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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Beam Entertainment
- MSRP: •4800 @
- Running time: 30 @
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Kite
Kite Vol. #1 & #2
Kite Vol. #1 & #2
What They SayThe Review!
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I had never heard of Kite until I saw the Animeworks US VHS release on AnimeNation's website, and I thought I'd give it a try. Immediately after watching Kite, I wanted, needed, to know more about it.
That was quite a while ago, and I when I found out that Media Blasters would likely never be releasing an uncut version of Kite, I knew my goal: get a codefree DVD player. I liked Kite so much, that was the driving force behind buying a $450 player.
The two Kite DVDs are the only Region 2 DVDs I currently own, but the packaging wasn't up to my expectations. While the covers of both DVDs are excellent and clearly show the region encoding, age rating, and audio encoding symbols that even someone who doesn't read Japanese could understand, on the inside of the case there is just nothing. No inside cover art, just the DVD. The DVDs themselves are pretty nice, with at least some art on them. After the credits on the first DVD, there's also what seems to be a trailer for the series.
The worst part about both of the DVDs are the menus. The menu consists solely of one screen, with a nice picture on the right and scene selections on the left. Nothing very intricate or especially dazzling.
But, the quality of the DVD itself makes up for everything else. The video is very crisp, I didn't see any problems with it at all. The audio also follows suit, and it sounded great on my system.
The running time of each DVD is 30 minutes, whereas the cut VHS by Animeworks is about 45 minutes. There cut scenes all contain sexual situations, namely the lead character Sawa having sex, and a couple scenes with another young woman the same age. None of the scenes are very offensive though, in my opinion, and during the sex scenes the only part you get to see is the women from the waist up. Below the waist action on both the men and women has a blurring mosaic effect. There really is no reason these couldn't be released in the US in an uncut, or less-cut version.. So everyone should be sure to sign the Kite petition. There is one scene especially, the first one cut, that is integral to the storyline.
As far as the story itself goes, it is extremely good and extremely interesting. Sawa, who has lost her parents, works as an assassin of sorts, killing the men that her boss, Akai-san, tells her to kill. These men are usually child molesters, just plain bad men, or anyone who Akai-san is paid to kill. She packs a mean gun that has an exploding bullet mode as well as a regular-fire mode. When Sawa meets a fellow assassin, Oburi, the two of them quickly become friends and help each other both on and off the job.
Overall, Kite is an excellent two-part OAV series that everyone should get to see, hopefully in its original uncut form. There is plenty of action, and a little bit of sex, that should easily capture anyone's attention.
Japanese Language,Storyboards,Additional BMP image gallery when used with a DVD-ROM
Sony STR-DE825 Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding Receiver, Zenith 27" Television, Pioneer DV-525 Codefree DVD player (connected via optical cable)