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Heroic Age: The Complete Series, Part One (2009)

 NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001US3XUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heroic Age: The Complete Series, Part One" on IMDb

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Long ago, the advanced Tribe of Gold vanished from the vast universe. In the void left by their departure, the tyrannical Tribe of Silver ascended to rule, forcing mankind – the Iron Tribe – to the brink of extinction. Now humanity wanders the cosmos in search of a savior. Prophesy has foretold of one who will labor for their freedoms, and on a planet of ruin, a champion is found. A feral boy named Age holds the destiny of their species in his hands and the untold power of the Tribe of Hero within.

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The title of this sci-fi TV series (2007) refers not to a glorious era in history, but to the unlikely hero Age, in whose body resides the power of the "Heroic Race." Eons ago, the "Tribe of Gold" withdrew from this universe, leaving behind a series of prophecies and a power vacuum. The icy "Tribe of Silver," whose members look like humans photographed in black-and-white, employ the "Tribe of Bronze" (metallic mealworms) to oppress the "Tribe of Iron," a.k.a. humanity. On a crumbling planet, Princess Dhianeila discovers Age, a sort of wild child/idiot savant, whom she recognizes as the Fifth Nodos, the destined savior of mankind. Aboard her ship, Age discovers he can transform into Bellcross, a powerful cyborg that looks a lot like the Eva 01 in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Four other Nodos are held in servitude by the Tribe of Silver, and soon Age is belting them through asteroids in battles that recall Dragon Ball Z.

Despite a fulsome score and a plethora of elaborate CG effects, Heroic Age remains stolidly earthbound: The needlessly complicated storyline and portentous speeches feel like they were written by the Tribe of Lead. Even the antics of Age, who functions as a sort of space-age Mowgli, can't leaven this prosaic adventure. (Rated TV-PG: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Ruined Planet, 2. The Forgotten Child, 3. The Tribe of Hero, 4. The Planet Titarros, 5. The Nodos, 6. The Cemetary Belt, 7. The Agreement, 8. The Flashing Node, 9. The Return, 10. The Hero of Solitude, 11. The Star of Brilliance, 12. The Torch of Destruction, 13. The Battle in the Space-Time Continuum)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterwork of Modern Anime May 19, 2009
To begin this review, allow me to first come clean with the fact that I'm a bit partial toward any and all mecha (robotic-based) anime titles. Some may fear that my opinion is thus tainted by this biased devotion but in truth I can attest to the fact that the opposite is the case. My adoration for mecha shows actually forces me to become overly critical in my opinions as after all, high expectations are always more difficult to meet.

That said Heroic Age is one of the grandest, most spectacular anime titles available today, mecha or otherwise. But before I dive into the wonder of the show itself, let's begin with the physical attributes of this Funimation release.

Though labeled The Complete Series, do be aware that this set is in fact the first part (episodes 1-13) of a 26-episode show, the second half of which is scheduled to street in July. The 13 episodes contained here span 2 discs that come packaged in a pair of thin packs housed in a cardboard slipcase. Total runtime comes in at 315 minutes and extras are limited to textless songs and a crop of current Funimation-title trailers on the second disc.

The show wears a slightly conservative TV PG rating and this is most certainly derived out of violent themes such as war on a grand scale. There is so nudity, foul language, graphic violence or gore to report.

Language options are standard sub & dub variety: English dub in 5.1 Dolby Surround and original Japanese dialog in stereo. English subtitles are available in either sound setting.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic Age May 5, 2009
This is one good anime, once i started it i couldn't stop,I highly recommend this to anyone who loves anime. The story itself is complex with many races of people in the universe, a select few are given the the power of the nodos along with contracts each has to fulfill,long story short it's a great space odyssey with kickass fight scenes between very powerfull mecha, give this series a chance and you will not regret it. Enjoy!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This series and the clone-like story line reminded me somewhat of another series I just recently purchased Glass Fleet and while this series is far more entertaining than that series the story plot is just so cookie cutter you just want to see the battles since the story has been retold through so many other animes it's become monotonous. The characters are cute and some are intriguing to watch but as you see the rivalries come into play as well as the standard main female character who falls in love with the main male hero you start to wonder is there any true originality left in these newer animes? The series animation, effects, and soundtrack do fit perfectly with the series and the voice cast both the Japanese and English characters did extremely well for their character roles. Like the Glass Fleet series I bought this from a third-party seller on Amazon for a incredible price both the first and second part box sets for about half of what one box set is going for right now, and like the previous mentioned series do I feel this is worth getting and like the same answer I gave for that series it is the same I would give for this one if you like sci-fi battle animes this is a pretty good choice but don't expect any originality from the series itself.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing series December 5, 2012
By KevinB
The galaxy is ruled by the tyrannical Silver Tribe. They have driven the other races in the galaxy to the brink of extinction. The remaining races have traveled planet to planet in search of the foretold savior. They found a feral boy named Age. Age is the one who can free the galaxy from the rule of the Silver Tribe.

This anime is visually stunning. There are so many beautiful scenes and backgrounds. The story is very good too. It is similar to a Star Wars type of sci-fi story. There are many compelling characters, with good voice actors to boot. I was very surprised by this anime. If you have seen Dragonaut and liked it then you will definitely like Heroic Age. I highly recommend this anime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am not a mecha anime title fan, but .... January 5, 2011
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I am not a mecha anime title fan, but this show has got me hooked on it and watched all 13 episodes of the first season in the first night I got this set of DVD's. The storyline had me right from the beginning I love all of the characters even the villains were good and made sense in the plot I can't wait until the season two set arrives, and I hope that it will be very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great beginning June 11, 2013
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I like this show, some may not. That ok others like what others like. but this is a great heroic story of a young boy, destined to fight for the whole survival of the human race. Hope you enjoy.
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