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Corpse Princess: Part One - Aka

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Product Description

Makina Hoshino is already dead, but she can’t let go of this twisted world. She burned to death along with her entire family in a fire started by freaks that wouldn’t stay buried. Makina knows she doesn’t belong among the living, but that won’t stop her from unleashing the full fury of her twin MAC-11 machine guns on the rotting remains of those who refuse to die. She’s hell-bent on filling every empty grave she can find with the monsters that should be six feet under. Makina is a Shikabane Hime – a Corpse Princess – and it’s her job to finish off the undead leftovers haunting the dark corners of a city that used to be safe.

Based on the manga by Yoshiichi Akahito, the supernatural adventure Corpse Princess (2008) borrows elements from Bleach, Death Note, and Gunslinger Girl. When humans with intense desires or regrets die, they may become Shikabane, corpses animated by their restless spirits. They can only be killed by Shikabane Hime, or Corpse Princesses--female spirits who have allied with the monks of a secret Buddhist sect to wage war on the undead. The Princesses take the form of high-school girls who use machine gun pistols to blow the zombies' brains out. Blithely ignorant 15-year-old Ouri is drawn into these battles when he learns that his "big brother" Keisei is bound to undead warrior Makina. After a series of fairly straightforward battles, a traitorous monk strikes at Keisei and Makina, followed by the arrival of the Seven Stars, the Shikabanes who murdered Makina and her family. Good-natured, loyal Ouri bonds with Makina as the first season of Corpse Princess draws to a close. Corpse Princess Kuro followed in 2009, but the ending is a foregone conclusion. The Princesses are older than the murderous waifs in Gunslinger Girl, but their frustrated affection for their human partners has an unsavory edge. Ouri feels like the hero of a harem comedy who somehow stumbled into a bloodbath. Violent, fast paced, and not particularly original, Corpse Princess will appeal primarily to adolescent boys who want to watch girls kicking undead derrière. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Dead Dance, 2. The Game Continues, 3. Voice of the Night, 4. Hymn of Tragedy, 5. Traitor Monk, 6. At the End of the Dangerous Run, 7. The False Power of Words, 8. Serenity, 9. Set Your Heart Aflutter, 10. Stars on the Ground, 11. One Night, 12. Dawn, 13. Funeral Program for a Contracted Monk)

Special Features

Episode 12 commentary

Textless songs


Product Details

  • Actors: Aaron Dismuke, Luci Christian
  • Directors: J. Michael Tatum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SPDS6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was kinda surprised by this one. I got it b/c I was running out of things to watch, but its actually pretty good. Shikibane are corpses that hang on to life after their deaths. They survive on regrets and taking human life. Shikibane Hime are corpses that try to earn their way into heaven by killing shikibane. Machina is one such corpse princess. Her partner is Keisei, a high ranking monk. This story is about Machina, her quest to find the monsters that killed her and her family, and the relationship she builds with Keisei and his brother. This series has a dark feel, but it keeps you interested and caring about the characters. The supporting characters are very well done as well. It takes a special man to score a chick that will fight for him. Where can I find one? Corpse Princess is a good series. Its not happy or anyhting like that, but it's worth seeing at least once. Ive watched a few times myself. Try out the first part just to get a feel for it. You'll probably like it.
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violent. not for children. that out of the way....
This anime rocked me.
I couldnt stop watchin. A drama whose story left me wishin i could help the characters - whose story wrapped me tight. There were a couple times i was like "woah!"
Great quality! Great animation!
Awesome perspective during the action sequences! Character development to the max!
And the final episode, at the end of the second part, i thought was the ultimate final touch to an already amazingly well developed characterization. Touching.
I keep my reviews short so ill just say...
This anime will not dissapoint.
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The action, drama, and gore of the series is enough to entertain any r-rated anime fan out there, and while there is fan service in the series the overall rating for any nudity won't go passed at most PG17 but again the series is bloody enough that it obviously isn't meant for young children to watch. The short info of the series is that you have a shadow group called the seven stars who wish to reign chaos on the world so thus help with the creation and upheaval that is caused by supernatural creatures called Shikabane people who have died with some regret in their lives that becomes warped and brings them back from death to try and find closure with their regrets but their feelings to fix these feelings become warped and most times causes mayhem and death for people. Now you have a group of holy mystical monks dedicated to stopping these creatures and the seven stars group and their choice of weapons are young teenage girls who have been killed by the Shikabane most times and through a long held mystical secret create contracts that binds these girls to their contracted monks with the promise that if they kill 108 Shikabane they will be rewarded with true death and entry into heaven. The characters are very entertaining to watch and the action is great but you can't help but compare the series a little to another one called Claymore where certain parts of this series match up a little with the Claymore series. The voice cast for the dubbed and subbed were picked very well and the animation is done very well too, if there's one complaint for this series I would say the ending for it was to open ended I can't give away to much but if you want to you can see the series subbed on HULU and see what I'm talking about. So for fans who like the hardcore femme fatale action hero here's a very good one right here but again the series reaches near R-rating with the gore so it's definitely not a family anime....
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This is a very good series. Lots of characters to interact with and some of them get some pretty good development. The only thing that concerns me is that some of the motives of the protagonists and the antagonists are either unclear or not very good. Overall this is a good series to check out if your inbetween anime.
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This a very good Anime series. The Animation is good, the action scenes are of high quality. The story line isn't too complex, but it keeps you interested. It's not all serious, there are funny bits in it. No nudity, but some subjective adult humor. Characters die in the story, but hey, its about CORPSES! I'm hooked on it. It does involve characters who are in school, but the whole anime doesn't revolve around school, I typically can't stand anime like that. Also there is not a whole lot of that, boys are afraid of girls, no I'mma noble, gentleman, I wouldn't dare look at a naked woman, because it's wrong, crap; please, get real. But I would suggest it to anyone ready to watch, everything I fell in love w/ anime for, in the first place, well almost everything.
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