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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: No Rating
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 720p
  • Disc Encoding: H.264/AVC
  • Series: Cobra: The Animation

Cobra: The Animation Episode 05

Cobra: The Animation Episode 05 Review

By Chris Beveridge     January 30, 2010
Release Date: January 30, 2010


Cobra: The Animation Episode 05
© Crunchyroll

Buried treasure in the sea brings Cobra to a world where mystery and danger abounds.

What They Say
Cobra is very known space pirate, but decides to change his face and to clear all his memories. He becomes a common guy, with a common job, and a very boring life, but suddenly he starts remembering his true identity and new adventures begin.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first four episodes of this series told one tale, Cobra dips into a single episode story and that's really for the best. I enjoyed the first arc of the show but by the fourth episode it really did feel too long, especially with the semi-amnesia episode that dragged it out even more. So giving Cobra a chance to tell a story in one episode, build up his reputation as a ladies man a bit more while also adding some decent action, it's exactly what's needed after that last arc.

The tale for this particular episode is rather simple and predictable, but that's not a bad thing because this is a show you watch for the lead character. Cobra's visiting a world where his friend Johnny is, someone he hasn't seen in quite some time. Johnny's off on an interesting treasure hunt and has succeeded in finding it, only to be killed at the last minute by another group who wants it. They didn't get the information they needed from him first, so when they find out that Cobra's a friend of his who may have acquired the critical tape to let them know the location, they do their best to stop and stymie him so they can take it back and find it themselves.

Cobra's efforts to find his friend are rather basic, though he's got a hard time in finding someone to take him out to Baron Island where he was last seen since there's a haunting of sorts there. Legend tells of a large group of beautiful women who roam the sea floors there that spook many sailors, but he does find one boat owner who will help him. And Cobra is never alone long as he runs into a woman named Ellis who deals in antiquities that gets entangled up in his efforts. Naturally, she's a very plain woman at first, but once Cobra's able to help undress her in different ways, her natural beauty radiates and she even gets down to the whole thong thing we've seen in the previous episodes. The two begin their search for the treasure while the bad guys are hunting them down, and it all plays out as you'd expect from practically the first minute of the show.

In Summary:
In all honesty, having seen a few different pieces of Cobra over the years, from the movie to the manga to the previous OVA series, I don't have a lot of high expectations for this series. But that's not a criticism but rather an understanding of what this franchise wants to do. And that's simply to showcase Cobra strutting his stuff across the galaxy, dealing with some Pirate Guild guys when he comes across them and seducing various beautiful women in skimpy clothes. Cobra lives for the moment but he isn't reckless. He wants to enjoy life but does the hard stuff with no real question either. He's portrayed as a man's man throughout and the whole idea is to simply have fun and entertain. It's not a big concept show, but it's also not a show you see often since it doesn't center around teenagers, schools or the harem concept. So while it doesn't do anything huge, it gives us something different than the usual and it's enjoyable for what it is and what it wants to be. I like the show, but I also know it's not a great show. It's just fun. And I like that.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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