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D.N.Angel (DNAngel): The Complete Collection
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Being a young teen is hard enough for most boys but Daisuke's is a particularly hard destiny and he doesn't even know it yet. Every male of the Niwa family possessess a peculiar gene that matures on their fourteenth birthday and is activated when he's in love. Now any time Daisuke becomes enflamed with Risa the object of his desires he transforms into the legendary thief Phantom Dark. The only way to return to normal is to win the affection of his true love but she only has eyes for Dark. And she's not the only one: Daisuke's eccentric mom the entire police force and the boy genius Satoshi who harbors an even darker secret than Daisuke all have their reasons to capture Dark. Now Daisuke has to keep his secret in the dark as he steals magical items for his family and attempts to steal the heart of his true love.System Requirements:Running Time 650 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: ANIMATION/ADULT SWIM Rating: TV-PG UPC: 702727132223 Manufacturer No: DDNA/BX2
The broadcast series DNAngel plays like a junior version of X crossed with Saint Tail. Daisuke Niwa is polite, well-intentioned, and talented, but he's also physically clumsy and socially maladroit. He can't bring himself to confess his love to his pretty classmate, Risa Harada. On his 14th birthday, his weird mother and grandfather tell Daisuke that a family genetic quirk will now manifest itself, and he will transform into the supernatural thief, Dark Mousy. His grandfather's rabbit-like pet With turns into the dark, feathered wings that are de rigueur for this type of anime character. Despite the unfortunate name, Dark Mousy is what Daisuke would like to be: a tall, dashing bishonen (beautiful boy). Risa falls for Dark like a bento box of rocks, but as Dark, Daisuke accidentally kisses her twin sister, Riku, creating an adolescent romantic triangle.
Having created a situation and several characters, the filmmakers don't seem to know what to do them. Many of Daisuke's adventures as Dark have little or nothing to do with his career as a supernatural thief, and the tone of the episodes shifts erratically from mawkish to silly to melodramatic. Although Daisuke supposedly transforms into Dark, the alter ego sometimes appears as an independent entity. Hard-core bishonen fans may enjoy Dark's sultry charms, but most viewers will grow impatient with the unfocused stories and poorly defined characters in DNAngel. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 10 and older: mild violence) --Charles Solomon
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DNAngel is one of the best animes, the story, songs, music, art and design are so great, I totally love this anime:)
My favorite songs of it are True light and Caged bird, so touching, so beautiful.
DNAngel, I would rate it million stars if there could have!!:)
P.S. The complete collection does NOT have the extras on the Discs, if you like the songs and features, you might have to purchase the individual DVDs.
The Anime itself doesn't need any explanation the Manga was 1 of the best sellers ever!
So go ahead & enjoy
D. N. Angle is a good series, no doubt but I'm having trouble reviewing this one objectively for a few reasons. One is I just can't help but compare the manga version to the anime version. Two is the differences annoy and infuriate me.
Well lets start off the review with the englich voice acting which is good not great, I've heard better but it's descent. Two is animation, which is kind of odd, it his smooth but not fluid. This is probably because of the way it was directed with the camera constantly changing direction and refocusing of things, zooming in and out. Character designs are okay most are shallow but still somewhat likable. The music with all honesty was pretty good, not the best I've heard but still pretty good. The plot has quite a few twists that will keep you guessing. The ending felt rushed and lacking leaving you thinking wait that's it?
Now as you have probably noticed I personally did not really like this show. Mostly because of the huge difference in the anime and manga. This is a review for everyone that's read the manga like me and are thinking about buying this one. First the focus' are completely different. The anime mainly focus' on Daisake being the phantom thief and pretty much breezes over everything else, mean most of the first half of the series is just him doing jobs. The relationships which are the focus of the manga don't really start until about half way threw and then at a snails pace. In the manga Risa is betrayed as a brave and devoted girl that though selfish does care about Riku, other then that a normal girl. In the anime Risa is betrayed as more of a selfish, flake leaving you wondering what Daisake saw in her. Also in the manga Satoshi and Daisake are rather close even stated that Satoshi feelings of friendship towards Daisake are what causes him to transform. Another huge difference is that in the manga Daisake's feelings for Risa are kinda glossed over where as his relationship with Riku though romantic is like a wine that gets richer with time. In fact the last manga to come out had him wanting to save Risa from her situation not so much for his own feelings for her but because of the suffering it caused Riku. In the anime it's the reverse Daisake spends most of his time crushing on Risa and ignoring Riku all together. Another difference is that in the manga Dark is a far more tragic character, being able to love but never truly being able to be loved in return and eventually losing his love to his best friend, the one he's possessing then disappearing never to see them again. Also Dark's and Daisake's relationhip is far different in the two versions. In the manga Daisake and Dark are rather good friends with most of the comedy stemming from the two jeering each other or trying to keep their secret when they keep transforming at awkward times. The two act more like brothers then anything. Another jarring difference in the versions is in the manga Daisake's klutziness is an act which Riku notices, he actually is quite agile and graceful as well as sensitive where as in the anime he's a complete klutz/bonehead. Also Daisake's dad is the resident art/legend know it all and shows up a lot more and generally is more of the help.
Any way when everything's said and done I suggest you rent this one. If you can go get the manga it's much better, is unending at this point.
Also try watching:
Naruto (Incredible, my most favorite)
Full Metal Panic
The series is really interesting overall, but the first 10 to 12 episodes seemed to me like the film makers had little clue as to how they wanted the series to proceed; there's almost no coherence between the episodes. Even Dark, who's one of the central characters, doesn't get much of the spotlight (or doesn't appear at all for a couple of episodes).
Fortunately, at some point, the series starts to flow smoothly & have coherence; also, it starts to follow a main plot(it's also the point when I started to love the series). The ending is very good! For the last episodes I was really hooked.
Overall, the series is entertaining, but a bit childish (a bit different from the manga perspective). If you're expecting it to be a bit dark like the manga, don't buy it. Before buying the anime, I suggest to try to rent it or borrow it to see if it really is of your liking.