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Mezzo - Complete Collection (2008)

Yasuomi Umetsu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Directors: Yasuomi Umetsu
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5IOOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Her name is Mikura, and she's all about service with a smile. So what if that service is cracking skulls and the smile happens to be on the other end of a loaded gun? Get ready for this chic with a killer body and vicious skills to wreak havoc and mayhem all in the name of the Danger Service Agency!

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Staying alive in the danger business gets you a reputation, and the operatives of the Danger Service Agency have the best reputation of all!

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun March 10, 2008
Format:DVD
The original Mezzos (and Kite) were dark crime noir and almost sickening to watch, despite the excellent animation.

This is really neat storytelling in that they re-cast the characters as different people in a similar world. It's something done a lot in Japanese manga, I forgot the name, but it's equivalent to using the same actor in different fictions, like Harrison Ford going from Han Solo to Indiana Jones. The pink haired gun bunny is the central character, a backup thug is now a tech guy, a crime boss is now the head of the agency... Oh, and even minor characters have their parts. One girl who showed up for what, 3 seconds?, as a sicko's rape victim in "Kite" is now the 'shy girl learning to be tough' growth story sidekick.

And, yeah, it's a "TV Series" to get some bucks. So what? Neat show and a lot of fun. I ordinarily don't like 'crime/action' stuff that much, but make an exception here.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Extended Mezzo December 15, 2005
Format:DVD
I'll start by saying that this anime is too long. There are way too many episodes in this series. I know what you're thinking. Thirteen is the absolute lowest an anime can go without becoming an OVA. And that's exactly my point. The last few episodes is where the gold is in this anime, and really a lot of the episodes never followed any real story line. This would have been a great OVA, had they done some episode editing.

Case in point, the first episode is about ghosts (with another episode later on also being about a ghost), the second is about aliens, the third about biological disasters, another episode deals with androids, and another with virtual reality. Though it all follows in line with the concept of the anime, it doesn't progress the story line in any way. In fact, two of the episodes, the last two on the first disc, goes back to the much more dangerous and adult Mezzo Forte in the form of flashbacks. You'd think this a good thing, but the obvious difference between the two makes the Mezzo series look terrible beside its prologue, Mezzo Forte. The animation quality in Mezzo Forte was just too good.

That's not to say that this anime was all bad. The characters, for one, are hilarious. Mikura is the gunslinger/beautiful-chick that is common in this genre who gets a certain amount of pleasure out of the violence she dishes out. Kurokawa is an ex-cop who knows the darker side of his former job, and who also loves to eat noodles, and Harada is the brains of the bunch, who seems to have a crush on Mikura that never comes through in the story. Also, there are the weird Black Scissors, a gang of assassins and underworld thugs; little Asami, the protege; a mysterious assassin that was seemingly hired to kill Kurokawa, but by who?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Towards the End January 16, 2013
By KevinB
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Mikura, Kurokawa, and Harada are the 3 members of a business called The Danger Service Agency. They take on all kinds of jobs no matter how hard, as long as it will buy them dinner. They get requests like guard duty, evictions, "package" transport, and some even more dangerous jobs. Every now and then they get in over their heads. Fortunately, Mikura is a bad chick. When the going gets tough she employs her karate, and her signature kick to the junk maneuver.

After several of these high profile jobs, The DSA is on the mafia's hit list, and even on the bad side of some powerful and corrupt cops. Things get pretty dangerous and very scary for DSA, but they're tough; and everyone knows that the good guys always win.

This anime started off kind of unimpressive. I just sort of tolerated it for about 4 or 5 episodes. After that, the characters get developed back stories and some drama in their lives. The characters are pretty likable, and the story is fun. As it moves toward the end, the mood gets darker. While the first part of the series is light hearted and fun, the 2nd half is dark and very cloak and dagger. It's not one of the better animes out there, but it is an enjoyable watch.

The production end of Mezzo is pretty good as well. The animation, and voice actors are above average. The soundtrack is just kinda there. It's obvious that the production wasn't rushed. Even if half the episodes were pretty superfluous.

Overall, I enjoyed Mezzo. It was actually better than I expected. It has a little in common with Armitage. In the animation, and story department. I was also reminded of the A.D. Police Anime at times. This series was a little more accommodating to younger viewers. It's definitely not for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mezzo July 7, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you like Kite but it was a bit to much, You just may enjoy Mezzo. While made by most of the same team this was a TV series so it is much tamer..still not for children mom and dad. If Mezzo tickled your fancy you may just wanna look into the non tv version Mezzo Forte.

I don't know ones taste but the tv series and kite was exceptional drawn and had a rather dark story. I only reccomend looking into kite or mezzo forte if your stomach can take it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, But short Anime. April 22, 2007
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this anime, you will fall in love with all the characters. Great action and comedy. Only problem is that it ends pretty fast. After 3 nights it was over and i wanted more. They kinda made it seem like there will be a season 2 at the end. So lets wait and see. Great and funny anime. Great animation also.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
i am a big fan of this item was so glad to get it, and it was everything i hoped it would be
Published 3 months ago by Ethen Volkman
5.0 out of 5 stars anime
a nice box case of three discs. great anime about an girl fighting for a secret agency. cute an sexy
Published 12 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on
DSA kicks ass, even though they are kinda dumb. Each character adds the ingredient to make the dsyfunctional family work to its advantage. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J3F
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork
After seeing various clips of this show on the net, it got my attention and so far its an anime I've quickly grown to like. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Romero
4.0 out of 5 stars spandex & hollowpoints!!!
In the tradition of kite,& mezzo, Mezzo Forte delivers heavy doses of gunplay & comedy. Note that the story arc starts on a issue pulled directly out of modern times by a... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Macadocious
5.0 out of 5 stars tits and a skintight bodysuit
who can ask for more. the ONLY complaint I have, the show was too short, not enough eps.
Published on September 13, 2009 by Laurence Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Action Anime With No Need For Any Hentai Scenes
I saw a few episodes on t.v. and thought for the price of the series set why not get it and have found the series to be both entertaining and exciting. Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
3.0 out of 5 stars Mezzo Complete Collection
Mezzo - Complete Collection I AM A FAN OF THIS SERIES THOUGH I WOULD HAVE PREFERED THAT IT STAYED AS HARDCORE AS THE ORIGINAL MEZZO FORTE. STILL I ENJOY THE SHOW.
Published on September 27, 2008 by Andrew Bovell
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but no home run...
The overall production feels a lot like Burst Angel...

Just like BA less focus on fan service and more focus on story and character development could have made this... Read more
Published on May 7, 2007 by Jay F. Grissom
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