Dragon Crisis! Episode #04 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, January 31, 2011
Release Date: Monday, January 31, 2011

With the events that have happened as of late, it's definitely time for a trip to the beach.

What They Say:
Ryuji heads to the beach with Rose and Misaki. Their swimsuits starts his heart pounding! However, a silver haired girl arrives with a dangerous request. The target is a powerful breaker looking for Rose!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first three episodes of Dragon Crisis gave us an arc that actually spilled a fair bit of information and tied together the lead characters in a way many spend their entire run doing. It built to a large scale moment often reserved for the end of a twelve episode run rather than at episode three, giving it all a surprisingly big an epic feeling very early on as Ryuji stood up to one of the dragons in an effort to rescue Rose. So what's a group of kids to do now that this is all done? Well, it's time for some downtime at the beach and that means blue skies, blue ocean and teensy weensy bikini's and a whole lot of skin.

Considering how serious the show got, some levity is definitely in order, though they have to walk a bit of a careful balance with Rose in that you don't want to make her too appetizing since she's so young. But what is made clear here is that while we thought of Rose as young based on the clothes she wore and her personality, she's definitely older in real form than we thought based on the bathing suit she wears. It's actually nice to make her a bit older than expected since it makes the whole relationship just a bit less creepy. That Rose is kept to very child-like outfits is a problem in and of itself, but having her be older than that helps to mitigate it. Naturally, any time spent on vacation is going to be disturbed and the main trio finds themselves wrapped p in a request for help from someone sending a letter with a dragon stamp on it.

The trouble comes in the form of a level 10 breaker that is out there looking for Rose and that means that Ryuji and Eriko have to go after him first so they can head things off at the pass. With Ryuji being fairly powerful in his own way, though it's something he's still not too sure of himself even after all that's happened, seeing him put into this position again isn't a surprise. The episode takes us to an interesting area as we learn about a special sword that becomes the focus of it as there are others that come into the mix, including a religious figure who takes a special liking to Ryuji and tells him the tale of things related to the sword. With the threat made clear, the episode takes a fairly relaxed tone with an undercurrent of tension to it that works well as you're not exactly sure when something will come out of nowhere and explode on the scene.

In Summary:
Dragon Crisis does seem at first as though it's going to fall into a completely fanservice and fun oriented episode but it changes that up rather quickly. Shifting to a new serious storyline with that as the launching point, we get into something that's expanding a bit more on the overall world of the dragons, though it's more of a tease at this point. Rose herself takes an interesting role as I think my opinion of her has changed some. She's still something of an innocent child with her personality, but physically she's nowhere near as young as I thought her to be in the first three episodes and that changes how I feel about her and Ryuji some. Their relationship is expanded slightly here to good effect by not being forced and allowed to grow little bit little. With the larger threat slowly making its presence felt in this episode as the start of a new arc, there's a lot to like here.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Dragon Crisis