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Red Garden, Vol. 1: Live to Kill

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An odd string of suicides surrounds a private institution on Roosevelt Island. On the night a classmate dies, Kate, Rachel, Rose and Claire wake with no memories of the evenings’ events. The next night, the four girls are drawn together by mysterious red butterflies only they can see. Converging at Central Park, the girls are approached by a strange woman who tells them they are dead. Now, the four girls must work together to learn the secrets of their death-and the means to return to their previous life.

Kate, Rachel, Claire, and Rose, the high school heroines of the supernatural fantasy Red Garden (2006) share a vexing problem: They can't remember what they did on a recent evening. Mysterious red butterflies lead the girls to a small park, where Lula, an equally mysterious woman, tells them they were all murdered that night. Lula has arranged for them to receive "borrowed lives" that enable them to continue daily existence. In return, the quartet must kill weird, werewolf-like men that stalk the night; if they fail, they cease to exist entirely. Red Garden continues the recent fad for dark, grisly adventures in anime. The violence isn't as graphic as in Elfin Lied, but Red Garden isn't a series for the squeamish. In Japan, the show spawned an OVA spin-off, Dead Girls. (Rated TV MA V, suitable for ages 16 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, profanity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Kara Greenberg, Melissa Davis, Brittney Karbowski, Maggie Flecknoe, Eden J. Barrera
  • Writers: Hiroshi Satô, Mari Okada, Tomohiro Yamashita
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T4T8YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,502 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red Garden, Vol. 1: Live to Kill" on IMDb

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My husband and I rented this from netflix and yes, at the opening credits we both groaned at the bad song translation. However, we persevered through the first episode, which hinted at more. So we continued to watch, and each episode was better than the last, giving more of the story - which is quite complex and involved! Before we knew it, the afternoon was gone and we had watched the entire first dvd! We both agreed to move the second and third dvd's in this series to the top of our queue, and to look into purchasing this series.
We are both middle-aged professionals with good imaginations and open minds, who love both fiction and non-fiction, as well as good scifi. If you give this series a chance and pay close attention you will be well rewarded with a smart, serious story underneath the silly songs and cosmetic fluff that graces most anime nowadays. Highly recommended!
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What would you do if you were given a second chance at life?

Welcome to the life of four teenagers who are given a new chance at life but things are not as what you may expect.
In October 2006, GONZO's "RED GARDEN" appeared on TV Asahi. The show ended at 22 episodes in March 2007 and now the teen/horror drama will be released in the US in September.

"RED GARDEN" is an anime that takes place in New York and revolves around four teenagers:

Kate Ashley - A member of GRACE, the top students who police the school for students who are late to class and to ensure that all is well at their high school but trying to cope with life after the death of her good friend Lise.

Rachel Benning - The popular girl in school, wearing the most expensive clothes and always partying with her friends.

Claire Forrest - Independent and outspoken. Not a student but works (or tries) to make ends meet.

Rose Sheedy - A shy girl who takes care of her siblings while her mother is hospitalized.

The four girls have nothing to do with each other but each share a common friend named Lise Meyer who has been murdered. To make matters worse, other young girls from their high school are being murdered. Also, for the four, they can't seem to remember what happened the night of Lise's murder.

One night, the four are brought together and wait until a mysterious man and woman appears to them and tells them that they all were murdered and have been given a second chance at life. But to stay alive, they will need to kill the beasts who murder at night.

They have no choice but to fight and win. Or else they die.
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This series I thought was great and I believe it takes someone over 12 to understand it and handle the fighting. It mysterious has a new sense of animation thats not been seen before often and is quit refreshing. The theme songs are bubbly then heavy because of the soft and yet violent themes to the story. At times the random singing is odd and the show can get angsty but its truly not that bad. The four main girls have a complex realationship but is understandable. If you want to own something mysterious with dark undertones with a interesting anime style then buy or preview the first episode on ADVs websites to see if you will really like it or not. But it is a great series to own and deserves to be on anyones shelf.
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This is not just the simple story of four girls who hunt man-beasts and kill them. Nothing is simple with this story. Kate, Rachel, Claire and Rose are all different girls from different lanes of the rat race we call life. They only were linked by two facts. They all knew Lise and they all are now dead. And if they wish to live they must kill at the command of the butterflies. Can they live with the blood on their hands? What do they have to live for? Family? School? Can they kill without question, without knowledge, without feelings? No, that's the point. Each has their own reasons for wanting to live. But is that enough for all of them? In some way Rachel is the most interesting. A popular girl with the boys and a party animal she find herself asking herself those all important questions that always bum us out. Is this worth it? She can't be with her friends, she can't think of all the stupid things like make up and fashion like she use to. Can she kill just to live so she can kill just to live? She carries a baseball bat in the last episode and is the first to crack under the pressure. But is that a sign of her being unstable or is she the first to truly understand what is happening to them? There is gore, great artwork and musical numbers. Yes, musical numbers. Think Evil Dead, 90210 and Singing In The Rain.
The anime is so great I have already watched volume 2 and plan to get them all. This is one anime I don't wish to miss and I don't think it will get boring.
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