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While alive, Kate, Claire, Rose, and Rachel each explored the streets of New York with the promise of limitless futures unfolding before them. But now, brought together as members of a blood-stained sisterhood, their once-delicate hands reach out to silence demonic beasts no ordinary weapon can destroy. Brutally murdered only to be resurrected as clandestine killers, the girls must stalk their prey with a primal ferocity – or risk losing what remains of their so-called lives. The only clues to their tragic past are a swarm of crimson butterflies and the mysterious woman who carries the harrowing secret behind the lives they lived – and the walking corpses they’ve become.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.55 inches; 8 Ounces
- Item model number : 29401680
- Director : Kou Matsuo
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 10 hours
- Release date : September 8, 2009
- Actors : Melissa Davis, Brittney Karbowski, Taylor Hannah, Kara Greenberg
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Funimation Prod
- ASIN : B002FOQXSM
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This show basically only worth online viewing.
Overall Rating 3/5
The show is something like killing these undead. These take something special to send the undead back to the grave basically
This one could have been a lot better, A LOT better. Most of it is the leading teenage girls coming to terms with the fights with monsters they have to fight for reasons not revealed until nearly the end of the show. I’m fine with the delay in answers. But the leads are such basket cases for sooo long it goes beyond my tolerance. The fights eventually get pretty cool. That why I say this show is worth online viewing…
Theme Songs 4/5
This series has some interesting kind of catchy music. I never skipped.
NO spoilers, the end was pretty solid. The end was when the show really picked up. It’s too bad rest of show wasn’t nearly as good.
So here are four girls. Dead. The mysteriously brought back to life. They are commanded by a mysterious (and ugly) woman to slay demonic appearing men or face true death.
So that's how things start. It is set in New York, which is fun. Trying to listen in English was nice (seeing how it is New York), but the Japanese voice acting is better. I flip between the two audios at whim and have to say that there are pros and cons to both. The settings are well researched, and it truly appears to be based on real New York locations.
The story starts off convoluted enough, but then manages to sort itself out. I would say that it's not really a horror genre or a demon slayer genre, but something in between. It reminds me a bit of Witch Hunter Robin (though Witch Hunter Robin has an A+ story).
My biggest beef is that while the animation and settings are nice, the picture quality is terrible. I don't think it was an intentional mask put over the series to give a grainy texture, instead it looks like bad digital transferring. Everything just looks hazy, like old TVs with rabbit ears... where you get the station coming in but it's just a bit hazy. Now I'm okay with an intentional mask, like in Ghost Hunt (in some of the creepy scenes), but if it is a mask then why does it appear 100% of the time, even during daylight. Plus it's not obvious enough to be intentional. It would probably look okay on a smaller screen, not my 48" LCD. Gonzo is top notch, so I don't think they would have let this slide for the original.
My only other beef is that the story is just 'hem'. The girls are all somewhat interesting, but not really overly likable. My favorite characters were the 'bad guys'!
But stick with it for at least four episodes and you will likely finish the set.
And for less than $14 you can't go wrong!
Now, if you aren't all for violence, I do not recommend this show. The show itself shows very little in way of violence, and the only murdering or blood it even presents to the viewer is done in a very stressful way to show the impact that being forced to kill someone or something has on the human mind. The show is more about family ties, friends, an overlying problem having to deal with two waring families and the lives being affected by horrible time and place accidents. I'd rate this show highly, yet it's not my all-time favorite either.
The character reactions and attitudes are believable. I found myself impressed by the quality in that department. However, the actual image quality of the show isn't very good. I doubt it's because it's on DVD, but the screen has a sort of fuzzy quality to it throughout the whole show. It may be on purpose, but it doesn't look too good in the end.
For those of you ordering through Amazon and choosing to have Amazon package and ship it to you, the packaging is the perfect size for the item and its quality is good enough with minimal cardboard which I like. You all probably know what the package will be like if you've ordered through here before. The show comes with no special features worth watching (from what I've seen on Disks 1 and 2 so far) except a textless opening. This is the S.A.V.E. package though, so you shouldn't expect much anyway.
Overall, I highly recommend this show. It's quite the attention grabber.
Top reviews from other countries
I like it because its a dark anime that doesn't just rely on action, though the action is there (and messed up zombie-like creatures), it relies on psychological plotlines. Its a very original anime horror and worth watching until the end, and then watching again for anything you might've missed.
This is a dark anime with a feminine touch, I think that's the best way I can put it without giving anything away. Its excellent.
I won't give spoilers, but I will say that I'm hooked on this anime, and there's a reason that I gave it 5 stars.
This like no amine I've yet to come across. It explores the recesses of fight or flight and length people go to to get a normal life.