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El Hazard - The Magnificent World Boxed Set

Animation movie directed by Hiroki Hayashi

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Stunning...

  • Nov 25, 2001
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Pay no heed to the heathens who would dare to say this series is anything but the best. If you love anime, and you love beautifully done anime then this is definitely the series for you.

This series ranks right along with Tenchi Muyo as being a very creative, very well drawn and beautiful series. It is also hilarious! The jokes are great and timed perfectly. Although I must caution that the content of the series is definitely of a PG-13 to R rating, don't buy this for your kids if you aren't cool with that.

The basic plot of this series (if you have never seen it before I am trying to write this so not too much of anything is given away) is a group of ordinary people from Shinanomi High School in Japan get transported to a far and distant world called El Hazard. Upon arrival we find a young boy who gets thrust into the "hero" spot of the series, and his teacher, who is sort of a cross between comic relief, and a sidekick. Then there is his rival, and evil bastard of a high school student who happens to hate the "hero," so he teams up with the Bugrum, a group of large humanoid bugs that can talk. And we find a few more people get sucked into the world as well, as an added bonus they all get super powers upon entering the world. The teacher becomes super fast and strong, and the evil bastard gets the power to communicate with the Bugrum and so on.

The world is in the middle of a power struggle between the Bugrum, and the alliance of nations against them. We also learn that these nations have had wars with each other and everyone else frequently in the past, and have developed some pretty nasty weapons, including a demon or two.

Over all this is a great series, and one most any anime fan will love to own, enjoy!

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The seven-episode OAVEl Hazard: The Magnificent Worldbegan the popular comedy-adventure that encompasses the 13-part broadcast seriesEl Hazard: The Alternative Worldand the four-episode OAVEl Hazard 2: The Magnificent World. Director Hiroki Hayashi is the co-creator ofTenchi Muyo, and both series focus on strong, outrageous female characters who fight for the affections of a dense but well-intentioned hero; in this case, Nanami and Shayla-Shayla over Makoto. Makoto lacks Tenchi's charm and secret powers, but the hard-drinking teacher Mr. Fujisawa balances the flakiness of Tenchi's father with genuine strengths. In the ruins beneath Shinanome High School, Makoto encounters Ifurita, an ancient, mysterious entity who transports him to the parallel world of El Hazard. She also takes the scheming Jinnai, Jinnai's irrepressible sister Nanami, and Mr. Fujisawa. The Earthlings find themselves in an elaborate sword-and-sorcery tale involving the Eye of God, a super-weapon created by an earlier civilization. Balanced against this threat are comic interludes that include Makoto posing in drag as the Princess Fatora and Jinnai making himself ruler of the insectlike Bugrom. The plot has an odd, circular structure in which the climax sets up the action in the first episode.El Hazard 2picks up the action, but much of the story feels like a rerun: the characters deal with similar problems, and the threat comes from another terrible weapon, "the Trigger of Destruction." The many fans ofEl ...
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Director: Hiroki Hayashi
Genre: Animation
Screen Writer: Ryoei Tsukimura
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
Runtime: 245 minutes
Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
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