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Phantom: Requiem For The Phantom Parts 1 and 2 DVD Reviews

 

“Phantom: Requiem For The Phantom” isn’t worth your time.

The plot: A young teen boy wakes up to discover that he can’t remember anything. He doesn’t know who he is or where he is. All he seems to know is that someone is trying to kill him. Enter Ein, a young female assassin who tells the boy that he that he must become an assassin (named Zwei) or die. Seeing no other choice, the boy takes on the Zwei persona and becomes an assassin for a mysterious organization named Inferno. The rest of the series involves Zwein and Ein training and going on assassination missions against organizations that betray (or are a threat to Inferno) such as the mafia. Other key subplots include the character’s backstories, Inferno ruining Zwei and Ein’s lives, a Yakuza family known as Godoh, a young girl named Cal, a girl named Mio, and internal power struggles within the Inferno group. This anime series contains a total of 26 episodes.

The first half of the adult anime series “Phantom: Requiem For The Phantom” is somewhat engaging. The missions Zwei and Ein are intense and the reveals about Inferno’s mysterious goals and plans are certainly enough to keep viewers watching, but unfortunately, the story’s appeal soon peters out due to a poorly written second half. Without getting into spoiler territory, let me just say the show becomes a mess. The episodes jump around from character to character far too frequently, and, even worse, the show ends with a cheap cliffhanger ending! On top of that, the series doesn’t offer much in the way of originality. Secret organization? Check. Assassins? Check. A story told through the eyes of a newbie? Check. It’s all been done before and it’s been done better.

Summary: Slogging through 26 episodes of “Phantom: Requiem For The Phantom” is an unrewarding viewing experience. Check out one of Funimation’s other titles such as “Shin Chan” or “Jyu-Oh-Sei”.

Video/Audio:

The widescreen picture quality is noteworthy. The animation is colorful (especially the opening credits) and some of the environments (like the cityscapes in episode 12 for example) were superb.

English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo tracks are included on these 2 sets. The English tracks are satisfactory, but the Japanese track is better voice acting wise.

Part 1 Extras:
* A bullet necklace is included with the part 1 set.
* Trailers for “Gantz,” “Black Butler,” “FLCL,” “Summer Wars,” “Disgaea,” “Soul Eater,” “Chrono Crusade,” “Ghost Hunt,” “The Sacred Blacksmith,” and “Aliens Vs. Ninja.”
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* 6 picture dramas titled “Acting School,” “Meeting Of Inferno,” “My Fair Lizzie,” “Shooting Practice,” “Fantasy” and “The Comedy Stand.” These 6 short stories are told with still images, and yes, puppets. Strange to be sure.

Part 2 Extras:
* Trailers for “Gai-Rei-Zero,” “Darker Than Black,” “Mutant Girls Squad,” “Gantz,” “Ghost Hunt,” “Soul Eater,” “Chrono Crusade,” “Chrome Shelled Regios,” “The Sacred Blacksmith,” and “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.”
* 2 textless opening songs and 2 textless closing songs.
* 4 minutes of commercials.

* 6 more picture dramas titled “Obaman, In Short, Obama,” “Steamy Spa,” ‘Apology,” “Big Magnum Ms. Lizzie,“ “Three Girl Detectives,” and “Hand-To-Hand Combat Training.” Once again, the stories are told via puppets and images.

February 6, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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