Guyver: The Complete Series (Viridian Collection)
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A world controlled by a sinister brotherhood who hide their fangs behind masks of humanity, known as the Chronos Corporation. While investigating a mysterious explosion near his school, Sho Fukamachi happens upon the Chronos Corporation's greatest weapon: a techno organic suit of bio armor known as "the Guyver." But Chronos is determined to conceal their secrets at any cost. Sho soon finds himself relentlessly pursued by its army of horrific bio-monsters. With nowhere to run, Sho is forced to call upon the fearsome power of the Guyver and rip his opponent's limb from limb in a desperate struggle for survival.
Experience this all new production of this sci-fi anime legend in the most complete rendition of Guyver ever animated. Dare to discover the horror that lies beneath!
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.55 inches; 7.2 Ounces
- Director : Charles Campbell
- Media Format : NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Subtitled
- Run time : 10 hours and 50 minutes
- Release date : December 22, 2009
- Actors : Andrew Love, Brian Jepson
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Funimation Prod
- ASIN : B002R69MBI
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #222,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Animation - Fluid and fast. The voices sync up nicely with the characters and the alien/human hybrids look out of this world. This anime definitely deserves a spot in collection just for the animation's goriness.
Voice acting - Top notch and makes the whole scenes just make you wait in anticipation of what's going to be revealed.
For me, the trade off of more story in exchange for the violence is one I can appreciate. I would have liked it if this show had some more skull crushing action, but I'd take a completed story arc over that any day of the week.
I was, as a teen, captured by the Guyver Manga comics which, back then, were really hard to get (I lived in Holland and it was the 80's). Somehow my older brother was able to get them and shared them with me. Then, a few years after, I got Guyver on video (the first anime of this series). It really brought Guyver to life for me and I became a big fan. Naturally I also got the Guyver feature movies on video but that is a whole other story and I will not go into that here.To make a long story short: this is a remake of the original Anime of Guyver that, I believe, stems back to the mid 80's. This remake was done in 2005.
The story is brutal and intriguing as it progresses through increasing levels of attack and opponents that get stronger by the episode. It's never clear upfront whether Guyver will or will not win and the story does not get repetitive. There are a few 'quiet' episodes but overall this series deserves the large fan base and the remake.
About this 2005 remake of Guyver:Bioboosted Armor
Here are a few key anime stats that might satisfy those shopping for this item:
- 26 episodes
- total of 625 minutes of anime
- 4 DVD's in a single cover
- you can have as English or Japanese voice over
- TVMA: yes, I know Funimation tends to clean up gore, but this series was left intact. The blood flows richly, bodies get sliced in half and heads are blown off. Not for kids. Note that I bought the item on Amazon advertised as the Viridian Collection, in case Amazon switches pics or items. TVMA= TV Mature Audience
About the actual anime
For those of you that never saw the original series: this one is at a faster pace and much more gory. The English voice acting is actually very very good. Even the cheesy Chronos guys have ther share of Scottish and Aussie accents in some cases (although dubbed through sound effects.
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This series, in case you do not know this, has received one key piece of criticism... it does not really end... it does not conclude. I never really got upset with that and it does not take away from the story. Some might want it to end with a true conclusion and the demise of Chronos, Guyver or both but it remains open. And with a bit of imagination you can see that it could actually have been meant as a conclusion. Perhaps some day someone will actually create the anime/manga conclusion that us westerners want... I do think it is possibly a cultural difference with the Japanese story tellers and the western audience as the ending seems to be a non-issue with the Asian audiences in general. Take this as you will: the ending is satisfactory and does not reduce the value of the series. At least it was not a quick-n-dirty Dalles style (remember Dallas?) ending where someone wakes up and it was all a dream (ie. a dirt cheap 5 minute cop out ending).
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- Guyver never gets old: the story is pure manga, so a real must have for people looking for great entertainment. 625 minutes for 35 dollars is a great bargain
- You will watch this again periodically
- Now that my kids are older they have taken a real liking to it and anime in general
- If liked Samurai 7 (another awesome anime) then you will love this
Top reviews from other countries
This series is worth the watch the animation is not as detailed nor the colors as rich. There is some gore, but not as shocking and rich as the original OVA series. The fight scenes are longer, with good incidental music. I even enjoyed the non-action character interplay episodes as they provide a slight rest from battling monsters.
It was good to see X-Day arrive (at last) but the whole X-Day climax is hurried and un-detailed. The 26 episode, four DVD set I got was in very good condition and very cheap for what it is. I would recommended this saga as it adds to the OVA series; filling some questions, I had regarding Aptom Zoanoid and the Ankanfel Zoaload. Again we are left in limbo as there is not 'happy-ever-after' conclusion the Guyver/Chronos saga. I did very much like the Guyver upgrade in Gigitica Guyver, but again what happens next? So I recommend this set of Guyver DVDs, if you are hardened Guyver fan and have exhausted the old OVA series, books and Guyver live action movies. Such a pity that Hollywood has not re-visited this hero he is still an amazing concept.