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  • Audio Rating: C
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Manga Entertainment
  • MSRP: 19.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bounty Dog

Bounty Dog

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: January 28, 2003


Bounty Dog
© Manga Entertainment


What They Say
In the future, mankind has colonized the bleak expanses of the moon. Cities now stand proudly where there was once only desolation and emptiness. But there are alien forces that do not want mankind to succeed and only one man can stop them. He is a member of the Bounty Dog Investigation Unit, a high-tech cybernetic mercenary team.

The Review!
Manga Entertainment reaches back into their catalogue to give us Bounty Dog, a tale of man destined to dispel the forces of darkness that hide on the dark side of the moon. Yet again though, we are given an English dub only release with no extras.

Audio:

With no Japanese soundtrack present, I was left to choose whether to listen to the English stereo soundtrack or the English 5.1 remix. This has to be one of the worst remixes I?ve ever heard. As far as I can tell, the same sound is coming out of every speaker. Dialogue was coming out of the rear speakers, which is fine in a crowd scene but not every time someone speaks. I couldn?t detect any directionality either. Manga shouldn?t have bothered encoding this in 5.1, since it just sound like a mono signal coming out of 5 channels.

Video:

Created in 1994, the first thing you?ll notice upon watching this is the yellow/green hue present in every scene in the anime. It immediately reminded me of the red tint on region 2 Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, except I believe it?s on purpose here. The green creates an otherworldly mood for the show. No scratches were evident from the print either. Video encoding wise, this release came out well. I didn?t notice any compression related artifacts, cross coloration, or line shimmering.

Packaging:

Like the video, Manga uses the same yellow/green hue on the packaging. The front cover features the main character from the series with the moon behind them. On the back cover, there are two screenshots from the show, plus a picture of what the cover to the second episode would probably be. The overview of the show written gives a decent background for the story (how little of it there is).

Menu:

The main menu has the Bounty Team displayed in the background, with our female protagonist silhouetted over the image of a moon. To add some motion to the menu, there?s a spinning double helix, scrolling moon language runes, and a shuttle that flies at you. The options are simple, play, scene access, and audio selection. Menu transitions features missiles being launched at the viewer. Altogether, a pretty basic menu system.

Extras:

None, since trailers aren?t extras.

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

A team of mercenaries is sent to the moon to investigate strange waves of energy only to find themselves caught up in a battle to save all of mankind from being destroyed. On the team is Yoshiyuki, a man destined to save the world from darkness.

The Bounty Dog Investigation unit takes a shuttle to the moon to investigate the energy source, which is an entity called ?The Sleeper?, a centuries old alien entity that only wants to destroy. The Constants Corporation, which has its hands in all parts of Lunar Development, is hiding ?The Sleeper? behind an energy shield, which is weakening.

On our team are Shoko, the team leader, Kei, and Yoshiyuki. Yoshiyuki lost a friend, Yayoi, dear to him years ago, and dreamed that one day they would be reunited on the moon. Instead, he meets a woman named Inez, who reminds him a lot of Yayoi. Inez is such a distraction, that when the Bounty Dog Team begins their investigation, Yoshiyuki screws up the operation when he spots Inez again.

As the truth about the situation unfolds, the Bounty Dog teams up with Inez, when ?The Sleeper? finally awakens (please, no Dune jokes). The Constans corporation has no idea what to do, and begins an evacuation, but Inez is familiar with the enemy and leads the team to take out the core of ?The Sleeper.?

Bounty Dog sets itself on the moon, but it?s mainly a setting to hold an ultimate evil. This sci-fi anime doesn?t contain much story development in the first episode, but develops a bit in the second half. The mix of action and story is pretty good, but you don?t get a sense of a very tight story.

The characters in Bounty Dog are very one-dimensional. Yoshiyuki is a man trapped in the past, and has no real idea why he?s being drawn to the moon. Inez is the key to his past, but she?s like a robot that just spits out information. Shoko is your typical gung ho military type woman who?s all about the mission. The third member of the team, Kei, is a throw away character.

Like past Manga dubs, there is a healthy lacing of profanity used by the bad guys and Shoko, which I always find very distracting. The acting is very sub par, as the characters read most of their lines with very little emotion.

Manga did one nice thing and left all the openings in place, unedited. I?m not sure if the end credits to episode one were ripped out, since I never saw the original Japanese release. The songs in the show are not translated at all. Minimalism comes to mind as the main focus in the creation of this DVD.

Features
English 5.1 Language,English 2.0 Language

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


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