Karas: The Prophecy clips courtesy of Manga Entertainment
23rd Mar 06
You may have noticed a few Manga titles slipping into our review list recently, but none of them look quite as good as this one. Check out the trailer links below for a closer look, and have a skim through the press release I've posted up below too. I think then you might see what I mean!
Described by its creators as "Batman with a samurai sword" and "a cyber-punk version of The Crow," the feature-length animated sci-fi fantasy film KARAS: THE PROPHECY premiers on DVD on 24th April 2006 (one day prior to its US release) courtesy of Manga Entertainment and features the vocal talents of hot Hollywood stars Jay Hernandez (Hostel), Matthew Lillard (Without A Paddle; Scooby-Doo) and Piper Perabo (Cheaper By The Dozen 2; Coyote Ugly).
Produced using an innovative hybrid of 2-D and 3-D CGI animation techniques, and featuring a soaring and emotive full orchestral score performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, KARAS: THE PROPHECY is a visually and aurally breathtaking sci-fi epic unlike any other.
The setting is modern day Tokyo, where humans, spirits, ghostly apparitions and demons – both seen and unseen – co-exist in two overlapping dimensions. For time immemorial the balance and order between the two dimensions has been maintained by a guardian known as the Karas, a raven-like creature, and its masters. But now that balance is under threat from a former Karas named Eko. Disgusted by human arrogance, Eko has turned his back on the ancient laws he helped uphold for so long and is determined to seize power and bring order to the city's streets through force by leading a group of mechanized demons in an attack against the humans. Standing against Eko is Yurine, a spiritual entity who represents the will of the people, accompanied by a newly risen Karas of her own.
Meanwhile, a detective named Kure, who works at the police division in charge of demon-related incidents, opens a case involving a series of bizarre murders that appear to be the work of a water demon. It is the first evidence of events that will eventually lead to an ageless battle, one that will stretch across both dimensions, killing humans and spirits alike. It will prove to be a conflict in which humanity's only hope will lie with the Karas.
With its brilliant character and set designs, strong storyline and stunning, unprecedented hybrid blend of 2-D and 3-D CGI animation, KARAS: THE PROPHECY raises the standards of feature-length animation to a whole new level. Acclaimed by Anime Insider as one of the Top 5 most anticipated animated releases of 2006, KARAS: THE PROPHECY is the 40th anniversary animation production from the renowned Japanese animation studio Tatsunoko Productions.
The two-disc KARAS: THE PROPHECY (cert. 12) will be released on DVD (£19.99) by Manga Entertainment on 24th April 2006 and comes complete with an exclusive 24-page collectible Dark Horse KARAS comic book and special limited edition collector's slip cover packaging.
English and Japanese 2.0; English and Japanese 5.1; Optional English subtitles; Japanese voice actor interviews; sound effects featurette; behind the scenes montage; concept animation comparison; original Japanese trailers and TV spots.
English 2.0; English and Japanese DTS; optional English subtitles; Manga trailers.