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Lost Universe - Thinpak Collection

4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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The series' first-ever DVD collection also marks the first time the 26-episode Lost Universe saga will be available to North American fans with unedited (and remastered) video. This collection will also include two new subtitle tracks (standard and on-screen translations), plus the previously released Japanese audio and English-language dub. Lost Universe shares a creative team with the popular Slayers anime series: Both anime properties were based upon novels by Hajime Kanzaka (Slayers), directed by Takashi Watanabe (Slayers, Slayers Next, Slayers Try, Shakugan No Shana) and feature character designs by Naomi Miyata (Slayers, Slayers Next, Slayers Try). Additionally, the series was recognized with the ''Best Individual Episode'' award by the Japanese magazine Animage following its initial TV Tokyo broadcast. About LOST UNIVERSE: Millie Nocturne has one great goal in life: to be the best in the universe... at absolutely everything! But when she tries her hand at being the ''best detective'' she ends up an unwilling partner with two people who will change her life forever - Kain Blueriver, the psi-blade-wielding master of the starship Swordbreaker, and Canal, the smart-mouthed holographic image of the ship's computer! Join this unlikely trio on their adventures as they hurtle through space, facing off against intergalactic crime lords, rogue starships, hijackers dressed as chickens... and that's just the tip of the asteroid! DVD Features: Entire 26-episode series in one thinpak collection with scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and Japanese dialogue, two completely new English subtitle tracks (standard track and on-screen translations), and unedited, remastered video. Plus: Character bios, liner notes and Right Stuf / Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

The broadcast series Lost Universe (1998) begins as a slapstick sci-fi comedy about a mismatched trio of adventurers. Trouble Contractor Kain Blueriver always wears a blue cape and fights with a sword powered by psychic energy. Green-haired Canal is the holographic embodiment of the control system of Kain's ship, the Swordbreaker. In their first adventures, Kain and Canal acquire a third companion: Millie, a Jill-of-all-trades, mistress of none, who is determined to be the best in the universe at… something. The quarrelsome trio performs numerous feats of daring-do for hire, but the fees never seem to cover their expenses. The first half of Lost Universe is broadly comic. A crystal Millie finds turns out to be a hi-tech booby trap that reconfigures space and matter: The layout of the Swordbreaker fluctuates wildly, making it impossible to find anything--including the bathroom. But as the series continues, it shifts from a comedy-adventure to a blatant Star Wars clone. Kain is pitted against Nightmare, the maniacal head of a crime syndicate, and his deadly ship, the Nazard. An even greater foe, the mysterious Yami o Makumono ("Spreader of Darkness"), appears to Kain in his dreams, urging him to join the Dark Side, where his psychic powers will reach their fullest expression. The elaborate battles with Nightmare's forces generate little suspense, because it's clear that Kain has to survive to defeat Yami o Makumono and his space fortress, the Dark Star. Why he's the Luke Skywalker of this universe is never explained, but he's more entertaining as a goofy Trouble Contractor than as a Mark Hamill substitute. (Rated 13 and older: minor risqué humor, alcohol use, grotesque imagery, violence) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Takashi Watanabe
  • Directors: Takashi Watanabe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: RIGHT STUF
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKL6RU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I initially watched this series because I am a big fan of Slayers and knew this was done by the same people. I watched the first episode and was immediately drawn in, because I love things that blend sci-fi and fantasy. Lost Universe is similar to Slayers in that it combines humorous and serious elements. There are some episodes that are just purely silly (in one episode, they must stop a ship by being hijacked by fanatical chicken-worshipers), while especially later in the series more serious themes of friendship, loyalty, and not giving up even in the darkest circumstances come into play. The characters are also more well developed and three dimensional than those in Slayers. In general, the Slayers legacy can be seen in Lost Universe, but it is in a lot of ways a much more mature series.

The only problems I had with it were I thought the ending was a bit rushed. I think that if they had gotten rid of just a couple of the filler episodes in the beginning and started the "actual" plot one or two episodes sooner, the series would have felt more coherent. As it is, many crucial plot details were revealed all of a sudden at the very end, and happen all at once such as to lessen the emotional impact. It seems almost like we have two series here -- the beginning, which is entertaining and comedic, and the more serious second half, which raises a lot of world-building and philosophical points, but doesn't have time to explore them thoroughly.

The series is very similar to Star Wars, too, to the point of almost being a blatant ripoff. I don't simply mean about the light and the dark side fighting each other with magical glowing swords, either. But you'll see when you get to the final two or three episodes what I'm talking about.
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I have to say this is probably another gem I unknowingly found while looking for another series for myself and have not been disappointed with my choice. The series is similar to the humor of the anime series Slayers and Ranma 1/2. The series itself focuses mostly on the three main characters Millie Nocturne(An Under/Over achiever trying her best to be the best at what she wants to do with dubious results), Kane Blueriver(A captain of the starship SwordBreaker and while somewhat of a bumbler is actually a skilled fighter), and finally Canal(The SwordBreaker's holographic A.I. image with a smarmy attitude). The series has you see the trio go on their zanny and humorous quests together and while there is fighting and action it's not done to be to dramatic or serious like Gundam Seed or Inuyasha. The last final episodes do seem a bit more dramatic than the rest of the series but I think it fits in nicely though for the storyline. The voice actors for the dubbed audio were pretty good and while there were some that could have done better all in all they weren't bad. The Japanese voice actors did a terrific job as well no complaints there and the video for the series is clear with no blurriness or distortions to worry about. So if you like the light-hearted sci-fi anime with a big touch of comedy this hidden gem might be for you and for those still unsure try watching a few episodes you might just be surprised at how much you enjoy it....
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One my favorite space adventure comedy anime. If you love Slayers this is another by the same people and yes the English Dub is funny bad at times. That's why it's listed as a comedy but do enjoy the sub version too and relax it's ment to be stupid funny. Please note this is "not" a space adventure anime like Banner of the Stars or Cosmo Warrior Zero but a "comedy". OK I think most of you get that point even if the last reviewer did not. This box set has more extras than the release by ADV a few years back like a new Subtitle track as well as the old one and restored video footage. I found this release by Rightstuf to be well worth the price and yes I do own the entire 6 volume set put out by ADV. Can't have too much Lost Universe. Hope they make more Lost Universe someday like they are of Slayers.
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I think this series was canceled because towards the end it felt rushed because it was so short and action packed.

This is still a great series with one of my favorite openings too just feels like it needs a few more episodes to more cleanly rap things up. So Lost Universe needs to be revised and some of the voices could do with recasting.

Still buy it because it is a good series even with it's imperfections.
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If your a fan of Slayers than you'll enjoy Lost universe. it has the same unique storytelling of adventure and comedy as Slayers has. I found this series to be on the same level as its parent show but I still enjoy slayers more.
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After renting the first several volumes of Lost Universe, I discovered that the video store didn't have the last half of the show! The plot line is so strangely gripping (watch the show and you'll know why it's strange to call it "gripping") that I had to know what happens. I had nearly given up on it when I found it here! This weekend, I'll find out how it ends . . . If you're reading this, you should buy it too, before you end up wishing you had. Plus, it works just fine, came in perfect condition, shipped in no time, and shipping was free! What more could you ask for? After all, it is "the best in the universe!"
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