Battle Athletes OVA Vol. #3 (of 3) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, February 09, 1999
Release Date: Tuesday, February 09, 1999
What They Say
After months of harrowing competition and a few bizarre revelations, the "Great Competition" for the Cosmic Beauty title has begun! With each competition Kris challenges Akari to push the envelope for their own performances where the true reward of athletic competition can be found. While Akari embraces the challenge, two-time champion Lahrri and the ruthless and scheming Mylandah increase the pressure to the breaking point. After all, there can be only one winner!
After months between episodes, the final contest has come, and competition for the title of Cosmic Beauty gets underway. With so many prominent characters, just who will win?
The audio on the disc is just as expected and just as good as the previous incarnations. The Japanese audio is clean and clear, good use of the front soundstage. Very few to almost no background sounds, but not much of a surprise. We didn't catch much of the English dialogue. The first couple of episodes were enough to make me afraid to try the 2nd and 3rd discs.
The video was great, nice and clear. No visible artifacts or pixellation, skipping or anything in terms of poor video. Can more be said?
Completing the trilogy of releases, this volume also is in a keepcase. The cover contains a bit less fan-service than the second volume, but is a bit energetic.
The menu suffers from the same known problems as the earlier releases, in that menu selection is slow on the main menu. Other than that, it's not bad. Things are accessible and all work properly.
So how did the last two episodes bear out? We enjoyed them a lot. I found myself smiling a lot during the episodes, as for the most part it was a show about competing and doing your best, as opposed to people trying to beat the stuffing out of each other or save the world from invading aliens, and so on. A very simple concept of two people working to the best of their abilities, to achieve something that each is after, but may not know it.
There was some interesting religious tones that became more prominent in the final episodes with Kris Christopher, which was not overbearing, always a definite plus. But overall, things ended properly and left room for a sequel.
After watching all six episodes, I'm definitely eager to see the TV series that's coming out in 2 months. Things in the OVA's were good, but a lot of time is open between the episodes to flesh out and do a lot more with. The (potential) relationship between Akari and Kris could be more interesting, as well as expanding on the secondary characters.
Kudos to Pioneer for bringing an interesting series that I definitely would have missed had it been VHS only.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Battle Athletes