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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- 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: 14.98
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Battle Athletes
Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #1
By Edmund Lee
February 06, 2002
Release Date: April 13, 1999
When I first came to Anime on DVD and looked at the recommendations list, I saw this title that I have never heard of but with it being on the recommendations list I was compelled to give this series a try. And much like everyone else who gave this show a try, I'm another one that has fallen in love with it.
First off, the episode starts of things in a frenzied fashion. Exciting is the word I would use to describe this episode. You get to see the characters racing some incredible race for the whole episode and they were given brief introductions. Other anime usually start things off slowly but in this show I had to keep up in this episode to know what's happening.
The second delves a bit deeper on Akari's and Ichino's character along with Ling-Pha and a bit of Ayla, for good measure. And add another funny yet exciting make up exam, I'd say I enjoyed this episode as much as the first one.
Third episode builds on Akari a bit more and at the same time Tanya going wild and starts causing havoc during the night. More funny things to come, which I admit, I haven't had a good laugh in a while.
The last episode on the disc is where the heart of the series is all about. We see the reasons why some of the girls want to become a Cosmo Beauty champion. It can be seen in the match between Ayla and Jessie.
I want to say that the whole disc really kept my interest well. When things started out at first I was intimidated because of how the story went by real fast, but it didn't really matter much as it proves that mixing action with comedy is a good thing. The only problem I found on the disc was it's without a start, an eyecatch, an ending and a preview on each episode. I suppose I can't blame Pioneer for one of their early DVD releases.
The video is as good as ever for a 3 year old DVD. No problems I can see here (not that I was looking for any in the first place).
Audio is excellent, and I'll probably repeat myself when the other BAV discs arrives.
Extras..... what extras?? Pioneer isn't too well know for their extras.
On to the translation. Well I'm kinda 70/30 in terms of sub/dub for this show. Some of the VAs fit well with their parts while others just doesn't seem right, either with the directing or the voices aren't suited for the role.
A great DVD to kick start my enjoyment for this highly recommended series. Now the waiting for the other discs begins.
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4