Mecha Masters: Explosive Anime Classics (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, September 20, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002



What They Say
Includes M.D. Geist I & II Collector’s Series, Cybernetics Guardian, Genocyber: The Collection, M.D. Geist and Genocyber I Soundtracks and bonus disc in an ultra cool collector's box.

From cyberpunk visionary Koichi Ohata! In the future, man and machine are blending, becoming one. Science has fused cybernetics and genetically altered humans into monstrous killing machines. But even machines can have a soul, and these new super-beings may be the next step in evolution. When humanity turns against these twisted creations, it discovers the true price of its own pride and lust for power.

DVD Features: M.D. Geist Creators’ Commentary Track – Koichi Ohata & Riku Sanjo, M.D. Geist Graphic Novel, Storyboards, Production Sketches, Trailers and more!

DVD-ROM Features: Art Gallery, Storyboards, Character Designs, Conceptual Designs, Cast & Production Credits and more!

Bonus DVD Features: M.D. Geist Storyboards with Corresponding Video, Text Excepts from Koichi Ohata Interview, Mechanical Designs, Genocyber Character Designs, Concept Designs, Production Cels, Storyboards,Cybernetics Guardian and more!

The Review!
Packaging:
Taking three original releases and putting them in a standard foldup box, the Mecha Masters box is something that'll definitely appeal to Ohata fans, wit Geist and Genocyber on the front cover. The back cover lists the features for all the discs and a summary of what the shows arelike as well as technical details.

Individual Reviews:

MD Geist Collectors SeriesGenocyber: The CollectionCybernetics Guardian


Extras:
There's a rather good extra included with this release and that's the soundtracks for both Geist and Genocyber. Both are on their own CD and are included in a single keepcase with a flippy hinge inside. These look to be the original CD releases from a few years ago, just inside keepcase packaging.

Sumamry:
The Mecha Masters collection is a sweet deal for anyone who really likes Ohata's material. The three DVDs still list for $30 each and with the soundtracks on average costing $15 each, you're getting a $120 value for $75 before any discounts. While no huge fan of Ohata or these shows, it's extremely easy to recommend this release to those who are.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,M.D. Geist Creators’ Commentary Track – Koichi Ohata & Riku Sanjo,M.D. Geist Graphic Novel,Storyboards,Production Sketches,Trailers

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.



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: Central Park Media
MSRP: 74.99
Running time: 296
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Mecha Masters: Explosive Anime Classics