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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

    October 25, 2000
Release Date: October 25, 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!
Ayashi no Ceres is basically a shoujo anime with some action, gore, and mature themes... somewhat un-shoujo like. It will most likely be compared to Fushigi Yuugi, since it is from the same creator, but in all actuality they really are not the same. ANC is very dark and serious probably 90% of the time. So viewers who despised Fushigi Yuugi really shouldn't toss this one out the door just yet.

The video and audio were clean and clear. The transfer wasn't the best I've seen, but I didn't notice any glitches or problems. The colors appear nice and vibrant. I like the animation.

The packaging is really nice. Watase Yu illustrated the cases just for release on VHS and DVD. They show the darker nature of this series.

As for the bonuses, the initial pressings are supposed to come with a desktop calendar by Watase Yu. I didn't think I ordered initial pressings, but inside the cases there were illustrated linen postcards with the dates and the month listed on each one. This had me confused because it doesn't look like a "desktop calendar" and there was no mentioning of the other pressings coming with postcards. Also inside the cases are some other papers along with the supposed "novel" by Watase Yu. Well they just turn out to be pieces of paper. But in the 6th volume there is somewhat of a cover and you're supposed put the rest of the papers together to make the novel.

The only extras on the discs turn out to be in volume 6. Both credit-less openings for this series were included. I was very disappointed that they did not include credit-less endings. It's sort of odd that you would include the openings but not the endings. There were also two commercials for the series and two advertisements for the series being released on home video.

The menus are attractive. They aren't animated and they have the same art from the covers, but they are just very vibrant and pleasant to look at.

The series starts out with twin brother and sister Aki and Aya who are about to celebrate their 16th birthdays. Aya visits a psychic and she tells her that the fated day when the moon and stars of sixteen would meet is coming, and that all anger, blood, and tragedy of the world would be brought forth. When they get home their father and mother say that they must come straight home after school the next day because their grandfather is planning to throw them a birthday party at his house. When they go, it really doesn't seem like a party as the entire family is there and everyone looks very serious. Their grandfather has them sit down and open a gift.

Meanwhile there is an old legend of a Tennyo (girl from the heavens) who was bathing in a river when her hagoromo (feathered robe) was stolen by a fisherman nearby. When the Tennyo asked the fisherman about the hagoromo he lied and said he hadn't seen it. With that, the Tennyo could not return to the heavens and she was forced to stay on Earth, marry the man and have his children.

I don't want to say more than that, as anything else would be spoiler. It's a very interesting series with virtually no room for filler, and I hope people don't pass it up just because it's labeled "shoujo". There is a little bit of SD at times (not often), but I think a wide genre of audiences would enjoy this anime and I'm curious to see how well it does in Region 1. I haven't completed it all just yet, but so far it has been very entertaining and I would recommend it highly.

Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0,Credit-less opening sequences,TV trailers,New novel by Watase Yu,Illustrated Calendar by Watase Yu (Initial pressing)

Review Equipment
PS2 (SCPH-10000), Panasonic 36", Panasonic Surround System


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