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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: 85
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Battle Athletes
Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #8
By Edmund Lee
February 06, 2002
Release Date: December 07, 1999
Well now that all the emotional trip is over and the real reason for the title of Cosmo Beauty is revealed in this last exciting disc of Battle Athletes Victory.
The first episode, everything is reveal about the purpose of getting Cosmo Beauties. Add to that, Mr. Miracle is revealed as Akari's father!!! Shock!! But seriously, if you watch the previous 3 DVDs you figured it out anyway. Soon the old characters are brought back, cept Ling-Pha (bah!) and Ayla (awww), and we are given one last emotional ride with Jessie.
The second episode, all the athletes are underway training for the battle that will decide the fate of the human race. Gawd, watching them train was as fun as ever. It's even good to see Lahrii and Mylandah becoming friendlier now, thought it's still a bit freaky with those two.
On the third episode, it had me in stitches. Not only are the competitions stupid and hilarious, but also having Tomoe Midoh appearing in the second half of the episode was a real crack-up. She is a real loony alright and seeing everyone's disbelief that this is the real Tomoe Midoh, it was a Kodak moment. And to top it off, we see some backstabbing by Eric, Mr. Mirale's doctor.
The final episode of this disc and the series itself, the last race that will decide the future of mankind begins. Knowing the conventions of storytelling, there's no need for me to explain anything on what happens in the end.
Well this wraps up one series that I'm proud to own. From start to finish, it never occurred to me much how much each of the characters personality has changed. Looking back on the first disc, I can't believe that Akari was a little crybaby, but now she has matured so much. Not only her, but also all the characters themselves, and to me they have become quite likeable. It's the theme of friendship is the most strongest aspect of this series. With well-written scripts, it was able to draw me in to all their situation. When you feel like crying, it seems so natural, and when you laugh, it does get silly. Sorry if it sounds weird, but it's what I felt like when I'm watching it.
Video is as consistently good as the past 7 disc, so there's no need for me to complain.
Audio is good as ever.
Extras..... nothing. But for what's it worth, guess it's no use complaining.
The dub is real good and mirrors the feel of the Japanese real well, so there's no need for me to complain. Heck I was surprise that I've gotten use to the Akari's VA.
Now I have seen all the disc in this series in one marathon run, I can understand why it was put in the Recommended page here at animeondvd.com. It was well worth experiencing the many facets of this show, and if you don't have this in your collection, then you are missing out on a good show. I highly recommend it.
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4