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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- 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. #7
By Edmund Lee
February 06, 2002
Release Date: November 02, 1999
Yippee!!! With Akari and Kris being close to their dreams, they still have to face all the hardships along the way. And it ain't easy for both of them.
The first episode starts where we left off in the last disc, where Akari and Kris are still getting beaten badly by Lahrii and Mylandah. Almost at the losing point, both Akari and Kris begin to connect to each other in a spiritual way and soon both are making a comeback (guess I said too much then). And to Lahrii surprise, she begins to realize what was missing in her life and loses the match intentionally. God everything I'm saying is really spoilerish.
On the next episode, Akari and Kris have made it to the finals and everything is all set and ready to go. Course nothing goes right and soon the University is hit by a shockwave. Not only does this disrupt the final competition, it puts a lot of conflict for Kris as she has to choose between her religion and her friendship.
And finally on this last episode on this disc, all the hard work, the pain, the triumphs, the tragedies, silliness, and the sadness are all placed down to these last 10 seconds of the finals. Beautifully done, no mere words can describe this episode. Well cept for the end, when a UFO appeared and I went, what the hell?!! (what I said is more colorful than that).
At last the this part of the story arc has ended, and it has been quite an emotional journey indeed, not only for Akari, but for anyone who has watched it this far. And to be frank, if you don't have any Battle Athletes in your anime DVD collection, then you are missing out on what makes a great anime. One thing that seems kinda weird to me was that, both the second and last episode seem like a long episode. If they weren't edited together, I could have notice it more easily.
The video is still good. A bit of grain here and there, but it's something that you won't notice much.
Audio is good as well. No dropouts or distortion that I can notice.
The dub has so far been good. But at one point there's a weird dialogue that is explained at animeprime.com, so I won't have to explain it. Suffice to say, it really screws up the whole feel of that particular episode. Sheesh.... that's the only thing that I would complain about in this DVD.
Overall this disc really shines on it's own, and soon the last 4 episodes on the next disc will bring a close to a great series. If I didn't emphasize the point in my previous reviews let me do it now. Get this series!!!
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4