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Coppelion: The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Coppelion- The Complete Series Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

“Coppelion” is a hit-and-miss series.

In this 13 episode futuristic anime series, the story revolves around the Coppelion Healthcare Team (comprised of Ibara, Aoi, and Taeko). These three girls are by no means ordinary, however, as they were genetically engineered by the Ground Self-Defense Force to be immune to radiation. Their job? To scour the seemingly deserted post nuclear meltdown Japan for survivors.

Throughout their adventures, they rescue people in the city (obviously), investigate an SOS, encounter wild animals, search for a missing daughter of an underground family, meet the conflicted Doctor Dejiro, receive help from a Coppelion Combat member (Haruto), find a domed home dubbed Planet, and run into some major problems that include mercenaries, a giant robot spider, rogue Coppelion Combat members (the Ozu sisters), and violent soldiers (The Ghosts) who are planning something chaotic.

“Coppelion” is one of those frustrating series that has much to admire and much to gripe about. On one hand, the series delves into some deep themes about humanity, selflessness, science, and manmade disasters, but on the other hand, the writers give us bland characters who whine incessantly and blab about food more times than I care to remember. On top of that, the intriguing ideas that are presented here are sometimes overshadowed by silly action spectacles such as the aforementioned giant robot spider.

Despite the shortcomings, the creative Coppelion backstory and the unique setting still manages to make the show worthwhile. Speaking of the setting, the animation by GoHands studio deserves much praise here. While the character models are nothing to ride home about, the landscapes, lighting, colors, swooping camera shots, shadows, and cityscapes are breathtaking. I was especially impressed to see their detailed vision of nature overtaking the post nuclear meltdown Japan. It was truly a sight to behold for animation enthusiasts.

Video/Audio:

Presentation; 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors really pop in hi-def. A great transfer.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese LPCM 2.0. How do they sound? The English track is a bit stiff while the Japanese track hits all the right notes voice acting wise.

The only extras include an art gallery (on Blu-ray only), a clean opening and ending, 6 Japanese “Coppelion” trailers, and trailers for “K,” “Sailor Moon,” “Moribito,” and “Gargantia.”

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March 11, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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