Medabots Vol. #03 (of 12) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002
What They Say
Ikki and Metabee are beginning to come to terms with each other. That's a good thing, because the Rubberobo Gang is stepping up their activities, and it's up to Ikki and his friends to stop them from taking over the world, or least turning the neighborhood into a new wave housing devlopment. If that's not enough, the local Parent/Teacher Organization has decided that Medabots are a bad influence on the kids, and is confiscated any Medabots found at the school. That's not good enough, because the real leader of the Rubberobo Gang makes his appearance at last!
Picking up on episode ten, this DVD introduces the lone mysterious Medabot Rokushu, Dr Aki, who created the Medabots, and the Dr. Meta-Evil, the leader of the Rubberobo gang.
English is what they give us, so English is what I listened to. The show was mixed with a basic stereo mix. I didn?t notice any directionality, and all sound was sent towards the front sound stage. Dialogue is clear, and I didn?t hear any distortions. The introduction and the show use a lot of bass.
Video wise, everything looks really good. Colors aren?t very vibrant, except for in the introduction. I suspect the show is really like this. There are several scenes during the show where it seems the image on the screen jitters slightly, despite the camera not moving. Overlays are spread throughout the series to cover signs and translate them.
Ikki, Koji, and Metabee get the main cover with a lightning bolt behind them. It isn?t cluttered at all. The spine features a volume number, which is also surprising to see for a show aimed at children. On the back cover, we have a description of the episodes, episode title listing including their volume numbers, and one image from each episode. The included insert has the front cover on one side, and a basic description of Koji?s Sumilidon Medabot.
The main menu is static and features Sumilidon with the introduction music playing. You can either select the start of each individual episode, head into scene selection, or choose extras. Scene selection features five different chapter points with video playing for each one.
The extras on this DVD are great to anyone who?s unfamiliar with the series. There are sixteen character descriptions, and twelve Medabot descriptions. This made understanding everything a lot simpler. It focuses on characters that appear on the episodes on the DVD.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Character introductions for the series still seem to be going on with this installment.
First we get the introduction of the lone Medabot Rukusho. Unlike other Medabots, he doesn?t have a Medafighter. Rukusho is much more intelligent and thoughtful than the other Medabots, and seems to be fitting into a mentor type role for Medabee. A staple character for any martial arts related show.
Next up, we have two filler episodes. A masked phantom is in town stealing rare medals, and Ikki is wrongfully accused by a tabloid reporter. Ikki and Erika give the reporter a taste of his own medicine though before going into medabattle with him. Our second filler episode deals with the Parent-Teacher Organization?s attempt to ban Medabots because of their bad influence on kids. After they confiscate most of them, the kids rise up against the PTO as a united front.
Our last episode deals with two events. The Rubberobo gang gets a new mission as the leader behind their organization; Dr. Meta Evil tells them to start stealing Rate Medals. Meanwhile, Ikki meets up with Dr. Aki, the creator of the Medabots. After Dr. Aki easily defeats Ikki in a robobattle due to Medabee being overconfident in his own abilities, Ikki decides to become Dr. Aki?s apprentice to learn how to improve his robobattle skills.
The series reminds me of typical anime based on a video game. Pokemon inspired a craze, and Medabots seems to be following the same path. I haven?t seen anything that really differentiates this show in the least.
English Language,Character Descriptions,Medabots A to Z
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears
Mania Grade: C
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2