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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. #13

    February 18, 2002
Release Date: July 17, 2001

Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #13
© NuTech Digital, Inc.

What They Say
Stage 4: God Planet Quent V.1 - At the center of the Astragius Galaxy lies the mysterious planet Quent. Once, it was the cradle of the greatest civilization in the history of the known universe. But, 3,000 years ago, the Quentians accidentally unleashed a powerful force. A dark force so terrifying that they willingly destroyed their own civilization rather than allow it to spread...a power which lies at the heart of Chirico Cuvie's destiny. Episodes 1-4: Friends (Deadworld Sunsa Flashback), Quent, The Desert, Legacy. Bonus feature: The World Of Votoms - characters, mecha and more!

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
Acting: 4
Music: 3
Entertainment: 4
Overall: 3.5


Chirico is on a quest to find out the truth about himself and the perfect soldiers. His journey has lead him to Quent and now things are getting really interesting. With this first disc in the final Votoms cycle, the plot gets much more involving and things are going toward a climax. All I can say is, I’m ready for the ride.

-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 an all-new set of art so check it out. 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 merchandising world of Votoms. That’s right! You get a behind the scenes look at some of the other items that came about because of the televisions series. This disc focuses on spin off stories, OAV series, video games and manga that were inspired by Votoms. This is a neat extra that I wouldn’t mind seeing on !
her DVD series. 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-

This disc has four episodes and each one builds on the other. There seems to be very little filler here and that’s a good thing. The first episode is a recap of the Sunsa cycle, but it stops just a bit over halfway into the cycle. I found that a bit odd, especially considering the final episode of that story line. Anyway the second episode picks up the story with Chirico landing on Quent only to find himself in the middle of another desert. This poor guy. When Chirico finally ends up in the only city on the planet he seeks out a native of the planet. But the Quent-men are not easily found. Of course the secret society shows up and starts to make trouble for our hero. Killy, the leader of the society seems a bit leery of creating too much trouble on this world, but the "wonder twins" don’t seem to care too much. Chirico runs into another old friend, Ru Shako (the Quent warrior from the Kummen cycle) and the two team up to get some answers. But Ru seems to know way !
re than he lets on. The mystery thickens in this disc of Armoured Trooper Votoms.

I was hoping that the animation and sound might jump up a grade in this cycle, but it didn’t happen. But at least it’s consistent with what we’ve been seeing. We’ve got a new AT in this series and it looks a bit odd, but has all the realistic features I’ve come to expect from this series. The look of Quent isn’t too different from the world of Sunsa (perhaps a bit less red). But the world hidden in the crevasses of Quent are done in an interesting way. The sound design maintains it’s detail and depth.

The music and acting have also remained solid and not changed their grades. Both add to the series and don’t harm it any way. I’ve grown used to the mix of 70’s/80’s pop in the soundtrack and find myself humming the opening theme way too often. The Japanese cast all has done a fine job to date, and will probably continue to do a fine job.

The overall story and pacing of this cycle are a great improvement over much of the repetitive style in the previous one. Things are much more mysterious and with Ru as our guide as well as Chirico’s it pulled me into the whole story much more. Of course we know that whatever Chirico is seeking, be it answers or a meaning to his life, it will continue to complicate matters further.

Because of the way this story has been set up this disc gets a grade up in entertainment. I’m eager to see just how this will all play out. I’m also eager to see how Fyana, Jean-paul and hopefully Gotho, Vanilla and Coconna will all fit into the grand finale. Looks like I might have to do a Votoms marathon next week :-)

Roman J. Martel
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Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony DVP-NS300


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