Red Garden: The Complete Series Box Set & OVA S.A.V.E.
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Originally released in individual season sets by ADV Films, this set represents the first time the complete series with OVA is being released to the public. Coming in at a total runtime of 600 minutes, Red Garden The Complete Series spans 4 discs and comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within a cardboard slipcase.
The show wears an appropriate TV MA (17+) rating, which is due to some disturbing imagery and horror-themes and some segments loaded with gore/ violence.
Language options are typical sub & dub meaning the option of original Japanese dialog track (in Stereo) or an English dub (Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound) and English subtitles available under either language choice.
The breakdown consists of 22 episodes and the OVA, and of course, a nice host of Funimation trailers.
To explain the show to someone who has never seen it would go something like this: A wave of teen suicides washes over New York City (not Tokyo for once) and we follow the exploits of four teenage girls/ high school classmates: Kate, a rich preppy snob, Rose, family babysitter and modest personality; Rachel, party chick extraordinaire; and Claire, the quiet rebel.
The girls all wake up one morning only to discover that they cannot remember anything of the night before.Read more ›
First, overall, I liked this. It's above average in concept, in character development, in dialogue. I own it and plan to watch it again. I plan to give it to my friends. It features a group of sane girls trying to cope with insane personal disaster. It's their story, and so we are spared the clueless, gormless, constantly embarrassed male co-star, or the loud and bratty little sister, or the overly moe pet. It's surprisingly quiet. Yes, there's too much shouting during the fight scenes, and some of the secondary characters can be accused of overacting, but it's not one of those anime where everyone teeters on the brink of adrenalin exhaustion. Each of the characters is a unique individual, and is believable, even when their circumstances aren't. Rose, for example, fighting to keep her family together and care for her younger siblings, with her mother in the hospital and her father run off, and no sign of NYC Family Services.
SPOILER ALERT, all the way down.
That said, there's plenty of plot holes, and your disbelief has to be hanged, not just suspended. We never find out why the girls were enticed to the old house in the first place, nor why they were killed, or why they were left. Was it all a plot to get one New Body? If they were recruited to fight the other clan, why weren't they trained to fight? Why weren't they given better (i.e. any) weapons?Read more ›
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.
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My sister and I started this anime about 10 years ago when it was on the free anime channel but they didn't have the complete season. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ariel Cartwright
The plot is kinda slow and I couldn't really get into the graphics on the anime but I can't hate on it since I watched the whole thing but that's what I get for ordering an anime I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Samone faletogo
an average anime, not great , not bad , worth the buy for the moneyPublished 20 months ago by Daniel Dittman
The story itself is very interesting, the artwork is lovely, and was pretty excited to see that it was placed in New York. And the opening song was just super awesome. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Reene'
Found that the story line was of interest but really not impressed with the character drawing. Reminded me a lot of the art work from the old 60's cartoon shows. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Gregory Clark
First of all the dvd packaging and quality is perfect.
The content itself... Well I was excited at first after reading the reviews but no one warned me about the... Read more
I liked the story line of this series a lot, it was not the typical high school wooga booga crap. I loved to see the characters grow as a group and individually too!Published on November 8, 2013 by C.Pappas