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Star Ocean EX - The Inception (Vol. 1)

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Claude and his father are on their mission to investigate the unexplored planet, Mirokinia. When they arrive at the planet, Claude mysteriously gets transported to another planet called Expel. Wandering around in the woods trying to find a way back home, he saves a girl named Rena from a monster with his phase gun. Rescued by him, she tells him that he is the Legendary Warrior of Light whom she's been looking for. In search of Sorcery Globe which is believed to be the source of evils, Claude and Rena set off on their journey that will determine the world's fate

The sword-and-sorcery comedy-adventure Star Ocean Ex is based on the Playstation 2 game, Star Ocean the Second Story. On his first mission in space, Claude explores a mysterious power source on an unknown planet. He disobeys his heroic father's orders and is transported to another world. When Claude rescues the elfin Rena from a monster, she hails him as the prophesied warrior who will save her planet from a dire threat. And they've had to contend with monsters, earthquakes, and other disasters since the mysterious Sorcery Globe appeared. A hero in spite of himself, Claude realizes the Sorcery Globe looks suspiciously like the structure that transported him across dimensions. He and Rena set out to solve the mystery, and encounter a number of standard-issue characters along the way. This lightweight series will appeal primarily to fans of the original game. (Rated 13 and older: violence, minor risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VYPTY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Wendy Lim on November 23, 2004
Format: DVD
Star Ocean EX is a 26-episode TV series based on the Sony Playstation game Star Ocean: 2nd Story. Now Star Ocean: 2nd Story happens to be one of my all time favorite RPGs, and so I was full of anticipation for this particular anime release.

Star Ocean EX chronicles Claude and Rena's journey to save the planet. Like most RPGs, these two travel to different towns and dungeons, recruit party members, gain information, and level up in terms of skills and abilities. Eventually, Claude and Rena form one big party to troop to the final boss' lair and attack. Having played the game prior to watching the anime is a double-edged sword. On one hand, I was very happy to see familiar characters and places -- so happy that I got the uncontrollable urge to pick up the game once more and play all the way through it for the fifth time. But on the other hand, this series is so closely based on the game that the story is basically the same. That about killed any sense of suspense or thrill for me because I already knew who Claude and Rena were going to meet, what was going to happen, and so forth.

The art and animation are nicely done. Character designs are beautiful and quite faithful to those you'd find in the game. Alas, Star Ocean EX's ending leaves something else to be desired. It's a big cliffhanger -- Claude realizes his self-worth, and everybody discovers that they still need to defeat some more baddies. The end. What the hell is up with that? I don't know if this is one way of telling me there's going to be a sequel but I was mighty pissed after sitting through all 26

eps and then being given THAT. On a more positive note, I really enjoyed how the characters were portrayed because their individual personalities really shone through in spite of everything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Cox on October 31, 2004
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First off I only watched the bootleg copies they sell all over EBAY. Despite the quality being very poor, I still enjoyed the whole series. To bad they waited this long to release this series in America, because it relates to the Star Ocean game released for Playstation about 5 years ago. Anybody that enjoyed the game should love the series too, since it follows the game almost exactly, with a little added humor of course. The only downside is that the ending is a cliffhanger. It'll leave you wondering what happened, and the only way to answer will be to play the game to find out. Otherwise, I think everybody who watches it will like it unless they screw up with the english cast, but then there's always the japanese. I think this show will remind gamers how much they liked the game and any of them that watch it will spend the next week playing it again, if they can find a copy. This is definately a show to at least rent. You won't be disappointed.

P.S. Anybody that finds the game should buy it too. It was the 2nd best RPG (next to Final Fantasy 7) released on PlayStation with like 86 (no joke) endings and maybe 60 hrs gameplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Jasmin on January 15, 2005
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As said, this game is based on the Playstation game: Star Ocean 2. I've seen the whole series through subtitles, and for fans of the game it's quite good. I think knowing what's going to happen really doesn't matter here, since the series was scrapped in Japan (though the second half was released on audio-only discs). Star Ocean EX on DVD covers the first disc of the game through a Claude/Rena/Celine/Ashton storyline, and you will notice many side-characters from the game as well as people from Private Actions performed in the game. All in all, if you're a fan of the game definetly check this out. If you're not, you may be disappointed with the low-quality animation and somewhat bouncy storyline. This anime also has a good amount of humor to go with the action-based plot.
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By Nostalgiapower on April 24, 2009
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I played Star Ocean Second Evolution and fell in love with it, so I had to check out the anime.

This show is older than the remake of course, so you have to expect there to be differences in translation (Heraldry instead of Symbolism, town names, ect.)

Character voices are good; if you didn't like Spike Spencer's Claude voice then you should be at ease with this more "surfer dude" sound in the anime. Rena looks so much better here than in the games, and Claude sports his Blue Sphere (the gba sequel) costume.

Two gripes I have with the series that I've seen thus far is the pronunciation of names and animation (or lack of). First, Claude is pronounced "Clewd" and Recis is pronounced "Preh-seas". Second, the animation is pretty amateur in some spots, like when Ronyx talks and his beard gets a little deformed. I'm kinda nitpicky I guess ;P

Overall, it's a fun series; though I've only seen up to volume 2. At episode 4 it really picks up when Celine comes in. The little love triangle between Claude and the two girls is hilarious, and my girlfriend who's not really into anime actually got into it. SO yeha, pick it up (it's cheap too lol)
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