Mobile Suit Gundam: MS 08th Team Vol. #2 (Mania.com)

By:Mark McPherson
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 04, 2001



The Review!
The one year war side story continues. Becoming a favorite title with kids and adults thanks to its TV release. This second volume is worth the bmucks this time.

Audio: Bandai keeps going strong with state of the art Dolby 2.0 used in all it's titles. How can you complain?

Video: No suffering. Colors look clear and accurate. Especially during the dusty colors in episode 5 added for enviornment. Looks about the same as Cowboy Bebop and Big O.

Packaging: The cover this time features a dark picture of a Gundam going down a mountain (you'll understand why in the next volume). I didn't realize this either until it was pointed out to me on the back that said it has a reversable cover. This mean you can pull out the cover and switch to a different side. The inside cover features Aina with the Apsalas above her. Just in case you didn't realize this, the first volumes inside cover features Michael and Eledore running from gun fire. The only problem is that there is no textless closing on the disc, yet it states this on the back.

Menus: The same in context, but the main menu features the scene where Norris's Dopp is shot. Still the same lagging in the extras menu.

Extras: This time we get some not-so-run-of-the-mill extras here. The first is the ever frequent MS Enyclopidia. And this doesn't just feature three suits like with the DVD of Mobile Suit Gundam, but actually lists EVERY mobile suit seen in the series. Even the three types of GMs. The last extra is three Bonus Clips which are actually designed as educational videos to help explain the world of 0079. One on the Colonies, one on the War and one on Mobile Suits. Even the most avid Gundam fan will want to see these if you want to know the exact time of the war and how the Zeons first developed suits. Can you believe they tested them with building blocks?

Content: This second volume promises to be a more entertaining volume with the arrival of the Apsalas piloted by Aina. And with all the tension building within the 08th Team's emotions, the battle might get ugly.

In the first episode, Sanders is starting to get cold feet because the next mission may be their last. And it looks that way since they run into the Apsalas. Fortunetely, Karen and Shiro give support fire and Aina retreats. The next episode finds Eledore's new song becoming a hit and he ends up being captured by the Zeeks along with Michael. They manage to escape, but Eledore gets banged up pretty bad and is sent to the hospital.

Finally, in the last episode, the 08th team goes searching for Zeeks in an old canal in the desert. Michael, running the hovertank all by himself, begins to feel anxiety and blaming himself. Kiki shows a little compassion for Michael after reading his letter, but things look grim once again when the Apsalas returns. The ending cliffhanger battle that takes place near the end of the episode has intense fight scenes combined with pure orchestra to create a very dramatic fight.

Overall, these episodes are above average from the last volume and easily one up it. And it only gets better from here. Highly recommended.



Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television



Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
MSRP: 24.95
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam: MS 08th Team