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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 19.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Beyblade

Beyblade Vol. #02

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: April 08, 2003


Beyblade Vol. #02
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
The National Beyblade Championship, rookie sensation Tyson faces off with reigning champion Kai. Which one will spin to win? After the showdown, Tyson and Kai join forces with Ray, Max and Kenny for the Asian Beyblade Tournament. This newly formed team, the Bladebreakers, flies to China where they go toe-to-toe with their first opponents... the Tall-Boys!

The Review!
Content: C+Audio: A-Video: A-
Packaging: BMenus: B-Extras: C

The tops return in a second volume of Beyblade, as our group heads off to the World Championship.

Audio:

Only an English soundtrack is provided for this release. It?s a stereo mix with limited amounts of directionality. The sound track and dialogue was clear, and there were not distortions or problems with sound levels. A closed-captioned track is made available as a DVD subtitle track.

Video:

Pioneer delivers another beautiful transfer with the second volume of Beyblade filled with bright colors. There was the tiniest bit of artifacting in some background shots, but you really have to look for it. No cross coloration, line shimmering, or chroma was present. Animation is done by Madhouse.

Packaging:

Kai gets the cover for the second volume, looking like his grim self. Behind him, his bit beast, Dranzer is shown. In the upper left hand corner, we have the logo of the show. It?s a very different design than the first volume. There are no volume numbers, but all five episodes are listed on the back cover. Four shots from the show are on the back, with a good description of the general theme of what?s going on in the episodes on this volume. The simple insert inside is a copy of the front cover plus the episode names.

Menu:

Pioneer uses the same spinning Beyblade in the background with the sound of it spinning playing as they used in the first volume. Images from the show scroll across the center of the menu. There is access to Play, Scene Access, Set Up, and Extras. Set Up just enables you to turn on closed captioning, scene access lets you select an episode and whether to start at the opening credits, the start of the content of the episode, or the ending credits. No chapter stops are present within each episode.

Extras:

There are a few extras here, and one is a commercial. There are profiles for our five main characters, a TV promo spot for the show, and a commercial for the toys. Getting commercials like this on something you have already bought just ticks me off.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Either I was in a really good mood when I watched this, or this show somehow got a little better from the first volume.

The first episode concludes the Japanese National Beyblade Tournament with Tyson against the returning champion Kai participating in the final. Kai and Tyson have diametrically opposed views on Beyblading, so the competition isn?t friendly. It?s a fierce best two out of three match, and I?m sure it?s gonna go down to the wire.

With the tournament over, we discover that the top four finishes are all qualified to represent Japan in the World Tournaments. One problem, Kai doesn?t mesh well with others. Only by making Kai the team leader would he even consider joining this team. Tyson, Ray, and Max round out the team. Before the World Tournament, there is the Asian Tournament. Three members of the team will be chosen, and in order to continue on, two of the three members must win.

The four head off to the tournament and Kenny joins them as tech support. Unfortunately their plane gets delayed, so they have a layover in Hong Kong. After a filling meal, they head out into town where some street blading is going on. In the alleys, they meet up with a beyblader who just happens to have a bit beast also. After a couple of rounds though, a gang called the White Tigers show up, and Ray was a previous member!

The group finally reaches China, where the Asian Tournament starts. In the first round, the Bladebreakers, their team name, easily defeat their opponents. The White Tigers are here though, so things won?t be easy.

Maybe it?s because all the introductions got done in the first volume, but I was easily able to watch all the episodes in a single sitting. Ray gets a lot of character development in this volume as we learned about his past. The Beyblade fights are just ridiculous though. The only worthwhile blades it seems are the ones with Bit Beasts, so the battles seem pointless sometimes. Kenny and Max just get on my nerves sometimes with their voices and how they are portrayed. With Max, it?s like he take forever to get out a sentence.

These were definitely more interesting than the first set of episodes, but I can?t imagine anyone but young boys wanting to have this in their video library.

Features
English Language,Commercials,Profiles,TV Promo,Toy Commercial

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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