Mania Grade: A+
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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B
- 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. #7
By Mike Kiefl
February 06, 2002
Release Date: November 02, 1999
Such a great series, it is a shame that Pioneer has to screw up packaging on this. Now, we switched back to a white keepcase, which ain't too bad considering there's already other screwups like that throughout the collection, but what really is bad is that the normally black spine is now purple. Go fig. As for the cover art itself, no surprises, same style as always.
On the menu...once again, nothing besides the art has changed. It's the same exact style and layout, with the same clunky speed and the same 1-episode-per-chapter chapter select. Yawn! Nothing new, no extras. Nice and dull, but at least it gets the job done, even if we want more jobs than they give us.
On the video, the quality is a step up from the last releases, in my opinion. There are occasional artifact appearances, but after totally bashing Tenchi in Tokyo #6 in my review, I realized that there's no such thing as a flawless disc. I won't complain...as much.
As for the audio, while I can't comment on the technical aspects, I must say that the background music is as great as ever, and the voice actors are one talented team (well, the Japanese VAs, anyway).
Now for the most juicy part, the show itself. Reflecting on the series as a whole, it's amazing how it progressed from a light comedy-adventure to the drama that it is now. This series is great, amazing, and fun for anyone who likes either genres. In my opinion, this should belong in everyone's anime collection. It is a great, fun, enjoyable, yet unknown series. If you've bought the others and liked them, there is absolutely no reason to stop. Buy, buy, buy! With the final disc coming next month, I guess I'll be missing it. I wish they'd make a new Daiundoukai OAV or TV series in Japan, then we'd have the fun all over again!
DVD-ROM drive on Sony VAIO, video viewed on Sony 20" Trinitron Display (proudly set up for optimum anime viewing quality) with audio on its lone mono speaker