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Chrono Crusade: Complete Series

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Editorial Reviews

In New York, 1928, the seals between Earth and Hell are breached. Hold on to your rosary as professional exorcists rage against depravity in this iconic series from the creators of Afro Samurai and Trinity Blood.
Brandishing sacred weaponry, Sister Rosette and her partner Chrono dutifully serve the Magdalene Order, a divine organization that cleans the streets of demonic filth. Their main target: Aion, an indomitable devil raining apocalyptic horrors upon America. A doozy of a devil himself, Chrono's true powers can only be released at Rosette's command - draining her own life in exchange. Staring mortality straight in the face, this dynamite pair races against time to destroy Aion and restore the balance between good and evil.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Greg Ayres, Hilary Haag, Chris Patton, Andy McAvin
  • Directors: Matt Greenfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DMIITQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Antonio D. Paolucci on February 24, 2006
Format: DVD
In an initial review I wrote for the first volume of this series, I presented Chrono Crusade as no more than an action-oriented comedy that dealt lightheartedly with some rather controversial stuff. While I believe that was okay for the time, I've since learned, in watching the entire anime, otherwise. Yes, this series will make you laugh, especially at the antics of the two main characters. And about half of the of the twenty-four episodes are light-hearted, while the others are surely dark. Of those twelve more serious episodes, the last four or five are as as heart-wrenching as Aztec sacrifices. But, so as not to confuse, the constant contrasting emotions have no effect on the anime itself. The happy-go-lucky stuff happens early on, mainly to introduce the characters or the settings, or whatever, and the darker stuff comes later, during the main story line.

The story itself follows Sister Rosette Christopher, a spunky girl great at destroying things, and her trusted partner-in-mischief Chrono, a peaceful, child-like devil. Both of them work for the Order of the Magdalene, a fearless group of exorcists and devil-slayers. Early on in the series, Rosette and Chrono are sent on a collection of unrelated missions, either to destroy threats from devils or to save those in danger. In one of these missions, they meet Azmaria, a girl with a tremendous power to heal, yet a power she's unable to control. They take her under their wing. Soon after, the real story begins. Chrono and Rosette's histories are revealed, and the two main enemies, Aion and Joshua, Rosette's brother, begin their quest to start the apocalypse.
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I'm really surprised at some of the negative reviews surrounding this series. My wife and I just finished the collection, and we were both blown away. If you're at all into Catholic mysticism, exorcism, angels, and demons, all with a good helping of Japanese existentialism, you'll love this series. If you want mechs, you're on the wrong page. Chrono Crusade has its silly, humorous moments, but by the time you've gotten to the end, you'll find yourself moved, unsettled, and sad that it's over. It's worth seeing, and the five-disc collection is an excellent value.
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The Chrono Crusade Complete Collection is a five-disc set that contains all twenty-four episodes of the series. There the first four discs have six episodes each, with extras included on the first, second, and fourth discs. The fifth disc in the set only contains extras. I was disappointed by the packaging of this set. When you open the box, you find that all five discs are stacked one on top of the other on one hub. Also, there is no booklet or insert included in the box, so you don't know what episodes are on what discs unless you put the discs into a DVD player.

The extras on the first disc include the original on-air openings for the first five episodes, as well as commentary on episode one by the American voice actors for Rosette and Chrono. The only difference between the five on-air openings is about ten seconds of footage in the middle; otherwise, it's the exact same opening. Because the difference is so slight, it made this feature rather boring to watch. The only extra on the second disc is commentary provided by the American voice actor for Joshua and ADR Director Matt Greenfield. The fourth disc contains the unused on-air openings for the final four episodes. These unused on-air openings are exactly like the openings on the first disc, but with different footage during the ten seconds in the middle.

The fifth disc contains several bonus features. First is "Azmaria's Extra Classes." These are a series of eleven three-four minute pieces that explain various aspects of Chrono Crusade.
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The scene is Brooklyn during the 1920's and the city is periodically plagued by devils summoned by Satan worshipers. When this happens, it is up to the Magdalene Order to banish the devils and restore peace. Rosette Christopher is an exorcist of the Order's, and with her controversial partner, Chrono, she destroys devils with flare... lots of flare and the destruction of whole city blocks.

Chrono Crusade is a surprisingly deep anime. It starts out with a devil-a-day feel, but quickly moves on to an actual plot. The first half is mostly action and and comedy punctuated with drama. The second half is where this series really shines by getting much darker and more tragic. The story has several background stories that really flesh out the main storyline and add complexity and realism as well. The characters themselves are never very complex, but they are likable and not too stereotypical.

A short warning for those who might take offense: there is a perverted old man employed by the Order whom often looks up the Sister's skirts. Also, this story is both flattering and damming of the Christian religion. Most of the bad things said about God and Christianity are said by the bad guys, but it is insinuated that even some of the good guys are of the same, or a similar, opinion by the end.

I've watched Chrono Crusade twice now and I was even more impressed with it the second time I watched it. The production value seems quiet good, the voice actors all did an excellent job, and the soundtracks one the best I've ever heard. One warning though: Rosette's English voice actor is completely intolerable. Watch it in Japanese, your ears will thank you.
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