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At 13 years old, Maya Kitajima seems destined to spend the rest of her life toiling in a crowded restaurant alongside her bitter and unstable mother; but when her incredible acting talent is discovered by the legendary diva Chigusa Tsukikage, Maya finds a

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VDZIH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My wife loves this anime serial.
James M. Thomas
In order to perfect the role play, she challenged herself by choosing to psychologically live like a normal deaf-blind disabled.
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The menus are very simple, unfortunately I couldn't find a setup section on the first disc to turn on the subs.
Monica L. Wong

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike J. on December 1, 2010
This box set contains 26 episodes, which is the only first half of the series released by Sentai Filmworks and the DVD features English subs with the original Japanese dub only. Although the story was written and illustrated 30 years ago, there's a timeless feeling to it and this new version is created with new setting and new modern animation.

I will give a summary of the plot for those who have never heard of Glass Mask. (Contain Spoilers)

Maya Kitajima is a young girl who has great passions for acting and theatrical dramas. One day she was discovered by a mysterious woman named Chigusa Tsukikage who realizes Maya is "the girl with a thousand masks" and decides to mentor Maya and train her to become a perfect actor in hopes of letting her play the lead role of the legendary play called "The Scarlet Angels", which Chigusa owns the rights and refuses to let any playhouse produce until she finds the perfect actor for the role. Meanwhile, a talented young actress named Ayumi Himekawa with excellent acting skills eventually becomes Maya's greatest rival. Both girls share the same dream and passion while each competing with skills and experience as an actor. The story mainly centers on how Maya overcomes endless obstacles in order to grow as an actor as well as an adult. On the other hand, Chigusa singles out every possible candidate but finally comes down to either Maya or Ayumi for the coveted lead role. But who will eventually get the role that only one of them can have? That's the gist of the story.

To me the greatest asset of the series is how intense the story is written. Unlike many whiny female leads in typical anime, Maya rarely screams, complains or gives up in front of challenges and obstacles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monica L. Wong on May 24, 2010
Glass Mask is an ongoing shoujo (girl's) manga series in Japan. The series began serialization in Hana to Yume in Japan in 1976 and since then it's had about three different anime incarnations. There was the 1984 tv series, the 3 episode OVA series in 1998, and this 51 episode tv series from 2005-2006. This anime version of the series has a few changes to make it more up-to-date. The series chronicles the life of Maya Kitajima, a young teen girl who loves acting, and her rise to stardom. The title "Glass Mask" refers to her mentors words about having to wear a mask of glass as actors, which is fragile and can break if they aren't careful.

This set released by Section23 (aka, ADV) contains the first half of the series. The first 26 episodes are on 4 discs and it is subbed only. I really would have preferred at least a 5 disc release for 26 episodes, but 4 discs for 26 episodes is becoming the trend in the US anime industry. The menus are very simple, unfortunately I couldn't find a setup section on the first disc to turn on the subs. There are no individual episode chapter menus either. This really is a no-frills release, I don't even think there are extras aside from previews for other anime.

The 4 discs come housed in a single 1" spine case, unfortunately it's stored in a case with stacking hub which means if you want to get to disc 4, you have to remove discs 1-3 which are stored on top of it. I really dislike this type of case, they also used it on the re-release of Princess Yucie. Also, there are some inconsistencies in translation. The box clearly states the title is "Glass Mask" - but opening viewing the opening credits they translated the title as "Mask of Glass". I heard a similar thing happens to an episode title and a few name errors and story errors. Hopefully Section23 does a better job with box set 2 in proofing their work.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2010
I love this anime. If any have you seen skip beat.. This has the same story line except this anime is a lot darker than skip beat. I love Kitajima Maya struggles to become an actress. Her struggles were very hard often time I thought how many more cruel obstacles can she take before she breaks down.. but she doesn't. I found myself ridding her emotions through each crap that she has to face..I would've givin this anime a 5 stars but I didn't like the ending. Pissed me off enought to yell at my laptop screen and scream "WHAT?!".. But overall this anime is worth buying and adding to your collection of animes or atleast a good beginning to get hooked to animes.
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By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2010
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Glass Mask is a saga depicting the devotion of Maya Kitajima to the performing arts as a professional stage actress, and her competition with her skilled rival, Ayumi Himekawa. They are both pursuing the degree of acting proficiency and career success required to play the lead role of the legendary stage play "The Crimson Goddess" ("Kurenai Tennyo"). Maya is not particularly beautiful or smart in school, but her passion for acting is all-consuming, to the point where she literally puts her own life on the line several times for the sake of a role. Always told by her mother that she was good for nothing, Maya wants to prove to the world and to herself that she has worth. On the other hand, everyone expects the gifted and multi-talented Ayumi to succeed, so she is determined to reach the top on her own without the help of her prestigious parents.

As the story unfolds it encompasses the tangled human relationships of many characters, including Maya's mentor, Chigusa Tsukikage, who discovered Maya's tremendous talent for acting during her search for a successor capable of performing the role of "The Crimson Goddess", and Masumi Hayami, the young president of Daito, who often interacts with Maya as a crafty and cold-hearted entrepreneur, while giving her faithful support and warm encouragement in the disguise of an anonymous fan ("The Purple Rose Person", or "murasaki no bara no hito" as Maya calls him for his trademark gift of purple roses). Hajime Onodera, a director for Daito, wants the rights to "Kurenai Tennyo," which were given to Tsukikage by the playwright; since Tsukikage refuses to sell him the rights, Onodera tries to drive Tsukikage's acting school out of business through a series of nefarious schemes.
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Collection 2?
Perhaps they could do a Kickstarter to raise funds to get the second set out.
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