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Adam Arklight and his band of super-hotties are ready to take over the world, but not if the macho, mutant hero Blade has anything to say about it. Still, it's tough when your opponents are ridiculously cute girls in really sexy school uniforms. But with
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 5 hours
- Release date : April 12, 2011
- Actors : Needless
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : SECTION 23
- ASIN : B004JST244
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There are no giant robots in this series, but there is a lot of comedy, action, ridiculous attack names, special powers, and young girls. In fact, the girl squadron takes a lot of front and center attention in this series, particularly in the first half. This volume does explain why the main characters are the way they are, as well as how the main villain came to power. This is not a perfect series, but it is a lot of fun, and you don't have to invest a couple hundred episodes worth of viewing to watch it in its entirety. Normally an action anime can wear on the viewer and just go on and on and on, but this series does end after 24 episodes, so it does not become a chore to actually finish.
Fan service is rampant in this series (more in the first half and the special features.) The first ending theme song is absolutely ridiculous in the way it shows off the three young girls in their underwear and kissing each other. Its as if the creators for this show knew that the target audience was male teenagers, and they wanted to keep them interested any way that they can. After awhile the series seems to forgo the fan service for actual story.
One of the big problems with the series is that 75% of it takes place at the main villain's headquarters. Normally if would take awhile for the main cast to get to the enemy stronghold, but that is not the case here. However there are 4 episodes devoted to flashbacks so they can better develop the characters. Despite the flaws, the series is rather funny and its action scenes are ludicrously bombastic. Even the attack names are ludicrous and are prominently shown on the screen kind of like Yu Yu Hakusho or Fist of the North Star.
Unlike most anime DVDs, this one actually has some special features, such as a fan service intense short series and a section called Needless Files, which chronicle some of the terms or tidbits of the show. The English dub is pretty good, much like the other Sentai Filmworks titles. Overall, this is a pretty fun little show, but I would say this is probably more of a boy's show, not necessarily a girl's show unless you are into muscular men with white hair and a Lolita complex.
But she wouldn't tell her sons to watch this volume. It is clunky, it is listless, really I felt like it was a watered down version of what came previously. In this volume, Satan fights Adam and Priest fights Adam, Cruz's sister is revealed, but none of it sparks like it should.
I will say from a story perspective, this is a stronger showing. The story really saved this; it had me interested and invested until the end. We get to meet priest and Eve in their youth and they are charismatic. Priest especially was very likable.
He had big pink eyes, awww[...]
Well, after the lengthy flashback, the remainder of the story is a bit foggy. First of all, we have a huge crowd watching the fate of the world be decided, but we never really hear from it. We literally don't hear them although we see them. Then suddenly, the crowd is gone. I never wanted the crowd there in the first place; I knew it was too much choreography for this particular production to tackle. And, they didn't. And, they managed to create here one of the most despicable anime characters of our times, ******, and they let *** off with a slap on the wrist. Yes, much like in Spider Man 3, the worst villain skates.
Finale! Needless is a "Wham Bam, Thank you, Sam" Anime. The ending comes super swift. SO fast you almost miss it and forget about catharsis. They show the characters in "the future," but obviously not distant because Cruz is still 13. Well, there is this half done slow motion part and the characters freeze frame off to....I'm not sure what. Needless ends as it lives: one more WTF moment for the road.
This volume is NEEDLESS, yes, but...so is that second slice of pie, that tattoo of Grace Slick on your chest, or that recent bad romance you waited ENTIRELY too long to end .... and you still call them. I say sink your teeth into this sugar laden anime.
- The heroes are fighting in Adam's fortress but most of the fights take place in just one floor.
- The second ending theme doesn't fit with the cliffhangers at the end of the episodes.
- The final episodes are full of back story.
- The show in its randomness tries to be serious in the final episodes, and for a comedy THAT never works.
- Plot holes.
- English and Japanese audio.
- The second half of "The Secret of Saint Lilly Academy" shorts.
- Same fan service, same action and same humor from the first half.
- Second Opening.
I enjoyed the first 12 episodes and the first half of this second collection, but the final episodes felt rushed and this is my biggest complaint because it's the same problem MADHOUSE does to most of its anime, just like in Claymore and Death Note Madhouse gave a "1-2-punch ending", where you are left to wonder if that's the manga's ending. Overall unlike many shows out there Needless was full of many unexpected surprises. 4 out of 5.