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Karas - The Revelation

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Picking up precisely where The Prophecy ends, the new Karas, Otaha, seeks vengeance against the yakuza that murdered his brother and almost killed him. Meanwhile the old Karas, Eko, unleashes his wrather and contempt for the pitiful humans infesting the c

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Picking up where Karas: The Prophecy left off, Keichi Sato's Karas: The Revelation celebrates the 40th anniversary of its producers, the venerable Japanese animation studio Tatsunoko Productions (creators of Speed Racer and Neon Genesis Evangelion, among countless others) as well as offering an action-packed conclusion to the thrilling six-part OVA (direct-to-DVD release) about the battle between supernatural forces on the streets of modern-day Japan. Comprised of the final three episodes of Karas, The Revelation covers the true identity of newly-minted Karas (spiritual protector of humanity from demonic forces) Otaha, who returns to his hometown to rescue a friend from gangsters. Meanwhile, evil Karas Eko (well-voiced by Matthew Lillard) continues his campaign of terror against mankind with the aid of a multi-headed dragon summoned by the powers of rogue demon Nue (Jay Hernandez of Hostel). Though complex for anime novices (and those unfamiliar with Karas: The Prophecy), the sheer spectacle of violence and action (as well as its sympathetic subplot involving two detectives and the emotional toll they suffer while hunting for the demons) and the impressive blend of 2-D and 3-D animation delivered by Karas: The Revelation will undoubtedly please longtime genre fans. The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen and offers Japanese and English language tracks, as well as interviews with the American voice talent. -- Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Matthew Lillard, Cree Summer, Jay Hernandez
  • Directors: Keiichi Sato
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV2C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw the subtitled version of the movie at one of the recent anime cons. It was excellent! Animation is still stunning and the story piks up right where the last movie ended. The cliffhanger ending of the last film was confusing due to so many unanswered questions. But Revelation answered most of the questions, though still a complicated/sophisticated plot. The middle third actually takes a very dark turn plus it is much more bloody than Prophecy...which was fine by me.
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This anime is the second half of the movie Karas- The Prophecy. This anime had the climax of the battle of Karas and the main antagonist who plans to harm both humans and spirits of the world. This anime does contain some forms of gore so I don't recommend this anime for young children. I highly recommend this anime t o any hardcore anime fans or anyone who has seen Karas- The Prophecy and wants to see the end.
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This is an epic conclusion to one of the most unique original video animes (OVA). Not only is the the first movie, The Prophecy, exciting and action packed, it's also extremely confusing. Part 2, The Revelation, fills in the story gaps thus making the overall plot much easier to understand. I'm not going to go into explaining the story since other people have already done that. What I will say, though, is that The Prophecy is epic story telling at its finest. It is true that the movie is a little slow at times since it is doing exposition that probably should've been told in The Prophecy. At times the animation is not as vibrant or fluid when compared to The Prophecy, but when taken as a whole, these are just minor issues that don't really detract from the thrilling epic story telling that is The Prophecy and The Revelation.
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This was an instant classic! Action packed story driven samurai demon slayer goodness. I liked it deep story and fast action. It will be exciting to see this franchise develop into a series or see some more movies like this! It's like power rangers done right!
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I love Karas ever since I played him in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom the video game. The 2 movies are so cool to watch and they fetaure some wonderful animation and sequences. The first part may be a little weak due to the story confusion, but this movie helps reveal many things and build up to a grand climax. One of my favorite films now.
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The story picks up right from the ending of Karas: the prophecy.

Just as a quick review of what I think about this second part:

- the story is straight forward, explains pretty much every "mystery" the first part set up

- feels like there's slightly less action, but definitely more story telling

- still beautiful graphic, great action and exceptional music score

I can't really think of any cons about the movie. Yet the ending is somewhat a let down. It is a great closure, but it just feels like there should be more.

Karas absolutely has the potential to be made into a series, in which case the audience coule have a better chance to fully appreciate the story. I guess my disappointing feeling came from the fact that a story with such potential to have deep characters development and complex story line is squeezed into a three hours movie.

Karas, nonetheless, is a great anime that should not be missed by anime fans. The first part (the prophecy) definitely requires a bit thinking, but if you can overcome it you'll find yourself enjoying one of the best action animes.
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Call me picky, but the only substantial thing The Revelation did for me was explain a lot of what happened in The Prophecy. They take about ten to fifteen minutes to do this and that was good. But overall, compared to The Prophecy, The Revelation is a disappointment.

The action (admit it, is there another primary reason to have watched Karas?) is nearly nonexistent. What little action does occur happens like it does in most other mundane anime: Big, dusty explosions that conceal all vision, single sword strokes, etc. The elaborateness of the fight scenes is completely gone.

The graphic quality changes from the first one too, and not for the better. The superb blending between CG and hand drawing that made the first one so beautiful is markedly gone. You end up with an awkward non(mix) of CG and hand drawings, with the hand drawings resembling typical anime (though in the upper tier) and CG reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons like Beast Machines. And after watching The Prophecy, that's a letdown.

Basically, Karas: The Prophecy (the first volume) is an exceptional anime. Karas: The Revelation is just anime.
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I have been an anime fan for years and I will have to say that Karas is easily one of the best anime movies to come from Mango since ninja scroll! I know that is bold and very strong talk, however, if you buy Karas you will understand.
1. Story - the story is pretty interesting for what it is. Demons and humans have a clash of sorts and Karas basically keeps the peace. The characters are interesting, the main character himself is especially mysterious and you can ally feel the characters feelings.
2. Animation - Beyond words! I cannot be more impressed. When I saw Final Fantasy XII I almost soiled myself, but Karas...In the words of Neo from the Matrix "Woah" The integration of 3d animation with 2d animation is nearly seemless, not to mention the combat in the series. I mean Newton, Einstein, and Boyle have to be rolling in their grave because of the physics defying action. The studio also brings in new concepts of speed and strength, and a new way to exemplify them.

Overall this was an amazing anime and I DEMAND A SERIES OR ANOTHER MOVIE POST HASTE!!!
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