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Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection

4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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The complete series in one spellbinding boxed set!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mayumi Asano, Dan Green, Shin'ichirô Miki, Liam O'Brien, Toshihiko Seki
  • Directors: Hiroko Tokita
  • Producers: Atsushi Moriyama
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Us Manga Corps Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MGF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Descendants of Darkness DVD Collection" on IMDb

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Wow, another great bishonen/shonen-ai series that ended too soon! The Angst, Love, & Darkness all starts in episode 1, and it doesn't let up. The darkness and melodrama is well-balanced by some nice everyday comic tropes and lighter characters. You can watch many of these episodes as crime-drama stories on their own, without worrying about the overarching story line... But soon you will definitely be sucked in & addicted by the interpersonal relationships and tangled vendettas, which is the mark of a truly good shojo anime.
You've already got the gist of the story, which runs like a gothic buddy-cop tale: The afterlife has its own version of the FBI (which in turn has its own version of Internal Affairs), and some particular soul-collectors are Agents of Death. Agent Tsuzuki is a somewhat ditzy long-dead beauty with a reputation of being difficult to work with. His new partner, Hisoka, is a tormented dewy-eyed teenaged babydoll, who was murdered at 16 and has had a hard time connecting with people ever since. Work-related hijinks ensue as the relationship develops.
Oh, now, don't get too squicked by the rumors of "gay kissing!" and "boy love!"... It's fairly tame, but for the occasional kiss and the VERY suggestive fondling of one wine-glass. I think it could've been a lot more intense, but mainstream audiences are squeamish. The whole sexual-subtext dance is carried off delicately, but retains a whiff of kinkiness. A flashback to the rape of a young boy is done out in romance colors, lingering body-silhouettes, and falling flower-petals; Muraki wins a night with Tsuzuki in a poker game, and Tsuzuki is on the verge of surrendering himself when his teenaged sidekick shows up to rescue him. We surely never got anything that good on "The X-Files". But it's nothing that could offend.
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Descendants of Darkness is an anime series with shounen-ai (boys' love) elements that is very enjoyable to watch. It is absorbing and beautifully animated. Japanese animation is known for its meticulous, artistic details and this one is no exception, from the fiery Suzaku to the mists of Kyoto. The characters are strong and believable: Tatsumi, Watari, Tsuzuki, Hisoka, Muraki, each distinctly different, all beautifully drawn. Even the villain Muraki is so elegant that it's not possible to completely hate him.

This anime is for mature adult, with plenty of blood and an underlying sexual theme. Yet the sexual content is what charges the show; without which it would be just a regular detective story with a rather mediocre fare (vampire, possessed violin, tarot cards, serial murders, nothing new here). The supernatural angle is impressive, but this, also, is not unique. What makes us glued to the show is what happens between Tsuzuki and Muraki: the tension between the hero and the villain is not one of antagonism but sexual attraction. Muraki's obsession with Tsuzuki is overpowering, and one wonders if Tsuzuki is truly repulsed by it. When Muraki won a night with Tsuzuki in a poker game, Tsuzuki could have left, he didn't have to keep his promise to a villain. But Tsuzuki was submissive. Is he a man who always keeps his end of the bargain, or did he in fact want it? He seems to always make himself close enough for Muraki to grab and embrace him.

Even so, there is no sexually explicit scene involving Muraki and Tsuzuki. Near kisses, the suggestive caressing of a wine glass, light necking, none which can be considered offensive. Muraki's advances are not vulgar, in spite of his sinister nature, he is a romantic.
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Oh, I absolutely love this anime more than I ever could love any other! ^_^ This series was on such a level of it's own that I was amazed. There's a kind of Yaoi overhaze, but I'll get to that in a minute.
It starts out with Tsuzuki, an employee of a company called the Ministry of Hades, that is supposed to go and solve mysteries that cannot be explained by the Chinese government. Mysteries such as those concerning ghosts and vampires and such. He is a really ditzy character that has a huge sweet tooth, and frequently turns into a dog (you know, how girls like turn into cats in animes with the ears and tail? Well, he does it with a golden retriever's ears and tail, and it's soooo cute!! ^_^) Anyway, he is assigned a partner because all employees of the Ministry of Hades must work in pairs for protection. His partner is Hisoka, a very serious blonde with a very difficult and shadowed past. Hisoka is an empath, and he is sensitive to his surroundings, such as sensing your energy and being able to see where you are in his mind's eye.
They are in charge of looking after Nagasaki, and at first, are not getting off to a good start because Hiskoa has a very hard time trusting Tsuzuki. Then, we enter the villian; the insane Dr. Muraki. He is a creepy guy who dresses in all white and has pale skin and platinum blonde hair. And Hisoka hates him because besides the fact that he's a serial killer, he is the one who killed Hisoka under a mysterious circumstance (which is why he didn't cross over), but also, because he raped Hisoka before he killed him (which you see a breif scene of, but it's only a few seconds long, and there's nothing shown; you just get the idea of what's going on).
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