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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B
- 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. #3
By Edmund Lee
February 06, 2002
Release Date: June 01, 1999
Continuing on from the last disc, we get more emotional ups and downs from the athletes as they prepare for the final examination, which will lead them to the great University Satellite.
As we see in this first episode, poor Itchan has succumb injury and that forces her out of the examination. This impacts on her well-being and also the friends around her. The one affected most is Akari's and soon everything begins to fall apart for her.
Now that the examination are away, more could be said about it but I'll try and keep it spoiler free as possible. During the race, an important character drops out after the first stage of the exams. Along the way, Akari was coming in dead last again until she realises that she had people that are willing to cheer her onwards.
To wrap things up on the last episode on the disc, the exam is on its final stretch as Jessie and Akari battles it out for first place. But at the last stretch, Akari nearly lost the race until the Itchan shows up and encourages her to go on to win the race.
Though not as emotionally charged as the last disc, this disc still proves that it has great characters that interact with each other real well. Add to a great script every emotion can be felt by the viewer in a way no TV show has done before. Interlace in all of that is a great moral story about having friends and the support they will give you in times of need. It's just a shame that there are only 3 positions for the University Satellite cause I would like to see all of them going there. It's just hard to say goodbye to those lovable supporting characters.
Video is good as ever, so there's no complaint here.
Audio is good also. Not much complaining.
Extras are good also.... wait a minute, what extras?
The dub is good, but as I state from my other 2 other review for Battle Athlete Victory the VA doing Akari just grates on my viewing pleasure. At times it's a shame that an emotional part of a show comes out sounding weird.
Overall, like the last disc, it's a good watch and I would highly recommend it. Onwards to space!!!!
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4