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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: A+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: �38400
- Running time: 754
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Conan, The Boy In Future Memorial Box
Conan, The Boy In Future Memorial Box
Release Date: July 25, 1997
What They Say
5 discs contain episodes 1 - 26. This classic sci-fi adventure show was originally aired 20 years ago but thnaks to the direction by Hayao Miyazaki and his style, doesn't look dated at all. Our hero is a boy in the post apocalyptic future, who's a decendant of survivors from a crash landed starship. Special features include: an interactive menu which offers an instant scene access and a multi-screen that can run all episodes at once sans audio. multi-audio includes a Japanese language dialog track (original soundtrack w/dialog) and a BGM track (without dialog). The Review!
This title is also known as "Mirai Shoonen Conan" or "Future Boy Conan" and originally aired in 1978. If "old" anime is not your cup of tea, these ratings will seem subjectively high.
This series is an epic adventure set in the 21st Century after the big wars that devastated the earth. The hero, a boy named Conan, is the last survivor of a small group that survived the devastation. When he discovers that he is not alone in the world, he sets out on a quest to find other survivors and make new friends. Although the series was aimed at a younger audience ( the main character is just a boy ), it holds enough action, treachery and violence to entertain an adult audience, and the art style is very similar to that of later Miyazaki / Studio Ghibli works.
For a series that aired over 20 years ago, the audio and video quality is better than one would expect. The DVDs contain a Japanese track and a 3-4 track ( A 1-2 track contains all the voices in stereo, a 3-4 track contains the music and sound effects in stereo - see what you learn from attending dubbing workshops at anime conventions? ). Those interested in practicing their talent at voice acting might find this useful.
The DVD box is standard fare. Five CD sized cases and a episode/information guide in a slipcase. Discs 1 - 4 contain six episodes each and disc 5 contains the last two episodes.
The menu system is pretty amazing. It offers both a grid style menu where you pick what part of an episode you want to start from and a multi-screen video menu where you get to see all the episodes on the disc run at the same time ( without sound, of course ).
As with any import, this set is pricey ( almost $400 US ) and is a limited edition, but there are 26 episodes in the box which means you'll be paying less than $15 an episode which for an import is a real deal. Because of the cost, I'd suggest anyone interested in this to at least see an episode or two of Conan before laying out the money for this baby. Two more things to remember are that these DVDs will only play in players that are capable of playing Region 2 DVDs and that this series should not be confused with the relatively new series "Meitantei Conan" (also known as "Great Detective Conan" & "Boy Detective Conan").
Suggestions: As with most region 2 discs, this will be of little interest to those who can't understand Japanese without subtitles. However, I have found translated scripts of all the episodes online in Jacosub format. With these you will be able to follow what's going on and if you have a genlock, you can run the subtitles yourself. If you don't have the genlock ( subtitling box ), you can do what I did and run the translation on your computer with a subtitling program while playing your DVD on TV.