Blue Drop The Complete Collection
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Five years ago, SOMETHING happened to Mari Wakatake. Something that took the lives of every other human on Kamioki Island, then wiped her mind clean of even memories. But if Mari s past is an unknown nightmare, her future may soon become even more terrifying. Because while Mari was the sole HUMAN survivor, something else lived through the same night, and now, wearing a female skin, its path is about to cross Mari s again at the exclusive Kaihou Academy.
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If you need to have a ton of action in every episode then this is definately not for you. There is action but there are episodes that deal with real life situations,since this takes place at an all girls school. You see the new girl,Mari whom has never been to school before, struggle at first to make friends and then how she has bonded with them.
I found this a very likable series. When it comes to the CGI it is incredible in spots,Gonzo had a hand in it, like when Mari first sees Hagino. As a whole the series mixed in real life situations and blended them seamlessly together with "The Hunt for Red October". It has suspense,drama and some great visuals when they battle.
Even though the it is a subtitle only the voices are excellent as is the music. Both help set the mood of what you are watching.
Replay value is all right. I gave it 4 stars because there were a couple of episodes seem to lag a little. Even with that being said I am pleased with the series and was glad that I bought it.
As stated in the title. I reviewed the November 17th 2009 release of Blue Drop. I do not know why Amazon imports your reviews when something is re-released as things are subject to change which can change what you are reviewing.
However I have ordered the September 7th 2010 release of Blue Drop because it states that it is in both Japanese and English. I myself prefer English and I will update this review after I watch the newest version. I just wish this would have come out in Blu-Ray as some of the colors are so vibrant and this would even better.
Yes this is in English 2.0 and they used well known voices like Luci Christain - Monica Rial - Hillary Haag & Britney Karbowski. I am glad to see this out in English. Remember "English" applies only to the 2010 release. Also this is the same style of case as the previous release..a single size DVD case with one Disc on each side. Other than it being in English now....nothing has changed that I noticed.
The story focuses on the relationship between Mari Wakatake, orphaned five years earlier, and Hagino Senkouji, who cannot forget the horrific tragedy that links them.
Hagino, wracked with guilt for the loss of her crew, as well as the deaths of Mari's family and home. Mari, unable to remember her past, but sensing some connection to Hagino from the past.
With vibrant animation, a compelling story, and fully fleshed out characters, including several lovable background characters, Blue Drop is not a series one would easily forget.
Take note that the series does not have an English dub, and is subtitled only. Don't let that hinder your enjoyment though of this amazing and heartfelt series.
The sci-fi story line is also excellent and quite intriguing. It pulled me in right away and left enough of a lasting impression for me to wish the series had been longer, or hope for an eventual follow-up. Basically, women from an alternate dimension cross into ours with intentions of conquering our world. There are no men left in their world, and their population is slowly dying. However, one Captain finds herself quite taken with the humans she encounters and decides to fight for them. Yeah, it sounds a bit trivial, but it is told and handled beautifully.
You also can't discuss Blue Drop without mentioning the amazing artwork. The animation, character and location designs are all beautiful. There is an amazing amount of detail in the art of this series that truly allows it to shine. The ship designs in particular stand out as a cut above the norm.
Despite the action, mytery and sci-fi elements, it's the relationship between the two main characters and the surrounding cast that really make this show something special. They're very sympathetic characters who truly make you care about them. In the end, when one of them is forced to make an unimaginable sacrifice, the moment is very touching and heart felt. It is one of the better anime endings I have seen in some time, despite leaving the story a bit open. (The anime only deals with the very beginning of the manga.)
Also, for those interested in a dub, Sentai Filmworks has produced a dub for this show. It was not available when this set was released last year, but will available in a later set. So if you must have a dub, you should give the upcoming set a try.