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The sci-fi OVA Freedom (2006) takes place in the 23rd century. Decades earlier, a space station crashed, initiating a series of ecological catastrophes that left the Earth largely uninhabitable: humanity survives in the rigidly controlled lunar megalopolis of Eden. Frustrated by this restricted environment, 15-year-old misfit Takeru and his friends Kazuma and Bismark run afoul of the authorities when they try to break into the illicit equivalent of street racing. While performing his sentence of "volunteer work" on the lunar surface, Takeru discovers a photograph of a girl. Smitten, he tries to discover her identity. Alan, an eccentric ex-scientist, reveals the picture was taken on Earth. But Takeru has been taught that the Earth was reduced to barren rubble: Humans exist only in Eden. The ruling council pursues Takeru and his friends as they search for the truth. Determined to find the girl in the photo, the teen-agers take the only way out of Eden: a century-old emergency rocket. Takeru and the fussy mechanial genius Bismarck escape just ahead of the police, vowing to return to get Kazuma. When the two exiles reach the Earth, they discover the planet is largely desolate, but plants, animals, and small colonies of humans still exist. Takeru meets Ao, the mystery girl, and resolves to break down the barriers that separate Earth and the Moon. At various times, all of Takeru's friends comment, "When I hang out with you, there's never a dull moment." Although some sequences reflect the influence of Akira a little too obviously, Freedom is an entertaining blend of 3D computer graphics and 2D drawn animation. The Blu-Ray set is a vast improvement over the HD release that only included one episode per disc and no English track. (Rated 13 and older: minor violence and risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Daisuke Namikawa, Michael Sinterniklaas, Showtaro Morikubo, Robby Sharpe
  • Directors: Shuhei Morita
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Honneamise
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 203 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FZ09R8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With the 35th anniversary of Nissin Cup of Noodles, Nissin went on a promotional campaign to create a seven episode OAV series. And to start off with a bang, the company commissioned AKIRA creator Katsuhiro Otomo as the character and mechanical designer and then brought in Shuhei Morita, who created the award winning short "Kakurenbo" to direct the series. Producing and animating the series would be SUNRISE (Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Vision of Escaflowne and many popular titles). And to sing the theme song "This is Love" would be Japan pop star Hikaru Utada.

With so many top-tier talent involved in this project, the expectations were indeed high.

And from start to finish, I found myself enjoying the series thanks to its unique storyline, beautiful visuals and animation and on both the Japanese and English voicework were well done.

The storyline of "FREEDOM" takes place in the Republic of Eden. A man-made area on the side of the moon where millions of people live due to the Planet Earth being destroyed by a shift in the climate.

The series takes place 160 years later since Earth's destruction and focuses on is three friends. Takeru, Kazuma and Bismarck (Bis), teenagers who live on the city of Eden. Takeru has turned 15-years old and has completed his compulsory education and thus will be integrated to society but for a short time, he has a little freedom. So, he and his friends take part in races. Takeru being the hot headed racer who wants to be the popular racer who gets the girls like his rival Taira. With the help from his friend Kazuma and the gifted mechanic, Bis, with spare parts, the three manage to build a vehicle.

As the race begins, a mishap gets Takeru in trouble and so, he has to do 15 hours of volunteer work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on January 19, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
After a space station fell to Earth, the inhabitants of the Moon abandoned hope of ever returning. The city of Eden is the last home for humanity. People live peaceful yet controlled lives. One day, Takeru and his friends discover a picture and message from a beautiful girl. It says that Earth is well. Takeru falls in love with the girl he has never met, hijacks a space ship and sets off to Earth in search of the girl in the picture.

This anime took me by surprise. It has action, comedy, drama, and romance. The characters are likable, and the story is original and fantastic. My only complaint is the animation. The animation is very good; I just dislike the style. It's very different. You'll see what I mean if you watch it. the voice acting, and soundtrack are also quite well done. I think that this is something that everyone can enjoy. I strongly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Vincent on February 27, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Dennis pretty much has everything covered in his extensive review. Just here to say it now one of my favorite Anime titles ever after (arrived today and I just finished it...). Viewed it with the English audio track to not worry about missing visuals while reading subtitles. It is a really well done English dubb. I don't agree with Alejandro's opinion, to me the story actually draws me more in than the visuals. Great sense of friendship and adventure is established and the humor works well. This series has a soul and great feel to it.

With that said, the visuals and audio ARE awesome. Picture is georgeous from my 720P HD projector on a 92" screen and the Dolby True HD soundtrack through my 5.2 HT system was mostly impressive - especially the racing and launch scenes (combination Formula 1 sound with futuristic power plant screaming along nearly brought tears to my eyes and the lauch scenes had some great punch - vibrating the room very well.) Ambient sounds were ok but not spectacular, nowhere near what 5 Centimeters per Second has.

All together it is a title I would highly recommend to anyone; it's one of the best anime titles I've seen. Here's my favorite anime list of the last decade for reference in what I like and find really enjoyable to watch:

1. 5 Centimeters per Second
2. Freedom
3. Ergo Proxy
4. Solty Rei
5. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
6. Yukikaze
7. Flag
8. Noein
9. Canaan
10.Initial D, 4th Stage (Project D)

How I rate Freedom Blu-Ray collection:
Story - 9 out of 10
Visuals - 9 out of 10
Audio - 8 out of 10
Overall HT viewing exerience - 9 out of 10
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kem on April 27, 2009
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I initially followed this series from afar when it came out on hddvd a few years ago. At first I liked the idea of the combo discs but I really hated the fact that bandai was charging $40 per episode for the series. So I found a few volumes on ebay and decided I would buy the rest used after the complete series came out and someone decided to sell their copies. Then hddvd threw in the towel and I began to wonder if I would ever get a chance to finish this series. Turns out bandai decided to really go all out with the blu release. The picture quality is excellent but the real surprise for me was the audio. I have a pretty good 5.1 channel audio system and freedom put it through a good workout. The sound is mainly front channel heavy but during the action scenes the surrounds kick in nicely. If you are an anime fan and an audiophile you will enjoy this series. Which brings me to my next topic. The series itself. At first I didn't really get into it but as the story progressed it drew me in. I actually had a lot of fun watching this. The characters are believable and interact well with each other. And I found myself really pulling for them as the story came to a close. I highly recommend this series especially if you enjoy a good story about friendships and people chasing their dreams.
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