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Yes - Funimation finally decided to come to its senses
on August 5, 2006
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.