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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Yes, it's actually happened. After releasing Kiddy Grade in 8 individual DVDs, and later halved in 4 "File Collections", Funimation has finally done the sensible thing in the Anime industry: released a box set for a series it has flaunted for what seems like years. But of course, this is expected from Funimation, which milks it's DVD releases for every dollar it can earn - releasing the minimal episodes per volume.

As fans already know, "Kiddy Grade" is the story of G.O.T.T. agents Eclair and Lumiere as they try and preserve order sometime in the distant future, where mankind has formed the "Galactic Union" in order to avoid interstellar wars. But as the two young women soon realize, the universe is a big place - and they may just be another drop in the bucket - or are they?

While "Kiddy Grade" presents an enveloping and philosophical storyline, the overall quality is mediocre. The plot itself may not make sense to some viewers, and is very hard to follow. Also be advised this series relies heavily on Fan-Service to keep viewers hooked - not that it's horrific, but it's there. And with good reason - character design and series art are fabulous.

What may surprise most is the quality of the English Dub. Funimation regulars and Voice Acting vets Colleen Clinkenbeard (Riza Hawkeye, "Fullmetal Alchemist") and Monica Rial (Kirika, "Noir") provide the voices for Eclair and Lumiere, and do a fairly good job in outclassing their Japanese counterparts. "Kiddy Grade" also features impressive performances from other recognizable Funimation voice talents such as Laura Bailey (Lust, "Fullmetal Alchemist"), Dameon Clarke (Scar, "Fullmetal Alchemist"), and Alison Retzloff (Conan, "Case Closed").

To summarize, if you're looking for a series that's great to watch (look at), this is a sound investment. If you're looking for a remake of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" or "Ghost in the Shell", you won't find it here.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2004
Format: DVD
Ok ive just watched this volume on dvd and can say its just as good as vol 5 was and picks up right after it.

The previous rewiew on the amazon site, i just read is a bit unfair i think although i do agree with his comments about the first episode , you get the sense that its set in the past but your really not sure.

Although having watched the series theres been alot of bits in the series like this but they ussally get resolved a bit later on.

The ending on this volume is very confusing , but i think its also fairly obvious whats going on with the clones, although the ending is a bit of a shock but a intresting good one.

i cant wait for the next volume, the story in kiddy grade has now really picked up compared to say the first volume which had a bit of a different feel to it.

If you want to see a good anime , with alot of charm and basicly a fun ride then get kiddy grade.

I took a chance on this series, not knowing much about it when it started and so far it seems to have paid off.

i gave it 5 stars but i guess its really up to personal preference how much you like this series , but its certainly alot better than your average anime show.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2007
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I picked this up "sight unseen" and am glad I did. It was very well done and had a good storyline. It jumps from present to past in an extended "flashback" that some might find confusing if they're not following closely. It has aspects of old and new styles of anime that blend well to make an entertaining and amusing story that still can be thought-provoking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2007
Format: DVD
Kiddy Grade has a lot of action it takes place in the future it is about two girls Eclair and Lumiere who work for an organization called G.O.T.T. The organization is ment to keep the peace with the galaxy. They have cybernetic enhancements which give them cool abilities. Eclair the brunette has an ability called "Power" with gives her super speed and strength. Lumiere the blue haired girl has an ability called "Puppet" which gives her controll over electronics such as robots,ships,guns, etc. all I'll say is that they, Well mostly Eclair has a some secrets and a dark past. So if your looking for something new it's worth the buy plus it comes with these collectible cards.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2004
Format: DVD
The plot of Kiddy Grade continues to thicken. After a near-death experience in Volume 3, Eclair is beginning to have visions of her past lives. While it has yet to be explained, the best I can clue into is that ES members have long histories, and are virtually immortal, having their memories erased in order not to be limited by their pasts. As Lumiere has visions of wiping out entire planets, she is sent on a mission with Lumiere to aid two fellow ES members stuck in a dangerous situation.

Episode 11 concerns the planet Aure, a world which has been artificially cultivated to be a close replica of Earth. It's the number one vacationing spot in the universe. So it should be a paradise, shouldn't it? Wrong! It is run by the Nouvlesse, an business organization sorta like a legalized mafia that holds a great percentage of the capital of the universe. It has imposed a virtual enslavement of the native population, seeing them as less than human. As expected, the workers want better conditions and demand basic human rights and threaten to start a revolution. Their rulers call in G.O.T.T to destroy this "economic terrorism". Eclair MUST follow her orders, or does she?

In the last episode on the dvd, Eclair, Lumiere, and the reluctant auditor Armblast, are forced to seek a hiding place after the two girls disobey direct orders. They are thrown out of G.O.T.T and are to be hunted down and captured, dead or alive. It's still unknown who of their former allies will now become their enemies.

Kiddy Grade still continues to please with its orchestral soundtrack and epic storylines, even though some of the plot is enigmatic at times. You get a feeling of being overwhelemed by the world of this excellent series. It has a lot of depth and the feeling of past lives just adds to the layering. You really have to watch it many times to catch everything and get full enjoyment.

Extras are:

Clean opening

Image Gallery

ES Force Team Dossier
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2007
Format: DVD
This was a wonderful show. Its Sailormoon meets Neon Genesis Evangelion with the fun fighting scenes, somewhat mature content, and social issues it deals with. Its all the fun of both series; not too ditzy and not too dark. The soundtrack was lovely and the animation was perfect. Despite some occasional nudity and boring dialogue, the show was great and this set has everything you could want out of it. The collector cards are a nice touch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2004
Format: DVD
As I said in the Kiddy Grade volume 1 review, this anime hasnt quite yet gotten off the ground yet in volume 2 either. In this volume, the formula continues, with a triple helping of action filled bad guy of the day episodes again, and again Eclair and Lumiere do their thing (with entertaining results). This is the last time the plot stays static however, because in volume 3, Kiddy grade decides to kick it into gear. Once past this volume, it really gets good.
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on August 1, 2004
Format: DVD
While Volume 1 of Kiddy Grade was far superior to most anime out there, Volume 2 goes even further to solidify this great space opera.

In episode 4, "High/Speed", a high speed reactor, capable of installation in a human body is stolen. Eclair goes undercover to find it. The advantage of the reactor is that it gives a human super strength and super speed. Eclair is in fix because the woman it has been installed in is just as powerful as her. And there are also other interested parties willing to kill for the technology.

"Day/Off" chronicles a day off for Lumiere and Eclair. Lumiere goes to a party with her friend, ignorant of the fact that the ballroom is the meeting place of two rival underworld gangs. Meanwhile, Lumiere goes to the opera and gets caught up in a child-kidnapping ring. Something tells me their day off is going to be ruined.

The last episode "Twin/Star" is mostly an Eclair solo show. Shuttlecraft are being robbed and Eclair and another G.O.T.T. member are assigned to find out how the criminals are doing without being seen or evidence left.

This show is great. The action scenes are very well done and kinetic. The characters are fantastic. You also get a sense in this volume that there is a deeper mystery to Eclair. In one scene, after she smashes the child-kidnapping ring, Eclair is singing a lullaby to a baby, and when asked where she learned the song, she doesn't know. It has something to do with her erased memories. I'm sure answers will be on the way in future volumes.
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on February 15, 2005
Format: DVD
I'll try and not include any spoilers....But if you don't want any surprises spoiled please skip...

The Kiddy Grade series started off interesting enough, but ended somewhat rushed. It almost seemed like the producers were planning on making this a 50 episode series but had to cut short because money problems or something. I really liked the 1st 12 episodes.. character developement was good and they seemed like the were taking their time trying to develop the characters. The second half is a mixed bag. It seemed like the the producers were trying to do the plot twist every episode thing (like in gundam Wing) but it just wasn't working. Toward the end I really didn't feel much for the main characters..

1st time I watched this last DVD disk it really didn't leave any impression on me.. a week later I tried to remeber the plot and I couldn't recall anything. I forced myself to watch it again and I remeber the plot now but it was a major let down. Its like they tried to build up the last episode extremely (Earth in danger, doomsday weapon in madman's hands, secrete organization operating in background pulling string..etc) but "Ja Jan!" (eclair's favorite phrase) they just used their mystical "G" class powers and solved all problems... what kind of series ending is that!!
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on September 8, 2007
Format: DVD
First this looked to me like the normal "Girls with guns and Toys" plotts.
But with the end of the first quater it went - mysteious, dark and deep.
Finished the second Quater now - and its already in the so called top list for me : Cowboy Beebob, Elfenlied, Trigun ...

Characters have more than one OTHER side in them, the Stories are nice.

Can only hope its going on in this way for the second half :)
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