The Skull Man DVD

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About The Skull Man DVD

This The Skull Man complete collection contains episodes 1-13.

Otomo City: where freedom and justice have atrophied to the bone; where conspiracy rules the day and death stalks the night... Death in the form of the Skull Man, a literal Grim Reaper whose skeletal grin presages grisly mayhem and murder, even to the monstrous mutants that haunt the city's underworlds!

To investigate a bizarre slaying, journalist Minagami Hayato and photographer Kiriko Mamiya must stalk this ultimate predator, through a festering cadaver of a city where the corruption flows in rivers as deep and foul as the sins of the reigning elite, and unearth a secret so shocking that an entire city has been turned into a tomb to contain! In a nightmarish necropolis where nothing is as it seems, vengeance comes in the form of a living Death's-Head!

Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation, Skull Man Japanese Promos.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.


  • Media: DVD
  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Themes: Adventure, Supernatural
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Run Time: 325
  • Release Date: 2/2/2010
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.4
  • Region Code: 1

Ratings & Reviews

4 reviews

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I really liked it, but mainly because it fit my personal tastes.

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More dark superhero than film noir, this anime has great characters, with solid performances, and is an overall, very good production. Unfortunately its biggest problem is that so many parts of the story remind me of other anime, complete with an ending straight from “Giant Robo.” I don’t mean that it alludes to other shows out of respect; but, more that it cuts different things from other series and merge them all into a singular story. For the most part that is fine with me, and I enjoyed it greatly; however, there are some whom would be extremely turned-away by this. I give this show “5 stars” because of my personal tastes, yet I could easily understand others who would give it 3.

Anti-Hero vs. The Occult


-Standard menu presentation
-no extra special features
-Opening theme starts out sinister, but abruptly changes to a jazzy disco tune. Which incidentally fits the old school mystery vibe
-animation style looks old fashioned to me, but that fits with the storyline well
-Has a Gotham "everything is going to hell vibe"
-I gave 3 stars because the ending left more unanswered questions (there is no season 2 that I know of, otherwise I would've given 4 stars)
-PLOT emotional journey with likeable characters and a twisted ending that will either have you flipping tables or bawling your eyes out
-A tragedy that Edgar Allen Poe would approve

Skull Man is AWESOME!


A hidden gem. I would have never even known about this show if it wasn't for a recommendation. I loved it! One of the most underrated shows I've seen in a long time. Worth the cost.

A dark, tragic, entertaining mystery that tries to be too many things…

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“Who is the Skull Man?” That is the question this series poses, but by the end, you may be wondering, “What is the Skull Man?” Is it a stand-alone noir detective story, a supernatural horror tale, a Tokusatsu-like action-drama, a political thriller, or a stealth prequel to one of anime’s oldest enduring franchises?
The answer you settle on will affect your final verdict, but I felt this confusion of identity caught up to it in the finale, preventing it from being truly great. Even so, there’s a lot to like here: a jazzy yet moody score; many likable, well-developed characters; an intriguing world; and some great plot twists. Its 13 episodes feel more like 26.
Mostly a slow burn about those affected by the Skull Man, it has very dark themes offset by moments of levity and humanity. The animation is solid throughout, with a retro aesthetic, but rarely reaches the feats BONES is capable of. Still, it’s worth a watch if you enjoy the genres noted. (2-DVD set, subtitled only, basic extras)