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Ronin Warriors - OVA, Volume 2: Message (1995)

Paul Dobson , Michael Donovan , Mamoru Hamatsu , Masashi Ikeda  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Paul Dobson, Michael Donovan, Jason Gray-Stanford, Matt Hill, David Kaye
  • Directors: Mamoru Hamatsu, Masashi Ikeda
  • Writers: Jinzô Toriumi
  • Producers: Michael Hack
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Bandai Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2003
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008VGLH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ronin Warriors - OVA, Volume 2: Message" on IMDb

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In this third and final OVA in the Ronin Warriors continuity (originally Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers, 1989), Ryo, Cy, Halo, Rowen, and Kento face Suzunagi, a powerful female spirit in vaguely Elizabethan costume. Her presence in Shinjuku is linked to the destructive Inferno Armor and to an Edo period Kabuki play "Legend of the Five Armored Warriors." Each character reflects on his experiences as a Warrior: there are lots of portentous phrases ("Is it the end... or the beginning?"), but little plot or character development. At least two-thirds of the visuals are recycled from earlier episodes, and even the minimal new footage is repeated ad infinitum. In what may well constitute a record for cheesiness in an anime production, directors Mamoru Hamazu and Kazuki Akane linger for almost six minutes on a single cel of Ryo listening to phone messages. (Rated 13 and older: violence, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

A 300-year-old book is discovered which chronicles the adventures of the legendary Samurai Troopers… centuries before they happen! But what does this mean? Are the Troopers merely puppets in some cosmic play, acting out parts? Who is this mysterious Suzunagi, a mysterious girl who entices each of the warriors with their hearts’ desire - salvation, new armors, freedom from a life of fighting. Why is she so interested in the troopers and their armors?

KEY SALES POINTS
Sequel to the hit television series, Ronin Warriors - NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN NORTH AMERICA!!!
Ronin Warriors - originally aired on Syndication, Cartoon Network, and Sci-Fi Channel
All-Star Creative Team
- Kazuki Akane (Escaflowne)
- Norio Shioyama (VOTOMS)
- Shukou Murase (Gundam Wing)
Contains the original Japanese - Samurai Troopers OVA Series
- Gaiden Series
- The Legend of the Inferno Armor Series

DVD FEATURES:
Interactive Animated Menus
Special Reversible DVD Cover
English/Japanese language
English subtitles optional
Bandai Previews


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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Message April 2, 2003
By "baeyd"
Message is very different from the rest of Ronin warriors in the fact that they don't really fight...but instead...must overcome their fears and anxieties of being Ronin Warriors.
This OAV is 5 parts, with each of the Ronin's getting a 20 minute episodes to themselves, reflecting on past events in the series, and standing up to Suzanagi, a spirit that blames the Ronin Warriors for killing her family centuries ago.
The reason Suzanagi places the blame on the Warriors is because her family was killed while preforming a play, that surpriingly enough, tells of the Ronin Warriors fight against Talpa, and the events in the second OAV.
Finally, Bandai is bringing an English version, so ronin fans will be able to understand what exactly is happening, due to the fact that the only fights seen are from the series, and second OAV.
A brilliant piece of work, and a fitting end to Ronin Warriors(Samurai Troopers), you won't be dissapointed...if you can get passed the fact that their is no new fights, just reflections to the past of each of the five characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Series that Wasn't April 4, 2004
If you were a fan of Ronin Warriors, an anime series that aired in Japan in the late 80's to early 90's, this is a MUST have. This is the original anime version of the last real Ronin Warriors ("Samurai Troopers" in Japan) release. It's five parts, and like the previous reviewer said, each episode is dedicated to the individual warriors.
In this OAV, some time has passed since the battle with Talpa and the loss of the armor in the battle with Mukara's black armor. Suzanagi is a woman who has been cursed by the death of her loved ones, which she blames on the armors as a play was being performed which depicted the events of the Ronin Warriors future exploits and battles. Add to this that after so much time, the Ronin Warriors are still battling with their own demons and wondering why they were "chosen" in the first place to wear the armor, IMO this OAV was more about accepting fate.
I enjoyed it but not as much as the previous OAV. This one may not be for everyone - it's mostly dialogue and reflection. The previous reviewer said it before - there really aren't any new fighting scenes. In fact, this might be downright boring for some as half of one episode is like a poem being read to the background of the encounter with Saberstrike and Black Blaze. But one thing that was sort of interesting, not to give too much away, is that in the end I got the impression that perhaps this OAV wasn't going to be the end of the Ronin Warriors series and left the door open for a continuation. Since the original Ronin Warriors was really only to last to the first encounter with Talpa, obvious holes developed in the story. Especially when it comes to the Black Armor or the Dark Warlords. But I guess it's up to fans to use their imaginations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring... June 15, 2010
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To put simply this is the biggest flashback you can get out of the series. While I did think these different armors were neat, it alone was what kept me from breaking this dvd in half. It was all for finishing my collection of a very good series. I don't want to bust the OVA too badly but it is what is. I could look away and just listen to what was being said 3/5s of the time. Did I forget to mention no fighting...flashbacks and emotional pity are all you get. I know the point that they were getting at with denying their armors, but I personally love fighting, it just makes me think that they were just being lazy with what could have been an hour long movie and an epic finale at most. I will keep this for collections sake but other then that, I won't be watching this again, wasted a portion of my life, but I at least saw through it to the end. I'll miss you Ronin Warriors
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2.0 out of 5 stars A depressing end to the series... August 8, 2005
Back in the early 90's, I had become exposed to several cartoons like He-Man, Thundercats, G.I. Joe, and many, many others. Transformers was the biggest force in my life at that point, and I suppose it was my first exposure to Japanese anime, despite the fact that the series was made here in the U.S. (it's considered an anime because it's based on the toy line which was produced in Japan). In the whereabouts of 1994-1995, I had become enamored with another series. In Japan, it was called Yoroiden Samurai Troopers. Being an American, I knew it as Ronin Warriors. The series revolved around five heroes that were selected to wield armor against the villain, Talpa, who wanted those particular armors back so that he can dominate our world. After Talpa was defeated (there were 39? Episodes total), I thought that that was the end. But it wasn't.

There were three OVAs that were never before released here, and in this volume I am reviewing the final OVA from 1990 (Chronologically, it takes place two years after the series). The OVAs were redubbed in 2003, and some of the voices are different. I find it very strange that Sage (whose voice is exactly the same as Dais) has a different voice, when the voice of Cye is still the same (he did Sage as well on the series originally). Maybe the actors were friends with him? Anyways, there are some noticeable differences which actually are quite appropriate and made me wonder why the American dub changed things around.

- Ryo is pronounced "Rio" now, like in the original Japanese.

- Rowen is back to being "Wisdom" like in the original Japanese, and Sage is "Grace." This makes more sense because I always thought Rowen was the genius of the group, and Sage obviously was the ladies' man of the group.
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