Mania Grade: A+
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B
- 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. #6
February 06, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999
Well, well, well, here we are again. Another month, another disc, and my god, it just keeps getting better. I like the packaging for this one a lot better than the previous installments.
The cover is flashy and stands out to me more than the others so far, even though it still looks like a fancover. The keepcase is again black, but unlike last month, it doesn't have that little inlet by the opening. This one looks exactly like the Tenchi in Tokyo keepcases, which I guess a sign of the long awaited turn to consistency, but this opens and closes a lot easier than the Tenchi ones. Go figure. This is my overall favorite DVD packaging.
The menu is very similar to last time, only with different art. I think that the art on the menu, like the cover art, is a lot nicer to look at than last time for some reason. It's still very clunky though, not slow, but clunky (do I make sense?). We're still cursed with the 1-chapter-per-episode situation, and I guess the hope to see it otherwise is now officially gone, as there are only two discs left. Too bad, if anything, I just wanted to see what the eye-catches look like. But anyways, the menu itself still gets the job done perfectly.
The video on this disc is excellent. I didn't see any artifacts, flaws, or graniness. Pioneer certainly has its act together on quality. The animation is very well done, and if I knew the character designer's name, I'd gladly buy any other of his/her series just to see more of that great style.
The audio, as usual is perfect for this series. Music is used very effectively in these episodes, and along with the great opening/ending songs, it makes for a really nice effect. I got really annoyed with the dub track, it just doesn't seem to fit what it really should've been. It's weird, in the original recordings, the VA's actually know what's going on and convey emotion perfectly, while in the dub, everything seems so flat and often inappropriate for the situation. I know if I was in charge of a dubbing studio, I could make dubs lots better overall compared to the original. Who do they get to run these things?
Now, as for the show itself, I gave it an A+ last time, and my god, this is even better. Without spoiling anything, the scenes with Anna's past were well done, as well as Kris' jealousy about Itchan (Kris really needs to come out, my god). I'm enjoying this series overall much more than any Tenchi series and even more than some old, mainstay favorites like Evangilion and Slayers. This disc is hilarious, yet it's so full of seriousness and emotion. It's one of those 'you'll laugh and you'll cry' type things. Very enjoyable, and after every disc, I find myself wanting more. Today, I preordered both of the other discs. This is just too good, really. If you haven't seen the rest of the series though, you may be kinda lost. It's still worth picking up all of the discs, though, and I don't think anybody who does will be disappointed. If you're interested in this series at all, trust me, it's a great buy. If you already have the others...hey, I don't even need to sell you on this one!
One last thing though, don't watch the previews! The second one gives it away.