Sailor Moon Vol. #12: The Wrath of Emerald (of 14) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
What They Say
With the Sisters out of the way, it’s time for the bigger, badder and much more vain villains to start showing up.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in the only language available, English. Though done back in 1995, the disc has a rather good pro-logic mix to it, with the music being the main beneficiary of it and sending a lot of sounds to the rear speakers. There’s some minor directionality with sound effects and dialogue across the forward soundstage, but the track overall sounds decent with no noticeable dropouts or distortions.
The transfer for this release is pretty decent, but suffers from what most of the other volumes in this series have suffered from. There’s still the usual amount of grain and a low level of cross coloration running through. But again, the show doesn’t have much in the way of a lot of vibrant colors and the backgrounds are done in a fairly minimalist way at times.
The cover looks a bit better than the past two, with a full length shot of Serena in Queen Serenity mode with the dress while Rini sits in the quarter moon in her pink Scout outfit. The back cover provides a few small screenshots of animation and a brief summary of the shows episodes as well as listing the titles of the six episodes. The insert provides another shot of the front cover while the reverse side lists the previews and the episode titles.
The menus are pretty decent and definitely shiny. With nothing on the disc outside of the extras, episode selection is the main menu. Unfortunately, there’s no episode numbering here either so unless you start with the first episode and let it play through, it can be very difficult to tell where to start and where to pick up again if you leave off somewhere.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After losing his minions to the abilities of the Sailor Scouts, Rubeus tries his own all out offensive against them, but even that doesn’t go well. Things go so poorly in fact that the higher-ups that are plotting the overthrow of Crystal Tokyo have moved him off of the case and have brought in the lovely Emerald. Emerald is naturally a green haired beauty who knows she’s hot and expects her place in life to be assured. So when her lord decides that she shall take down the Scouts, she accepts it as just another thing to be done.
Emerald’s methods tend to be more vicious and cutting to her targets, such as when she starts manipulating dreams to break apart people and going for things that really matter to them. She does of course fall into the same traps as earlier villains, such as her “baking up some evil” method of attacking people by getting a sweetshop going. Subsequent episodes start down similar paths, so now that we’re past the Negamoon Sisters, things are back like they were in the beginning with the new villain and the same methods of attack. There are some amusing moments, such as when nearly everyone is sick and Mina is the one taking care of them all, but these moments are few and far between on this volume.
With only a few moments of Crystal Tokyo in the beginning episodes and some pieces of the larger puzzle there as well, this disc was pretty minimal and mostly fillerish.
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: C
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: C
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 135
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sailor Moon