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Kizuna: Kizuna Kodaka Signature Editon (2006)

Keiji Fujiwara , Dan Green  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keiji Fujiwara, Dan Green, Akiko Hiramatsu, Ryô Horikawa, Jamie McGonnigal
  • Writers: Kazuma Kodaka
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Central Park Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DZ7XX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kizuna: Kizuna Kodaka Signature Editon" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio and Video commentary by Kazuma Kodaka
  • Video interview with Kazuma Kodaka
  • Kazuma Kodaka at Japan Society NY Screening
  • Kazuma Kodaka autograph session at Kinokuniya NY

Editorial Reviews

Ranmaru and Kei have a strong and passionate relationship built on years of trust, sacrifice and love. But when the mysterious son of a Yajuza boss pursues Ranmaru's affection, tempers flare, and hidden emotions rise to the surface...especially when the stranger turns out to be Kei's own half-brother! Will Ranmaru and Kei's love survive, or will the emotional conflict finally come to a head?

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great love story November 7, 2001
Don't listen to people who say that the Kizuna OAV is difficult to follow. All the information that you need is presented plainly, and the backstory is told through flashbacks. The story of Enjoji and Ranmaru's love enduring despite obstacles is very touching, and a nice change from the "doomed love" theme of some other yaoi anime. The characters are all well-developed for such a short OAV (two half-hour episodes), and the relationships between them are well-described.
The only problem I had with this DVD was in the structure of the DVD itself. The subtitling timing is WAY off, often appearing well before the character speaks, or in the middle of a different character's lines. Unless you listen closely it is sometimes impossible to know who is saying what. Also, there are no extras, no alternate soundtracks, and no scene access on this particular version of the DVD. All you get is two OAV episodes with Japanese voices and rather large white subtitling.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great yaoi July 31, 2001
By Patrick
I'm a straight guy and don't speak Japanese and yet I managed to love this movie. I think what I like best are the characters and the relationships between them. The rest of the storyline kind of takes a backseat. At the end I was left wanting more.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Animation and a Nice Adaptation February 16, 2000
By A Customer
Kizuna, parts I & II, are a visually satisfying and entertaining pair of 1/2 hour videos based on the Japanese manga (graphic novel) of the same name, created by Kazuma Kodaka. The story involves the romance between a male couple, Kei Enjouji and Ranmaru Samejima, once a junior champion in the world of kendo (an oriental form of fencing). Ranmaru's future is crushed when he is struck by a hit and run driver, rather than the intended target - his lover. Other problems arise with the arrival of another mysterious young man who is obssessed with Ranmaru, Kai Sagano.
Romantic, sexy, and quite poignant. The silliness and violence factor are kept to a minimum, unlike alot of other anime out there. Splendid shounen-ai (boy's love).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the Manga, next was the Anime May 14, 2006
By Carolyn
Format:DVD
I personally prefer the Manga over the Anime but this is a great edition to any Yaoi Fans collection ~ not to mention the fact it's the first Yaoi Anime to have an English Dub!

The only problem with the Dub is that it features Dan Green as Enjouji, and if you don't know who Dan Green is - he's the voice of Yugi from Yugi Oh! And hearing Yugi during the `rompy' scenes is...odd...lmao. Dan Green also did the voice of Tsuzuki from Descendants of Darkness so it's all good.

There are quiet a number of extras which is a nice change. And just a note, the animation is older compared to titles like Gravitation (which is out now) so if you're not a fan of older Anime art forms, this probably won't be the best for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Yaoi October 29, 2005
By Carolyn
Format:DVD
Based on the hit manga that The Village Voice calls "a romantic epic" by yaoi superstar Kazuma Kodaka

Ranmaru and Kei have a strong and passionate relationship built on years of trust, sacrifice and love. But when the mysterious son of a Yakuza boss begins to pursue Ranmaru's affection, tempers flare, and hidden emotions rise to the surface. Will Ranmaru and Kei's love survive, or will the emotional conflict finally come to a head?

Original Japanese with English Subtitles

Warning: Contains scenes of violence, nudity and mild sexual situations that may not be suitable to those who find such content objectionable. Parental discretion advised.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing Oddity June 12, 2000
The best part of this OAV is its pretty cover, which unfortunately doesn't reflect any incident in the anime. I guess that's okay because, equally unfortunately, nothing much in the anime reflects any incident in the (currently) seven volumes of KIZUNA manga.
KIZUNA, in case you don't know, is a very popular (considered classic by many) Japanese manga (or comic) in the yaoi genre. Yaoi stories are stories about "boy love" which are actually written for, and by, Japanese women. Yaoi is slowly building a (relatively) large western audience who buy the OAVs and manga--and write their own fan fictions based on them--without speaking or reading Japanese themselves.
The KIZUNA OAVs are English-subtitled but they are still rather hard to follow, partly because the stories veer wildly from the manga canon, and partly because they are just not very well done. They are also quite short (both flicks running something less than 30 minutes).
Video Volume II, as far as I can make out, lifts the event from manga Volume I, of Kai's unwelcome visit to Ranmaru and Enjoji's, expanding on Kai and Masa's feelings. Additionally there is a goofy subplot about Kai and Enjoji's jealousy over Ranmaru's mysterious assignation with an unknown girl. (Tiresome and un-KIZUNA like.)
Besides the confusing break in canon which does nothing to improve the story, there is no character development, and the artwork, though colorful, lacks the sophistication of the manga. One oddity: Ranmaru's hair color is red in the anime and blonde in the manga.
Due at least partly to increased western interest a new OAV is being developed, and hopefully this will be truer to the plot and characters of Kodaka's KIZUNA.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic June 12, 2000
Ranmaru Samejima and Kei Enjoji are Tokyo college students who have been friends since junior high school. Enjoji is the illegitimate son of an Osaka yakuza obaybun (don), and Samejima (or Ran-chan, as Enjoji calls him) is the "white devil of kendo," a brilliant fencer who has devoted his entire life to the dream of becoming kendo champion of all Japan.
In their senior year of high school a rival yakuza clan puts a hit out on Enjoji. Ranmaru is critically injured in the attempt on Enjoji's life. Though doctor's believe he will never walk again, Ran's indomitable bushido spirit (and Enjoji's love and support) enable him to make a miraculous recovery--although due to nerve damage he can no longer do kendo.
That's the back story. The video picks up with Ranmaru and Enjoji enrolled in their 2nd year of college, and living together. Enjoji works part time as a host (male escort) in a host club, which causes some strain on their relationship because Ranmaru is extremely conservative, and in fact, for many years struggled against the erotic nature of his friendship with Enjoji. Ranmaru works after class helping out a professor.
One evening the professor insists that Ran accompany him to a bar. At the bar he slips a drug in Ran's ice tea and begins to take advantage. Ranmaru's 'chastity' (which is quite an issue for a number of characters in KIZUNA) is preserved by the intervention of Kai Sagano, who happens to be Kei Enjoji's half-brother. Kai, another kendo fencer, has had a secret passion for Ran-sempai since high school. He inserts himself into the lives of Ran and Enjoji, much to the chagrin of Enjoji.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
It was everything I expected it to be! Love Enjouji's english voice! Ranmaru's could have been better but he made me laugh.
Published 8 months ago by Sierra Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enjoyable for fans of the manga!
My friend (who gave this to me for my birthday) and I went into this anime after reading the first couple deluxe editions of the Kizuna manga. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Claire
1.0 out of 5 stars This was crap on a stick
I really wanted some man on man action. But right from the start it is a let down. I wish I could get my money back just for bad acting and ugly animation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cazbaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Kizuna, Vol. 1
I thought I had already reviewed this product. I love this movies. I hate when the site updates there sites and can't keep the ratings and notes on the items.
Published 16 months ago by John Bryant
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's Dan Green.
I bought this because I'm an avid yaoi and Dan Green fan, so the combination of the two seemed like an obvious purchase to make. Read more
Published on June 13, 2011 by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it and I'm straight
I consider myself a straight man but I am proud to say I am a Yaoi fan. I feel that Homosexual relationships be it male or female(I prefer male) are the last forbidden love... Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Steven R. Shroyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Kizuna (worth buying)
I found it to be a very enjoyable anime story with just the right amount of homoerotic undertones.I will be looking forward to buying titles from this publisher in the future.
Published on September 5, 2009 by Aaron D. Mcmahan
1.0 out of 5 stars don't get it if you haven't read the manga - not good by itself
If I had read the manga, I'm sure I would enjoy seeing it brought to life, but as a stand-alone it's not worth it. Read more
Published on April 14, 2008 by G V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Viewing
A brilliant anime and true to the book, great graphics, my only irritation with some of it is the speed of the subtitles which can appear and disappear quite fast at times. Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by Ms. Patricia Cooke
4.0 out of 5 stars Was that it?
I bought the Kizuna Kodaka Signature Edition under the impression that it was the entire series but there are only two episodes on it. Read more
Published on October 16, 2006 by S. Long
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