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Soul Hunter - Complete Collection (1999)

Jeremiah Ocanas , Christine Rebet  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeremiah Ocanas
  • Directors: Christine Rebet
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • 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: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5W4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Soul Hunter - Complete Collection" on IMDb

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars won't see this too often... May 13, 2002
Soul Hunter is based, abate loosely, upon one of the more interesting (and rarely translated) Chinese classic called Investiture of the Gods (or Creation of the Gods). This work is centered around one of the most tyrannical king in Chinese legends, king Zhou (roughly 1100 BC) and his offending the goddess, Nu Wa (Dakki, in this translation) that ultimately led to the downfall of the Shang dynasty (Yin, here... i think). interestingly (for me anyway), Investiture of the Gods was written in a very pro-Taoist manner, in contrast to Pilgrimage to the West (with the Monkey King) where the most powerful deities were Buddhists... just my $0.02.
BUT ENOUGH of that boring background stuff... on to the anime.
Soul Hunter is a series spanning 6 dvds and follows Taikoubou's (a taoist seer) journey to bind 365 demons (including Dakki herself) to prevent unbalancing the order of things in the mortal world.
animated in the style of Slayers and El Hazard (a funny anime in its own right) in both its model art and tongue in cheek humor, Soul Hunter is light hearted and very well translated (the English voice acting is very good) -- in fact, on the dvd, there are 'Translator's Notes' that explains little tidbits that might be missed during the first viewing of the series.
the first few episodes are a little slow until the different characters had some time to develop and then it picks up pretty quickly with all of the usual manic skirmishes between different mystical powers.
cleanly drawn and well acted, get past the slightly slow start and you'll be hooked.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly great anime November 29, 2001
Senkaiden Houshin Engi (title changed to Soul Hunter, um ok) is one of the best, if not the best anime I have ever seen. Not to mention this DVD has -5- episodes! So buy it! Now!
Taikoubou leads a cast of quirky characters brought together by strange circumstances. The problem is Taikoubou is not a normal hero by any means and has no intention of completing his quest to seal 365 demon sennins. He figures he'll just go after Dakki, the evil temptress that has taken over the empire and who he believes to be the head honcho. Armed with his weapon, the paopei of wind called Daishinben, his bumbling adventures begin.
While at first this show may come across as a light-hearted, comic adventure, it turns out to be much more as the plot deepens and allies become enemies. Pasts are brought out and secrets are revealed. Taikoubou may even turn out to be a strategic genius who truely believes the words of the heart are stronger than steel. Then again, he may just be as stupid as you think! ~_*
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Anime February 18, 2005
While Soul Hunter (SH) may not have been the best anime i have ever seen, it certainly wasnt the worst. The basic plot line is that our hero Taikoubou, is charged with to carry out a myterious mission Soul Hunt, which in short, he is suppose to houshine all the evil immortals coausing trouble in the human world.

That is the basic plot, but as in all anime nothing is quite so simple and SH is no different. In fact, many times thru-out the anime it gets confusing because there are more than one plot line happening at once, flash backs to other time to confuse you, and you lose track of valuable information and story plot during such events.

One thing this anime has going for it tho is the fight scenes and the is non stop, and with great fight scenes comes huge suspenes, which definatly builds when you are lead to believ obne of your favorite characters at the end is dead. (i wont say who because i dont want to spoil it). But it is very exciting and there is much at the end about Taikoubou that explains why he does what he does and so on.

This is certainly an anime series yuo dont want to miss....its right up there with neon genesis evangelion and all the best...this is a treasure sure ti be loved for its own uniqueness and style.

DVD Features

-Historical Background Information

-Voice Actor Profiles

-Character Discription

-Relationship Tree

-Glossary of Terms (very useful)

-Translator Notes

-US Trailor/US Teaser

-Clean Open/Close
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4.0 out of 5 stars good to watch, but better to just rent December 6, 2002
By Hoa Bui
I have seen the entire series and this is a rather interesting anime but it's flaw is it trying to mix comedy, action, and drama equivalently. The drama sometimes seemed to drag on too long, and the action didn't last long enough, but some of the comedy is really great and the philosophical views and lessons that the anime teaches you are very powerful. I enjoyed it for a very strong fact that it had a good story. Other positives things that could be commented on would be the extras in the dvds, and the american voices. I liked the translation notes especially because they told me some of the verbal jokes that couldn't be translated into english (like japanese puns) and what some of the words they used mean ("gung-fu"?). The american wasn't that bad, in fact I prefered listening to it rather than the japanese one (I still left the japanese subtitles on) because of some of the voices, namely Nataku's voice, which was much better in english. Even though most of the voices were good, I personally hated Raishin-shi's voice because he sounded like some ghetto, black-washed, kid trying to sound cool, especially when he refers to his dad as "pops". The thing that annoyed me the most was the animation, which seems to change every episode. One episode it was sophisticated and clear, next episode, it was gaudy and didn't have the same quality and the previous one. I gave this one a 4 mainly because it kept me interested throughout most of the episodes. It was good but I would recommend it be rented not bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
great anime i love it.
Doesn't mater the age everyone will like it. there is so many layers you should read book to understand all
Published 22 months ago by Lukasz S. Jarosz
5.0 out of 5 stars soul hunter
I just loved soul hunter, you just haf to see it for your self.... There is som big jumps in the story but if you see it from the begining to the end you`ll understand it better.
Published on December 14, 2011 by BlackMoonLIght
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Terrible, wicked spirits trod the ground searching for ways to annihilate mankind! The wise guardians in the sky know they need a brave, clever soldier to single-handedly send the... Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ANIME EVER!!!
I fell in love with Soul Hunter from the first DVD. Everything after that was absolute heaven... True, it has some faults, like sometimes breaking the fourth wall and/or moving... Read more
Published on December 2, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Youzen!
(Don't ask about the title- I'm a little obsesed...) but anyway this DVD and infact this whole series is something you do not want to miss! Read more
Published on July 11, 2002 by "avalon1376"
4.0 out of 5 stars Sillyness...
This is in the absolute depth of sillyness. The plot develops slowly but the animation is great. If you like silly animes that good action, silly evil villans, and happy midi music... Read more
Published on February 23, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ANIME!!!!! FUNNY AND WOW
I has heard about Houshin Engi from my friend and had watched it in another language. When i heard it was coming out in america i flipped, literally. Read more
Published on January 12, 2002 by "lidia_sefton"
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