El Cazador de la Bruja - The Complete Series S.A.V.E.
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This is the last of Bee Train's "girls with guns" series of animes, the first was Noir, second was Madlax, and lastly El Cazador. I've watched all of them and it's been a blast...mapping analogies and comparing plot developments between them. It's been like listening to variations on a theme for a musical composition.
Personally, my favorite of the three is El Cazador. This time the gunslinger isn't superhuman. Yes she's an extraordinary sharpshooter, but she makes mistakes. The other half of the duo also isn't nearly so helpless as the analogous characters in Madlax were. Ellis' skills develop at a nice pace through the entire series, so I never had to roll my eyes at a character being rescued or getting in the way *yet again*. What's also nice is that the primary characters develop a comfortable relationship with each other over the course of the series.
In Noir, the main characters don't really even seem to tolerate each other until nearly the end of the series, or at least they refuse to show it. Heck they even seldom speak to each other. The story was also darker, with an insane body count(but also with a wonderful moody style). In Madlax, the primary "duo" don't even meet until after the halfway point in the series! The story is also *very* convoluted. But with El Cazador, the story is much more streamlined, some comedic moments are thrown in and the two young women actually come to care about each other slowly and naturally ....believably.Read more ›
The story centers around Nadie and Ellis as they make their way through the Mexican back roads and deserts all while evading capture from CIA and trying to discover the secrets of Ellis's past. With a wild mixture of gunfights, comedic set backs, and endearing moments this show will be a great addition to both Anime collectors and those just started.
Without getting into the story too deep you will Follow Nadie and Ellis from their first, er...unique first meeting. Ellis is a young (and strange) girl who has been living with her grandmother until Nadie (ace bounty hunter and pretty young spit fire) comes to collect Ellis's bounty, or so she says. While actually working for a secret organization to help escort Ellis south, Nadie must fight off bandits, secret agents, and a rather persistent stalker all while trying to deal with Ellis's little episodes of crazy magic and flashbacks.
Will Nadie and Ellis find out Ellis's past? What is the involvement of the Witches? Can Nadie and Ellis make it to their destination in one piece while it seems the world is against them? What is Amigo Tacos? If you want to know the answers your just gonna pick up a copy for yourself.
The show comes with 4 discs in a single DVD-sized case so it doesn't take up much room. I liked the cover art.
It contains both dubbed and subbed versions, so you can pick whichever you prefer.
One thing I wish was included was a set of word-for-word subtitles of the English translation (because the Japanese-translation subtitles don't always match up with the dubbing).
Not a whole lot in the way of special features: Episode 1 and 24 have a commentary track, and there are textless songs. The trailers are listed as a special feature, but personally I just wish there was a way to skip them at the beginning of each disc.
Finally there is a funny blurb on the back of the case: "As fun and dirt-filled as you could want" - Carl Kimlinger. Yep, Carl, I think that about sums it up.
So it ain't perfect, but the price I got here at Amazon (under thirty dollars) was reasonable, especially for a show I plan to watch repeatedly. Tacos tacos tacos, super tasty tacos...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was pretty good. A little gunslinging here, a little emotion there. Decent animation as well as part of the acclaimed "Girls With Guns Trilogy". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mott Scurry
Love the story. Good character developement. One of my favorite storiesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great story, good voce actors, well done action...I recommend this to everyone.Published 5 months ago by David Pina
a fun anime to wach and i would recomand it migth not be for everyone.Published 15 months ago by Julimo
Wish it would have been just a bit longer but all good things must com to an end and its a good show for any one who's looking for a adventurePublished 15 months ago by Shane Jensen
Good anime for the last girls with guns trilogy. Good story and characters.Published 16 months ago by John O. Adams
I love this series and am so happy to say I have it as part of my DVD collection.Published 23 months ago by Amber