Hakkenden, Vol. 5
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I really liked the first video in this series. The story can be mighty hard to follow at times but it's obvious there is a very good plot in the works early on. The animation is good and not so good depending on the part of the show. Talking scenes and more idle moments in the show tend to have animation of a questionable quality. Once the fight scenes kick in however, it is top notch!
So if you are already a fan of anime and are looking for something with more of a historical slant to it and a very complex story, then the Hakkenden is just what you're looking for.
I thought the story was a little hard to follow at first because they kept throwing in new people in every episode. Then about the time when I could watch the movie without having to think who was who and how they realated to everyone else they went and messed with the animation. There was 2 or 3 episodes in the middle of the series where the animation was quite horrifying and someone nausiating to watch. Everyone had horses teeth and their faces looked like a wax doll stuck in the fire. At that point the series went back to confusing (since it was hard to tell the people apart since the animation style changed so drastically).
All in all, if you are going mostly for story and don't care about animation style, then give this one a try....but my biggest suggestion on this one is rent it or borrow a copy before you decide to buy!!!
The animation in the first 4 or 5 episodes, while interesting, appeared to be very inconsistent from scene to scene, as if done by three different animation teams. In the middle, the animation becomes more consistent within each episode yet the style changes completely, twice. These changes were not for the better. In episodes 8-10, the animation was very ugly.
Even character personalities seemed to change throughout the series. There were so many characters, especially with the changes and inconsistencies with the animation, that sometimes it was be hard to keep track of each character. The plot timeline at times had inconsistencies, but I supposed that it went with the mystical nature of the story; yet, the confused telling of the story developed this aspect poorly.
The animation and story telling in the last 3 episodes (11-13) was best of the entire series.
I probably should have given more stars to this review. While the animation was not great, the story even if poorly presented held my attention through out the series. However, I didn't want potential buyers to feel as though they weren't warned about the failings of the series.
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Being that this is a first or second generation dvd, the quality is quite bad. Low bitrates, interlaced and lots of dotcrawlling.
But its cheap. Read more
This is a very good anime, its a strange story, and in some small sections I do believe it leaves a little to be desired, but it is good. Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by Stephen V. Driscoll
I had to get really drunk to finish watching this series. Animation is bad, and following this story was a pain. Read morePublished on November 4, 2007 by R. Landis
Worst anime I have ever seen. Don't be fooled by the neat looking cover. I'm going to say I'm writing a harsh review on this title to try to save people from buying it. Read morePublished on January 21, 2006 by Bell
I know story matters." Hakkenden" does have an interesting premise. But Please! Only use the storyline as a springboard to watch some truly magnificent animation in this set... Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by Noah Berkley
This is the story of eight men linked by a common destiny, based on a series of novels, which are in turn based on Japanese mythology. Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by Karin Dru
Imprimis, I would like to say to all of those who, in previous reviews, trashed The Hakkenden for its "bad animation" and "lack of action": You are missing the point. Read morePublished on May 27, 2005 by Nelly B
Plot and story was good, animation is lacking, action is lacking, some of the eposides just drag on with nothing really happening then everything happens all at once then the... Read morePublished on June 24, 2004