Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #2 (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 11, 1999



The Review!
Beautiful. That's all I can say about this disc. While the first disc really is more of a comedy, this on the other hand is an emotional roller coaster.

The first disc begins on a light amount of comedy to get things going, and reveal the young life of poor little Akari, with her legendary mother, Tomoe Midoh. Then Akari gets challenged by Jessie to a race, and loses badly. But what made it worse was the crushing blow that Jessie made to Akari's confidence and self-esteem.

The next episode, Itchan searches for Akari after she ran away from school. When she found Akari, she hopes to convince Akari to come back to school with her. I shed a few tears in this episode.

The last episode on the disc, with her confidence and self-esteem back again, Akari now finds new hope for her hidden talents. This of course causes much concern for her rivals, but most importantly to Itchan too.

What an emotional roller coaster it is. I highly enjoyed the direction of this show and I can just say it's a so wonderful. Though the plot seems kinda cliché, it's the script writing that should win awards here. When watching the show I really can feel how each of the characters feel and can relate to the situations they are in. I never once feel out of touch with them. And the scene at the end of the last episode really was heart-breaking. Even thinking about it makes me want to cry.

Video transfer is good, and I noticed minimal jaggies here and there and very little hints rainbows.

Audio is excellent as well. What can I say?

Extras..... nothing here.

On to the English dub, it's well done. But one thing I can't stand in the dub is the VA doing the voice of Akari. At times her performance kinda grated on me, especially all those crying and moaning moments. The rest of the cast I have no qualms about.

So beautiful!!! That's all I have to say about this disc and series. I want more!!!



Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4



Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
MSRP: 14.98
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Battle Athletes