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Karin: The Complete Series Box Set

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 1.85:1
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001US3XV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Karin: The Complete Series Box Set" on IMDb

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ONENEO VINE VOICE on May 27, 2009
Format: DVD
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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Steven Redding on March 23, 2009
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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 By Andrew Ingram on 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 By KevinB on December 21, 2012
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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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Is this in Japanese as well?
It should have both
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