Brigadoon Vol. #4 (of 6) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2003
What They Say
Gorgeous Submaton Color
Marin and Melan - enjoying a much-need idyll free from marauding Monomakia - begin to enjoy their stay in the mysterious land ... and maybe begin to fall in love a little!
The Golden Promise
Truths are revealed and Melan Blue must leave - but he promises before going that he and Marin will meet again ...
Find the Color of the Future
Marin returns to Yayoi and finds her city in ruins. Her home is burned to the ground, and everything is in chaos. She gets chased away by her classmates from the evacuation center and wanders aimlessly around the devestated city.
Marin loses her eyesight. Meanwhile, Melan beats the Executioner Monomakia Skia, but ends up getting caught by another Monomakia named Death. Marin must now find a way to save Melan before it's too late.
The second half of the series begins with a smile, but quickly decides to rip your heart out of your chest and wring it before your eyes.
For my primary review, I listened to the Japanese stereo soundtrack. The soundtrack is clear of distortion and makes little use of directionality. I took a quick listen to part of the English soundtrack while writing the review and didn’t hear any problem.
The picture on Brigadoon continues to be absolutely superb. This is an all digital production, and the colors are very bright and rich. I didn’t see any glitches in the video, and no mpeg artifacts were present.
On the cover this time we have a large picture of Marin with a red glow appearing from the middle of her forehead. Melan Blue appears damaged below her. The spine has a volume number, and a picture of the alien similar to Lolo that pops up around the show. The back cover features a picture from each of the four episodes on the DVD and their titles. The insert inside has some cultural notes and a list of the Assembly members of Brigadoon.
The main menu has the opening song playing as Kushaton comes flying onto the screen. When the menu loops, Kushaton shoots just before it ends. No other motion is present in any of the menus. No transition menus exist, and the menus are here just to serve their purpose. In addition to the standard subtitle track, there is an option to select a signs only sub track.
There are three different extras on this volume: the original Japanese opening #2 credits, outtakes, and a line art gallery.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As we pass the halfway point of the series, the situation begins to get even worse.
The first attempt at preventing Brigadoon and the Earth from colliding as failed. Melan and Marin are still trapped in Submaton Color, but they use the opportunity for Melan to heal after the immense amount of damage he took after fighting both Erin and Pyon. While recovering in this strange Alice In Wonderland like place that is between two worlds, they explore the area. From growing large, to growing small, and finding candy growing on trees, and snowmen that walk around, we have an episode that is just completely fun. They meet Chroma, another member of Lolo’s race. Meanwhile, the Brigadoon Assembly tries to locate Marin.
Marin and Melan Blue eventually find a way to contact Lolo, but Lolo reveals that the Assembly has determined that Marin is not the real Creis Marine. This brings a crisis of faith to Marin, as she now believes Melan will have no reason to be with her. Melan’s mission is to find Marin, so he has no choice but to leave Marin. The real Marine is still on Earth, or the Funny World as the inhabitants of Brigadoon call it, so the first step is to get back home, and Lolo seems to know the way.
After Melan and Marin separate ways, Marin makes her way back to the Nagoya. Unfortunately, when she gets there, she discovers the entire Nagoya has been destroyed. In fact, the entire area has been evacuated. Many people have died as a result of the two worlds coming together, and many people have been displaced. Some of the few people who recognize Marin blame her for the problems they are now facing. Depression sinks deep with Marin, as she travels the devastated areas of the city.
As Melan searches for the real Marine, he encounters Skiar, a special Monomakia sent specially to kill other Monomokia. It places Melan in a hold that will eventually cut him in two, and he can’t do anything about it.
This volume of Brigadoon ranges far and wide in its scope. The first episode is extremely light hearted in flavor, while the second one serves mainly to get the story back on track. Then we have the last two episodes on this DVD. These two episodes were some of the most heart-wrenching anime I have ever seen. While the first two episodes were very bright, the second half of this volume turns completely dark in nature as everything begins to go wrong.
Brigadoon continues to completely capture my attention and I find it to the sleeper title for 2003. The story is rich, and there are wonderful characters that you truly begin to care for. It has the perfect blend of humor, drama, action, and tragedy. I cannot recommend this enough.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Line Art Gallery,Translators Notes
Toshiba 3109 to a Toshiba 36” Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: TOKYOPOP
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2