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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.95
  • 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. #6

By Chris Beveridge     January 28, 2004
Release Date: December 30, 2003


Eden's Bowy Vol. #6
© ADV Films


What They Say
In the end, the prey must turn and face his hunter. And the end is now. Yorn and Spike are locked in a final showdown. Yulgaha bombs Yanuess, crippling the floating city and sending it on a collision course with...Yulgaha! An energy core ruptures, freeing millions of angry souls whose only thought is to destroy Eden. And a city in the sky begins a terrifying trip to certain doom.

Fenice and Sakura. Witto and Hairra. Konyako, Nyako and Oltran. The old warrior and Elisis. Rumesavia and Yorn. When heaven falls and the dust clears, who will be left standing? When hate rages across the land, who will save the human race from destruction? And when the moment comes to make a terrible choice, will the God Hunter choose destiny...or the unknown future?

Don't miss the thrilling conclusion of Eden's Bowy!

The Review!
Eden’s Bowy comes to a destructive conclusion as war breaks out between the two floating powers.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened 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 for the final release has Yorn, Elisiss and her sister all sitting together smiling and looking happy. 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 back cover has 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 foldout mini poster of the front cover but with bubbles of other characters floating around them. 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 front cover. 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 only extra included on this release is the original Japanese opening.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While not as confusing as the opening episodes to the series, Eden’s Bowy ends in a rush of actions and elements that seem to mean little in the end. The large scale nature of things is here again as we pull back from the characters a bit, letting the prophetic pieces about the God Hunter and what he does become a reality.

After what has gone on before, the time to take decisive action has come and Yanuess and Yulgaha find themselves at war with each other. The opening bouts of the battle are destructive and effective, causing much destruction across the range of targets. Even more problematic, the attack causes the magnetic field on the Yanuess to go out of balance, bringing it to an attraction stage with Yulgaha. Before long, the two floating city states have collided with each other and set into motion even more dangerous elements.

The life core that powers Yulgaha becomes cracked during this encounter, and the spirit energy that powers it begins to roll across the landscape like gray clouds with malleable faces, their hatred for what they’ve been forced to do for Yulgaha quite apparent as they cause destruction and chaos wherever they float to. With all of this going on in the background, the characters themselves start to play a more focused role, though some of them spend a good chunk of their time just doing one or two things. Yorn, for example, spends most of these final episodes just trying to get across Yulgaha to get to where Elisiss is being held. The arrival of the spirit phantoms has caused her to be freed at the same time, but she ends up being captured quickly and taken to her father/god where she tries to convince him to return to heaven once again, so she doesn’t need to fear Yorn coming to kill him. Much of what’s shown in the prophecies about the God Hunter starts shaping up here, as we see parts of it brought out every now and then.

And as that fated encounter gets underway, the bulk of the cast we know from Yulgaha try to deal with the sudden situation of being rammed and having the spirit phantoms forcibly remove chunks of the floating city, causing them to fall off to the ground below. Much of what Fenice has been doing gets cleared up, especially once she realizes where Hairra really is, and she tries to do right by her people. This is paralleled by Konyako over in Yanuess as she struggles to understand why they have to fight a war when there isn’t any real reason to. Each side tries to pull back from what’s happened since the war fully broke out, but both sides are under quite a lot of duress, be it the spirit phantoms or the general destruction.

The main thrust that comes of all of this is the resolution of what Yorn must do, has been prophesized to do since the beginning. He’s given reasons not to become fully what he really is, but his desire to protect and care for Elisiss is so overpowering that it pushes all else aside. So the ending plays out in a fairly predictable way, often with a lot of the cast simply running from point a to point b to solve some immediate crisis with the war or with the crumbling city state. Much of Eden’s Bowy hasn’t made much sense, though we’ve enjoyed various episodes throughout the show. The final episodes aren’t difficult, but they play out pretty much as you can expect it will once a few key things are in place. There aren’t any surprises here.

In Summary:
Eden’s Bowy has felt like one of the most uneven and convoluted series I’ve seen in some time. The initial premise sounded interesting on paper but was very difficult to be carried out in actuality. With a large cast of characters, competing city-states and various subplots, there was almost too much going on for it to be cohesive enough – even though all the elements were needed to tell the tale. In the end, it all came down to whether he’d fulfill the prophecy or not, and that was almost easy to figure out based on what we’ve seen of Yorn in the past. Eden’s Bowy is a show I’m glad I finally got to see after hearing interesting things about it, but it’s not one that I’ll be pulling out to re-watch for many years to come.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Original Japanese opening,Character profile insert,Mini poster

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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