Getter Robo Vol. #3 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2001
The last volume was pretty all over the place. Secret plots, lots of action and some embarrassing moments with Kei. But nothing will prepare you for what your going to see on this volume.
Audio: Sounds great. The Japanese track is flawless and the English track is above average with the Japanese version. Both tracks sound great.
Video: Since the mecha has little detail, the colors come in handy. And ADV brings justice to this title with PERFECT picture quality. How can you complain.
Packaging: There are some good and bad points about the package. The best part is the cover features Kei! The bad news is there are no screenshots from the episodes on the package. Granted, it doesn't give away anything, but how are people suppose to know how great this show is?
Menus: Unlike Volume 2, the menus on this volume features the Black Getter running through New York. The other menus are the same, but I love the new main menu.
Extras: Some more great stuff. The first new thing is the original LD inserts. These are hilarious! Lots of info and funny comics involving the staff. The second extra is four more dub actor interviews. This time we focus on the voices of Ryoma, Leanne (who's voice is also the dub voice of Nadia on Nadia), Benkei (no interview, just some of his dub work) and the great voice of the narrator (who's been with ADV since the beginning). And if you wait long enough, the screen will fade and you'll see a full screen dubbing work of the actor. And of course, textless opening and closing for all you guys who cant get enough of it.
Content: If you thought the last volume was impressive, this one features some material that will gross you out, disturb you and may even frighten you. I think it's obvious that viewer discretion is advised. It's by Go Nagai, for Pete sake. They should really put a label on all his work that says "Nagai Seal of Authenticity"
After the Shin Dragon disappears after it's battle at the mountain, the Blue Whale moves itself to the Antarctic. There they discover a new Invader already killing the natives. After taking it out, Kei makes friends with Leanne and her brother who was injured. The Invader however comes right back and starts controlling people. And Leanne's brother is one of them. Soon, all the controlled people are absorbed into one big Invader. Kei tries to make Getter Robo resist attacking it, but soon the Black Getter makes it's appearance and kills the Invader violently.
If you thought that was disturbing, the next episode will be even more disturbing. The Blue Whale makes a trip to New York. Keep in mind this anime was made at the time when the World Trade Centers were still there. And a good amount of the fight scenes take place there. Meanwhile, the Shin Dragon appears again at a volcano in the pacific and Doctor Saotome reveals his newest Getter with a killer Getter Beam.
Overall, I liked this volume. Lots of action and gore to satisfy any Nagai fan. I can hardly wait for the next volume when Getter Robo actually gets inside the Shin Dragon. As the narrator would say "It's all in the next spectacular volume of Getter Robo. Don't miss it." I love that line.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: 15 & 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
Series: Getter Robo: Armageddon