Eat-Man 98 Collected (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2000
The first time I watched the first two episodes, I was actually afraid to continue this DVD due to its dark overtones, but now that I have seen it, I can gladly say that this is WELL worth every penny.
Bandai, known very well for their Gundam Wing release has picked up a real gem here. First off, the video is CRYSTAL clear, much more than actually necessary, which makes it an excellent candidate for an 'eye-candy' anime award. The sound is very well distributed, through its Dolby-Surround encryption. The English dub... hmmm, where did it go? It disappeared after the second episode. Strange...
Story-wise it surpasses a LOT of anime that I've seen, and I've seen quite a bit, but the adventures of Bolt Crank send him pretty much everywhere on the face of the planet, looking for bounty to hunt, while leaving immediately after he finishes a job. This makes you wonder if he really can't swallow human emotion, or that he actually has a heart in that shell of a body of his. It has a lot of twists and turns and if you're looking to adding a real gem to your libraries, you can't go wrong here. You get the entire '98 series of this cutting edge anime for less than $40! Most anime collections like this are at least $60-250 dollars (The $250 one being the forth-coming Macross DVD Collection) so, if you can find it, be sure to pick it up.
Sound: 9.5 (For those who like the English dubs, and there are quite a few of you, you might be cut a little short here.)
Visuals: 10 (The visuals are like that of Macross Plus, crystal clear and completely immersive.)
Overall: 10 (For the price, the overall packaging and all the features you get with this *I mean, come on, you can't pass up 13 episodes for $30-40 dollars!* YOU NEED to seriously take a look at this!)
Equipment used: 29" Daewoo Stereo TV, Toshiba DVD Video Player SD-3006
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 300
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Eat-Man 98