Karas - The Prophecy
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- Interviews with Japanese Voice Actors, Directors and Producers
- Exclusive 24-page "Karas" mini-comic from Dark Horse Comics
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From what I gained, though, it follows a Karas, a warrior capable of entering both the spiritual and physical world to do battle, who is thrust into a battle with a former Karas known as Eko, a man who is meddling in the two worlds of existence in Tokyo. Spirits are growing sick and humans are dying left and right. To make matters worse, monstrous, robotic demons known as Mikura are prowling the streets and Karas must put a stop to them in order to save the humans who are the Mikuras' food source.
Karas is somewhat of a cross between Blood (for it's dark settings), Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (for the crisp animation), and Kakurenbo (for the elements of horror). So for fans of the mentioned anime, this will definitely be an anime for you. What am I saying... Karas is an anime that really shouldn't be missed if you consider yourself a fan of anime. It has the power to stand right alongside Akira, Ninja Scroll, and Ghost in the Shell as anime's classics.
A quick note on the DVD: It's very cheap, as in inexpensive, yet it's loaded with special features, including a mini-comic book (not manga) with a special Karas adventure. You don't expect a DVD to have this much for so little, which only adds to the appeal of Karas.
This DVD entails a complicated kaleidoscope of events that eventually jumble into a collage of a story. Honestly this is a very good anime with a very good story once you are able to breath it all in. It appears as a mess because the director throws everything at you almost at once; however I believe that is what he intends. As the story goes on the knots that make up the story untwine (OVA to OVA). So expect the first OVA to be the most complicated and confusing. but if you Read the summary first the story will make more sense the first time you watch it.
Finally, the animation and CG is second to none. It is an extremely beautiful anime.
Sooo, I highly recommend reading the summery on the back of the box first.
Now on to the animation, which is an amazing display of hybrid traditional/CGI animation which is put together very effectively. Neither type seems lower quality than the other, both the CGI and the standard 2D are very well done and have very fluid movements. The detail is quite impressive and the budget for this title really shows in the animation.
The music has a very cinematic and dramatic feel and is one of this titles strongest points. The voice acting is well done as well, both in English and in Japanese.
The latest big hit in the anime world has been Advent Children, but I must say honestly that I enjoy Karas so much more than Advent Children. The animation isn't quite as detailed in Karas but the movements seem a lot more real and organic and the action actually gives the illusion of action more effectively than anything in Advent Children did.Read more ›
It is important to note, however, that any comments you find about lack of narrative are absolutely true. There is no explanation of ANYTHING that is happening, not from any of the characters who have such knowledge nor any dramatic narrator. This is something I actually enjoyed about the story. During the first ten minutes I was blown away and completely oblivious as to the REASON why what was happening, was happening. However, this is a story where one can piece together the various elements through watching the story. This isn't to say, treat it like a detective story, but rather to say, while watching, you will see characters do or say certain things that make you think "I think he is this kind of character and this is his backstory etc..." Your experience with other movies, anime, and science fiction will guide your intuition. Put simply, the narration is non-existent, so you create it. I enjoyed watching this story and talking with my friends about who was who and what their goal was. The depth is present because the lack of narration allows you to wonder at the reality of the situation. Bit by bit the questions of who, where, when, why, and how are all answered, but while you watch there is an alluring freedom to the lack of explanation. By leaving the story up in the air, it draws you in with the tantalizing possibilities it suggests.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boring. Noisy. Clearly, I made an error when I ordered this.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Junkie
An anime epic that is a must see. Both parts of course. Great CG and story.Published 18 months ago by Drake
Quicker than I thought, no problems with getting my items. Recommend to all for others in North America regions or abroad!Published on August 22, 2013 by Stephane Michaud
I had seen a preview of this on another anime movie. it looked interesting, but there was little in the way of story. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
was not happy with this item.... I eventually sold it to a dvd shop... the series lagged too long. . .Published on January 2, 2013 by ruben moreno jr
This anime is fun to watch. This anime is a little serious and somewhat hard to follow, but is somewhat interesting to watch. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by AnimeFan
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