Shangri-La: Part 1 (Limited Edition)
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The animation is amazing, the voice acting and soundtrack are also top notch. The thing that kept me from getting engrossed by this show was the lack of character development. There are a few interesting characters. They have colorful attitudes and good dialogue, but they aren't developed in depth. This makes it hard to get into the story. This is only the 1st part of the story, so there is more time to rectify the issues I have with this anime. It's clear to see that the real action and drama have yet to be seen. I'll probably buy the 2nd part too, but as things stand now the story is 3 stars, the production quality is 5 stars, and I'll give it an average of 4 stars. It's not a strong series thus far, but I hope things will get better. It has massive potential.
Since I wrote this review, I've watched the 2nd part of this anime. All my issues with it were resolved and I loved the conclusion. This is definitely a 5 star series in my book!
I had always wondered why a top class Gonzo series had not been picked up until this time. But now seeing the staggering $60 price point for 12 episodes borders on criminal. The series is a solid 5, but Funimation's decision to package a 2009 series for this price is unethical at best. I felt this would have better been the entire series for $60 instead of the first half. Shame on you Funimation. Perhaps in a year or two it will appear in their S.A.V.E. series?
The series is one that is set in the near future. Mankind has been cornered into small settlements due to overwhelming growth of aggressive plants. Any attempts to use fossil fuels typically winds up with mysterious attacks from afar on the populace.
The aspect I really enjoyed about this series was their characterization. I really like that one of the important characters is actually a transvestite! The other supporting characters are also quite enjoyable. I do prefer the Japanese audio with English subtitles, especially for Karin (the blue haired computer hacker girl) and Momoko (the tranny). Mikuni adds a little awe, horror, and strange compassion into the series as well. Don't want to spoil anything.Read more ›
This review should be read alongside my review of Part 2. Like several recent Funimation series, Parts 1 and 2 are all of a piece and cannot be viewed as stand-alone.
Funimation's limited edition features a strong card box that fits both parts, and is a good feature and well worth paying for if you spot a different option. (Don't be put off by 3D-style art: the show is normal anime, not creepy CGI 3D!)
Part 1 of Shangri-La (avoiding spoilers as much as possible, but spoilers follow!)
The series creator has come up with an ingenious concept: imagine a world in which the carbon market becomes a complete replacement market. Now imagine you discovered a way to sequester carbon and build a whole new way of living. Japan has become such a world. (We see nothing of life in other countries but the show implies they are limping on in the traditional way as best they can, barring any dependence on petrogas products.) Now Japan has two sides: a "utopia" where loyal citizens slave to build the final living space project, known as Atlas, and everywhere else, where the jungle is free to re-grow and people get by as best they can. Atlas is mind-numbingly huge. It is possibly taller than any mountain. Anyone living even vaguely near it has at least a support arm looming over them, their whole life.
One such community is Duoma, where the people are generally supportive of each other, but where a rebel force known as Metal Age plots to force Atlas to open its gates to all.Read more ›
Kuniko Hojo is the boomarange-wielding star and future leader of the Metal-Age, a group of anti-governmental "activists" and community leaders.Duomo is her grandmother,present Metal-Age leader and has more than a few secrets.Mi-ko and Momko are the transgendered pair that are central to the series and provide more than a few laughs. Lady Ryoko is the principle evil villian and plays the role to the hilt. Others of great significants,including a 10-year-old or so brat that uses a computer to shake down the contries of the world for carbon credits and another brat,Lady Mikunu, that cannot go out into the sun(and can kill anyone just by a stare) are central to the story.
While there are seldom "important" anime or,for that matter, "live-action" series or movies, this one is,in all respects.
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