Corrector Yui Vol. #3 (of 4) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Release Date: Tuesday, December 09, 2003



What They Say
Heart-Thumping Double Date, Part One
When Yui's dad asks her and some friends to test his company's latest VR, "Marine Adventure Land," Yui is thrilled. But not all of Yui's friends are free, so double dates are arranged. The new game uses recordings of real whale songs to make people serene and happy... something Grosser is not about to let happen!

Heart-Thumping Double Date, Part Two
Yui and Haruna's double-date is ruined when Grosser's Corruptors come to Marine Adventure Land. All semms lost... but then Yui meets two new components of Professor Inukai's software. Can Corrector Yui manage to protect Marine Adventure Land from an attack by Grosser himself?

Secrets of the Eight Software
It's an exciting, guided tour inside the world of Corrector Yui... led by Yui herself! Look back on how Yui and IR first met, and their adventures to date. Features a closer look at Corrector Yui's various Element Suits – and also at the abilities of the Corrector Software programs, and their fight against the evil supercomputer Grosser and his henchmen!

Showdown at Western Net
There's trouble at Western Net! The Corruptors have taken over Western Town... but this time, something is different - the usually selfish, self-serving Corruptors are working as one! Can Yui convince Control, leader of the Correctors to work with her and the other Correctors to fight off the combined power of Grosser's minions?

The Review!
The series goes for another multipart adventure, this time bringing in a new virtual world and upping the cuteness factor by several notches.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The series sports a good stereo mix that has a number of good sequences where there is some solid directionality across the forward soundstage. Dialogue is nice and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback. We listened to the English mix while writing this and had no problems there either.

Video:
Originally airing back in 1999 and running for fifty-two episodes, Corrector Yui’s transfer here looks decent for the most part but does suffer some issues. The most noticeable problem areas are the opening and ending sequences, which has a lot of pixilated cross coloration, partially due to the tight lines in the artwork. I initially thought it was due to the editing of the video to swap out the Japanese credits for English translated ones, but even the textless versions in the extras section exhibit the same amount. In the show itself, things look much better. There’s still some cross coloration scattered throughout and some of the dark blue and black sequences look grainier than they should but avoid being blocky.

Packaging:
Continuing with the same basic background layout of the circuit board, the front cover provides a different pose for Yui and IR. Hopefully these covers won’t continue to look too similar from volume to volume, otherwise there’ll be some confused people picking up the wrong volumes. The back cover continues the background design and has a premise section for the show and then talks about each of the five episodes, providing the episode number and title as well as several shots from the show itself. The discs features and production information is clearly listed. The insert provides a chapter listing for all four episodes as well as their titles while the reverse side has several paragraphs of setting information for the series. There’s no real indication of a volume number on this release, but the inclusion of the episode numbers helps to offset that.

Menu:
The main menu is nicely set up with a static background layout of a circuit board with a nice shot of Yui in her element suit. There’s a block where video from the show plays along with music from the series, but it unfortunately also plays some of the dub. Access times are nice and fast and the menus load quickly. Other than the inclusion of the English dub, these are good menus.

Extras:
The extras section consists of a small gallery of conceptual artwork for various characters met in these episodes. Also included here, though it shouldn’t be, is the Japanese cast list. Once again, this belongs in the end credits and not as an extra.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Corrector Yui continues on its merry way here, once more avoiding any similarity to the one manga series I read about it previously. With the drop to four episodes, the volume doesn’t feel quite as overwhelming in one sitting, and this one even less so as there’s a recap episode tucked into here. Before that though, a fun tale gets told.

Spread over two episodes, Yui finds herself in her latest adventure after being invited down to her fathers office to test out the new Marine Adventure Land virtual world that they’ve so painstakingly created. Her father is over the top in describing it, but in just such a way that the little kids that this series is made for will just eat it up. Encouraged to bring three friends, she goes to her usual crowd to get them all to come play in the new area before anyone else in the world can. Unfortunately for Yui, only Haruna is able to make it since the others have so many things going on.

But her friends are crafty and work things out by bringing replacements for them, replacements that turn out to be potential dates. Haruna finds herself now spending time with the boy she likes, Takashi, while Yui is just head over heels when she finds out that they brought Shun along for her to go with. It’s a perfect setup and everyone’s happy. Well, until they get to the office and Yui’s father starts seeing the goo goo eyes that Yui is making at the fairly oblivious Shun. Yui’s father slides easily into the overprotective parental mode which only causes more problems than it solves, but eventually he lets them all into the virtual world.

You can pretty much guess what happens from there. Some time is spent checking out the world, which is pretty neat where you have a very cute pink whale as your guide, a whale whose AI is strong enough to give itself a new name. Fina show’s them around to various sites in the land, but before they know it they’ve hit a glitch area and are inside a section of the park that doesn’t register, causing Yui’s father and the other operators to try and figure out what’s wrong. The glitch area is actually a refuge where a couple of Corrector programs have been hiding, but it’s also where the Corruptors are now headed as they want the whale AI program.

There are a lot of rather cute moments throughout it, from the way the “couples” play up their dates to how Yui interacts with both the Peace and Follower programs, never mind the way Peace doesn’t believe she’s who she says she is. The story isn’t rushed like a single episode Corrector introduction and it plays out rather well, though predictable right from the start. The only downside is that it’s followed-up by a full series recap after that.

The last episode was something of a surprise as well, where an old west style net is the location. What makes things different here is that when Yui arrives there to try and find one of the Corrector programs, the Corruptors are not only there but they’re acting as something of a team in trying to defeat her. Usually you don’t get shows like this, or even shows for older audiences that use the same kind of villain scheme, to have the villains actually work together at any point during the series since they’re always vying for power and position. So it’s a nice change of pace, even for a kids show, to have the bad guys cooperate.

In Summary:
Though we watched this show entirely in Japanese, my oldest daughter watched the entire thing with me and managed to find quite a lot of enjoyment out of it. The visuals alone are very appealing to her eyes, though the show looks somewhat bland and flat at times to me. But she’s the real audience, so it’s encouraging to see that even with the language barrier, it can still connect. Corrector Yui is a fun harmless little show that won’t stretch your mental state in the slightest, but might tickle the funny bone instead a bit.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Line Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Corrector Yui