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Blade of the Phantom Master S.A.V.E.

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Editorial Reviews

Legend tells of a secret army, the Amen Osa, the phantom master. Hidden warriors waiting to strike from the shadows to protect justice and defend the Jushin Empire from tyrants thieves. But Jushin has fallen, and its citizens live in fear of zombies, beasts and sadists.

Now from the ashes of destruction, a hero appears to defend the people. His name is unknown, and no man knows who serves. Is he the last of the Amen Osa? The answer will be revealed when the blade of the phantom master is unleashed.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jason Douglas, Nancy Novotny, Blake Shepard
  • Directors: Charles Campbell, Joji Shimura
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023S4A1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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By ONENEO VINE VOICE on June 26, 2009
Thanks to the power of the internet, it's rare that an anime title (in this case an OVA full-length feature film) should manage to take me by surprise. And yet when Funimation's reissue of ADV Film's Blade of the Phantom Master showed up unannounced; that's exactly what happened. Based on a popular Korean manga, the anime incarnation has been around for several years now but hadn't made my short list of must-have properties... until now.

Coming in at a total runtime of 90 minutes, Blade of the Phantom Master occupies a single disc packaged in a standard-sized DVD case. The show wears an appropriate, if not slightly conservative TV MA (17+) rating due to some fairly graphic violent sequences (no nudity, sex, or particularly rough language however).

Language options are typical sub and dub meaning English and Japanese dialog tracks (presented in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound) and English subtitles beneath either if desired.

Extras are quite robust and include a making of the video segment, storyboards, production sketches, interviews with the Japanese cast, original Japanese trailers and TV spots, clean opening and closing themes, and Funimation trailers.

The story begins in the scorching desert where lead character Munsu, an agent once obliged to a now-fallen kingdom (Jushin), meets up with a fellow traveler who actually ends up saving his life. It turns out Munsu has actually crossed paths with a young man on a camel who happens to be traveling to his homeland after having failed to acquire the skills necessary to save his girl from the clutches of a detested dictator.
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I bought this on a limb, it was cheap and sounded interesting so I thought - eh why not?! Turns out that I really enjoyed it even though it makes you wonder at the end - good wonders though. The phantom master is a guy who seems to be in a carefree "I don't care if I die" spirited human being but throughout the story I find he starts to see there is much more to learn then a careless attitude.
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This movie is great for those who are out there looking for a good film and not looking for something to pick apart like a critic.
but what i will say is the film leaves you confused when it first starts, the hero of the film is more like an angry, grow up quick or die kinda person, and it leaves you at the end wanting to know what will happen next so if your looking for something great to watch definately check it out.
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I'll keep this "review" very short, and just give the general consumer the know-how. To put simply, this movie is painfully incomplete with no sign of completion ahead of it.

Based on the legendary Korean manwha "Shin Angyo Onshi", it follows the tale of the anti-hero Munsu in his quest for vengeance against the demonic Aji Tae. This movie chronicles one of Munsu's and Sando's earlier adventures, but that's really about it. The build-up towards the main film's plot is painfully rushed, and the question and hints regarding Munsu's quest are left blankly dangling about.

While I *would* like to recommend purchasing the original manwha after watching the film, that's a rather impossible task seeing as it was never released in an English-language format, and with no release-window in sight.

The lack of accessibility ultimately makes this one a no-go, but if you care only for eye-candy, it does boast some extremely well-done animation and fight scenes, even if some of the CGI looks rather conspicuous at times.
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When did anime become all about computers and graphics? Blade of the Phantom Master is misleading in title alone. At no time during this movie does the hero pick up a blade! If possible just rent this because buying it is a waste of money! Three battles is not worth whatever this movie is being sold for. Now don't believe the back of the dvd for the storyline...this is what the movie is really about: A wanderer with a magic talisman walks around and tries to prove to everyone he meets that he isn't anyone's savior. Yes the movie has blood but it plays more like an art film. It centers on scenery and computer graphics there's action but not enough! The villains are lame and the hero is worthless. The hero has a bodyguard who deserves all the attention but she doesn't help things either. I will admit that the bodyguard has the best fight scenes in the whole movie even though she fights twice! Still despite all of this I recommend renting it first!
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