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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A
- 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. #3
By Chris Beveridge
August 01, 2000
Release Date: August 01, 2000
Blue Submarine No. 6 Vol. #3
What They Say
© Bandai Entertainment
Tetsu drifts in the open sea. As his life flashes before him, he begins to black out. But when he comes to, he finds himself resting on the hull of a half-sunken ship.
His savior is one of the enemy. As time passes, he begins to understand them. Meanwhile, Mayumi hasn't given up on him. When the Blue Submarine No. 6 finds him, will he be able to prevent more lives from being lost?The Review!
The third of four volumes of the OVA series has arrived, and much like the second volume it continues to raise up the stakes. This volume brings some more new information to light, but can it be completed well enough with only one more volume to go?
As with each of the previous releases, the Japanese 5.1 soundtrack rocks. The English track provides plenty of oomph as well, but the clarity and distinct sounds from the 5.1 track raises it significantly over the English track. In both, dialogue is clear and undistorted. Directionality in the 5.1 soundtrack is simply perfect, with both rear speakers being used quite effective during many scenes.
The video also continues to simply amaze me in how great it looks. A good portion of this episode again takes place underwater, and the variety of deep blues and blacks are solid consistently all the way through. Combined with the digital animation and CG, the look is very multilayered. The opening sequences with Hayami being sloshed all over the violent ocean are excellent while later sequences with him later stranded provide some wonderfully clear and detailed animation.
Thankfully for this volume, the cover artwork goes back to the eerie blue coloring similar to the first, this time with a Musuca and the women swimming deep under the water. The back is a bit lighter, with a good description of the show and several pieces of animation on it. Technical information is also solidly presented. The insert provides another image of the front cover while inside it has a bit more on the show itself as well as the chapter stops. The disc artwork is similar to past ones, though with a different color, much like Cowboy Bebop changes color with each disc.
The menu is also very similar to the second one, with it running a piece of animation from the opening there. Selections are quickly accessed and as there's not a lot of other things on the disc, the depth of it is pretty minimal.
After the increase in pace of the second volume, this release slows down a bit and gets a touch more introspective. Episode two left Hayami adrift in the ocean with Mutio swimming alongside him. Episode three picks up not too longer afterwards with Hayami being sunned on a piece of Blue wreckage, evidently saved by Mutio.
There exchange starts off amusingly, with Mutio offering Hayami a fish in her mouth. Hayami of course doesn't understand why she's like this, as they're enemies and she should have let him drown. Hayami continues to reflect through flashbacks an experience earlier in his life that he still holds himself guilty for, though he tries to convince himself it wasn't his fault.
Very little time is spent with the Blue Sub crew herself, though they do come into play towards the end of the episode. One of the more interesting aspects of the show to me was during the scenes with the other women like Mutio come up onto the wreckage and challenge Mutio and her defense of Hayami. Hayami of course understands, and mutters that they're chant is simply their way of telling her to kill him. Hayami's lack of fear of death at this point is done quite well, and when the larger creature with the women threatens him, it pays off in a gorgeously animated sequence.
The end portion of the episode that goes into peoples motivations and other little nuggets with the Musuca, Mutio and Hayami are also well done and help to increase the knowledge the viewer has of the world and the people and creatures who inhabit it.
I want more. Disc four is two months away, and it's going to be a long two months for me. This has been a solid series all the way through so far, and I hope the final volume doesn't disappoint.
Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
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