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Hyperdimension Neptunia is an animated
spin-off creation based upon the massively popular video-game franchise
same name. The series is by animation studio David Production (JoJo's
Bizarre Adventure & Soul Eater) and it is directed by
Mukai (Puella Magi Madoka Magica).
The series is like a video-game because it is
based on a
video-game. The series franchise takes place inside a mythical
known as the Gamindustri World. Within this video-game environment, the
characters of Neptune (the leader of the goddesses) and others must
transformers to more powerful versions of themselves with different
battling it out against bad monsters, powerful opponents, and other
bosses like godesses and an evil CPU that tries to destroy Gamindustri
The goddesses rule over each land and the four
kingdoms are Lastation,
Leanbox, Lowee, and Planeptune. Each of the goddesses is supposed to be
video-game console as a character (with nods to actual video-game
Playstation and X-Box). The result is a convoluted sci-fi anime which
basically an action series with poor attempts at comedy. It blends
video-game humor with sub-par action and storytelling.
Directed by Masahiro Mukai (Puella Magi Madoka
the series is basically just the characters being thrown into absurd
situations, transforming, and battling with various CG video-game
style is ridiculously over-the-top. Written by Shogo Yasukawa (JoJo's
Bizarre Adventure) and Hiroaki Tsutumi, Hyperdimension Neptunia
production that seems more concerned with style (and poor humor) than
attempt at real substance or character-based storytelling.
Though the animation is by studio David Production
has animated the immensely popular JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and
Eater), the style isn't exactly great, either. The art is directed
by Masanobu Nomura (Oblivion Island: Haruka
and the Magic Mirror) and it seems rather
uninspired. The artwork seems to have a high-production budget but the
of the production is lacking because the series seems to replicate the
so many other anime creations.
are by Hitomi Takechi, based off the work done for Hyperdimension
Neptunia video-games. The established fans of the games should be
happy character designs were done in a style
intended to be faithful to the original designs from the games.
The music score is composed by Kenji Kaneko and
Yokoyama (composer of the upcoming Mobile
Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans). style=""> The score has a high-energy electronica style
to it. The score seems to be fitting given the video-game anime style.
Hyperdimension Neptunia is a massively
franchise but this is not a massively successful anime series. Having
played the video games before, the series cannot be compared well to
How fans respond to the series might be different to responses from
with the game frachise.
Even so, the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime
so poorly done with a terrible sense of humor that is often offensive,
characterization, badly done action, and sub-par style that it's hard
imagine how the video-games could become so popular if it's like what
created for this bad anime. This is an easy pass for anime fans. Hyperdimension
Neptunia might be fun as a video-game but as an anime it flounders.
is presented on
Blu-ray from Funimation Entertainment with a quality 1080p MPEG-4 AVC
transfer in the original television broadcast aspect ratio of 1.78:1
widescreen. The image is sharp, clean,
and with good color reproduction. This is a strong PQ presentation by
The audio on this release is available in English
TrueHD surround sound lossless and Japanese 2.0 Dolby TrueHD stereo
option should be satisfactory but the English dub track will provide
more robust bass reproduction and is slightly more enveloping in
For some reason, the audio on this release seemed
than usual and the sound needed to be turned up more than usual for
sound output. This also means the release seemed a bit less bass-heavy.
Just turn up the volume a few more notches
than usual for a Funimation release and it should sound normal.
English subtitles are provided.
This is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack
On disc supplements include:
The Unaired 13th OVA episode: style="">The
Eternity [True Ending] Promised, which runs the same length as the
episodes and acts as the series finale.
Transform Collection - a collection
of character transformations, Blu-ray/DVD
Commercials, TV Commercials, Promotional Videos, Textless
Credits, the U.S. trailer for Hyperdimension
Neptunia, and trailers promoting other Funimation Entertainment
Hyperdimension Neptunia is an anime
on the bestselling video-game series. The anime series has convoluted
all over the place, and is badly done. The series comedy is also
often offensive. This is a poorly done series which anime fans should
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.