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Karin: The Complete Series Box Set (2009)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Full Screen
  • 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: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation/Geneon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001US3XV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Karin: The Complete Series Box Set" on IMDb

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Vampires suck, she doesn't!

In the 21st century, a family of vampires settled down in Japan. They lived among humans and sucked their blood quietly and discreetly. However their daughter Karin had a secret that she could not share with anyone. She did not suck blood like the rest of the family. Instead, her blood level increases! She is a blood-making vampire!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chipper Anime For Viewers of all Tastes May 27, 2009
Karin is one of those unmistakably quirky but loveable Geneon properties that many anime fans (such as myself) feared would go down with the ship. Fortunately, Funimation has been diligent in their efforts of tossing out the lifeboats for countless such titles by re-releasing them to the North American market in all their original glory.

Released across 6 DVDs, the Funimation version of Karin consists of three thin packs (each containing two discs) within a tasteful cardboard slipcase. The show comes in at a 580-minute runtime and wears a fairly conservative 13+ rating. There is no real nudity to report (save for some covered-up body models in the opening) and the language is friendly to viewers of all ages. Sure there are a few juvenilely creepy vampire moments, but in all, this is definitely a title that will charm members of all age demographics.

The story goes something like this: Karin Maaka may seem like a perfectly normal teeny-bopper/ high school student with all of the usual dilemmas to keep her occupied: Dating, zits, anemia and the desire to bite into people's necks.

Sure that last one isn't that uncommon among the teenage set, keep in mind that our title character is in fact the middle child in a family of futuristic vampires who've made Japan their home.

As if being a vampire wasn't enough, Karin is a reverse vampire (or an "un-vampire" as the case may be). This means that she doesn't rely upon sucking the blood of others to live but rather makes her own supply just like the rest of us. Before you start to wonder if you are in fact a vampire as well, her condition is unique in that she makes too much of the red-stuff and has to bite others to get rid of some of her own.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Funimation Entertainment March 23, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first began collecting the Karin Series last year when it was released by Geneon after the third volume it was gone. Gone! and all the trades said it was gone for good! Off into a vast anime oblivion, discontinued due to a failed distribution company. Thankfully My Personal Heroes at Funimation Entertainment caught the rights to distribute Karin and other Geneon Niche titles to the US and Canada.

Well enough of the history lesson. This anime is truly a great piece of art, and No I don't believe I'm overstating it either. The Original Manga by Yuna Kagesaki differs somewhat from the anime namely the anime could not be an exact expression of Manga-ka Kagesaki's vision it had to be cut down to fit into a 25 episode series, and "work for TV". The Manga covers over 13 volumes of text and art. (avilable fom Tokyopop under the title Chibi Vampire) originaly published in "Monthly Dragon Magazine" and "Monthly Comic Dragon" in Japan. The animation was done by JC Staff known for fanservice, but, though evident, it is toned way down in the this series. The now defunct Odex of singapore produced the English dub. The English version was written and directed at Odex by American voice artist and puppetteer. Mr. Paul Pistore. Who's script provided a very fluid dialect in English, which in my opinion captured the original writers intent fully. I have shaired many e-mails with Mr. Pistore regarding his work on Karin and other more recent projects. The main cast besides Mr. Pistore consists of Ms. Chelsea Curto as Karin Marker, and Mr. Yahav Rom as Kenta Usui. Both are excelent matches for their respective charicters, along with Mr. Pistore and the balance of the cast, well they should all be recognized for their work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karin April 20, 2010
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First, I stumbled upon Karin by accident. I wasn't expecting to like it simply because I didn't really care for the Vampire premise that it was based on, and I had already been vampired out by a series called "Moonphase" (which is also good in its own way).

This story takes its own angle to tell a story about a teenager who isn't really a vampire, but an anti-vampire (blood-giver not sucker). The style of the series reminded me of the Addams Family in the daughter's point of view (The daughter as in the Addam's Family's daughter) In "Karin's" point of view she is not like the rest of her family -a black sheep of the family. As she, a normal teenager, finds interest in a mysterious transfer student things become quite interesting as she has to deal with what any other teen goes through- the challenges of romantic relationships.

If there is one thing that the Japanese artists are best at, it's being able to convey the human emotions and realistic human situations both light-hearted and fun, and heavy-hearted and heartbreaking. I have yet to find an animation done anywhere else that is able to convey that kind of energy so easily.

Anyways, Karin is a great story and well animated and definitely worth holding on to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun story, bad production quality. December 21, 2012
By KevinB
Karin is the oldest daughter in a family of Vampires. She has a strange deformity. Instead of sucking blood when she gets near her a person with her preferred blood type, Karin produces blood. Mostly it gushes from her nose. She actually can give her extra blood to humans and it gives them a positive experience. She meets a boy in school, Usui, who she develops a crush for. She wants to get close to him and have a relationship, but when she gets too excited around him she bleeds through her nose profusely.

This anime has a very fun and playful vibe. The characters and situations are funny and very entertaining. It's almost your typical high school romance/comedy. The Un-Vampire twist makes it quite different. My only complaint with this anime is the production quality. The animation isn't very detailed, and a little bit blurry. Especially in the character outlines. I do like the character designs and coloration though. My other issue is the bad voice acting. Most of the characters sound stoned or drunk. It takes a lot away from the series. I've listened to the English and Japanese tracks. They are both kinda bad. If you can deal with the sub par animation and bad voice acting, this series has a fun story. I have seen the prices on amazon and it's not worth it. I got it on e-bay for a whole lot cheaper. If you decide to try it out, I suggest watching it online or renting it before you buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a clean set wouldn't know it was used
Published 4 days ago by charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, It's So Embarrassing!!
... Or so says Karin, a teenage high school girl who hides a secret: she comes from a family of vampires! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!
Not your usual vampire story. I came upon this anime years ago and I'm glad that it was finally available on DVD.
Published 18 months ago by mikoyoukai
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously priced cute series BUT there is an alternative!
While this is really a great series, the pricing is really ridiculous. I don't know why these resellers think they can price these series so high. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Gryphon
5.0 out of 5 stars Why so expensive???
I love the show to death don't get me wrong, but i think the over priced movies are just to much for me. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Jon Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Its based on chibi vampire. Was good and fun to watch it is a romance comedy. A great buy when price is low, can be pricy on other sights I got from import cds
Published on December 14, 2011 by EDM
5.0 out of 5 stars I am rewatching it again now
I have a small to moderate library of anime that I go to watch when I cannot find anythin I want to watch on line. I love the kind twist to the vampire storyline in this anime.
Published on September 30, 2011 by I did good
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming.
The plot line was interesting and the art work was admirable, but the story was slow at points. Overall it was worth the investment and made a nice addition to my collection.
Published on June 20, 2011 by Anime Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Ouch
I sat there, watching it with my nieces, the is the only reason I purchase it. Originally I have it, but not on English audio, I couldn't believe my eyes, as I watch the first... Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute and differant vampire story.
Karin is about a young high school girl who happens to be a vampire, however unlike other vampires Karin is an un vampire, her body produces to much blood and she have to pump it... Read more
Published on January 30, 2011 by Anja Rebekka Schultze
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Is this in Japanese as well?
It should have both
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