Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power!
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The story goes as this, six companions are in search of the Great-Power, all for their own reasons. Selfish, greedy, personal or for a kingdom. All of the reasons are described in some way or another. I don't want to give anything away. Then comes the "bad-guy", with reasons of his own. A big fight and then the end.
This anime is the reason why animes are fun. It contains a great story that could never really be done with real people, or atleast as fun, well developed characters, Fast-paced as far as anime is concerned, good animation, very good English-Dub for us non-Japanese speaking people, and good sound.
Not a lot of extras, but this doesn't really matter to me.
The only complaint is the ending, it feels as if this series could go on, the further adventures of the Ruin Explorers.
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Our protagonist is Ihrie, a tomboyish sword fighter who due to a curse inflicted on her years ago is unable to use magic, at least not without a price. (You find out exactly what the curse is in episode 2. Let's just say it's simular to Ranma Soutome's.) To make up for this short coming, she brings with her Fam, a ditzy wiggen (half human, half cat creature) who draws her power from the spirits but often blunders in all things, including magic preforming. They are on a quest for the fabeled Ultimate Power, which could supposedly grant the lucky finder whatever s/he desiers. Ihrie and Fam soon run into another team of ruin explorers-Ragna, another sorceress who has a secret phobia of mice, and her arrogant swordsman partner, who start off as rivals but eventually form an uneasy alliance with our heroines. They are joined by a slimey merchant/con artist, and Lyle, a former prince whose kingdom was wiped out by an evil wizard and who has embarked on a quest for revenge.
The only thing that knocks this down by one star is the ending. Read no further if you hate spoilers. Well, lets just say that I thought Ihrie was supposed to be the main hero, but in the final battle she ultimately didn't seem to really do anything useful, despite her efforts. Also, I wasn't really clear exactly on whether she ever got her curse removed or not.
Anyway, this one is highly recommended.
The characters of Ruin Explorers are easily one of its best selling points. Ihrie, a warrior/magician with a short fuse and a serious handicap in the shape of a curse, is my favorite character from this show, and one of my favorite anime characters, period. Many others express a preference for her ditzy magician partner, Fam, or the determined prince, Lyle, which is very understandable. Rasha and Miguel are also very fun, reminiscient of Nagha (Slayers) and Louie (Rune Soldier); and the greedy merchant Galuff and his Muttley-lookalike dog Gil are great, too. On a darker note, Ruguderall is a heckuva villian who is just as bad as he looks. This entire crew was brought to life through exceptional performances by the dub and sub actors alike and through great work by the animators.
One of the key strengths of this cast is how very UN-heroic they are for the most part, especially starting out. Having goofy or slightly selfish fantasy characters is certainly nothing new, but rarely do you see characters who are at once so likeable and yet so TOTALLY in it for the money, riches, and power!Read more ›
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I waited and waited forever to see this one anime ever since i seen the preview on slayers the motion picture on VHS, which was in my teen years and it dosent disapoint. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by shelley
I started watching anime with Akira, so I'm not an old school fan of anime, so I'm coming to this review as a fan of many works from the 1990's. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Kindle Customer
This is a great forgotten fantasy story similar to Slayers or Rune Soldier. My only complaint is that I wish there were more. I love this show. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Kindle Customer
It was a great movie im glad i got it, Il shop with you again!Published on February 23, 2010 by Joshua A. Horne
I've wanted to watch this anime ever since reading a review at [...] The anime follows the lead characters, Fam, a slightly naive cat-girl wiccan who uses spirits to perform magic,... Read morePublished on November 22, 2009 by Gabriel Bono
This is an underappreciated gem-Fam and Ihrie are 2 Ruin Hunters looking for treasure in abandoned ruins (get it? Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by whome
This dvd have an adventure that started out as a comedy and then turn into more of a drama toward the end. Read morePublished on February 6, 2008 by CircleswithinCircles
Isn't it amazing how an anime can be so similar to the Slayers series, yet still be so completely different hurts? Read morePublished on December 28, 2001 by Kirsten
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