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  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: 5800¥ @
  • Running time: 88/93
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ceres, Celestial Legend

Ayashi No Ceres Vol. #1 - #6

    February 20, 2002
Release Date: October 24, 2000

Ayashi No Ceres Vol. #1 - #6
© Bandai Visual

What They Say
Based on the manga series by Yuu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi), and animation produced by the Fushigi Yuugi staff.

The Review!
I know, why spend this much when it's coming to region 1 practically tomorrow? I just like Japanese discs, plus I didn't want to wait for it all to come out over here.

So here we have Yuu Watase's latest series. It starts out with Aya getting news from a fortune teller that bad stuff will happen around her 16th birthday and some guy will save her. She begins to have strange powers like floating, seeing visions, etc... She and her twin brother go to their grandfather's for a supposed "party" when in reality it is a setup to "awaken" the "Tennyo" in her. Well it works, Ceres is pissed, and she blows the place to pieces. We learn that her grandfather is an evil, wicked man who wants to kill Aya, and he kills her father for getting in the way. Her mother tries to kill her too (I think they drugged her or brainwashed her-something like that) and ends up in a coma.

Now Aya is basically alone (except for the new friends/protectors she stays with) with her brother Aki held hostage by the Mikage clan. Time and time again they try to get back together, but stuff happens...either with Ceres wanting to kill Aki, Aki/Shiso wanting to get Ceres (or his woman as he calls her, haha), Tooya wanting to capture Ceres. It's a tangled web. But later more things are revealed such as WHY Ceres actually hates Shiso, Kagami's plan to change Japan, and how come Tooya acts the way he does? Why does Aya even like Tooya? Will poor Yuuhi ever get any attention? Ahh, and poor Chidori... But most of all that poor boy Aki...

Yes, you can expect the same complicated love triangles from Fushigi Yuugi in this anime as well. Although, it probably isn't as strange since there aren't as many characters.

Despite my crazy-sounding review, this is a pretty good series. I wouldn't call it revolutionary, but it still has its followers. Would I buy it again? Yeah. The animation is fairly good with some bits of digital effects and I enjoyed most the music. The sad sorrowful instrumentals accompanied some parts well.

It takes awhile to get the story flowing, but there are some touching and interesting moments...and don't forget the action. It's also dark and sinister at times (actually a lot of the time) with Shiso especially. He made me laugh.. But anyway, if you like shoujo with a twist in the middle, this may be for you. Don't compare it to Fushigi Yuugi because it's not as comedic, not as epic, and simply just not as kind...

Japanese Language,Illustrated Calendar by Yuu Watase (Initial pressing),Novel by Yuu Watase,Creditless opening sequence (2),TV spots (4)

Review Equipment
APEX 703, Sony Wega 32"


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