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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: A-
- 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. #2
By Chris Beveridge
July 04, 2000
Release Date: July 04, 2000
Blue Submarine No. 6 Vol. #2
What They Say
© Bandai Entertainment
After surviving another undersea battle with Zorndyke’s forces, the crew of Blue Submarine No. 6 returns to base for repairs. While on base, Tetsu continues to display his trademark lack of concern for authority and continues to annoy Mayumi. However, during a battle-planning video conference, Zorndyke breaks in with a pirate transmission, sending the human forces into a panic. What cruel fate does he have in store for mankind, and has he truly turned his back on his own people?The Review!
Bandai's taking the big blue boat out again into the digital waters of DVD. The first disc knocked our socks off, but how well does this second outing hold up?
From the audio side, this disc is just a hair below the first volume in the amount of 5.1 activity. The quality though really shines through. Some of the sequences in the Ghost Ship's interiors and one of the sequences with the fishgirl, the subwoofer level is just intense. Mixed in with the great surround mix is a hyperactive and fun sounding jazz score, which definitely adds to the level of excitement with the action sequences.
What isn't a notch below however is the gorgeous video. There aren't as many sequences that show off the level of clarity and detail as in the first one, since it takes place mostly in the dark underwater and dank areas, but the character designs and the CG sequences are crystal clear. The black level for the episode is great, with plenty of varying details to be seen. There's a ton of dark blue on black and black on darker blacks throughout, and everything holds up wonderfully.
The menu for this release does have a higher level of animation to it, but on the downside the volume level seems to be quite low. We had to turn up the volume significantly to hear it well enough. Selections are all made very quickly and everything is laid out without too many levels of depth to it.
Since the first disc was basically introducing the characters and getting a glimpse of the setting, the second episode expands with a bit more depth for some of the characters by bringing in pieces from their past. The main focus of this episode though is in the action.
The opening kicks right off with the Ghost Ship taking out the Blue fleet base, and the escape of Sub. 6. The action is fast and chaotic, and looks exquisite with the setting sun colors combined with fire and smoke. The detail in the smoke (never mind the characters cigarette smoke) is very high. I simply can't imagine this looking anywhere as good in broadcast or VHS.
With their narrow escape, the crew of the Sub. 6 head to the Blue Dome, one of the hidden underwater fortresses where the fleet plans their attacks against Zorndyke. It's here that we learn what Zorndyke's plans are. We also get a treat as Zorndyke breaks into their communications grid and engages one of their higher ups, an old friend, in the reasoning behind his plans. This reasoning is of course oblique.
There's also a lot more of insight into the crew of the Ghost Ship, with the varying creatures. Little is really revealed, but enough so in their interactions that I'm intrigued and want to know more. Since this show is based off of a manga, it may be presuming some knowledge (or at least easy access to said manga), so the viewer has to make a couple of leaps with the gaps in the show.
If you were floored by the first disc like I was, you'll enjoy this next one as well. There's only two more episodes left, and as I usually do with short OVA series like this, I'm really wondering how things will get wrapped up.
Japanese 5.1 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.