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Aura Battler Dunbine
Aura Battler Dunbine
Aura Battler Dunbine -
Tales of Byston Well (Vol. 1) -
with Series Box

Anime DVD Review

If you thought that Escaflowne was original in it's combination of giant robots and medieval settings, see the series that Escaflowne blatantly ripped off — the original, and still the best, Aura Battler Dunbine! Show Zama is transported to the alternate world of Byston Well to become an "Aura Battler," the pilot of a mecha powered by spiritual energy.

The series features some of the most unusual and original mecha designs ever seen in anime, the design is both functional and yet, somehow graceful. With characters that are everything from standard anime to red-headed tinkerbell, the series is a potpourri of ideas that spawned a thousand other animes. The animation is a little dated looking, and suffers from a TV budget, but it's a classic that old-school fans have loved for decades, finally available on DVD here in the US.

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, December 2003

Below: Mecha from Aura Battler Dunbine.

Mecha from Aura Battler Dunbine.
Aura Battler Dunbine

Aura Battler Dunbine Website Links:

ADV's Aura Battler Dunbine site

Aura Battler Dunbine (TV) entry at Anime News Network

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