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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: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Corrector Yui

Corrector Yui Vol. #4

By Chris Beveridge     February 22, 2004
Release Date: February 24, 2004


Corrector Yui Vol. #4
© Viz Media


What They Say
nvestigation on the Orient Express
Aboard the famous Orient Express, Yui and friends are challenged by Virus to solve the mystery of the kidnapped IR. Unless Yui can follow the clues and solve the case, the train will crash into the station. Will Yui be able to find IR in time, or is this the end of the line?

Jaggy's Training Course
A relaxing Sunday afternoon at a Virtual Reality athletic part turns into a test of courage and strength when Jaggy corrupts the network into a dangerous obstacle course. With the lives of her friends in danger, can Yui get the finish and find the strength to pull through?

The Howl of War Wolf
A computer virus experiment goes awry, causing Virus, Jaggy and Freeze to get transformed into mysterious entities. Then the virus-infected Corruptors refuse his help, War Wolf must make a difficult choice between deleting his comrades, or turning to Corrector Yui for help.

Double "0" Yui, Rookie Spy
In search of the last Corrector software, Synchro, Yui and friends find themselves on Spy Net. When it seems as though a spy named Q may actually be the software they are looking for, a race ensues to see who can find Q first. Will the Corruptors beat Yui to it?

The Review!
Corrector Yui spends more of its time playing with the net and having fun adventures that bring them into contact with the Corruptors.

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 cover provides really great looking shot of Yui, though it is somewhat fuzzy. The costume she's got here balances it out since it looks great. The downside to the front cover is the burst-text that pushes other things Asamiya has done. I wish things like this were kept to burst stickers on the packaging itself instead of actually on the artwork. Hopefully these covers won't continue to look too similar from volume to volume, 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 four 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 four 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 small gallery of conceptual artwork for various characters met in these episodes. Also included here, though it shouldn't be, is the Japanese cast list. Once again, this belongs in the end credits and not as an extra.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Corrector Yui moves through the late teen episodes here and shifts back to the simple episodic fare that we had seen before some of the multi-part episodes. This lets us get back into the quick and comfortable mode with Yui and to just watch her doing some things that aren't quite as important as before. With the show aimed at young girls, you don't want them to be on edge every episode wondering what's going to happen. Sometimes you need to ease off.

This installment also manages to avoid at least one of the problems that writers ran into as a crutch early on. That's having her father and company come up with all sorts of new areas and then having Yui and her friends get trapped in it due to some bug. After the number of times that's happened, I can't imagine they'd let anyone in again or that her father would still have a job, as well as that entire team. In these episodes, Yui and her friends do end up getting into trouble in the various nets they go to, but they go in themselves and the nets are the bigger public ones.

The adventures here are mixed but interesting. The opening one places Yui and her girlfriends into a detective network where they get involved in all sorts of cases that need to be solved so that they can move on. The Corruptors end up in the same network and manage to kidnap IR after Yui brings him there to help her out with the cases she has. Shifting it to an Orient Express style adventure and then more with Moriarity, Yui gets challenged to actually solve things on her own without her friends and to use her brain some. This reminded me of an old Lazarus Long quote about not handicapping ones children by making things easy for them. Yui is the type that needs to be forced to use her skills.

A trip to the new Adventure Net is in order for a larger group of friends. Since the place is being launched, it's got some twists that are supposed to get adventurers really hyped for it. Unlike other virtual adventures, players cannot virtual out during a session. To get out, they have to go back to the starting point or by finishing it. Any time they make a mistake or go the wrong route, they get bounced back to the start and have to go through everything again. So it's essentially the type of game I refuse to buy for my console of I hear that about it first. Another story has the Corruptors making a mistake with a virus they intend to launch into the networks and it accidentally goes off on them instead, causing them to mutant into a group of really strange programs that wreck havoc wherever they go now.

In Summary:
For the most part, this volume is "more of the same" type. It's not quite filler, but it's not quite the good stuff either. The last episode on the disc actually does start forwarding the bigger storyline some more as Yui and IR go after the last missing Corrector program so things have the potential to change direction in the next volume. This series continues to be a decent girls series and its one that mine enjoys even if it's in Japanese. There's not a lot of thought or brain power required for the show, allowing you to just take it in as a simple romp.

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

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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