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3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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The year is 1931. The City is Shanghai. Ten years before America will enter World War II; the hydra's teeth planted by the first great global conflict are beginning to germinate, hatching into spiders weaving the complex web of plots and conspiracies destined to inevitably draw entire nations, against their will, to the brink of destruction once more. And caught in the heart of these webs, desperately seeking to separate lies from truth, is "Sakurai Kikan," an ultra-secret intelligence agency staffed by extraordinarily talented individuals with abilities far beyond those of normal humans. Their duty: stop the darkest plots and eliminate the greatest threats. But in a city built on intrigue, can even a team of clairvoyants, telepaths and espers stand against the ultimate forces of destiny? As the Japanese Imperial Army rolls across China, documented facts and fantasy intermingle in the breathtaking exploration of alternative history that is Night Raid 1931 - The Complete Collection.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050I97BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
I thoroughly enjoyed this anime because it is very different on many levels from other series. First of all, it is a spy genre, something that should be exploited more in anime productions. Second, it weaves together a historical touch with a bit of fiction to flesh out some really interesting themes of espionage, intrigue, and conspiracies. Finally, it brings a touch of the fantastic as the main characters have super-human powers of the mind. This is an anime that does a good job of putting these aspects together to create a wholesome story without giving leverage to the other.

What I really enjoyed most about this anime is that it is centered on Asia. Of course, there are many series where the setting is in Japan itself, but this anime makes it more interesting in exploring Asia in the 1930's and the web of politics and history surrounding that era. Modernization is taking a hold on Asia after years of isolation, and now powers are jockeying for influence in various places, including the melting pot in the city of Shanghai. This where our spy team comes in: the Sakurai Kikan, a Japanese psych-ops intelligence unit who use their unique powers to accomplish missions individually in each episode while discovering a bigger conspiracy behind it all. The writers and producers took great liberties in exploring Japanese history while planting a special plot of the creative in putting characters with these powers, especially the Mukden Incident which set off a pretext to invade Manchuria. Even the puppet emperor of Manchuria, gets a mention in the series.

The intelligence squad is headed by Mr. Sakurai, an older Japanese gentleman who behind the scenes orchestrates their missions.
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Night Raid is unique in the realm of anime. It takes place in 1931 China. The main characters are part of a super powered spy team. One can teleport, another can read minds, etc. They don't focus heavily on the super powers or the history, which is an elegant touch, but ultimately a nail in the coffin for a show that desperately needs more to it.

***CHARACTERS***
The characters are designed well. They are not deep, but well above childish anime clones. Their boss resembles the head of Public Security 9 from Ghost in the Shell. He's professional, to the point, and his true motives are kept murky. There's a good contrast between the two male leads. One of them uses his power at every turn and the other practices extreme restraint. It's a tasteful comparison the holds the most cohesive narrative throughout the series. The female lead is not annoying and that's hard to do in anime. The fourth member of the team is the lumbering, strong and silent type. His character barely develops beyond that, but it's only a minor negative.

***STORY***
This is pre World War II in Shanghai. The creators should be applauded for choosing to tell a story in a time that is not obsessed on by historians (who clearly hunger to write about the two juicy wars that sandwich it). The genesis of the show is slow, but smart. The following episodes form a great premise. The middle is painfully aimless, and boring. The ending is adequate in execution, and champions an interesting theory about China and the first atom bomb. It's a historically intriguing story, that's carried with the speed of a tortoise. Slow and steady did not win the race, and imprisoned the show in mediocrity. It's a shame.

***ANIMATION***
The animation is great.
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This is a great anime series with heavy pulp elements, set against an authentic historical background. Tons of fun.
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