Sailor Victory (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2001
What They Say
Five Female high school friends reunite as the secret crime-fighting organization known as Sailor Victory. Commanding 3 giant Ninja Robots, Gion, Momoyama and Sagano, they fight evil in the virtual-future city of Mikado.
When a disgraced and disgruntled city official turns to the dark side, he joins forces with the evil and sinister Margarita. While he merely wants to humiliate the Sailor Victory crew, Margarita’s objective is the complete and total annihilation of Mikado City. Only the sweet and innocent Sailor Victory can protect the city from this wicked power.
This beautiful and comedic Sci-Fi Anime will entertain every fan with its fantastic character designs and dramatic non-stop action sequences.
Sailor Victory is a pretty self-contained two part OVA series released back in 1995 by Bandai Visual. Oddly enough, the Sailor part has nothing to do with the usual schoolgirls...
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese and to the dub while writing this review. Throughout for both languages, dialogue is pretty clean and understandable with no noticeable dropouts or other issues. The show is pretty much all directed towards the center channel though some of the music and ambient effects make use of the left/right channels. This is fairly typical of a mid 90's OVA release.
For an OVA, there's some nice animation here. The transfer for the disc for the most part looks pretty decent with only a few issues. The main one will be the rainbows, which are very prominent in the women's hair and during the opening logo. Some areas of the show feel a bit soft, but may be more to the shows design than anything else. The only other noticeable minor problem is some color banding issues with the solid red areas, such as one of the robots that the girls use. Otherwise things aren't all that bad here.
Too busy! That sums up the front cover nicely. While we have a fairly busy image of the girls and their mechs going into a near pose, the blue bars and the large logo help crowd things out so you tend to not even really look at the cover. The back cover has a few nice shots of the animation and a good summary of the story. The insert is basically just the chapter listings on one side and advertisements for more shows on the other side (including, amusingly enough, Earthain).
The menus are pretty simple since there's not much on the disc besides the show itself and trailers for a few other programs. The menu is designed to look like the front cover using the same kind of font. They're functional, but we didn't linger.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The show is a pretty straightforward set of OVA's. On a world similar to our own yet different, we center on a city similar to Tokyo where a group of women have immensely powerful robots and are itching to use them against some bad guys.
The women have no respect for the police (who do seem pretty pathetic at times) and focus only on making their Sailor Victory robots the best they can be and win over the adoring public. They get their wish pretty quickly when a criminal in a giant robot arrives to start ripping off some local banks. And with much fanfare, the three ninja-looking robots are sent off into action!
Carnage ensues. The criminal is on the ropes. Then the good girls are on the ropes. And then after some anime angst, the girls work up the courage to do what needs to be done!
Sailor Victory is a pretty typical show, something a lot of people have seen several times over in different forms, in different lengths. My first instinct, although somewhat wrong, is to liken it to Sakura Wars. It also smacks somewhat of Shinesman, with the bright colors and the wacky characters. And while the character designs are very nice (and very reminiscent of Moldiver), they all look similar to other shows in this genre.
It's not a bad show, and for people who like this genre, they'll probably find some neat stuff in it, but with as little as there is and the "already seen this" feel to it, the older fan will probably want to give this a pass.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B-
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Media Blasters
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sailor Victory