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Now and Then, Here and There (Complete Collector's Boxed Set)
Now and Then, Here and There (Complete Collector's Boxed Set)

Manufacturer: Us Manga Corps Video
Publisher: Us Manga Corps Video
Starring: Crispin Freeman, Dan Green, Ted Lewis, Lisa Ortiz, Jack Taylor

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Product Description:
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 9781586641658
Format: Animated
ISBN: 1586641654
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Us Manga Corps Video
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Us Manga Corps Video
Number Of Discs: 4
Number Of Items: 4
Publication Date: 2002-03-01
Publisher: Us Manga Corps Video
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2002-03-26
Running Time: 325
Studio: Us Manga Corps Video
Editorial Review:
Dragged through a time warp by a strange machine, Shu is thrust into a hellish future as it explodes into war! Surrounded by fierce warriors enslaved innocents, and enigmatic wanderers, Shu faces the ultimate challenge of survival in a world gone mad!
Shuzo "Shu" Matsutani, a rambunctious adolescent kendo student, encounters a mysterious girl named Lala-Ru in an abandoned factory near his home. When she's captured by hostile mecha, Shu is taken with her to another world, to the unfortunately named fortress-ship Hellywood, ruled by the psychotic King Hamdo. The apparently ancient Lala-Ru can produce vast quantities of water, which Hamdo desires. Shu is imprisoned, beaten, and tortured before being inducted into Hamdo's army of child-soldiers. He doggedly insists that he must protect Lala-Ru, despite her great powers. They escape Hellywood, wander through the desert, and reach a pueblo-like village where they defeat Hamdo. The rambling storyline recalls both El Hazard and Escaflowne. What sets Now and Then apart is the gritty realism of the violence: unlike other anime characters, Shu seems to feel real pain when Hamdo's thugs beat him. Although the rape of the Earth girl Sara is suggested rather than depicted, she has to decide whether to keep or abort the child. These depictions of the brutality of war give Now and Then a grim power many better-written and better-animated series lack. The most interesting segment on the "bonus disc" juxtaposes the animated version of the final episode with the storyboards. "From Then to Now" includes clips from the audition tapes of the actors playing Hamdo (Jack Taylor) and Shu (a surprisingly burly Ed Paul) along with interviews and standard behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions. Rated 16 Up for considerable violence, minor profanity, adult themes. --Charles Solomon
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