Mania Grade: A
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: C+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 14.98
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Battle Athletes
Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
May 11, 1999
Release Date: May 11, 1999
Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #2
What They Say
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Akari can't handle the pressure! Her mother's record-setting legacy is a crushing burden, so when Akari is humiliated by Jessie in a race, she folds and resigns from school. However, Itchan refuses to let her friend give up! Can Akari handle the truth when it is thrown in her face?The Review!
This disc definitely had some good audio on it, and even a few surround effects. Very clean and clear with no hit of compression or distortion on my set up. A very pleasing to the ears disc.
And it's even more pleasing on the eyes! I almost forget that this was actually a TV series with how gorgeous the animation looks. I haven't had a chance to watch too much "new" anime since getting the new 36" TV, but this disc just looked gorgeous on it. Top notch quality. The only reason for the A- rating is due to the lack of openings/endings, as this disc is essentially using the master that was used for the VHS transfer. The lack of opening end endings and eyecatches, which I know doesn't annoy some people, really grates on me, especially when I rewatch shows an episode at a time. Yuck on that count.
The packaging continues to look great. Mind Meld Inc., the company behind the design for this series, continue to make great eye catching covers. I love the large colored band on the left and the great mix of characters and colors on the rest of it. If Mind Meld is responsible for other Pioneer covers, I'd love to know which ones, and hope that Pioneer retains them for more series that are coming up, and that some other anime companies see how great they are. Kudos!
The menu, which looks great, is again encumbered by the slow moving cursor. Honest, it's my only gripe, but it's a gripe!
As for the show itself? I know that Serial Experiments Lain is going to blow it away, but Battle Athletes Victory is likely to make #2 on my top 10 list of TV series I've enjoyed immensely in 1999. The series animation, as mentioned earlier, is very fluid and a sheer pleasure to watch. The Japanese cast does an outstanding job, the writers have written excellent characters that vary from the serious to the hilarious and with all kinds in-between. And whoever came up with the idea for "Akari's House" deserves a bonus. I just roll with laughter every time I see that.
The three episodes on this disc are generally pretty serious, with great bits of humor scattered throughout. The early one with Ayla and Ichino stopping Akari from running away almost had me in tears, it was so funny. Yet as we learn more about Akari's past and her mother, the amount of character development at times seems to dwarf about 90% of U.S. television series.
And don't even get me started on what happens to Itchan in this episode. She's still my favorite character of this series!
If you bought the first disc and enjoyed it, you'll continue to enjoy this one. If you're hesitating on this series, don't! With online DVD prices the way they are today, and getting both the English and Japanese on one disc, you're getting more value on one DVD that you would with two VHS tapes and at half the price!
My only question for Pioneer... why the change in keepcase color?
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.