Medabots Vol. #05 (of 12) (Mania.com)

By:Andrew Tei
Review Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2002



What They Say
The World Robattle Tournament is fast approaching and only the top three medafighters from each country advance to the Tournament. Guess who's on the list when the rankings are announced for Japan? The mysterious Space Medafighter X is ranked First; Koji and Sumilidon are ranked Second and to their surprise, Ikki and Metabee are ranked Third!

If they can hold on to that ranking for a few days, they'll be representing Japan in the Tournament, but it's not going to be east with every Medafighter in Japan gunning for them. And the Rubberobo Gang isn't about to give up their plans for World Domination just because Ikki's got other things on his mind.

The Review!
The Rubberobo gang is still after Metabee?s rare metal and the World Robobattle Tournament is coming up. Only the top three Japanese fighters will enter, and Ikki is placed third currently, making him the target for any other Medafighters.

Audio:

This is a plain English language stereo mix. There is no directionality, and all sound is sent towards the front sound stage. A heavy amount of bass is used during the show. Dialogue is clear, and I didn?t hear any distortions.

Video:

The video looks great, but the colors aren?t very vibrant. Screen jitters occur throughout the DVD, despite the camera not moving. Overlays are spread throughout the series to cover signs and translate them, but some get by.

Packaging:

Metabee gets front stage on the cover with Space Medafighter X and his Medabot Arcbeetle against a blue background. The spine features a volume number, which is also on the front cover. On the back cover, we have a description of the episodes, episode title listing including their volume numbers, and one image from each episode. Space Medafighter X is incorrectly mentioned on the back as Space Medabotter on the back. The included insert has the front cover on one side, and a basic description of Arcbeetle

Menu:

The main menu is static and features Medabee 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.

Extras:

The extras on this DVD are the same as the previous DVDs. There are fourteen character descriptions, and eighteen 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)

It looks like we?re in for some filler until the tournament starts.

During Fifteen Minutes of Shame Ikki learns he?s the third ranked fighter and he and Medabee believe they are undefeatable now due to the Medaforce. Overconfidence though, can lead to your doom. Everyone needs a little humiliation, and the Screws are always ready to serve.

Enter Rintaro introduces another Medafigher, Rintaro, who?s after Ikki?s third place ranking. Squidlips gets three new Medafighters from Dr. Meta-Evil and takes on Rinato, Koji, and Ikki in a single battle! The episode continues into The Ace From Outer Space as Space Medafigher X makes an appearance to save Ikki from losing Metabee?s Rare Medal. After losing a match though, Ikki loses his third place ranking and gets depressed. Perhaps a bit of training doing rhythmic gymnastics will help.

Me and My Shadow Swords focuses on Koji and Sumilidon getting some training from Space Medafighter X so they can defeat Metabee?s MedaForce attack. Karin decides this is a great time to give Koji some attention, but Koji needs to concentrate on training now. Poor guy. Ikki isn?t going to take this laying down though, and comes up with another way to attack Koji.

Filler is never exciting and even the great one liners don?t save this volume very much. The episodes seem a little out of order and disjointed somehow. I know Nelvana changed the order of some of the episodes, but since I don?t know the original order, I can?t confirm my suspicions on this volume.

Features
English Language,Character Descriptions

Review Equipment
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
MSRP: 19.98
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Medabots