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From the Back Cover

It's not over yet! Return to Japoness for a visit with everyone's favorite marionettes! Everyone's enjoying the peace and quiet - except for Lime. The winds of change are in the air, and the old ways are being swept aside. With Lorelei back, TerraII is going to halt production on marionettes. Even the Sanja Festival, the high point of Japoness culture, is undergoing radical change. Will everyone forget about Lime and the others? Amidst all this turmoil is a visit from Hanagata's father, a high-tech float race, a thief, a letter from Faust, and the rise of the Shiritaki Alliance!

Special Features

  • Textless opening and ending

Product Details

  • Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, Yuka Imai, Yuri Shiratori, Akiko Hiramatsu, Kikuko Inoue
  • Directors: Masami Shimoda
  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000633QX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saber Marionette J to X, Program One" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The series is still a lot of fun, but the production quality severely hurts it.
KevinB
They really messed up this aspect I'd only recommend buying this last part if you are curious about the real ending to SMJ and/or if you're a real fan of the series.
"ibarrech"
This anime is the reason why many hardcore anime fans choose to watch their DVD's in the Japanese audio.
Rynoth

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rynoth on May 25, 2005
This is one of those instances where you wish there was a rating lower than

1 star.

After watching SMJ I picked up the sequel SMJ to X and if only I'd have had a camera

to capture the shock and horror on my face when I first heard the english voice overs. Otaru sounds like a weed smoking "dude", Bloodberry now has the ability to talk through her nose, Lime's voice is a little older and with probably 0.2% of the emotion the original had, and I swear to God that Cherry's voice over actress starred on PBS's Bearstein Bears cartoon. What's funny is that the only person whos' voice is tolerable is Hanagata, who sounds like a guy who watched the first Saber Marionette and is trying his best to imitate. Not only are the voices for the character's messed up, but the acting of the english version is highschool play terrible. It's like they were TRYING to find the worst possible people for this anime. There were instances where I had to switch it over to Japanese audio so I could watch without feeling sick.

The next thing you're going to notice in Saber Marionette J to X is the animation has also taken a nose dive. While the colors are more solid and vibrant, the detailing is subpar. The use of rendering over done, and done poorly. Panning the camera and zoom in's on still images is done way too much, and there are times where the characters don't match up with the CG background. I also get the feeling that there are frame drops in some instances. All in all the whole thing feels like a corner cut rush job.

This anime is the reason why many hardcore anime fans choose to watch their DVD's in the Japanese audio. For me, this show has the absolute worst acting and voices I have heard in my entire life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on December 20, 2012
The first thing I thought when I saw this was, "wow they screwed the pooch". The animation is brighter in J to X than the original, but the character designs are way worse. The details have all been done away with, I hate the way the drew the characters faces too. They are all drawn very ugly. While the Marionettes were somewhat attractive in the 1st season, in this one their faces looked really mashed. The voice acting is also very bad. Cherry is the only tolerable character.

The good news about this anime is that the story is still pretty interesting and fun. There isn't much action in the earlier part of this season, but there are some fun episodes. All the hijinks and comedy are still left intact. Tiger, Panther, and Luchs are still living next door to Otaru and his Marionettes. They are running a restaurant called Faust Diner. As we know from the OVA, Faust sent them to Otaru to undergo common sense training. The Saber Dolls have taken a huge hit in the animation department. Every one of them is butt ugly. It's a shame that they did this to such a great series. I recommend renting it or watching it online before buying it. The series is still a lot of fun, but the production quality severely hurts it. I think it's generous to give it 3 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "ibarrech" on March 23, 2002
This is the third and final installment of the Saber Marionette J series.
It presents an interesting plot twist, yet, the art is no as appealing or as rich as in the other instalments (J and J again).
Altough it tells the story of what will happen to marionettes when women return to Terra 2, the stories aren't as well planned and almost fail to maintain the charismatic humor of the original Saber Marionette J.
Nonetheless, the battle scenes, altough few, are still as good as they were, even better. It was good to see something so important be taken into a better level. Really, kudoz.
The music and sound seems to improve, as the ending and opening themes are catchy and well tuned, the stories are always accompanied by a great musical score and the japanese voices are well done (don't go near the english ones...)
The only real disappointment was the lack of continuity. Not only is the story from J Again discontinued, but the cast seems to act a little out of character. Lime is a lot more childish almost to the point of annoyance, Otaru is depressive and insensitive sometimes and the saber dolls were playing secondary characters that could have been done without. Now, if most of the marionettes had supposedly matured by the end of J, why are they acting more childish and less smart? They really messed up this aspect

I'd only recommend buying this last part if you are curious about the real ending to SMJ and/or if you're a real fan of the series. I just hope the third installment of the SMJ to X series will have the bonus 26th episode, a favorite between fans.
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I find the start of this new Marionette series almost logical. While the Saber dolls stay in Japoness to learn more about emotions and manners, there are changes happening to the culture. Besides the fact that peace is allowing the many nations to mix their traditions and ideas together, with Lorelei to clone the production of Marionettes on Terra II will come to a halt. Add the humor of a float race along Hanagata's father visiting his sons and you get a well balanced plot line. Not too much humor, with just the right about of a serious tone.
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