Weather Report Girl (Mania.com)

By:Aaron J. Heiner
Review Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2001



The Review!
INTRO: A cult classic in its live action version, Weather Report Girl arrives on the US shores in an anime form. A title that I long awaited for, now here for review.

CONTENT: The story about the weather girl who wanted it all. With an attitude larger than Tokyo, she will do anything she has to, to stay on top, anything. Stripping, poisoning, and even S&M, this is one mean weather girl.

CHARACTERS: Keiko, who the story revolves around, is not a likeable person. In fact, I wish she would get ht by a truck and die. Then again that is the purpose of her. Evil by day, as well as evil by night. Keiko compared to the rest of the characters is the most likeable of them all.

AV: The audio had cut out on me several times and I needed to restart the disc. This was more than annoying. The video style is quite dated and looked very low key, as though production was based on a shoestring budget.

MENUS, EXTRAS & COVER ART: The menus were barely functional. At times I had to hit enter several times before the disc would respond. I found the "play all" feature to be useless, as with both the first episode as well as the second episode would return to the main menu after the first chapter was completed. I found that I needed to do this quite often.

On the extra side of things, a mere slide show was the extent of anything added. For a disc that is titled the Ultimate Edition, I truly would not want to see the regular edition of this DVD. The cover on the other hand was as nearly as bland as the actual animation.

VERDICT: Overall I am disappointed by this disc. Granted the story went as I knew it would, but somehow the poor quality of the disc including audio and the menu behavior did not add to its case. My advice, skip this one.



Review Equipment
Sony DVPS330P DVD Player, Panasonic 27GT14, AIWA NSX-V76



Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: C-
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: C
Menus Rating: D
Extras Rating: D
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Critical Mass Video
MSRP: 24.95
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Weather Report Girl