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Witch Hunter Robin, Vol.2: Belief [Platinum Edition] [Import]

4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Akeno Watanabe, Steve Blum, Paul St. Peter, Karen Strassman, Takuma Takewaka
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Bandai
  • Release Date: Dec 2 2003
  • Run Time: 641 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000D9BEB
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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 STNJ’s targets will be someone very close to them...

- Interactive Animated Menus
- English/Japanese Language
- English Subtitles Option
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound
- STNJ Equipment Files
- Liner Notes
- Reversible Cover
- Trailers

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Format: DVD
With the first volume of the series we got introduced to the main setting, characters and the atmosphere of the series as well as a couple of decent little action sequences. With that one bringing five episodes in one session, it's quick to move past the big setup phase and let the second volume tell some tales.
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.
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Format: DVD
In this DVD there are five more episodes of the Witch Hunter Robin series and the first two are not really as strong as the other three. I think that a lot more could of been done with the plot in 'Raindrops', because that is the kind of story that SHOULD of scared the living daylights out of me. I hate dummies and puppets and toys that move on their own, yet this episode didn't even make me twitch. And 'Simple Minds' was kind of lame. Yet the last three episodes PLUS the overall artwork, great music and perfect voice work saved it all. We get hints, in the last few episodes on the DVD, of something greater happening in the background.
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.
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By _ on Feb. 3 2004
Format: DVD
This is one great anime. It has action, some (in my opinion) Sci-Fi related things. Now, on with details.
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.
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Format: DVD
The art and animation are top notch. There are a few annoying re-uses of animation (a la He-Man rolling around on the ground 500 times an episode) but they are done at the conference table, are attractive, and are forgiveable. Besides that everything is beautiful, smooth, and of the callibur you'd expect in a movie, not syndicated television show.
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.
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