Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #6 (of 8) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999
Release Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999
What They Say
The Next Step: Lahrri and Mylandah continue to crush their competition by performing at an athletic level beyond anyone else. If Akari and Chris want to compete at all, they must train hard to have strong muscles and an even stronger will!
Episode 17: I'm Sorry
Episode 18: Reason To Fight
Episode 19: From Heart, To Heart
In some respects, this is a great disc. In others, a not so great disc.
The audio for both languages is clean throughout with no distortion to it. There's some minimal use of directionality on the front soundstage, but it's not really prominent. It's primarily a stereo mix with lots of dialogue in the center channel.
The video on the other hand is where we start running into some trouble. I was really surprised to see as much line noise and small bits of pixellation scattered throughout the entire disc. This mostly seemed to be visible during the long range shots which is almost somewhat normal on a lot of discs, but there was a lot more of it during mid range shots. Close ups, such as faces and the like looked absolutely stunning and the colors are vibrant, but the shimmering was really a surprise on this disc.
The packaging continues the great design from the earlier releases, this time with the ever so fun Mylandah. It's definitely a "ooo, pretty cat" but don't touch kind of pose. The back cover gives some light information and thankfully still presents the episode numbers. Very cute pictures of Anna and her twin sister too.
The menu is a continual thorn in my side. Very sluggish. It's a fairly good design, but when placed against recent things such as Lain and even El-Hazard, it's pretty basic.
Of course, none of these things should in any way dissuade you from picking up this disc or any of the others in this series. What's at the heart of everything is the show itself, and this was an excellent section of episodes. As we get closer to the end of the series, things start coming together and the competitions are getting more fierce.
The opening episode which focused primarily on Anna was very well done with many small pieces of drama that was wonderfully written and animated. It's too bad more of this couldn't have been spread out through earlier episodes to add more depth to the character earlier, but I'm not going to complain much about that.
The following two episodes focus more on the semi-finals for the Great Competition, and naturally everything ends on a cliffhanger. I'm very curious and excited to get the next volume (which will naturally not be here soon enough, even if it was here right now!). These were some very inspirational episodes that get right to the core of sports and competition.
Shows like this being made are something of a miracle...
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: A
Video Rating: B+
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: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Battle Athletes