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Peacemaker - Complete Collection (2005)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5IOPC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • 24 episodes on five discs

Editorial Reviews

Set during the troubled times between the arrival of Admiral Perry in 1853 and the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Peacemaker (2003) often feels like a prequel to Rurouni Kenshin, but from the politically opposite side. Tetsunosuke "Tetsu" Ichimura initially seems like an anime stereotype: the irrepressible half-pint who wins out through sheer determination. At 15, Tetsu is stubborn and impetuous, but he's wrestling with personal demons. When his older brother Tatsu becomes a bookkeeper for the Shinsengumi, a group of samurai the Shogun organized to protect the capital, Tetsu decides to join the quasi-military corps. His resolute spirit charms fey swordsman Souji Okita, who coaxes iron-willed vice-commander Hijikata into accepting the boy as a page. Tetsu becomes the unofficial mascot of the goofy but deadly ronin of the Shinsengumi: they call him "Puppy Boy," tease him about being cute, and even speculate that Hijitaka keeps him around for sexual favors. As the series progresses and the conflict with the anti-Shogun forces nears, Tetsu must decide whether to avenge his parents, who were murdered by Imperialist agents, or become a "Peacemaker," as his father desired. The spectacularly choreographed battle scenes show just how grueling a trial Tetsu faces.

Many of the characters and incidents in Peacemaker are based in fact, although the filmmakers take considerable liberties and the story rambles. But it's the interaction of the characters that gives the series its appeal: Even the minor samurai feel like credible individuals. Writer Hiroshi Yamaguchi and director Tomohiro Hirata refuse to offer facile solutions to Tetsu's inner conflict, which gives Peacemaker a satisfying depth. The boxed set lacks the many extras--both on video and in print--that were included with the individual discs. (Rated 15 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use, nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

For 15 year-old Tetsunosuke Ichimura, childhood innocence has given way to a blinding thirst for revenge. Haunted by the vicious slaying of his parents, Tetsu joins a group of elite swordsmen to hunt down the rebels who murdered his parents.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Okay, the price on this is really reasonable, but watch out! There are _no_ extras here. Normally I wouldn't care because I generally just want to watch the anime episodes themselves, but I _really_ liked the short, narrated stories that came as extras with the other DVDs (especially the narrations by Hijikata, Okita, and the trio of jokers). So, be warned!

This version has both the Japanese voices with English subtitles and the English voices.

The anime series itself is wonderful, and it's definitely slashable, if you're so inclined.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect > Complete March 3, 2006
By Katrina
I imported the Peacemaker DVD set The Perfect Collection still factory sealed. It has all 24 episodes and the extras found on the individual volumes all on only 3 DVDs. I forget if it only offers Japanese and English as audio languages, but it also has Chinese available for subtitles.

I am not a fan of blood and gore in the least, so I was surprised that not only did I enjoy the fight scenes, but felt there weren't enough of them! The action scenes are very well done, in the few episodes that they appear in.

There isn't much nudity. Mostly you can see the chests of certain guys (like Harada). There are scenes with another man naked and it scans up his body from the pelvic area/hip bones to his face, no genitals. Later you see the same guy sitting in his underwear. As for females, there is cleavage and and half covered breasts in ONE episode. So don't expect a parade of half naked people anywhere in this anime.

I'm the type of person to like Sailor Moon, Pom Poko, Spirited Away, etc. But I simply love Peacemaker! If you don't like watching anime subbed, but hate how bad the translations usually are in the dubbed versions, you don't have to worry with Peacemaker. The dubbed translations are very close to the subtitled translations (if only Sailor Moon was like that!).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peacemaker - Complete Collection Review November 3, 2006
If Rurouni Kenshin left you wanting more feudal-era themed anime, then Peacemaker just might scratch that itch. It's got a good plot, memorable characters, and was beautifully animated by Gonzo. You can't go wrong with the animation studio that also worked on Last Exile, Chrono Crusade, and Samurai 7, among others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear jerking January 7, 2008
This story was great! I laughed. I cried. I hated and loved the bad guy. Sumumu has to be my favortie character next Okita. I have actually watched the whole this twice.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story January 23, 2006
I just finished with this series, and wanted to share my thoughts since there is only one other review. I picked up this little gem on a whim and I was blown away with the series. I'm a big Rurouni Kenshin fan, and it's been tough looking for a series to compare. There are plenty of lovable characters in Peacemaker, as well as some good plot. The action is more towards the end of the set, but I had to watch the last two discs without stopping. There is some seriously good sequences, and cliff hangers...should you only have one disc. I probably would have ordered the last disc with overnight shipping, had I not bought the set. It's that good. All in all, I thought the storylines were tied up nicely. I'm glad to see a series that was thought through from the beginning and not rushed to a finale once the budget was cut. Enjoy!
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