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(aka "Rozario to banpaia" or "Rosario + Vampire" or "Rosario to Vampire Capu2" or "Rosario to Vampire")

 

Directed by Takayuki Inagaki
Japan 2008

 

Tsukune’s terrible grades stick him in a school where all his classmates are monsters— and if they figure out his human status, he’s fresh meat. Things perk up when his scent attracts the hungry lips of a gorgeous vampire named Moka. Soon Tsukune is seduced by a succubus, tormented by a frisky witch, and stalked by a snow fairy! He’s a slacker in the human world but scores an A+ with monsters.

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Rosario + Vampire (literally "rosary and vampire"). Tsukune Aono is an average teenager who is unable to get into any local high schools due to his poor grades. As a last ditch effort to secure his education, his parents enroll him in a private school called Yokai Academy, which he discovers is a boarding school for monsters. The school teaches monsters how to coexist with humans, including disguising as them, but any real humans found on campus are to be killed. Although he fears for his life, Tsukune befriends a beautiful vampire girl named Moka Akashiya, who enjoys his company and especially the taste of his blood. During a fight with a school bully, Tsukune accidentally removes the rosario around Moka's neck, and discovers that she transforms into a powerful vampire with a completely different personality. A 13-episode anime adaptation of Rosario + Vampire aired in Japan between January and March 2008. A second season of the series, Rosario + Vampire Capu2, aired in Japan between October and December 2008. 

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 3rd, 2008

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Review: Funimation - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Funimation - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 0:24:42.105 X 13 episodes X 2  seasons  
Video

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc One Size: 47,467,609,260 bytes

Disc Two Size: 24,287,374,156 bytes

Disc Three Size: 47,325,165,013 bytes

Disc Four Size: 22,595,462,048 bytes

Episode Sample: 5,156,499,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.09 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Episode sample Blu-ray:

Audio

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1881 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1881 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Japanese 771 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 771 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -3dB)

Subtitles English (mandatory for Japanese track), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Funimation

 

1.78:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc One Size: 47,467,609,260 bytes

Disc Two Size: 24,287,374,156 bytes

Disc Three Size: 47,325,165,013 bytes

Disc Four Size: 22,595,462,048 bytes

Episode Sample: 5,156,499,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.09 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Blu-ray 2

• Textless Closing Song "Dancing in the Velvet Moon" (1:40 - Japanese with English subtitles)

Blu-ray 4

Textless Opening Song "Discotheque" (1:34)
Textless Closing Song "Trinity Cross" (1:38)
Trailers (4:20)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 2nd, 2018
Standard thick Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Funimation Blu-ray (September 2019): Funimation have transferred, another popular manga, to 'anime' Blu-ray; both complete seasons of  Rosario + Vampire. It follows the same pattern of the first dual-layered Blu-ray having 9 episodes while the second, a single-layered BD has 4 episodes. This is the same for Season Two entitled Rosario + Vampire Capu2.

Blu-ray 1 (Rosario + Vampire)
1. New Life and a Vampire
2. Succubus and a Vampire
3. Witchling and a Vampire
4. Farewell and a Vampire
5. School Swimsuits and a Vampire
6. Newspaper Club and a Vampire
7. Snow Girl and a Vampire
8. Math and a Vampire
9. Summer Break and a Vampire
Blu-ray 2
10. Sunflowers and a Vampire
11. New Term and a Vampire
12. Security Committee and a Vampire
13. Tsukune and a Vampire

Blu-ray 3 (Rosario and Vampire Capu2)
01. Reunion and a Vampire
02. Little Sister and a Vampire
03. Mother and Child and a Vampire
04. Body Measurements and a Vampire
05. Curry and a Vampire
06. School Trip and a Vampire
07. Bathroom and a Vampire
08. Youth and a Vampire
09. Skiing and a Vampire

Blu-ray 4
10. Pretty Boy and a Vampire
11. Lilith’s Mirror and a Vampire
12. Holy Seal and a Vampire
13. Cross and Family and a Vampire

It is reasonably heavy in the "fanservice" vein but more titillation than implied intercourse.

NOTE: Fan service refers to sequences generally include to titillate the viewer or eroticize a character. This typically includes scantily-clad costumes, up-skirt panty camera angles, cleavage and nudity (in baths or showers). The term 'Ecchi' - the Japanese pronunciation of the letter "H" - and can extend further to more overt sexuality. It is essentially erotic softcore with naked breasts, buttocks, long bare legs (but not exposed genitals), at times, shown in a humorous way. Japanese erotic content is rated "H" while in the rest of the world uses the more common "X" rating.

On their Blu-ray, Funimation offer the options of a Dolby TrueHD 2.0 channel stereo in the original Japanese (16-bit) or Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround in the English DUB (also 16-bit). There is sporadic aggressive violence in 'battles' and some surprising separation in the DUB. The music is credited to Kôhei Tanaka and Shiroh Hamaguchi. The songs Cosmic Love and Dancing in the Velvet Moon are performed by Nana Mizuki.  Funimation offer mandatory English subtitles on the Japanese track (and on the English DUB signs, txt and song lyrics are translated) persuadably to protect the Japanese releases - that are also Region 'A' -locked Blu-rays.

The Funimation first Blu-ray package has no audio commentaries. The only extras are the Textless Closing Song "Dancing in the Velvet Moon" for the first season (Japanese with English subtitles) and the Textless Opening Song "Discotheque" and Closing Song "Trinity Cross" plus 3 trailers for other anime.

As far as 'fanservice'-oriented anime go, in 2011, we reviewed High School of the Dead on Blu-ray, then more recently Prison School on Blu-ray, a couple of weeks later Sekirei and last week the erotic comedy, My First Girlfriend is a Gal. Rosario + Vampire is balances a Harry-Potter-like story with a private institute called Yokai Academy.  So I guess you could throw-in a little X-Men and Monsters Inc. - in short it is a boarding school for latent-powerful high-school level youths from witches and snow fairies to standard 'monsters': vampires, werewolves etc. adding-in gratuitous upskirt panty shots and sweater-concealing over-sized breasts.

Rosario + Vampire has some, typical 'fan service', but not fetishized (Prison School), apocalyptic-based (High School of the Dead) or adolescent comedy (My First Girlfriend is a Gal) and only moderately super-hero (Sekirei). It was popular enough to have a second season and I would say it is still for adults only with the shifting story leaning to the fantasy-horror realm. If I receive and review more of these anime, I will probably do a genre page with a rating and/or a top 10. So far I'd put Rosario + Vampire somewhere in the middle. When it gets too complex with extraneous characters I tend to lose interest.

Gary Tooze

 


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