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Ayashi no Ceres Perfect Collection (FX)
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bubbles11040Overall Rating (10.00)
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Its was unbelievale! There action, comedy, romance, and more. Words cannot describe on how good this DVD is.

atmosOverall Rating (8.00)
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Great series, lots of blood, good story. Some characters are underused. I know it looks like a girls anime from the cover but its really a universal anime. My dvds stopped for a split second a few times but that might have been dust or something else causing it. As in most good anime there is a love triangle thing going on which helps the viewer care more about the characters.

P ChanOverall Rating (9.33)
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Pure shojo, plain and simple. I really liked this which is surprising because I hated Fushigi Yugi. Yu Watuse hit this on the head, squarely. The twins and their inhereted curse was quite interesting. One thing I really liked were the elevator up and down turns in the story line. The picture was very good with the data hanging around 5 to 6 mbs. The sound was very good too. Ditto for the subs. All of this is not surprising as this is a direct US Viz rip. FX seems to have a thing for doing Viz rips. Very enjoyable.

YukiOverall Rating (7.17)
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Yuki's Shortened Baka-Ready Synopsis:

So, there are these twins. They are happy. They share a birthday. Yay! The birthday party! Creepy relatives and a weird hand. Oh no, the girl goes crazy! The boy gets hurt! The girl runs away before they kill her- and so a tale of multiple personalities, magic, bitter hatred, misunderstandings, and (of course) love begins.

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When I got this, I got it hoping it would stay as "White Wolf"-ish as the first episode. However, after about the fourth show, the plot takes a fatal plunge into "I don't care"-ville, with lots of fun Fushigi-Yuugi no one can be happy in the world twists. And God forbid the characters are happy in the ending, who knows when death will come. Too bad I lost interest by then, or I might have understood the deeper meaning, as I am sure there is one. ;)


Baka NekoOverall Rating (9.83)
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I watched the first 4 episodes RAW on VHS then the 1st dubbed at a con (x.x) and finally my friend lent me the series on VCD. I loved it and was inspired to do some music videos so I ordered this item. I watched all 24 episodes within 24 hours ^^

Here's the skinny on Ayashi No Ceres. Aya and Aki Mikage are twins that just turned 16. But that night an unusual gift from their grandfather leaves Aki covered in wounds and Aya in a panicked state. Now her own family is set on having her killed because she is the reincarnation of a vengeful tennyo named Ceres. A mysterious man by the name of Touya appears and saves her countless times and a forbidden love is slowly born along with a rival for Aya's heart. This series has a wide variety of characters as did Fushigi Yugi but the story is on a much more serious scale. Each character has a mystery behind them and no one is who they appear to be.

Sound & Video Quality: Sound was crystal clear and I didn't notice any volume changes or pops. Video quality was great except for some motion blurring when the setting was rather dark but nothing that disrupts flow of the scene.

Subtitles: Excellent! This set was obviously taken from the US releases. All names are intact, grammer errors were slim to none and even the extra interviews with Yuu Watase were subbed.

Enjoyability: I adored this DVD set. You can both hate & love the characters at the same time which is almost rare in my case. This set has another extras to keep you busy for an hour or so. I really appreciated the textless openings and endings ^^ The cast for this series had a lot of newcomers along with some veterans to the seiyuu world. I'd recommend this series to the shoujo genre fan but I think even those who aren't that into shoujo would enjoy it. Handsome boys, beautiful girls, action, drama, bits of comedy and plenty of scenes that'll tug at your heart strings.

Seiyuus: Aya (Kakazu Yumi//Dita from Vandread) - Ceres (Iwao Junko//Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura) - Aki (Chiba Susumu// Chiaki from Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne) - Alexander Howell (Seki Tomokazu//Haru from Groove Adventure RAVE)

Ukiya-kunOverall Rating (10.00)
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The dvd's were flawless and the series was nothing short of beautiful. If I were to recommend any one item on this site this would be the one.

Starshine LavenderOverall Rating (9.67)
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One day i was surfing eBay. I came across an Ayashi No Ceres Boxset, it came in a pretty blue box, and was in Japanese audio w/English Subtitles. I bidded on it. And when i recieved it, it was a NIGHTMARE. Honestly the subtitles are just wretched. Horrible. And completely unintelligible. Some of the episodes didn't work, and overall it was just the worst purchase of my life. Still, I love Ceres so i gave it another shot. This time a pink boxset from FX. Wonderful- tons of extras, excellent quality- just perfect in every way.

VanOverall Rating (8.83)
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About the DVD - Superb job, no reason to waste money on a commercial release over this one. Few timing issues with the subtitles, few times where the video gets bad. The show itself - You know, shoujo anime. Lots of poor production here and there, bad animation quality, cheesey story, but in the end it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Overall: Definitely worth the price. :)

Nox3020Overall Rating (9.83)
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it's great!!

inu-samaOverall Rating (9.67)
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Basically, this is a story centered around twins (a girl and a boy), and the reincarnated spirits that inhabit them. Does it have twists? Ooh yeah. The spirits were married in their previous life together, the woman (named Ceres) HATES the man, and did I mention that Ceres is a celestial goddess? (Don't think 'Aah, my goddess.' This is much different.) And that's just the main two characters! Some of the other folks include a guy who has a sword popping out of his arm at his whim, a master chef who is deadly with a pair of chopsticks, and an old lady who drives like a maniac and has a completely scary face.

This sounds like the setup for another goofy comedy, but it's less funny and a bit darker than Fushigi Yuugi, the work by this manga artist most people are familiar with. The mood makes itself known quickly when the twins' father shoots himself in the head in the first episode.This series feels more grown-up than F.Y.

On to the technical stuff: The sound didn't get a perfect 10 only because there is a popping noise (for about a second) in one of the extras. Yes, this video has EXTRAS!! (Some of the extras are a 2-part interview with Yu Watase, character design, and textless openings & endings. I've never seen a HK DVD with so many extras!) Video & subtitles are very sharp, as this has been ripped from the American release. (Character names are all correct. Yea!) Although in some episodes the subs are whiter and in some more yellow, they're all very easily readable. For the purpose of this review, I also listened to some of the story in English. These actors are why I hate dubbing. Why do they sound like out-of-work overdramatic Shakespearean actors who have their mouths too close to the recording microphone? To be fair, not all of the characters sounded bad, just MOST of them. It's also interesting to see the difference between what the American actors are saying and how the subs read. There are chapter breaks at the beginning of each episode, after the beginning music, at the half point of the episode, before the ending music, and before the preview. Just the way it's supposed to be in a happy little DVD-watching world. The story is interesting, not something you see on a regular basis. I had to mark the enjoyability factor down just a bit since it drags here and there.

Final thoughts: This DVD set is worth the expenditure. (And make sure you get THIS set by FX. Some of the other sets out there have horrible subs.) Pretty characters, good story, nice folding box to carry it all in (although do they need to use so much pink on the cover?). I give this a whole-hearted thumbs-up!

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