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Undermined by numbingly repetitive English language dialogue and surprisingly stiff animation, this apocalyptic epic revolves around teenaged Kamui (voiced by Alan Mariot), who holds the fate of the world in his hands. As the millennium approaches, Earth, exhausted by man's abuse of the environment, is battled over by two sets of spirit dragons. The Dragons...read more

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Undermined by numbingly repetitive English language dialogue and surprisingly stiff animation, this apocalyptic epic revolves around teenaged Kamui (voiced by Alan Mariot), who holds the fate of the world in his hands. As the millennium approaches,

Earth, exhausted by man's abuse of the environment, is battled over by two sets of spirit dragons. The Dragons of the Earth want to wipe the world clean of humanity so nature can regenerate herself, while the Dragons of the Air want to save mankind. The dragons have powerful allies in two psychic

sisters. Blind and mute Hinoto (Stacey Jefferson) is allied with the Dragons of the Air and has assembled an X-Men-like team with special powers. Her cruel sister Kanoe (Denica Fairman), a bombshell who despises mankind, has thrown in her lot with the Dragons of the Earth. Kamui is the key;

his alliance will decide Earth's fate. But the shrewd Kanoe is hedging her bets: If she can't get Kamui, she'll seduce his best friend, Fuma (Adam Henderson), into destroying him. All this Dragon stuff is reiterated at 10-minute intervals, while significant character relationships and back story

are left entirely unexplored; apparently the source material is as familiar in Japan as, say, Spider-man or Batman are here, but that's no help to Western viewers. And that doesn't explain the sketchy character animation, which contrasts dramatically — and badly — with the beautifully

rendered, exquisitely detailed backgrounds. And even within anime's Disney-spawned tradition of drawing human faces with round, oversized eyes and tiny noses, the film's characters are grotesquely Walter Keane-like. Based on a hugely popular Japanese comic book series that debuted in 1992 and

written by Clamp, a collective of female manga artists, this film will doubtless interest serious anime fans, but it won't win any converts.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Undermined by numbingly repetitive English language dialogue and surprisingly stiff animation, this apocalyptic epic revolves around teenaged Kamui (voiced by Alan Mariot), who holds the fate of the world in his hands. As the millennium approaches, Earth,… (more)

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