According to Judge David M. Gutiérrez, knowing what the hell is going on is highly overrated when you're watching anime.
And just how do you guys know each other?
Nigel Tuffnel once said "In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, lived an ancient race of people…the Druids. No one knows who they were or what they were doing…" The same holds true for Orphen and his friends in Orphen Season 2: Revenge—Volume 1. I've no idea why Orphen and his friends Cleao and Majic are together. The answers to my questions may lie somewhere in Season 1. All I can gather is that Orphen, Cleao and Majic are skilled combatants who possess magical powers. Orphen and Cleao share romantic tension, while the androgynous Majic is a hit with the ladies. Comic relief comes in the form of two Orphen hating trolls named Volcan and Dortin.
The four episodes featured included in this DVD are:
• "Heal My Soul"
• "The Big Bath of Betrayal"
• "The Supply Store from Hell"
• "Wonderful—The Ripple of Love"
I was taken by surprise by this little DVD. Normally a lack of backstory and reference are irksome. Not so this time around, because the characters have such enjoyable interactions with one another. Like most anime, Orphen has the tendency to descend into unfunny, infantile humor—nonetheless I was amused. I appreciated the way Cleao and Orphen related to one another and I'm curious to see how they end up together. The "revenge" aspect of the series adds intrigue, incentive to watch more.
Is Orphen an animated version of a Dickensian novel or just a really slow moving animated series? Every character gets his or her due, but it is concerning whether the show will get where it needs to go in the allotted time. While you wait to discover where you're headed, enjoy a lovely ride getting there.
The outtakes are particularly good. Producers took existing footage and dubbed alternate dialogue over it. While most of it was uneven, there are a few nuggets of comedy gold. Other special features include the clean opening and closing credits and some other ADV previews.
There weren't any picture problems. Everything looked as sharp as it should have, and the sound was equally suitable. I've often maintained that things look and sound wonderful if you don't notice anything out of the ordinary.
I'd recommend this show to those who like a slow burn series.Orphen Season 2: Revenge—Volume 1 is free to go and cleared of all charges.
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