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Chrono Crusade, Vol. 1: A Plague of Demons

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The year is 1928. Jazz is hot, bootleg liquor is king and the idle rich of a nation have discovered a horrifying new past-time: summoning demons! To combat this growing threat, a new order of Holy Warriors has arisen. This is the story of Sister Rosette, an elite Exorcist in the Order of Magdalene, whose soul has been bound by alchemy to that of the devil Chrono. Armed with Sacred ammo, they form an unstoppable team, ready to wage war at a moments notice… because when the gates of hell are opened, someone’s got to put the devils back!

In this offbeat comedy-adventure, the sisters of the Magdalene Order might sing, "How do you solve a problem like Rossette." It's 1928, and the hedonistic culture of Prohibition America has fueled a rise in Satanism. Sister Rossette is a klutzy, gun-toting exorcist-cum-devil-hunter who wrecks cars, blows up buildings and generally adds to the problems of her superiors. Rossette's more level-headed partner Chromo tries to minimize the damage. He's a devil (literally), but he's bound to Rossette by psychological and magical ties. The supporting cast includes handsome Father Remington, stern Sister Kate, lecherous inventor Elder, and Azmaria, a mysterious child soprano. Chrono Crusade recalls numerous other anime series that pit nubile heroines against devils and demons, but the constant references to holy water, the Vatican, the Prophecies of Fatima, etc. add weird overtones that may offend religious viewers. (Rated 15 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, bizarre religious imagery) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, 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: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83IQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in an alternate Brooklyn,New York in 1928, Chrono Crusade follows the adventures of Sister Rosette, destructive but well-meaning exorcist of the Magdalene Order, and her partner, a devil named Chrono, who fights on the side of good. This is the first volume of what promises to be an entertaining series.

The Magdalene Order came into being during the Protestant Reformation, a period of witch hunts and fears of devils and demons wreaking havoc on the Earth. The non-denominational organization is born to investigate these supernatural events, and if necessary, eliminate these manifestations of evil.

The first two episodes on this disk are mainly just introductions to the characters. Rosette is a young girl whose first instinct is to run blindly into a situation, guns blazing with blessed bullets known as Sacreds, even if the situation involves a demon that could suck her soul dry. Chrono is a devil who is held in the body of a young boy by a seal which Rosette controls. In times of trouble, Rosette can unlock the seal and restore his true form and powers, but the catch is that every time she does this, a little of her lifeforce is sucked away, shortening her life. The leader of the order, Sister Kate doesn't trust Chrono or Rosette. One reason is that Rosette usually destroys all in her wake trying to exorcise demons. The token pretty boy, Minister Remington, does believe in both our heroes and tries to encourage Kate to do so too. You also have your token lecher, Elder, who serves as the equivalent of Q in the James Bond series, developing new weapons and technology for the Order, but just happens to be insane and always wanting to look up Rosette's dress.

The third and fourth episodes introduce Azamaria, a young girl who witnessed a visitation by the Virgin Mary.
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I rented the first disk of the series with trepidation, but my curiousity regarding a nun with a gun (to fight evil, of course) peaked my interest, and I was rewarded well! Definitely something to see, whether you are religious or not. Although less than 1% of the Japanese population is Christian, the creators certainly put a lot of research into the making of this, with several valid Biblical references (some legendary, some real). The characters are a hoot, with young nun Rosetta Christopher, who is 16, energetic, and slightly destructive in her enthusiasm, the more cautious (devil) Chrono, and Azmaria, the timid soprano who is a holy instrument of God. Along with Father Remington (handsome and good natured), the mysterious Joshua (Rosetta's sick younger brother, now involved with devils!), and another equally mysterious Gem Witch, the story and the characters will draw you along. Certainly a fascinating watch.
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Chrono Crusade: Gospel (Volume) 1: A Plague of Demons is the first volume in the anime series. It contains episodes one through four: Pilot, The Covenant, Angel, and Sinners. If all religious persons in a convent were as good-looking as the characters in this series, everyone would rush to join up.

Sister Rosette Christopher is a cute, spunky nun in a secret Catholic order to rid the world of pesky demons. Her sidekick, friend, and constant companion is a boy named Chrono. Rosette is a thorn in the side of Sister Kate, who heads the order. Just as Chrono is a calming influence on hot-headed Rosette, the incredibly handsome Father Remington soothes Sister Kate's frazzled nerves when a Rosette-astrophe occurs.

The interpretation of Christianity is a bit off. I suppose the Japanese find Christianity as exotic as Westerners view Shinto and Buddhism.

In these episodes, we learn Rosette is haunted by the disappearance of her beloved brother, Joshua. In the last two episodes, Rosette and Chrono fight with their lives to rescue a young girl who is one of the "apostles," meaning she is one of seven people blessed with the power of God in the form of one of seven virtues. Devils want to catch the Apostles and harness the power of God to make themselves stronger.

You can't resist a hot gun-toting nun, and if you have reservations about Rosette wearing a non-revealing habit and long bloomers, fear not. There is some yummy fanservice in the third episode. In the fourth episode, Chrono's true identity is revealed.

This volume also has excellent extras - a great buy.
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Chrono Crusade is a series that is definitley worth your time. Taking place in the 1920s in New York (and later San Fransisco), it is about a gun-wielding nun, her bond with a demon, and issues with their past that are haunting the present.

Although this series is not for everyone, the inclusion of religious aspects, drama, and a little comedy makes it a memorable series. It is also interesting to see New York portrayed in an anime! Personally, I think they underestimated the size of Grand Central.

Give Chrono Crusade a try- it's action-packed but makes you think as well.

On another note, it starts to become VERY different from the manga after the first few episodes. While the anime is good, the manga is better! I recommend that you give it a try as well.
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