Magic Knights Rayearth TV Vol. 5 (of 5) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, January 24, 2002
Release Date: Wednesday, May 03, 2000
What They Say
Midnight (Levels 17-20)
The three girls from another world have braved many dangers on their journey to become true Magic Knights. With one Rune-God left to revive and with Cephiro’s destruction close at hand, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu hurry to end their quest and save Cephiro.
The Midnight disc brings season one to a close and though there is plenty left unsaid, you could not watch season two easily and consider this a closed series.
The audio for both tracks was pretty solid with no detected distortion. We spot checked a variety of places on the English track and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.
The video overall is good, which is helped by some slightly above average TV animation. Some of the sequences in these episodes look quite good with the higher cel counts used and the fluidity of the animation itself. We did notice a few nicks and scratches throughout from the master source material itself, but nothing that will detract from normal viewing for most people.
The final disc in this collection has my least favorite cover overall, primarily because throughout all of the episodes Emeraude and Zagato had the least connection to the viewers since they weren't involved as much as the others. The cover itself is quite well done, but the characters just don't cut it. I'd much prefer a shot of all three girls in their full armor. The back cover goes through all the same style of information as the past four releases, and just about everything seems to be covered other than region coding.
And with the menu having the same design as the last couple, you know that it's going to be slow going. But otherwise we had no trouble with the menus and things accessed fairly quickly when we went into the extras and other areas such as disc setup.
There's also another batch of extras on this disc, similar to the past ones. The alternate openings and endings were somewhat interesting, though overall with the alternate opening (the international version I believe) there's very little difference overall, at least upon casual viewing. There was some more wonderful images in the gallery. There was also the inclusion of two more cast interviews. The first was with the actor for Zagato, which was more understandable than some of the other ones. That's followed by a group interview with everyone. This one is worth watching to see all the cool MKR toys that they had that day. Time for an office raid methinks...
After hearing about how good the ending is to the first season of Rayearth, I was naturally really looking forward to it. I had avoided spoilers of every kind about this series since it had been said it was a surprise. Color me unsurprised. I certainly won't spoil it for those here, but if the relationships were supposed to be surprising, I'm sorry I figured that aspect out many episodes ago.
These episodes were quite enjoyable though. The world of Cephiro has continually gotten darker, to the point now where all there is are storm clouds and lightning. No bright sunny skies, only the dark kind. The three girls from Tokyo are also a bit darker than when they started, knowing that their reason for being there is quite necessary and that time is running out.
One of the more enjoyable sections from these episodes was the addition of the last Rune God with Hikaru. Her battle with Zagato and the inclusion of Lafarga made for some good screen time. The last Rune God itself was also interesting, as well as the mode of transportation for the Knights when the last was acquired.
Since so much of these episodes are spoilerish, I won't go into too much more detail. The disc was definitely a good way to bring things to their conclusion and the overall feeling of the first season, which felt like it went by very fast, was very positive. I'm looking forward to season 2.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Zagato Voice Actor Interview,Group Interview
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Media Blasters
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Magic Knight Rayearth