Deep beneath the city of Tokyo, there exists a vast forgotten
world known as the Underground. There, people called Elemental
Users exist - people who have the ability to control the elements:
fire, water, lightning, magnetism and ice. From this subterranean
world escape two mysterious but important figures - Ruri Sarasa,
the "Maiden of Life", and her bodyguard Chelsea Rorec, a gravity
user. Ruri and Chelsea cross paths with two average high school
students living in Tokyo, Rumina Asagi and his best friend Ginnosuke
Isuzu. It is a meeting that will change all their lives forever.
When villains chasing Ruri and Chelsea appear on Rumina's doorstep,
a fierce fight ensues and Ruri's miraculous powers awaken Rumina's
latent Wind Powers. Resolving to protect Ruri from the evil
forces pursuing her, Rumina embarks on a long and dangerous
journey of adventure...
Tokyo Underground: Series One boxed set features all
26 episodes of the show's entire first series - none of which
have ever been seen before in the UK - spread over six discs
and packaged in a deluxe digipack.
be honest I'm still not entirely sure what I think of this
series. There are some seriously clichéd anime elements
that will have those that are used to settling down to more
modern shows (like Gantz and Full Metal Alchemist)
reaching for the off button.
first episode sets everything up with Rumina and Ginnosuke
being shown as typical kids. Then Ruri and Chelsea turn up,
after breaking out of the Underworld. The following episodes
see Ruri and Chelsea being chased by different villains until
Ruri is captured and Chelsea and the two boys have to go and
then accidentally discovers that he can control the powers
of the wind to knock villains off their feet (must have been
a strong curry - oops! Sorry, couldn't help myself) and what
follows is the basic plot of any one of a million console
games, as villain after villain is sent after our heroes.
relief is offered in the form of Rumina's perverted grandfather
- who likes lusting (quite innocently, really) after young
girls. Not only has he a twinkle in his eyes for the ladies,
but he's also a bit of a demon when it comes to fighting.
He may look like a decrepit old man, but he moves like the
wind - which is probably where Rumina gets his ability to
control wind (no laughing at the back.)
There are no real features to speak of, but then it's doubtful
whether the target audience (anyone under 13) will really
want to listen to audio commentaries or features.
series starts fairly weakly, gets a bit better, then worse,
and ends on some interesting episodes. Sadly though, as cheap
as this collection is, I'd strongly advise you rent this and
watch a few episodes before you commit to buy. It's not something
I'll be rushing to watch again, but it does have it's moments.