Battle Athletes Victory Vol. #5 (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 14, 1999



The Review!
The fifth disc sees more of what you would expect from disc 3 and in a way I'm relief that it is continuing this way.

In the first episode, having 11 consecutive losses, Akari gives up all hope of every making into the top 30. But Mr. Miracle has other plans for Akari, Kris and Anna as he orders them to take a day off and go enjoy themselves. And so the 3 go on having a fun time, forgetting all their troubles for a while. Like the most predictable thing in the world, all 3 of them get stuck in a lift. These leads them to reveal a lot more of themselves and soon all 3 of them begin to understand the meaning of trust. Cliché o'rama, but it works real well.

In the second episode, having won one their first game, Akari rushes over to Jessie to tell her the good news. But what she found was a batter and beaten up team, crushed by a single opponent, Lahrii. Soon Jessie starts to reveal a side that she never let anyone else sees before. Of course I can't reveal anymore, but I would say its rather heart breaking.

And lastly on the final episode, we get a glimpse of one of last year's student who came second in the competition, Mylandah. I dunno which is scarier, Mylandah or Lahrii, but they both seem rather cold. But anyway, the final match has Akari's team up against Tanya's team. Do I need to tell you who wins? Suffice to say Tanya didn't take it too hard when she lost. Guess she's either emotionally strong or too free spirited.

So far I've enjoyed watching this set of episodes so far, and while not as emotionally strong as disc 2 and 3, guess it was nice going into that sort of feel of the show again. The characters are equally more enjoyable and they did grow on me. Especially Jessie herself, once I though she was nothing but a bully, but in truth she was as fragile as Akari herself. However, with the introduction of the 2 seniors, things kinda got creepy. I can't put a finger on it, but their presence has me in shivering whenever they are around.

Video is good. It was a bit grainy and blurry at times, but I hardly notice it.

Audio is good also. No dropouts or anything that I can pick up.

Extras. Why do I even bother?
The dub is good. If you have read my previous reviews on BAV, then you know who I'm picking on. But strangely, at times she does sound good, but the majority sounds as if it was forced out. What I do like however is the VA for Mr. Miracle. It just fits the role alright.

After all that, this disc doesn't disappoint. Onward ho! To the next disc!!!



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