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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Corrector Yui

Corrector Yui Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     September 21, 2003
Release Date: September 23, 2003


Corrector Yui Vol. #2
© Viz Media


What They Say
While trying to convince Eco that not all humans are bad, Yui must also battle War Wolf! On top of that, Yui and her friends must also prevent Freeze, Virus, or Jaggy from becoming "Shogun" and taking over a virtual theme park! With a full plate of trouble, looks like Yui has her work cut out for her.

The Review!
Moving past the introductions, Corrector Yui settles into the episodic format and moves to saving the day on a weekly basis.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The series sports a good stereo mix that has a number of good sequences where there is some solid directionality across the forward soundstage. Dialogue is nice and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback. We listened to the English mix while writing this and had no problems there either.

Video:
Originally airing back in 1999 and running for fifty-two episodes, Corrector Yui’s transfer here looks decent for the most part but does suffer some issues. The most noticeable problem areas are the opening and ending sequences, which has a lot of pixilated cross coloration, partially due to the tight lines in the artwork. I initially thought it was due to the editing of the video to swap out the Japanese credits for English translated ones, but even the textless versions in the extras section exhibit the same amount. In the show itself, things look much better. There’s still some cross coloration scattered throughout and some of the dark blue and black sequences look grainier than they should but avoid being blocky.

Packaging:
Continuing with the same basic background layout of the circuit board, the front cove provides a different pose for Yui and IR this time. Hopefully these covers won’t continue to look too similar from cover to cover, otherwise there’ll be some confused people picking up the wrong volumes. The back cover continues the background design and has a premise section for the show and then talks about each of the five episodes, providing the episode number and title as well as several shots from the show itself. The discs features and production information is clearly listed. The insert provides a chapter listing for all five episodes as well as their titles while the reverse side has several paragraphs of setting information for the series. There’s no real indication of a volume number on this release, but the inclusion of the episode numbers helps to offset that.

Menu:
The main menu is nicely set up with a static background layout of a circuit board with a nice shot of Yui in her element suit. There’s a block where video from the show plays along with music from the series, but it unfortunately also plays some of the dub. Access times are nice and fast and the menus load quickly. Other than the inclusion of the English dub, these are good menus.

Extras:
The extras section consists of a nice gallery of conceptual artwork for various characters met in these episodes. I lost track of how many there are since it loops back on itself though and things started to look familiar. Also included here, though it shouldn’t be, is the Japanese cast list. This belongs in the end credits and not as an extra.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the second set of five episodes, Corrector Yui manages to settle nicely into a rhythm for itself. For some people, it’ll really grate on their nerves while for others it’ll work rather nicely.

Though there are multi-part episodes being told throughout the series, it’s definitely shaping up to be a “danger of the week” kind of show. Though there is something of a larger plot going on with Grosser and his plans to take over the world, it doesn’t have the same sense of continuity that a lot of other shows do. This is a show that’s easier to see its original target audience, although it crossed the language barrier as my three year old daughter sat through the entire set of episodes and didn’t budge all while not understanding a lick of dialogue.

This disc kicks off with the concluding episode to the two part storyline about the virtual lake, the big monster hidden below it and the Corrector software that’s trying to rub Yui out of existence. The storyline continues to be very pro-environmental for both the real and virtual worlds. With Eco now being reasoned with after he finds Yui and his nessie monster being so friendly, things work out in such a (plainly obvious) way that her group is again growing. It’s not a bad two part episode, but the second half really felt weak compared to the first episode.

While the show does get repetitive in one sense with the danger of the week, where it flexes its creativity is in the places these things take place. With the virtual worlds open to them, each new “net” they visit provides something different and interesting. One of these has Yui and her friends going off to check out a new theme park called O-Edo. Allowing visitors to go back into the past of the country, such as the event around the Tokaido highway, many play their ancestors and enjoy the events that take place during that period. Being who they are, when Yui and her friends get set up they decide to choose various personalities of the time, like Musashi. Yui is unique though and opts to go with just a female ninja. Their trip doesn’t remain too much fun for long though since Grosser’s hands are in the thick of things as he tries to take over another virtual domain.

Another fun net that they play in the SF Net where only the hardcore geeks truly go to. This one has a number of parodies and homages throughout it, with a particular nod to Matsumoto and his Harlock universe. The net that makes out the best from all of these though is the fairy tale themed one where all sorts of children’s tales are brought to life. Traveling through that one on their journey to find out where Dr. Inukai has hidden himself, Yui and her Corrector team get entangled in all kinds of stories, such as Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretal and many more. It’s interesting to see the more European take on these stories as opposed to seeing them more Japanese influenced, but it also gives the show a much wider feel.

And that’s really what the series is. It’s trying to reach for as wide of a young girl audience base as possible, which is why the plots and general storytelling is as, well, simple as it is. That’s not a bad thing, but I think a lot of people will have a hard time shifting into that mindset, especially if they’re used to other shows that play both sides of it by being simple but masking bigger and darker plots into the background for awhile. If you’re able to just sit down and enjoy Corrector Yui for what it is, you’ll definitely like it and enjoy the random homages and parodies that sneak in. If you keep hoping for it to be like other series, you’ll end up disappointed.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Line Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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