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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. #10

    July 17, 2001
Release Date: July 17, 2001


Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #10
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Injured during their engagement with the Balarant, Chirico lies dying in the mysterious spaceship. Tortured by visions of his past, he grows more and more withdrawn from Fyana as their ship hurtles further into the Balarant Nonagression Zone. After their autopilot systems are sabotaged by their enemies in an attempt to capture the ship, Fyana decides that there is only one way she can save Chirico...by surrendering herself to the Balarant! But the best laid plans never work out, especially when Ypsilon and other members of the Secret Society appear in pursuit of their lost Perfect Soldier prototype: Fyana. When their ship is forced down onto a nearby planet, Fyana and a severely weakened Chirico must face Ypsilon in a new deathmatch. But as the Secret Society presses the attack, The Balarant move ever closer. Episodes 4-6.

The Review!
Overall Rating: 3.7
(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: 3
Japanese Acting: 4
Music: 3
Entertainment: 3
Overall: 3.2

-Intro-

This disc of Votoms finally gets us to the planet of Sunsa and brings back one of the best villains introduced in the series to date. There is lots of mecha vs. Mecha action during these three episodes, so those of you starved for AT action will be very happy. But if you are looking of some quicker pacing on the plot, well it doesn’t quite happen. Let’s take a look at the technical part of the disc first.

-Technical Review-

The technical ratings stay the same. The sound and picture scores 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 images that were in the gallery in disc 9. 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 development of the Armored Trooper. This was interesting and informative. You get to see examples of all the classes of mecha that were created for the series and a bunch of protypes and designs for other mecha that aren’t in the series. It shows you the depth to which the mechanical design was thought out. 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-

As I mentioned above, the plot pacing on this disc is a bit off still. I think that the first two discs of this storyline could have condensed into a very good TV special or OAV, but it really feels like the first six episodes of the Sunsa section are being dragged out.

Chirico and Fyana do battle with Balarant forces that have closed in on their ship. During the battle Chirico is seriously wounded and Fyana wrestles with the many new feelings she’s experiencing. Meanwhile the secret society shows up as well, and with them Ypsilon. He is ready to go and take Fyana back and kill Chirico. You know that means there will be a showdown on this disc. To add more danger to the whole situation the mysterious ship that Chirico and Fyana are on begins it’s landing approach to the world of Sunsa. What secrets are waiting to be revealed on the planet and will our heroes have to time discover them before Ypsilon shows up and goes on his killing spree. Things are starting to get more interesting in the second disc of the Deadworld Sunsa story arc.

All the scores are staying the same for this disc. The animation and sound continue in the same quality as we have seen and heard previously. There are some really good things and some O.K. things but nothing overly horrible. The Japanese voice cast does a very good job bringing the characters to life and the music continues to support the action.

My main point of contention on this disc is the pacing of the episodes. It felt like a tight story has been stretched to it’s limits. Compared to the disc of Gasaraki I just watched, and compared to the Kummen story arc things are really dragging. The plot is more straight forward, Fyana and Chirico trying to get away from the forces pursuing them. But the scenes were some dramatic tension could be built don’t work very well and it becomes one action scene after the other. The last episode on this disc was the best of the set, and it flowed much better.

This is still an entertaining series but some of the complexity of the situations have been lost and not really replaced with anything. The action scenes are dragging a bit too. I almost gave this disc a grade down in entertainment, but the last episode was well done and makes you want to see what happens to our main characters in the next disc. Not to mention that the preview showed a glimpse of my favorite character Vanilla! Whoo Hoo!

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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