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Tokyo Babylon 1-2 (1999)

Kappei Yamaguchi , Ben Fairman , Kôichi Chigira  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kappei Yamaguchi, Ben Fairman, Takehito Koyasu, Daniel Flynn, Miki Itô
  • Directors: Kôichi Chigira
  • Writers: Clamp, Hiroaki Jinno, Tatsuhiko Urahata
  • Producers: Kazuhiko Ikeguchi, Masao Maruyama, Megumi Sugiyama, Yumiko Masujima
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: DVD Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2000
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000I1SE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tokyo Babylon 1-2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vol. 1 & 2 on one disc

Editorial Reviews

1. Is it possible for one person to be so lucky? Shinji Nagumo seems to lead a charmed life amidst the inherent dangers of building a skyscraper. Unfortunately, everyone around Nagumo has been rather unlucky - fatally so. It's up to Subaru Sumeragi, the most powerful medium in Japan, to piece together the clues before there's another death. Are the accidents due to just bad luck and random chance, or is it something more sinister at work? Subaru will have to work fast, because the lucky Mr. Nagumo has made many enemies. And one of them is ready to sacrifice everything to create a creature that will end Nagumo's lucky streak - permanently! 2. Terror is stalking the subways. Women were once safe, but now each morning's train carries another brutally butchered body. Without a motive, the police are helpless against this psychotic killer. With nowhere else to turn, Mirei Hidaka, a psychic "postcognitive" is called in. Using her sense of touch, Mireii can feel the currents of the past and has the ability to witness murders hours of days after they've been committed. But just as the threads are slowly starting to come together, Mirei's own life is in jeopardy! It's now up to Subaru Sumeragi, to save the day. But this case won't be solved until the separate strands of destiny have been re-woven into a new pattern - one the binds Subaru Mirei, and a psychotic murder.

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Babylon is arguably CLAMP's greatest tale! December 23, 1999
Tokyo Babylon is a magnificent, heartbreaking CLAMP story (and a personal favorite) about young Subaru Sumeragi, his twin sister, Hokuto, and their friend, Seishiro Sakurazuka. Together, the three explore Tokyo City, commenting upon the hypocritical and unthinking masses and the damage group mentality can cause the individual. Subaru Sumeragi, as an onmyouji (a Japanese medium and exorcist), is privy to things that a normal sixteen only imagines. In Tokyo Babylon, Subaru is the protagonist of a tale that interweaves an existentialist Tokyo with traditional Japanese mysticism.
Unfortunately, the seven-volume CLAMP manga series will probably never be commerically released in the United States, as it is primarily a societal criticism with some male-male romantic underpinings between Seishiro and Subaru. Combining the knee-jerk reaction in the US toward any suggestion of homosexual romance and the culture-bound nature of the criticism makes for a story that is unlikely to sell. However, the anime demonstrates neither of these (despite the cover art's insinuation), so this two-part anime certainly the most assessible manner in which to enjoy Tokyo Babylon. Unlike many anime OVA series based upon manga titles, the anime comprises original stories, which, incidentally, were not created by CLAMP.
The first volume details Subaru's confrontation with Negumo, a young businessman with uncanny good luck that seems to leave anyone in his way dead. After Negumo's luck leads to the death of a colleague, the man's sister seeks revenge, using spiritual means that endangers everyone. Subaru must help this woman, but how can he reach a woman in deep mourning?
In the second volume, Subaru witnesses a grisly murder on the subway.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reprinting? September 15, 2005
Having recently purchased this item, this item appears to be exactly the same as the "other dvd" of this same title? (Which has excellent, informative reviews if you do a search on Amazon.)

I won't bother with a dvd review here; the reviewers on the other dvd's page captured its essence perfectly.

Needless to say, this OVA has an excellent few side-stories to the manga. However, as far as I can tell, the only difference between the two dvds is the color of the cover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential unrealized July 8, 2001
This is a wonderful companion to the original manga series, but even the most versed Tokyo Babylon fans will likely be a little let down by the material covered here. The stories covered in the OAVs, while presented true to the spirit of the original manga, aren't particularly integral to the much larger story behind Tokyo Babylon. The only hint of the series' true depth in these OAVs is a brief opening sequence. Unfortunately it's been done in such a way that will leave those who haven't read the manga scratching their heads in confusion.
Still; the animation is excellent for its time, the action is fast-paced and the OAVs stand alone much better than CLAMP's other early OAV attempt RG Veda. It's still enjoyable... just not as much as it could have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great glimpse into the dark saga of Tokyo Babylon June 20, 2003
For those who are calling this DVD a prologue to the X TV series.. that's not really accurate. Tokyo Babylon is NOT NEEDED to understand X, but it's nice to understand the deeper relationship between Subaru and Seishirou, and why they seem to know each other so well in the X series. Both episodes cover cases that Subaru tackles during his Onmyouji duties. The animation isn't top-notch (considering how recently it was made), but it's not painful. Watching the subtitled version is recommended, as with most anime, because Subaru's English voice actor especially wasn't at his best. If you want to really learn more about Subaru and Seishirou, you can always import the manga (untranslated when I wrote this review) because I'm sure this disc will leave you wanting more. Also take note that it does not cover a LOT of important details later in the manga, mainly how Seishirou lost his eyes, how Subaru was betrayed, why Seishirou killed-- you get the point.
Basically, occult fans, bishounen, shounen-ai fans, CLAMP fans, and mystery fans should enjoy this nice little snippit from the Tokyo Babylon saga. I personally really enjoyed this disc as a TB fan.
[PS: BTW, its Seishirou, not Seichiro. ;) Seichiro's a completely different character.]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great supernatural fun and bishounen eye candy December 27, 2001
CLAMP created one of their most appealing characters ever in Subaru Sumeragi, the teenage exorcist/magician who is at the center of Tokyo Babylon (and also shows up in an older, wiser and sadder version in X). His legions of fangirls will not be disappointed in these OVAs. These are side stories to the manga, and while not all character relationships from the original are fully explored, this definitely gives the viewer a taste of CLAMP's universe. In both stories, Subaru investigates a baffling paranormal case, accompanied by his two sidekicks -- Hokuto, his twin sister, and Seishirou Sakarazuka, a veteranarian and fellow magician (with a dark secret that's not fully revealed in these productions -- and, BTW, his Japanese voice actor is no other than the great Koyasu Takehito!). OVA1 is about a mysterious series of murders at a construction site, a man who seems to have been "born lucky," and a woman out for a grisly revenge. OVA2 concerns a psychic who can see the past through her fingers and a killer stalking the Tokyo subways. Both are well-written and suspenseful (although the story of OVA2 is more engaging), the production values surprisingly good for OVA animation of this time period, and the Japanese voice actors give terrific performances (well, hey. . . it's *Koyasu*!) However, I'd stick with the Japanese subtitled version, as the dub makes some serious script changes (some of which alter the character of Seishirou). I'd recommend this to CLAMP fans, Koyasu fans, and people who like similar types of supernatural mystery (i.e. X-Files, Yami no Matsuei). And I can't think of anyone who wouldn't love Subaru. ^_^
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
Thank You SSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO Much!!!!!!!! I Love it, & it is great!!!!!!!!!
Published 4 days ago by Goddess_Maker
2.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Babylon 1-2
My grandson order this and I don't know how to return it to the company. I don't want it. I am not into this.
Published 5 months ago by Marion St Amant
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 bombs, Part 2 shines
Episode 1
Subaru is the 13th head of the Sumeragi clan. He is hired to exorcise a construction sight. His employer mysteriously dies. The only survivor is the only suspect. Read more
Published 19 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the best anime
Clamp always does grest work with their anime, and voice actors. I loved this anime, I watched this and understood X a lot better. Read more
Published on July 25, 2011 by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD OVA
In my opinion you can enjoy this OVA without having seen X: The Movie. I watched this OVA before watching X: The Movie and really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on March 31, 2011 by PersonReviewing
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality
The subtitles in this production were very poorly timed, and appeared rather unprofessional. The usual "features" often found in such productions are absent, replaced by several... Read more
Published on March 17, 2007 by M. Frisk
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
This review refers to the DVD.

The English voice acting is quite bad, that's well established by now. Oh well, there is the Japanese track with subtitles, right? Read more
Published on December 5, 2006 by Ella
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed.
When I found this DVD, I was thrilled. I am a HUGE fan of the 7 part manga series and expected this to be the same. However, I was wrong. Read more
Published on January 16, 2006 by Corynne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but not as good as the manga
Tokyo Babylon is one of Clamps best, if not the best, works. It is about a 16 year old boy named Sumeragi Subaru who is an onmyoji (or medium, as they say in the American version),... Read more
Published on October 20, 2004 by Mike Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good anime
I dont really understand why they called it a prelude to X the movie, but they did. This movie is about Subaru, Seishirou, and Seichiro's life before X the movie. Read more
Published on January 1, 2004 by Jer
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