Gasaraki Vol. #4 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2001
Wow, I can't beleive I'm still watching. Maybe it's because the show is addictive. Or maybe it's because I'm so clueless on whats going to happen next I just have to get the next volume. At any rate, Im still here and going all the way.
Audio: Usual Dolby 2.0 sound that you can't argue with. Really great considering it's a show with theatrical quality in every direction.
Video: This volume features one of the first most impressive live-action visual effects. And it looks great. ADV didn't screw up anywhere in this area with an exception for a bit of rainbows with the subtitles.
Packaging: Love the Kugai, hate Misuzu. Come on. Shes the most annoying little girl in the entire series and you put her on the cover. Granted, she plays a slightly big role in this volume, but I wish I could only have the Kugai. Luckily, the insert has a cool picture of a Fake.
Menus: Fast! That explains this menu system. Fast acting and easy to get going quick.
Extras: The new extra this time is the character designer showing off her sheets. There's just one problem. No subtitles. So she speaks Japanese the whole time. All I could translate was "kore wa" (This is) and I could hear a few key names in Gasaraki. ADV, if you're going to put Japanese video interviews, include subtitles. The interview also showed off how some of the visual effects in this volume were made!
Content: Mecha fans rejoice. If you love mecha combined with really gritty fighting, this is the volume for you.
It starts out with the three Type 17 TAs being tested running a amok. The research team manages to shut down two, but the other one continues to advance. And thus, begins a two part episode on how to stop this rampaging TA. Through the course of these episodes, Yushiro, Ataka, Mizuzu and Miharu are all reaquired by Gowa. Miharu is studied and Yushiro preforms his acts of heroism on the battlefield once again.
The last episode is a bit like a recap, but still moves the story forward. How much forward you ask? Well, Kazukiyo does something that affects the Gowa family greatly. Enough to send Daizaburo spinning into depression.
Overall, lots of action, good plot, leaves you begging for more, more, MORE! *Ahem* In short, buy this disc and those before and after and see why I can't say enough good things about this series. Well worth watching. Try saying that three times fast.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: A-
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2