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Romeo x Juliet: Romeo Collection, Part 1

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Love is something you never regret....

For most of her young life, Juliet was forced to live a tortuous lie. Disguised as a boy, she lurked in the shadows of Neo Verona. Escaping from the monotony of a life in hiding only as the Crimson Whirlwind – a masked crusader determined to right the wrongs of a heinous regime. But now, as her people’s suffering reaches unspeakable levels, Juliet prepares to raise her sword and lead a rebellion against the villainous tyrant whose hands are stained by the blood of her ancestors.  She is the last breath of a dying line of kings and the final, fleeting hope of a city that desperately needs her.

The artists at the Gonzo studio took little more than the names of the characters from Shakespeare's play for the fantasy-romance Romeo x Juliet. Neo-Verona suffers under the tyranny of the cruel, usurping Prince Leontes Montague: Fourteen years ago, he overthrew the benevolent Prince Capulet and slaughtered the entire royal family except for the infant Princess Juliet. Capulet loyalists have raised Juliet in secret, dressing her as the boy Odin. Lately, she's taken to meting out vigilante justice as The Scarlet Whirlwind in a getup that recalls Tuxedo Mask's costume in Sailor Moon. Juliet discovers her true identity on her birthday, just after she's met well-intentioned milquetoast, and heir to the throne, Romeo Montague. Naturally, romance blossoms amid bloodshed and attempted rebellion: "From ancient grudge break to new mutiny; where civil blood makes civil hands unclean." The plot of Romeo x Juliet is a muddle of unintentionally funny anachronisms and incongruities. Although Juliet has been fighting injustice as The Scarlet Whirlwind, she blanches at the idea of drawing blood, and her fiery spirit dissolves into whining and moping when things go badly. The dialogue is a bizarre mixture of pseudo-Shakespearean and contemporary slang. When Romeo suggests they meet again "at this self-same hour," Juliet replies, "I'll be there!" The filmmakers have added a playwright character named "Willie" and a standard-issue anime subplot about a magical tree that supports the world of Neo-Verona. English teachers will face interesting challenges when they try to present the real Romeo and Juliet to fans of Romeo x Juliet. (Rated TV PG: violence, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon

(1. If They Did Not Meet, 2. The Promise--A Scent Remembered, 3. Love--Cruel Mischief, 4. Bashfulness--Beaten by the Rain, 5. Whirlwind--Burning Resolve, 6. Hope--Tomorrow Entrusted, 7. Warmth--Just for Now, 8. Nativity--What Justice Is, 9. Rise to Action--Hesitation Quelled, 10. Tears--To Have Met You, 11. The Vows--The Blessing of the Morning Sun's Blessing, 12. Solace--to Stay this Way)

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  • Actors: Takahiro Mizushima, Fumie Mizusawa, Chris Burnett, Brina Palencia
  • Directors: Fumitoshi Oizaki
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: FUNimation Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023S4A2G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By ONENEO VINE VOICE on July 4, 2009
Okay before you look at this anime's title and roll your eyes with "been there, done that" theatrics, allow me to immediately put your mind at ease: This is not simply an animated version of the classic Shakespeare play. Instead what we have is a uniquely animated drama based loosely on the classic source material from anime masters, Gonzo.

Released for the first time ever on DVD, Romeo x Juliet from Funimation breaks the 24 total episodes into a pair of two-disc sets. The first of which (reviewed here) is known as The Romeo Collection and contains episodes 1-12. Packaged within an appropriately artistically decorated cardboard exterior slipcase is a pair of thin disc cases each containing a single dvd (with 6 episodes on each).

Total runtime comes in at 290 minutes and the show wears a conservative TV PG (13+) rating, based presumably more on the grander adult oriented themes (we do all know how this tale will end) than it is language, sexual scenarios, or gore.

Language options are standard fair sub & dub meaning the original Japanese dialog track is presented (in stereo) as well as the option of instead watching an English dub (in Dolby Surround 5.1). Finally English subtitles are available with either vocal option.

To paraphrase the opening set-up: The story takes place once upon a time, in the sky continent known as New Verona where the all-powerful ability to hover in the distant sky breathes life and prosperity upon the people. However, foolish passions will someday transcend eternity. Now let me introduce to you the tragic story of innocent pure love tormented by fate in the midst of chaos, Romeo and Juliet.
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A wonderful and light hearted "re-write" of Romeo and Juliet; the famous tragedy written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young "star-cross'd lovers".

In this modified version of the tale, the entire house of Capulet is murdered by the house of Montague while Juliet is yet a young child. Juliet, the only survivor of the house of Capulet, is raised in secret by the still-loyal followers of Capulet. On her 16th birthday, Juliet is appraised of "who" she really is - and assumes the burden of raising the standard of Capulet once again. Unfortunately, this happens after she has already met and fallen in love with Romeo, the crown prince of the house of Montague!

Romeo, Juliet, and their love, initially sweet and innocent, grow more deep mature, and their love more desperate, as both Juliet and Romeo experience the rigors and challenges of life and love in the streets of fair Verona.

The animation is good. The plot is intricate. The character development of Romeo and Juliet is captivating. I highly recommend it!
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I've always been a fan of the classic play of the same name, so I was excited that an anime adaption was in the works. But I never expected anything like this... I've been enjoying anime for many years, and I don't think any other series I've watched has moved and warmed my heart more than "Romeo x Juliet."

William Shakespear's classic tale of these two star crossed lovers is taken to a whole new level of excitement, action, suspence, and romance--all housed within a two volume DVD set. Romeo is a young noblemen and the son of the ruthless Prince Montegue who has brought the helpless and innocent people of Neo Verona to their knees. Juliet is the last surviving member of the slain Capulat family and Neo Verona's only hope for a brighter future. Although they are supposed to despise one another, these two young people simply cannot deny the strong love that they instantly share for each other upon their first meeting. But as they fight to keep their love alive against all odds, will they also be able to end the reign of the vicious tirant Prince Montegue?

This adaption is very loosly based on the play, so not everything is entirely by-the-book. But in the end, the moral of the story is still the same: that the power of true love is strong enough to overcome all obsticals, no matter what.

What more can I say, other than this is an amazing buy! But words really don't do this anime justice--You have to WATCH it. I highly reccomend this product. It may be a little pricey, but you will not regret it!
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The captivation of RomeoxJuliet can best be described by General Motor's stock from 2007 until 2009...high value which slowly dwindled down into complete bankruptcy - in this case I lost my investment of time and sanity.

First let me give the series credit where credit is due: the animation and music were done really well and did indeed match the mood throughout the series. There was character development however there were several roles which were filled with busybodies that did not add to the story and never had their background explained.

The secondary shortfall of this series was the plot as the series progressed - it was like a locomotive that slowly ran out of steam. The first half of the series kept me interested and I liked how they set the story in a fantasy type setting. However, long drawn-out events started to occur in the series that were not very interesting and stalled the plot. Additionally I can think of at least 2 episodes which i would classify as "filler"...which should never happen in a series with less than 36 episodes.

I would have to classify the ending as one of the most disappointing endings I have seen in an anime. The main conflict (villain in this case) was resolved in a terrible way which left the viewer feeling robbed of the impending fight which the series had built up. I know Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy...and I expected that type of ending...but in this case it was like the writer was on vicodin when he planned the finale. Bizarre events started to occur and some characters did not behave normally. The only analogy I can give is if a painting had been started by Da Vinci and then at the end, Picasso decided to finish it just did not work.

I would not recommend this series...
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