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Night Raid 1931: Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050I976A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,310 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The year is 1931. The City is Shanghai. Ten years before America will enter World War II; the hydra's teeth planted by the first great global conflict are beginning to germinate, hatching into spiders weaving the complex web of plots and conspiracies destined to inevitably draw entire nations, against their will, to the brink of destruction once more. And caught in the heart of these webs, desperately seeking to separate lies from truth, is "Sakurai Kikan," an ultra-secret intelligence agency staffed by extraordinarily talented individuals with abilities far beyond those of normal humans. Their duty: stop the darkest plots and eliminate the greatest threats. But in a city built on intrigue, can even a team of clairvoyants, telepaths and espers stand against the ultimate forces of destiny? As the Japanese Imperial Army rolls across China, documented facts and fantasy intermingle in the breathtaking exploration of alternative history that is Night Raid 1931 - The Complete Collection.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psych-Ops Brand of Anime August 8, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this anime because it is very different on many levels from other series. First of all, it is a spy genre, something that should be exploited more in anime productions. Second, it weaves together a historical touch with a bit of fiction to flesh out some really interesting themes of espionage, intrigue, and conspiracies. Finally, it brings a touch of the fantastic as the main characters have super-human powers of the mind. This is an anime that does a good job of putting these aspects together to create a wholesome story without giving leverage to the other.

What I really enjoyed most about this anime is that it is centered on Asia. Of course, there are many series where the setting is in Japan itself, but this anime makes it more interesting in exploring Asia in the 1930's and the web of politics and history surrounding that era. Modernization is taking a hold on Asia after years of isolation, and now powers are jockeying for influence in various places, including the melting pot in the city of Shanghai. This where our spy team comes in: the Sakurai Kikan, a Japanese psych-ops intelligence unit who use their unique powers to accomplish missions individually in each episode while discovering a bigger conspiracy behind it all. The writers and producers took great liberties in exploring Japanese history while planting a special plot of the creative in putting characters with these powers, especially the Mukden Incident which set off a pretext to invade Manchuria. Even the puppet emperor of Manchuria, gets a mention in the series.

The intelligence squad is headed by Mr. Sakurai, an older Japanese gentleman who behind the scenes orchestrates their missions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 16, 2014
By T Hall
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Not too bad
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Night Raid is unique in the realm of anime. It takes place in 1931 China. The main characters are part of a super powered spy team. One can teleport, another can read minds, etc. They don't focus heavily on the super powers or the history, which is an elegant touch, but ultimately a nail in the coffin for a show that desperately needs more to it.

The characters are designed well. They are not deep, but well above childish anime clones. Their boss resembles the head of Public Security 9 from Ghost in the Shell. He's professional, to the point, and his true motives are kept murky. There's a good contrast between the two male leads. One of them uses his power at every turn and the other practices extreme restraint. It's a tasteful comparison the holds the most cohesive narrative throughout the series. The female lead is not annoying and that's hard to do in anime. The fourth member of the team is the lumbering, strong and silent type. His character barely develops beyond that, but it's only a minor negative.

This is pre World War II in Shanghai. The creators should be applauded for choosing to tell a story in a time that is not obsessed on by historians (who clearly hunger to write about the two juicy wars that sandwich it). The genesis of the show is slow, but smart. The following episodes form a great premise. The middle is painfully aimless, and boring. The ending is adequate in execution, and champions an interesting theory about China and the first atom bomb. It's a historically intriguing story, that's carried with the speed of a tortoise. Slow and steady did not win the race, and imprisoned the show in mediocrity. It's a shame.

The animation is great.
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9 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (not seen it) just postng via WiKi August 28, 2011
Thought I'd save you the effort ^.^

(PLOT)Set in Shanghai in 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army has been dispatched to mainland China due to the relatively recent First Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, and World War I. In this cosmopolitan city of intrigue, there is a special military spy organization called "Sakurai Kikan" that has since been buried in history.

(Impressions it left of people who have view this anime)
Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network found the story reminiscent of Ian Fleming's works, being in the pulp espionage genre, which he regarded as being a refreshing change from other anime series.Theron Martin felt the story seemed like a "particularly strong addition" to the "super powered secret spy" genre, and commended the attention to details in using Chinese dialogue, but felt the musical score did not always work with the show.Hope Chapman enjoyed that the stunts in the anime did not seem "implausible", and enjoyed the setting.Tim Maughan compared the show to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and felt the exposition to be difficult to follow at times. Maughan enjoyed the "convincing noir atmosphere" and "exhilarating" action scenes.Rebecca Bundy felt that the first episode wasted time on exposition and did not build a picture of the relationships between the characters.Christopher Macdonald felt it had "a lot of potential".

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the rest is here: [..] -OR- search at Anime News Network .. 8/29/2011
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I have seen three fansubbed episodes of the series, reminds me a bit of Baccano!. My recommendation is that you search for some "Senko no Night Raid"-Fansubs to get an idea of the show. I liked it and pre ordered the blu ray after watching the subs.

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