Karas: The Prophecy | the 2007 Karas: The Revelation
This was the official website for the 2005 action adventure anime films, Karas: The Prophecy and the 2007 Karas: The Revelation. Visitors were able to pre order the DVD's on the site.
Content is from the site's 2005-2007 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.
You can rent the DVD's on Netflix if you missed the movie releases in 2005 & 2007 OR if you just want to enjoy these masterful anime films again.
DVDS CAN NO LONGER BE PURCHASED ON THIS SITE
Karas: The Revelation
- Produced by legendary studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman).
- Starring the voices of Hollywood's hottest young stars including:
- Jay Hernandez (Grindhouse, Hostel)
- Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo)
- Cree Summer (Drawn Together, Hellboy Blood & Iron)
- Widescreen format in dynamic 6.1 channel sound
- Special Featurette: In the Voiceover Booth
- Rough Cut Excerpt
- Packed with bonus features including the trailer, still photo gallery, and more!
KARAS: The Revelation - Official U.S. Trailer
Karas: The Prophecy
- Produced by one of the most respected Japanese animation companies of all time, Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, Gatchaman, etc.)
- Starring the voices of Hollywood’s hottest young stars including:
- Jay Hernandez (Hostel, Crazy Beautiful, Torque)
- Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo)
- Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly, Cheaper by the Dozen)
- Exclusive 21-page KARAS mini-comic included!
(While supplies last)
- Dynamic soundtrack by the Prague Symphony Orchestra in booming 6.1 channel sound
- 2D and 3D/CGI animation technique — never seen before in Anime
- Packed with bonus features including cast interviews, making of Karas, original Japanese feature and more!
KARAS: The Prophecy - Official U.S. Trailer
About 2D/3D Hybrid Animation
Traditional 2D films use consecutive images or ”frames,” then simulate the motion by each image showing the next gradual progression of steps. Originally, 2D animation was created by hand using cells to generate each “frame.” Movies in 2D used to be extremely labor intensive and once each frame was completed, it became non-reusable. This would not apply if the 2D images are created using computer animation programs. With computer’s, 2D “frames” are usually error free but like the traditional films, they have a generic/flat look and feel, even with the use of a 3D model. A good example of this would be Disney’s “Hercules.”
3D animation is strictly created on a computer in a virtual environment. Models are used in place of cells which allow the creator to manipulate the character like a puppet. With 3D, the characters and scenes usually have much more dimension and are generally more stimulating to the eye than a 2D film. Creating a scene may be time-consuming but it's fairly easy to go back and modify the scene substantially if needed. At the end of the project, if the story isn’t satisfying, it is easier to go back and change it vs., a traditional 2D dimensional film.
“This bold new SFX hero is beyond the realm of 2D/3D.”
Shigeki Kuhara / Action Animation Supervisor
“We simply aimed to make a film where viewers would find Karas cool.”
Takayuki Chiba / CG Director
“Karas is a fireworks display that will give birth to various works.”
Kenji Nakamura / Storyboards / Direction
"KARAS: THE REVELATION
NOT ONLY LIVES UP TO THE
AMAZING FIRST VOLUME,
BUT EXCEEDS IT IN
— PLAY MAGAZINE
Karas: The Revelation
Picking up precisely where The Prophecy ends, the new Karas, Otaha, seeks vengeance against the Yakuza that murdered his brother and almost killed him. Meanwhile the old Karas, Eko, unleashes his wrath and contempt for the pitiful humans infesting the city. Yurine, Nue and Otaha join forces for the final epic battle to save the city and protect the will of the people... as Prophecy becomes Revelation!
Produced by legendary studio Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Gatchaman) and featuring the voices of Jay Hernandez (Grindhouse, Hostel), Matthew Lillard (Scream, Scooby Doo) and Cree Summer (Drawn Together, Hellboy Blood & Iron), Karas is destined to be one of the most respected anime films ever.
"The nonlinear storytelling, deeply mysterious plot and imagery that's chock full of beautiful water and light effects make each scene so fascinating... it's almost impossible to tear yourself away" — Newtype USA
Karas: The Prophecy
The worlds of humans and demons have overlapped since time immemorial, and a young woman named YURI and her servant, KARAS, have long maintained order and balance between the worlds. But humans have finally lost their fears of the denizens of darkness. Disgusted by human arrogance, KARAS turns his back on the laws he helped uphold for so long, taking the name EKU and leading a group of mechanized demons in an attack against the human race.
Meanwhile, a detective named KURE who works at the police division in charge of demon-related incidents opens a case involving a series of bizarre murders that look like the work of a water demon. Elsewhere, the demon NUE, who came to town to fight EKU, spots a water demon disguised as a famous warrior... and then YURI shows up with a new KARAS. This new guardian of the city is determined to stop EKU's evil ambitions, but he has a fierce fight ahead of him.
---- Batman with a Samurai Sword ----
Manga Entertainment, the animation label within Anchor Bay Entertainment, an IDT Entertainment Company, proudly presents Karas, a beautiful composite blend of 2D and 3D/CGI animation — a production technique that is completely new to Japanese animation filmmaking.
Prolific anime producers Tatsunoko Productions (Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, Gatchaman) breathe life into Karas, their 40th anniversary animation production.
Tokyo: a city populated by both humans and by ghostly beings. They exist in both dimensions, seen and unseen: spirits, apparitions, demons. The balance between these two dimensions has long been upheld by the city's guardian raven Karas and his masters. But that balance has been thrown into disarray as Eko, a city magnate and former Karas, has attempted to seize power and bring order to the streets through force. The entity Yurine, who represents the will of the people, stands in his way with her newly risen Karas. Now an ageless battle stretching across both dimensions and killing humans and spirits alike is in progress between the two sides and their armies. Karas is humanity's last hope.
Featuring brilliant character and set designs, stunning and unprecedented top-notch 2D/3D hybrid animation, breathtaking fight sequences, a thrilling musical score from the PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in 6.1 channel sound and starring the voices of today's hottest young stars, Karas brings anime to a whole new level that will leave you breathless at the edge of your seat.
Manga Entertainment, known for releasing high-quality animated feature films, knew that Karas has the potential for a much larger audience then the existing anime enthusiasts. A production like this deserves to be seen by the mainstream. Manga Entertainment decided to sign-on three Hollywood actors to be the leading voice characters and introduce a new generation of Speed Racer fans to a different type of Super Hero, a dark one.
"Top 5 most-anticipated anime of 2006"
— Anime Insider
Karas: The Revelation Reviews
Old enemies clash and ancient secrets emerge as the prophecies come to pass in the final chapter of the Karas legacy. This is a world where Eko's armies pose an unparalleled threat, and the only hope for a thriving city is the appearance of a fearless new breed of warrior. Could the power of Otoha's sword prove any match against the crushing weight of human sorrow? With the future of humanity on the line, the ultimate battle will be waged in an animated adventure that marks the fortieth anniversary of Tatsunoko Productions and features the voices of Matthew Lillard, Jay Hernandez, and Cree Summer.
***** Stella D
August 18, 2008
What better way to top off an awesome day in Maui than to be able to chill in the evening watching the awesome anime, Karas: The Revelation! A bunch of my friends and I decided to spens a couple of weeks on Maui before returning to college. My parents knew of some cool condo rentals in Kaanapali so we could save some money making most of our meals. The two condos we found were so great. They overlooked the most incredible white sand beach where we could snorkel, scuba, or snuba through the reefs off Black Rock located at the nearer end of the beach. Those of us who surfed were most satisfied with the location. We played hard all day, every day. One evening while looking through the stack of CD's in the condo, I came across Karas: The Revelation. I am an anime fan from way back and had already seen the 2005 action adventure anime film, Karas: The Prophecy. It was sweet realizing I would be able to now see Karas: The Revelation, for perhaps the fourth time. Yippee. That's how much I love it. This is a very solid combat-oriented story with supernatural and demonic good v. evil themes. The level of violence is really quite impressive; certainly not for children. But we sure all were entertained.
***** Vampyr A
July 2, 2008
OMFH! This was friggin awesome! some of the best animation ever!
***** Steven S
July 1, 2008
Has a kick ass fight. I think they should of made them both into 1 full movie.
***** wannadieforme v
June 23, 2008
WOW... breath taking!!!
***** Jacki H
June 15, 2008
just as good as the first
½ June 9, 2008
Karas is an amazing anime!The animation is outstanding!With a great story to match.
****½ Yunus M
½ June 7, 2008
Brilliant but sure helps if you remind yourself of Karas The Prophecy before you watch it
**** b r
June 6, 2008
A satisfying conclusion to the story, though a tad convoluted at times. Definitely a must see, but only in tandem with The Prophesy.
*** Paul D
June 6, 2008
I didn't think the action was better than the first one. The giant tentacleness kinda annoyed me. But again it was a truelly brilliant visual experience. The story was cleared up ever so slightly. But to be honest Im rating it on action and animation, the story is a good idea, but developed pretty badly.
****½ Gareth C
May 29, 2008
mate this one was betta than the first
***** Christopher P
May 28, 2008
I am truly impressed with this. The story unravels like a Japanese take on Batman, amazingly executed without a hitch.
***** Danny L
May 24, 2008
This movie kept me on the edge of my seat love how it continues right where the first one left off, the Animation is amazing, the story breath taking anime that holds it own will all the other anime classic the ending was what dreams are made of. its one that needs pick up right away.
Karas: The Prophecy Reviews
Gotham City has Batman and New York has Spiderman, but what dark hero protects the gritty, future Tokyo? The answer is the Karas, the main characters of this feature-film-length anime of the same name. Blending 2D cell-shaded animation and 3D computer graphics, Karas: The Prophecy finds the delicate balance between the humans of Tokyo and the ghostly beings that inhabit the city in a parallel universe suddenly disrupted. For thousands of years, the peace has been kept by noble beings called the Karas, who strive to make both the dark and light sides live in harmony. Power breeds corruption however, and now Eko - a former Karas who once swore to protect the city and maintain the balance there -- has since grown bitter and vengeful. He has granted some malicious poltergeists physical bodies so that he can personally rule the humanity he once served. The incarnate of the city, Yurine, must come to the people's aid and so she creates a new Karas to battle the old one. Two Karas have never existed in the same city before, and as a battle for the fate of humanity ensues, it is certain that only one will remain. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
**** Derrick J
November 20, 2007
Pure action. The sequel, Revelations, explains a LOT of what is actually happening.
Just sat back and let the visuals flow over me...
**** Private U
November 18, 2007
"It was amazing series."
**** Ryan E
November 17, 2007
The fighting in this OVA is absolutely amazing. The plot leaves something to be desired, as it doesn't really clue you in on the motives of the characters, or some of the mechanics of the relationships between the Yurines and the Karas. That being said, I really like this and am enjoying the second OVA, "The Revelation" even more.
**** Shane H
November 16, 2007
I went into watching this movie not knowing anything about it, but the action packed start with amazing graphics really got my attention. The plot isn't much to talk about leaving you confused through most of it, not really giving you too much information. You definately have to see 'Karas: The Revelation' right after to understand what is going on and to tie everything together. The two movies together are pretty much one long movie, but together they are very entertaining and one of the better anime movies.
***** Private U
November 16, 2007
one of the best start's to any movie i've ever seen ! and the rest of the film doesn't disappoint ever . a must see movie
****½ Rose H
November 14, 2007
Hard to keep up with the plot, but I find that a lot in anime, especially as I'm not conversant with Japanese mythology. That aside, the action, graphics, fight scenes, etc. make for a visually impressive movie.
**** Private U
November 13, 2007
awesome and beautiful.
***** Micah R
November 12, 2007
I finally got to see Karas: The Revelation this weekend and it was phenomenal. Finally tied everything together. Absolutely brilliant.
**** Haris K
November 11, 2007
A true master piece Anime fans will not be disappointed and the second one totaly exceeds the first