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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ceres, Celestial Legend

Ceres, Celestial Legend Vol. #7

By Chris Beveridge     March 15, 2002
Release Date: February 26, 2002


Ceres, Celestial Legend Vol. #7
© Viz Media


What They Say
With the reconstruction of the celestial robe or "hagoromo" nearing completion, a resolved Aya makes the decision - for the sake of her self, Ceres, and the entire Mikage family - to willingly turn herself in.

Meanwhile, as Kagami's plan to create a race of beings descended from celestial maidens comes a step closer to achieving reality, Aki extracts from a captured and savagely subjugated Toya an ultimate revenge.

The Review!
The seventh installment of Ceres brings with it a true sense of fear to me. The show will be over in three more episodes. I get the bad feeling it's not going to end in any way that really brings everything to a conclusion, which is going to be a shame as we've really enjoyed the ups and downs of this series. But, there's always a chance to be proven wrong...

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show continues to have a good audio track with some nice bits of music and sound effects going to the rear speakers. The forward soundstage doesn't have much depth to it, but other than the couple of fairly brief action sequences scattered throughout, it's mostly either a dialogue driven show or one that has the music filling it nicely.

Video:
The transfer here looks like some of the better episodes of the series with the lack of cross coloration and grain that we saw on the final episode of the previous volume. Colors look good with their real-life palette and a few areas of really vibrant colors. The blacks looked nicely solid and the backgrounds didn't show any signs of macroblocking.

Packaging:
The cover for this volume features a great red background with a black clad Toya in the front with his blade pointing up through the logo. The cover just looks gorgeous with its manga look and the mood presented by it. The back cover provides a few character animation shots and a decent summary of the episodes. Episode numbers and titles are also clearly listed, which is definitely a bonus in a series that doesn't list volume numbers, and the usual production and technical details. The insert folds out to show a great image of Ceres when she first arrived and with the first man who she thought truly loved her.

Menus:
The menu layout manages to pull off the right balance of music, animation and design so that it accentuates the material and isn't overbearing or out of place for the show. Menu selections are quick to access and the language selection area shows easily what languages are set for default. Very nicely done.

Extras:
The extras section again gives us something old and something new. The character gallery makes another appearance here, which is useful since it helps having it available on each volume. We also get a design gallery with line art as well as the next textless ending that takes makes its way into the series on this disc.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There's a lot going on here. The show moves along at a fairly brisk pace and provdes a lot of emotional distress with various characters as the show moves towards its conclusion. When all is said and done here, you really wonder how the next three episodes can end it cleanly.

After the revelations and incidents of the previous episodes, Toya and Aya have headed back to Tokyo to visit Yuhi and his mother. Ceres has mentally told Aya that she's giving her only six more months to find her Celestial Robe or she's going to just take over completely. This is definitely something that becomes a serious concern for Aya as she realizes she's pregnant with Toya's baby. Now that's how characters grow and change in a series.

The Mikage folks aren't sitting on their butts during all of this either, as they've continued to bring in more and more of the C-Genome type girls from across the land. They've retooled their thinking that Ceres isn't actually an angel or some other mythical creature but rather an alien from the stars whose come to begin in her own way a form of colonization. Their use of the girls in Ceres-like form is moving fast towards creating their own version of the celestial robe, thereby eliminating the need for both the Progenitor and for Ceres herself.

What makes all of this rather bad, beyond the obvious, is that just after Yuhi left Chidori and Shota at their house, the Mikage group moved in and took Chidori for their project and brought Shota along for the guarantee she'd work. Yuhi goes silently nuts at this news and with the help of Toya and some of Yuhi's mothers agents, they make a decisive strike against the Mikage group. One that plays out very well, very bloody and very emotional throughout.

After all is said and done on this disc, nothing is like it was in the beginning and the drastic changes are definitely exciting, even though they cause massive frustration because I want to see how it all ends, and I don't want to wait. Good solid entertainment here.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Ending #3,Line Art

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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