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Kurau Phantom Memory: The Complete Box Set S.A.V.E.

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Her name is Kurau, and in a world of mercenary agents, she’s the cream of the elite; a master martial artist and thief so skilled that no secret or objective is beyond her grasp. The greatest secret of all, however, is the one Kurau conceals inside herself: The freak result of a disastrous experiment with a new kind of energy, Kurau’s body has been fused with a binary alien life form called the Rynax. Every second Kurau lives is lived twice, one alien sharing her consciousness, the other still waiting to be born… and now none of those lives may last very long! The truth about Kurau has begun to leak out, a worldwide manhunt has been launched and now the ultimate agent is the ultimate target.


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Clean opening and closing animation

Product Details

  • Actors: Monica Rial, Jessica Boone, John Gremillion
  • Directors: Matt Greenfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VOVW54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,079 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As an affecting sci-fi action-drama with a strong emphasis on the importance of family and friends, Kurau: Phantom Memory has slowly developed into a sleeper favorite over the years.

This latest "S.A.V.E." release contains all 24 episodes with a solid English dub in 5.1 surround (and Japanese stereo), spread across 4 discs with some extras such as clean openings. Importantly, the jarring lime-green S.A.V.E. banner can be dispensed with simply by reversing the cover art. The reverse features a complete title on the spine and looks just like the initial cover art minus the banner. The discs themselves feature nice printed art of individual characters. In order of discs: Kurau, Doug, Christmas, and Ayaka Steiger.

These characters represent the strongest elements of Kurau: Phantom Memory. Be it the deeply bonded sisterhood of Kurau and the entity she names "Christmas" that is at the center of the series (Kurau sharing an existence with an internal "Rynax" energy being, and Christmas a complex being that is part-clone/part-alien "Rynax" externally nurtured by Kurau); to the unassuming competence and support of agent-for-hire Doug; or how antagonist Ayaka Steiger deals with a famous last name and tragic past.

Also interesting is the mix of locations and settings as government forces seek out Kurau and Christmas due to their Rynax background and powers. Intriguingly, both Kurau and Ayaka come from what were pointedly happy mixed-race families that also both happened to be torn by tragedy. This becomes more than trivial when much of the series later shifts to the Swiss countryside, home to Kurau's family on her mother's side (her father Dr.
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its wonderful loving exciting heart-warming forgiving understanding and above all the protection of the world and its people must be respected

together Kurau and her mate find that their world must seek elsewhere for a planet to dwell on

his father works hard to protect her but its difficult for him when her powers are wanted by so many scientists she gets really uptight during an excercise that is making her tired and puts out a power so strong her dad looses his arm but he doesn't blame her she doesn't understand what powers she holds i love it so much and there is excitement at every turn wow! do not miss it pam :)
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Father has to work on daughters birthday so father takes daughter to lab with him while he works...accident happens... daughter is turned into something else. While Kurau is still human in apperance she is what they call Rynax. Rynax are a paired species but Kurau is alone. Fast forward ten years and even though her father insists she is dead some still believe Kurau is alive.
Kurau coulb be perceived a gender confused boy which adds to a mature theme. She is not the busty type of woman that alot series have. You will not find the fan service type of anime here.
I found this an interesting series and was glad I bought it but the replay value is not the greatest. I did like the fact that it is Thin-Pack but I do not care for Full Screen yet I bought it anyway.
All being said it is 3 and half stars..it moves alittle slow at first but at disc three it really picks up.
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The main sci-fi element of this show is the alien race "rynax", which are beings composed of energy that come in pairs. While they are abused as energy and soldiers and rogue rynax are considered threats, the series mainly focuses on the two main rynax characters; Kurau and Christmas. All the pairs of rynax have a loving bond somewhere between siblings and lovers, which is difficult to describe, but extremely moving. Other characters face their own problems dealing with different kinds of affection, most oftenbetween family, and how factors like death, rivalry, and duty affect them.
Compared to the nuanced relationships between the characters, the sci-fi elements can be a clunky; if you're the kind of person who treats Dune like soft-sore porn, this is not your show.
If you're looking for a show to affect you on an emotional level in an atypical way, buy this, although you'd probably be better off with the cheaper edition, since the slim DVD cases don't hold the DVD's well, and the plastic in the center is chipping, and while the covers and the discs look great and feel right, as far as the welfare of the discs are concerned, you'd be good either way.
Also, the dub is pretty high quality; this isn't an A-list dub, so there'll be a few awkward casting choices, (I didn't particularly like the father's voice), but the main cast is spot-on; the English Kurau is a much more sympathetic and emotionally nuanced character, but still tough as nails.
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