Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan (of 1) (Mania.com)
Review Date: -
What They Say
English Title - Miyuki-chan in the Wonderland
If you're unfamiliar with that which is Miyuki-chan, there is only one way I can describe it: Miyuki wakes up and things start to happen not normal things but strange things and this upbeat catchy music starts playing and it doesn't stop because things just keep getting stranger and then the music builds and builds and just when you think it can't go any further it just keeps going and building and building like a big run on sentence and building and building until it finally does end and you're left staring at the screen and saying "Whoaaaa" and trying to understand what just happened is like trying to remember how many breaths you took during the episode and just when you think the credits should roll the mirror episode begins and the whole thing starts all over and over and building and building some more.
Miyuki-Chan is a CLAMP-o-licious trip. Catchy, never ending music and great animation make this a real treat for you senses. There's quite a bit of fan service as well as some rather ecchi running gags. Every character Miyuki meets is female and seems to be interested in her for reasons other than her personality. There's not a lot of actual nudity, though.
This title may not be for everyone, as there isn't a plot at all. Basically, Miyuki goes on a trip, and weird stuff happens. The events are similar to Alice in Wonderland (hence the name), but there's no continuing story.
The video is a little above average on this disc. I did notice some isolated rainbows and the video is a little fuzzy, but then again I was studying it really closely for this review. The sound is 2 channel and I didn't notice any problems with it, so no complaints there.
The first thing I noticed about this release is that it uses a non-standard keepcase. It's one of those slightly longer snapper-type cases. No big deal; as long as it holds the disc I'm happy. The cover, however, looks like it was thrown together in about 5 minutes. The front cover has some Miyuki-chan art, but the back is just solid colors with words. No screenshots, pictures, drawings, or anything. Not much effort at all. The printing on the disc itself is not very detailed and has a cheap look to it.
Well, it does have a one screen menu. From here you can choose the Wonderland chapter, the Mirrorland chapter, or the closing credits. That's about it.
There are no extras or previews on the disc. The only insert is a paper insert with menu information (which isn't much, if you can imagine). Combined with the less than desirable packaging, this whole release has "rush job" written all over it.
If you can get over the fact that this release wasn't really well put together, Miyuki-Chan is sure to delight. It's light-hearted fun that doesn't require any thought (or translation for that matter) to enjoy.
Pioneer DV-525 (codefree), 32" RCA TV (s-video), Pioneer VSX-305 receiver, KLH speakers.
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: D
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: F
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Bandai Visual
Running time: 29
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Miyuki-chan in Wonderland