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Vandread: Ultimate Collection (Classic)

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The battle of the sexes may seem bad on Earth, but in a space colony far, far away, things are even worse. Men and women haven’t seen each other for decades, so they don’t just argue in the future – they go straight for each other’s throats. Enter lowly Hibiki, a little guy with big dreams of adventure, who finds himself in the middle of a firefight after stowing away in a top secret mech designed to purge the galaxy of estrogen! But as the gender war rages on, a mysterious crystal weapon forever links their starships – and their destinies. Time is running out as men and women explore their sexual differences, struggle to suppress raging hormones, and fight to survive the threat of a deadly common foe!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rafael Antonio Oliver, Julie Maddalena, Julie Pickering
  • Directors: Eric P. Sherman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 766 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00576U9LW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As an anime fan since the mid-90s, I grew to love typical genres - harem, mecha, comedy, romance and first-love stories, mystery, drama and sci-fi - thanks to the amount of anime being shown on TV. Luckily for me, I ended up finding this little gem of a series called "Vandread". Even now, this is still one of my all-time favorite series compared to today's current choices of shows.

This series, in my eyes, is one that mixes all of the popular genres into a two-season anime that easily shows many of the popular themes right off the bat. Men and women are on different planets in the near [or is it far?] future, and after a long time apart, a small trio of men end up as the captives of a pirate spaceship filled with women... and hilarity definitely ensues. Okay, so the main situation may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure that you'll find one or two characters within the large cast [of mostly women] to personally grow fond of. Many of the major characters are given some good character development with some backstory, and some even manage to take me by surprise once the series dove into Second Stage. I'll admit that I ended up admiring once-annoying characters by the end of the series. There are moments of funny, heartwarming, and maybe even some tearjerker moments too - something that any fan will love.

This complete set is absolutely a great deal for both the first season and Second Stage, as well as for the two never-before-released OVAs. I was disappointed to see that the OVAs were nothing but condensed recaps of each season, but I did like the little additional scenes of filler that didn't make it into the series. The fact that the OVAs only had subtitles was also disappointing, but I didn't mind it much; I enjoyed both the English dub and the subbed versions of the series.

In the end and overall, "Vandread" is definitely worth many more viewings and a permanent spot in one's anime collection with this set!
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Vandread is just one of those shows. If you read the manga, it is at times a bit sloppy and it doesn't really fill in much more than the show. The characters cut from that for the show are not missed and the execution is much better in the anime. The show itself fixes a lot of problems from the manga and generally makes you want to watch it again from time to time.

This series gets classified as a harem comedy at times but after watching it, I wouldn't quite classify it as that. There is a harem concept but it is not exploited in Vandread to the fullest. Very much unlike shows like Love Hina where it is clear there is a mass of women all fawning after 1 guy. That said, the characters and setting are quite enjoyable in a Disneyized version of two same sex societies. If you are expecting a fanservice feast, you won't be totally thrilled with Vandread. There is fanservice for sure but it is rather mild compared to other shows.

If a 4.5 star rating could be given, I would. Because it is not perfect. The aspects not quite perfect are simple. It gets a little heavy on psychology aspects later in the show. "Proving one's existence" and such. Thankfully it won't leave a horrible sour taste in your mouth but at times you will wish it would just move the story along. Then the second aspect one would complain about kinda ties in with the aforementioned. That is the main protagonist. Hibiki is quite a weak character throughout much of the story. He has his moments but, there just isn't a whole lot to like about him. He is an echo of the Tarak male society but also one which opposes it. These two factors constantly clash, sometimes for the better but often as a jerk. This does affect the harem concept because he is just not a character all women would be drawn to.
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I've been a fan of GONZO's work for some time now, ever since watching their first show Blue Submarine No. 6. They have released many popular anime over the years, but it seems like for some people this one slipped through the cracks. The premise is...unique, to say the lease (two planets at war, each populated only by a single sex), and things just get more bonkers from there. If you look closely, however, beyond the silliness and strangeness there is a shockingly good show to be found.

I hear voices

First of all, if you like your shows in English this show is absolutely incredible in the voice acting department. It's a shining reminder of just how good English dubs got for a while as we have main characters voiced by the people who played:The Major (Ghost in the Shell), Tanya (Battle Athletes Victory), Spike (Cowboy Bebop), Milly (Trigun), Count Cagliostro (Lupin III:Castle of Cagliostro), Toph (Legend of Korra)....and last but not least...

Rick Hunter from the Robotech Macross Saga!!!!!!!!

I mean seriously, GOOD GRIEF!!!! This HAS to be the greatest voice cast ever assembled!!!!! Er..umm...moving right along...

The characters

Voice actors smoishactors you say? Well these awesome voice actors who could make the stupidest, most shallow character even sound like Shakespeare or Star Wars have some GREAT material to work with. This show has character development for EVERYONE. There are no minor characters here. Absolutely ever character (though some might call them stereotypes) is positively dripping with personality, to the point where it's darn hard not to love absolutely everyone in this show.
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