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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: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Votoms, Armor Trooper

Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #06

    July 17, 2001
Release Date: July 17, 2001


Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #06
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Barely evading Ypsilon, the deadly new Perfect soldier, Chirico Cuvie is captured and taken straight to the Veela Guerillas' secret base, deep in the Kummen jungle. There, he is not only reunited with Fyana, but he also comes face to face with Ypsilon again. Aided by Fyana, Chirico makes good his escape...but his return to the EX-10 mercenary base is met with suspicion. It takes a full-on enemy assault to save Chirico and raise the stakes. A treaty with the Melkian Army brings Captain Rochina back into the fray. Finally learning all about the Perfect Soldier project, Chirico is ordered to participate in a joint operation against the Veela Guerillas, beginning with an assault on Prince Kanjielman's stronghold. Their objective: to bring back a Perfect Soldier--alive! Episodes 5-8.

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-

If you are looking for more mecha in jungle action, you got it. If you’re looking for Chirico reuniting with Fyana, you got it. If you’re looking for more of Captain Kan Yu acting like a jerk, you got it. If you’re looking for more Armored Trooper Votoms, look no further. Hey that was pretty good in a cheesy kinda way.

-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 dealing with this set of stories. It’s the same set that was on the fifth 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 secret society and the Perfect Soldier Project. It was a bit too descriptive about the Secret society for my taste. I’m not sure if it gave too much away too early, but it feels like it. As to the Perfect Soldier part, most of that is explained in the show on this disc and it goes into more detail. 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-

After my last "synopsis" I’ll try, really try to keep this one brief. Chirico discovers that the pilot of the blue AT is not his girl, Fyana, but a new pilot called Ypsilon. This guy is a perfect soldier as well and he seems to have a thing for Fyana (whom he lovingly calls Proto One. Does that make him Proto Two?). Chirico is ditched by Captain Yu in the jungle and stumbles upon the Veela Guerillas main hideout. Ypsilon and Chirico do battle with spear like weapons, while Fyana looks on. Don’t worry too much about Chirico, he is able to escape from the clutches of Ypsilon and the prince (who seems like a real sensible guy). Upon his return to his base Chirico learns that General Gon Nu has gone on a secret meeting with the Melkien army. Gotho goes on some reconnaissance to find out what kind of deal the military and the mercs are cooking up. While he’s gone, all hell breaks lose as the Veela attack. Poor Vanilla and Coconna get trapped inside the burning Club Phantom. Can Chirico save them? After that attack more secrets are revealed as the Jean-Paul from the Melkian army appears (he was the guy following Chirico around in the first story arc) and gives Chrico a special mission. Which leads to the special mission itself in the final episode. But don’t get too excited. Good ol’ Captain Yu has plenty of chances to make a fool of himself and try his damnedest to screw up the mission.

The animation remains the same in this disc, as does the sound. The designs for some of the temples featured in this disc are interesting and have a Southern Asia feel to them. Again the mecha design is impressive. For the jungle combat new additions to the AT’s are necessary and practical. This becomes more obvious with the amount of river wading they have to do. We got some great, realistic mecha design here. The sound continues to remain solidly done and well executed.

The story’s twisting more upon itself. It’s becoming harder and harder to see which side of the civil conflict is "right and just". You can also see that Chirico and several other characters, especially Pol, are being torn by what is happening. This kind of tension builds the realism and makes this plot that much more successful. Fyana also describes why she seems so drawn to Chirico, so that point was made a bit clearer.

The acting and the music are both well done and add to the series. There are moments where the music just stands out due to it’s age or the way it just doesn’t quite seem to fit. But for the most part the score is good. I’m really getting into the opening and ending themes. Help!

I’m continuing to enjoy Armored Trooper Votoms. This series is definitely worth checking out, especially if you want some serious war drama and some interesting twists on the mecha genre. More next week!

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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