Words Worth Box Set (Mania.com)

By:Michael Thomas
Review Date: Sunday, July 20, 2003
Release Date: Friday, April 05, 2002

The Review!
An adult bishoujo OVA with a D&D setting.

When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers. In the English dub, the adult film stars do solid performances with their characters, but the rest of the cast is hit-or-miss. I would recommend you watch the show in the Japanese.

Green Bunny does a solid technical job with its animation and transfer to DVD. I saw nothing wrong with the series as I watched it.

The packaging is well done, and eye-catching. The slipcovers for the DVD use artwork based on the show, but not the actual covers from the original region 2 DVDs. The spines from each of the DVD cases form a 5-part picture. The back cover contains a good plot summary of the episode, a few screen picks, and the usual copyright and extra information. The art box uses additional art from the series, and the description of the story on the art box gives an excellent accounting of the tale.

Menus are easy to access, quick to navigate, and load quickly. Menus are displayed over a static "dramatic flame" and sword. Some of the more dramatic music plays in the background. It is easy to see when a selection is made, and what selection is currently chosen.

Wordsworth has a number of extras. There are several art galleries included, plus each disk has a short movie with Jenna Jameson.

::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
An adult bishoujo OVA put into a swords-and-sorcery setting. Could you ask for anything more?

The Wordsworth OVA is based off of the adult bishoujo computer-RPG game Wordsworth by ELF. Green Bunny does a solid job of bringing the game, story and characters to screen. There were a couple of times when I honestly thought Pink Pineapple had done this title, it is so well done.

The story centers around two warring factions, the Tribe of Light and the Tribe of Shadows. Many years ago, the Wordsworth tablet was destroyed, and now these two factions are at war over it, blaming each other for destroying the sacred tablet. The epic tale is told with Sir Astral, of the Tribe of Shadows, as the center figure. Astral wants to be a full knight in the Tribe of Shadows, but his father, Watoshika refuses to let him do so as Watoshika has other plans for Astral. Thus the story begins with Astral trying to prove himself worth of being a knight, as the Tribe of Light launches an attack on the Kingdom of the Tribe of Shadows to recapture the fragments of the Wordsworth Table that the Tribe of Shadows has.

At times the story telling does get a bit uneven, as one moment you get epic fights, and then next you get comedy, and then right after that some adult scenes. The pacing and scripting could have been smoothed out a bit more during storyboarding. As the story centers on Astral, he is the one who gets to interact with all the lovely ladies from both the Tribe of Light, and the Tribe of Shadows. I do like ELFs original character designs. Each girl (from haughty Sharon to cat-girl Nina, to Maria, Sorceress of the Tribe of Light) is very stunning and memorable. When watching this show, you can see how Wordsworth drew inspiration from other anime OVAs and games like Ys, Langrissier, Dragon Knight, and Dragon Pink.

Wordsworth is an excellent bishoujo title. It combines an enjoyable story, with good characters, and solid character designs. I highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys swords-and-sorcery fantasy, or classic adventure stories like "Knights of the Round Table" or "The Aeneid".

Review Equipment
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable

Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A
Age Rating: 18 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
MSRP: 99.95
Running time: 125
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Words Worth