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Sands of Destruction: The Complete Series
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Morte is a lonely beauty with an axe to grind and a grudge against the world. Her brother died in the war between men and beasts, and now, she's out to make everyone pay for her loss. That's where Kyrie comes in. This wandering cook may hold the key to unlocking the Destruct Code: a mysterious orb capable of eradicating everything in existence. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, but these heroes are up to no good.
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Released across two discs, Sands of Destruction comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within an outer cardboard slipcase and consists of episodes 1-13. The show comes in at a total runtime of 325 minutes and wears an appropriate if slightly conservative TV 14 rating due to a bit of animated violence.
Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (either in Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.
Extras include English subtitled character interviews (Japanese cast), textless opening and closing songs, and a host of fresh Funimation trailers on the second disc.
The anime adaptation of the 2008 game was produced by Production I.G and began airing on July 8, 2008 in Japan. FUNimation wasted no time in securing the rights and releasing a solid dub to the North American market.
The story is set in a fantasy world, which consists mostly of vast expanses of sand.Read more ›
I found myself liking this series much more than I had expected. I knew it was based on a video game, which I have yet to decide is a good or bad thing. But it was cheap (and this set even cheaper), only 13 episodes, and ANN gave it a decent review, so I figured it would be worth it to give it a try. To my surprise, not only was it a fun journey of randomness and general pointlessness, but the ending was satisfyingly done. I liked Kyrie and Taupy, and Morte was only slightly unbearable (Her desire to destroy the world is annoying and illogical, but essentially unimportant). The sand world was interesting and creative. The plot is episodic until the last two or three. The short stories aren't very interesting, but the overall plot was fun.
This show has some holes in it. It has holes and illogical things and you need to suspend disbelief while watching it. But it is short and sweet and a little yellow teddy bear beats up bad guys. You should watch it!
First of all, the anime focuses more on the power of friendship and is very optimistic compared to the game that is rather pessimistic and dark despite the cute graphics. The action scenes in the anime are kept to a bare minion and it's about building the friendship and looking at the different views of different people. So while the anime does touch on racism, tyranny, segregation and questioning if the world is worth being destroyed or not, it manages to keep a happier feeling and as a result, the anime ends up being very satisfying when it ends.
Here are some obvious things that changed in the anime beside the characters.
Many of the beast lords are less villainous or the more evil ones are left out in the anime. The ones left in the anime are there for comic relief and the more dangerous ones are only shown at the end. Ironically Felix who is helpful in the game and nice to Rhia is the villain of the first episode.
The idea of destroying the world is different. Instead of Morte having Kyrie along just because she thinks he can destroy the world is now switched with an item called the Destruct Code in the form of a bomb. She thinks that if she takes Kyrie with her to the end of the world, then it will activate and destroy everything. Better than going around and going on a killing spree just because Morte feels like it.
Kyrie overall is different in the anime compared to his game counterpart. He is utterly incompetent in terms of fighting but serves as a peace maker (but when that fails, he's the first to run and hide).Read more ›
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case came damaged wasn't big deal replaced it myself I'm just giving one star cause it didn't follow the game at allPublished 24 days ago by Robert
an interesting anime. Not quite what you expect when you first start watching it. But the story can pull you in all the same. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Story
Watched this in a local anime club. I found it to be an overall dull and unimaginative series that never lives up to the admittedly creative premise. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laydi Nite