Appellate Judge Mac McEntire thinks John Waters should direct an anime called "s-CRY-baby."
Tachibana: "No matter what it takes, I'm going to win. This time
I'll defeat you, and I'll go back to Cammy when I'm done! Eternity
It's the future. A cataclysm has split Japan in two. On one hand is Muraji Special Economic District, a futuristic paradise of gleaming white skyscrapers and high tech wonders. On the other hand is the Lost Ground, a post apocalyptic wasteland where daily life is a violent struggle for survival. Causing a stir on both sides of the fence are the Alter Users, young men and women born with the amazing power to transform the matter around them into a unique form, one specific to each user, giving them incredible superhuman abilities.
Kazuma is an Alter User living in the Lost Ground, who can turn his right arm into a power-punching, annihilation bullet-firing super arm. He barely gets by, using his powers for profit. He eventually runs afoul of HOLY, the government's group of elite Alter hunters from the Special Economic District. The thing is, HOLY members are also Alter Users, using their powers to track down others of their own kind.
This "Anime Legends" release contains the first two volumes of s-CRY-ed in an affordably-priced two-disc set, containing the series' first 10 episodes, in the hopes of attracting new anime fans without creating vacuums in their wallets. If you've already bought Bandai's previous two "Platinum Edition" releases, you've already got what's here.
That being said, let's talk about s-CRY-ed itself.
What I liked:
When s-CRY-ed left me s-CRY-ing:
• The characters have that anime/video game habit of announcing
their fighting moves just before unleashing them. For example, just before
taking someone out with an annihilating bullet, Kasuma just has to yell out
"Annihilating Bullet!" I know this is supposed to make the characters
look cool, but, really, who would actually do this?
Video quality here is great. There are a lot of bright colors on display, made especially vivid on these discs. The stereo sound is not as booming as it could be, but that might be a good thing when the peppy theme song starts. Extras include the usual textless openings and closing, as well as some trailers, character files and videos, and an interesting recreation of the s-CRY-ed manga, with the artwork on screen supplemented by new audio.
So, it's an action series with not a lot of depth, just enough to keep things interesting. It sometimes overwhelms viewers with a fast pace, crazed battles, and overpoweringly hyper music. This release is intended for the anime curious, and it could indeed be a good place to begin.
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