by the evil armada, before the lead discovers his ability to summon his dragon. Overall, an excellent series from Japan that retains the game's light atmosphere while displaying the beautiful designs of Sensei Toriyama. A definite must buy for fans of his manga, anime and game designs.

EDIT: I had to deduct one star because this English release from Viz Video has chopped the anamorphic widescreen format of the original Japanese broadcast, to a lame fullscreen edition (to save money I'm sure) which sucks for hardcore fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By time man on May 12, 2013
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The dvd is really good. I really loved the show while it was on the air. Dvd plays really perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Forbes on December 5, 2012
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He loves it! But then, he's eight, and a boy. To me, it's just another noisy cartoon, ho-hum. ;-) The positives are that there is no cussing, and in spite of all the fighting there's no actual blood and gore.
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