Mobile Suit Gundam: MS 08th Team Vol. #3 (Mania.com)

By:Mark McPherson
Review Date: Friday, June 21, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2001



The Review!
While others have been trying to model Mobile Suit Gundam in their own vision, 08th MS Team stands out as the one OAV that aims to stay true the original TV series. Right down to the odd hair designs of the Zeon women, 08th Team will make fans of the old series feel right at home. So, needless to say, this is a must in your Gundam collection.

Audio: It's your standard 2.0 Dolby, but it doesn't ruin any aspect of the show at all. It may seem like a let down to all those who have a good sound system though. No errors detected.

Video: I noticed in a couple areas that the framerate tends to drop a little, but it shouldn't bother you too much. All the colors look bright and vibrant with no distortion and almost no line noise.

Packaging: While the front cover features three Gundams, I like the alternative cover better, though, since it features a Zaku 1. Either way, this is more great cover art with little text to bog it down.

Menus: They still feel as cramped as they always have. Since when does the Earth News Network come into play in 08th Team? Very odd to choose that as a theme. Plus, Im getting real tired of slowly moving through the extras menu.

Extras: Pretty much the same as the last disc. We have the second entry to the MS Encyclopedia which covers all the Zeon mobile suits. The three animated shorts called "More On The Universal Century" do not feature many facts that weren't already stated in the original series, but it is good to watch these if you have never heard the words "Odessa", "Black Tri-star" or "V Project". Plus, they actually tell how the Red Comet gets his names, but I won't give it away.

Content: The last disc left us on a cliffhanger with Shiro Amada now attached to the damaged Apsalus. Even though it isn't a two-part episode, it still feels like one. For most series, part two of a two-part episode is usually the worst.

Surprisngly, the first episode held it's own by offering more content then just a conclusion to the Shiro and Aina meeting again. There is the whole end-of-Odessa campagin going on while Shiro and Aina exchange info on each other's lives. The episode, oddly enough, ends on a down note when Aina blows up the Apsalas while the Federation tries to steal it. Once again, the war continues.

The next episode doesn't lack in action, despite how it may sound. When a group of Zaku 1's wander into Kiki's village for food, the 08th team prepares to ambush them. Even Shiro decides to break his confinement and help. However, once of the villagers gers PO'ed and one of them shoots a bazooka missile straight into the cockpit of one of the Zakus. The 08th Team soon joins in to help, but to little to save the village. As with the last episode, this one also ends on a down note.

Finally, the 08th Team is sent on their next mission which will eventually lead them to the Zeon base where the Apsalas is. This episode takes off very fast with Eledore already back in action. Yuri also plans on bringing his troops to Ginius's base in order to evacuate them out into space. However, Ginius isn't very pleased with Yuri and betrays him and his men. Unlike the last two episode, this one ends rather quickly with the 08th Team's fate hanging in the air until the next episode.

Overall, these couple of episodes aren't really bad, but not all that entertaining either. There is some action on here, but it pales in comparison to the last two volumes and the final climax of the series. They do continue the story, however, and if thats what you want to do, by all means buy this.



Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100: RCA 19-inch television



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: C+
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