Mania Grade: B-
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: D
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 19.98
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Blue Submarine No. 6
Blue Submarine No. 6 Vol. #1
By Michael McEwing
February 06, 2002
Release Date: April 04, 2000
Audio: I fully agree with what the other reviewers have said about the audio. Although I don't have Digital 5.1, this disc made great use of my surround sound system. It is the best anime title that I own on DVD in terms of sound.
Video: I also fully agree with the other reviewers about the video quality. Beautiful. One reviewer commented that in his opinion, there were "moments of undue softness." I just wanted to mention that I believe this to have been done purposefully as an artistic effect. I believe that it was meant to give a haze-like effect, perhaps to portray an unusual amount of pollution. I actually liked the effect.
Unfortunately, these are the only positive comments I have about the disc, which is why I felt compelled to write this review.
Packaging: The D rating actually has nothing to do with the cover art etc. The fact that the disc was "packaged" with only one 30 minute episode is enough to give it a D rating. My opinion of this disc might have changed if (1) the content had left me awe-inspired (which it didn't), (2) the disc contained at least 3-episodes like other anime titles, or (3) the price of the one-episode disc was closer to $9.99. IMHO, this disc was simply not good enough to be worth $19.99 for one 30-minute episode.
Menu Rating: I have seen some amazing menus, so my menu rating is tough. To me, B+ means that it wasn't a bad menu. The music loops a bit too quickly, but hey, I've also seen a lot worse. To me, A+ menus include those in The Abyss Special Edition, Prince of Egypt, and Disc 2 of Tarzan the Special Edition.
Content Rating: This first episode did not inspire me to the point where I feel compelled to buy the next disc. It was somewhat interesting, but way too short. Again, I probably just expected more bang for my buck. To me, the 3D animation did not always blend well with the traditional animation. The underwater scenes were nice, but the above water scenes really stuck out. Also, I have seen a lot better 3D animation. Some of the 3D effects are worse than Voltron: The Third Dimension or Max Steel. It just seemed to me that a lot of the 3D was used as a shortcut, instead of complimenting the traditional style. Examples of good 3D blending include The Iron Giant, Invasion America (for style), and Princess Mononoke. In the later, the 3D effects are almost completely transparent.
One last comment is that the music seemed quite inappropriate at times. Especially in the battle scenes. I just don't think that jazzy saxophone music works well with apocalyptic battle scenes.
In summary, I would strongly advise that you rent this one or borrow it from a friend before buying it. My biggest disappointment was that the content did not match the price. Therefore, I will not buy any more from this series. I hope that one episode at $19.99 does not become a precedent for future titles.
Toshiba CZ32V51 32" TV, Sony DVP-S330 DVD Player, RCA Dolby Surround 5-Speaker + Subwoofer