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Feature 7.5
Video 8.5
Audio 7.0
Special Features 4.0
Audio 7.0
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 325
Classification:
 MA15+
Reviewer: Simon Black

7.0


Corpse Princess: Collection One, Episodes 1 - 13

Based on Yoshiichi Akahito’s stunningly drawn and rather addictive manga, Corpse Princess takes place in a Japan beset by Shikabane – the animated corpses of those who died harbouring a particularly strong regret or obsession.  Makina Hoshimura is a Shikabane Hime, or Corpse Princess, who in addition to seeking vengeance for her murdered family is tasked with killing 108 Shikabane before being allowed entrance into heaven.

 Add to this a mass-murdering vampire with a harem of undead cuties, a talking cat, profane monks and plenty of bloodshed and machine gun fire, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty great series on your hands.  With one proviso: Corpse Princess is, despite the violence and well-staged horror sequence, probably more suited to anime viewers in their later teens rather than an adult audience per se.  It’s an intelligent and frenetically paced series, to be sure, but the high school hijinks and intermittent snippets of Clannad-style exaggerated animation (bulging eyes, bright red faces, zany sound effects) will probably prove a slight turn-off to those looking for something more akin to other excellent Madman imports like Hell Girl

Still, with a premise like this, and with five years of top notch source material to draw from, pardon the pun, the animated version of Corpse Princess couldn’t help but be a winner.  It’s a great looking two-disc set, with a typically handsome slick and superb artwork courtesy of studios Feel and Gainax (incidentally the latest series from the latter is an irresistibly-titled comedy called Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) - all up, another killer import from Madman.  Pardon the pun. 

Audio & Video

No problems here.  The lush, vibrant backgrounds contrast nicely with the hand-drawn, old school character designs, and the anamorphically enhanced 16:9 transfer is pretty... oh so pretty.  An English DD 5.1 is available if you’re into that sort of thing – we prefer out anime in its native tongue, and though the Japanese soundtrack is a DD 2.0 (alas) it actually proves robust and rather impressive, at least as far as two-channel audio goes. 

Special Features

The usual textless openings and closings, a smattering of trailers, and an audio commentary on Episode 12.






 
 



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