- Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Anime Works
- VHS Release Date: March 7, 2000
- Run Time: 60 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 189022880X
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Top Customer Reviews
The story is a bit confusing if harmless and unresolved. The characters obviously inhabit a world that was thought out pretty thoroughly by someone at some point, but we the American audience aren't given more than the basics of the world and its dynamics. Media Blasters could have done well to include a background information section on this DVD. It's a shame they didn't.
The story itself is cute if somewhat odd. It begins with a priest leaving his order so he can go south to the closed, forbidden land of Gestalt (which is only referred to as "G" for reasons of superstition). Well, along the way he helps out a town and is given a mute slave girl as a gift (no, this is not going quite the way you think). He's attacked by the person that was sent to bring him back to the order, he lifts her curse of muteness, she defeats his would-be bounty hunter, they start to fall for each other, etc. You can kind of mentally fill in the blanks yourself for the next 45 minutes of screen time.
From a technical aspect, the disc is perfectly fine. The CG work in the episodes comes out well in DVD format and the layout is nice, even if they extras are pretty much restricted to an art gallery.
On the whole, it's a nice, light, if somewhat strange disc. It's a shame they don't take the story further, but I would assume that's the purpose of the Japanese video game.Read more ›
The artwork and the character design is just as beautiful as the cover art, and they are very smoothly animated. It's a big-time eye-pleaser. And the dub is surprisingly quite tolerable, although I clearly prefer the original Japanese voices.
But as for the storyline.... Well.... OK, I really like the story that's there. But it's just darn too SHORT!! I love Olivier's inner conflict of wanting to know the truth about the gods, and I like Ohri's character. They both have such great potentials, and it's such a shame that neither get very developed because of the time constraint (60 minutes). I so wish there were just a couple more OVA episodes to really dig into their characters and develop the plot more. I WANNA SEE SOME MORE!!! (I guess I'll have to track down the manga series, eh?)
Still, I love this DVD because it just looks so darn beautiful. If anybody wants an eye-candy anime, I know this one's gonna be on my recommendation list.
I, like many others, bought this anime because the box art was pretty. And while I admit that I was disappointed with the short length, I still enjoyed it. Its not so much that the plot is incomplete, as its just not fully introduced. What is covered by these two episodes is essentially the first two chapters in a seven volume series.
After watching Gestalt, I did a little research on it. Sifting through massive amounts of Gestalt therapy pages (o_O talk about a pain in my bum), I was rewarded with information on the lovely manga that spawned this annoyingly short OAV. I found out it was based on a manga by the wonderful Kouga Yun, who, for some reason, has this problem which her long running series getting crammed into short OAV series (go watch Earthian and you'll know what I mean). I also discovered that there was no prayer (at least at that time- its not impossible now) of getting a translation of the manga over here- Gestalt, like Earthian, is a shonen-ai series.
Now, I'm not going to say why it is, because that would be a huge major spoiler. But it annoyed me none the less. But what with Gravitation and FAKE being released over here, its actually not completely unlikely that we'll be seeing something of Kouga Yun's translated soon, Earthian at the very least.
Eh, anyways, I don't think there's anything in here that would really offend anyone- the plot hasn't gone into shonen-ai territory yet, and I didn't notice anything else about it to be particularly "iffy".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This anime includes exactly what you'd expect right from the cover. Good action, good humor, scantily clad ladies, a fairly good story. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by Xevious
The story and art was good but it was so short. It only showed a glimpse of the whole story and left the watcher without a resolved ending. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Amazon Customer
this was a great movie and works really well. Thank you for the moviePublished on January 1, 2009 by Michael J. Kephart
This was an impulse buy for me because I really like the cover art, so I wasn't to sure about what I was getting. Read morePublished on January 20, 2007 by Rikku38
I loved it, but it left too many questions unanswered. Unfortunately, I don't think the series was ever completed. Read morePublished on December 18, 2005 by Eden1988
This is a story about a priest from the Vasaria order, who leaves the order to find the real truth about the legend og G (Gestalt). Read morePublished on May 6, 2003 by Christmas
Gestalt is a beautifully done show that is entertaining, action-filled, and humorous. Unfortunately, it has not been finished. Read morePublished on February 26, 2003 by Amber
Gestalt? Ok. I was first attracted to this anime by seeing an add for it on another Animeworks DVD. The artwork is absolutely beautiful! Read morePublished on February 22, 2003
This is great story and animation is the best I have seen. It is full of beautiful colors and this is wonderful story. Read morePublished on May 31, 2002