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Rune Soldier DVD Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

The Rune Soldier DVD box set contains all 24 episodes of the series. Each disc contains four episodes and extras.

On the main menu, you select "Scenes" to choose which episode to watch, and where in the episode you want to watch; however, instead of a "Play All" feature, each episode is listed on the main menu. If you want to watch all of the episodes, you select the first episode in the main menu, and the disc will play through all of the episodes. The "Languages" option allows you to see the episodes in English, in English with subtitles for the songs, or in Japanese with English subtitles. The "Extras" option allows you to access the menu with the special features.

The extras are on the disappointing side. You can see the "clean" opening and "clean" ending on all six discs in the set; these are versions of the opening and ending that do not have text on them.

The fourth disc in the set also includes the "Gunning for the Guardian" game. The game takes a story from one of the episodes on the disc, where the characters are trying to catch a sea monster. The interface for the game is rather clunky; you basically choose from one of three different locations on the lake, and it appears to randomly choose what video footage from the English dub version of the episode to use. Personally, I thought this game was rather lame, and not much of an improvement over the clean opening and closing.

To me, it felt like that ADV Films just took six discs that had originally been issued separately and packaged them together into one box, and not taking any time or effort to make any changes to the content of the actual discs.

As a final "special feature," all six discs also include previews of other properties that ADV Films has released on DVD. Over the course of the six discs, you can see previews for: Angelic Layer, Aura Battler Dunbine, The Devil Lady, Eden's Bowy, Final Fantasy Unlimited, Full Metal Panic!, Neo Ranga, Noir, The Original Dirty Pair, Rahxephon, Saint Seiya, Saiyuki, Sakura Wars, The Samurai, Spectral Force, Steam Detectives, Wild Arms, You're Under Arrest, and Zone of the Enders.

The actual episodes in the series are decent. While there are some flaws with the series, the episodes are enjoyable to watch, especially after you make it past the first couple of episodes.

This set is rated TV-14, but I would personally recommend this series for anime viewers 15 or 16 years of age and older. If you're a fan of Rune Soldier, you will want to acquire this DVD set in order to have all of the episodes. However, be prepared to be disappointed by the lack of special features and extras in the set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband purchased for me as a gift.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
The Hero Descends
The First Experience
The Big Scuffle
The Phantom Forest

Bonus Features
Inexperienced Extracurricular Activities
Die For Love?
Merill's Jar
A Tearful Festival of Mylee

Bonus Features
What Comes in Summer
The Tower of Four Great Magics
A True Hero Appears?
Flowers of a Moonlit Night

Bonus Features


Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
The Fugue of the Female Warrior
Flower Vendor and Flower Bride
Vacation by the Lake
The Conspiracy of the Darkness

Bonus Features
The Fighter Louie
Transform X5
Oh My House!
Sweet Wine of Victory!

Bonus Features
Melissa the Working Girl
The Rebel Army Appears
The Rule-Breaking Women
Louie Punch

Bonus Features
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This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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