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Murder Princess: The Complete Series (2007)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001US3XQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder Princess: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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In the kingdom of Forland - the stronghold of an ancient and powerful magic - a bloody coup led by Dr. Akamashi and his supernatural cyborg minions pushes the royal family to the brink of extinction. Forced to flee in the hopes of preserving her noble bloodline, Princess Alita crosses paths with the infamous bounty hunter Falis - a collision of souls that will alter the course of their lives forever.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Title, Fun Fantasy Romp May 2, 2009
Format:DVD
With a name like Murder Princess, one might expect this title to be a moody, dark violence-ridden experience. However, and much to my delight, the title is a bit misleading. Based on a manga by Sekihiko Inui, the material was transformed into a six episode OVA series by Marvelous Entertainment. The big news here is that Funimation has acquired the rights to the full domestic DVD release.

The set, which consists of all six- OVA episodes, comes packaged as a single disc within a standard-sized DVD case. Total runtime comes in at 150 minutes and language options are nice and thorough as well: English language recorded in Dolby Surround 5.1 and stereo Japanese vocals (with English subtitles is so desired). Extras are pretty solid as well and included a commentary track with the English voice actors over episode 6, textless songs, and Funimation trailers.

The story goes something like this: The kingdom of Forland is under attack by one Doctor Akamashi and his horde of baddies including an adorable but nasty pair of androids Anna and Yuna.

The story opens with the death of the king and his son (Prince Kite) away on a diplomatic mission. As such the throne falls to the younger Princess Alita, who is anything but ready for the weight suddenly placed upon her shoulders.

In the process of fleeing the castle in disguise, the new queen smashes into a rough and tumble female bounty hunter named Falis. As the pair tumbles toward their inevitable doom, they swap bodies. Now the real princess, in the bounty hunter's body, assumes the role of a handmaiden to her body, which is now occupied by Falis until a means of undoing the transfer can be found.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I personally picked this title up on whim during an anime sale, partly due to the Western/fantasy setting and also trusting in Funimation dubs. What I got is a very solidly constructed, well-paced series that--and I'm not unique in this--I'd like to have had more of.

There are no weak episodes in the batch, and the English voice acting excellent. All characters from the various Forland family members to Faris and her clan come vividly to life, with vibrant widescreen visuals and entertaining swordplay. The 5.1 surround (English) also lets every slash come through with extra clarity.

Be aware that characters and storyline here are an often weird/goofy amalgamation of medieval royalty, (literally) colorful Frankenstein knockoffs, military weapons fashioned as crazy young "girls", mind/body switching, even a Ghost Rider wannabe. This combined with the sometimes truly "big-eyed" characters (even for anime) and vibrant color can even create a "Saturday morning" cartoon look at times. But such absurdity is part of this anime's charm.

Overall, Murder Princess (an odd name, as fortunately she isn't a murderer...) will never be a candidate for any awards but is very entertaining and somehow feels meatier than the mere six short episodes might suggest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be about five episodes longer. March 21, 2010
Format:DVD
As a whole its an entertaining show, that thankfully does not require too much time invested to watch it.

My biggest complaints are the lack of length, which sadly does not give enough time for character development, and the back stories seem pretty rushed. On the positive side, it was not so long that the staff had to put a slew of filler scenes in to ensure it ran long enough. I would say four to five more episodes would have made this one complete.

The other is the main motive for one of the bad guys. Yes its the most cliche thing here.

(Spoiler warning do not read past this if you want to avoid that.)

The big baddie is the older brother returned after years of absence, who wants to destroy the world in order to end all the suffering. Yeah, the same motive for about 75% of the main villains in anime.

Baring that the rest of the show is superb. The character designs are ranging from decent to excellent. I also did actually enjoy how it turned out at the end even with the exceptionally cliche enemy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time and money. July 6, 2010
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While short, this series is good. It incorporates a lot of "generic" anime (and legendary/fairy tale) staples in a unique and interesting way. Story line is good and character development is more than adequate for so short of a series. This might be a little bloody for kids, but lacks the constant "fan service" so I'd watch first and judge for yourself. All I can say is that I enjoyed it, but not likely to end up on my "top 10 list". Definitely on my "worth watching list" however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The following contains spoilers. This is a fair warning. If you don't like spoilers, skip this review. This is a DVD version.

This is my official review of the 6 episode OVA series, Murder Princess, dubbed and subbed by Funimation. First, let's get this straight. I know it's too short for its own good but OVA's are usually only 4 to 6 episodes long. That's what you get when you buy OVA's. Don't whine and complain that the series isn't longer. Nothing is going to change the fact that it is only 6 episodes long. That being so, let's focus on the plot next.

Ah, the plot. It's basically a medieval/ fantasy based anime with some technology thrown in it, i.e. the cute android girls, Pete, and Dominikov. It really gets more on the technological side further in the series but still remains as a mystical fantasy. Here are the pros and cons of the plot.

Pros- Newer content that wasn't in the manga series (The real Milano and her death scene; which was truly touching, `Milano' getting kidnapped by the mad doctor, Kite (Kaito)'s true appearance, and more humor than the manga did.

Cons- Kite (Kaito)'s true intentions, a really creepy bath scene, the mad doctor's death was too fast, `Alita' getting beat up a lot more, the body switch wasn't as cool as the manga version, Dominikov being a cyborg instead of a shinigami, and newer content that wasn't in the manga (yes, this is both a pro and con).

Moving on, the next part will be about the character's dubbed voices. (There will be no sub review since most people just adore the Japanese audio and hate the English audio. Also, I will only pick and choose the characters I really liked).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Steven R.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Awesome anime movie one of the best out there and awesome voice actors love it
Published 3 months ago by da munch 666
5.0 out of 5 stars well put together series
must say that i have watched alot of anime in general this one i go back too quite frequently, the only thing i dislike is that it could have been a few more episodes longer, but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by jared paulhamus
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended for lovers of anime
loved it my wife had gotten me in to this enjoye devery minute of this show, now im a born anime fan
Published 7 months ago by Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Perfect purchase! Would recommend this to any and all anime fans, was a great series to watch and enjoy. have fun with this!
Published 7 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime
This anime is one of the shortest that I have watched. But it was nonetheless good and I would recommend it to anime fans who don't mind a short anime with comedy and fighting.
Published 10 months ago by Elvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome anime!
This show really went under the radar for me. This a very entertaining and enjoyable anime. Lots of fun violence and great dialogue. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Col
4.0 out of 5 stars Its too short!
Murder Princess is a rare anime where its short but still great. For all its plot twists this anime is action packed! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Johnnie Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
One of those fun anime but short. Not much characters development explored. Still, a very interesting story and worth watching.
Published 13 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Switching minds from a Mercenary to a Princess
I liked it. Storyline was a little rough, but the action was good. Some comedy and alot of sword wielding action by women. . .hell yea.
Published 13 months ago by J3F
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