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Geneshaft - Ring (Vol. 1) (2003)

Carrie Gordon Lowrey , Valerie Arem , Kazuki Akane  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Carrie Gordon Lowrey, Valerie Arem, Dominic Armato, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum
  • Directors: Kazuki Akane
  • Producers: Keith Arem
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008NGC1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Geneshaft - Ring (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains 4 Episodes
  • Pilot Film
  • Character Gallery
  • Geneshaft Glossary
  • Bilkis Programs Explained

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In the mid-23rd century, humanity regulates itself through genetic programming. When the Earth is threatened by a gargantuan ring that appears in space, the prototype warship Bilkis destroys it. Lord Sneak orders the crew to find the aliens who launched the Ring, defying the elderly cabal that rules Earth. The key to the mission is the CG mecha the Shaft, piloted by five women: Mika, whose innate talents remain undiscovered; icily perfect Mir; her toadying sidekick Remmy; bouncy Tiki; and relatively sane Sofia. Geneshaft is meant to play like Sakura Wars in outer space, but Mika is fussy, impulsive, and irresponsible. She's so obsessed with a personal grudge against Captain Amagiwa, she's forced to perform her duties at gunpoint. The explanation-laden script contains some real clangers: aliens supposedly crashed on Ganymede 15 billion years ago--long before the Jovian moon was formed. (Rated 13 and older: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a DVD by it's cover October 12, 2003
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The first thing that I noticed about this DVD is the box art. Although not bad, it does not do justice to the excellent level of animation, both CG and hand drawn. The art on the box of the fourth volume, named Mobius, will give you a better idea about the actual art quality. It is simply amazing. The CG and traditional animation blends together seamlessly, much like Full Metal Panic but unlike Blue Submarine No. 6. The music score lends itself well to the mood of the story.
The story itself is set in the 23rd century. Humans have gone to the next step of evolution through the use of genetic manipulation. The male-female ratio is 1-9. This is to control the male aggressiveness that can not totally and reliably be manipulated. Each male in power also has a female Register that logs his activities and can possibly intervene if his actions are seen as unfit. Lord Sneak soon proves why this is necessary. Our main protagonist is Mika. She is a hot headed and impulsive second lieutenant whose gene type is still white. This means that her abilities and talents are still unknown, unlike everybody else whose abilities are indicated by their gene type, which is of a certain color after age ten. Yet at age sixteen, Mika's abilities are still unknown. What could this mean? Will she surpass the perfect Lady Mir whose gene type is Royal Blue? Lady Mir does appear to have the superior talent of the two and this leads to conflict. Mika is also in conflict with the captain of the Bilkis. Let's not forget the premise of the story. The giant ring. Who are the aliens that sent it? What are their intentions?
The extras include character sketches and an explanation of terms used.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended May 19, 2003
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Like a cross between Star Trek and Bubblegum Crisis. During the first four episodes on the first DVD the crew of the Bilkis is first developed, and then they begin their exciting adventures.
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