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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3EAYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,238 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Episodes 01-04
  • Textless songs

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Sven is your run-of-the-mill sweeper (a.k.a. bounty hunter) - down on his luck, haunted by the perpetual grumbling of his stomach and looking to make enough cash just to get by. Oh, and he can see the future, but only about five minutes into it. When a dirty politician lands a price on his head, this sweeper jumps at the chance to turn a quick buck. But as he's working to secure the target, his vision reveals an assassination that will cost him the job. A confrontation with the mysterious killer, and Sven has no idea that he's brushed up against the worst possible luck.

Contains 4 episodes: The Solitary Cat, The Hesitant Cat, The Cat in the Dark and The Grinning Cat.

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The first episodes of the broadcast series Black Cat (2005) bring together four unlikely characters in a sci-fi/espionage adventure. Train, The Black Cat, uses his superhuman speed and marksmanship as an assassin. He forges his first bond with a human when he meets Saya, a "sweeper" or bounty hunter who likes to sing from rooftops. Sven, a perennially broke sweeper, tries to talk his way into and out of adventures. This improbable trio collides when Sven tries to rescue Train's next target: Eve, a little girl who's been turned into a killing machine through illicit nanotechnology. A mixture of naiveté and murder, she recalls Lucy/Nyu in Elfin Lied. Director Shin Itagaki uses fast cutting, dramatic lighting and interesting camera angles effectively, and voice actor Brandon Potter gives Sven an appropriately desperate charm. But Black Cat never quite gels: the shifts in tone from comic to heartwarming to dramatic seem jarring, and the characters feel like they walked in from different series.(Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, violence against women, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

  (1. The Solitary Cat, 2. The Hesitant Cat, 3. The Cat in the Dark, 4. The Grinning Cat)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on January 15, 2007
Format: DVD
Train Heartnet, better known as "The Black Cat", is a killer for the Chronos organization which ironically fancies itself as a force for justice in an otherwise unjust world. He takes on any job he is assigned, even if it means killing women and children. He's just that kind of a guy. But he's starting to question the meaning of it all, especially after he meets a beautiful kimono clad girl singing from her heart on the rooftops. She too carries a pistol, but instead of being a assassin, she's a "Sweeper", a bounty hunter, but she chooses never to kill her prey. She encourages Train to listen to his heart and do what HE wants to do, instead of just following orders blindly. There's also another sweeper in town, a white suited eye patch wearing guy named Sven, who can see the future with his covered eye. He keeps on crossing paths with Train because they're looking for the same people. But Sven wants to bring them in alive, not dead. When Sven agrees to rescue the kidnapped little sister of a woman he meets, he soon learns that Train is after the sister too...to kill her!

While I have not read the original manga version of this anime, I was aware of it, and was gladly surprised by some of the improvements on the character designs, especially the deletion of the fruity looking collar bell that Train wears in the manga. Train comes across as a very complicated and complex character, haunted by the decision to become an assassin when he was a child. He has been so numbed to his work, that he has become more like a robot than a man. It's nice to see a woman begin to turn him from that path, which makes it a bit more grown up than the usual Shonen Jump title. Sven is pretty much the lamebrain comedy relief of the piece, but he has his heroic moments as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on December 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Black Cat is the story of Train Hartnet and his bounty hunting friends. There in business to make a buck, but they keep getting involved with a gang of magic users hat are trying to take over the world. The Apostles of the Star is a gang led by one of Train's old syndicate colleagues who has a creepy infatuation with him.

This anime has plenty of action and comic relief. The animation is great and so is the soundtrack. Both English and Japanese voice tracks are pretty good. I think this anime had a little too much filler in it, but not enough to hurt the series. All of the characters are cool and very likable. The story is also kind of unique.

I had a good time watching this anime and for the price you can't go wrong.
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By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Its a really good amine, but trust me when I say that if you end up liking it the manga is 10x better! I still definitely suggest it, if you like action and a great plot.
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By Denise on August 7, 2013
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I've always loved Black Cat. The anime gives a bit of a preview for the manga, as well as trying to batch together its contents. Considering the manga is 10+ volumes long it's done well. If you can read the manga (book is always better right?) but the anime is really good too.
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