Distribution Rights: Manga Entertainment
|Shadow Skill (Movie)|
Description: For fourteen-year old Gau,
it is time once again for him to return to the graves of
his parents, murdered by bandits when he was just ten.
In the company of his adoptive sister Ella, Gau quickly
comes to relize that his journey is more than a
pilgramage, and that his combat abilites as a student of
the Karuda school of martial arts are about to be pushed
to their breaking point!
Attacked by the demonic Wolfman, left for dead and
then forced to fight Ella and Karuda master Scarface,
Gou's dreams of becomming a new generation of warrior
are put to the ultimate test - can he face his sister in
single combat? Will he be able to match the unearthly
abilities of Scarface? And can Gau ever uncover the
secrets of the Shadow Skill?
| Reviewer: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
|| Shadow Skill is a thrilling, involving, dramatic
fantasy, highly recommended for fans of fantasy martial arts.
Production values are high, the art and music are very good,
and the choreography of the fight scenes is outstanding. The
main characters, Ella and Gau, are superbly played by veteran
voice actors Megumi Hayashibara and Kappei Yamaguchi, (perhaps
best known as female and male Ranma).
There is very little plot in this fifty-minute feature.
Fourteen-year-old orphan Gau is being trained in the martial
arts, specifically in the Shadow Skill, by his "big sister"
Ella, who "adopted" him when he was ten.
Much of the run time consists of fights. The fights are
clearly fantastic; combatants fly through the air, they shoot
energy bolts from their hands, and they move and smash
boulders and other huge objects. Gau spars with Ella. Gar has
one huge, major, staged fight with Ella, in an ancient
gladiatorial amphitheater. Gau and Ella, with some last-minute
help from the unquestioned master of Shadow Skill, Scarface,
fight off enemies, the warriors of the Wolfen, whose origin
and motives are not explained.
Gau also takes some time being taught the origin and
philosophy of Shadow Skill by Scarface.
My complaint about Manga Video's translation is that it's
rather pedestrian. Grand, pretentious things are being said
here, and they call for grand, pretentious, poetic language.