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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: El-Hazard

El-Hazard, The Alternative World Vol. #2

By Roman Martel     February 16, 2002
Release Date: September 14, 1999



The Review!
-Synopsis-
All our favorite characters from El Hazard are caught up in their new world. Fujisawa and Miz finally catch up with Afura Mann and Rune Venus, but secrets are revealed that might have a serious impact on life back on El Hazard, if they ever get back (who knew Rune could cook :-) ) Meanwhile Nanami gets down to business literally and is asked by the Emperor of Creteria to do him a favor! Makato tries to figure out the secret of the Spring of Life but is prevented at every turn by the untrusting Lady Gilda. Finally Fatora, Parnasse, and Alielle arrive in Creteria and start to run amok. When Fatora sees Lady Gilda it's lust at first sight, but will Gilda return her advances...find out in this volume of El Hazard the Alternative world!
-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 4
Sound: 5
Plot: 4
Acting: Japanese: 5
English: 5
Music: 4
Overall: 5


-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 4
Presentation: 5
Goodies: 4
Overall: 5


-Review-


When I saw the cover for this disc I loved it immediately (and I'm not even a huge Shayla fan). With Jinnai and Groucho on the cover as well as everyone's favorite Fire Priestess this disc looked to be just as fun as the last. And this time you can judge a book by it's cover. This installment of the TV. series keeps the fun spirit of El Hazard alive. I still have some problems with the way the story is laid out (I think I might be expecting too much. The original El Hazard is one of my favorite series. I'm one of those people that like it better than the first Tenchi OAV). But even with some slight story problems, the characters and fun writing are more than enough to keep me happy.


Well on with the review. The animation in this disc is consistent with the last one. Some scenes are very well done, and at the worst some are just O.K. This is typical of a television show (even an OAV) and so that's expected. I'm still impressed with the creative production design on this show. The costumes for the Creteria army, the floating farms, the Cruiser, all show the amount of work that went into this series to create another world and on top of that a world that is unique compared to El Hazard and Earth. The sound design and use is just as good as the last disc. The overall story seems to be going along just fine. However I must agree with a comment someone made on the forum. I'm worried that by spreading all the characters out all over this new world, the creators might have bitten off more than they could chew. I'm worried that we might get stuck with a fast and dirty ending to this series. And although I suppose I could live with that ;-) I think I'm getting the feeling that this should have been a 26 episode series. Still I'm looking forward to the next disc and more Afura Mann (and perhaps some Ifurita?) The acting on both counts was simply awesome. El Hazard has been blessed with a perfect dub once again. The music was wonderful as well (I gotta get the El Hazard soundtrack). Overall this disc is a great continuation of the series.


There isn't much I can say about the overall quality of this disc other than it is as near to flawless as you can get. I'm still had trouble figuring out the menus; if I was burning the words was I choosing them? Sound and picture on this disc were wonderful. And as I said above, I love the cover for this show. The goodies consist of the end credits without the credits (Shayla version). Another great job for Pioneer and El Hazard.


This should be a no brainer purchase, especially if you liked the last disc. It just as fun and entertaining. I will say that if you've never seen El Hazard before and you started with the last disc, this disc does not clear anything up (Tenchi in Tokyo did to some extent). It continues on the story told in the first OAV series so rent that one if you can find it. You will not be disappointed. Well I'm ready for the next disc.


***Beware Semi- Spoilers ahead***


*** You have been warned***
Alright I watched the subtitled version of the first episode on this disc very late at night. During the scene where Fujisawa and Miz are about to plummet to their "deaths", Fujisawa speaks in Pig Latin. This wouldn't be a problem if it was in English, but they subbed it in Pig Latin! What the hell?!?!? Is he actually speaking Pig Latin in Japanese? If so how does that work? Or did he say it in English and I didn't notice it? It was late and past my bed time :-) Suffice to say I don't think I've seen Pig Latin subbed before that in itself should win some kind of wackiness award, don't you think?
***End of Semi-spoiler***



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