Witch Hunter Robin, Vol.2: Belief [Platinum Edition] [Import]
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Being a Witch Hunter is anything but normal. Robin has begun settling into her new life at the STNJ, practicing with her supernatural powers and making some extraordinary progress. The arrival of her beloved Vespa has given Robin independence and freedom as the hunt for witches continue. There is no one type of witch - Robin and the STNJ will face them all: witches who kill out of vengeance and a witch who takes a life so that another may be spared. And this time around, one of the STNJs targets will be someone very close to them...
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Interactive Animated Menus
- English/Japanese Language
- English Subtitles Option
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound
- STNJ Equipment Files
- Liner Notes
- Reversible Cover
Top Customer Reviews
The episodic nature of Robin, at least so far, comes through strong with this volume which also has five episodes. Each one tells a story relating to the STN-J group going after different witches or probable witches and dealing with the situation. There's some light character growth when it comes to the leads, such as Robin and Amon, but overall more time is given to telling occult style mystery tales. That's not to say there isn't some personal aspect to the tales though, as a couple of them play nicely to the cast.
One episode deals nicely with some of the problems of tracking down the witches and just how subtle they can be within society. After getting a ride out of the rain, Robin learns that the driver died just a short time later in a car accident. Though she didn't really know the women, she felt some kind of worth in finding out what really happened. Amon, seeing that Robin is taking an active interest in the investigative side of their job even though there's no apparent witch connection, lets her go forward with it even though it pushes the boundaries of abuse of power.
Her investigation leads her and Amon to one of her employees home, one she visited just before the accident. The woman there is quite odd, almost unconcerned about learning about her bosses death and about things in general. All she seems to care for is the numerous dolls that are around her house.Read more ›
Oh, and in episode eight the Witch-Healer's English voice is that of Steven Jay Blum (Spike from Cowboy Bebop and Roger Smith from The Big II)which increased my enjoyment of watching that episode. Of course, Wendee Lee and Crispin Freeman do a smashing job with their character's voices.
Few extras, just some files and notes, but the second Witch Hunter Robin DVD had five episodes (like the first one) and that more than makes up for the lack. I would suggest getting it used.
Dub-This is the part that most people hate about anime. They all have bad dubs. This one, suprisingly, was good. It was off in some parts, put it was a pretty good dub. The dub in some scenes even matched the sub word for word!
Animation-I'm not really a big fan of modern animation. I prefer the old style animation, namely Rurouni Kenshin's animation(it's lighter and the people don't (in my opinion) look like wax figures). But, I came to like the animation on this particular one though. It is dark and like I said, the people to me look like wax figures, but in this one, they look great.
Music-The music is GREAT. I love the opening theme song and the action in it(I downloaded it and I can't get the part that goes "Kawaita jikan no" out of my head). I don't care much for the ending song, but it's still pretty good.
Overall Rating-4 out of 5. I gave it a four because of the dub. You'll have to excuse my picky personality if you disagree.
I am a little preplexed by the earlier volume's score. The music is very well done and atmospheric and looking at the OST's, it appears there were a lot of tracks written. However...and this is a big however...the first two volumes of Robin only seem to be using a few of these tracks...over...and over...and over again. It's a shame. The lack of variety is killing the mood because it's almost comical how many times you'll here the same musical piece in just one episode alone. Sometimes to the point that they are literally back-to-back.
All this, again, is forgivable. So why the lower rating? The story and characters seem so flat and watered down that this show almost becomes unwatchable at times. The plot meanders on with little insight as to why people are doing what...and the characters seem carbon molds of dull lifeless puppets. There is no wit, no suspense, no tension, just....blah. This is part in due to the *horrible* dialogue. It's not a translation problem. The translation is pretty good. It's just *really* bad dialogue. You've seen it before: "Robin? Huh? Ohhhhhhh. Huh? Ohhhhhh? Ok." with nice loooooooong pauses in between people speaking.
Having said all this...it is quite possible that the series will pick up from its snail pace...and that the characters actually develop into non-puppet form...but at full DVD price a pop...and a couple more volumes to go...I would recommend waiting until the series ends to invest in buying it.
Most recent customer reviews
Now i like witch hunter actualy but its just too typical you know? For example it is very repeteive each episode seems to begin with someone dying and witch apears than hunters... Read morePublished on March 5 2004
This is the second volume of the Japanese Cult Hit Witch Hunter Robin based on the story of a 15 year old girl named Robin who originally was born Japan and then raised in... Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Stephen E. Sauls
This is the second DVD in a series that is proving to be much better than my initial expectations. 'Hunter' drama story lines tend to be violent and hyper heroic, and thus far,... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Marc Ruby™
Okay, I'll admit that, at times, this anime can get a bit redundant, and that some of the themes (creepy kids who kill, for instance), are repeated too often. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Janine Koenig