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Speed Grapher: Box Set

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"plunge into the darkest depths of greed, lust and obsession" --- NewType USA

It’s been over a decade since the Bubble War, when the global economy burst. The rich got richer, and the poor were out of luck. Welcome to Tokyo, the city where all the winners came to jerk each other off. If you’ve got money, you can buy anything your sick mind can dream up. If you don’t, you just try not to get crushed beneath the wheels. Only the wicked rule here.

Enter the Club, a secret society pandering to the ultra-rich and fulfilling their deepest desires… legal or otherwise. Sent to infiltrate the underground elite, Saiga, once a renowned war photographer now reduced to tabloid journalism, stumbles upon a depraved ceremony and discovers the ultimate beauty in Tokyo’s darkest catacombs. With a tragic young girl named Kagura in tow, Saiga flees from his enemies and his own inner demons. A single kiss has ignited a chain of events that could force the entire ruling class to their knees.

Smile for the camera… or perish in the glare of its lens.

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  • Format: Animated, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00127R2Y2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. Burt on March 23, 2008
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"Speed Grapher" is something I watched out of pure curiosity. I seemed different from most of the anime I've seen. I am so glad I did! Since other reviewers have already given a warning about its explicit content I won't bother to repeat it. I'd like to talk about how cool the story is!

At first, "Speed Grapher" feels like a kind of knock off of "Eyes Wide Shut", except with a curious photographer instead of a curious rich doctor. However, it doesn't take long before the story becomes its own roller coaster of intrigue, corruption and heroism and you get taken along for the ride wondering, "Wow! When did that happen?"

Each of the characters are finely developed. Though many of them play archetypical roles, none of them feel like archetypes. Every one has complex, realistic motives and you don't find it hard to believe that these people might actually exist. They live in a near-futuristic society in the aftermath of a worldwide war following the collapse of the global economy. There's something incredibly creepy about this. We can see signs of the economy cracking in our lives today. It makes the whole thing hit home much more than your average alien or supernatural invasion.

I must not be much of an animation connoisseur because I thought the art style fit the story very well. It's stark, simple, and the characters are much more realistic. Exaggerated wardrobes, anatomy and flowing, sweeping lines work great for most anime shows, but I don't know if they would've helped here. Of course I'm not an animator, but the harshness actually added to the story, I think, by emphasizing the intricacies of the plot as opposed to the visuals.

And what a plot!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) on March 8, 2008
I just bought this set a few says ago from SunCoast the brief description amazon provides is pretty much the arc of the storyline I will give some more information though the kiss Kagura gives to Saiga is a catalyst to activate a special virus some people have that gives them unusual abilities.The way is after Kagura kisses Saiga it gives him the ability to blow up anything he takes a picture of.The series is very hard-core with violence,language,and sex the sex scene are mostly r-rated that means topless scenes that you would see in the usual movies of that rating.The violence is very gory and bloody torn bodies,toture,and gruesome unusual deaths.The Video is wide-screen 5.1 english audio or 2.0 japanese audio again with Funimation Films the english voice actors have done a superb job as well as the japanese voice actors the video quality for the most part is crystal clear.I very much enjoyed this series but I will tell you this is not meant for young children as mentioned above there is very little comedy in this series as it is somewhat in the range
of Basilisk in drama but much darker.I am trying not to put people off of getting this but I do want people to know what they are getting into with
this still great series....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maskedgamer on December 29, 2009
I picked up Speedgrapher on a whim. The price was right, and I wanted to add something new to my collection. I couldn't have made a better decision. I enjoy watching anime, it's a private passion of mine. I especially enjoy watching anime that has a deep and hidden meaning that really makes you think. There are certain things that only the art of an anime can bring to life. Speegrapher is one of those anime that seems to bring about a deeper meaning. It clashes realism with fiction, and tells a remarkable story. This is something I can almost see a movie being made out of...but of course it wouldn't carry the beauty that this anime brings out.

The Box Set-

Speegrapher is a beautifully pakaged Box set that includes character cards that actually add value to show. You can read in greater detail the backstory of each character, as some are almost a complete mystery. The CD's are packaged nicely and each disk contains bonus features which is a nice touch.

The Story-

This is the meat of it all. Speedgrapher is about a photographer who's passion for a "real picture worth taking" drives him to discover a secret society full of the most elite and notorious minds that control the media,financial,and Judicial powers of Japan. This secret society is a club in which these powerful and notorious faces can enjoy all the sins life has to over without fear of judgement being cast on them. However this clubs serves as a front for something even more sinister which hides behind the scenes.

The Characters-

Speedgrapher has some of the most memorable Hero's and Villians you may ever see. This is a anime where you fall in love with the villians just as much as you do the heroes. If you enjoy films like that then you'll love Speedgrapher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Zveris on July 12, 2010
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Speed Grapher is not an anime for everyone, it is controversial and the plot along with the characters and the art is probably going to offend or otherwise aggravate many people. It is a fantastic anime though, and it is well worth the purchase.

If you have watched Speed Grapher and you liked it this is the only collection worth buying and it is far more worthy of your shelf than any of the other collections of the complete series. It comes with three books of artwork and information on the characters - from Saiga and Suitengu to the Euphoria. It also has several very well done miniatures of art you won't find in the ending credits. The fold open box that holds the discs is beautiful. A friend pulled this collection off the shelf because of the visual allure of the casing and was stunned when they started to look through it - just the presentation was enough to make someone want to see this series. So, as I said, if you're a fan this is the only way to go.

On to the anime itself...

Without delving too much into the plot Speed Grapher is an anime that makes you think. You can go through nearly the entire series with a set of preconceived notions as to what it is about and when reaching the ending find you've been turned around on your head. This is a plot heavy anime despite the action that you will find in every episode: it is something that you need to pay attention to. I can easily see someone who is used to a casual anime that you can just sit back and absorb disliking Speed Grapher because it is something you need to think about. While you can marathon through this show I highly recommend taking some time between every few episodes to think over what is going on or you may find yourself turned off or overwhelmed.
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The set is the long fold over fold over fold style. Hard to decribe, maybe rolled like a burrito is more descriptive? With two DVDs offset stacked per fold section.
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