s-Cry-ed Vol. #6 (of 6) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, February 17, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004
What They Say
When Ryuho is mortally wounded by Mujo, Scheris has only one choice but to use her Alter, Eternal Devote, and make the ultimate sacrifice for the man she loves. Using the final enhanced forms of their Alters, both Ryuho and Kazuma battle Mujo.
Even after Mujo is defeated, the battle continues. Ryuho and Kazuma must repel the mainland Alters to ensure the independence of the Lost Ground. When the dust settles and the Lost Ground begins to rebuild, Ryuho and Kazuma decide it's time to finish the fight that began when they first met.
Ryuho and Kazuma have fully awaken their alter power, but will it be enough to stop Mujo and his Other Side upgradge?
For this viewing session I listened to s-CRY-ed in Bang Zoom’s English Dolby Digital. The show’s shonen nature has plenty of action and explosions coming at you from the rear speakers and the dialogue from the center, with no dropouts or distortions. I also took a look at the Japanese Dolby after watching the entire disc already, for I wanted to make sure there was no apparent problems with this audio which was balanced and functioning properly.
Unlike most shows, Sunrise’s 2001 release s-CRY-ed never has the same opening sequence which evolves as the series progress. The transfer is high quality, especially with the gargantuan amount of color that the show displays. The only time there is a small amount of bleeding in the video is when multiple Alters are being summoned at the same time.
For this volume the cover is literally split between Ryuho and Zetsuei to the left and Kazuman and the right hand of Shell Bullet on the right half of the cover. S-CRY-ed appears near the bottom of the front cover, with the subtitle Final Flight, and Bandai’s Platinum label is on top. On the back there are five screen caps on a marble like surface. The insert is a replica of the cover with diagrams of Kazuma and Ryuho in both normal Alter mode as well as their ultimate Alter form.
The menu’s opening sequence begins with the same flash of light from the show when Ryuho or Kazuma is going to the Other Side and the forming of Zetsuei from his bindings. The menu has a thirty second looping clip of “Reckless Fire” and Zetsuei is once again the character on the screen with a river of techno color behind the Alter. To the upper left is the s-CRY-ed title with the play, scenes, extras and setup directly below it. The menu responds quickly and uses the eye catch to transport you to other parts of the disc.
Once again this series has four textless openings since they were all different from each other. The character videos this time are Scheris and Mujo #2 which include clips that span the entire series. The sound comics this time focuses on Ryuho fighting a member of Super Holy as well as Kazuma and Ryuho going head to head with Zigmarl both of which aren’t in the anime itself but are in the manga. There is DVD commercials for the initial R2 release of s-CRY-ed with edited clips of the opening and closing. There is promos for both soundtracks. The design gallery includes: Dars Alter, Dars Poseiden, Dars Interceptor, Dars Bomber, Mujo, Cougar with Radical Goodspeed, Scheris and her Alter Eternal Devote & finally the ultimate evolution of Kazuma and his Shell Bullet. The illustration gallery/sound drama titled ‘Let’s all Memorize Each Others Names” which has continually changing art pictures while Ryuho talks to Scheris about Kazuma. Finally this disc also includes trailors for Dragon Drive, Yukikaze & Galaxy Angel.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) This volume opens with Scheris running to catch up to Ryuho as she remembers being tortured and Ryuho saving her in their first meeting. Cougar and Mimori are also in the building, and Mujo shows up to greet them. But, Cougar’s speed is no match for the upgraded Mujo using the power of Kanami. Mujo finishes off Cougar with his new attacks from the Alter from the Other Side.
Waiting for Ryuho is the Alter from the Other Side and they go to battle. Urizane and Elian aid Mimori in destroying the main control system which causes the monsters that keep getting obliterated to no longer regenerate. Ryuho doesn’t last long, but the heroics come from Scheris not Ryuho. As he dies Scheris uses the power of her Alter Eternal Devote which allows her to sacrifice her life for his. The Alter ability to fuse her lifeline with Ryuho’s making his wounds heal and his life continue. Ryuho wakes to find only her clothes left behind, which is a gut wrenching closing to another main character.
The final battle squares off with Mujo vs. Kazuma and a rematch of the Other Side Alter vs. Ryuho, and our heroes are both on the verge of death when their sheer determination allows them to tap into their true power and evolve to their ultimate forms. Cougar surprises Mujo by still being alive and he rescues Kanami while telling his little brother Kazuma to go finish Mujo off. Ryuho slices the Other Side Alter in half and Kazuma punches Mujo through to the Other Side. He quickly emerges from the hole only to be easily disposed of by Kazuma, in a rather anticlimactic handling of the battle.
Next in the aftermath we see Kazuma and Ryuho handling the reconstruction and eventually going to an all-out war with the Mainland as it tries to regain the island. But, the ultimate Ryuho and Kazuma are far too much for the Mainlanders, but after the battle the question still remains who is the strongest of the two? Despite protest from Mimori and Kanami the fight between them continue. There’s a flashback of both Kazuma’s lost loved ones and Ryuho’s days at HOLY before they finally go to the their Ultimate form for in air battle. Yet no one has one, they fight till the can no longer maintain their Alters and finally use just enough Alter power to cover their hands for the death blow. Both collapse on the ground but at the last second before the credits Kazuma’s hand thrusts up and his fingers close like they have done before every Shell Bullet. The closing comes up and at the end we see a much older Ryuho and Kazuma keep law and order in the Lost Ground to bring the series to a final close.
This volume picks up with the emotional intensity that was left with the fatherly ending of Zigmarl with Scheris and Cougar laying everything on the line for the ones they love. This series which was far better than I expected although it should have ended with the conclusion of the Mujo arc. The last two episodes were just pointless battling for no reason other than to kill time, for it wasn’t even like it these episodes were needed to wrap up storylines or angles from the manga that were left loose. Overall s-CRY-ed is a far better series than most Shonens due to the high amount of emotional energy that goes along with the raw fight-to-the-death battling. Great characters make this particular show stand shoulders above many other brainless fighting shows that have come along over the years.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Textless Openings,Character Videos,Sound Comic,Illustration Gallery/Sound Drama,Commercials,Design Gallery
Sony SAVA D9000 Dual Stack DTS w/ 5 Disc Changer in stack 1 and subwoofer in stack 2 Tv is Sony 57” widescreen rear-projection HDTV Model #KPD 57WS550
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2