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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. #11

    February 05, 2002
Release Date: July 17, 2001


Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #11
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Like a resurfacing nightmare, Chirico recognizes that they are on the planet Sunsa--the site of many intense battles during the Hundred Years War.

The worst battle occurred when the Balarant forces engaged the Red Shoulder Battalion, a chapter of his bloody past that Chirico desperately wants to forget. But in a desert dyed red with the blood of the war's victims, the ghosts of the pasts still pursue him.

Reunited with his old friends from Uoodo City, Chirico takes refuge with aband of scrap weapons dealers. But their refuge becomes another trap when the scrap-pickers' leader, Zophie, discovers the truth about Chirico's past.

Her hatred for the Red Shoulders will lead her on a journey of vengeance that will follow Chirico across the burning, airless surface of Sunsa to a final confrontation with both their pasts. But Chirico has a more pressing problem: Fyana's supply of jijirium has run out, and without it she will die.

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-

As we come nearer to the end of Sunsa cycle of stories things are still very uneven. Of the three story-lines in Votoms that I’ve seen this is weakest one. This disc is a perfect example of why. At times the episodes fly by and other times they drag slower than a three toed sloth.

-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 planet Sunsa. You get a little tour around several of the locations that appear in this disc and in the next one. 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-

Things are continuing just as they have been in this story arc of Votoms. Certain characters return but there are lots of moments that really seem to drag, even if Gotho, Vanilla and Cocona are back.

Chirico and Fyana run into a group of weapons scavengers on Sunsa. Luckily Gotho, Vanilla and Cocona are hanging out with the Scavengers and vouch for Chirico. Things seem to be going O.K. now that they all have a place to lie low. But it all goes wrong when Ypsilon shows up with this strike force of AT’s. The leader of the scavengers, Zophie finds out that Chirico was a member of the Red Shoulders. Hatred is ignited and the scavengers turn on our heroes. Now Chirico is forced out of hiding with Fyana in tow. Ypsilon and the Balarant forces are after them, not to mention a determined Zophie. And to top it all off Fyana needs another bath of Jijirium or else she’ll die. Things couldn’t look more grim in this disc of Armoured Trooper Votoms.


Again we got good scores for the animation, sound design, music and acting. This series is pretty consistent in those areas and that is a good thing. The animation hasn’t taken a downturn or the actors haven’t’ suddenly become bored with the project.

Again the pacing and the plot are the weak points on this disc. The return of the three pals introduced in the first story arc was nice and they added a much needed lightness to this sequence of events. But still the overall story really almost seems like a filler story arc. It seems that we are coming closer and closer to a revelation at the end of the Sunsa segment but the question is, will I really care once we get there. I still think that this story line would have made a good OAV series or movie, but 12 episodes just makes it feel like it’s dragging.

I was pretty entertained while watching this disc, but it’s lacking some of the intrigue and depth of the first two parts. It almost feels as if the creators weren’t prepared to do this many episodes, or that they were running out of ways to make the story work. The pacing is making certain episodes (the middle one on this disc particularly) really slow. Still it’s not dragging the whole show down with it. If the next arc is better than this one (it better be, since it is the climax) I think it will all end for the best.

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

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,The world of VOTOMS

Review Equipment
Hitachi GD-2000 DVD ROMCinemaster QI DVD Player (application)Dell Model UltraScan D1025HTX Color MonitorACS295 Atltec Lansing Speakers (right, left, Subwoofer)


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