Disgaea: The Complete Series
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From the darkest realms of another dimension emerges the story of Laharl, the son of a demon overlord, and his two sidekicks: his impish servant and an angelic assassin. Awoken from a two-year, poison-induced nap, Laharl learns of his father s demise and blazes a trail of destruction on his quest to declare rule over the Netherworld. Never skimping on the wisecracks, the diabolical prince and his accomplices battle dragons, sorceresses, robots, power-hungry humans, and corrupt angels. Based on the popular adventure games, Disgaea lunges at you with a full-force attack. You can laugh, cry, scream or squirm, but you can t escape the wrath of Laharl, dood!
The slapstick adventure Disgaea (2006) is based on a hit video game by Nippon Ichi. Flonne, a blond angel trainee, arrives in the Netherworld from Celestia with orders to reform the hearts of Laharl, the demon prince who's the rightful heir to the Overlord's throne, and his conniving vassal Etna. For the first eight episodes, they wander around the Netherworld as Laharl attempts to reclaim his title from various usurpers and impostors. One continuing impediment is the cartoonish Gordon, "the 37th Defender of Earth," and his buxom sidekick Jennifer. The story takes a weird, more serious twist in episode 9, when Earth attempts to conquer the Netherworld with a vast armada led by Jennifer's stepfather. Laharl, Flonne, and Etna travel to Celestia to find who really planned the invasion. Although Laharl rants and fusses and hurls thunderbolts, he's drawn in a kawaii ultra-cute style that undercuts any menace. Comic relief is provided the Prinnies, servants who look like peg-legged penguins and address everyone as "Dood"--until episode 11, when they suddenly become tragic figures. Fans of the original Disgaea game may enjoy seeing the familiar characters on a bigger screen, but the erratic story line is unlikely to hold anyone else's interest. (Rated TV PG: cartoon violence, risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Sleeping Prince in the Garbage Dump, 2. Scratch 1 Mid-Boss, Add 1 Vassal, 3. Welcome to the Netherworld Hall of Treasures, 4. A Solomon-Style Judgement at the Dinero Castle?! 5. The Dungeon of Temptation! Maybe, Maybe Not… 6. Etna's Embarrassing Secret, 7. Netherworld Siblings, 8. The Prinnies' Longest Day, Dood! 9. Space Battleship Gargantua, 10. The Defender of Tomorrow Is You! 11. A Night Lit Up by a Red Moon, 12. Love… After the Fighting's Over)
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Now don't get me wrong. The package shipped exactly on time. It was in perfect condition. All that jazz. Which is great, on the surface. I myself had never seen the anime before. I'd been far too enthralled with the games to even really have time for the anime. When I finally buckled down to check it out I must say I wasn't as pleased as I thought I'd be. This Anime does Disgaea a lot of justice, faithfully carrying over character's voices, attitudes, etc. as well as the settings. The story however gets a tad bit warped, but I suppose that's to be expected when a video game is translated directly into an Anime. Laharl seems, simply put, way too OP from episode one to really make the show exciting or keeping you on the edge of your seat. We can all agree Laharl is awesome and should kick butt, but I'd like to see him develop those skills (like in the game) rather than starting off as someone who can take on anything with ease. The ending definitely brought tears to my eyes, and for awhile I was engrossed, but overall it was Laharl's portrayal and some story elements that hindered this from being a 5/5.
I would suggest this to Disgaea fans who have a little extra cash to spare. Or who have already seen and loved the anime but don't yet own it. Not sure if it will ever come to Blu-Ray so having a copy of it on DVD is gonna be your best bet (for now). I wouldn't suggest this to anyone new to the Disgaea franchise. I highly suggest picking up the games instead (in this case the first one) to get a firm grasp on everything. If your friends are all huge Disgaea fans and you just need to know what the buzz is about, well then I suppose you can consider this a cliff note version of the first game but not a whole lot more.
I was very impressed with the packaging and the images on the CDs are very colorful. A must have!
Sub-genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, some romance
Language: Probably PG+
Language options: Dub, Sub with separate on/off option. The way it should be.
Start-up ads can't be skipped, annoying!
Disc 2: Clean open/close. Trailers(Previews) - Ragnarok and Sgt. Frog were okay. Soul Eater, Tsubasa (actually season 2 + OVAs), Full Metal Alchemist (actually Part 3) are useless to tell what the story is about. Kaliedo Star (actually Season 2 + OVA) is almost as useless. FLCL was not good, but the series is confusing enough that trying to describe it is probably beyond the limited abilities of whoever made the ad anyway. ;p
This is an anime based on a video game (series of games actually). Unlike most in this "class" of anime, this one was actually very good. It didn't run like watching someone play the video game on your TV. Plot, character development and story developed well. Animation was a bit older/"kiddie" (think Pokemon) but the writing and direction were great. Mid and backgrounds were often excellent art. One opinion: Laharl laughs maniacally early in the series... it is one of the most pathetic maniacal laughs I've heard. You sort of get used to it as the series goes on though. Otherwise the voice acting and direction are great.
Overall I greatly enjoyed this, but I wasn't a great fan of the ending chosen. It was good, but a little unexpected. Not necessarily a bad thing I guess and it may grow on me with further viewing. As game based animes, it is one of the best I have seen and may change my mind on the whole sub-genre which I generally avoid.
The story is about Laharl, a demon and heir to the throne of the demon world who was placed into a 2 year sleep by an attempt to poison him. During an attempt by an angel in training to assassinate him (thinking it was his father) he is awakened and begins his quest to take his rightful place as ruler. Laharl, the angel and an impish female demon begin the search for the castle and the book of demons required to declare Laharl ruler. They are aided, or sometimes hindered, by the Prinneys, penguin-like souls seeking redemption and who always end their sentences with "dood!".
While based on a video game, this one (as an anime) would be at least T for Teen, so probably isn't suitable for children unfortunately. Some is situational but mostly language.