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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: A+
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 180
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Bastard!!
Bastard (Regular & Limited Edition)
By Brian T. Burke
June 21, 2002
Release Date: June 04, 2001
This is JUST what I needed! A good butt-kicking, take-no-prisoners anime!!
Sadly, I only listened to the English side of the Audio. However, given that, I noted no problems with the audio. It wasn't a perfect audio like more current releases, but there was nothing distracting in the sound dept.
The video side of things has held up just as well. I noticed a few flaws here and there, but I suspect that it came from the master, rather than Pioneer's work. A big white flicker once in a great while was the most extent of it.
To quote Bart Simpson: "COOOOOOOLLL!!" At the core, the DVD package is the same as the standard releases. It has the big BASTARD!! (logo AND person!) on the front with his cape and devious look. It also hints at a bigger picture...
The extra packaging around the keepcase serves to even out the size difference between the keepcase itself and the package of the action figure. (note: I count this as an extra) The extra around the case serves also to expand the image and show off the two girlfriends that Dark Schneider (the Bastard) has garnered.
They don't seem to object to having an arm around each of them.
The main menu shows a big ball of energy and three smaller ones for the other sub-menus. The big one, of course, is for the 'Play' feature. Okay, I think 'Play' just got a whole new meaning!
The selections, as with most Pioneer releases, are quick and to the point.
Compared to the action figure, the rest seems ho-hum. There's a short art gallery that shows off (apparently) the different VHS covers. There's another gallery that shows the action figure in a bit of detail, as well as two others. However, the main focus is the included one.
The action figure itself is really stunning. It's a highly detailed figure of Dark Schneider (of course). But, this was slso apparently offered separately as well, just in a different color scheme. The fire-sword on his back looks like it has a leather sheath, too! Although I won't remove it from the package, it does make a decent display on its own.
I really had fun with this series. It focuses on and around Dark Schneider, a mega-powerful wizard that is rivaled by none.
The land is in trouble, and the only way to save it is to summon Dark Schneider from the dead and pray that he'll actually WANT to help. Otherwise, releasing him may be a BAD thing!
Fortunately, when he's resurrected, he inhabits a child's body. A side effect of that is that their personalities are melded a bit. Not completely, but enough to make Dark Schneider more agreeable. (Especially when the young boy whom he's possessed has a crush on someone!)
The series basically brings up the D.S.'s past by having him fight his past generals. It's basically comparing him to his past self and then showing him moving on.
There's a lot of fighting going on and a lot of spell-casting. The spell-casting part may turn away some, but it flows with the rest of the dialouge well enough that it isn't annoying.
All the while D.S. is resolving his past, he's moving along and actually SAVING the world with his actions. Don't think that this is his goal, though. He's just trying to get back in the saddle he left behind 15 years ago.
In the end, this is a fun show, especially on a bad day. I'd recommend this any day. It has everything a man could want:
-And a few shots of fanservice!
"If I can't see her naked first, then nobody can!!"-Dark Schneider
PS2, Sanyo 27" (no PiP), Philips Home Cinema