Anime DVD Review: Chrono Crusade Complete Collection

The Chrono Crusade Complete Collection is a five-disc set that contains all 24 episodes of the series. There are six episodes each on the first four discs, with extras included on the first, second, and fourth discs. The fifth disc in the set only contains extras.

Chrono Crusade Complete Collection
English Publisher: Section 23
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 24, 2009

I was disappointed by the packaging of this set; when you open the box, you find that all five discs on stacked one on top of the other on one hub. Also, there is no booklet or insert included in the box, so you don’t know what episodes are on what discs unless you put the discs into a DVD player.

Chrono Crusade is set in the United States during the 1920s. Rosette Christopher is the main character of the series, and she’s an impulsive 16-year-old girl who is an elite exorcist for The Order of Magdalene. Rosette is part of The Order of Magdalene in order to search for her lost brother, Joshua Christopher.

The Order of Magdalene is an organization of the Catholic Church that banishes devils and demons to Hell. Rosette works for the New York branch of the Order, which is headed by Sister Kate Valentine and Father Ewan Remington. Sister Kate is a strong-willed woman that leads the order with an iron resolve. Father Remington is the Minister of the Magdalene Order; he is also a field agent and second-in-command to Sister Kate.

Rosette’s partner is a demon named Chrono; when Rosette was 11, she made a contract with Chrono. As part of the contract, Chrono feeds off of Rosette’s soul as an alternative to the astral energy he got from his horns; his horns were taken by Aion, the main antagonist of the series. Rosette has the power to unseal Chrono’s true devil state, but it comes with the cost of Chrono taking more of Rosette’s life.

It turns out that Chrono had formerly helped Aion; however, when Aion ordered Chrono to kill Mary of Magdalene, Chrono refused because he was in love with her. Now, 50 years later, Chrono has fallen in love with Rosette. During the series, Rosette and Chrono travel around the country to eliminate the demonic threats to society.

They are joined by Azmaria Hendrich and Satella Harvenheit. Azmaria is the Apostle of Charity and Songstress of Vegas who has a gift of healing with song. Over the 12 years of her life she was traded among families like a trophy, so she has a low sense of self-esteem and self-worth; Rosette and Chrono make it a mission to help Azmaria to value herself as much as she does others. Satella is a German jewel summoner and bounty hunter, who survived an attack from a “hornless demon” that killed everyone in her family except for her and her older sister. Her sister was taken by the demon, and Satella is searching for her sister.

Overall, I really enjoyed watching Chrono Crusade. I was riveted by the characters of Rosette and Chrono and by the relationship they had with each other. Azmaria and Satella were wonderful additions to the story. And the ending of the anime has a major “feel” moment that almost made me cry.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the extras on the first disc include the original on-air openings for the first five episodes, as well as commentary on episode one by the American voice actors for Rosette and Chrono. The only difference between the five on-air openings is about ten seconds of footage in the middle; otherwise, it’s the exact same opening. Because the difference is so slight, it made this feature rather boring to watch.

The only extra on the second disc is commentary provided by the American voice actor for Joshua and ADR Director Matt Greenfield. The fourth disc contains the unused on-air openings for the final four episodes. These unused on-air openings are exactly like the openings on the first disc, but with different footage during the ten seconds in the middle.

The fifth disc contains several bonus features. First is “Azmaria’s Extra Classes”; these are a series of 11 three-four minute pieces that explain various aspects of Chrono Crusade. The topics covered in this section include: America in the 1920s, the Magdalene Order, weapons used by the Magdalene Order, the Apostles, the beasts Satella summons, the devil worshippers, “the Sinners,” the pursuers and the Believers, stigmata, the ritual of Atonement, and the Head of Pandemonium. Next, is the clean opening and clean closing, which are the opening and ending credits without the credit text.

The “Chrono Crusade Chronicle” is a feature that is designed to look like a newspaper. This is divided into four sections: “Famous People Sighted,” “Mysterious Creatures Discovered,” “Mechanical Curiosities,” and “Chrono Crusade Slang.” All of these contain various pieces of information, and is done in a slideshow format; the only exception to this is “Chrono Crusade Slang,” which is a list of slang words from 1928 that the viewer can page through. Outside of “Chrono Crusade Slang,” the viewer has no control over when the screen changes to the next page of information.

Next is “Production Sketches”; this feature is not done in a way that the viewer can go through at their own pace. Instead, it is done as a 36-minute long video file. The disc also includes ADV Previews and DVD credits.

While I was disappointed in the packaging of this set, and wish some of the special features had been done differently, this is a good set to own if you are a fan of Chrono Crusade. The episodes themselves are very well done, and the “Azmaria’s Extra Classes” and the “Chrono Crusade Chronicle” extras are very informative and give the viewer a better understanding of the series.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Chrono Crusade Complete Collection that my husband purchased.

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