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. #3
By Tye Arnett
February 06, 2002
Release Date: February 09, 1999
Subtitle Rating: A
As most anime fans love thinking about the future, here we are yet again in the year 4999 to finish off what's been a great OVA so far. Well the Midterms are over with, you don't get to see the retakes, and every one of our characters has passed them and moved onto the final tests. We meet up with our athletes as they prepare for this final series of elimination events that will determine this year's winner.
So before we get into what's been going on in the series, let's look at the DVD. Yet again we see Pioneer excelling at what they do best, or at least in part. The Picture is again a great transition from the Master copies and looks better then my friends LD's from Japan.
The Audio on the disk is really crisp and clear, as is expected after the first two volumes. There is a great usage of the front soundstage, notably during the races when the runners go flying past the camera.
Well back to the menus. I personally think this is one of the hardest parts in a DVD reviewer's job. I again found the menus to be good, but at the same time I did notice the slight lag when leaving the main screen that others have complained about. This seems acceptable to me and didn't distract from my enjoyment of the show. Ohhh yea one last thing is that there are plenty of chapters stops inside the show itself, where as the TV series just has ones at the begging of each ep on the disk. Ohh and for anyone who's read all three of my reviews, the problem I had with the subtitles was a mixture of my TV and the Cable I was using for the DVD player.
The packaging is great... Pioneer has kept the same kind of keepcase throughout all 3 volumes of the OVA and is very appealing to look at. Again we find ourselves looking at a picture of Akari on the cover with her mother in the background; also again we are treated to a little SD Akari-chan. As for the back cover... Don't bother looking at it before watching the last volume. It has a minor spoiler on it, but is eye pleasing and informative.
For content of the disk it is hard to say something without giving away a little bit of some of the really nice twists and turns in the last two eps. There is more development of the main and minor characters and in between all that we are treated to some more of those great future sports. For all you people who hate open endings you will like this show, as they tie up almost all of the loose strings at the end but still leave it open to a future continuation. I guess that's what the TV series is for.
Ahhh and now for the last character... and also the one with the least amount of screen time.
The Headmaster: What can be said about such a great character as this one. From the first time he graces the TV screen with his presence we know that he's going to be a joy to watch. But alas he's in too few scenes, but leaves a deep impression of the ones he is in.
Favorite Quote (Have two again for your enjoyment): "The totally rocks" (Watch for it) and "Yea but I thought I'd ditch tomorrow and skip it." Ohhh going the extra mile and doing BOTH!
Until next review!
Sharp 21" TV, Pioneer DV-525 codefree DVD player, JVC receiver, Monster Video cable and Klipsch speakers (front only)