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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Eden's Bowy

Eden's Bowy Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     September 01, 2003
Release Date: August 26, 2003


Eden's Bowy Vol. #3
© ADV Films


What They Say
At last, the quest is complete! The journey is over! They've found the princess! Or have they? When Yorn and his companions finally reach Rubeed, Yorn's mother has vanished. In fact, the whole town's deserted-but not for long. Yulgaha orders an army into the city with one goal: capture the princess and kill anyone who gets in the way. The assassins from Yanuess rush to join the fun. Giant claymen, hordes of soldiers-the battle is on! Will our heroes get caught in the crossfire? Elisis is back, but can even her alter ego Seeda save them this time? Will the old man's bag of tricks finally come up empty? And will Yorn stop gawking at the cool guns long enough to dodge the bullets.

The Review!
Bringing the series up to the halfway mark, events start to become a bit clearer as do motivations of the cast, as elements vie for control and use the God Hunters for their own purposes.

Audio:
Since this series features one of my favorite male actors, we had no choice but to listen to this show in its original language of Japanese. Done up in a simple but effective stereo mix, Eden’s Bowy provides a nice bit of range across the forward soundstage with a few good moments of directionality, but otherwise a solid stereo mix. Dialogue was nice and clear throughout and we had no issues with dropouts or distortions.

Video:
Originally broadcast back in 1999, Eden’s Bowy is a nice looking production that avoids much in the way of detail and goes for a simple look. The transfer looks good, though somewhat soft in a number of areas, causing some of it to look grainy. There’s some CG throughout it, and these areas tend to stand out not only because they’re CG, but because there’s a bit of cross coloration showing up in a lot of it. Aliasing is fairly minimal, but does show up in a few areas.

Packaging:
The front cover is a mixed piece, once again causing me to like some aspects of it but finding that it doesn’t really fit with the show. With the logo going sideways down the right side, the cover wraps all the way all the way around with a faded background image of a map of the world. The front cover has some nice artwork of the second God Hunter, Spike and a shot of Nyako I believe. There’s a good summary of the shows premise and a decent listing of the discs technical specs, which are done sideways as well. The insert has a nice foldout mini poster while the reverse side has some information on various characters in the show.

Menu:
The menu changes a bit here to something simple, using the same music but not having the static image that’s used from the mini poster of two characters that I don’t even remember from the show. The episodes are all listed for quick access while everything else is nicely tucked away and easy to get to. Access times are nice and fast and the menus load quickly with no transitional animations.

Extras:
The extras here are a bit on the short side, with only the opening and closing segments provided in their textless form as well as what looks like an original Japanese trailer for the show.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Bringing the series to the halfway mark, the plot begins to get a bit clearer as the characters start acting towards the goals they have in mind as opposed to just yammering on. While we continue to focus on Yorn and the Old Man as they get closer to finding Yorn’s mother, we also see the background politics start making waves in the foreground.

On the ground, we have Yorn and the Old Man finally reaching the town where he left her under the care of his friend Wagner. The town’s changed a lot since he left, almost to the point where it feels like a ghost town as nobody is in the streets at all. Most peer around their windows and stay indoors while the pair move down the streets. Arriving at the bar, they find it completely empty of the local residents as well – but the Old Man is decidedly happy with one thing he found – Elisiss was sitting inside waiting for them. Yorn is also, naturally, quite excited to see her.

They opt to wait out in the bar for Wagner to arrive so that Yorn can finally meet his mother. It’s not long though before Fennis and Sakura arrive into the bar looking for a place to crash. The realization of who they’ve walked into throws them briefly, but Fennis tries to use it to their advantage. Even that time is cut short though as the First Mechanized Division arrives outside looking for the Princess of Foresight and have a sizeable mechanical force under their command to gain her back. Of course, she’s not actually in the building…

This sets the stage for a standoff between the two sides, which allows for manipulations to go on elsewhere. The forces in Yulgaha end up dealing with a coup attempt and manage to squash it before it really gets underway. At the same time, they’ve started to manipulate the second God Hunter, Spike Randit, into being their tool. Randit doesn’t think of himself as such, but he’s being used quite well by Ramseevia so that they can eliminate the more challenging of the two and then bring this one under their power.

There are a number of decent revelations throughout these episodes, mostly in revealing who is really who to various characters. There’s not much chance for it to be taken in as there’s so much action associated with it all, but when things settle down it’s likely to be a segment where various characters are going to want to know what’s really going on. Then again, Yorn is so oblivious that who knows whether he’s interpreting reality correctly.

While my opinion of the show hasn’t changed all that much, the actual forward movement here is a nice change from what came earlier. There’s simply something about this series that isn’t clicking with me but I can’t put my finger on it.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Clean opening and closing animation,Printed insert with character bios

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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