Tekken (Mania.com)

By:Roman Martel
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, January 26, 1999

The Review!
Jun has been sent on a mission to find out if the Mishima corporation is making illegal bio-weapons. Her cover is a martial arts tournament held on the main corporate island. However, when she meets Kazuya, she realizes that she has a more important mission, to stop him from killing his father, Heilachi and destroying himself. Can she stop him in time and will either of them survive the tournament and the dangerous bio-weapons that have been unleashed?

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 3
Sound: 3
Plot: 3
Acting: Japanese: 3
English: 3
Music: 2/3
Overall: 3

-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 5
Presentation: 5
Goodies: 5
Overall: 5


Well it's another fight game turned into an anime. You know what to expect from the beginning, and if you like that kind of stuff than this is for you. Even if you don't like fighting anime this one does attempt to have a plot that doesn't quite revolve around the fighting. Keep in mind, I've never played the game (the last fighting game I could play with any skill at all was the original Street Fighter 2, yes I'm that old).

The animation is mostly average all the way through, there is nothing spectacular about it but it certainly isn't bad. There are some shimmering effects in some of the setting shots and I think that is because they were created on a computer. The shimmering is most clear when the camera pans or tilts over these computer generated sets. It wasn't too distracting but it was noticeable. (I don't think the shimmering is a mastering issue because the tape has the same problem). The sound is average as well. It all fit the scenes well enough but didn't add any extra dimensions to the story or the characters. The plot was better than your normal fighting anime but was average for standard anime. You see where it is going without even trying too look to hard and there are no surprises at the end. Everything turns out the way you expect it to. The Japanese acting was good and so was the English cast. They were both into it and seemed to be having fun, but no stretches for either team. The music gets its strange rating because the English language track has one soundtrack and the Japanese has another. The English music contains angst filled music that is so trendy it hurts. Most of the time the music does not fit or add to the scenes in the least bit. In fact most of the time you are distracted by the music wondering whose idea it was to include it. The Japanese has a much more traditional movie score and that works better with the movie. This is an above average fighting anime which makes it an average anime movie. Now the DVD is a real treat. ADV has proved that they are up the challenge of making top of the line DVDs with this release. The sound and picture are clear and sharp. This anime looks and sounds great and you couldn't ask for a better print. The menu will knock you over, pick you up, and knock you over again. It is the best menu I've seen on any anime to date. Not only does it look cool, but it has great music and sound effects that are just fun to play with. This disc comes in a keepcase, the cover art catches your eye and you see that its a fighting game turned movie. Fans of the game may just rent or buy it for that reason alone, so it's printed on the cover. The case contains all the information you need as well as a parental warning about the graphic violence and brief nudity (always a plus when it's in a new release section of DVD and a parent wants to know if little Bobby can watch it). This also tells the anime fans what they'll get so it's good to have on there.

Tekken is fully loaded with goodies and I salivate with anticipation at more releases from them. You get a link to their website (this can be even more fun as ADV creates specific pages dealing with the anime that you can access from your DVD.) The disc comes in English, Japanese, and French. You can have it in Spanish or English Dubtitles (yes, the subs follow the dub script. The only truly bad feature on this disc). You get character bios, a list of the English Cast (where's the Japanese or French cast?), three Tekken Trailers (including the infamous "Do it now" featuring Tekken), and a slide show. And of course if you are a sucker for trailers this disc is heaven you get 12 more ADV trailers to watch, from EVA to Gamera. If some of the shows featured in those trailers comes to DVD, I will be a very happy customer. All said this disc is great proof that ADV can make a excellent DVD, even if the show isn't great. If you can rent it do so first and see if you want to buy it. Rent it anyway to see what ADV has planned for future releases. If they put an equal amount of work into all their DVDs I can hardly wait.

Review Equipment
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: 12 & Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: ADV Films
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tekken