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Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power!

4.1 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power! Starring Jessica Calvello, Tamara Lo, Kelly Manison and Brett Weaver (Apr 3, 2001) - FACTORY SEALED BRAND NEW Ruin Explores is a very short, 2 hour long, 4-part series that contains everything necessary for a great story. All of the characters are basic, but well developed for the story-line. Nothing is missing, no questions unanswered.

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This four-part adventure combines sword-and-sorcery derring-do with slapstick comedy, in the tradition of El Hazard. The brassy Ihrie wanders through the ruins of an unnamed planet with her partner, the elfin "Wiccan" Fam, in search of three enchanted treasures that can unleash the Ultimate Power. Along the way they're joined by the devious merchant Galuff; the sorceress Racha; the swordsman Migel; and Lyle, prince of the destroyed kingdom of Rehbart. Lyle is seeking revenge on the wizard Rugudorull, whose deadly magic devastated Rehbart. But Rugudorull's fate is tied to the Ultimate Power and the three magic objects: the Proof of Royalty, the Mirror of Truth, and the Sword of Sargus. As this unlikely band joins Lyle in his quest, they forge an alliance, with each character bringing a special strength: Migel, his skill as a warrior; Fam, an ability to talk to spirits and a pure heart; Ihrie, a particularly powerful magic--although using it temporarily turns her into a mouse. The climax is confusing but also suggests the possibility of a sequel, if viewers take Ihrie and Fam into their hearts. The four episodes: 1. "As I Command Thee," 2. "Oh, Spirits that Reside in the Air," 3. "Let the Light of Admonishment Shine Upon the Fools," 4. "The Skies, the Sea and the Woods." Not rated: suitable for ages 13 and up for violence, nudity, and occasional profanity. --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jessica Calvello, Tamara Lo, Kelly Manison, Brett Weaver, Guil Lunde
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Nishimura, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Takeshi Mori
  • Writers: Takeshi Mori
  • Producers: John Ledford, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi, Ken Matsumoto, Masahiro Okamura
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJN3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power!" on IMDb

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By A Customer on September 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I own a lot of anime and have seen even more. Ruin Explorers impressed me with its well drawn art and a story with a few twists to keep you guessing. After I watched the first tape I was glad I had gotten the second tape at the same time. If I hadn't I would have bit me nails until well... you get the picture. My point is this anime is good and that don't buy just one. One is not enough! You will NEED the second tape after watching the first. As a minor note if you have the dubbed version of a Slayers movie the dubbed version of Ruin Explorers is fun to watch since they use some of the same voices. This is one anime not to be passed up.
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Ruin Explores is a very short, 2 hour long, 4-part series that contains everything necessary for a great story. All of the characters are basic, but well developed for the story-line. Nothing is missing, no questions unanswered.
The story goes as this, six companions are in search of the Great-Power, all for their own reasons. Selfish, greedy, personal or for a kingdom. All of the reasons are described in some way or another. I don't want to give anything away. Then comes the "bad-guy", with reasons of his own. A big fight and then the end.
This anime is the reason why animes are fun. It contains a great story that could never really be done with real people, or atleast as fun, well developed characters, Fast-paced as far as anime is concerned, good animation, very good English-Dub for us non-Japanese speaking people, and good sound.
Not a lot of extras, but this doesn't really matter to me.
The only complaint is the ending, it feels as if this series could go on, the further adventures of the Ruin Explorers.
Buy-it Rent-it Watch-it!!
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O.K., here's the story: it's set in a fantasy world where adventurers go exploring ruins searching for treasure and any magical items they can find. If this sounds like any D&D game you played, don't let that throw you off. This has enough action and comedy to satisfy most. I mean, it's not DRAGON HALF, but then few shows are.
Our protagonist is Ihrie, a tomboyish sword fighter who due to a curse inflicted on her years ago is unable to use magic, at least not without a price. (You find out exactly what the curse is in episode 2. Let's just say it's simular to Ranma Soutome's.) To make up for this short coming, she brings with her Fam, a ditzy wiggen (half human, half cat creature) who draws her power from the spirits but often blunders in all things, including magic preforming. They are on a quest for the fabeled Ultimate Power, which could supposedly grant the lucky finder whatever s/he desiers. Ihrie and Fam soon run into another team of ruin explorers-Ragna, another sorceress who has a secret phobia of mice, and her arrogant swordsman partner, who start off as rivals but eventually form an uneasy alliance with our heroines. They are joined by a slimey merchant/con artist, and Lyle, a former prince whose kingdom was wiped out by an evil wizard and who has embarked on a quest for revenge.
The only thing that knocks this down by one star is the ending. Read no further if you hate spoilers. Well, lets just say that I thought Ihrie was supposed to be the main hero, but in the final battle she ultimately didn't seem to really do anything useful, despite her efforts. Also, I wasn't really clear exactly on whether she ever got her curse removed or not.
Anyway, this one is highly recommended.
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I started watching anime with Akira, so I'm not an old school fan of anime, so I'm coming to this review as a fan of many works from the 1990's. Anyway, Ruin Explorers is compared to a lot of shows, but ultimately this is an OAV so the scope is not going to be as amazing as Slayers for instance. On the other hand, being an OAV it had a lot of attention paid to solid animation and it has a nice story line to it, that is short but enjoyable. The two main characters are lovable but certainly full of comic relief in their own right, and they do a good job to keep the show interesting. At the end of the day, if you're looking to check out something new, or rather a little old in this case, I don't think you can go wrong with picking this up. The DVD version (I originally watched it on VHS) is crisp, and to me, I honestly see it as a classic. I hope you enjoy it!
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...Though short, this series was far from lacking a good storyline or character development. In fact, this series houses two of my all-time favorite anime characters: Fam and Lyle. And though this will never be my favorite anime series, it will certainly always rank pretty high on my charts. This was a joy to watch, and I've seen this series many times over. It had an endearing, bittersweet story, plenty of action, romance, and even a few comical moments. And the animation isn't anything to be sneezed at, either! And for you bishonen lovers out there, check out Lyle! With a well though-out and drawn-out plot, with interesting characters and cool animation to boot....
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I waited and waited forever to see this one anime ever since i seen the preview on slayers the motion picture on VHS, which was in my teen years and it dosent disapoint. a gathering of heros and foe all after the ulitmate power what a great watch, id recomend this to anyone who enjoys slayers or that type of anime its great
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