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Karas - The Revelation (2009)

Matthew Lillard , Cree Summer , Keiichi Sato  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Lillard, Cree Summer, Jay Hernandez
  • Directors: Keiichi Sato
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV2C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Picking up precisely where The Prophecy ends, the new Karas, Otaha, seeks vengeance against the yakuza that murdered his brother and almost killed him. Meanwhile the old Karas, Eko, unleashes his wrather and contempt for the pitiful humans infesting the c

Picking up where Karas: The Prophecy left off, Keichi Sato's Karas: The Revelation celebrates the 40th anniversary of its producers, the venerable Japanese animation studio Tatsunoko Productions (creators of Speed Racer and Neon Genesis Evangelion, among countless others) as well as offering an action-packed conclusion to the thrilling six-part OVA (direct-to-DVD release) about the battle between supernatural forces on the streets of modern-day Japan. Comprised of the final three episodes of Karas, The Revelation covers the true identity of newly-minted Karas (spiritual protector of humanity from demonic forces) Otaha, who returns to his hometown to rescue a friend from gangsters. Meanwhile, evil Karas Eko (well-voiced by Matthew Lillard) continues his campaign of terror against mankind with the aid of a multi-headed dragon summoned by the powers of rogue demon Nue (Jay Hernandez of Hostel). Though complex for anime novices (and those unfamiliar with Karas: The Prophecy), the sheer spectacle of violence and action (as well as its sympathetic subplot involving two detectives and the emotional toll they suffer while hunting for the demons) and the impressive blend of 2-D and 3-D animation delivered by Karas: The Revelation will undoubtedly please longtime genre fans. The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen and offers Japanese and English language tracks, as well as interviews with the American voice talent. -- Paul Gaita

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the wait September 6, 2007
By Figbean
I saw the subtitled version of the movie at one of the recent anime cons. It was excellent! Animation is still stunning and the story piks up right where the last movie ended. The cliffhanger ending of the last film was confusing due to so many unanswered questions. But Revelation answered most of the questions, though still a complicated/sophisticated plot. The middle third actually takes a very dark turn plus it is much more bloody than Prophecy...which was fine by me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Letdown from The Prophecy January 5, 2008
By J. Wang
Call me picky, but the only substantial thing The Revelation did for me was explain a lot of what happened in The Prophecy. They take about ten to fifteen minutes to do this and that was good. But overall, compared to The Prophecy, The Revelation is a disappointment.

The action (admit it, is there another primary reason to have watched Karas?) is nearly nonexistent. What little action does occur happens like it does in most other mundane anime: Big, dusty explosions that conceal all vision, single sword strokes, etc. The elaborateness of the fight scenes is completely gone.

The graphic quality changes from the first one too, and not for the better. The superb blending between CG and hand drawing that made the first one so beautiful is markedly gone. You end up with an awkward non(mix) of CG and hand drawings, with the hand drawings resembling typical anime (though in the upper tier) and CG reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons like Beast Machines. And after watching The Prophecy, that's a letdown.

Basically, Karas: The Prophecy (the first volume) is an exceptional anime. Karas: The Revelation is just anime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great closure to a fantastic anime October 23, 2007
By J&J
The story picks up right from the ending of Karas: the prophecy.

Just as a quick review of what I think about this second part:

- the story is straight forward, explains pretty much every "mystery" the first part set up

- feels like there's slightly less action, but definitely more story telling

- still beautiful graphic, great action and exceptional music score

I can't really think of any cons about the movie. Yet the ending is somewhat a let down. It is a great closure, but it just feels like there should be more.

Karas absolutely has the potential to be made into a series, in which case the audience coule have a better chance to fully appreciate the story. I guess my disappointing feeling came from the fact that a story with such potential to have deep characters development and complex story line is squeezed into a three hours movie.

Karas, nonetheless, is a great anime that should not be missed by anime fans. The first part (the prophecy) definitely requires a bit thinking, but if you can overcome it you'll find yourself enjoying one of the best action animes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sequel December 21, 2008
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After watching Karas: The Prophecy, which ends on a cliffhanger and which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was pretty excited about seeing the conclusion. Unfortunately, this movie falls short in so many ways.

The quality of the visual effects and fight scenes just don`t come close to the first movie. Even the soundtrack is noticeably worse (nothing from the Prague Philharmonic in this one). Otoha's back story was also disappointing. It seemed like it was just slapped together without much thought. It's hard to go into specifics without giving away the plot, but basically you see the main villain getting more and more powerful and a lot of blood and a lot of destruction without any of it having much sense or purpose. Again, the fight scenes weren't much to look at. On the plus side, everything from the first movie is explained clearly.

The bonus material (interview with Cree Summer in the voice over booth) is probably the one redeeming quality of this DVD if you have an interest in that sort of thing.

If you watched Karas: The Prophecy and want to know how it ends, I'd recommend to just read the synopsis on Wikipedia instead of sitting through this 90 minute movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karas - the final conclusion November 18, 2007
By Niko
I will be relative short with my review about the second part of Karas (but view spoilers will be included).

To begin with, the series starts off exactly where the previous one stopped. Now, Otoha (the main protagonist - and the `good' Karas - is respectively stripped of his powers) and his cat-girl is imprisoned. On top of that, Eko - the bad Karas - has almost accomplished his plans. No matter the circumstances, Otoha will head out with his friend (the guy who is a daemon as well, I think Nue was his name) for their final stand so as to stop Eko and his foes.
This will result to mind-blowing action scenes, flashbacks and therefore, more character development, both worlds (the spiritual and the material) will start to collide, the city will be annihilated during the fights, the new awakening of Karas and his cat-girl (something that you have to watch or otherwise I will give away the entire story), the Karas of the entire nation will come into the picture as well, protagonists/characters will die (well, unfortunately it will happen) but most of all it will lead to one of the best final and action packed battles of the anime series.

One more thing (Spoiler!!!) In a scene, close to the final battle it is implied that the feelings of `master and servant/helper/warrior (or whatever you want to call it)', cat-girl and Karas (referring to the cat-girl and Otoha), are deeper than they may appear at first...

Now, to the other details.

The dub is done perfectly as it was done in the first part.
The animation lives up to the expectations of the previous one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Animation and story well done.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars karas the revelations
thank you for the newly sealed karas dvdwe have been looking for the first one.
this will make a nice addittion to our anime collection
thank you

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Published 6 months ago by joyce m milller
1.0 out of 5 stars my dvd skips and arrived ruined beyond repair
The DVD skips alot terrible condition of disk case was in decent shape but all inserts missing and very bad discription of product
Published 8 months ago by Trey Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars manga man
karas the revelation is the boom baby. the story line and animation was simply wow I cried toward the end.
Published 8 months ago by marrio Gandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I Love the movie. It Was in great condition. There were no scratches or anything like that on the disk.
Published 9 months ago by Priscilla Madrid
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome conclusion to a 2 part movie.
I love Karas ever since I played him in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom the video game. The 2 movies are so cool to watch and they fetaure some wonderful animation and sequences. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Taylor V.
4.0 out of 5 stars good service
Quicker than I thought, no problems with getting my items. Recommend to all for others in North America regions or abroad!
Published 14 months ago by Stephane Michaud
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
This was an instant classic! Action packed story driven samurai demon slayer goodness. I liked it deep story and fast action. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cash A. Echevarria
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost....
I originally bought Karas "The Prophecy" back when it was released and never was able to find Revelation when it came out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Vaughn
1.0 out of 5 stars Karas - The Disappointment
"Karas - The Prophesy" is excellent.
It gets better every time that I experience it.
It had some sense of balance, an equilibrium. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Veritas Veritatis
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