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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HUMBLE OPINION
Ok, people this is my humble opinion about the specific anime. So you may ask why this guy gave the show 5 stars...

To begin with and to get out of the way the most obvious matter, I bought the shows when they came out separately and had to pay much-much more than the amount that people will have to pay for the complete collection.

To the story, it...
Published on February 13, 2006 by Niko

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Adventure is not a game!"
When you feast your eyes on the gorgeously illustrated box that holds Rune Soldier's six slim cases (also gorgeously illustrated), you might assume that this series is an action-packed anime adventure masterpiece in the tradition of Record of Lodoss War. Unfortunately, Rune Soldier is light on action, and heavy on mean-spirited comedy. The target of most of the comedic...
Published on December 9, 2007 by iansomniak


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82 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HUMBLE OPINION, February 13, 2006
This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
Ok, people this is my humble opinion about the specific anime. So you may ask why this guy gave the show 5 stars...

To begin with and to get out of the way the most obvious matter, I bought the shows when they came out separately and had to pay much-much more than the amount that people will have to pay for the complete collection.

To the story, it is mainly about three women - one a mercenary, one a priest and sort of white magician and one is a thief - and of course the main character Louie and his female friend. The previous mentioned women are adventurers but in order to succeed they need a powerful magician by their side. Well, imagine who this one will be, exactly no other than Louie. Well, the problem with this magician is that a) instead of studying magic he prefers to drink beer, b) instead of using magic he prefers his fists and kicks -especially when they encounter monsters for the first time I was laughing so much that I had started to cry, c) When he opens his mouth he is full of s..., what will make the viewer crack laughing with what comes out of his mouth...

However, as clumsy as he may appear at the beginning - the main reason why the three other women will "hate" him (during the first episodes, something that changes later on); but are forced to stick with him for the above mentioned reason - proofs itself to be as if the creator of the shows wanted to mislead us. Why am I saying this: Because there will be occasions (especially in the first episodes) when Louie says from time to time something so mature, and his magic from time-to-time proofs to be seriously strong, that the viewer will ask himself/herself, is there something more behind his, in many times, ridiculous and funny behaviour? The answer is yes, as it happened with Vash of Trigun... And as the story evolves Louie becomes better and better all the time, in many aspects and ends up to ... the world...

(And are not fouled because, the story is not only about adventures but it deals with other aspects that become more clear later on, the adventures are basically something like the starting point of the story...)

To conclude, the story is funny, in other worlds people will crack laughing with what is Louie able to do or not to do, very enjoyable, has action, romance, and the storyline is not so bad (of course, please do not compare it with the philosophical meanings of Evangelion but for its genre as it is...)

Is it worth buying it? Yes, I can honestly recommend this show... Enjoy it...
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to anyones anime collection, December 29, 2005
This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
I was walking around the anime section of a nearby electronics store and this box set caught my eye. I looked it over a bit, and noticed the character design as well as the storyline was created by 'Ryo Mizuno'. Ryo Mizuno is also the creator of Record of Lodoss War and Legend of Crystania, which are both great animes 'especially Record of Lodoss War'.

I, of course, already started to have high expectations for Rune Soldier. It is awesome, it's pretty funny, and less serious than it's counterparts. The characters all have unique attitudes of their own, and while the story progression can be a little pointless, *find runes to find treasure* the ending is actually surprising, and makes this Anime an extremely wise purchase. I would recommend Rune Soldier to any Otaku.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun series at a great price!, July 9, 2006
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At 24 episodes -- plus the box -- for just over $30, this is one of the best anime buys I've found. The series itself is joyfully mindless comedy, taking place in a Dungeons and Dragons-like world. It takes the harem formula and stand it on its head -- the three girls the main character joins would rather push him off a cliff. And the main character wants to prove himself -- except he's a tavern brawler trapped in a sorceror's profession. The series won't be recorded in the annals of otakudom as anything groundbreaking, but the series is certainly fun.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Adventure is not a game!", December 9, 2007
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iansomniak (USA, Planet Earth) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
When you feast your eyes on the gorgeously illustrated box that holds Rune Soldier's six slim cases (also gorgeously illustrated), you might assume that this series is an action-packed anime adventure masterpiece in the tradition of Record of Lodoss War. Unfortunately, Rune Soldier is light on action, and heavy on mean-spirited comedy. The target of most of the comedic cruelty is a brave but bumbling blue-haired magician named Louie. After the whiny purple-eyed priestess, Melissa, receives a revelation from Mylee (the god of battle), she dutifully but reluctantly accepts Louie as her "valiant champion"--even though she hates his guts--and the struggling Magic Guild student is allowed to join Melissa's heretofore all-girl adventuring party. The treasure-hunting team also includes the cold and combative warrior woman, Genie, and the greedy and irascible thief, Merrill--whose favorite pastime is bathing in giant jars of gold coins. While accompanying the ever-ungrateful vixens on their journeys, Louie must tolerate Melissa's incessant muttering and complaining and endure unending physical and verbal abuse from her nasty friends. The beautiful but belligerent battle babes relentlessly clobber the inept wand-wielder on the head, threaten him with knives and swords, and insult him with unkind epithets like "moron," "nutcase," and "stupid idiot." Sure, Louie's impetuous, and he can't tell a paralyzing magical item from an explosive one, but he's also courageous and good with his fists...plus he's got that cool blue hair, just like Max Sterling! I honestly don't understand why Louie puts up with these disagreeable dames and completely ignores his redheaded classmate, Ila--the only likable female character in the series, except maybe for that pointy-eared elf girl.

The best thing about the show is its bright and vibrant animation and clever character designs. The colors are bold and vivid and every character has a unique look. The opening song is great too, but I find the closing song kind of annoying. This series is not really one continuous story like many animes; each episode stands on its own, and some of them--like the "Darling Jar" episode--are very amusing. I wasn't too thrilled with the first disc, but the shows improve as the series progresses. The final disc is by far the best, as things get a bit more serious and dramatic. However, the ending is sort of a letdown because many plot points are left unresolved. Since this collection is so affordably priced, it's worth considering, but there are many other shows available that are way better than Rune Soldier.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reprint only, Funny series anyway, September 11, 2008
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Aahzmandius (Dallas, TX United States) - See all my reviews
A humorous dungeon crawl anime series.

According to info I've found on Anime News Network, this is not a continuation of the 2005 release from ADV, but a reprinting...so "Volume 2" is misleading.

Still, if you don't have Rune Soldier Louie already, this is a great anime series in a similar tone to Slayers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Enjoyment, August 21, 2006
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This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
I haven't bought anime in years, but this came up in my gold box and it sounded cute and like a cross between Slayers and Tenchi (my two favorite animes) so I picked it up.

Man, am I ever glad I did. I was laughing out loud as some of the hijinx in this cartoon and it's rare I ever laugh at loud at anything.

Excellent voice acting, and the animation is very much in the vein of "Record of Lodoss War." A lot of the episodes are two parters, and there is just the right mix of drama and insane comedy. It was so enjoyable I ende dup tracking down the first 4 volumes of the manga.

Complete impulse purchase and I'm very glad I did. For the cost, you can't go wrong, especially when most anime DVD's are $20+ per DISC in this day and age
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The episodes were enjoyable, but the set lacks substantial bonus features, June 2, 2009
The Rune Soldier DVD box set contains all twenty-four episodes of the series. Each disc contains four episodes and extras. The extras are on the disappointing side. You can see the "clean" opening and "clean" ending on all six discs in the set; these are versions of the opening and ending that do not have text on them. The fourth disc in the set also includes the "Gunning for the Guardian" game. The game takes a story from one of the episodes on the disc, where the characters are trying to catch a sea monster. The interface for the game is rather clunky. You basically choose from one of three different locations on the lake, and it appears to randomly choose what video footage from the English dub version of the episode to use. Personally, I thought this game was rather lame, and not much of an improvement over the clean opening and closing. To me, it felt like that ADV Films just took six discs that had originally been issued separately and packaged them together into one box, and not taking any time or effort to make any changes to the content of the actual discs. As a final "special feature," all six discs also include previews of other properties that ADV Films has released on DVD.

The actual episodes in the series are decent. While there are some flaws with the series, the episodes are enjoyable to watch, especially after you make it past the first couple of episodes.

This set is rated at TV 14, but I would personally recommend this series for anime viewers fifteen or sixteen years of age and older. If you're a fan of Rune Soldier, you will want to acquire this DVD set in order to have all of the episodes. However, be prepared to be disappointed by the lack of special features and extras in the set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars G R E A T ! ! !, July 29, 2008
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Ray Bradley (Pennsylvania, United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
If you like to laugh, this will crack you up.

WHAT YOU GET:

One Collector's Box for the Complete Series: 6 Thinly-Cased DVDs
(5.1 ENG Audio, 2.0 JAP Audio, 4:3 Screen Ratio)
DVD 1: "Enter the Klutz" Consists of Episodes 1-4
DVD 2: "Adventure for Dummies" Consists of Episodes 5-8
DVD 3: "A True Champion" Consists of Episodes 9-12
DVD 4: "Monsters and Mayhem" Consists of Episodes 13-16
DVD 5: "Fists of Folly" Consists of Episodes 17-20
DVD 6: "Louie Punch" Consists of Episodes 21-24

Well, first, if and when you watch this, you wont want this series to end, which is a big bummer. Not that the ending is not good enough, its fine as it is, but you really get into the characters, like one does when watching Cowboy Bebop or Berserk. Just to be clear, this is nothing like Cowboy Bebop or Berserk, this is a fantasy/comedy anime, which originated from Manga Novels. The novels go past this series I believe, so maybe one day they will make additional episodes, and I think they have...

SECOND SEASON?:

FYI, There may be a second season, sold here on Amazon, Rune Soldier, Vol. 2: Complete Collection, This title will be released on August 19, 2008.

http://www.amazon.com/Rune-Soldier-Vol-Complete-Collection/dp/B001ASQ9G0/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1217788347&sr=8-1
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just an Okay collection, July 23, 2008
This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
I'm not completely sure why some people rated this anime with five stars... perhaps if it were my very first collection I'd agree. I like funny anime, but unless you get a kick out of girls inexplicably beating up on powerful men, you may not enjoy this one as much as others. In its defense, it does improve itself each disc. Each character has a good foundation and the series does have potential. Perhaps the second collection can pick up from the final disc and actually pull off some really good entertainment. I wasn't upset I purchased this, but definitely don't expect a 4 1/2 - 5 star collection. *shrugs*
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not meet expectations, August 9, 2007
This review is from: Rune Soldier - Complete Collection (DVD)
From some of the reviews I expected the development of a subplot throughout the series. The art quality was good but not spectacular, certainly not immovative. The writers did n=manage to give the central characters a promising thre-dimensionality, but then made little or no effort to take it any further. The final story arc was late in appearing, rushed in charcter and disappointig in its simplicity.

All in all, I didn't feel cheated by buying the boxed set used and being able to watch the set straight through, but overall I didn't get attached enough to the story arc to keep it, especailly since it ended with a huge number of olot holes that we'll never see resolved.

Brian McCrary
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