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Yuri Amano ... Rirubelt (voice: Japanese version)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Ella Lagu (voice: Japanese version)
Chieko Honda ... Fais (voice: Japanese version)
Rei Igarashi ... Falstese (voice: Japanese version)
Tomoko Ishimura ... Gian Deez (voice: Japanese version) (as Mifuyu Hîragi)
Jonathan Keeble ... Scarface (voice: English version)
Takehito Koyasu ... Kai Sink (voice: Japanese version)
Takeshi Kusao ... (voice: Japanese version)
Stephen Lyons ... Wolfman (voice: English version)
Daniel Marinker ... Screb Lohengrin (voice: English version)
Yasunori Matsumoto ... Scarface (voice: Japanese version)
Roger May ... Blackwing (voice: English version)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Dias Lagu (voice: Japanese version)
Yûko Mizutani ... Follymayer Razmatizer (voice: Japanese version)
Chinami Nishimura ... Kara La Luka (voice: Japanese version)
Ikue Ohtani ... Kyo Ryu (voice: Japanese version)
Mathonwy Reeves ... (voice)
Holly Rivers ... Kyuo Ryu (voice: English version)
Tomokazu Seki ... Len Fuuma (voice: Japanese version)
Fumihiko Tachiki ... Glad (voice: Japanese version)
Reiko Takagi ... Lunaris Anbra (voice: Japanese version)
Sarah Wateridge ... Faury Maya (voice: English version)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Low (voice: Japanese version)

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Hiroshi Negishi 
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Masahito Yamashita .... animator

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45 min
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Norway:18 (video rating) | UK:12 | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating)

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The FIRST fighting/bloody anime I've seen, 3 September 2013
Author: chribren from Norway

"Shadow Skill" is an Action/Anime OVA directed by Hiroshi Negishi. This anime was released in the US/UK by Manga Entertainment.

Basic plot: 14-year old Gau Ban goes once again to his parents grave; his parents were killed by bandits when he was 10, while his adoptive sister Ella Ragu can martial arts. But after getting attacked by a monster called Wolfman, he is later forced to fight Ella and master Scarface. Ella wants to teach him a powerful martial art called 'Shadow Skill'...

This is my story in relation to this OVA; As a little boy, the only anime I had seen was the Norwegian dub of "Panda no Daibouken (Panda's Adventures)", which was my childhood favorite film before "Toy Story (1996)" came. Where I live, bloody animations and such stuff simply didn't exist. I didn't know anything about this kind of animations until I accidentally discovered "Shadow Skill" (released by Polygram Video) year 1998. This one was rated 18 according to the Norwegian video box, and I was only 12-year old. My dad even had to pay some money to rent this, so my big sister and I got to see this anyway. No kidding here.

This 50-minute long film happened to be my first time in my life to see an animated film where characters beat the crap out of each other, blood splatters everywhere, and some complicated talking go on. Despite released on Norwegian VHS, the film was the English dub version by Manga Entertainment without any subs. The same with "Venus Wars", "Akira" and "Ninja Scroll" which we saw the next three years. Anyway, my big sister and I really liked this film, and happened to be noted on big sister's wish-list.

Once again, this was my first time in my life to see such violent anime OVA, and "Shadow Skill" (as well as the other three anime movies I mentioned above) will always remind me about this being the beginning of my life as an anime-interested guy. My rating for this anime is 5 of 6 points. ;-)

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