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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Brigadoon

Brigadoon Vol. #2

By Andrew Tei     August 04, 2003
Release Date: July 15, 2003


Brigadoon Vol. #2
© TOKYOPOP


What They Say
Episode 6
The Silver Gray Visitor
Marin becomes increasingly worried about the peril that she exposes her house-mates to, so she goes to the police station. Big mistake - after suffering their abuse, she manages to escape with the aid of her friend, Midori ... only to come under attack from the Gun-Swordsman Monomakia!

Episode 7
The Brilliant Battle
Marin manages to escape back to the tenement house, where she learns that Melan Blue is poised to confront the dread Pyon Silver in the local stadium ...

Episode 8
The Night When the Sea Turns Red
Marin and her friend - in a rare moment of relaxation - try to unwind at the beach. Meanwhile, Melan Blue secretly battles more evil enemies but tries desperately all the while not to disturb Marin.

Episode 9
Pink Light
Jun has a heartfelt chat with Marin, trying to decide what to do about her father and her boyfriend. Suddenly, Monomakia Ryunma attacks ... and what saves Marin is an idea from a very unexpected source ...

Episode 10
The Giant Monster?s Brilliance
Marin wins some free tickets to the World Exposition in Osaka. In the middle of her visit, though, a display pavilion transforms into a Monomakia and chaos ensues. In Melan's absence, who will come to Marin's rescue?

The Review!
Marin and Melan Blue continue their battles against the Monomakia from Brigadoon who seem intent on bringing Marin back to it. Except even the police force of Japan is now after Marin.

Audio:

We have our usual English and Japanese soundtracks provided in stereo. I listened to the Japanese sound, and found little use of directionality. There was some use of rear speakers for explosives when I switched to Pro-Logic. The sound was clear though, and the music and dialogue were distortion free.

Video:

TOKYOPOP has delivered another beautiful DVD here in terms of video quality. Brigadoon appears free of pretty much every video problem you could have. The show was made in 2000, and the digital production looks great. Colors were bright, and the picture beautiful.

Packaging:

The cover features Melan Blue squaring off against Pyon Silver against a night sky. Pyon Silver is another Gun Swordsman from Brigadoon, but one who feels that Melan has betrayed his code as a Gun Swordsman. Marin appears leaping in front of them with her usual cheery grin. The English logo appears on top of the cover, and the subtitle for the volume on the bottom of the cover. The spine has a volume number, and a picture of the alien that pops up around the show. The back cover features a picture from each of the five episodes on the DVD and their titles. Midori-sempai wielding a sword also appears on the back. The insert inside is a print of the front cover, and the backside contains cultural notes.

Menu:

After some front loaded trailers, the main menu comes up, featuring the cover from this volume as the main image. The transition between menus is the two Gun Swordsmen moving through the night. The main opening song plays during the menus. In addition to the standard subtitle track, there is an option to select a signs only sub track.

Extras:

There are three listed extras for this volume, but I only count two of them as extras. The original Japanese Opening is included, along with the outtakes of the English dubbing sessions. The one item I'm not sure whether to count is a Behind the Scenes Interview with Wendee Lee, which is more of just an advertisement for TOKYOPOP's other home video releases.

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

With a basic story set up now, the forces of Brigadoon continue to try to return Marin, for some purpose we still aren't aware of, back to Brigadoon. In addition to our regular monster of the week Momomakia, a new force appears. Marin also starts to find a few other allies.

At the end of volume one, the police had come to the nagaya (tenement house) that Marin lived at to arrest her. The other members of the nagaaya come out to defend her, and while Melan would be able to defend Marin, Marin doesn't want anyone else to get hurt. She agrees to be arrested and the police confiscate the ampoule form that Melan turns into when not needed.

After a very rough interrogation, Marin escapes from the police station with the help of Midori-sempai who got arrested for being in a fight. At this moment, another force comes to join the party: Pyon Silver, the strongest Gun Swordsman that Brigadoon has to offer. Pyon and Melan have a past though, since they were both Gun Swordsman. Melan at one point did something that caused Pyon to believe that he betrayed the code of the Gun Swordsman, but Melan believes his action was right according to the code. The two have a duel, and Melan almost dies until human interference becomes too much.

After two exciting episodes, we get an episode that focuses on Jun, another resident of the nagaya who's taken care of Melan as she grown up. Jun has to make a serious decision that will affect the rest of her life, and her drunken father who she's also been taking care of. The episode even turns into a bath episode, and since Jun is very stacked, we get a lot of fan service, plus all the other bathhouse humor made possible.

There are also two episodes where Marin obtains two other ampoules to add to her force to protect herself from the Monomakia. One is this absolutely cute little transportation device that looks like a dinosaur named Poikun. It reminds me of Dino from the Flintstones. The second ampoule is another fighting type, though not as intelligent as Melan.

Brigadoon really moves along with the episode on this volume, and I find my enjoyment for the series growing. There's a good mixture of action and comedy, with a bit of drama thrown in. We're learning pieces of the story bit by bit, and mysterious words that we don't know the meaning of keep getting dropped. I'm looking forward to the next volume, but let's keep this show going!

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Ending,Translators Notes

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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