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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. #15

    March 08, 2002
Release Date: July 17, 2001

Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #15
© NuTech Digital, Inc.

What They Say
The Balarant and Gilgamesh spacefleets gathering in orbit have awakened an incredible power from deep within the planet Quent. As the skies burn with the fires of destruction, Chirico, Rochina, and Killy discover their link to Wiseman, the mysterious intelligence that has guided them for so long. And now the time has finally come to make contact!

Emerging from his meeting with Wiseman, Chirico is changed forever. His origins are explained and his destiny is clear at last! But to claim his inheritance, Chirico must first survive the combined might of the two greatest superpowers in known space--even if that means sacrificing his friends in the process!

8: Disaster
9: Successor
10: Overman

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


Well, there isn’t much to say after finishing this disc of Votoms. Actually there is one thing you can say... I never in a million years saw that twist coming! Now things have gotten even more interesting than I hoped. How hard is it not to pop that last disc in there and finish the series right now!

-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 Overmen of Quent. This feature focuses on the ancient history of the planet Quent and gives some in depth knowledge into the Overmen, as well as to "those who have been changed". 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-

Three episodes down and three more waiting in the next disc. This series has been quite a ride and we are I’m almost at the end. I’ll have to give a real brief recap here, because of events that occur in the second episode that are big time table turners. When we last left Chirico and company, the Gilgimesh had attacked over the skies of Quent and Balarant forces were rushing into the battle. Chirico had rescued the fearsome threesome (Gotho, Vanilla and Coconna). As the two armies start blazing away things get even more complicated when a third party from Quent starts opening fire on the ships in the battle above. Balarant and Gilgimesh forces are obliterated! Only some quick thinking from Chirico saves the lives of the "fearsome Threesome", Rochina and Fyana. But is it too little two late? The only other party in the area is Killy and the Secret Society. They swoop in and collect the survivors. Killy and Rochina seem to know each other and are in on the secrets of Quent. At that moment an outside force (that revealed itself on Quent in the last disc) makes it’s presence known. Soon Killy’s craft is hurtled to an unknown location. Waiting for them is Wiseman, a being who has it’s eye on Chirico and a whole new destiny for him and the galaxy.

The animation and sound keep their previous scores. I do have to say that certain parts of these episodes seem to have been influenced by 2001: a Space Odyssey and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (at least portions that I remember from that movie. Haven’t seen it in years). Wiseman seems to have been handled interestedly so far. It’s hard to make something visually live up to expectations sometimes, like the Galactic Leyline in Outlaw Star. But I think, for the most part, the Quentian technology and the puppeteer himself are interesting concepts that have been visually represented pretty well.

As I mentioned above, I didn’t see any of this plot twist coming. I figured we were just going to end up finding another enemy or ally for Chrico to meet. I had no idea that things would take such an interesting turn. Chirico has a major personality switch in these episodes, but it didn’t seem like a sudden thing at all. In fact it seems like perfect reasoning. Of course that is bad news for all his friends and most of all for Fyana. "The Wonder Twins" are still around and I’m hoping they get theirs soon enough!

The music and acting remain just as good as before.

This disc has been the most entertaining of this cycle so far. The twist made the last two episodes fly by and I was this close to popping in the final disc. But I’ve got to pace myself. If the next three episodes are this good than it might get a perfect entertainment grade!

Roman J. Martel
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Japanese Language,English Subtitles

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


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