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Noein - To Your Other Self, Vol. 1 (2006)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1RFUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The broadcast series Noein (2005) begins with an innocent ghost hunt that turns into a series of terrifying experiences. Twelve-year-old Haruka doesn't realize she's the Dragon Torque, a being of extraordinary power whose existence protects and threatens other dimensions of space and time. The inhabitants of those dimensions want to use her for their own purposes, which Haruka and her friend Yu can't begin to fathom. Even more formidable than the Dragon Calvary from the dimension La'cryma and the insidious warriors of Shangri-La is the title character, a mysterious mask-like figure who speaks to Haruka. The alien characters offer portentous statements about dimensions, time, destruction, and protection, but none of it makes much sense. The filmmakers clearly spent most of their budget on the computer-animated special effects: The character designs and animation have been pared down to a bare minimum. (Unrated, suitable for ages 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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In the near future, a violent battle takes place between the dimension La’cryma (protector of humanity) and the dimension Shangri-La, bent on the annihilation of all space-time. A group known as the Dragon Calvary is dispatched through space and time, searching for the only thing that can stop the invasion: the Dragon’s Torque. In the present, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they meet a member of the Dragon Calvary named Karasu (Crow). He believes that Haruka possesses the Dragon's Torque – and claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future…

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Anime October 17, 2006
By Figbean
The series has superb animation with an impressive score plus it doesn't dumb down the complex sci-fi story. Like FLCL or Paranoia Agent, this anime strikes a balance between intense fighting and character development all the while assuming the viewer doesn't need to be spoon-fed the plot. I like Bleach & Naruto but they tend to follow the DBZ meets Inuyasha formula where battles last 4-5 episodes. Fans of ShojoBeat and ROD will enjoy as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To thine other self be true July 22, 2007
Anime has just about anything you can imagine -- and then some -- but elementary schoolers tackling quantum physics and a forthcoming apocalypse?

Surprisingly, it works. In fact, "Noein" succeeds in having both the kiddie storylines and the eerie other-dimensiony stuff, without seeming contrived. And the first five episodes are mostly about foreshadowing and setup, but they do that pretty brilliantly.

It opens with a strange ship blasting a city to rubble, and two strange black-cloaked men attacking the ship. One of them, Karasu, blows up the ship and vanishes. In modern Japan, Haruka looks up at a church spire to see Karasu staring at her.

Several months later, Haruka agrees to go with her friends -- including the troubled Yuu -- on a ghost hunt. But the ghost hunt goes awry when two strange men -- Karasu and the nutty Atori -- appear in the graveyard and duke it out, after identifying Haruka as the "Dragon Torc," who has the power to bend space and time. Soon the town is swarming with cloaked Dragon Knights from another dimension, along with some suspicious quantum scientists.

The psychotic Atori catches up to Yuu and Haruka on a mountaintop observatory, with Karasu just behind to rescue them. But then the Dragon Knights are attacked themseles, by a strange masked energy being named Noein. The Knights are growing increasingly desperate to capture Haruka, but Karasu -- whose past is linked to hers -- is hell-bent on protecting her, even to the point of attacking his own fellow knights... and whisking Haruka into his own world.

"Noein" is pretty dense on plot -- the first five episodes introduce the villain, heroes, future sorrows, rivalries, quantum physicists, and the kids in the middle of it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent December 6, 2012
By KevinB
In the future a war is raging between inhabitants of alternate dimensions. Haruka and Yuu are middle school friends. The war spills over into their dimension. Soldiers tell Haruka that she has the power to end the war. The soldier that tells her this is the future version of Yuu. Dimensions are crossed and alternate versions of the characters are encountered. Can these children avoid their tragic future and change their destiny. Or will they be victims of a tragic fate.

My god this anime is good. The animation is great, the soundtrack is cool, and the characters are very compelling. Noein has a very complicated plot. Sometimes it's a little heavy, but it's great and brilliantly written. There may be a few plot holes, but it's kinda hard to pinpoint because of the story's complexity. This anime also has a lot of good drama in it. The drama keeps you interested and gives you a reprieve from the heavy and complex story.

Don't be intimidated by all the physics and theoretical supposition in this anime. Just enjoy the beautifully crafted love story. I definitely recommend Noein to any anime fan. It's amazing and a steal for the price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime setting March 12, 2007
By 
At first, I had a second thought in whether I should watch this anime because from the cover, it did not look quite attractive to me. Luckily, I bought it and continue to watch the latest release of more volumns. This is a great story. I do not want to tell much about the story. The identities of the characters are one of myteries that every viewer wants to know. What happened in the past which can cause the so-called the destruction of their world is an attractive question too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing May 4, 2013
I have the whole series, but so far I've just seen this first disc. It's pretty good so far.

The normal story: Haruka is the 12-year-old daughter of a divorcee who writes manga nobody buys. Her best friend is Yuu, son of a divorcee who is pushing him to study for cram school so he can get into a school in Tokyo. The pressure is getting to him, he thinks he's going crazy. Haruka and her friends Ai and Miho chatter over which boys they like (Haruka insists she's "just friends" with Yuu, but both sporty Ai and nerdy/spacy Miho want him. Or, if not him, this other dude.) The kids think they are seeing ghosts, but these ghosts are actually

The cool story: Black-cloaked beings from the alternate world of La'cryma enter our world seeking the Dragon Torque, who just happens to be Haruka. These guys fight amongst themselves (with many pyrotechnics and mutations) over whether they should bring Haruka back to their world, or just kill her.

Since so much time is spent on the "normal" story, it's taking time for the "cool" story to develop. Ratings wise, I guess the violence puts at at PG-13. (Haruka is shown in a bath-tub a couple of times. Don't worry, you don't see anything. I don't understand why anime does things like this. Call me a prudish American if you want, but I just don't get it.)
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