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Linebarrels of Iron, Episodes 1-12

Josh Grelle , Alexis Tipton , Caitlin Glass  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Josh Grelle, Alexis Tipton
  • Directors: Caitlin Glass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Linebarrels of Iron, Episodes 1-12" on IMDb

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Kouichi dreams of being a hero, but in reality, he's a punching bag for every bully on the block. His life flatlines when the mysteriously naked Emi crash lands on his pitiful existence, thrusting Kouichi into the middle of an intergalactic showdown between rival races of self-regenerating Machinas. Through his death-bed partnership with the Linebarrel mecha, Kouichi gains the strength to stand up to his tormentors and crush the alien invasion force that's determined to conquer Earth. There's just one problem. All this newfound power and special attention from nearly-naked babes is turning Kouichi into a jerk. His friends can't stand him, he makes his dream girl sick, and those aliens want to kill him extra dead! Kouichi may have the mechanized muscle to save the world, but he has much to learn about being a true "Hero of Justice".

The sci-fi adventure Linebarrels of Iron (2008) opens in 2019, as a gargantuan mecha plummets from space, crashing into the woods in Japan. Designated junior high nerd Kouichi is taking a shortcut through those woods to fetch lunch for a clutch of bullies when the robot-suit crashes. He awakens next to naked babe Emi, who helps him establish a link with the mecha Linebarrel. Kouichi discovers he is the Factor, the human destined to pilot the robot-suit--although Emi explains that the mecha killed him when it crashed and has restored him to life. For the first time, Kouichi feels powerful: he declares himself a Champion of Justice and wreaks havoc in the nearby city as he tries to prove it. Before he can do too much damage, he's recruited by the Juda Corporation to join the fight against the evil leader of the Katou Organization, who's out to rule the world. Linebarrels of Iron veers erratically between fan service slapstick and formula mecha battles. The setup at the Juda Corporation suggests a harem comedy, but Kouichi is an arrogant jerk who lacks the good-natured charm of Tenchi in Tenchi Muyo! or the hangdog appeal of Keitaro in Love, Hina, and the gratuitous nudie shots interrupt the fumbling progress of the story. Masamitsu Hidaka's pedestrian direction keeps the battle scenes from generating much excitement as an apparently endless supply of weightless robots from the Katou Organization get cut in half by Kouichi and his understandably reluctant allies from Juda. Linebarrels of Iron ranks among the least impressive offerings from the prestigious Gonzo studio. (Rated TV MA: nudity, violence, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Iron and the Boy, 2. Justice Barreling Along, 3. Azure Terror, 4. The Price of Justice, 5. Guidepost to Tomorrow, 6. A Radiant Night, 7. The Worst After School Hours Ever, 8. Playful Devils, 9. The Black Chamber, 10. Overdrive, 11. Supernova, 12. From the Tropics with Love)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In 2004, the manga series "Kurogane no Linebarrel" (Linebarrels of Iron) was created by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. The manga was first serialized in Akita Shoten's monthly shonen manga magazine "Champion Red" and in 2008, received its anime adaptation featuring a total of 24-episodes which ended in March 2009.

The anime series is directed by Masamitsu Hidaka (known for his directorial work on various "Pokemon" series and films), series composition by Kiyoko Yoshimura ("Chocolate Underground", "Dogs: Bullets & Carnage") and Shigeru Morita ("Mobile Suit Gundam Seed", "Seikon no Qwaser"). Character design for the series is by Hisashi Hirai ("Mobile Suit Gundam Seed", "Sokyu no Fafner", "Infinite Ryvius", "Heroic Age"), mecha design by Tsutomu Suzuki ("Zone of Enders", Kurokami the Animation", "Bokurano") and music by Conisch ("Hitohira", "Hipira: The Little Vampire"). "Linebarrles of Iron" is animated by Gonzo.

"Linebarrels of Iron" Volume 1" comes with a total of 12 episodes, with six episodes on two DVD's.


"Linebarrels of Iron: Volume 1" features pretty solid animation. The artistic backgrounds are nicely lighted and shaded. Character designs are also well done and feature the character designs with a lot of shading and featuring the character in a variety of emotions. Also, the series features a lot of mecha. Each pilot on both sides with their own machina and abilities definitely brings in this other element to the series. There is a lot of action featured in "Linebarrels of Iron" and a lot of destruction. GONZO did a spectacular job with the animation and a series that I hope receives the Blu-ray treatment.

Audio is in English 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound and Japanese Stereo.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Entertaining Mecha Anime Series January 11, 2010
A self-proclaimed mecha junkie extraordinaire, I like to think I stay in the loop when it comes to anime titles coming down the pipeline involving the genre. Proving me wrong and completely taking me by surprise was FUNimation's North American release of Gonzo's LineBarrels (of Iron). Not only are we talking about massive mecha battles, a bizarrely addicting cast of characters, nudity and a bit of comedy, the material comes from none other than the character designer from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and the director of Pokemon of all things. Before I get ahead of myself with the incredible genius behind the show, let's first take a moment to discuss the hard facts.

Released across two discs, Linebarrels of Iron comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within an outer cardboard slipcase and consists of episodes 1-12. The show comes in at a total runtime of 300 minutes and wears an appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating due to animated violence, a little bit of rough language, female topless nudity, and implied sexual encounters.

Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (either in Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.

Extras include a commentary by the English cast & staff, Promotional Video, Japanese TV Spots, Music Video: Proud, textless opening and closing songs, and a host of fresh Funimation trailers on the second disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mech Series December 17, 2012
By KevinB
Koichi Hayase was always a weak kid. He was constantly being protected by his best friend and the girl he liked. One day he is killed by a falling Mech called Linebarrel. The alien girl piloting it brings him back to life. Now Koichi has new found power. He becomes a self proclaimed ally of justice. The problem is, he has also turned into a douchebag. After an unfortunate series of eye opening events, Koichi joins the fight to save the world, and eventually becomes a more tolerable hero.

I was really surprised by this series.. It's good all the way around. the animation, voice acting, and soundtrack are all great.I'm not a fan of the animation style where the characters have lines drawn on their cheeks just below their eyes, but I can get used to it. The story is pretty good. It's a little different from your typical Mech series like Gundam. It's more mature. There is a bit of language, a little nudity, and some seriously suggestive stuff. I'm not not a big fan of Mech animes in general, but this series has plenty of other elements to keep things well rounded. It's kind of similar to Gundam Seed Destiny and Full Metal Panic. I think that fans of those shows will enjoy Linebarrels of Iron.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! May 2, 2014
By poboxer
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One of my favorite series of all time great action great story and even funny at times liked it so much I bought the second season and the ova just wish there was another season coming out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars episode 13? August 28, 2010
By zero
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its a good show but what happend to episode 13? season 1 has episodes 1-12 but season 2 has episodes 14-26 so what happend to 13?
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