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Dragon Half (Essential Anime Collection) [Import]
These two short episodes rank among the silliest anime series of all time. Years ago, a king sent his greatest knight, Ruth the Great Red Lightning Bolt, to slay a dragon; but instead of killing her, the warrior married her. Mink is the result of that union: a scantily clad redhead with horns, wings, and a short tail. (Although she commands an array of super powers, Mink didn't inherit brains from either parent.) In "Mink's Voyage" the lecherous king sends his top warriors to slay Ruth so he can marry the curvaceous dragon himself, but Mink clobbers all of them. She enters a no-holds-barred contest, hoping to win the plane fare to pop star Dick Saucer's next concert in "The Brutal, Killer Martial Arts Tournament." Mink triumphs, defeating a demon who "doesn't care about story continuity." Rated 15 Up: Violence, profanity, nudity. --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot is simple. Mink is a half human, half dragon teenage girl who has a crush on a handsome singer who unbeknownst to her moonlights as a Dragon Slayer. And being a typical rebellious teenager who just happens to have a fiery breath and wings, but also is about as dense as a brick; sets out to meet the man of her dreams. It's basically 50 minutes of absolute mayhem and craziness. If you've ever seen a couple episodes of Ranma 1/2 or Fairy Tale, you'll know what I mean. I put it right up there with the Dominion Tank Police or Elf Princess Rane OVA's for outright zaniness.
It's short with only two episodes, 50 minutes total; but I do highly recommend it if you just want some laughs. It won't let you down. And despite Amazon's listing, it does come with both the original ADV English dub and the original Japanese sub so you can watch it either way.
As a comedy, I rate it about 4 out of 5 stars.
The plot, which is really secondary to the comedy, involves Mink (the dragon half) wanting to see her hero, Pop Singer, Dick Saucer (who is also a dragon slayer) in concert. His profession does not seem to bother the naive, and totally infatuated Mink. In her way are a vengeful King (think Emperor Pilaf of Dragonball), his evil toady-like servant, his jealous sorceress daughter, Damaramu, (an incredibly inept hero type) and lastly Dick Saucer. Mink manages to defeat them all, due to her total honesty, her genuine concern for others, and some really kick-butt strength, due to her half dragon heritage.
Mink, the half-girl, half dragon, besides being cute, is a very likable, engaging character. She becomes a surprisingly well developed character in this short, but eventful series. Even the songs, (which involve Mink) are cute and funny in this series. I only wish they'd done at least a "half" season of Dragon Half. I would gladly follow the exploits of Mink, for at least that long. Check out the look between Mink, and Damaramu's bird, at the end of their first confrontation, it's just priceless.
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Ah, if only all anime could be this funny.. but again, that's "so far"; I haven't seen a whole lot of anime. Read morePublished on May 29 2003 by Russell A Shiley
Dragon Half is more fun than Slayers. Dragon Half is about an evil King's desire to marry a red dragon by holding the red dragon's daughter hostage. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003 by turbotiger2002