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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: •5000
- Running time: 54
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Eden's Bowy
Eden's Bowy Vol. #1
What They SayThe Review!
EDENs BOwY was one of the most advertised series of the April '99 - September '99 season, but still it's one of the less known (for no apparent reason). It can be roughly defined as a fantasy anime with some sci-fi elements thrown in. On with the story: in the past, there was a god who was given the power to determine and alter the fate of mankind. But he misused this ability, and he caused the people to suffer greatly. This lasted until a man, wielding his sword, slew the god, thus becoming known as "Kami-gari" (God-Hunter). The dying god became a mist that descended upon the earth: from there new gods were born. They decided to watch over humans, and to modify their fates no more.
Present day. Most of the people lead a largely rustical and agricultural life as servants of feudal lords who live in "Edens", large floating islands which contain entire cities and where the most advanced technology and magic can be found. One day, an Eden detects a strange light on the surface. Could this mean the advent of a new Kami-gari?
On the surface, a young boy named Yornne lives with his father, forging weapons and harvesting crops. One day, he founds a cute elf girl called Elisiss in the town market, and instantly falls on her. Apart from Elisiss, Yornne likes to think about her mother, who seemingly died when he was still a kid and liked to tell him stories about a forgotten past. But Yornne's quiet life is disturbed by the arrival of Hairra, a woman assassin who tries to kill him while he's repairing his father's sword. Yornne's father gets in the way, and he's brutally killed by Hairra, while the boy himself is knocked down unconscious.
Then, Elisiss shows up. By using a forgotten form of magic, she rebuilds the sword Yornne was working on, and its true form is revealed: the weapon of the Kami-gari! Hairra, furious, attacks the girl, but something strange happens. Elisiss' necklace begins to glow, and she turns into a totally different person, called Sieda (pronounced Shida). While the two fight, Yornne grabs the sword by coincidence, and his nature as Kami-gari is revealed. Hairra escapes, while Sieda is nowhere to be found.
Yornne mourns a long time over the grave of his father. Then, a mysterious man who calls himself "Oyaji" approaches him. He brings shocking news to the boy: the person who raised him was not his real father, and his mother is still alive somewhere. After thinking about it, Yornne decides to embark on a journey to find the answers for his questions...
The character designs - done by Hiroko Kazui - are really well done, especially Elisiss and Sieda, and their overall quality is quite constant for the duration of episodes. The animation level is the average one founds in the most recent TV series, with a good frame rate in most of the situations. There is a great use of CG, but the results overall are below average, mainly because the effects used aren't "polished" as they should be.
The story is also quite promising, showing hints of what will happen next and it's also serious most of the time. I say "most of the time" because sometimes there are "comical" interludes which bear no relationship to the general story: their function is to hook up the audience. Fortunately, there are only a few, and their number decreases as the episodes progress.
I also liked the music very much. While the opening and closing songs are average, the BGMs used are really coupled well to the scenes, and among them there are a few "epic" pieces.
Now, let's take a look at the DVD. The compression level is not equal for all the scenes: the in-episode parts show no signs of artifacts, while the opening and closing animations present a larger number of them. However, on a TV screen they're difficult to notice. The disc contains two episodes and some bonus material, consisting of a collection of trailers, - which they look like one another - a promotional video and a small information clip. As for the menu, there is nothing to say about it: it is only average, consisting of a main screen and a chapter selection screen.
I think that Bandai has done the right choice in using an Amaray case for this DVD, because I like this type more than the CD-size versions. Inside the case there are a collection of settei (production designs) and an illustration by Tennoji Kitsune (first print only), who is the author of the manga version.
I bought EDENs BOwY without knowing much about it, but I don't regret my choice. This is a good and promising fantasy anime, with good music and nicely done character designs. Recommended.
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