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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. #14

    February 25, 2002
Release Date: July 17, 2001


Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #14
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
The twin scientists, Arron and Gurran, arrive on Quent with a small army. Their mission: to secure the secrets of Quent's advanced technology for the Secret Society. As the galaxy teeters on the brink of war, Chirico and Shako journey deep into the ancient machinery hidden beneath Quent's surface. There, an ancient intelligence waits for Chirico to finally make contact.

As Chirico dodges the machinations of Albert Killy and the Secret Society, Rochina must deal with a Gilgamesh spacefleet that is also headed for Quent. Chirico has no intention of losing Fyana ever again...but even he is unprepared for the firestorm that is about to awaken!

Contains:
5: The Forbidden
6: Contact
7: Premonition

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

-Intro-

It’s about this time in any mecha series when you begin to wonder how lucky the main character can be. I mean Chirico has been to four planets total and he’s still alive after hundreds of people try to kill him. Is he leading the charmed life of an anime character? Or is there something deeper at work?

-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 one that appeared on volume thirteen. 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 of Quent. This feature gives you a tour around the geological features on this planet as well as a little history lesson about the people that live on the world. There isn’t too much into the ancient technology of the planet, but it looks like it will be featured in the next disc. 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 three episodes that continue to move the story along quite nicely. For those of you hoping to see the last of the "wonder twins" well no such luck. (am I the only one who finds them to be very, very annoying). Basically it seems that Chirico, Ru Shako, and their pursuers have run into ancient Quent technology that can teleport matter. The "wonder twins" decide that this needs some serious looking into and shift their attention from Chirico to the technology. At the same time Jean-paul shows up with Fyana in tow. Then Gilgimesh forces arrive with Gotho, Coconna and Vanilla. That’s right the whole gang is going to be reunited. But before any of that can happen, all hell breaks loose. It looks like Gilgimesh and Balarant are not going to just sit back and let the other government get super-powerful technology. War erupts over the planet Quent. But there is one other little development that occurs in the second episode (it involves Jean-paul and whoever is giving him instructions). Things are moving into an interesting direction in this disc of Armored Trooper Votoms.

All the grades pretty much remain the same here. The animation and sound continue to be pretty good. I was hoping that there would be some more detail with the Quentian super technology, but it mostly consists of glowing lights on dark surfaces. But it fits in with the other animation we’ve seen previously. I’m just jaded by all the 3D-CG I’ve been seeing lately.

The plot is moving along nicely. Nothing really shocking has happened, but it seems to be moving in an interesting direction. The second episode on this disc is especially intriguing, and it seems that a real twist is coming in the next disc or so. I’m looking forward to seeing more that’s for sure.

The music and acting remain just as good as before.

This disc is just as entertaining as the previous one. It’s getting harder and harder to write these reviews without giving too much away. I will have plenty to say in my final review of this series, so I’ll keep most of my key reflections for the final review. But suffice to say that this cycle is looking real good so far.

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 DVP-NS300


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