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Strait Jacket (2008)

Crispin Freeman , Kari Wahlgren , Ichiro Sakaki , Alex von David  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Crispin Freeman, Kari Wahlgren
  • Directors: Ichiro Sakaki, Alex von David
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a world where sorcery and science co-exist, the power of magic comes with a price: Humans who do not take proper precautions are transformed into horrific demons. Those who destroy these demons and run the highest risk of all are tactical sorcerists known as Strait Jackets . But when terrorists unleash a plague of demonic carnage, the Sorcery Management Bureau must enlist unlicensed assassin Leiot Steinberg to stop the slaughter. Even if this rogue killer and a mysterious young girl can end the outbreak, will they be able to face their own dark secrets? Monsters, murder and redemption collide in this explosive anime written by Ichiro Sakaki (SCRAPPED PRINCESS) and based on his popular light novel series.

The screenplay for the dark fantasy Strait Jacket (2007) was written by Ichiro Sakaki, the novelist who created Scrapped Princess. In a parallel world where humans use sorcery in tandem with steam power, magic sometimes causes people to turn into murderous demons. Perky Nerin Simmons of the Sorcery Management Bureau realizes a rash of demon attacks has overtaxed the government's resources. She has to call in unlicensed "Tactical Sorcerist" Leiot Steinberg, although she's reluctant to do so. Sardonic, guilt-wracked Leiot can destroy any monster, but he's hard to handle. Strait Jacket plays like a mixture of Cowboy Bebop and Fullmetal Alchemist, with monsters that recall the ones in Hellsing Ultimate, Demon City, et al. Stephen Blum offers a strong vocal performance as Leiot, another wisecracking antihero, but he can only do so much with the hokey dialogue. Leiot Steinberg lacks the depth and complexity that make Spike Spiegel and Edward Elrich memorable characters, and Strait Jacket is little more than a superficial gorefest. (Unrated: suitable for ages 14 and older: considerable violence, grotesque imagery, nudity, profanity) --Charles Solomon

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Forward Action at it's best November 22, 2008
Yes it's violent. Yes it's gory. No, Strait Jacket is not groundbreaking anime, but if you require having your mind blown every time and being revolutionary is the standard by which you measure things, then you will find most anime (and things in general) very disappointing.

I may be the lone voice of praise in an ocean of aspersion, but I really liked Strait Jacket. Maybe there wasn't enough comedy relief or cliche sweatdrops for some people's satisfaction. It's not the most original thing you'll ever see, but the things Strait Jacket does, it does well.

There's action, violence (graphic), a blend of magic and science, fighting and explosions. It's not Hollywood level action, so the explosions/fighting are more limited and there are no car chase scenes, but still fairly entertaining. The voice acting was flawless, with an all-star cast, Freeman and many more, how could one complain. Like others, I went into it with very low expectations. To my surprise, I found the setting intriguing and the premise fascinating, so much so that I went from "kind of paying attention" to giving it my full attention. It was very action driven and the pacing was perfect. It still spared enough time to flesh out or develop the characters just enough to make them interesting. I suspect that perhaps it's not as character driven as some people would like, but I liked Strait Jacket for what it was. No different than someone who enjoys a good action flick. The plot was "incomplete," but unless you are too busy looking down your nose from your high horse, you should get the sense that it was meant to be that way. Like an appetizer before a full course meal, it gives you an idea of how rich the story could be if they could make it into a series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great buy for any anime fan who likes action/violence! November 11, 2009
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In this title, the action is well-paced, English dub is acted like they took it seriously and the animation is above average. The CG blends well with the hand-drawn animation and all the characters are generally likeable( I especially liked the main character's sidekick.
The story was good enough to keep my interest quite well, and when it ended I only wanted MORE! This is a one-shot movie, not a series. That's hard to come by these days in anime.
If you like anime with a great story, awesome animation and plenty of action, you should definitely pick this one up! It could have stood to be about 10-15 minutes longer though.

I'll rate it 8.5 out of 10.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable October 14, 2008
Strait jacket is a good anime about a man wrestling with the sins of his past. Magic has become a way of life for everyone, and by doing so we have unleashed demons into the world. It's the job of the "tactical sorcerers" to destroy one every time it takes over someones body. Good story, decent battles, real cool battle suits, but the back story on the main charcater is real vauge. I really didn't get why he was so depressed. He was alittle too EMO I felt like "the cure" should of been a part of the soundtrack. The animation isvery good. Nice and smooth with a sort of"final fantasy" look about the characters. The english voice acting is very nice and the visuals/aduio looked and sounded great on suround sound with a HDtv. If you like anime and horror genres with alittle sci-fi on the side then you should really pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie May 21, 2014
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I really do like this movie. Its alot of fun. I will say I had some issues with getting it to work on my comp but that could just be user error.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No deep meaning, just a lot of action. December 14, 2013
This is an excellent action anime. Period. I would love if they put the novels out in english so I could purchase them, the world is fascinating but let down by the length of the anime and you get no real sense of it's grand scale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie November 12, 2013
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I got this a day before it said which is a plus. Loved this movie so I just had to buy it at this price. 5 stars because it's an awesome movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good oav July 16, 2013
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well how can you NOT love a steve bloom show sure he once again channels cowboy bebop's spike speagel a little too much but it's a good take on a new sub genre "magical mechas"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great May 4, 2013
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This was a Great anime. I just wish that there was more. I had a great time watching it. I loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime!
One of my favorite most underrated amines ever!
Published 7 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great anime movie to watch
wish there was a second part to it
Published 3 months ago by Edbien Morales
3.0 out of 5 stars Not FMA, but good enough.
Some might see this and think it's a blatant Fullmetal Alchemist clone, but keeps a clear definition between alchemy and sorcery in this 3-episode OVA series. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Alford
2.0 out of 5 stars gory? yes. action? a little. fun? meh
Reading the reviews here left my expectation for this movie to be at least entertaining. It kinda is, somewhat, but definitely much less fun than what I was hoping for. Read more
Published on October 24, 2012 by TjienPing
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific anime
This was a terrific anime. I only hope that there is more to come. Very enjoyable. Heavy on the action and a bit bloody.
Published on September 12, 2012 by lhaley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
Seen it on sifi a while ago and found it on here finally. Loved the mice. Came sooner then expected.
Published on September 10, 2012 by Big Daddy
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't hate it, but...
Didn't hate it, but this should have been marked; for 'tweens' only. The story as writen is amed at a young audience. Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by fuzzy123
2.0 out of 5 stars Action + No real plot = Meh
There wasn't much to it. No content really. Ok, so some guy gets in a suit and kills demons... Tell me when this doesn't happen in anime? Read more
Published on May 10, 2011 by Jessica Shook
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