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Karas - The Revelation

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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

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV2C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Figbean on September 6, 2007
Format: DVD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J&J on October 23, 2007
Format: DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Wang on January 5, 2008
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hairston on October 25, 2007
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I have been an anime fan for years and I will have to say that Karas is easily one of the best anime movies to come from Mango since ninja scroll! I know that is bold and very strong talk, however, if you buy Karas you will understand.
1. Story - the story is pretty interesting for what it is. Demons and humans have a clash of sorts and Karas basically keeps the peace. The characters are interesting, the main character himself is especially mysterious and you can ally feel the characters feelings.
2. Animation - Beyond words! I cannot be more impressed. When I saw Final Fantasy XII I almost soiled myself, but Karas...In the words of Neo from the Matrix "Woah" The integration of 3d animation with 2d animation is nearly seemless, not to mention the combat in the series. I mean Newton, Einstein, and Boyle have to be rolling in their grave because of the physics defying action. The studio also brings in new concepts of speed and strength, and a new way to exemplify them.

Overall this was an amazing anime and I DEMAND A SERIES OR ANOTHER MOVIE POST HASTE!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taylor V. on September 1, 2013
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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. The first part may be a little weak due to the story confusion, but this movie helps reveal many things and build up to a grand climax. One of my favorite films now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elemental alchemist on December 14, 2007
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I found Karas Revelation to be very action packed anime. It complements the first movie very well. If anyone had any problems understanding the first one I think that you'll find your answers solved. So if you really like big action fight scenes you'll find Karas Revelation to be the right one for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Niko on November 18, 2007
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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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