Blue Dragon, Vol. 1
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Shu is a spirited boy with big dreams, but nothing he's dreamed of can prepare him for the world of magic and danger he's about to enter. When he awakens a legendary shadow named Blue Dragon, Shu finds himself thrust into an epic adventure as he and his new comrades seek to stop the evil Gran Kingdom from dominating the world.
Contains episodes 1-5
Blue Dragon (2007) boasts an impressive pedigree: it's based on the Xbox 360 game supervised by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, and features original character designs by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z.. Blue Dragon is set in a world where certain warriors are Shadow Wielders, capable of commanding powerful monsters. Shu, the 10-year-old hero of this fantasy adventure, aspires to become a great warrior, although his friend Kluke keeps his ego in check. When the forces of evil king Nene attack their village, Shu and Kluke meet the skilled fighter Zola and her apprentice Jiro. Zola recognizes Shu's ability to summon the Blue Dragon, an extremely powerful shadow beast. He becomes her second apprentice. Kluke decides to journey with them, as does another Shadow Wielder, the elfin Marumaro. The plot requires a lot of exposition, and the story feels like it was assembled from pieces of other series. The hyperactive Shu resembles a mixture of Gohan in Dragon Ball and Simon in Gurran Lagann--after a triple espresso. Kluke, who loves weapons and robots, feels like a mixture of Bulma and Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist. Blue Dragon is not a particularly original series, but it will please fans of the Xbox game. (Rated A: All Ages: suitable for ages 8 and older: violence, minor toilet humor) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Shadow Comes Forth, 2. A Fateful Decision, 3. Shu and Jiro: Rivals in Training, 4. A Member of the Deevee Tribe, 5. Front-Line Base Assault)
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EDIT: I had to deduct one star because this English release from Viz Video has chopped the anamorphic widescreen format of the original Japanese broadcast, to a lame fullscreen edition (to save money I'm sure) which sucks for hardcore fans.
The ignoring little kid like behavior is here. I really hate it. The boy, Shu, just doesn't like to listen to reasoning. He just goes off into a tantrum. Then, he gets mad at others without a good reason because he just stupid and immature. But, it is in some many animes. I guess, somehow, it just caught on and people just like to see it now or the writers really want to piss off the viewers. I don't know, I hate it.
I would had original give it two stars if I wrote this review the first time I saw it. But, since then, I played the video game and kind of liked it a bit. I liked to see the differences in the video game compared to the anime. There are many changes actually and it's refreshing to learn about them. I would prefer the video game's story line over the anime though. But since I beat the game, I guess I just sit back and watch the show now.
I should tell you all that this series actually never finished for the DVD collection. There is only vol. 3 and ends at ep. 13. This let's you basically feel out the series and see if you like it or not to continue.
I watched the whole series a different way because overseas the show actually did finish till the end. And, I watched it all. The story does get somewhat more interesting but nothing too great. Shu is as always very ignoring and won't grow up much.
At the end, I actually preferred the video game story much more. Both stories are good, but the video game story just seems more complete and made more sense. The game pretty good if you can get passed the first 2 discs and play hard mode because normal mode is wayyy tooooo EASY!
And even if the anime was good in its original subtitle format, the "Blue Dragon" looks like just another Dragonball clone.
Like I said, I really don't mean to deter anymore from watching this, but the 4Kids-style dubs are TERRIBLE. If anyone wants some good family-friendly anime from Akira Toriyama, just watch the original "Dragonball" series.
Not "Dragonball Z." Just "Dragonball." Just anything except for this.