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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 64.95
  • Running time: 270
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: 3 X 3 Eyes

3 X 3 Eyes

By Jim Lazar     February 27, 2001
Release Date: February 27, 2001

The Review!
Video: B
Audio: A
Subtitles: A
English Dub: B
Menus: B
Packaging: B

Video: B

Crisp and clear, but does show it's age. Mostly analog nicks and scratches, but there is a graininess to the image that is noticeable throughout the first four episodes. Colors seem a bit dull, but this show isn't really filled with bight vibrant colors in the first place. The quality of the video is noticeably better in the last three episodes, probably due to the masters used and the different ages of the two OVA series.

I didn't notice any digital problems with the transfer when I watched the episodes on my setup (except for some vertical jerkiness during the end credit scroll).

The animation is a bit dated and they took some shortcuts in a few places, but overall it's a great story with great visuals.

Audio: A

Clear and undistorted throughout. While the video showed some signs of its age, the audio doesn't. I listened to the English dub throughout and spot-checked the Japanese audio (since I wanted to gauge the quality of the English dub). Both audio tracks sound great to me.

Subtitles: A

These are some of the best looking subs I've ever seen on a DVD. Nice and thick and with a drop shadow border. Yup, the border isn't just a simple number of pixels wide, it actually produces a shadow down and to the left a bit. The result is VERY readable.

English Dub: B

Well, after having heard reports that the dub was laced with Gargoyles inside jokes (because various people who worked on Gargoyles were involved with the production of the dub), I was expecting the worse. Maybe it's because I've only seen a couple episodes of Gargoyles, but I didn't notice anything amiss with the dub.

Comparing the dub with the sub I didn't notice any glaring differences, so if the Gargoyles jokes are in the dub they might be in the subs as well.

Overall, the dub is fairly decent acting-wise and seems accurate, but it's been a while since I've seen the Streamline dub or fansubs of 3x3 Eyes. About the only thing that I noticed is that they had some problems with using the name "Sanjiyan Unkara". At first they used it like Pai's name and then it was used for the name of her race.

One interesting thing is that the "Statue of Humanity" is referred to by it's Japanese name (which I have no idea how to spell, so I won't try) throughout the dub except at the beginning where it's described once. The subs use "Statue of Humanity" throughout.

Menus: B

The main menu and most of the sub menus on both discs are animated and have various pieces of music from the feature playing throughout. Navigation is fast and easy, with no problems. There are menu transitions between menus and when playing the feature, but they are short and not obtrusive.

The menu selection cursor on disc 1 is Yakumo's Wu character, which is a nice touch.

The language selection menu clearly shows which audio and subtitle options are the current selections and toggling them is quick and painless. The scene selection menu is a simple one-page screen that allows quick selection of any of the chapters on the discs.

The extras menus are laid out simply, but have some nice animated scenes and accompanying music tracks.

Actor credits

The actors credits on each has pictures of the voice actors and with the picture of part(s) they played in 3x3. Plus a short biography of that actors. Don't worry, while disc 1 contains only the English voice actors, disc 2 does contain several of the Japanese voice actors as well as some additional English voice actors.

Art Gallery and Line Art Gallery

Both discs have an Art Gallery and a Line Art Gallery, although the art is different on each disc. Some nice pictures and production drawings can be found in these simple gallerys.

Hidden gallery on disc 2

Go to the extras menu and highlight Megumi Hayashibara's entry. Then push the right menu button and 'select'. You'll be treated to some cute stills of Pai. Number three's my favorite.

Packaging: B

The cover is very nice and complements the content of the episodes nicely. The two-disc set is in a double Alpha case. Although I don't really like the Alpha-style hubs, I prefer this double disc packaging to the double Amarays or the horrible cardboard packaging that Pioneer used on their other multi-disc packages.

The discs themselves have a simple 3 eye symbol on them, black for the first disc and red for the second.

One interesting extra in the case is the inclusion of temporary tattoos. Basically, it's the 3x3 Eyes logo and a third eye. I'm thinking of putting the third eye on my forehead for AX2001. :-)

What can I say? I love this show.

The two parts (Immortals and Legend of the Divine Demon) make up two story arcs. Although a small part of the longer manga, the two OVA series do have some stunning visuals and an intriguing plot.

What's it about? Well, I'll try not to spoil anything, but the story revolves around Pai who has a dual personality. "Pai" is a cute, somewhat clumsy, teenager yearning to be human. "Sanjiyan" is her three-eyes personality, last survivor of an ancient race.

As fate should have it, she meets a young man named Yakumo. Due to an 'accident', Yakumo's soul becomes bonded to Pai's and he becomes immortal. This has its ups and downs for Yakumo throughout the story. It also means the viewers get to see him killed many times through the story.

And that's just the first few minutes. The rest of the first four episodes revolves around the search for the Statue of Humanity and keeping the bad guys from using it to resurrect REAL bad guy.

The second OVA series' three episodes revolve around Yakumo's search for Pai and for Pai's search for herself.

Overall, it's a great seven episodes that are very enjoyable to watch. I wish there were more, but they do have enough closure to not leave you hanging for more to badly.

Review Equipment
Sony DVP-S300 DVP player, Sony DB-930 receiver (S-video and optical AC-3 connections), Sony Trinitron KV-32V15


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