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Pumpkin Scissors: The Complete Series Box Set S.A.V.E.

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In the wake of the Great War, Lieutenant Alice Malvin assumes command of the Imperial Army's Intelligence Section III - a ragtag bunch of pencil-pushers used to spread military propaganda. But Malvin, an idealistic soldier who refuses to rest while her people suffer, yearns to cut through the thick skin of deception perpetrated by power-crazed nobles. When her investigation reveals a clandestine super-soldier program known as The Invisible Nine, she finds herself trapped in a whirlwind of deadly secrets. The closer Malvin gets to exposing government corruption, the less likely her beloved IS3 is to survive. With the fate of the Empire hanging in the balance, Malvin turns to an unlikely ally - Randel Orland, a hulking veteran who may hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of The Invisible Nine. In a world where nobility and power make the rules, the truth can get an honest soldier killed.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Dudley, Kaytha Coker, Blake Shepard
  • Directors: Charles Campbell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BWD73M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2009
In 2006, anime production studio GONZO and AIC adapted Ryotoro Iwanaga's manga "Pumpkin Scissors" to a 24-episode anime series.

The series would be directed by popular 80's anime director Katsuhito Akiyama ("Sol Bianca", "Thundercats", " Gall Force","Bubblegum Crisis"), screenplay by Yuuji Hosono ("Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor", "Ray" and "Trinity Blood"), series composition by Atsuhiro Tomioka ("Samurai 7', "Vandread", "Eat-Man" and "Berserk"), character designs by Chizuko Kusakabe ("Trouble Chocolate") and mechanical designs by Shuichi Hara ( who worked on "Armitage: Dual Matrix" and "Solty Rei").

"Pumpkin Scissors" takes place during a time where war has ravaged the country. But a ceasefire has ended the war between the Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost. But since the cease fire, the country is not in the best of shape. The Empire is now plagued with starvation, crime, pestilence and even the soldiers have become bandits.

With corruption also residing in the ranks of the military, a division called Imperial Army State Section III was created. Section III is also known as "Pumpkin Scissors". A name given to the group by 2nd Lt. Alice L. Mavin. As way of the pumpkin being the layers of corruptness being trimmed by the blade of a scissor.

The series focuses on the Section III team and their mission of helping people and eliminating the corruption in their own military but also helping the public in other areas who have suffered from corruption.

But within the Section III is a mysterious soldier named Corporal Oland who is a member of the secret anti-tank group known as "The Invisible 9' who seems to get them out of a jam when the going gets tough.
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Every now and then there comes along an anime title that makes even the most open-minded individual pause and think surely this one has to be a case of mistranslation. Such is the case with Pumpkin Scissors; a show with a title that seems made up of two completely unrelated nouns. I mean could have it worked just as well if it were called Zucchini Shears, Squash Clippers, or Cucumber Nose Hair Trimmers? Guess we'll never know but who cares? The fact is, as indicated by the insignias on the character's uniforms, Pumpkin Scissors was indeed an intentional collaboration of symbols used to identify a certain military brigade within a surprisingly rich tale.

This anime release represents but another gem created by Gonzo that Funimation wisely picked up in their collaborative deal with ADV Films. Labeling this specific release The Complete Series, it contains episodes 1-24 of the show across 4 dvds. Packaged within a pair of thin packs (each holding two discs) within a very nicely decorated cardboard sleeve, the total runtime comes in at 600 minutes-even.

The show wears an appropriate TV 14 rating due to its grandiose themes of violence and militaristic operatives. There is no nudity or particularly offensive language, and some sequences, though violent in nature, seem to avoid indulging in gore.

Language options consist of both the original Japanese dialog track (stereo) or English dub (Dolby 5.1 Surround) and the choice of English subtitles for either vocal track.

Extras are limited to texless songs and two crops of Funimation trailers.

The story goes something like this: We pick up at the conclusion of a long and grueling war between the Empire and the Republic.
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Enjoyed the characters and plot development immensely. HOWEVER it truly seems to end at a SEASON end, with no story wrap up what so ever. Therefore, while the 'story' thread that ends is satisfying, there's no attempt to 'finish' the whole story as it was clearly still in process. It's not a bad wrap up. There IS no wrap up.

I'd hate to say don't see it. It was worth the watch. Just be prepared to be angry that you'll have to dig for the manga to see what happens next.

Makes me sad that there are some truly crappy animes out there that have had a much longer run. This one was well worth at least one more season. Sigh.
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Portions of this series seem a bit silly and contrived. They just do. It's an unfortunate pitfall of a great amount of anime. Other portions jump straight out of the screen and go for a major artery. And therein is the joy of Pumpkin Scissors. Sure, it packs plenty of goofy stuff and comedic relief, but it also reaches deep into dark places that make people uncomfortable, or flat out hurt. And it does so with grace and sincerity. It manages to tackle a lot of very ugly issues of the real world, but takes just enough edge off that it doesn't maim, but it may leave a mark. It did for me. My hope is that it brings enjoyment, and some heartache for you too.
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there are war story anime, there are anime about peace time. this is an anime about what happen in between war and peace, a story about a country that last a war, and are in the road to recovery. It talk about social difference, shell-shock solder and the poverty that ppl have to endure after all their money is use for the war. the opening for this anime was it main attraction, cause it draw me in after the first episode. character is interesting, we have the idealistic princess who the camera follow the most time, the lady man, nerd, and Corporal Randel Oland. why is one of them decerve their whole name mention, cause he damn right deserve it, cause the story would have been better if he was follow more by the camera. he are ur definition of a gentle giant, he kind, and gentle, but also a former soldier of the war, where his job is to kill tank on foot......no i didnt mistype that last statement. the graphic of this anime is pretty ok, slow at most part, and the gun fight are meh at best, until Oland get moving that is lol. the dub for this anime is unfortunally suffering, i watch normally prefer dub, but unfortunally the some actor for this show feel uncomfortable in their own skin, even Oland. the better voice actor, are the idealistic princess (that blonde one on the cover) where the show think is main character, but really is not, it should have been Oland.
regardless of it flaw, u should check this show a try, if nothing else to watch Oland kill tank on foot, and the opening
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