Chrono Crusade - Complete Collection
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CHRONO CRUSADE: COMPLETE COLLECTION
The offbeat supernatural adventure Chrono Crusade takes place in 1928, when the hedonistic culture of Prohibition-era New York has fueled a rise in Satanism. Sister Rosette of the Magdalene Order is a klutzy, gun-toting exorcist-cum-devil-hunter who wrecks her period cars, blows up the wrong buildings, and generally adds to the headaches of her superiors. Her level-headed partner Chrono tries to rein her in and minimize the damage. He's a devil (literally), but he's bound to Rosette by psychological and magical ties. The supporting cast includes a lecherous inventor who peeks up Rosette's habit; handsome Father Remington; Azmaria, a mysteriously powerful girl who adores Rosette; and the formidable head of the Magdalene Order, Sister Kate (who doesn't shimmy).
Chrono Crusade was adapted from a long-running manga by Daisuke Moriyama, and its biggest weakness is the central character. Rosette is a screechy, clumsy comic heroine, but she and the Magdalene Order are all that's keeping the devil Aion from realizing his nefarious plot to remake the universe. Chrono Crusade feels like someone dropped Lina Inverse from Slayers into Hellsing: it's too dark to be funny, but too silly to take seriously. Although many anime series depict battles against devils and demons, the constant references to holy water, God, the Vatican, etc. in Chrono Crusade may offend religious viewers, especially Catholics. (Rated TV 14 V, suitable for ages 15 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, risqué humor, nudity, bizarre religious imagery) --Charles Solomon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 8.25 x 5.75 x 1.5 inches; 1.25 Pounds
- Media Format : NTSC, Color, Animated, Box set, Dolby
- Run time : 10 hours
- Release date : November 1, 2005
- Actors : Tomoko Kawakami, Akira Ishida, Greg Ayres, Hilary Haag, Saeko Chiba
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Atsuya Takase, Jun Katô, Satoshi Matsui, Tsuneo Takechi, Tsuyoshi Wakamatsu
- Studio : ADV Films
- ASIN : B000B5IONE
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #259,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The series starts off more episodic based and focused more on humor but becomes more serious closer to the end. The animation is great, the voice acting in the English dub is really well done, and the ending credits song is one of the best out there. There are a lot of religious references but they feel more like a backdrop used for the setting.
The series would be in the 4 to 4.5 star range but there is a scene in the final episode that is so well done that it elevates the entire series up to five star status. It's the scene where we learn what happens to Chrono and Rosette and it is a very moving scene -- expect to shed some tears, if not several. It is masterfully done, rising to the level of sheer perfection. I don't want to completely spoil it but it's not a tragic ending -- rather it is actually a bit romantic. Buy the series and find out for yourself!
A very recommended series for all those who don't hate Anime. And a small recommendation for those who plan to read the manga and watch the series: watch the series first and you'll get the best of both.
A loud mouthed obnoxious young Nun running around with a bound demon fighting the supernatural. At times Rosette is funny and at other times she is really obnoxious and hard to take, almost enticing me to turn it off. Chrono always felt a little underdeveloped but finally shines through about 3/4 of the way. Other than that the animation is fairly standard, nothing outstanding or different,just standard anime with big eyes and emotes that drag away from the story at times. Also, at every opportunity they find a reason to expose the females characters breasts to the legal limit. Which at most times is completely unnecessary and adds absolutely nothing to the story, need or effect of things but is simply gratuitous prepube porn.
Her brother has a magical power to heal people, A great demopn named Aion came out and gave the boy the horns of a demon. They made him go crazy and turn everyone in the orphanage into stone. Shortly after Aion took her brother josh away.
The nun is a a giant goof. She is always messing up, but everyone but her boss knows she is trying her best and she will do anything to save her brother and distroy Aion. Along their journey they befriend a witch who is looking for the person who killed her village and kidnapped her sister, and a songstress who can heal anyone with her songs.
They each have to over come their fears and weakness.
It is a really cute and sad series. Most people cry at the end of the series. Everyone loves the series, it's cute, actiony and sad.
I Recommend this to every anime fan, unless your strictly into yaoi yuri and mechas.
Top reviews from other countries
In fact this is the only anime I know of that is as good as it's manga counterpart! Despite the story going in a completely different direction past a certain point. Normally this doesn't work, soul eater being the best example of this. But they pulled it off well and it's been my fave anime for years!
Here's hoping to re-release more 90s anime!! Maybe some more obscure 80s anime too! I'd love to see the original dirty pair and dirty pair flash on DVD again!
Rosette Christopher is a member of the Magadelane order who are a group of Nuns that specialise in exterminating devils...and in typical anime fashion, the only way these nuns can fight these devils is by shooting them and shooting them some more. However, beneath this is a deep and tragic story.
Throughout the story, Rosette is accompanied by a 'good' devil named Chrono who acts as her sidekick and companion. Together, it is their job to protect people from the devils. As can be expected, there is some truly brilliant action sequences on show here, which are nicely animated by acclaimed studio Gonzo who worked on titles such as Full Metal Panic, Gantz and Desert Punk. However, the series has a tendency to go a bit OTT with some of the fighting (especially towards the end of the series), so much so that it is some times hard to follow what is going on through the masses of explosions and noise.
My one problem with this anime, like many animes is the fact that the style of the series drastically changes when it comes near the end of the series. The series begins as a fun, action packed story with plenty of humour and likeable characters, however towards the end, the creators saw the need to introduce a very serious and much darker approach to the series. Like I said, many series do this, (usualyy after they have peaked on ratings after plenty of fun lighthearted episodes, the creators usually throw in a serious plot at the last minute to give the series a bit more structure) however, Chrono Crusade just takes the mick. As well as the plot turning serious in tone and atmosphere, it also turns downright depressing to such an extent that you question whether it is the same show. On the plus side, the story line is quite interesting, but many viewers such as myself, may feel alienated among the sheer amount of religious references in it, and again it gets very dark and very depressing and made me wish the series could go back to its normal style.
Animation wise, the series looks gorgeous with some great CGI effects as well as beautiful traditional artwork. The series also has some decent music in the form of opening and ending theme songs. Both music tracks are beatiful and go well with the style and feel of the series. However, some of the in-episode music is quite stock and more often forgettable. All 7 discs of this collection contain English and Japanese languages as well as english subtitles. There is also a plethora of special features on each disc which range from English cast commentaries to trailers. Though one of the best features is the Azmaria extra classes. These mini segments are basically little bits of information on the story and history behind chrono crusade, presentesd to the viewer by one of the series characters 'Azmaria'. These sections are a decent adition to the set and it's nice to see that ADV have made an effort with providing extra features for the DVDs. Both language tracks of Chrono Crusade are very good, but I mainly watched the english dub. Mainly because one of my favourite voice actors Greg Ayres plays Chrono. Ayres plays this character perfectly and is one of his best vocal performances in my opinion.
In retrospect, Chrono Crusade is an enjoyable series that tells an interesting story, however the drastic changes in style as well as pacing left me a bit confused at the end. Viewers looking for a fun and lighthearted anime should enjoy the first few discs of the series but just prepare yourself for some harsh depressing episodes later on. The story that the series presents is somewhat rushed but still quite fascinating with more than it's fair share of prophetical ramblings.