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Shingu - Secret of the Stellar Wars, Vol. 5

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The day after an apparent alien invasion of Tokyo is repelled by a mysterious being, middle schooler Murata Hajime discovers that his small town holds a strange secret when he witnesses transfer student Subaru Muryou fight another student using psychic powers. Since Hajime himself is relatively new to his town, he has been unaware that the leading families have been protecting the earth from alien invasion for centuries by using the ability of "Shingu," and that the current members of the middle school student council are also the chosen guardians of this generation. He also begins to discover that many of the town's residents are in fact intergalactic diplomats. Hajime is drawn futher into this open secret as his friendship with Muryou and the "chosen" teenagers -- especially tomboy Moriyama Nayuta -- deepens and as he begins to discover that he has a role to play in Earth's future.

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  • Directors: Tatsuo Sato
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Right Stuf
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB19A8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After many interesting encounters with alien invaders both in space, and on planet Earth, this final volume of Shingu gets down to business, and resolves the myriad schemes, intrigues, conflicts, and plots thrown into the previous four volumes. "Fateful Conclusions," the title for this final volume, is more than appropriate.

The director of this show, Tatsuo Sato, did a masterful job in explaining, over these last five episodes of the series, the players involved, why the conflict span a millenium or two, and how the conflict is resolved. Secrets are unveiled, and judgement is at hand. In a brilliant twist of plot, the observers become participants, and the participants observers.

Surprisingly, despite the fact that Shingu is a sci-fi anime set in the year 2070, with a cast of characters not alive today, this show boils down to the question of God, the definition of God, and the cast's relationship with God. That question is left for the viewers to answer.

Volume 5 of Shingu comes with five episodes in English dubbed or subtitled with Dolby Digital sound, and set in 4:3 format. While the show is geared toward kids age 7 and up, due to the complexities of the plots involved, particularly in the last two episodes of the series, it would be helpful for adults to watch this volume with young viewers, and explain the plot if necessary.

It is highly recommended that the Character Bios included on the disc, and the 12 page, full colored production notes NOT be viewed or read until AFTER viewing the last episode. There's a lot of spoiler materials in the Bios and in the director's interview in the production notes.
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with a solid caste done well even by the English dubbers. It's classic boy adventure styled science fiction and I love the writer for it. Much like the recent show called 'Heroic Age' that channels the late great science fiction writer of yore, this one is in the same ballpark.

Buy the first DvD and I know if you're a fan of classic sci-fi novels and old Japanese monster flicks. You won't be disappointed.
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I found a great movie here
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