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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: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Votoms, Armor Trooper

Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #03

    July 17, 2001
Release Date: July 17, 2001


Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #03
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Fugitive soldier Chirico Cuvie has not only an agenda, but also the power to carry it out after stealing priceless Jijirium from the Secret Society! Chirico wants to draw the mysterious Phantom Lady out into the open. This works, but only to a point--she's as deadly a robot pilot as he, and when their Armored Troopers meet in combat, the outcome is far from Predictable!

Now on the run again, Chirico and his companions have to make a choice: get out of Uoodo City and never look back, or return fire. Chirico is determined to learn the truth behind the conspiracy that has made him a renegade.

But the Secret Society controls Uoodo's corrupt police department, and Chirico will need some serious firepower. Fortunately, he knows where to find it...and his friends will soon learn there is much more to him than meets the eye!

Contains:
8: The Deal
9: The Rescue
10: Red Shoulder

The Review!
Overall Rating: 3.9
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Technical Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 4
Presentation: 3
Goodies: 4
Overall: 4.2

-Content Ratings-
Animation: 3
Sound: 3
Plot: 4
Japanese Acting: 4
Music: 3
Entertainment: 4
Overall: 3.5

-Intro-

The plot continues to plunge forward. You can see where it’s going but the characters are interesting and Chirico finally gets to say more than three sentences an episode. I was beginning to worry about the poor bloke. Anyway, this disc is more of the same in both technical and content areas.

-Technical Review-

The technical ratings stay the same. The sound and picture remain high. The menu’s got great style and works fine. The subs are hard matted onto the screen for this series. So you can’t get rid of them and watch this raw. The keepcase tells you everything except for running time and that it’s in Japanese with subs. The extras include a Gallery of stills and production art (the same from the first disc). You also get some introductions to characters, mecha, vehicles, and weapons. These are comprised of text and design sketches. The last element called the "World Guide" gives you an in depth look into the technology of the Armoured Troopers, mostly in the armor and weapons area. Mecha fans this one is for you. As usual you might want to watch the whole disc before you do any reading, as some spoilers to episodes are given away in these extras.

-Content Review-

When we left our group in the last disc Chirico, Gotho, Vanilla and Coconna had stolen a huge shipment of Jijirium from the Uoodo police. But now that they’ve got it what can they do with it. Well, as the light dawns on them that they don’t have a fence for the stolen goods, they come up with a plan. They’ll sell it back to the police. It’s not a great idea but it’s the only option left to them. Gotho makes a deal with the chief of police to exchange the Jijirium for 3 billion in gold. Sounds good right? Well it’s all a trap of course. But our hero’s aren’t stupid enough not to see it coming. What follows is a showdown between Chirico and a mysterious pilot of a Armored Trooper (AT) decked out in red paint. The red AT moves impossibly fast and even Chirico has a problem with it. In the end Chirico is defeated by the red AT. The next episode has Gotho, Vanilla and Coconna join forces to spring Chirico from the cops. It’s a dangerous gamble, and how far are these criminals willing to go. Find out how much Chirico’s life is worth in this episode. The final episode follows the gang as they make a grand escape from the city. The police are hot on their tail. It’s going to take some fancy acrobatics and quick repair skills to survive this onslaught. Everything is set up for a final showdown between Chirico and the police force of Uoodo city.

All the scores stay the same in every section. The animation and sound remain average. The music continues to keep it’s style and work off and on. The Japanese acting is good, and there wasn’t anything horrible about any of it. All these elements show there age, but if you are looking for a good solid mecha story this will work just fine.

The plot really smoothed itself out in this disc. Things were much less convenient and there is definitely a surge of tension building up. All the characters are really feeling the strain now. The biggest change comes with Chirico. In the middle episode on this disc something happens that changes his relationship to Gotho, Vanilla and Coconna. I was worried that something like this wasn’t going to happen. Then we’d end up with a main character who was so ultra cool he can’t talk to anyone, or do anything for anyone and be so filled with angst that you want to deck him. Whoa, that was a rant and a half. Anyway, it isn’t going in that direction, so I’m liking the show more.

Well to tie up this very short review I’ll say that I am actually eager to see more. Again time didn’t fly by while I watched this, but it didn’t drag either. I think that now the characters are interacting more with Chirico I’m going to enjoy it a bit more. I’m also interested in how the pilot of the red Votom will fit into this story. Time to pop another disc in!

Roman J. Martel
Tell me what you think! E-mail me at...
roman@animeondvd.com

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony Playstation 2

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