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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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  • 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: #114,372 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 22 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 4 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 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neiman Alvarez on 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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By Luquillo on April 4, 2015
Format: DVD
After the battle in the hospital which saw Yurine abducted and Karas human body Otoha awakening from his coma. Lord Eko continues with his plan to remake the city. After Nue regains consciousness, he explains to Otoha the purpose and responsibilities of Yurine and Karas. He also reveals that Eko is in fact the former Karas who once protected the city and why he stepped down.-summary

Karas: The Revelation for the most part does exactly what is expected of a grand finale. It provides closure by answering all of the nagging questions, adds character background, and ties up the subplot as well. I just can't help notice this story format is very similar to Quinten Tarantino's Kill Bill. The first volume mostly provided stylish action, while the second was more character and story driven. This series followed the exact same pattern as Kill Bill. I'm not knocking it for this, it's just very easy to notice.

The very first thing fans of the original will immediately notice is that the visuals which are still outstanding, are also a step down as well done in a more traditional style. Even though the animation and artwork isn't as captivating anymore. It still delivers and blows away many titles which are in the class of top notch. The action scenes are still exciting to watch, which consist of plenty of hand to hand combat via swordplay as well as airborne shootouts. The character designs are still incredible with some amazing artwork for the metal warriors and gigantic beast, with well detailed backgrounds and nice color schemes; but I have to mention that the animation is not close to perfect anymore. I did detect a small amount of stills in some of the background, and I don't believe for one second it was used in an artistic way. Some may feel it's nitpicking but that's just me.
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