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Witch Hunter Robin - Belief (Vol. 2) (2004)

Akeno Watanabe , Steve Blum  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Akeno Watanabe, Steve Blum, Paul St. Peter, Karen Strassman, Takuma Takewaka
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, 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: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 641 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D9BEB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Witch Hunter Robin - Belief (Vol. 2)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Being a Witch Hunter is anything but normal. Robin has begun settling into her new life at the STNJ practicing with her supernatural powers and making some extraordinary progress. The arrival of her beloved Vespa has given Robin independence, and freedom as the hunt for witches continue. While there may not be any one single type of witch - Robin and the STNJ will face them all: witches who kill out of vengeance; a witch who takes a life so that another may be spared. And this time around, one of the STNJ’s targets will be someone very close to them... KEY SALES POINT

* From the creators of 'Cowboy Bebop' and 'Argentosoma'
* Part of the NEW Bandai Entertainment Platinum Edition line
* An excellent mix between 'La Femme Nikita" Meets "X-Files"

Genre: Action/Suspense Creative Staff: Director - Shukou Murase (Character Designer for Gundam Wing and Argentosoma) Composer - Taku Iwasaki ('Read or Die', 'Now and then Here and There', Samurai X: Reflection)
Character Design - Yukio Iwata DVD Features: Interactive Animated Menus
English/Japanese Language
English subtitles option
Dolby Digital Surround Sound DVD Extras: STNJ Equipment Files
Liner Notes
Reversible Cover


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars anime lite -- now with less story... January 26, 2004
Format:DVD
The art and animation are top notch. There are a few annoying re-uses of animation (a la He-Man rolling around on the ground 500 times an episode) but they are done at the conference table, are attractive, and are forgiveable. Besides that everything is beautiful, smooth, and of the callibur you'd expect in a movie, not syndicated television show.
I am a little preplexed by the earlier volume's score. The music is very well done and atmospheric and looking at the OST's, it appears there were a lot of tracks written. However...and this is a big however...the first two volumes of Robin only seem to be using a few of these tracks...over...and over...and over again. It's a shame. The lack of variety is killing the mood because it's almost comical how many times you'll here the same musical piece in just one episode alone. Sometimes to the point that they are literally back-to-back.
All this, again, is forgivable. So why the lower rating? The story and characters seem so flat and watered down that this show almost becomes unwatchable at times. The plot meanders on with little insight as to why people are doing what...and the characters seem carbon molds of dull lifeless puppets. There is no wit, no suspense, no tension, just....blah. This is part in due to the *horrible* dialogue. It's not a translation problem. The translation is pretty good. It's just *really* bad dialogue. You've seen it before: "Robin? Huh? Ohhhhhhh. Huh? Ohhhhhh? Ok." with nice loooooooong pauses in between people speaking.
Having said all this...it is quite possible that the series will pick up from its snail pace...and that the characters actually develop into non-puppet form...but at full DVD price a pop...and a couple more volumes to go...I would recommend waiting until the series ends to invest in buying it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Devils December 20, 2003
Format:DVD
This is the second DVD in a series that is proving to be much better than my initial expectations. 'Hunter' drama story lines tend to be violent and hyper heroic, and thus far, Witch Hunter Robin is proving to be the antithesis of that style. Set in modern Japan, it is the story of the STNJ, a small group of young people who hunt those with paranormal powers. Since they have powers of their own this puts them in an equivocal position.
Rather than focus on violent resolutions, the story focuses on the personal interplay of young Robin Sena and the rest of the team. She is a young practitioner of the Craft who has recently returned from Italy to serve as a hunter, and has yet to become completely comfortable in a team of strangers whose leaders seem to have a hidden agenda.
How this will play out is still unclear, but a gradual change in the depiction of the offending witches has become apparent. This series begins to play up the humanity of all the characters, not just the team. I think it is fairly clear that something in the STNJ organization is not quite right. Captured witches are shipped off to some kind of vague processing center whose purposes are unclear.
The episodes in this series range from the poignant story of a witch who uses dolls for her primary to the tragedy of a doctor who finds he can save lives by killing. In a haunting episode that touches on the impact of these powers on family relationships, we learn much about Yuji Kobari, the bar owner, who has been a bit of a mystery so far.
All the tales are told with a very light touch, and deliberately intended to leave mixed feelings in the viewer. Thus the story has complex overtones that play well against the sparse stylishness of the settings and animation. On many occasions, very dramatic effects are achieved by a curious minimalism that demonstrates that good taste can be a strong a creative device.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Develops November 13, 2003
By Corum
Format:DVD
While these next few episodes (Raindrops, Simple Mind, Faith, Sign of the Craft, maybe Seperate Lives?) continue to prod the story along in a witch-of-the-day fashion, they spend more time developing the characters. Amon finally accepts Robin as his new partner, and we discover more about Michael, Sakaki, Karasuma, and Doujima.
In Belief, Robin begins to doubt her duty as a witch hunter. Especially after a witch's noble sacrifice in Faith, Robin begins to speculate where her future is headed. Her love for Amon becomes stronger, and she forms tighter bonds with the rest of the members of STN-J. Meanwhile, we are presented with the mysteries of Factory and Solomon.
This is really an intermission between the introductory Arrival and the stunning third DVD. Once episode 11 comes along, the series truly kicks off. Episode 12 reveals the true meaning of witches and witch hunters for Robin, while the episodes following lead up to the unexpected twist in Episode 15.
Either way, do not skip out on this. It includes some great music, characters, and action. And without it, you won't be able to fully appreciate the following episodes, which truly break away from this episodic structure.
Don't miss out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witches, Witches, Everywhere November 29, 2004
Format:DVD
The second volume of Witch Hunter Robin features more vignettes about STN-J and the witches they chase. These episodes are interesting, although the only one that really wowed me was the third one, Faith. That had an amazing twist I did not see coming.

In the last episode, Separate Lives, someone from Harry's past is revealed, but the story is a little disappointing in it's ordinariness. I hope there is more to Harry's then just this revelation.

Something is going on with Amon towards Robin. She doesn't know it, for he keeps it secret, but he actually dumps his girlfriend, Robin's roomate Touko. But why? What information about Robin does Amon have that we do not? We will have to wait for the next volume of the series.

Vol. 2 has character profiles, very helpful in allowing you to get names straight. Belief contains a hearty five episodes, 6-10: Raindrops, Simple-Mind, Faith, Sign of the Craft, and Separate Lives.

In volume three, the series will take a serious twist and change its tone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A small improvement
I reviewed the first volume, and said that I was disappointed with this series. It's slow moving story and bland characters made it hard for me to get interested...and stay awake. Read more
Published 20 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended series
I have watched this series before, but it is great to watch over and over again. it has been entertaining and the art in it can be amazing at times. Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Ryder Farrar
5.0 out of 5 stars Witch Hunter Robin's world starts showing shades of grey
"Belief" is the second volume of episodes of the anime "Witch Hunter Robin," which is about the STN-J team that protects Japan from the threat of modern day witches. Read more
Published on May 6, 2005 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Robin starts crushing on Amon
~ "Raindrops"

In this episode Robin gets a ride home from a stranger when her vespa brakes down in the rain on a long stretch of empty road. Read more
Published on December 1, 2004 by E. M. Gomez
4.0 out of 5 stars Things that go 'bump' in the night...
In this DVD there are five more episodes of the Witch Hunter Robin series and the first two are not really as strong as the other three. Read more
Published on April 2, 2004 by Michael Valdivielso
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever.
Now i like witch hunter actualy but its just too typical you know? For example it is very repeteive each episode seems to begin with someone dying and witch apears than hunters... Read more
Published on March 5, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Witch Hunter - A journey of discovery
This is the second volume of the Japanese Cult Hit Witch Hunter Robin based on the story of a 15 year old girl named Robin who originally was born Japan and then raised in... Read more
Published on March 3, 2004 by Stephen E. Sauls
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