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s-CRY-ed V.1: The Lost Ground (Platinum Edition)

Steve Blum , Melissa Fahn , Goro Taniguchi    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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The aftermath of a mysterious environmental catastrophe has left the land in complete desolation! While mankind has been able to rebuild the city, the catastrophe has caused some humans to undergo genetic mutations granting them special powers and abilities. These genetically enhanced humans are known as Alters. Kazuma has spent his entire life in the wastelands relying on his special powers to survive, but when a secret organization called ‘Holy’ threatens to take away his freedom, he will be left with a choice to join or die. His fight to seek the truth behind the ‘Holy’ will rage and consume humanity and Alter alike!

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Twenty-two years earlier, the Kanagawa region of Japan was devastated by a major earthquake; the most seriously damaged area was the "Lost Ground." A small percentage of the inhabitants are Alter Users, people with the psychic ability to manipulate matter and create alternate mecha forms of themselves. Hot-tempered, red-haired Kazuma is a powerful Alter who defies authority. His attitude brings him into conflict with HOLY, the special police force recruited from the Alters. Kazuma, whose Alter is robotic fist, defies Ryuho, a martinet whose mecha fights with ribbonlike tentacles. Their duel is complicated by the arrival of Mimori, a brilliant physician who believes in compassion and equality. Although most of the characters are interesting, a few too many appear in the first episodes. Well-paced and well directed, s-CRY-ed ranks among the more original anime series of recent years. (Rated 13 and older: violence, mild profanity) --Charles Solomon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Go buy this! Nov. 8 2003
Format:DVD
This series ranks among my top four best along with Kenshin, Naruto, and Hajime no Ippo. This series has awesome fight scenes and also it has a series. Don't listen to anyone who tries to compare it with DBZ, because...well there is no comparison! It's an injustice even trying to categorize them as the same type of anime. The fight scenes don't drag and the story doesn't ever come to a dead stop for ten episodes (like in DBZ). Everything flows at a great pace. Overall, this is one of the best series I have seen. I highly recommend it.
Now, about the DVD. I have no complaints about the box and the cards and pendants are great. The only real problem I have is that the poster is folded so many times...but it doesn't matter too much. I know there are import DVD sets with all 26 episodes mashed into 3 discs. Don't get those for any reason other than to watch the series before you collect it. The image quality is much worse than these releases.
Well that's all I have to say. NOW GO BUY IT! ^___^
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome kick-ass anime Sept. 27 2003
Format:DVD
This show is so freaking awesome!! There's just something about angsty bishounen beating the crap out of each other... ^_^ Nah, that's not all the show is about, really. Basically, the plot goes like this: There was a big seismic upheaval in Japan, thrusting part of the earth miles into the sky. On this "Lost Ground," certain children began to be born with abilities to alter matter as extensions of themselves or their imagination. These people became known as Alter users. Naturally, things began to get out of hand as many of the "Native Alters" used their powers for destruction and chaos. So a police force, called HOLD was formed to control them. Inside of HOLD, there's an elite group of Alter users called HOLY.
The main storyline revolves around a Native Alter named Kazuma, and a HOLY officer, Ryuhou. These two clash at every turn, yet still end up fighting on the same side... then turning right around and kicking each other's ass again. It's great.
Though there is some comic relief thrown in, Scryed has so much angst! I'm such a sucker for it. It made me cry in no less than three episodes: (Possible spoilers here, though I'll try to be vague.)
Ep 13: Kazuma just going insane with grief at the beginning... then being almost creepily calm later...
Ep 17: Kazuma/Ayase. Though there needed to be more set-up for their relationship. Hm... fic bunnies are nibbling....
Ep 23: "You're allowed to cry right now... It's all right to cry!" *sob* This was the worst of the three... and I can't say anything more!!
Let's just say the show has no qualms about killing major characters. Heh. But it's still an awesome fighting show... though it's much more than just that. (DBZ is a fighting show. This one has more... drama. Plot. Whatever.
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Not since the "Rurouni Kenshin" Kyoto Arc has a series created two arch-enemies so similar in nature, yet so violently opposed (Shishio Makoto and Kenshin's politically polarized characters). Think 26 episodes spanning the often-changing, always violent, and constantly emotional relationship between the two main characters of "S-Cry-Ed," the cold-demeanored Ryuho, and the fiercely reckless Kazuma.
The two are products of a mysterious phenomenon that devastated the landscape of the Kanagawa Prefecture 22 years ago, making it nearly uninhabitable, and earning it the designation "The Lost Ground." Those born in the Lost Ground are endowed with Alter Abilities that allow them to manipulate matter around them into their own particular defense mechanism. This can be anything from floating orbs, stand-alone giant robots, or even various takes on watermelons. Other Alters are endowed with not so visible abilities, such as mind-reading, reality manipulation or power absorption. In the end, "S-Cry-Ed" comes down to Ryuho's stand-alone robot Zetsuei, and Kazuma's bullet fist, an armor shell that crusts over his arm. Both will evolve to higher levels as the series progresses.
Everything about this series screams bipolar. The Lost Ground is divided into two regions: a walled city where life is normal, and order is maintained by the main police force HOLD and its special division HOLY, a group of Alters meant to control reckless Alters from the outside. Outside the wall is a veritable ghetto, where crime is rampant and life is at a subsistence level--construction, farming and markets are the only means of business. This, in essence, also symbolizes the difference between Ryuho and Kazuma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A conflict of interests July 29 2003
Format:DVD
S-Cry-Ed
This is a great anime. I love the complexity of personal issues that plays out in this series.
Kazuma - the first of three main characters - is a street fighter. He doesn't like honest work but will do it when he has to. He prefers to take jobs from his friend Kimishima where his fighting ability (and his Alter) makes him money quick and (he hopes) easy. The first scene that you see him he's leaping from the wing of a flying airplane and taking out a entire (empty) building as well as a group of thugs who had kidnapped the new head of Hold. He has the careless reckless sense about him that a truly free spirit has. A type of no holds barred full throttle persona that accepts no compromise to his beliefs and ideals. Kazuma is seen a little later talking to a small boy who is working because his father is injured and as Kazuma walks away you notice that most of the money he had earned from the fight was secretly tucked away in the cart the little boy was pushing.
Kazuma lives in an old clinic with a small girl that may or may not be his little sister. The girl, Kanami, is about the cutest little thing. She's a child acting as mature as she can - working on the farm to help put food on their table and generally scolding Kazuma when he sneaks away from the farm to take on afore mentioned odd jobs. She also has dreams where she sees herself as Kazuma even though she doesn't know its Kazuma she sees.
I love the dream aspect but I don't know what it really means between the two of them.
The next main character and main protagonist against Kazuma is Ryuho. Once a carefree child of a prestigious family his life is changed one day when a mysterious Alter appears and kills his mother (and his dog).
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