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009-1, Vol. 1

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Product Description

In a world where the Cold War never ended, East and West continue to battle for technological and political supremacy. Mylene Hoffman, field commander of the elite Double Zero intelligence division, exists in this world with her eyes open and her body always ready to do battle. There’s no problem Mylene can’t solve that doesn’t use the proper application of high explosives, fast-talk, deceptive jewelry, make-up and the right moves behind closed doors!

Mylene Hoffman is agent 9-1, a pneumatic spy for the Western Bloc: although the broadcast series 009-1 (2006) is set more than a century in the future, Cold War agents out of Ian Fleming novels fight clandestine battles. Mylene dispatches assassins and spies with a variety of high-tech weapons, but somehow manages to lose her clothes in each episode. While she's deadly, Mylene isn't the most effective spy: she allows a lethal mutant to escape in "Holy Night" and sleeps with the obsessive assassin known as The Egg in "Hard Boiled." The characters are drawn in an oddly flat, cartoon-y style: Mars in "Invitation from an Old Castle" resembles Duke Red in Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis; The Egg looks like Alice the Goon in "Thimble Theater." The plots may be thinner than Mylene's undergarments, but adolescent boys watching the jiggle shots and gun battles aren't likely to worry about the finer points of storytelling. (Rated TV-MA VSL, suitable for ages 17 and older: nudity, violence, violence against women, profanity, alcohol and tobacco use, sexual situations, including lesbianism) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Yumiko Shaku, Alice Fulks, Josh Grelle, Grant James, Hôchû Ôtsuka
  • Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCY62W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "009-1, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

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In the alternate future Earth of 009-1, the Cold War that started in the late 1940s never ended and the world is still split between two superpowers vying for supremacy known as the Western and Eastern Blocs. Like James Bond of old, each faction's spies duel with each other under a fragile peace to keep each other from getting an advantage in technology which could be used militarily ecomonically. On both sides, there are some higher-ups in the goverment who WANT an open war instead of sneaking around in the dark. Mylene is cyborg agent for the Western bloc and she comes equipped not only with a shapely body and a beautiful face, but with a expertise in weapons, superhuman abilities, AND guns implanted in her breasts! She's not above using any and all of those assets to fulfill her mission. Mylene is an expert at improvisation and initiative as her assignments generally encompass a wide variety of missions. On Volume 1, she must avert open war between the West and East and go up against a hitman named "The Egg" who was nicknamed thus because he's so "hardboiled". She must also supervise a mutant extermination squad and rescue an important scientist from a haunted castle! It's all in a day's work for Mylene.

The first thing that catches your eye about this show is it's retro look that mirrors the late 1960's origin of the original Shotaro Ishinomori manga, which was seen as a more mature spin-off of the kids manga Cyborg 009. Ishinomori wanted to add a little more sex and violence to his work than he had previously. He was ahead of his time by making his main character a woman in male dominated Japan. Mylene bears a striking resemblance and is probably the prototype of the Major in Ghost in the Shell and a zillion other cyborg gungirls.
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By KevinB on November 18, 2012
I think I'll mention its good points first. The animation and art in this series is good. The Female lead is a pretty lady. That is the only thing that made keep watching it. There is plenty of action, but it wasn't too intense because I didn't care if the main character died and the series ended. All the bad guys are chumps. They are probably related since all of their noses looked like wieners hanging on the middle of their faces. They also have really stupid sounding voices. The series is kinda like James Bond, if he were a cyborg chick with mentally handicapped enemies. I found it impossible to care about this series at all. Out of the many anime series I own, this is the worst. I agree with the review that said, "at least it was cheap". If you pay money for this you will probably be very annoyed.
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Over three decades ago, during the cold war, a manga titled "009-1" (zero zero nine one) by Ishinomori Shotaro was created.

Although known for his works such as "Cyborg 009", "Kikaider" and "Kamen Rider", "009-1" would focus on a female main character and a storyline that would mirror the world that was undergoing the threat of nuclear war, the Cuban Missle Crisis and the USA and Russia tensions at the highest level.

The storyline features an alternate world 140 years into the future with the cold war separating the Earth into the Western and Eastern Bloc.
The main character is Mylene Hofman, a female cyborg who with other 009 units are the Western Bloc's top spies.

The first episode features the 009 units working together to rescue a scientist who has been kidnapped by the Eastern Bloc. The episode highlights the talents and skills of the cyborg units and how Mylene Hofman who has the look and the body of a woman but in reality is a deadly killer.

From cyborg units that can change their identity, super athletic agility and hidden weapons in their body parts and in Mylene's case, turrets hidden in her breasts.

Sure, the anime sounds like "one of those anime" that is made for the man fixated on women with hot bodies and well-endowed but although the anime has its share of fan service, it does not overshadow the major storyline that bares a resemblance to the popular "007" films.

The second episode focuses on Mylene's thoughts of her own organization as it hunts down humans with a mutant gene that gives them incredible powers. You start to realize through the episode that the scientist in the first episode that the 009 units were trying to rescue is the same scientist who experiments on these mutants.
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By earwax1 on October 18, 2009
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This is great, very interesting anime series. all I can say not for the younger kidsfor example the main character has two secret weapons and she knows how to use them.
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