Magic Knights Rayearth TV Vol. 3 (of 5) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000
Release Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000
What They Say
Noon (Levels 9-12)
The Magic Knights’ quest to bring peace to the land reaches a turning point when they finally revive the legendary Rune-God, the last element needed for the inevitable battle. However, new revelations about the legend of the Magic Knights turn the end of the journey into a new beginning.
The third disc of the first season brings the Knights to their encounter with the first Rune God. Too bad they thought it was the only one...
As with the first two volumes, the audio is your typical stereo broadcast version. The Japanese and English language tracks sounded good if unspectacular. There was some fair use of the left and right speaker in a few sequences, but overall it's what you expect from a TV series.
The video overall was better than the first volume but still a bit less than the second volume. Again, I believe this stems more from the original source material and just how the show was drawn and animated. There was only some slight pixellation and the occasional jitter, nothing that will really bother most people if they notice it at all. The colors looked good in several sequences and the areas that had really fluid animation looked great. The unfortunate part is that they're few and far between! But that's not the fault of the authoring folks, it's just how it was made.
Similar in design to the other two releases, the consistent covers look good. The overall feel is the same with some great front cover artwork and a decent write-up on the back of the story as it stands as well as what's on the disc.
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.
I really enjoyed the episodes on this. I'm finding as the series progresses I enjoy what I'm watching more than the previous ones each time. While these newer episodes haven't gotten exactly dark and ominous, there are the signs of big powers and ancient things at work.
The discovery of the Rune God in this disc and Umi's dealings with it while the others fight various critters set upon them was quite interesting. I was amused the first time I saw the transformed Rune God however in that the first thing I thought of was, "Wow, Unit 01 from Eva". While there isn't a huge resemblance, the color scheme made it come up right away in my mind.
This disc also introduces another villain into the series in the form of Caldina. Caldina, for whatever unstated reason, is helping Ascot to try and stop the Knights from their goals and to help him become accepted again in the Castle of Zagato. Which is doubly important considering how badly Ascot messed up in working with Alcyone! I had wondered if they were going to play Caldina straight after seeing how sort of over the top Alcyone was.
The first sequence with her in the town the Knights pass through cleared those silly notions out of my mind. The scenes with her playing cards with Ferio was fun to watch, as well as her getting gone at the end of that encounter. I'm not really enamored with the character yet, but she reminds me of Mihoshi with more brains but still not altogether there.
One of the more enjoyable aspects of this disc and the last one as well is the continuing blushing romance between Fuu and Ferio. While I'm not all that big on Ferio yet since his full motives haven't been laid out to be seen, his interactions with Fuu and her blushes when prodded by the others are fun to watch. She's quickly become my favorite among the trio and out of the entire cast itself to date.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Fuu Voice Actress Interview,Animerica Interview with Toshiki Hirano
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: A
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