Otaku News Shinsengumi Miyuki
||
Search
 
Advanced Search
\ -
-

\

Edition
World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

 
Site Info
About Otaku News
FAQ
Wallpaper
Link To Us
Contact Us

RSS Feed
RSS Feed Details
 
\

\

Advert Space


 
\
/ \
Sponsored Link: Tokyo Otaku Mode
Tokyo Otaku Mode - Figures
\ /

/ \

King Of Thorn

King Of Thorn
Details
Review Date:
Reviewed By: LittleWoodenBoy

Released By: Manga Entertainment UK

Age Rating: 15

Region: 2 - UK
Length: 109 minutes
Subtitles: English
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
Summary
After emerging from a cold sleep to try and survive a deadly virus, seven people must find out what is going on and what has become of humanity.
Review
If your body was about to become petrified, what would you do? Would you sit around with your loved ones or would you throw yourself from the top of a New York skyscraper? King Of Thorn (Ibari no Ou in Japanese) starts with the latter of these as our introduction to the Medusa virus.

This virus is a build up of a chemical in the human body, which eventually petrifies the host. The World Health Organisation classifies Medusa (also known as ACIS) as a infectious disease of the highest level. With no known cure in sight, a massive pharmaceutical company Venus Gate takes this outbreak as the time to announce their newest medical offering, Cold Sleep Capsules.

Venus Gate are offering 160 people the chance to sleep through the virus, not age and then come back out when there is either a cure available or when the system cannot look after them anymore, which should be at least 100 years. We then jump to an emergency meeting of high up American officials talking about the death of the president and the possibility that Venus Gate may have caused the virus and that something needs to be done.

King of Thorn

We see buses transporting the people entering the capsules along with their travelling partners. Its here we are introduced to some of the main characters. The main character is Kasumi Ishiki, one half of a set of twins who seems very uncertain about going into the cold sleep capsule. Its also at this point where fairy tale nature of the story comes in as on the same bus a woman is reading aloud from Sleeping Beauty.

King of Thorn

Once they get to the Centre (located in Scotland) they are processed, ready to go into the capsules. This requires them to change into what look like white medical clothes and remove all jewelry except for glasses. They are also given a wristband which monitors their vital signs via supercomputer Alice as well as a having a visual indicator as to how much they could be infected. Starting at white, the nearer the display is to black, the less time you have.

With all the people in their capsules, they are sent into their cold sleep. Then they wake up. They have no idea how long they have been asleep. Matters are not made any better by the lack of staff, the computer Alice not responding and the large stems of thorns that have grown all over the facility. With the group of people clueless, things then take a turn for the worse. Bizarre flying creatures descend upon them and start attacking people. These are identified as Death Bats by a young boy claiming they are in a videogame. Panic quickly erupts and after another monster attacks, there are only a few people that make it out of the room safely.

Its quite an assortment of characters, the unsure Kasumi, a convict covered in tattoos, a police officer, an Italian Senator, the lady reading Sleeping Beauty on the bus, the little boy who knew the monsters and another man that seems to know about the building. From here they have to work out just what is going on in the facility, how did it become like this, and what has happened to humanity. Assuming they can survive the monster attacks.

King of Thorn

As a fairy tale set in a sci-fi mystery its very good. The slow drip feed of information keeps you engaged and watching the characters react to the events is interesting. It reminds me partly of the recent Playstation Vita/3DS visual novel game Virtue's Last Reward. While I really like the way the story progressed, there is an event about two thirds of the way that might be a bit too much for some, even though it is justified in the plot. I also found it odd at how underplayed the bracelets visual indicator was as it could have added to the tension.

The animation is produced by Sunrise and looks good for the most part. Some of the CGI doesn't look as good however. They can pull it off with the monsters but there are some quick cuts between the hand drawn characters and their CGI versions which can be a little bit jarring. Also the Blu-Ray version looks great.

King of Thorn

The Japanese voice cast is solid all around with a few popular or well known seiyuu on staff.

There is also a fair few extras on the disc including a half hour Q and A session held after a showing in the Sunshine Cinema in Shinjuku with the director and producer which focuses on making the film. There is also an interesting interview with the director that is more about the films content. There is also a selection of trailers and a TV spot.

Rating: 8/10
\ /

/

Recent News
Fireworks UK Anime Cinema Screening Reminder
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
Ronja The Robber's Daughter UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details
An Interview with Little Witch Academia Creators
Perfect Blue UK Halloween Cinema Screening Review
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
Fireworks UK Anime Cinema Screening Details
Your Name DVD Competition
Little Witch Academia Creators to Appear at MCM London Comic Con October 2017

Recent DVD Reviews

One Punch Man Collection 1
One Punch Man Collection 1
Digimon Adventure Tri
Nisekoi: False Love (Season 2 Complete)
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Heart Throb (Blu-ray)
When Marnie Was There
Sound Euphonium! (Streaming 1-14)
Golden Time Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Terror In Resonance (Blu-ray)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Season 1)

DVD Review Archive

Links We Like
Maliki
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
DannyChoo.com
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Links
Essential Reading
Nausicaa.net
Anime News Network
ICv2
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

WebComics
AppleGeeks
Johnny Wander
MegaTokyo
Nemu-nemu
Three Panel Soul

UK Sites
Anime UK News
BritAnime
UK-Anime.net

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
FUNimation
Madman
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
TokyoPop
Urban Vision
Viz

UK Anime Companies
Anime Limited
Manga Entertainment UK
MVM

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Vertical
Viz
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
AnimeNation
Amazon.com
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

UK DVD Retailers
Amazon.co.uk
HMV
Play
Sendit

Import Retailers
Animaxis
CD Japan
J-List
Play-Asia
Otaku.com
Tokyo Otaku Mode

UK Focused Importers
Otaku.com
Otaku.co.uk
United Publications
 
\
/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2017 Otaku News