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Pumpkin Scissors, Vol. 1: Honor and Blood (1234)

Katsuhito Akiyama  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Katsuhito Akiyama
  • Format: Animated, Color, 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UP87X2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Who--and what--is Randel Oland? Three years after the war between the Empire and the Frost Republic concluded the Imperial Army's Intelligence Section Three the Pumpkin Scissors Team hunts down rogue ex-soldiers who possess tanks. While on a mission Lieutenant Alice Malvin and her crew encounter Randel a scarred giant who can destroy a tank with just a hand gun.System Requirements:Run time: 100 minutes Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: PG UPC: 702727151224

Who--and what--is Randel Oland? Three years after the war between the Empire and the Frost Republic concluded, the Imperial Army's Intelligence Section Three, the Pumpkin Scissors Team, hunts down rogue ex-soldiers who possess tanks. While on a mission, Lieutenant Alice Malvin and her crew encounter Randel, a scarred giant who can destroy a tank with just a hand gun. Alice takes him onto the team without knowing much beyond his name and the fact that he was once a corporal in the Imperial Army. As Randel helps the squadron destroy a cruel band of outlaws and a crazed aristocrat, Alice and her men begin to suspect he was part of the rumored 901 Anti-Tank Force, "The Invisible Nine." Based on a manga by Ryoutarou Iwanaga, Pumpkin Scissors (2006) offers a ditsy heroine and a tormented mystery man, plus a standard assortment of supporting characters and maniacal villains. It's competently made, but Pumpkin Scissors feels undistinguished at best. (Rated TV 14 VL, suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, character driven action/drama October 23, 2007
Although the premise seems a bit cliched, and the trailer doesn't nearly do it enough justice, Pumkin Scissors is a wonderful little series that establishes itself nicely in this first season. We're introduced to a delightful cast of characters and a situation that is unique to war-driven anime: it takes place after the war. Each character is well developed and they seem as much like a family as the guys at Section 9 in GitS. Anyone looking for action won't be disappointed, but this is a drama driven war story that doesn't get to heavy into it's main plot. This is something only touched upon lightly, but you know there is something bigger going on. Instead, the majority of the series is character exploration and a collection of stories about the Pumpkin Scissors dealing with the effects of war on the populace. It really is a great series and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new anime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The bigger they are, the harder they fall. October 27, 2007
By J1 Luse
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I'm a bit ambivalent towards this show because most of the characters in the "War Relief" team are stereotypes that I've seen before (lecherous dude, mild intellectual, cheerful girl who serves tea and a middle-aged chief who spends much of his time reading a paper and has nothing useful to say). For an army unit, this group is pretty useless. The bright stars are 18 year old Alice, noble born and idealistic, cute and prone to striking dramatic poses with her sword and the giant Randall. Yeah, Randall makes this show for me. He's well over 7 ft tall, seemingly indestructible and wields an awesome pistol - great for killing the crews of tanks. The giant doesn't speak much but I find him the most interesting of the team. It's amusing to see people react to him! Alice is remarkably accepting of Randall, not even asking about his past, but I think their relationship will deepen as the show progresses. One thing for sure, with Randall the "War Relief" team became a lot more combat-worthy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An anime definitely not to be judged by its cover! August 8, 2008
The war was over and the empire would never be the same. The after-math of a major war could leave cities, towns and the people in chaos as famine, plague and problematic people are common place.

The Empire has created a new division within the 3rd section of the Information Bureau. The new division is called "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" and their mission is to assist areas that are devastated.

Unfortunately, to some people, the "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is looked at as a group of people who are just the pawns of the Empire that is just there to suppress the people and really, just organized to be "politically correct".

But leading the "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is Lt. Alice Malvin, a daughter of royalty but chooses to serve the military and help the people who became the casualties of war. She believes in justice, while many think she's out of her mind.

But with each dangerous and deadly mission, she meets up with a very tall soldier who joins the group. A former corporal of the 901 anti-tank battalion but what the PUMPKIN SCISSORS don't know is that once he turns on his blue light, he becomes like a willow-the-wisp. A killer who fears no one, not even tanks and seems to have super-human abilities and healing factor.

"PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is based on a manga series found on Monthly Shonen Magazine published by Kodansha. The TV series is 24-episodes long and the first volume contains episodes 1-4.

The first volume of "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is an exciting tale of a division that the Empire really doesn't put too much faith in but with each episode, the odds are always against the four-person team but somehow they pull through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Patlabor' fans will like this.... September 30, 2014
By H. Jin
Another member of the 'Perfect Blue' school of "two random English words" anime titles!

With production by GONZO, and based on a military unit attempting to "clean up" after a long war, I was expecting/fearing 'Pumpkin Scissors' would be a predicable CGI military action series. Instead, at least in these first episodes, the anime it most reminds me of is 'Patlabor'. So far, the series has been mostly a mix of offbeat comedy and drama, with the focus more on character than action. Despite their good intentions, Section III is regarded by the rest of the military as a bit of a joke, and apart from Alice - the dedicated, idealistic lead - it is made up of the sort of quirky oddballs and goofy characters who wouldn't be out of place in the SV2. And the storylines have more to do with abandonded babies and misbehaving dogs than military destruction. There is some action, as well as reflection on war and its effects on the civilian population, but the mood is never down for long, and the silly/funny closing song ends each episode on a suitably light and goofy note. With one character being revealed to be a former member of a secret anti-tank division, I can see the darker action, military scheming, and psychological conditioning themes developing further in later episodes.

'Patlabor' was one of my all-time favourite anime, so I've quite enjoyed 'Pumpkin Scissors' so far. Other 'Patlabor' fans, or those who like a dose of fun and quirkiness with their action-themed anime, should give this a go too.
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