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Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo: The Complete Series - Vol. 1

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5.0 out of 5 stars Strange yet hilarious Jan. 9 2014
By HK
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This is the weirdest, most random thing I've ever watched, but it is so funny! All of us (boys and girls, men and women) were in stitches and have now become Bo-bobo fans.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars packaging lies April 11 2012
By C. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, I love this show. It is a great gag comedy with shonen anime fun, and I'm glad its finally getting a more thorough release than in the past. The transfer is good, audio clear, and a pretty solid dub track (I've heard better, but I've heard many not up to this quality).
My big problem, however, is the lack of an English subtitle track. The package says its there, and the publisher has come forward admiting the mistake. Did they admit an accidental omission of the track? No. They admitted the error of stating it on the package. A dub-only release isn't unheard of (it was the only way to get Rave Master), and the show wasn't edited (at least not anything I've noticed), but the inclusion of a Japanese audio track WITHOUT an English subtitle track seems like a slap in the face, especially when the original press release for the series stated it would be a sub/dub release.

Quoting from Anime News Network:
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While both Japanese and English language audio tracks are available on the release, Amy Schorr, President of S'more Entertainment stated: "The episodes were never available in a sub-titled format and neither TOEI [nor] S'more could justify the cost of creating new versions of the series. DVD sales have plummeted to the point where most companies wouldn't be willing to commit the money needed for packaging [and] authoring, but we felt the series was important enough to justify any risk."

Many companies are "willing to commit the money" to put out physical DVDs, and some successfuly with mostly subtitle-only versions (Section 23, for example). I would think a new company (this is the first anime release from S'more Ent.) would try harder to please the fans. I'm not asking for a huge, killer special edition, I just want what is promised to me.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bo-bobo in his complete, uncut glory....with a catch. April 12 2012
By Kyle McAuliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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Since so much has been said about this unusual, surreal, nonsensical series already, I'll skip right to the details of the set.

Bo-bobo has had a troubled home-video history. It was picked-up by an up-and-coming company spun-off from ADV employees who flew the coop called Illumitoon. They promised the series without the cuts it received on television and the original Japanese language track. Instead of offering a box-set of some sort, they went with singles. Volume one arrived and something was glaringly off; the subtitles were closed-caption dub-titles that followed the dub and its varying detours from the original. The dub-title track wasn't horrible per-se, but the closed-captions just didn't work. The company admitted to their mistake and began replacing discs for free that corrected this issue. Soon enough, volume two came around. Then everything went silent and it stayed that way; until now.

Illumitoon closed-up shop after putting-out a very small set of discs for two-to-three different series. Fast-forward to January 2011 and a surprise annoucement is made; Bo-bobo had been licensed rescued! S'more Entertainment pulled the series from its slumber and promised fans a complete series release in two box-sets. This was it! The series was finally getting the release it deserved; in full.

The release of set number one has come and gone earlier this week with not just joy, but confusion. Reports started coming in that the English subtitles were downright missing from the set. S'more Entertainment announced subtitles, advertised it on their online store, and slapped it on the package. Illumitoon's old release started with an issue, and this seemed to have been no different. A coincidence? Not so.

It appears mentioning of subtitles was an error on the company's part. That's right; they weren't including subtitles to accompany the Japanese language track. Instead, disc four comes with a set of translated scripts for all thirty-eight episodes in the box. S'more was not offered subtitles to go along with the set, and admitted to leaving them out because of cost reasons. My problem with this is that they passed-off the wrong information for nearly four months straight. If it wasn't going to be subtitled and you incorrectly stated it as such, fix your mistake!

That said, everything else about the box is beautiful. 38 episodes come spread on four discs with crisp artwork inside two regular-style DVD cases housed within a lightly matte-finished slipbox. Picture is crisp and bright, with minor artifacting affecting mostly on-screen text and scenes with heavy movement. The sound is clear as day and quite LOUD. (This is a plus!)

Finally, the original Japanese audio is included along with the English dub. As far as the latter goes, it's really good. I watched the whole thing when it aired on television, and found it well-cast. The translation took liberties here and there with obscure cultural stuff, but not like usual; it picked at it. And believe it or not, the joking was in the vein of the series and felt far from out of place. With this set, viewers who want to see it in the original language can do so know. But as I said before, no subtitles.

+Pros+

-Uncut!
-38 episodes
-English track
-Japanese track
-Good picture
-Good sound
-Beautiful package

+Cons+

-No subtitles
-English scripts come as .pdf extras

I'm really torn about this set. It's decked-out with the series in the way it should be, but the missing subtitles makes it hard to recommend. My issue lies more with how the licensor handled their issues and continues to do so. Had I known before hand, I would have had time to think about watching the series raw or printing-out the enclosed scripts to follow-along with. For those who don't care, you have no reason to skip this at such a great price. For those who do, think about it first long and hard.

Either way, the series has finally come close to getting the release it deserves. It has on literally every single front, but the falsely-advertised issue can make or break it in the eye of the beholder.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally it's here Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo March 15 2012
By Juice - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow !!! Finally it's here Bobobo-Bo-Bo-Bobo a true random anime that will make you laugh i guarantee it.
This series is so random, but fun to watch you will never be able to guess what will happen next its truly worth getting since your going to get around 35 Episodes of awesomeness i remember watching this on Cartoon Network and damn i love it every single little thing about it i know most people think this is just for little kids or maybe say that its "stupid" but they just don't have a open mind about this. I will get this for sure hopefully other people will also get it since its better than other Bad Anime out there that only involves with Huge Boobs and Sex related things its really sad that most of the anime of today has that on almost every character and don't even bother making the story interesting and unique like back in the day.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bo-Bobo is the craziest Anime ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! March 14 2012
By Tator - Published on Amazon.com
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It's about time. After 10 or more years someone finally put this crazy and totally awsome show on dvd with more than just 4 episodes. I am a huge fan of Bobobo-bo. The best Anime with comedy and makes fun of other Anime as well. If you like slap stick, nutty, and stuff that just doesn't make sence at all, then you will love this. A first hero that uses his nose hairs as whips and listens to his nose hairs for battle, is one great comedy. You have to see it to believe it. This Bobobo-bo fights a guy called Baldy Bald a man who goes and tries to cut everones hair as one of his evil plans is wierd enough. But theres more to it than that. Theres tons of crazy heroes that helps him fight all these crazy battles along the way, and even weirder ones that becomes his side kicks. Once again, you have to see it to believe it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the english dub! April 14 2012
By jelly jiggler - Published on Amazon.com
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I know a lot of anime fans like to watch the original japenese with english subs but trust me your missing out if you don't watch the english dub. This show is so crazy all the way through and the english voices are another reason why this anime is so great. From the stereotypes to the random phrases that will catch you by suprise and make you laugh more than anything its just makes sense to watch in english. I've been a fan of this show since it's days on Toonami and if you watch in japenese your gonna miss out on in my opinion the greatest english dub of an anime. The voice Actors really take this show up another notch and by the you'll miss out on the Bobobo rap and that is just pure genius. All in all I am just happy I own a high quality audio and video version of one of my favorite animes. Don't get discouraged by the other reviews if your new to the show for the price for 38 episodes you can't go wrong! I payed $25 for this set so that's less than a dollar an episode! Amazon really is cutting you a deal on this show.
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