Armored Trooper Votoms Vol. #07 (of 16) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2001
What They Say
Alerted to the incursion of Chirico and the others deep into his territory, Prince Kanjielman sends Ypsilon's team to deal with the intruders. But Borough has plans of his own. He believes that if Ypsilon kills Chirico-and Fyana is forced to watch--the Secret Society will finally shake the hold Chirico appears to have over her. But no one is prepared for how far Fyana will go to protect Chirico! At higher levels, the commanders on both sides have made decisions that threaten to move the conflict towards a potentially explosive conclusion. As Albert Killy orders Borough to locate and destroy Fyana, Captain Rochina and the Melkian Army wait to see what Chirico's next move will be. Powerful forces are ready to strike, and the Kummen civil war will soon be over, one way or another. Episodes 9-11.
Overall Rating: 3.9
(on a scale of 1-5)
Japanese Acting: 4
The jungle warfare reaches a higher level as Chirico and his crew move closer to their goal. But as we know by now, nothing is as easy as it seems in this series. And you know it’s going to get bad when one of the episodes is called "Complications". It also means another disc of Armored Trooper Votoms has been reviewed.
The technical ratings stay the same. The sound and picture remain high. The menu’s got great style and works fine. The subs are hard matted onto the screen for this series. So you can’t get rid of them and watch this raw. The keepcase tells you everything except for running time and that it’s in Japanese with subs. The extras include a Gallery of stills and production art dealing with this set of stories. It’s the same set that was on the fifth disc. You also get some introductions to characters, mecha, vehicles, and weapons. These are comprised of text and design sketches. The last element called the "World Guide" gives you an in depth look into the various weapons used by the armored troopers so far. It’s pretty in depth with both stats and pictures of each weapon. As usual you might want to watch the whole disc before you do any reading, as some spoilers to episodes are given away in these extras.
Things go a bit easier in this disc of Votoms. With Chirico and his team on a mission, these episodes follow the team as they move closer to their objective. Meanwhile the Secret Society and the prince try to figure out how Chirico and his team plan on attacking them. Ypsilon and our friendly neighborhood priest come up with a plan to wipe the memory of Chirico from Fyana’s mind. Captain Yu makes an ass out of himself (again) and the rest of the team gets on the good graces of General Gon Nu (snicker). To top it off Vanilla, who had joined the army as a helicopter pilot must make some hard choices between friends and duty to his army. It was less twisty in this disc, and is definitely leading toward the finale of this story
The animation remains the same in this disc, as does the sound. Again the mecha action in this story arc seems a bit heavier. It’s not that the plot is light, it’s that the plot is pretty straightforward. What this means is that the mecha really get lots of time to show off in combat. I’m still amazed at the detail and the work that went into this series. Considering that it was done in the early 80’s and compared to some of the American animation being made at the same time... wow. This is good vintage stuff.
Like I mentioned the story is good and many of the characters are growing and changing. I have to say that Vanilla is one of my favorites. It was a bit of a twist to see him become a helicopter pilot in this war. It’s also good to see that Cocona and him have more chemistry going on then they care to admit. Chirico and his connection to Fyana, and the way both Perfect Soldiers are handled is also interesting. With the introduction of Ypsilon the whole story is going to a new level. This is a well written series.
The acting and the music are both well done and add to the series. There are moments where the music just stands out due to it’s age or the way it just doesn’t quite seem to fit. But for the most part the score is good.
This is a solid entertaining series and as we reach the midway point in it, I’m definitely interested in seeing just where it takes us. Votoms is another mecha show that I’ll have to put on my "worth seeing" list.
Roman J. Martel
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Japanese Language,English Subtitles
Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony Playstation 2
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Votoms, Armor Trooper