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Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

July 26, 2015 by  



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Visually gorgeous! “Expelled from Paradise” is an exciting sci-fi action film from director Seiji Mizushima (“Fullmetal Alchemist) and screenwriter Gen Urobuchi (“Fate/Zero”, “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”).  If you love anime and sci-fi, this is a film that is definitely worth watching!

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TITLE: Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition

DURATION: 104 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, Japanese 5.1, Japanese 2.0, English 5.1, Subtitles: English & Spanish

COMPANY: Aniplex, Inc.

RATED: Suggested 13 and up

Release Date: June 5, 2015


Director: Seiji Mizushima

Screenplay by Gen Urobuchi

Music by NARASAKI

Character Design: Masatsugu Saitou

Art Director: Masanobu Nomura

Animation Director: Haruna Gotsu

Director of Photography: Koujirou Hayashi

Anime Production: Graphinica


Featuring the following voice talent:

Hiroshi Kamiya/Johnny Yong Bosch as Frontier Setter

Rie Kugimiya/Wendee Lee as Angela Balzac

Shinichiro Miki/Steven Blum as Zarik “Dingo” Kajiwara

Chika Anzai as Arhan

Daichi Endō as Laszlo


With Earth now left in ruins following the “Nano Hazard,” most of humanity has abandoned the planet they once called home along with their physical bodies and rebuilt their digitalized minds into a society within the cyber universe of “DEVA.”

A.D. 2400, DEVA’s central council detects an incident of unauthorized access into their mainframe. Someone on Earth was trying to hack into the system. The only information DEVA was able to retrieve was that the hacker referred to himself as “Frontier Setter.”

To investigate the mysterious hacker’s motives, the high officials of DEVA dispatch System Security Third Officer Angela Balzak to the Earth’s surface. Equipped with a prosthetic “material body,” Angela attempts to make contact with a local agent Dingo, but what awaited her instead was a swarm of Sandworms now infesting the Earth’s surface. Angela intercepts the gruesome pests with her exoskeletal powered suit Arhan.

Will Angela and Dingo be able to find Frontier Setter on this devastated planet? Their journey to explore the secrets of the world begins now…!


From Seiji Mizushima (director of “Mobile Suit Gundam 00”, “Fulllmetal Alchemist”, “Slayers Next”) and Gen Urobuchi (creator of “Fate/Zero” and screenwriter for”Psycho-Pass” and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”) comes the animated film “Rakuen Tsuiho” (Expelled from Paradise).

Which was released in America courtesy of Aniplex, Inc. in June 2015.

“Expelled from Paradise” takes place during a time when the Earth was left in ruins after the “Nano Hazard” and humanity has abandoned their planet and physical bodies and rebuilt themselves digitally into a cyber universe known as “DEVA”.

When the DEVA’s central council detects an unauthorized access of its central mainframe by a hacker on Earth known as “Frontier Setter”, they send out DEVA dispatch System Security Third Officer Angela Balzak to investigate the hacker on Earth’s surface.

Transferring her mind into a prosthetic “material body”, she is to join local agent “Dingo” to find “Frontier Setter”.

While both have different mindsets on how to pursue the investigation, Dingo tries to show Angela that how things are on Earth, is very different by the way things are on DEVA.  And both must try to work together and find the hacker known as “Frontier Setter”.


VIDEO:

“Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition and as one can expect from an animated film, the animation is absolutely gorgeous.  Character designs are well-shaded and in HD, you can see actual dirt marks or scuffs on metallic surfaces.  The Blu-ray definitely showcases the details of the characters and also the art backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous!

I didn’t see any banding or artifact issues during my viewing of this animated film.  “Expelled from Paradise” looks fantastic on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition” is presented in lossless audio Japanese 5.1, 2.0 and with an English 5.1 dub.  The lossless soundtrack for this animated film is immersive as the many action sequences literally envelops the soundscape from the surround channels, rear surround channels and also utilizes LFE.  It’s been awhile since I watched an anime film on Blu-ray with fantastic lossless audio and it’s great to finally watch and hear it!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition” comes with the following special features:

  • The Making of Expelled from Paradise – (29:57) featuring interviews with director Seiji Mizushima and the crew responsible for creating “Expelled from Paradise”.
  • Trailers – Featuring Japanese theatrical trailers for “Expelled from Paradise”.

EXTRAS:

“Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition” comes with a slipcase, a 32-page booklet with character designs plus an interview with writer Gen Urobuchi plus a collectable card.


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For anime fans looking for a sci-fi animated film with action will surely enjoy director Seiji Mizushima and screenwriter Gen Urobuchi’s “Expelled from Paradise”.

The first thing that captivates you once the animated film starts is how colorful and clean the animated film is.  After watching so many anime TV shows and OVA’s, it’s always great to step back and watch an animated film (which is typically bigger budget and features much better visual effects).

And while you are greeted with fantastic animation (and gorgeous backgrounds) especially during the film’s action sequences, 3D CGI animation has come such a long way especially how it is applied to animated films.

A lot was put into the mechanical design with the various space vehicles, suits and technology featured in the film.  There is no denying of how fantastic the film looks but with that being said, while we live in a time where so much is put into the visual look and style of the film, you tend to hope the film will also deliver in the story department and for the most part, Gen Urobuchi’s screenplay is entertaining.

There is no doubt that the creators wanted to attract the otaku fans who are into the mechanical aspects of the film, but with the lead female character in a tiny outfit, there is no doubt that they wanted to attract otaku’s with fan service as well.

While the story starts out with action and humor, the story is an interesting look at artificial intelligence and technology but how an AI has developed consciousness.

Of course, there is more to the story, which I don’t want to spoil, but while not too intellectual for those wanting a simpler storyline, for the most part, sci-fi anime fans can appreciate this storyline about the evolution of humanity and its dependence on technology, its focus on one’s digital life and caring less for other important things that humanity once considered as priority.

As for the Blu-ray release, the picture quality of “Expelled from Paradise” is fantastic.  On my 4K Ultra HD TV, the colors really pop and look amazing.  The lossless audio is also immersive and you hear panning objects, explosions and weaponry all around you and there is also really good LFE as well.  As for special features, you are treated with a half-hour making of and for extras, you get the Aniplex swag with a booklet and collectable card.

Visually gorgeous! “Expelled from Paradise” is an exciting sci-fi action film from director Seiji Mizushima (“Fullmetal Alchemist) and screenwriter Gen Urobuchi (“Fate/Zero”, “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”).  If you love anime and sci-fi, this is a film that is definitely worth watching!

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