Chrono Crusade, Vol. 1: A Plague of Demons
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The Magdalene Order came into being during the Protestant Reformation, a period of witch hunts and fears of devils and demons wreaking havoc on the Earth. The non-denominational organization is born to investigate these supernatural events, and if necessary, eliminate these manifestations of evil.
The first two episodes on this disk are mainly just introductions to the characters. Rosette is a young girl whose first instinct is to run blindly into a situation, guns blazing with blessed bullets known as Sacreds, even if the situation involves a demon that could suck her soul dry. Chrono is a devil who is held in the body of a young boy by a seal which Rosette controls. In times of trouble, Rosette can unlock the seal and restore his true form and powers, but the catch is that every time she does this, a little of her lifeforce is sucked away, shortening her life. The leader of the order, Sister Kate doesn't trust Chrono or Rosette. One reason is that Rosette usually destroys all in her wake trying to exorcise demons. The token pretty boy, Minister Remington, does believe in both our heroes and tries to encourage Kate to do so too. You also have your token lecher, Elder, who serves as the equivalent of Q in the James Bond series, developing new weapons and technology for the Order, but just happens to be insane and always wanting to look up Rosette's dress.
The third and fourth episodes introduce Azamaria, a young girl who witnessed a visitation by the Virgin Mary.Read more ›
Sister Rosette Christopher is a cute, spunky nun in a secret Catholic order to rid the world of pesky demons. Her sidekick, friend, and constant companion is a boy named Chrono. Rosette is a thorn in the side of Sister Kate, who heads the order. Just as Chrono is a calming influence on hot-headed Rosette, the incredibly handsome Father Remington soothes Sister Kate's frazzled nerves when a Rosette-astrophe occurs.
The interpretation of Christianity is a bit off. I suppose the Japanese find Christianity as exotic as Westerners view Shinto and Buddhism.
In these episodes, we learn Rosette is haunted by the disappearance of her beloved brother, Joshua. In the last two episodes, Rosette and Chrono fight with their lives to rescue a young girl who is one of the "apostles," meaning she is one of seven people blessed with the power of God in the form of one of seven virtues. Devils want to catch the Apostles and harness the power of God to make themselves stronger.
You can't resist a hot gun-toting nun, and if you have reservations about Rosette wearing a non-revealing habit and long bloomers, fear not. There is some yummy fanservice in the third episode. In the fourth episode, Chrono's true identity is revealed.
This volume also has excellent extras - a great buy.
Although this series is not for everyone, the inclusion of religious aspects, drama, and a little comedy makes it a memorable series. It is also interesting to see New York portrayed in an anime! Personally, I think they underestimated the size of Grand Central.
Give Chrono Crusade a try- it's action-packed but makes you think as well.
On another note, it starts to become VERY different from the manga after the first few episodes. While the anime is good, the manga is better! I recommend that you give it a try as well.
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The DVD arrived earlier than scheduled, it was in excellent shape. The price was a good selling point. The shipping cost is pre-set but reasonable. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by ROBERT B.
I enjoyed watching this anime a lot. I especially liked Chrono's and Rosette's relationship. The thing is that I hated the ending. Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by HatsumiShinogu
Chrono Crusade is yet another GONZO anime series that chooses to takes it own path, no matter how risky that path can be. Read morePublished on February 19, 2006 by Antonio D. Paolucci
Too slapstick, silly & boring. I couldn't suffer through the first episode of this one.Published on January 26, 2006 by Carroll Miles
Dont blame me for the major grammatical errors. This is a review written by my friend:
chrono crusade is one of THE best series that i have ever seen, the way that it is... Read more
this show has copied off of other Gonzo shows and makes this the most unoriginal Gonzo show yet. The plotline is very similar to Hellsing and so are the characters. Read morePublished on December 6, 2004 by RahXephon77 anime otaku!
I rented this not really sure of what it was, heard some bad reviews before it was picked up by ADV, but decided to try it anyways. Now I am hooked! Read morePublished on December 4, 2004 by Mali
From the Studio Gonzo that brought us Full Metal Panic, comes Chrono Crusade.
A wild adventure set in 1928 New York, where Nuns are charged with going after really... Read more