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Iria

Aya Hisakawa , Katsue Miwa , Naohito Takahashi , Naoyoshi Kusaka    DVD
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Explosive, hi-tech, edge-of-your-seat action as Iria, a young bounty hunter, stalks Zeiram, a dangerous alien monster, in the shadow of a corporate cover-up. Iria accompanies her brother and his boss on a mission to rescue a VIP and a mysterious cargo. Things turn deadly when it is discovered that the cargo is Zeiram. A mysterious corporation attempted to import the monster for use as a new bio-weapon--and now it's loose. Only Iria, and her streetwise sidekick Kei, can halt the monster's rampage. She has a dangerous plan to discover Zeiram's Achilles' Heel--but will she be able to escape the corporation's trap? Enjoy all six episodes of the sci-fi thriller on one dual-layer disc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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At some time in the future a young woman named Iria and her brother Glen, both bounty hunters, join in an contract to rescue the passengers from the crash of a space transport. This mission takes a turn for the worse when the rescue team find themselves face to face with an indestructible killer - Zeiram. The result is disastrous; one team member killed, and Iria is forced to leave her brother behind to fight the monster. For the rest of the episodes Iria dedicates herself to solving the mystery of the Zeiram and saving her brother.
Several things set this 1995 OVA series apart from female (or male, for that matter) heroic anime. While the primary plot isn't entirely original the characters are notable and are allowed to develop well-crafted personalities. Iria is young, intelligent, and fiercely capable - a completely independent woman. Fujikuro is more than a little crooked, but, despite his antics, loyal to Iria. Bob - a bounty hunter turned into a computer ghost. And Kei, who is a younger reflection of Iria. All of these characters and others leave lasting impressions as the result of the find scripting and conceptual work of Keita Amemiya.
The artwork remains outstanding even by today's standards. The series is based on an original live action film, but animation can go where file can only follow at great cost. Character design (Masakazu Katsura) and set design (Amemiya, et. al.) combine to provide a fresh looking universe that combines traditional Japanese and Chinese elements with fantasy visions that rival Yoshitaka Amano, peopled with contraptions that Da Vinci would have envied.
The set includes an additional DVD with graphics and interviews with Amemiya, Katsura and several of the voice actors. If you are lucky enough to find the limited edition you will also get a metal container for the set. This is another of those 'must see' that both stretch the boundaries of anime and provide great entertainment as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite anime of all time! Oct. 8 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This anime title is the best of it's kind. It has a nicely developed plot, a incredible monster, spellbinding animation, and the greatest anime heroine ever: Iria! She is a strong female character yet she isn't mean spirited. There is a shortage of strong female characters who don't have a mean streak. Iria is on the top of the heap. She is also extremely HOT man! The only other anime to rival my love for this movie is Sol Bianca, which has the same exact amount of charm. Buy Iria immediately if you love anime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IRIA ROCKS! Dec 4 1999
By Reala
Format:VHS Tape
This is, without a doubt, THE BEST anime of all time! Iria is a young bounty hunter, apprenticed to her big brother, Gren. A dangerous mission lands Iria and Gren face-to-face with the most dangerous (and most awesome ^_~) alien in the universe--Zeiram! Gren is captured and assimilated into Zeiram, and now it's up to Iria to destroy the creature. However, if she does that, she'll end up killing her brother too! This movie is definitely worth buying! I first saw it a couple years ago, and I just can't stop watching it. Besides that, Gren's a cutie! (Hey, Iria! Got any other brothers? Preferably single ones. ^_~)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iria: Zeiram the animation Dec 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed this movie. I originally saw it on the sci-fi channel and loved it. Since then I've been dying to acutally own it. The story is fast paced and futuristic. An evil alien known as Zeiram has started attacking different planets and an intergalatic hunter known as Iria and her brother named Gren are dispatched to eliminate him. On the next last 3 episodes it is the conclusion of what happened. Overall it has great animation, a great storyline, and characters that you learn to love. If you love animes like Akira, Armitage III, or ghost in the shell i recommend you check out this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... wow. May 1 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of my all-time favourite Japanese Animes. Iria: Zeirem keeps you hanging on by your fingernails as the story and the wickedly beautiful animation unfolds. The introduction will suck you in and never let go until the very end. The characterization is very nice, from Grenn's little bead flicking habit to the similarities between Kay and Iria. The voice acting is wonderful, and just writing this reveiw I want to go rewatch it. In a nutshell... wow. Very nicely done. I think I'll go make some popcorn now...
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Format:VHS Tape
The story is complex enough to keep you watching instead of just another "guys with guns shooting each other" movie. The characters switch from bad guy to good guy constantly so it will keep you guessing until the end. Also, the voice overs suitted the characters in almost all instances, which is great since I hate subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Cool Bounty Hunter! March 9 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Iria is a young, brother worshipping little sister, training to be a bounty hunter like her older brother. This movie is loaded with action, adventure, and epic battles... basically, en all it has a lil something for everyone. If you like anime, this one is worth viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best anime Ive ever seen May 23 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Iria has the best animation/plot/storyline I've ever seen anywhere. The plot folds out beautifully. The action sceens are top notch also. If you like anime at all this is a must have. If you don't this will make you like anime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
perfect 10.
aliens, monsters, weapons, a young bounty hunter girl, and the song is cool.
Published on June 25 2004 by ronald
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies...
This is one of my favorite anime movies ever! The plot took some interesting twists and I love the charcters. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
Published on Dec 18 1999 by Kristin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anime's of all time
I've only seen episodes 1 and 2, but im already addicted. It isdefinatly one to buy!
Published on Nov. 15 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best animea movie I've seen.
This is one of the best animea's I've seen yet. It keeps you glued to you r seat throught the whole thing. Read more
Published on July 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just an amazing anime!
This video really blew me away..... It's just has a great story, good voice acting, and well, it's just cool. U should buy it!
Published on July 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Darn Anime There IS!!!!
this movie has an interesting plot and is a great example of anime at its finest!
Published on June 2 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautifully crafted anime of all time!
Iria:Zeiram the animation starts out with action and keeps you drilled to your seat throught the entire series. This one is a must own! Read more
Published on May 31 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better then the 1st episode
Iria is the best show I have ever seen. Again the story and action are the best in its genre, hell Iria is the best movie ever.
Published on May 23 1999
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