Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: N/A
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Battle Athletes
Battle Athletes OVA Vol. #2
By Tye Arnett
February 06, 2002
Release Date: January 26, 1999
Subtitle rating: A
Here we are, back in the year 4999. It is now time for the student's midterms and they have everyone worried, sort of. This is the second of the three disks in this OVA series and the storyarc's are moving right along. The series seems to have shifted over from a more one character centered to the main group of three characters and their friends/enemies. This doesn't sound to complex but once you watch it you'll see how much information they have jammed into this series.
Before I digress into talking about the story and characters, lets talk about the disk its self. First off again Pioneer has made a great transition of the show onto DVD. The picture quality and sounds are just wonderful. I saw no signs of pixellation on screen and that weird subtitle blurred problem is almost gone, but I still think it's my TV for that one. I did have to mark them down again on the audio rating, not because of the quality, but because of the English track... I still can't help laughing at some of the things that are said. But just keep reading for more on that.
The packaging for this disk is the same style keepcase that they used for the first one (I prefer these to jewel cases anyway). The inclusion of a sticker is a plus and again looks great. The front picture is again off of the Japanese LD release (please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think so) and there is the added bonus again of a SD Akari swimming through the ocean/clouds of a planet. Again this shows a bit of symbolism in its design and that they just didn't throw something together. Well as for the menu it ran ok... there was a little bit of a slowdown in the main part again.... But every part "inside" of the menu ran without a hitch for me. Also it did seem slightly faster.
As for the actual show on the disk.... Well as stated above it has moved from a singular character to the group and at the same time has time to develop all of the different personalities. With the coming of midterms on our little group of Daiundoukai participants the pressure is now on to perform. But as most standard plots go what's a midterm without its "little" problems. One of the things I love about this show is that even in creating a problem for characters to face at the same time other characters are still developed throughout other parts of that problem. That might sound a little confusing, but then again go watch the series and you'll see what I mean. Well after confronting their midterms there is only one thing left to do... Go take baths in the newly remodeled hotsprings!
Now I do know some people will be disappointed by the camera angles, or lack of exposure, but it is quickly made up for in comedy and yet again some plot/storyarc/character development sneaks in there. I guess even Pioneer needs a reason to put in a bath scene ^_^
The next mission is back to dealing with Akari as the main focus and how she's preparing for the "Match Unexpected". Most long term anime fans or people that think a lot during series (also try Detective Conan) will figure out what the Match is, but it's still fun to watch.
One thing I truly like about this series is the wide verity of sporting events they have come up with. Areo Spike sounds like it would be a really great game to play, if you could jump that high, and looking forward to the last two eps, we are in for a real treat. Ohh and if you just want to laugh at a really funny part... watch the bath scene with Japanese subtitles on and English playing. I might find this a lot more amusing then some people but it was enough to distract everyone in my house for a while.
Well moving along fast lets look at some more of the characters briefly.
1: Lahrri: She is the number one ranking student in the school, and has won the computation the last two years. Will anyone be able to tackle her lead...
Mylandah Arkar Waldar: Let alone having a long name, so far what we've seen of Mylandah has not been the best side a person could show. Being number two in the battle school rankings she has been trying to defeat Lahrri for the last 3 years, will she succeed this time?
More to come in the next OVA review.
With these characters plus the main ones being developed in both of the first two DVD's the last one will have even more things to add about them. The additional role the Headmaster plays in this disk is sure to amuse and delight people even more.
Favorite Quote or two: "We're not dead! Yea." and "Zowie! Theres something you don't see every day." Yes and how many people do you know that say Zowie!
Until next review!
Sharp 21" TV, Pioneer DV-525 codefree DVD player, JVC receiver, Monster Video cable and Klipsch speakers (Front Only).