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Speed Grapher, Vol. 1 - One (The Viridian Collection)

Maria Vu (II) , Mark Stoddard , Kunihisa Sugishma  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maria Vu (II), Mark Stoddard
  • Directors: Kunihisa Sugishma
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: 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: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X8NIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Experience the supernatural action, forbidden lust and conspiracy of this futuristic thrill ride! Death is in the hands of a photographer, assassinations are running rampant and all answers revolve around a beautiful and unimaginably powerful young girl.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic series, though not for everyone June 22, 2006
I've seen this entire show in Japanese, therefore I can't comment on the DVD extras or dubbing.

Saiga, the main character, is a famous photographer who has spent most of his professional life taking pictures on the war front. It's made clear from the beginning that taking pictures of death and destruction turns him on. However, after getting injured, he is forced back to Japan by his boss. He gets bored in Japan, taking pictures of politicians, etc., until he discovers a secret club and becomes involved with the club's "goddess."

The following may be considered spoilers, although I'll refrain from giving away any of the serious surprises. The club's goddess is a beautiful and abused high school girl named Kagura.
Her genetic uniqueness is only explained towards the end of the series, but she has the ability of granting certain individuals their deepest "desires". These people are referred to as Euphorias. For example, a professional dancer gains the ability to bend and stretch his body however he wants. Saiga, who is passionate about taking photographs, gains the ability of making anything he photographs explode (wouldn't that suck though? he can't take pictures anymore...well he doesn't seem to mind). He rescues her from the club and the two of them end up on the run while Suitenguu, the club's leader, sends Euphorias after them to bring her back.

Some people criticize the art, but it's not that bad either, and the characters are great. They're well developed, well-drawn and at least in Japanese, the voice-acting is terrific. Suitenguu is by far the best villain I've encountered. In my opinion, toward the end of the show he completely upstages Saiga.

The show has some flaws. I almost stopped watching during the first episodes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted and weird December 21, 2006
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Speed Grapher, the first disc, really gives you lots of images, flavors and lots of background story while never slowing down in the story itself. I happen to be a fan of Monica Rial so I really enjoyed hearing her in another different character.

The story is very much for adults, I would say some adults might not even be able to handle it. Lots of sexual suggested scenes (hints of bondage, S&M, extra) and some very interesting bad guys. To say the least.

Twisted and evil, most of this world is a darker copy of ours. Take all the greed, hate, passions, trash, mix it into Hell on earth and you have Tokyo in this setting. The rich get richer and the poor get to serve the rich. If they are lucky.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mature Story, Shotty Animation July 7, 2006
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Speedgrapher had my attention since the moment it was announced to have been acquired by FUNimation. I knew it would have the type of story that would appeal to me, that being dark and mature, and it was made by the company that has become my all-time favorite anime studio, GONZO. Now, after seeing this volume, I will say I'm a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong; Speedgrapher wasn't bad. It had everything I expected of it, minus one thing, that being the animation. Unfortunately, that could be an important factor for a lot of people.

The art (the cover of the DVD) for this anime is misleading, like those cheeseburgers in fast-food restaurant commercials. It makes the animation in Speedgrapher look about five times better than it really is. To be completely honest, the animation itself wasn't even that bad: it was like a mix of Burst Angel and Gankutsuou. It was only bad when the characters were moving. They lacked fluidity and every action seemed a bit choppy. It looks like something made in the early nineties with a mediocre budget.

The story, though, is really what carries the anime, so I was able to put the bad animation behind me. Speedgrapher is about a photographer named Saiga who is aroused by death and destruction when seen through his camera lens. As a war photographer he got all of this he wanted, but when the war stopped and he was sent back to city life, he lost his interest and became embittered with the dark dealings of the city of Tokyo. However, during a paparazzi job, Saiga discovers a beautiful young girl named Kagera who inadvertently grants Saiga a wish he never knew he wanted, and that is the power to destroy with the flash of his camera. Yet he also gains something else from this girl: a muse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but really strange December 9, 2012
By KevinB
While researching a story for his next article, Saiga, stumbles upon a den of vice. The super rich are gathering underground in Rupongi. He rescues a young girl from a perverted ceremony in where she grants the power to make dreams a reality. In the escape, Saiga gains the power to blow up whatever he takes a picture of. Not being of "noble" descent or having a lot of money, he is considered an outsider by the cult. The cult is out to kill him and retrieve the young girl, Kagura.

This anime starts off with a bang. It's a constant thrill ride with some cool characters that have alarming special powers. The animation, voice acting, soundtrack, and plot are all very well done. This anime is very strange. The premise is very original and kinda takes you by surprise. If you've seen Eyes Wide Shut, you can kind of get a feel for the type of vibe this show has. It's not as perverted as Eyes Wide Shut, and this is mainly an action series,but the mood is very similar. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anime fans that don't mind a little weirdness sprinkled in with their anime.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Great show, but really only 4 eps??
Okay...the Show gets a 5/5 for me..
It is one of my all time favorites, the concept behind the show is really creative and its geared towards a mature audience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by viv
5.0 out of 5 stars the case or booklet on the Limited Edition its like a mini poster in a...
I really wish it was a Blu Ray Edition, I'd totally re- buy it!!!

I own the "Limited Edition", its way worthy,believe me!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Its not the best or worse seinen anime out there but it's worth the slow moving plot to stick it out to the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence!
Speed Grapher dives directly into the corruption of humanity and society. It may be something you prefer not seeing, but its message has a disturbing truth to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Iktomi
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I was expexting
So I bought this new and it was supposed to be in excellent condition but the plastic cover was worn and badly damaged on the edges and the box itself was a bit faded that's all... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Julius
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I like it beats Disney hands down. All of the blood expected from Japan. This is not the kiddie version.
Published 15 months ago by Yuriko Otani
5.0 out of 5 stars SMILE FOR THE CAMERA
I first came across SG on Netflix. I just had to have it on DVD. While it is R-rated, I feel that SG does a good job on presenting social commanty at a gereral level. Read more
Published 16 months ago by joelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Didnt expect it...
For some reason I thought it was a boxset which included more than volume. I misread it and looked at the picture since it was big. Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by Tara L. Lanning
5.0 out of 5 stars action, romance, camera gun makes for an awesome story!
If you enjoy twisted stories than this is for you. Add a little (kinda) loli-girl romance and a dude that can blow stuff up with his camera b/c of a wicked case of pink eye, makes... Read more
Published on November 24, 2008 by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the watch
I bought this anime just as an off chance of it turning out to be something good, as I knew nothing of it, but I turned out to be quite lucky. Read more
Published on January 26, 2007 by PRiL
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