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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. #5
February 06, 2002
Release Date: September 14, 1999
Well, I got mine from DVD Express today, immediately opened it, popped it in my player, watched it straight through, just so I can give my review to you guys.
First off, since this is the first Battle Athletes Victory disc I bought as opposed to rented, I now notice that the packaging is different from Pioneer's Tenchi in Tokyo . I find this to be one of my favorite DVD packaging, next to the one Image put out on the M.D. Geist disc. A nice, easy-to-open keepcase, well done.
On to the menu, I found it to be way clunkier than earlier. At least it had nice little touches like the icons showing you which languages and subs you had it set for. Chapter select? Bah! Can't Pioneer be consistent between their releases at all? We're still on the 1 chap per episode system, and that bugs me. Hopefully Pioneer is just experimenting between Tenchi in Tokyo and Battle Athletes Victory just to see which is most preferred. They better hear the fans out.
The plot? Great! This disc has a nice blending of this series' trademark humor and lighter moments and the darker events between the characters. This series gets you in deep with the characters more than any other anime I've seen. This is top notch. Whoever designed that ending did a great job. I was left yearning for more, and I just preordered #6. Due to previous advice, I didn't watch the "spoiler" previews. Thanks to whoever mentioned that.
To move on to the video quality, I must say it was excellent. It seemed darker at first than the other discs, but it finished spectacularly. The animation in general is among the best I've seen. It's way above Tenchi Muyo in that area, and it totally clobbers older, action animes like Dragon Ball Z. It is almost on par with modern fighting game based animes in the action scenes, and this show doesn't really even focus mainly on the action. Uhhh, well anyways, the video is great.
Audio...audio...audio...I'm speechless. The soundtrack just blew me away even on my lone mono speaker. The songs are excellent, so excellent that this, like Tenchi in Tokyo I bought instead of rented partly so I could hear the songs over and over again. The Battle Athletes OVA songs really aren't anywhere near as good as Battle Athletes Victory . But getting off the songs, the sounds and background music were great too. Some sound effects were really well done, especially in the third episode on this disc. Very nice.
And one last thing, the voices. The dubbing in English was even very well done. Unlike some of the English Tenchi Muyo! actors, these voices actually conveyed emotion very well. Hell almost all of the voices were even perfect for the characters! My only gripe is that Tanya's VA talked very flat in the final episode, like she was just reading lines. This was probably deliberate, but it sounds real stupid to me. As for the Japanese voices, still excellent and consistent as always. Akari, I noticed though sounds more grown up than she used to. In disc 1 she sounded a lot like Usagi and Chibi Usa from her Voice Actress' previous show, Bishouju Senshi Sailor Moon . Now the VA seems to have adapted and Akari doesn't really sound like Usagi anymore (note: the character acts less like her too).
Overall, this disc is a great buy. If you're looking for a new series to get into, get Battle Athletes Victory . If you've already enjoyed this series at all, buy this disc.