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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dai Guard

Dai-Guard Vol. #4

By Paul Jacques     September 25, 2003
Release Date: September 21, 2003


Dai-Guard Vol. #4
© ADV Films UK


What They Say
The guys in charge said it would never work. Then they did everything they could to make sure they were right. Some days the Dai-Guard crew just wants to call in sick. But defending the world is a full-time job and there's no time off available. It's unfortunate, because a rest would go a long way when you're in a pinch like this one-between duty and valor; between Earth and invading aliens; between fighting for Right and fighting with a cranky board of directors. How can a small team of heroes win the final victory when they have to defend themselves from their own superiors?

The Review!
Four more episodes of big mecha action, presented for you enjoyment.

Audio:
I watched in Japanese and English, I found both tracks to be clear, rich, and without error.

Video:
I can’t find fault with the DVD, it’s a perfect transfer from the original.

Packaging:
The front of the box has Dai-Guard as a background, and standing in the foreground we see the new Army pilots and Saeki. An upset Akagi looks on. The rear of the box has four stills from the volume.

The insert is a single sheet made up in montage fashion of stills. The flip side contains a basic episode guide, with some negative production sketches.

The disc itself is very nicely printed, with a very distinctive black and yellow border, Dai-Guard and Noriko.

Menu:
A simple, but functional menu, made to look like a construction sign (perhaps), with the episode selection down the left side and options along the bottom. All hotspots worked and did so quickly.

Extras:
We get the usual clean open and close animation. Some 30 odd production sketches. Plus the original Japanese TV spots. Nothing to get excited about.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first episode is a mid season review episode, put forward on the premise that a new boss at 21st Century needs to know what has been happening in the PR department.

So, moving quickly onto episode 15 we find that 21st Century has had a re-org, and that Mr Ookouchi has been ousted under the premises that his personal feelings have led him to make rash (read expensive) decisions. As part of the shuffle a new man joins the PR Department 2, Saeki, Shirota’s old protg. It soon becomes obvious that Shirota and Saeki no longer see eye to eye on policy. Things get worse when it becomes apparent that the new CEO has signed over control of Dai-Guard to the Military and that Saeki is brokering a deal between the 21st and the Military. We don’t have wait too long before a Heterodyne attacks and Shirota is forced to execute a desperate plan to defeat enemy.

The next episode starts with the bad news that PR Department 2 has been dissolved and that Military will be using their pilots in Dai-Guard. As the team members receive their new postings anger turns to resignation as they come to terms with the fact that they will no longer be “saving the day”. All that is except Noriko. Another Heterodyne attack ensures that the new pilots are thrown into the fight, with almost disastrous results! Meanwhile the old Dai-Guard team find themselves irresistibly draw to help civilians in the area of conflict. Despite what has happened at 21st Century this episode ends with a nice feel good aspect.

The final episode has the old Dai-Guard team going out for a farewell party. Towards the end of the festivities they discover a Heterodyne, nascient in a hillside. Then along comes a crack-pot evangelist who wishes to score brownie points with his followers by paying 21st Century to destroy the Heterodyne (under his guidance). Akagi has a hunch that fighting this Heterodyne would be a big mistake - later his hunch is proved correct - when the old Dai-Guard team take over operations in this particular situation. We also see how much Shirota values the old Dai-Guard team and their steadfast belief in what they do.

In summary- This series continues to bring out the smile in me.


Features
English Language in Dolby stereo,English with Song Subtitles Dolby stereo,Japanese with English Subtitles Dolby stereo,Clean Opening & Close,Production Sketches,Original Japanese spot ads

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.


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