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Venus Versus Virus: The Complete Series S.A.V.E. (2009)

Joanne Bonasso , Natalie Arneson , Kyle Jones , Scott McClennen  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joanne Bonasso, Natalie Arneson, Blake Shepard
  • Directors: Kyle Jones, Scott McClennen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023S4A12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

After a lifetime of seeing ghosts, young Sumire is recruited by powerful Lucia to fight demons! The girls battle darkness as members of the Venus Vanguard, a group dedicated to ridding the world of its greatest threat – Virus. But as they discover why every life is worth saving, they also learn that they carry their own unlocked potential for evil. The Virus rages out of control, but Sumire and Lucia are prepared to give it the beating it truly deserves. Get ready – it’s time for your vaccination.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Some anime titles are made up of such a bizarre set of traits that all it takes is a passing glance to recognize that there's no way this could have been created domestically. Venus Versus Virus is exactly one such title. Here we have a gun-shooting demon-buster teenage girl with teal hair and an eye patch charged with saving all of humanity from an evil virus outbreak. If this sounds a little strange to you, rest assured, things get even weirder once you're in. In the mean time, let's check out the specs shall we?

Released across two discs, Venus Versus Virus contains the complete series (12 episodes) and comes packaged in a single regular-sized dvd case. Total runtime comes in at 290 minutes and the show wears an appropriate if not slightly conservative TV 14 rating due presumably to the gun touting and semi violent themes presented. Graphic gore, nudity, and sexual themes are nonexistent here.

Extras come in the form of textless songs and a crop of upcoming Funimation title trailers on the second disc. Language options are typical sub and dub meaning the choice between running the original Japanese dialog or an English dubbed version and the option to show English subtitles over either track.

The story follows the exploits of the Venus Vanguard organization, or more specifically, the eye patch wearing goth-girl Lucia and her teenage recruit Sumire as they bust the bad guys with their pistols. Bad guys in this case refers to possessed critters and people who are basically carriers of an "evil" virus. Sumire, it turns out, has a unique ability in that the bullets our heroines use to kill these viruses have an effect on her as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best adaptation actually. It's lacking. July 31, 2009
By A Human
This anime is, to put it simple, a shonen yuri about two female friends with guns who fight zombies while one of them falls for a boy.

What a more descriptive description?

It involves two teenage girls, Sumire and Lucia. Lucia has a "gift", stated loosely, that makes her see "viruses". Said viruses are out to get her. Sumire acquires the ability too, but you won't learn how until the fifth episode or so.
Sumire meets a boy near the beginning of the anime and falls for him.

Enter trials, errors, cuteness, sadness, and action here.

I'm a big fan of the manga however the anime has little to do with it other then the basic plot and characters (even then, their personalities and character developments are different). The two end differently, in popular opposite ways, and they even begin differently. Only a few events are based off manga events.

The ending will leave you short and sad. I recommend this but only if you like the manga, or yuri, a lot. If not, check out the manga.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy Virus June 27, 2010
Perhaps I have poor taste, but I was instantly hooked on this short series. So much so, I actually seeked out the original ADV release, with the three single discs and wonderful artbox (besides Bandai's magnetic artboxes, I think ADV comes in second with the sturdiest and coolest artboxes); instead of the usual black, clear or sometimes white colour case, the older ADV release came in never-before-seen-by-me light blue-like cases, which goes great with the whole dark, gothic look of the packaging; one thing good about boxed sets being released, the original material is cheaper to hunt down in the long run -- however, this double clear case 2-disc holder of this release was a nice change and surprise from the recent slimcase phenomenon that never protects the disc(s).

I also haven't read the manga, so maybe I remain ignorant; but evenso, I tend to enjoy my visual medium different than the written material, it leaves both to be special in their own right. So I could care less if the anime takes liberty on storytelling or changes up the characters. Crucify me. With that being said, even after the first episode, I was attracted to and very much sucked in by the quick character development and the mysteries that shrouded around certain personalities. I mean, come-on... an antique dealer (Lucia, a one woman Venus Vangaurd) storefront owner who takes on clients that see Virus-es (evil spirits - similar to xxxHolic) and runs a backroom where equipment is developed to fight off these corrupt souls?!? Sign me up.

And then the sweet character girl Sumire, who at times needs to turn beserk-er (Claymore anyone?) in order to further battle the attacking Virus?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does not feel complete September 22, 2009
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I enjoyed this Anime collection very much. You can find other reviews that will tell you all you could want to know about the story and content. So in summation it was enjoyable.
This story did not leave this viewer with a sense of ending. There should be a second season to bring the story to a conclusion. Maybe there will be, until then, the ending of this series is only available in the manga books. I have not seen the manga story so I can not be sure it has a conclusive ending.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Steven R.
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy this anime
This anime was cheap and only has 12 episodes. The concept was pretty interesting but I think could have been better explored with more episodes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by FredrickDr.ead
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative
Enjoyed the anmime and story and characters that were developed to tell the story. It was good to see a unique story that kept my attention. Read more
Published 12 months ago by W. Wooard
3.0 out of 5 stars Venus Versus Virus
I came across this anime on accident actually. I got the first four episodes in a grab-bag at an anime convention, and since the whole series was around $20, I decided to buy it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by michael bean
3.0 out of 5 stars Viruses that are corporeal monsters. . .
It's interesting tangent for soul stealing. It's an interesting storyline. . .The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It was very lackluster. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J3F
1.0 out of 5 stars just bad
I love anime, I've seen alot of bad and good but regardless I almost always enjoy it. However this one was just so bad generic, unfunny, boring. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael S. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great anime series i think is under rated lots of action great story great anime hs ok extras and yuri
Published 19 months ago by thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story But With A Not-So-Good Ending.
The only reason this got 4 stars was due to the ending. It left me sort of let down. I found not knowing what happened to the two heroines really hurt the story. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by C. Weaver
3.0 out of 5 stars Very strong beginning, very poor ending.
This serie is a good example of how to trash a strong beginning with a stupid ending. The story of Lucia and Sumire against the virus had so much potential during the first 10... Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by Etienne Brousseau
5.0 out of 5 stars Venus versus Virus
After a lifetime of seeing ghost, young Sumire is recruited by powerful Lucia to fight demons! The gifls batttle darkness as members of the Venus. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Alan Isom
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