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Guyver: Complete Box Set [Blu-ray]

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A world controlled by a sinister brotherhood who hide their fangs behind masks of humanity, known as the Chronos Corporation. While investigating a mysterious explosion near his school, Sho Fukamachi happens upon the Chronos Corporation’s greatest weapon: a techno organic suit of bio armor known as “the Guyver.” But Chronos is determined to conceal their secrets at any cost. Sho soon finds himself relentlessly pursued by its army of horrific bio-monsters. With nowhere to run, Sho is forced to call upon the fearsome power of the Guyver and rip his opponents limb from limb in a desperate struggle for survival.

The broadcast series Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (2005) marked the fifth adaptation of Yoshiki Takaya's long-running manga: the animated feature, Guyver: Out of Control (1986) was followed in 1989 by a 12-part OVA; Mark Hamill appeared in two live-action movies in 1992 and 1994. While hanging out by a lake, high school students Sho Fukamachi and Tetsuro Segawa stumble across a curious box. Inside is a futuristic mechanical device that bonds with Sho, transforming him into the redoubtable warrior Guyver I. The two teenagers and Tetsuro's whiny sister Mizuki are caught in the sinister Chronos group's efforts to fulfill the plans of the ancient alien "Creators" to build a race of supersoldiers. Sho fights an increasingly nasty series of "Zoanoid" monsters with some help from a few unlikely allies. As in Dragon Ball, each incredibly powerful monster is replaced by an even more powerful one that also bites the dust crying, "Impossible!" The story line becomes hopeless tangled, with many key points left unexplained. In the last episodes, Sho disintegrates, only to reappear a year later in a mysterious chrysalis. The series borrows heavily from other anime shows and live-action films, including Star Wars, The Terminator, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Although Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor was made in 2005, the designs and inept storytelling feel like a throwback to the '80s. But Guyver has been an important continuity, and its influence can be seen in series as recent as Witchblade. (Rated TV MA V, suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, nudity, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Wondrous Bio-Boosted Armor, 2. The Secret Society of Chronos, 3. Inspector Lisker, 4. The Visitor at Dusk, 5. The Third Shadow, 6. Beyond the Desperate Battle, 7. The Miraculous Cell, 8. Shuddering Skyscraper, 9. Ash and Memories, 10. Prelude to the Chase, 11. Relic's Point, 12. To Each His Own Resolution, 13. The Tragic Enzyme II, 14. Escape in the Rain, 15. Guyot Joins the Fray, 16. Arise, Guyver I, 17. Nightmarish Encirclement, 18. The Night Before the Final Assault, 20. The Creator's Ship, 21. Relic's Point in Disarray, 22. Countdown to Collapse, 23. Ray of Annihilation, 24. In a Conquered Town, 25. Quickening of the Chrysalis, 26. Come Forth, Gigantic!)

Special Features

Episode 1 commentary with Guyver fans Rod Peters & Jack Glauser

Episode 13 commentary with Lowell Bartholomee (Tetsuro) & Charles Campbell (ADR Director)

Episode 23 commentary with Chris Patton (Sho) & Charles Campbell (ADR Director)

Episode 26 Commentary with Chris Patton (Sho), Lowell Bartholomee (Tetsuro) & Charles Campbell (ADR Director)

Manga to cnime comparisons (Episodes 1-26 with choice of English dub or Japanese with subtitles)

Production Sketches (10-minute slideshow with music)

Clean opening animation

Clean closing animation

Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Love, Brian Jepson, Chris Patton
  • Directors: Charles Campbell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Box set
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CP61X0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was, as a teen, captured by the Guyver Manga comics which, back then, were really hard to get (I lived in Holland and it was the 80's). Somehow my older brother was able to get them and shared them with me. Then, a few years after, I got Guyver on video (the first anime of this series). It really brought Guyver to life for me and I became a big fan. Naturally I also got the Guyver feature movies on video but that is a whole other story and I will not go into that here.To make a long story short: this is a remake of the original Anime of Guyver that, I believe, stems back to the mid 80's. This remake was done in 2005.
The story is brutal and intriguing as it progresses through increasing levels of attack and opponents that get stronger by the episode. It's never clear upfront whether Guyver will or will not win and the story does not get repetitive. There are a few 'quiet' episodes but overall this series deserves the large fan base and the remake.

About this 2005 remake of Guyver:Bioboosted Armor
Here are a few key anime stats that might satisfy those shopping for this item:
- 26 episodes
- total of 625 minutes of anime
- 4 DVD's in a single cover
- you can have as English or Japanese voice over
- TVMA: yes, I know Funimation tends to clean up gore, but this series was left intact. The blood flows richly, bodies get sliced in half and heads are blown off. Not for kids. Note that I bought the item on Amazon advertised as the Viridian Collection, in case Amazon switches pics or items. TVMA= TV Mature Audience

About the actual anime
For those of you that never saw the original series: this one is at a faster pace and much more gory. The English voice acting is actually very very good.
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The story moves rather quickly action starts off from episode 1 it is a great Sc-fi-Action Anime.
Monsters Disguised as humans, Evil Corperation controling evil plots, Super Heros that are anti-hero's this has got it all. Guyver a Boy who quickly must become a man and relize his ultimite destiny and with his friends help take down chronos the evil corpration doing inhuman things to humans and bent on world domination.
If you have seen any of the Orginal OVA's or even read the manga I think you will enjoy this remake. If you have not you will enjoy the Sci-fi and action. It is cut into 26, 30 min episodes with a bonus disc of some neat extra features. This Remake is very Violent Gorey,some very Brief Nudity and some strong language.
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Well folks,

There really is a red pill or blue issue going on with the older series as opposed to this bioboosted series. You should ask yourself a few questions first;

1) Am I turned off by the gore that has made asian film famous?
2) Do I enjoy teenage romance?
3) Have I recently fantasied about making out with a vampire?

If you answered yes to any of these then I would suggest the first series. However, if the above made you laugh at my logic and snark you will enjoy the better drawn,well formed plot. It also demonstrates much more violence than it's predecessor coupled with the class and elegance of the frequently used british or irish accent. If you are still unsure which is the series for you, I suggest sampling them on youtube first. See for yourself.
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Most people who come into this most recent Guyver series, has probably been witness to the glory of the classic Guyver ovas and movies from the early 90s. Though, nothing made has really caught up with the original manga. All 3 guyver movies had mostly conclusions in them, but only the OAV movie even resembled the manga at all.

Well here comes the new series, hoping either to catch up or even conclude the guyver series. Though....does it succeed? Kindof, but not really. As of now, there are 26 manga books out for the guyver, and this series only goes up to the 10th. Anybody who has watched the original series from the 90s will figure out, this series doesn't go much farther than it honestly. While yes sure, this does very much so follow the manga, but thats ultimately its downfall as well. Think of a normal shonen like a dbz, sailor moon, or inuyasha where you can just about predict everything. If a battle can't be won, some new technique has to be used. There just really isn't a sense of emotion or a connection. Though if you watch the original series, everything just seemed to blend in. It felt more like a Berserk or Ninja scroll than dragonball. Not saying its bad this way, its just never really exciting.

Which mentioning more comparisons to dragonball, this series has a dramatic loss in gore. The oav and the ovas were some of the most gory animation you could ever watch. Arms flying off left and right, a few snipits of nudity, and some mild cussing. Though, this is toned down for more of a early teenage audience. Of course, its not pokemon or anything, but you'll deffinately notice the difference. Its almost bothersome actually.

Though, here comes the most bothersome thing about this set. Be prepared to turn on the japanese audio, even if you HATE subs.
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will this be edited or not?
No point to edit it. Show wasn't that violent in the first place. This horrible version of guyver had little violence compared to the original series and oav. So to answer your question, no.
Jun 24, 2010 by Bryan Willis |  See all 2 posts
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