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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: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: DNA2

DNA2 Vol. #2: Turbulence

By Chris Beveridge     April 11, 2003
Release Date: April 08, 2003

DNA2 Vol. #2: Turbulence
© Central Park Media

What They Say
Space age technology transforms girl-phobic Junta into the infamous Mega-Playboy! (He hasn’t got any special powers, but the force of his charm is superhuman.) All the prettiest girls in school fall madly in love with him, and with so many in pursuit, mayhem is sure to follow! Contains episodes 4-6.

The Review!
DNA2 continues on with Junta becoming more and more addicted to being the Mega Playboy, but his transformations are starting to cause other transformations as well.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese and then a few episodes dubbed while writing the review. The show is very much center channel based with all of its dialogue and a good amount of the music and ambient effects. Dialogue on both tracks is nice and clear and we noticed no dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

The transfer for this series looks good so far, though there’s some minor mars throughout it. The main thing that crops up throughout the print is some basic damage in the form of nicks and scratches as well as a bit of dust and dirt here and there. There’s nothing hugely distracting unless these things really attract your eye. Aliasing and cross coloration are very minimal and won’t even register to most people likely. Colors look good, though the show is intentionally soft in areas, giving the colors a slightly muted look in certain scenes.

The cover art here highlights the continuing gorgeous character designs that keep me really hooked on this show with Tomoko in her schoolgirl outfit while we also see Kotomi in one of her transformed moments. The back cover continues with the format established on the first with several character shots in bubbles and a decent summary of what’s going on here. The discs features and basic technical information is all nice and easily found here. The reverse side of the cover highlights the same back cover artwork but in black and white and bigger while listing the episodes chapters and bilingual voice actor information. The usual basic production information is also found here.

The main menu is a nice piece that plays parts of the opening sequence in the background while you have the shows logo and menu selections layered above it, all while the great opening song plays along. Access times to the submenus are a bit slower due to some transitional animations, but there were no issues in navigation. Access times in general are good and the layout is pretty much the typical for a CPM show.

The only extras included is a 45 second video art gallery that shows off some of the better looking cels from the show as well as some original artwork and conceptual pieces. There’s also a little Helix of Love feature that helps you keep track of the who likes who and who hates who in the growing relationship tree of this series.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the setup of the first volume and Karin’s attempts to get Junta and Ami together so that Junta’s mega-playboy genes wouldn’t surface, she gets even more frustrated as not only Junta stops following the plans she lays out but that Ami ends up becoming an obstacle as well.

The results of the last attempt at the festival left Ami rather stung, since the lines he used as the mega playboy had the reverse effect on her. But even just a day or two later, Junta’s right back asking her for advice. While he’s not really interested in Ami, he’s definitely ready to use her to find out what he should do to get Karin to fall for him, though without mentioning who he’s wanting to impress. So even though she claims she has no interest in him, Ami takes advantage of him by saying that a girl would love an expensive necklace.

And doofus that he is, he runs off and gets one. But his luck continues to go poorly as just as he’s got the right necklace, Tomoko comes out of nowhere. The situation goes as expected and she ends up thinking the necklace is for her. With her so close, Junta ends up switching back and forth between modes and the two spend quite a bit of time together. But even with all of this, Junta is still focused on Karin as the one that he really wants to be with. There are again some very amusing moments when Karin falls under Junta’s playboy wiles.

The character that makes out the best, and worst, during this volume is Ami’s friend Kotomi. She’s finding herself attracted to Junta in both forms now that she’s gotten a dose of his playboy form. Junta is of course oblivious to this, but ends up getting smacked upside the head by Ami about it, which again continues to mess with Karin’s plans. Kotomi has a problem very similar to Junta’s original problem though, which brings you to care about the character more. Kotomi doesn’t have the ability to change into a mega playboy though, but she does prove that change is possible in a most delicious way.

Much like the first volume, we had a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout the episodes. It’s not quite as raunchy or gratuitous as the first volume was as the hook they used was needed to get the eyeballs in the first place, so it’s toned down a bit here. But it’s still a lot of fun and all the characters are great to watch as they go through the confused motions of who is in love with who. Toss in some good music and great character designs and I’m a happy camper.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery,Character Profiles

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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