Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: C+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: A+
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Crest of the Stars
Crest of the Stars Vol. #3
By David Rehfeldt
February 07, 2002
Release Date: October 16, 2001
Primary listening was done in English. Given that this show is mainly dialogue, I heard no problems. Another solid disc in terms of clarity. The music was also very appropriate and I enjoyed it more than on past discs.
A number of people have been complaining that the dub, by Ocean Studios, is choppy and should be avoided. Ocean uses WordFit, which can cause the rhythm of speech to be disrupted, but I only noticed one or two instances of this. My complaint is the number of voice actors that Ocean used. They have a very small pool of actors/actresses to choose from, and as a result you hear the same voices a lot. I know of one actress who has at least three roles in one episode. I've lowered the audio grade accordingly.
No problems here. I don't notice rainbows and other video problems, and I had no issues with this transfer.
Again, no problems. The cover features Seelnay, the Baron Febdash and Lafiel but isn't anything special.
The menus are the same as past COTS discs from POP/Cinram (not the ComChoice one). Good loading time, creative design. Thumbs up in my book.
A third installment of "The History of the Abh" is included on this disc. There are no spoilers, however it does make reference to some characters who appear on volume 2. Also included is the textless ending.
This show has been on my favorites list since I recieved the first disc, due in part to the semi-love story between Jinto and Lafiel. Crest of the Stars has been another "feel-good" anime stories, while still telling an excellent tale. The love story was becoming so obvious, that even one of the charcters was making fun of Jinto about it. I had high expectations when I popped this disc into my player, and boy was I surprised.
In the first episode included, Jinto is still being held prisoner by the Baron Febdash; Lafiel is continuing on her rescue attempt. This is the episode where you start to learn a lot about the Abhs and how they think in battle, and you begin to wonder. You can start to see the relationship between Jinto and Lafiel break down.
From here, everything goes downhill. Both Jinto and Lafiel entertain the thought that they are useless and a burden, and it's sad to see such great characters feeling so pathetic. Gone is the playful banter between the two main characters, and by the end of the disc I'm not sure what is going to happen between them. I suppose it worries me that at this point there is little chance of a happily ever after ending, with there only being three episodes left, but I guess things happen for a reason.
So in conclusion, if you've been a fan of the show already I encourage you to pick this disc up. If you're just starting COTS, start with Volume 1 (To The Stars). I highly recommend this show.
Sony DVP S560D DVD Player, Zenith 27" TV, Aiwa Mini-Home Theater System (without 5.1 sound), Generic AV Cables