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KARAS: THE REVELATION
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Keiichi Sato

Starring:
Jay Hernandez
Matthew Lillard
Cree Summer

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
In the final entry into the acclaimed Karas series, the new Karas, Otaha, battles the yakuza that slaughtered his brother while the old Karas, Eko, unleashes hell on humankind.
Is it good movie?
I have a confession to make. Iíve never seen an anime movie. I mean, I watched Speed Racer back in the day and have seen some clips of Ghost in the Machine, but I never understood the attraction. I like animation. I like gore. I like sci-fi. However, something about amine bugs me. It seems like it tries awfully hard to impress with its visuals and styles, but thatís where it stops. With that statement, Karas: The Revelation does impress to some extent on certain levels. But thereís so much mythology and odd little characters that I got lost and then than my attention did. Maybe I just donít get it.

Now Iím sure the worldís greatest anime fan will read this and claim I didnít give Karas: The Revelation a fair shot. However, I did. I watched it knowing itís one of the good ones because according to the box, ďKaras is destined to be one of the most respected anime movies ever.Ē Iím sure it is but I had no idea what the hell was going on. Characters appeared out of nowhere with giant cannon guns. Weird little aliens that looked like the alien from Meatballs were sidekicks. People had magical powers and did magical things. Perhaps my difficulty comes from knowing that this film is the final chapter in a trilogy, which makes it difficult to follow the story if you've never seen the previous films. Itíd be like watching Return of the Jedi or Return of the King or Die Hard with a Vengeance (joke). Final entries just donít allow for easy access.

Now with that long bitching session, the question remains whether Karas: The Revelation is worthy of your time. I think so. If anime is your thing, go for it. The action seemed plentiful and I was thoroughly impressed by it and the gore. When those two things occurred, my attention remained focused. But when Yurine, Nue and Otaha joined forces to stop evil and style their hair, my attention waned. I couldnít help it. I tried. The story clearly just wrapped things up from the previous films and made little attempt to create new storylines. Not exactly new-viewer-friendly. Part of my prejudice comes from the art style. As a comic book fan, my loyalties have remained there with traditional comic art. Then again, thatís a lame excuse. Iíll just stick with that I didnít get it.
Video / Audio
Video: 1.78:1 Widescreen Version

Audio: I assume itís Dolby Digital, but this is the first disc that listed nothing for sound.
The Extras
Notta.
Last Call
If youíre a fan of anime or more specifically the Karas series, Karas: The Revelation no doubt is a four star winner. Nevertheless, to the unlearned individual like your humble reviewer, it seemed all style and no substance.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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