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Project Itoh: Empire of Corpses
Pick out a handful of celebrated literary characters, throw in some zombie horror, add a dash of steampunk for aesthetics, and you get The Empire of Corpses
A little background before we begin: Project Itoh
Set in an alternate 19th Century, the film postulates what the industrial revolution would have been like had Victor Frankenstein existed. The process of reanimating human corpses takes the world by storm, programming the lifeless husks to carry out multiple tasks ranging from construction work to fighting in wars. The new age of corpse powered development seems to be roses and brandy, with only a select few concerning themselves with the impact the technology has on the human soul.
In his attempts to revive his deceased friend Friday, a young medical student named John Watson (yes, that John Watson) devotes himself to unlocking the replicating Frankenstein's initial success of reanimating a corpse with a soul intact. He is tasked by the British government with hunting down Frankenstein's lost notes that are theorized to contain the secrets of the human soul. From there, he embarks on a globe-hopping adventure with a rag-tag group of feisty literary heroes as they become embroiled in a global conspiracy of catastrophic proportions.
The Empire of Corpses
While the Empire of Corpses
pushes the limits of the medium with the sheer amount of detail labored in rendering the world Project Itoh
Unfortunately, beautiful visuals do not a great film make, as the Empire of Corpses
Video and Audio :
As a product of today's animation, the film takes advantage of modern technology. The 1080p high definition image is crisp and vibrant throughout. The architecture and mechanical designs of the Victorian-European setting pop off the screen with significant detail.
offers both English and native Japanese audio track in 5.1 surround. After watching the blu-ray with both tracks, I found the English dub cast's gesture toward accentuating each character's nationalities with appropriate accents the preferable of the two. That is not to say that the dub is flawless, rather the emulation of the films multicultural ethnicities adds depth that the Japanese track lacks.
release of the Empire of Corpses
The release is scant on supplementary material, offering a short promo video and theatrical trailers. The standard Funimation
trailers for upcoming series are also included.
Although a fair bit of criticism can be leveled at the Empire of Corpses