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Available on VHS and DVD from Geneon Animation.
OAV Series: 7 episodes on 4 VHS tapes or part of the DVD boxed set
50 minutes for the first episode, 25 minutes for the remaining episodes
Fantasy Adventure
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Nudity, mild violence

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Number of reviews: 1
Average rating: * * * * * (excellent)

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Reviewed by: blong33 (2000-10-17)

Ah, El Hazard. This series still remains one of my favorites, and I believe it's one of the most under-rates titles out there. It has an engaging story line, loads of humor, and one of the best ensemble casts I've ever seen in an anime title.

The story basically is about how a normal guy named Makoto, along with a few of his friends and enemies, gets transported to an alternate dimension by a mysterious woman, and soon all of them are caught up in a war between the human Roshtarians and an insect race called the bugrom.

At first glance, the plot may not seem like anything special, but there are plenty of mysteries throughout the series that keep the story line involving (most of them revolving around the woman Makoto met in the ruins).

The characters have to be the strongest part of the series, though. Mr. Fujisawa has the strength of twenty men, but only when he's sober (which causes him a good deal of grief); Nanami is the business woman who's determined to make a quick buck; Makoto is the earnest hero trying to do the right thing; and Katushiko Jinnai has to be one of my favorite villains of all time, what with his hilarious laugh and all-around crazed demeanor. There are also the 3 priestess and Alielle, and all of them have their own fun personality quirk (worth noting were Miz's desperate attempts to snag a husband, and Alielle's...erm, never mind, you'll have to see her to believe her).

Even though the dub is starting to show it's age, it still remains one of the best ever produced. All of the major characters are perfectly cast and voiced, and I'd even argue that the dub voices are superior to the original Japanese counterparts. Jinnai's VA has the character's laugh dead on, and Mr. Fujisawa's actor makes the character sound even more like a drunk.

So, in closing, El Hazard probably has something for everyone in it. It has action, drama, comedy, romance, and what I consider one of the most satisfying anime endings ever made. I highly recommend it.

Rating: * * * * * (excellent)


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