Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #6 (of 9) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, May 15, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
What They Say
This 3-disk box set contains volumes 11-12 of Gatchaman plus a disk full of extras.
This set comes in a chipboard box with art by Alex Ross.
Collecting the eleventh and twelfth volumes of the series into one mini box set along with a disc of extras, this continues to be the Gatchaman experience that's hard to pass up.
The chipboard box for this release holds all three keepcases nice and snugly within its gorgeous artwork. Alex Ross' work, which we cover in detail in the individual volumes review, is simply gorgeous here and this wraparound image is fantastic. The wraparound artwork for this box is again very well done considering the constraints of a small box in trying to make both the panels and the side all work together. While Ryu and Joe take the panels to themselves the spine looks great as it brings Jun and Ken together as Jinpei comes down from above. Ross has managed to really capture the look and feel of these characters again and the anime style and merged it with his own style quite beautifully. The unique disc in this set is the third disc with all the extras and it's done up nicely with a blue cover that has their symbol on the front in red which makes it stand out strongly. The back cover provides a shot of Katse from the show and lists all the extras to be found on it and rounds it out with the technical information for the disc.
The menu layout is similar to the main release in that it's blocked out a bit but it's more similar to the extras menu where there's an image broken up along the right while the left side is a red field with all of the extras listed straight down.
For the sixth installment, Berg Katse is the character of focus here. It kicks off with things like his character profile and a series of sketches but it goes on further with a look at the audition footage for the role and then an interview with voice actor Edwin Neal who carries off the role just about perfectly. Add in some sketches from the episodes here and you already have some good material to go through. While not as much as the previous volumes, there is more here. There's a gallery of various publication images that were used from the property and things are rounded out with a look at another chapter of the manga.
Nostalgia does continue to play a role in enjoying this, but this isn't something that I've been pining to have for ages nor even though we'd ever see a new accurate dub and a clean translation for. In watching it though, it's an example of how great anime has been and can be and shows where things have faltered in recent years. Though the scripting in the original is awkward at times and we're thirty years removed from its social conditions and how everything else was written at the time, Gatchaman provides for some very exciting situations, interesting characters and yes, something of a history lessen. In addition, it gets itself a wonderfully done just slightly over the top dub that really captures the essence and feel of the series without all the awfulness that made the original so distant from its source material. Gatchaman is a series that almost no anime fan should be without.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,clean opening and closing animation,Episode commentary,Gatchaman Karaoke,Bert Katse profile,Character sketches: Berg Katse Episode sketches,Berg Katse audition footage,Gatchaman Publishing Gallery,Gatchaman Manga
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Toshiba HD-A1 Progressive Scan HD DVD player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: A-
Age Rating: TV PG
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 300
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2