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Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power! (2001)

Jessica Calvello , Tamara Lo , Hiroyuki Nishimura , Kazuhiro Sasaki  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Calvello, Tamara Lo, Kelly Manison, Brett Weaver, Guil Lunde
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Nishimura, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Takeshi Mori
  • Writers: Takeshi Mori
  • Producers: John Ledford, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi, Ken Matsumoto, Masahiro Okamura
  • 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: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJN3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power!" on IMDb

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Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power! Starring Jessica Calvello, Tamara Lo, Kelly Manison and Brett Weaver (Apr 3, 2001) - FACTORY SEALED BRAND NEW Ruin Explores is a very short, 2 hour long, 4-part series that contains everything necessary for a great story. All of the characters are basic, but well developed for the story-line. Nothing is missing, no questions unanswered.

This four-part adventure combines sword-and-sorcery derring-do with slapstick comedy, in the tradition of El Hazard. The brassy Ihrie wanders through the ruins of an unnamed planet with her partner, the elfin "Wiccan" Fam, in search of three enchanted treasures that can unleash the Ultimate Power. Along the way they're joined by the devious merchant Galuff; the sorceress Racha; the swordsman Migel; and Lyle, prince of the destroyed kingdom of Rehbart. Lyle is seeking revenge on the wizard Rugudorull, whose deadly magic devastated Rehbart. But Rugudorull's fate is tied to the Ultimate Power and the three magic objects: the Proof of Royalty, the Mirror of Truth, and the Sword of Sargus. As this unlikely band joins Lyle in his quest, they forge an alliance, with each character bringing a special strength: Migel, his skill as a warrior; Fam, an ability to talk to spirits and a pure heart; Ihrie, a particularly powerful magic--although using it temporarily turns her into a mouse. The climax is confusing but also suggests the possibility of a sequel, if viewers take Ihrie and Fam into their hearts. The four episodes: 1. "As I Command Thee," 2. "Oh, Spirits that Reside in the Air," 3. "Let the Light of Admonishment Shine Upon the Fools," 4. "The Skies, the Sea and the Woods." Not rated: suitable for ages 13 and up for violence, nudity, and occasional profanity. --Charles Solomon

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better September 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I own a lot of anime and have seen even more. Ruin Explorers impressed me with its well drawn art and a story with a few twists to keep you guessing. After I watched the first tape I was glad I had gotten the second tape at the same time. If I hadn't I would have bit me nails until well... you get the picture. My point is this anime is good and that don't buy just one. One is not enough! You will NEED the second tape after watching the first. As a minor note if you have the dubbed version of a Slayers movie the dubbed version of Ruin Explorers is fun to watch since they use some of the same voices. This is one anime not to be passed up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun-Short-Series October 16, 2002
Ruin Explores is a very short, 2 hour long, 4-part series that contains everything necessary for a great story. All of the characters are basic, but well developed for the story-line. Nothing is missing, no questions unanswered.
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.
Buy-it Rent-it Watch-it!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By P. Krug
O.K., here's the story: it's set in a fantasy world where adventurers go exploring ruins searching for treasure and any magical items they can find. If this sounds like any D&D game you played, don't let that throw you off. This has enough action and comedy to satisfy most. I mean, it's not DRAGON HALF, but then few shows are.
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruin Explorers -- A Wonderful Artifact! July 10, 2001
...Though short, this series was far from lacking a good storyline or character development. In fact, this series houses two of my all-time favorite anime characters: Fam and Lyle. And though this will never be my favorite anime series, it will certainly always rank pretty high on my charts. This was a joy to watch, and I've seen this series many times over. It had an endearing, bittersweet story, plenty of action, romance, and even a few comical moments. And the animation isn't anything to be sneezed at, either! And for you bishonen lovers out there, check out Lyle! With a well though-out and drawn-out plot, with interesting characters and cool animation to boot....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best fantasy anime ever made December 6, 2008
In fact, I'll go one further and say that in this viewer's opinion, it's the very best one out there. I am a born sucker for fantasy anime and have watched a great many in my time. Slayers, Dragon Half, Rune Soldier, Record of Lodoss War, Legend of Crystania, Sorcerer Hunters, Gokudo... all of these are amazing shows in their own right, and all contribute something unique to the genre. So what makes this 4-episode OVA so special? In a nutshell, Ruin Explorers distills the very best of what fantasy anime has to offer into an extremely memorable production with no apparent flaws.

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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WAITED FOREVER FOR YOU
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 more
Published 16 months ago by shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of an anime.
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 more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Favorite
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 more
Published on January 13, 2011 by Joe D
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruin Explorers, Vol. 1
It was a great movie im glad i got it, Il shop with you again!
Published on February 23, 2010 by Joshua A. Horne
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun title that any anime fan should enjoy
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 more
Published on November 22, 2009 by Gabriel Bono
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure title.
This is an underappreciated gem-Fam and Ihrie are 2 Ruin Hunters looking for treasure in abandoned ruins (get it? Read more
Published on January 8, 2009 by whome
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting!
This dvd have an adventure that started out as a comedy and then turn into more of a drama toward the end. Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by CircleswithinCircles
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Isn't it amazing how an anime can be so similar to the Slayers series, yet still be so completely different hurts? Read more
Published on December 28, 2001 by Kirsten
4.0 out of 5 stars Fam you idiot!
Ruin Explorers, a.k.a. Fam & Ihrie, is the story of two adventurers pillaging the ruins of an ancient civilization for the "Ultimate Power". Read more
Published on December 19, 2001 by Matthew Lafrance
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