Nightwarriors Vol. #1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 16, 2002
Release Date: Wednesday, August 25, 1999
Creatures of the night, known as the Darkstalkers have enshrouded the earth in eternal night. One of their most powerful leaders Demitri is going to return to the Demon and world and take it over, but first he must defeat Morrigan the princess of the Demon world. But the Darkstalkers have other enemies too, in form of the vampire hunter Donovan and the sister duo Mei-Ling and Hsien Ko. Add to this the fact that a alien being known as Pyron wants to take the earth away from everyone (humans, and Darkstalkers alike) you have a mix for an ultimate struggle. The stage is set and the main players are introduced. And the question on your mind should be, who will survive?
Acting: Japanese: 3
It took me a while to write a good synopsis for the plot. This is due mostly to the fact that there seem to be several unrelated stories going on in this one. I know, I know, it's based on a video game so I shouldn't get too critical with it, but the story line was really hard to figure out. I know that there are two more episodes and a few more characters to introduce, but simply put this was all over the place. The only thing that saved the plot from a 1 or 2 rating was that they did try to develop the character and it seems to be heading in a direction. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and awarded them a 3. The animation is very good, nice and crisp, and very effectively moody at times. I was a little puzzled at the various time settings, you've got the 1800's, the 1980's, the 1930's and those robots look really futuristic, but hey it's based on a video game. I just went with it. The sound was very good. I especially like the mood making effects that made some of this very creepy. The acting was about average I'd say. The music was fun, but hey I'm a sucker for anything that sounds remotely 80's. Power cords still rock my world, what can I say I love good cheese.
The disc itself is very impressive. Sound and picture were absolutely flawless. The menu wasn't too flashy, but it worked and was easy to use. The packaging was very eye catching as were the insert and the disc itself. Well done. The goodies were just plain fun. This is overall a great show-off disc. I'm sure it will give your speakers a workout and will wow and amaze your friends. So the fight scenes gallery is just perfect for that purpose. The Character profiles and concept drawings were good. The real fun here are the multitude of trailers. I just love 'em. Not only the multiple trailers for Night Warriors but the trailers for other Viz releases at the end. Overall, I'd definitely get this disc for a nice show off piece, if not for the story. But hey if the next disc ties it up the loose ends then I'll be happy.
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.
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: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2