Sailor Moon Vol. #11: The Ties That Bind (of 14) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002



What They Say


The Review!
The Negamoon segment continues, with a fair amount of revelations and the beginning of the enemies being whittled down by… wuv.

Audio:
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.

Video:
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.

Packaging:
The cover this round is another in the more cartoony fashion with Sailor Moon in the foreground while Rubeus is larger in the background as his hands reach out to unleash his power. 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.

Menu:
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.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There’s a fair bit of good stuff going on during these episodes. Rini takes the center stage for a good part of the first couple of episodes, as she starts to talk internally about her past more, which brings us to learning about Crystal Tokyo and her family there. This is going on as she’s being chased by the Negamoon sisters throughout part of the city while all the Scouts are looking for her. Rini fell into a case of feeling unwanted, combined with her desire to get back home to her mother, and bolted from Serena’s not so careful watch.

Serena does eventually catch up to her and changes into Sailor Moon when she sees what’s chasing her, but before she can act she gets into a position where she can hear Rini talk about herself, which finally kicks Serena in the head enough to realize how wrong she’s been about what’s been going on. Serena starts taking a more protective mode over Rini and promptly starts going after the sisters, eventually aided by the other Scouts.

As the series is now slowly getting towards its completion, the troops on Rubeus’ side begin to fall by the wayside, but not in the normal way. One by one, Rubeus sends the sisters after Rini and the scouts, The usual plan starts to go into place here, but with Mars being the first one targeted, it doesn’t go quite as planned. Rei actually manages to get through to the sister that’s after her, and convinces her that she can have a better life without doing so much evil. Surprisingly, this works and the first sister falls to simple humanity and enjoys it.

This starts a nice chain of events as they work their way through some of the other sisters while trying to deal with Rubeus’ plots. These episodes play out a bit better than the regular almost filler-ish episodes since there’s an end goal of conversion by the end, when it actually works. Between that and some of the new material for Rini, who managed to make me not scream in pain every time she was on screen, was a real bonus.

Features
English Language

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: 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
MSRP: 14.98
Running time: 135
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Sailor Moon