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Scrapped Princess - Family Ties (Vol. 1) (2005)

Mari Devon , Fumiko Orikasa  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Mari Devon, Fumiko Orikasa, Shin'ichirô Miki, Sayaka Ohara, Takahiro Mizushima
  • Producers: Eric P. Sherman, Jun Katou, Kaeko Sakamoto, Ken Iyadomi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000798A0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scrapped Princess - Family Ties (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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The broadcast series Scrapped Princess (2003) gives new meaning to the term "anti-hero." Pacifica Cassul was born under a baleful star: according to the prophecy she's the poison that will cause the end of the world on her 16th birthday. As the fatal day approaches, she's on the lam with her older brother and sister, Shannon and Raquel. They're charged with protecting her from worshippers of the god Mauser, who believe in the prophecy. Pacifica isn't the most likable character: she fusses and whines and sticks her siblings with all the work. The filmmakers try to balance her petulance with mawkish scenes of doubt and self-pity. The villains multiply in Ichiro Sakaki's story until it's not clear just who's out to get Pacifica. Despite its shortcomings, Scrapped Princess scored a big hit in Japan and may well prove popular in America. (Rated 13 and older: violence, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect....One of my top 3 favorite animes April 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Anime, like many other forms of entertainment, is heavily riddled with cliches. Insert huge eyes and sharply shaped figures here, goofy humor there, plot-replacing fight scenes here, and voila! you have an anime series.

Scrapped Princess is one of those series that stands out from the rest. It has charm and a simple elegance that, combined with a reasonably complex plot, beats out just about any other recent fantasy series out there. Personally, I find every component of the series to be perfect.

Story- Scrapped Princess has no filler episodes. Every episode, while some may initially seem unimportant, is a vital piece of the story. The show does a fantastic job of creating a whole bunch of story elements and characters during the first half of the show and then throwing them around in the carnage that is the second half. Part of the reason why the story is so expertly told is that the series is based off of novels rather than manga. I would give a synopsis of the plot, but others here have done that, and I personally recommend watching the show knowing as little as possible.

Animation- The art style in this anime captured my attention before the story even had a chance to unfold. The character design and use of color are quite captivating- no slouch here. I might add that the action scenes, while usually brief until the last few eps, are very crisply animated.

Characters- Another great strength for Scrapped Princess, all of the characters in Scrapped Princess are very likeable- even many of the villains. The emotions, for once, seem very real, and at times, you almost forget you're watching animation. There are a couple of humorous characters, but the humor is clever, kept in check, and very well executed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things are not quite as they seem. March 23, 2005
Format:DVD
Like Magic Knight Rayearth, Scrapped Princess is a sword and sorcery adventure. Like Ayashi no Ceres, it's the story of twin heir and heiress - one charmed, and one cursed. Pacifica, the central figure, is the cursed "Scrapped Princess". An unflattering title, but accurate, Pacifica is the poison that will destroy the world. Supposedly killed at birth, but now fifteen years old, forces of society and law everywhere are after her to destroy her before her sixteenth birthday. She runs from them and fights against them with two protectors, Shannon and Raquel. So are things presented to us, however things are not as they seem.

The basic premise of the plot isn't something new really, I've seen it used many times before, but what really makes this anime stand out is how the plot is presented. I came into the show without having seen any spoilers, and that is really how it must be done, so I'll be really careful about how much I say about it. Essentially the viewer starts off blind, just like the characters do, and the plot is slowly revealed, so the viewer experiences it the same way that they do. Scrapped Princess is one of the best written anime series that I've seen yet. Besides excellent plot and character development, it's also intelligent and thought provoking about various roles that people have in society and some functions of society itself. I read somewheres that this anime was taken from a large manga work of 12 volumes and that a good amount of material wasn't included in the anime. If this is so, I'll really have to get my hands on this manga to read all of the details for myself. I would highly recommend this series for any serious anime fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! January 20, 2005
Format:DVD
I was beginning to think this show would never come out. It came out in Japan at the same time Last Exile did. Anywayz...

Its a show about a girl who is prophecied to bring about the world's destruction on her 16th birthday. She is supposedly executed at birth but is secretly hidden. It is now the eve of her 16th birthday and she has been discovered to be alive! Now the whole country is out to kill her. It is up to her step brother and sister to protect her but they wonder if they are really doing the right thing.

This was an awesome show. Very well thought out, with lots of crazy twists. It is WAY more than a typical fantasy story. Its got lots of humor and touching moments. Lots of action and excitement. Its a good watch and I can't wait to pick it up again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T WANT TO KILL THE WORLD! April 10, 2005
By Sesho
Format:DVD
Pacifica Cassul just wants to be your normal fifteen year old in a Middle Ages type world, attending school and hanging out with friends. Except everybody in the world wants to kill her because she was prophesied to destroy the world on her sixteenth birthday. Well, ALMOST everyone, because she has two staunch allies, her adopted brother, Shannon, who has no equal with a sword, and her sister, Raquel, a ditzy but formidable sorceress. The trio doesn't really have a clue as to where they're going. Where can they run to? The priests of the god Mauser have sent commoners, knights, assassins, and the even more deadly Purgers to seek Pacifica out and destroy her. Even with all the forces working against them, a quixotic knight named Leopold, unaware of the identity of Pacifica, befriends them along the way, and even one of her assassins begins to question the validity of his mission.

This is a good start to what looks like a terrific series. Pacifica is demanding and cranky without being annoying and Shannon reminds me a lot of Spike from Bebop and Raquel seems harmless at one point then deadly then loving all wrapped up in the same package. That's what I think Scrapped Princess is going to be about in the end. Siblings loving one another even though it might bring about the end of the world. Even though Pacifica herself wonders at times if it just might be for the best if she WERE dead. There's something very human about the fact that she feels guilty about all the trouble she's causing for the world. And there's something touching about the fact that her brother and sister will have faith in her until the last possible instant, that the prophecy might be wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Start of a great adventure!
SO. Scrapped Princess.
Basically a fantasy adventure, but with a bit of sci-fi elements too. Really at its core its a story about who/what family is, and has some rather... Read more
Published 12 months ago by OrionKaelin
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Pacifica is traveling with her brother, Shannon, and her sister, Raquel. Pacifica has a terrible destiny. She is referred to as the Scrapped Princess. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well produced Anoime
as an Avid fan of Anime, I would say this is one of my favorites,it is very well done. with all due respect to other Anime's, few excel like like Scrapped Princess
Published on August 29, 2007 by QuaireTein
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Interesting
There is actually something other than Sunday Morning cartoons in this series. I recommend it.
Published on September 25, 2006 by Thomas H. Kunich
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Thought Out Adventure
This is definately not a simple story of good and evil. That air of uncertainty helps to give this story a degree of charm that one rarely sees in animation. Read more
Published on September 19, 2006 by S. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch the subtitled version - the English dub is awful
While I love this series, I can see how the Editorial Review by Charles Solomon turned out so dismissive and negative. Read more
Published on July 14, 2006 by Shannon Cassul
5.0 out of 5 stars Practically Perfect in Every Way
Scrapped Princess is an example of an anime masterpiece. It has everything an anime lover could want: Magic, cool sword fights, hilarious situations, suspense, and a little... Read more
Published on June 8, 2006 by Lindsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Hear's the story on how she got the name "Scrapped Princess"
It revolves around a girl name Pacifica Casull, born into the royal family of the kingdom Leinwan, and then abandoned. Read more
Published on August 22, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice unique anime
Scrapped Princess is more of a unique show, it has its own way of telling a story is original compared to any other animke out there which are more like remakes to each other. Read more
Published on August 1, 2005 by Lansing
3.0 out of 5 stars Some technical gripes...
The first 2 episodes have poor picture quality while the latter 2 episodes are better. Why ? Having experienced the fansub version of the series I was expecting very good picture... Read more
Published on May 25, 2005 by M. Kangasniemi
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