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Madlax, Vol. 1 - Connections (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFU88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Female gun-for-hire Madlax and unassuming student Margaret have discovered that their seemingly different lives share a deadly connection, one that they must uncover and solve before the dark forces opposing them end their lives forever. Will the knowledge they gain really be what they expect?

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The broadcast series Madlax (2004) reunites producer Shigeru Kitayama, screenwriter Yosuke Kuroda, and director Kouichi Mashimo from Noir. The title character is a glamorous assassin--she wears an evening gown to climb trees and kill soldiers in a remote jungle. Like Mireille Bouquet in Noir, Madlax can outshoot Annie Oakley, and like Mireille, she's somehow linked to an amnesiac. Like Kirika Yumura in Noir, aristocratic Margaret Burton can only remember a few fragments of her life from before a myserious accident: rain, red shoes, the civil-war torn country of Gazth-Sonika. As both characters are complete ciphers, Madlax is more oblique than Noir and even less entertaining. A more imaginative writer and a more skillful director might have worked the diverse elements into an intriguing story, but Kuroda and Mashimo leave the viewer adrift in a sea of portentious bilge. (Rated TV 14: violence, nudity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A show of halves (and halve-nots?) May 5, 2005
By Tarkus
Format:DVD
On the initial pass, Madlax seems to be a show about dualities. In the first four episodes presented in this volume, we are introduced to the two main characters, Madlax and Margaret. The former is a gunbunny assassin to whom the word "deadly" would be an understatement, yet she carries herself with a breezy composure. The latter is a (seemingly) scattered schoolgirl with some sort of deep, dark trauma in her past. The show drops enough clues, even from the opening credits, that the two are somehow related despite their geographic and professional divides, and yet, I'm still drawn in by how this relationship will be explored in the context of the show's backdrop (a protracted civil war in a rather Indonesia-esque country, a shadowy terrorist organization that seemingly brainwashes people via TV and computer monitors) and its cast of characters.

This is a show that doesn't force-feed its plot, and frankly, it does require a bit of patience in witnessing its plot unfold. The action and gunplay is more of a cinematic choreography accenting the story arc, and the seeming lulls in this arc may frustrate those who may desire a steadier stream of slam-bang. For me, the deliberate pacing is a welcome change of pace, and this first volume has made numerous repeat plays in my DVD player. There are a lot of details to trainspot, and the characterizations are as engaging as the lovely visuals and the great soundtrack. And for lazy people like myself who don't necessarily want to read everything in one's anime collection, the English dub is quite solid (the MST3K-esque DVD extra is a hoot, to boot).

In short, your mileage will vary, but I'm definitely enjoying this show.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For thinkers. February 14, 2006
By C. Lin
Format:DVD
To appreciate Madlax, one must watch more than just Disc One and Disc Two. This series' beauty is in its subtleties and use of imagery, in the voice-acting as well as the complexity of its background music. (A note about voice acting: If you choose to use the English Dub, you will fail to fully understand the characters).

The following questions will be answered as the series unravel: Why does Madlax have a calm, serene demeanor in the midst of a war zone? Why is she "so darn good" in a gunfight? Why is Margaret so scatter-brained? Who are the freaky kids with strange eyes?

The action plays a supporting role to the drama development. This is not a straight-forward series about "babes & guns", as I had hoped. It is surprisingly more profound and rewarding, and three-dimensional.

Madlax's pacing accelerates at the end of Disc Two. This is a series about existence and presence of mind. By Disc 6, the characters will evoke strong emotions in a keen audience.

(Brief musical analysis)

The music itself is an eclectic assembly of flavors from cultures throughout the world, to symbolize the two fictional regions: The peaceful European city and the war-torn South Asian states. Some tunes will sound like a Celtic or Slavic dance; a few are techno-heavy and sometimes atonal for the demented and evil organization; some have Asian-inspired harmonics and instrumentation; some will remind you of Chant and Sacred music; and some are Middle-Eastern in rhythm and tempo; all are well-layered in instruments, counterpoints, and harmonic modulation... compared to its contemporary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed "Noir", then check out Madlax! August 13, 2008
Format:DVD
"Noir" will always be known as an awesome series. A well-written storyline and awesome music and cool animated action scenes.

It was definitely no surprise that fans were in high-anticipation mode when Bee Train announced a new anime series called "Madlax".

Bringing back the Twin Bee team behind "Noir", director Mashimo Koichi, composer Kajiura Yuki ("Noir" and "Aquarian Age" and character designers Shiba Minako and Miyachi Satoko, "Madlax" is definitely a highly anticipated anime for fans who enjoyed Twin Bee's "Noir" and ".Hack" series.

So, what is "Madlax"?

Madlax is an assasin. She is the ultimate in the art of combat. She's beautiful, skilled, elusive and dangerous.

In episode 1, the anime introduces us to Madlax as she is dispatched to the country of Gazth-Sonika which is currently embroiled in civil war.
Her mission is to recover data.

In this episode, we get to see a soft side of Madlax as she tries to help a rebel soldier but at the same time, we get to see her deadly side as she changes her outfit in a sexy nightgown gunning down an army.

As an agent-for-hire, she is contact with a mysterious liaison known only as "SSS".

If there is anything that we do know, Madlax has these images in her head but no recollection of her past.

In episode 2, we are introduced to Margaret Burton. An orphaned schoolgirl who is haunted by bizarre dreams, something that may be part of a horrifying past.

Whatever happened to her, made her live life as if she's out of it. All that she really thinks about are images and she has no recollection of why.
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