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Rune Soldier: The Complete Collection

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Armed with Merrill's cunning, Genie's strength, and Melissa's prayers, this all-female band has no trouble raiding ancient ruins, unless a magic seals blocks the way. They set out to hire a magician, but all the magicians they meet prefer ereading to raiding-except Louie, a brash novice who seems to do better with his fists than his spells!


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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Day In the Life of..... March 8 2008
Format:DVD
Just picked up the box set for this show although I'd seen it a year or two ago already. It's already summarized pretty well so I'm not gonna go into the main plot because... there's really not much more to be said.

The show has a definite "day in the life of..." feel to it and delivers perfectly. There is no grand quest to save the world here (at least not until the last three or four episodes), just a group of adventurers trying to get by and even succeeding now and then. That's not to say the show is mindless. It has quite a few instances of real drama and pretty deep character development and it's really cool to watch Louie go from a bumbling magician to a truly great hero.

Another treat is an extraordinarily good dub track! Somebody on the Rune Soldier team discovered that dubs are better when the characters sound like real people and not squeaky, hyperactive hamster creatures! Stealing the show is Shelley Celene-Black with her portrayal of the priestess Melissa. She just has this frantic, panicked edge to her voice the whole time and several of her lines had me laughing hysterically.

So what else can I say? Definitely worth picking up if you want some good laughs and some good adventure. The only problem is ADV decided that the packaging didn't need to include any hints as to what episode is on what disc because their customers have magical divination powers... or access to Google.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Déception March 6 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Je n'ai pas été très impressionnée par cette série. Elle ressemble énormément à Slayers (mêmes dessinateurs?), à l'exception qu'elle est plus courte.
Il s'agit de 3 femmes aventurières (guerrière, prêtresse et voleuse) qui cherchent une magicienne pour les aider à découvrir des trésors dans des ruines. Malheureusement, ils tombent plutôt sur un magicien, qui par des circonstances hasardueuses, est accepté dans leur groupe.
Les personnages évoluent à peine. L'histoire est très faible, c.-à-d. que 4 à 5 épisodes/24 font avancer l'histoire. Les autres épisodes sont ce que j'appelle du "filling", quoiqu'ils nous permettent de mieux connaître les personnages, qui restent tout de même superficiels. Il y a beaucoup d'antagonisme dans le groupe, mais les personnages apprennent lentement à se respecter, c'est la seule évolution que j'aie remarqué.
C'est une série pour se divertir, car les traits particuliers des personnages sont leur marque de distinction. Avare un jour, avare toujours. Poing d'abord et réflexion ensuite? Vous voyez le portrait. Leurs défauts les mènent dans des situations cocasses font la force de la série. Toutefois, cela peut devenir ennuyant. Je pense par exemple à la phrase typique de Mélyssa: "It's sooooo against my will". C'est drôle au début, mais après 20 épisodes (et je n'exagère pas), c'est plus tannant qu'autre chose.
Si vous voulez une histoire de "donjon" avec un groupe classique, je vous suggère Lodoss War. J'espère que ma critique vous sera utile.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  48 reviews
81 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HUMBLE OPINION Feb. 13 2006
By Niko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ok, people this is my humble opinion about the specific anime. So you may ask why this guy gave the show 5 stars...

To begin with and to get out of the way the most obvious matter, I bought the shows when they came out separately and had to pay much-much more than the amount that people will have to pay for the complete collection.

To the story, it is mainly about three women - one a mercenary, one a priest and sort of white magician and one is a thief - and of course the main character Louie and his female friend. The previous mentioned women are adventurers but in order to succeed they need a powerful magician by their side. Well, imagine who this one will be, exactly no other than Louie. Well, the problem with this magician is that a) instead of studying magic he prefers to drink beer, b) instead of using magic he prefers his fists and kicks -especially when they encounter monsters for the first time I was laughing so much that I had started to cry, c) When he opens his mouth he is full of s..., what will make the viewer crack laughing with what comes out of his mouth...

However, as clumsy as he may appear at the beginning - the main reason why the three other women will "hate" him (during the first episodes, something that changes later on); but are forced to stick with him for the above mentioned reason - proofs itself to be as if the creator of the shows wanted to mislead us. Why am I saying this: Because there will be occasions (especially in the first episodes) when Louie says from time to time something so mature, and his magic from time-to-time proofs to be seriously strong, that the viewer will ask himself/herself, is there something more behind his, in many times, ridiculous and funny behaviour? The answer is yes, as it happened with Vash of Trigun... And as the story evolves Louie becomes better and better all the time, in many aspects and ends up to ... the world...

(And are not fouled because, the story is not only about adventures but it deals with other aspects that become more clear later on, the adventures are basically something like the starting point of the story...)

To conclude, the story is funny, in other worlds people will crack laughing with what is Louie able to do or not to do, very enjoyable, has action, romance, and the storyline is not so bad (of course, please do not compare it with the philosophical meanings of Evangelion but for its genre as it is...)

Is it worth buying it? Yes, I can honestly recommend this show... Enjoy it...
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to anyones anime collection Dec 29 2005
By Balktoroth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was walking around the anime section of a nearby electronics store and this box set caught my eye. I looked it over a bit, and noticed the character design as well as the storyline was created by 'Ryo Mizuno'. Ryo Mizuno is also the creator of Record of Lodoss War and Legend of Crystania, which are both great animes 'especially Record of Lodoss War'.

I, of course, already started to have high expectations for Rune Soldier. It is awesome, it's pretty funny, and less serious than it's counterparts. The characters all have unique attitudes of their own, and while the story progression can be a little pointless, *find runes to find treasure* the ending is actually surprising, and makes this Anime an extremely wise purchase. I would recommend Rune Soldier to any Otaku.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun series at a great price! July 9 2006
By Cedric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
At 24 episodes -- plus the box -- for just over $30, this is one of the best anime buys I've found. The series itself is joyfully mindless comedy, taking place in a Dungeons and Dragons-like world. It takes the harem formula and stand it on its head -- the three girls the main character joins would rather push him off a cliff. And the main character wants to prove himself -- except he's a tavern brawler trapped in a sorceror's profession. The series won't be recorded in the annals of otakudom as anything groundbreaking, but the series is certainly fun.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reprint only, Funny series anyway Sept. 11 2008
By Aahzmandius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A humorous dungeon crawl anime series.

According to info I've found on Anime News Network, this is not a continuation of the 2005 release from ADV, but a reprinting...so "Volume 2" is misleading.

Still, if you don't have Rune Soldier Louie already, this is a great anime series in a similar tone to Slayers
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Adventure is not a game!" Dec 9 2007
By iansomniak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When you feast your eyes on the gorgeously illustrated box that holds Rune Soldier's six slim cases (also gorgeously illustrated), you might assume that this series is an action-packed anime adventure masterpiece in the tradition of Record of Lodoss War. Unfortunately, Rune Soldier is light on action, and heavy on mean-spirited comedy. The target of most of the comedic cruelty is a brave but bumbling blue-haired magician named Louie. After the whiny purple-eyed priestess, Melissa, receives a revelation from Mylee (the god of battle), she dutifully but reluctantly accepts Louie as her "valiant champion"--even though she hates his guts--and the struggling Magic Guild student is allowed to join Melissa's heretofore all-girl adventuring party. The treasure-hunting team also includes the cold and combative warrior woman, Genie, and the greedy and irascible thief, Merrill--whose favorite pastime is bathing in giant jars of gold coins. While accompanying the ever-ungrateful vixens on their journeys, Louie must tolerate Melissa's incessant muttering and complaining and endure unending physical and verbal abuse from her nasty friends. The beautiful but belligerent battle babes relentlessly clobber the inept wand-wielder on the head, threaten him with knives and swords, and insult him with unkind epithets like "moron," "nutcase," and "stupid idiot." Sure, Louie's impetuous, and he can't tell a paralyzing magical item from an explosive one, but he's also courageous and good with his fists...plus he's got that cool blue hair, just like Max Sterling! I honestly don't understand why Louie puts up with these disagreeable dames and completely ignores his redheaded classmate, Ila--the only likable female character in the series, except maybe for that pointy-eared elf girl.

The best thing about the show is its bright and vibrant animation and clever character designs. The colors are bold and vivid and every character has a unique look. The opening song is great too, but I find the closing song kind of annoying. This series is not really one continuous story like many animes; each episode stands on its own, and some of them--like the "Darling Jar" episode--are very amusing. I wasn't too thrilled with the first disc, but the shows improve as the series progresses. The final disc is by far the best, as things get a bit more serious and dramatic. However, the ending is sort of a letdown because many plot points are left unresolved. Since this collection is so affordably priced, it's worth considering, but there are many other shows available that are way better than Rune Soldier.
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