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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: D
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ayane's High Kick

Ayane's High Kick

By Chris Beveridge     October 06, 1998
Release Date: October 06, 1998

Ayane's High Kick
© Central Park Media

What They Say
Meet Ayane Mitsui, a high school student with dreams of becoming a pro wrestler! But what will she do when the top contender of the All-Japan Kickboxing League challenges her to a duel? Will she be able to high-kick her way to victory - or will she get kicked out of school?

Pure Fighting!

The Review!
Ayane's High Kick was quite the pleasant surprise. Having not heard practically anything on it before, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I was hoping was that it was not going to be anything like Wanna-be's. Back during my early days of buying any domestic anime tapes, I picked that and Dog Soldier up in the same day. Lucky thing I didn't drop anime all together after those experiences.

The story focuses on Ayane Mitsui, a high school girl with aspirations to join the All-Woman's Japan Wrestling. During her audition, she does fairly well until she ends up landing on the judges, causing her to be largely ignored. Shortly after leaving, a mysterious "independant" gym coach begins her training, though she's not swift enough to catch on that it's not for wrestling, but for kick boxing instead.

The story is pretty light throughout, plenty of humor and fairly well defined stereotype characters. There's nothing that'll jump out and make each one of them special. The artwork is pretty good, and recent (from 1996), so it's not like a lot of the other anime released on DVD lately, ranging from the mid 80's.

So let's delve right into the technical aspects of the disc. The audio was pretty clear throughout, no dropouts or distortion, and a decent use of the front soundstage. There were a few instances of rear usage, via the pro-logic encoding, but not many.

The video is where people always seem to come up with differing opinions. While watching pretty hard throughout, I noticed no pixellation or artifacting of any kind, and none of the rainbow effect that has cropped up in a few discs (Iria, Grave of the Fireflies). Overall, I'm very pleased with the video content of this disc.

Packaging is the now-standard keepcase with the ANIME DVD brand across the side. It's not immensely eye-catching, but does make good use of the material. They're still doing the liner notes on the reverse side. While I know they may not be able to put them on the disc due to licensing issues, it'd be nice to have them on an interior card, similar to just about every mainstream movie that's out on disc these days.

The menu suffers from the same thing almost every other one does, in the slow reaction time. Hardly a major issue, it's still something I'd like to see resolved some time. The submenus move with plenty of speed and none of the problems the main one has.

Overall, this is a decent disc, and enjoyable if you're looking for something light. It certainly won't tax your brain cells in any way, and at 60 minutes, it's not going to take a huge chunk out of your life. At this point, I doubt more episodes will be made for the show, with it having been out for nearly 3 years in Japan, so what we have here is the whole thing.

English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Character Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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