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Venus Versus Virus, Vol. 1: Outbreak

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Demons exist in our world. Known as "Viruses," they are shells of men and women, sad yet fearsome beings cursed with an insatiable hunger for human souls. The only thing keeping the innocent alive are the Venus Vanguard, an elite group of hunters tasked with the extermination of Viruses. Lucia is their top killer, cold, calculating, and a deadly shot. Fate shines on Lucia when her path crosses Sumire Takahana, a young student with the ability to become a living anti-Virus. There’s just one problem with the Vanguard’s newest recruit – when she enters into a rage, there’s no stopping her!

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKJ6YA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Timothy Perper on June 2, 2008
Two pretty girls, one with an eye-patch and a gun, the other with strange powers; demons eating people's souls; magical brooches; a panoply of cliches, eh? But "Venus Versus Virus" (VVV) isn't so pleasant, and it isn't about girls with guns. It's about demonic possession, fear, and revenge.

Many of the reviews I've read of VVV see it as a none-too-well done magical girl show. But VVV defies easy classification and will irritate viewers who cannot see the hatreds and fears that hide beneath the pretty colors.

Ruchia - she has the gun - wakes up in several episodes screaming from nightmares where she cannot escape from her terrors -- and even when she is awake, she simply doesn't have the physical strength to fight demons. By contrast, Sumire is timid and eager to make friends, but she is also terrified, if only because when she goes berserk, she literally rips demons limb from limb and then turns on her friends next... Unlike many other stories about girls who fight bad guy demons, humans, and aliens, in VVV the girls' conflicts are not with external enemies but are internal: fear, loneliness, a crushing sense of being abnormal, and a yearning to have a safe home and family.

Although VVV is not as surreal as "Alien Nine" - which is also about girls who fight aliens amidst their own crushing terrors and confusions - both stories share the premise that life with a gun facing *these* demons is not a happy way to go through adolescence. The animation is not at all elaborate, but the simplicity of design and background creates a perhaps inadvertent minimalist creepiness in which, for example, Sumire stands on a darkened street and starts to scream.
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Perhaps I have poor taste, but I was instantly hooked on this short series. So much so, I actually seeked out the original ADV release after purchasing the complete series, with the three single discs and wonderful artbox (besides Bandai's magnetic artboxes, I think ADV comes in second with the sturdiest and coolest artboxes); instead of the usual black, clear or sometimes white colour case, the older ADV release came in never-before-seen-by-me light blue-like cases, which goes great with the whole dark, gothic look of the packaging; one thing good about boxed sets being released, the original material is cheaper to hunt down in the long run -- however, the double clear case 2-disc holder of the boxset release was a nice change and surprise from the recent slimcase phenomenon that never protects the disc(s).

I also haven't read the manga, so maybe I remain ignorant; but evenso, I tend to enjoy my visual medium different than the written material, it leaves both to be special in their own right. So I could care less if the anime takes liberty on storytelling or changes up the characters. Crucify me. With that being said, even after the first episode, I was attracted to and very much sucked in by the quick character development and the mysteries that shrouded around certain personalities. I mean, come-on... an antique dealer (Lucia, a one woman Venus Vangaurd) storefront owner who takes on clients that see Virus-es (evil spirits - similar to xxxHolic) and runs a backroom where equipment is developed to fight off these corrupt souls?!? Sign me up.

And then the sweet character girl Sumire, who at times needs to turn beserk-er (Claymore anyone?) in order to further battle the attacking Virus?
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Venus Versus Virus is a great serie that tells the story of a young girl name Sumire who, after a small accident start to see monsters(virus). With the help of Lucia and her shop Venus Vanguard, Sumire will learn that she might be the solution to the virus problem. The animation is your basic Japanese style with big eyes and so on, so nothing new here, but the music is very strong, especially the opening theme and I really like the 2 main caracter(Lucia, Sumire)+ the story is great. I reccomend strongly.
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VENUS VERSUS VIRUS first aired on Japanese TV in January 2007, is based on the hit manga series, and offers a new series packed with supernatural action. Demons, ghosts, and a power-girl from Venus Vanguard interact in a vivid story of hell, heaven and the dark forces among mankind called Virus.
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