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Shadow Skill (1996)

Yuri Amano , Megumi Hayashibara , Hiroshi Negishi  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Yuri Amano, Megumi Hayashibara, Chieko Honda, Rei Igarashi, Tomoko Ishimura
  • Directors: Hiroshi Negishi
  • Writers: Okada Megumu
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow Skill" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains Shadow Skill: The Movie and Shadow Skill: Epilogue
  • Character Bios
  • Photo Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

"I am invincible! No one can survive my shadow skills! With a single stroke I am unbeatable!" In a world where martial arts gladiators with unheard-of skills battle for glory and justice, young orphan Gau trains relentlessly under his cocky adoptive sister Ella (a great champion) to master the elusive Shadow Skill, a mystical style with a dark past. His education of course allows for plenty of flashy fights, and that's the main appeal of this lively collection of two short 1996 OVA features. The animation is limited but the art direction is detailed and vivid, and director Hiroshi Negishi saves his budget for the battles, which offer impressive displays of animation pyrotechnics. Though hardly deep ("We can get closer to God by fighting!" opines the mysterious champion Scarface), the episodic adventures zip right along, and the climax packs an unexpected charge of drama between the blows. For ages 13 and up for violence and some strong language. --Sean Axmaker

From the Back Cover

The ultimate combat in a kingdom of warriors. Two men stand atop a towering pinnacle of stone. One is Scarface, disfigured champion of the Shadow Skill. The other is Gau Ban of the Black Howling. It has been ten years since they first met-ten years in which the untrained boy has become a fearsome warrior... A decade earlier, in the kingdom of Koruda, elite fighters battle for honor beneath the blood-red flag of King Falkai. While Ella Ragu limbers up for an apocalyptic confrontation with the demon beast Barsalf, her adopted brother Gau is surprised by the arrival of a mysterious masked figure. After the fight, it is this man who give Gau the strength to triumph when he and Ella are attacked by the mighty Gao X. Ella and Gau later join spellcaster Fowari, and young fighter Quo in a desperate attempt to defeat a carnivorous demon known as the "King of the Moon." But even as they work together, conflict grows deep within the group. Watched by the enigmatic Scarface, friendship erupts into lethal combat-Shadow Skill versus Death Magic in a fight to the finish.
Epilogue - In a war torn world of deadly conflict, one small group of heroes stands against the forces of darkness, armed only with two weapons-their unswerving dedication to good and the superhuman martial art known as the Shadow Skill. For fourteen-year-old Gau, it is time once again for him to return to the graves of his parents, murdered by bandits when he was just ten. In the company of his adoptive elder sister, Ella, Gau quickly comes to realize that his journey is more than just a pilgrimage, and that his combat abilities as a student of the Karuda school of martial arts are about to be pushed to their breaking point! Attacked by the demonic Wolfman, left for dead and then forced by Ella and Karuda to fight master Scarface, Gau's dreams of becoming a new generation of warrior are put to the ultimate test. Can he face his sister in single combat? Will he be able to match the unearthly abilities of Scarface? And can Gau ever uncover the secrets of the Shadow Skill?

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
When I first saw the DVD cover, I said to myself...oh geez, not another "hentai" anime. Fortunately, I read about the anime and how popular voice actress - Hayashibara Megumi (Ranma, Video Girl Ai, Slayers, DNA^2, etc.) was doing the voice of Elle the main character and so, curiosity led me to check this anime out.
The anime is a fantasy meets martial arts type storyline. Elle is the master of the "SHADOW SKILL" (also, her nickname) which is a fighting style that female slaves learned with their feet because their arms were chained. Along the way she is joined by several friends, one is a young man named Gau who learns from Elle.
The action is fast paced and has its share of humor but it also has its fare share of violence and a lot of blood.
As for the series, "SHADOW SKILL" is an interesting one because it consists of an OAV series and TV episodes. The DVD features three OAV's combined to make one movie and the epilogue features two episodes from what I believe is from the TV series. You'll see a noticeable difference between the OAV and the TV episodes (and like most anime, most of the time the anime TV series and the OAV series are different).
The OAV features the adventures of Elle and friends and the epilogue spotlights on Elle and Gau and the relationship between teacher and the stubborn student.
The DVD quality is very nice and the audio sounds good via Digital 5.1 but I preferred to watch the Japanese audio track (2 CH) with English subtitles. From what I have heard from the English track, the voice acting was far off from the Japanese version and it wasn't in the same quality compared to other Manga Entertainment dubs.
As for special features, there is a character info. and photo gallery from the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for the Epilogue alone August 31, 2006
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I don't know which started first, the series or the movie. The Epilogue alone is what made this DVD worthwhile. It is as other reviews described below with great light and shadowing effects. The action is simply spectacular and will leave the martial artist in you drooling for more. As its name suggests, it takes place pretty much at the end of the Shadow Skill series with Gau and Elle facing each other in combat to see how much Gau has grown as a Shadow Skill fighter. There are no words to describe how great the fight scenes are!

The only downside to this DVD is the actuall movie itself. At first, you can tell it's Anime style is different from the Epilogue. It's alright, but as it progresses on, it's like their funds began to dry up on this project. The Anime progressively looks worse and worse until at one point I swear one of the characters was looking like E.T. with her eyes! I couldn't stand watching any more of it as horrendous as it was looking. THAT and the fact that the movie basically covers the same storyline you can catch in the t.v. series DVDs (which look a lot better and are a lot funnier too!).

But overall this DVD is well worth it for the Epilogue! Don't bother with watching the other half of the DVD being the movie and go for the t.v. series on DVD instead!
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1.0 out of 5 stars awful, awful, awful English dub. April 3, 2014
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New York accents, New York accents everywhere. My god!! Just stick with the series. It has a better dub, in a better story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting August 26, 2005
Format:DVD
In a war torn world, a martal art called "Shadow Skill" exists, and you must fight to survive. Although interesting, pretty boring characters and a very hard-to-follow story line with several plot holes (I'm not kidding, and I fully understood "Akira"). However, the bit of story line that does make sense is pretty good, and the fight sequences are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is great October 11, 2002
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this is a great action packed movie its bloody the fighting is awsome and the villans are cool looking
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