Kite Vol. #1 & #2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

Review Date: -



What They Say


The Review!
Seeing all the "hype" going on about un-edited Kite, I was compelled to write a review as someone who's seen both Media Blasters' edited version and the original version.

First, I'd like to make it clear that I am one of the anime purists. To prove my point, I own the original "Sailor Moon" LD's (original series only) among other things, I've ordered the entire 7 DVD set of "To Heart," and I'm purchasing "Card Captor Sakura" DVD's (first story + movie only) as they become available. Having said that, I have one bold statement to say about Kite. I'd take the Media Blasters' edited version over the original ANY DAY.

Most (but not all) of the scenes that were cut by Media Blasters are tasteless, uninteresting, and irrelevant (obviously, in my opinion). Edited version stands on its own as an interesting, action-filled, dark story of a girl with tragic past (and present, apparently). In fact, I liked the dark nature of Kite so much, I decided to buy the original version. It turns out, the unedited version is nothing but an adult anime that wants to be a mainstream anime. Either that or it's a mainstream anime that wants to be an adult anime.

I suppose Media Blasters could have done a slightly better job of cutting things out, especially with those flashback scenes, but all in all, I'd like to congratulate Media Blasters for doing a good job at making this mix-up of an anime something special.

Technically, picture quality is as good as it gets. Pictures are extremely sharp and well defined. Audio is clean and well mixed. I can't think of anything else to mention about video and audio quality.

It may just be me. Maybe I should just stick to shoujo anime with cute things, but if you're signing "Kite" petition just to get the unedited version, perhaps you should think twice about it. Not all edited things are bad.

Although the only reason I could think of for listing my equipment in this particular review would be to show off, since my main objective is to point out the fallacies of assuming that editing is always bad. I suppose, I could use some of that showing off factor. At least I'm honest about it.

Features
Japanese Language,Storyboards,Additional BMP image gallery when used with a DVD-ROM


Review Equipment
Pioneer Elite DVL-91 combi-player (region switch enabled), scan-doubled to a computer monitor (Nanao F2-17EX), Audio Research LS-15 pre-amplifier, two Bryston 3B-ST stereo amplifiers driving actively bi-amped (with Marchand crossovers) Magnepans, 2-channel audio only. Can you say I'm not a purist?



Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Beam Entertainment
MSRP: 4800 @
Running time: 30 @
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Kite