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This anime series is one that is based off of a game for Playstation 2 entitled Orphen. It opens up in some what of the same manner that other anime are opened, introducing important characters like Orphen and Majik. Orphen is the main character and also a sorcerer who is teaching Majik his art. The plot thickens when Cleao tries to attack Orphen with a sword that awakens the Black August, a creature bent on regaining the sword. Orphen’s past teachers from Fang and also come into the battle against Orphen. Their reasons for attacking Orphen could be that he left the organization or because he is trying to save the Bloody August from said teachers for his own personal reasons.
While there are dramatic moments there are also the comic relief in the anime. Orphen’s attitude and Majik’s quick whit add to the comedy and makes audiences laugh. The comic aspect of the anime does not take away from the more serious scenes. Everything flows in a natural order. The voice acting in the English track is very well done. It seems natural and not forced as you might find in some other anime English tracks. The plot is well organized to the point that when you finish the first volume, you almost have to go out and buy the second volume to see what will happen next. The plot in Orphen is very thought out and it does not have missing pieces as you might find in other anime.
The characters are even drawn more realistic rather than in a cartoony type of way. The scenes with the spell casting are done remarkably well and I have to say I am very impressed with the artwork in the anime. With so much outstanding aspects of the anime, the music track was a sort of let down. It seemed quite average for the quality that is in the rest of the anime. There is action in every episode that pulls you into the story line and moves the plot along instead of letting it hang in one place. Volume one leaves you wanting more of the series and anticipating where the story will continue to go.
Overall it is a great first volume and sets the stage for the upcoming volumes. It is one of the anime that many anime lovers would love to have in their collection.
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Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older