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- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Pony Canyon
- MSRP: ¥5800
- Running time: 58
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Kurogane Communication
Kurogane Communication Vol. #1
Kurogane Communication Vol. #1
What They SayThe Review!
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I am very happy to provide the Region 2 review of KUROGANE COMMUNICATION, vol. 1! I don't think many people know about this title. I first caught a glimpse of this show back in Japan, if memory serves correctly, on Japan's WOWOW satellite channel. This show ran on the ANIME COMPLEX animation lineup. It consists of 24 episodes. The last episode ran on the month of March 1999. One unique characteristic of this release is the fact that each episode is about 14.5 minutes long!
KUROGANE COMMUNICATION is now being released in Japan. Each DVD contains four episodes. This makes each volume to be about 58 minutes long. The sound is DOLBY DIGITAL Stereo. The video quality of very good. The animation quality is way above average of most TV animation. This show is in Japanese language only.
The menu provides basic access to each chapter. For each chapter you can access the "Avant" title, the opening, the "sub" title, the ending, and the preview for the next episode. The DVD comes in a jewel case with an insert. The inserts contains information about how the menu is organized. For volume 1 the insert contains also a chapter list, pages of drawings of the main characters, an "image board" of backgrounds, and a very short "manga" in the end.
This is a story about a young girl named Haruka who is, apparently, the one and only survivor of a war that occurred 30 years before the story starts. The time is the future, of course. Before the war, humans had been manufacturing robots that would perform different chores. Haruka lives with five of these robots who have taken up the responsibility of looking after her and of finding other human survivors. The names of the robots are:
Spike - He is Haruka's main companion. He is the youngest looking robot and Haruka's contemporary.
Cleric - An academic type robot. He is referred to as Cleric-sensei. He is a floating encyclopedia, among other things.
Reeves - Probably a service robot. He can cook and is built like body-builder. He wears earrings and says "atashi" when talking about himself (???).
Toriga - Comic relief. He is small, round, white, and flies around a lot. He has a short temper and he is also armed. This makes for fun times.
Angela - Withdrawn, hates humans, wears black, has a sword, and she knows how to use it. She is scary. I like her.
The four episodes in volume 1 are "Young girl Haruka", "Lost Memories", "Oasis", and "Machines". I was attracted to this title by its "last survivor of the human race living in a wasted city" premise. Did I mention that she lives in a wasted city that is probably Tokyo? Did I mention that Haruka is always getting herself in trouble? Did I mention that Angela is cool? Did I mention the "Mashin"? They are these other robots who seem to be everywhere and are the enemies of Haruka's robots. They are big, mean, ugly, and deadly. I highly recommend this series. I found it to be fun and a welcomed departure.