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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A
  • 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. #5

By Chris Beveridge     January 31, 2002
Release Date: September 14, 1999

Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #5
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
Akari and her teammates have struggled to win enough events to qualify for the Cosmo Beauty competition, but fortunately, they are finally coming together as a team. Meanwhile Lahrri, the reigning Cosmo Beauty, crushes Jessie, Akari's old rival, during the competition! Jessie's body can take the punishment, but can her spirit? Not everyone can make it to the next level, so there is no time for regrets!

The Review!
Battle Athletes Victory #5: No Looking Back continues with another set of really strong episodes and great animation. This series continues to be among one of the favorite I've seen in recent years with the great storytelling and wonderful and fun animation.
These couple of TV episodes make pretty good use of the front soundstage. There was a lot of directionality spread out throughout the three episodes here and made for a bit of fun with it. The dialogue is clean and clear with no distortion that I could detect.

Volume 5's video presentation isn't lacking in any way either. The colors continue to look very vivid and detail is just plain gorgeous. The bright uniforms and hair colors combined with the well laid out design work for the backgrounds comes out to great effect here. Simply gorgeous looking and a pleasure to watch.

I did downgrade the packaging a little if only for the fact that they practically give away a "secret" with the front cover and Marshall's appearance. Boo. Otherwise, the style used over the series to date has been wonderfully done.

The menus do seem to be improving slightly with more things hazily visible in the background of each page. While the selection movement is still a bit sluggish, it's not as glaringly bad as the original OVA series. Though with only three discs left to go, I'm not expecting this to change (though I'll bring it up in each review!), hopefully they'll have learned their lesson again.

There's lots of stuff going on in this volume! We get some issues with our favorite team (i.e. Akari, Kris and Anna) squared away and started with the help of Mister Miracle, a character of which I'm starting to like more and more. Those chocolate bits are just too funny sometimes! Jessie's team starts running into trouble and the reigning Cosmo Beauty makes her appearance.

One of the more drastic changes to come about from the Victory series is the reworking of Mylandah. I wonder if they're going for a more feral style with her (cough cough). It's an interesting twist and I'm looking forward to seeing how things play out with this new card tossed into play.

Overall, there's a lot of great character development in this volume as well as some great action sequences. The soccer match was fun to watch as well as the game early on that Akari's team, rejuvenated, went in to play. This series continues to be just a big boatload of fun!

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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