Nabari Complete Collection
the world of Ninjas! This 26 episode takes place in the modern world but
beneath the shadows, a war has erupted between the various ninja clans.
Although this secret is kept heavily guarded, a high school student
called Miharu is about to be drawn into this world. For Miharu
also has the power to end this war but unfortunately for the world... he
just doesn't give a damn... welcome to Nabari.
As Miharu is
drawn into this hidden world of ancient ninjas, he is being tested from
almost every direction with someone either wanting him to join their
side or someone wanting to kill him for the power that he holds.
series progresses, the reluctant hero Miharu is forced to make a hard
choice and choose a side but unfortunately nothing is ever just black
and white and this choice has huge repercussions. The secret of Miharu
Shinrabansho which when unlocked will give the side that he has chosen a
powerful advantage in the war but unfortunately for Miharu, this power
can also be taken.
assassination attempts, warring clans, the highlight of Nabari are the
amazing action scenes that are not only quite bloody but beautifully
choreographed. Another highlight was seeing Miharu change as a character
from a rather unlikeable almost Emo type character to a caring
individual, especially for Yoite.
only issue with Nabari for me was trying to keep track of all these
characters, especially as some of the names sounded a little too
familiar. Initially this was an issue, however as the stories and
reoccurring characters progressed, it did become easier.
Nabari is one of those standout Anime titles which has this almost cell
shaded appearance to it with some great character designs and detailed
environments. The attention to detail is great as is the lighting that
helps enhance the scenes.
The use CG
does sometimes cause an element of disorientation as it looks a little
too high resolution compared to the animation itself. Audio is good with
a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack with the original Japanese track being
features, Nabari the Complete Collection comes with 2 commentaries (a
little too dry), textless songs and the usual handful of trailers. In
relation to the commentaries, they do give you a great insight into the
characters themselves, especially their motivations.
Complete Collection is a whopping 650 minutes of Ninja action and drama
that although contains some anime stereotypes such as moments of
inappropriate humour, it's quite easy to become entrenched in the story
and the characters, once you know who the key players are. All in all,
Nabari the Complete Collection successfully melds the world of old with
the modern world of Japan.