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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: 12 & Up
  • 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. #3

By Roman Martel     February 16, 2002
Release Date: November 23, 1999

The Review!
Overall Rating: 5
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Artistic Ratings-

Animation: 4
Sound: 5
Plot: 3
Acting: Japanese: 5
English: 5
Music: 4
Overall: 4
-Disc Ratings-

Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 5
Presentation: 5
Goodies: 5
Overall: 5

The El Hazard saga continues in this disc. I must say that as much as I love El Hazard and think that the new world they created for this show is interesting, the plot seems to be dragging a bit. I found myself saying, "This is all fine and dandy, but when are we gonna get to the point here!" Am I losing patience with the story? A bit. Am I gonna stop watching? Not a chance.

The animation on this disc is just like the last two, very good in places and average in others. I'm still enjoying the overall look to the show and I'm intrigued with the characters of Gilda and the Emperor. If they only got more screen time. Of course I was saying that about everyone. Great use of sound in this disc too (Qawoor's magical rescue is something else). The plot, as I mentioned above is making me shake my head a bit. I noticed it before and I'll say it again. Too many characters too spread out, not enough episodes to do it right. What I think is going to end up happening is that we will get a rushed ending that's gonna leave me feeling disappointed. I hope they prove me wrong, but so far it seems to be the case. Each episode contains vital story information but a good half or more is just plain filler that could have been use constructively. Oh well, I'll just wait and see what happens on the last disc and we'll take it from there. The acting was excellent again (Mokoto's English actor seemed a bit out of it, but so was Mokoto at that point... was it just line reading or really good acting?) The music is good too, fit right along with the action.

This disc gets a perfect score for me on the technical side. Pioneer has fixed my biggest peeve with this series on this disc, and that was the menus. They work great and you can easily figure them out. No more guesswork required. Well done Pioneer. The extra was just plain awesome: sound-bites from our favorite villain Jinnai! It's just pure fun for this extra and you'll probably laugh. Now I don't know about anyone else but I didn't get a card for the poker set in this DVD, and I did preorder it. It's kinda weird but I'll see if I get any response from readers if they are missing the card as well. Everything else on this disc was top notch. I love the cover of this disc more than the last, Gilda looks just plain cool and the Emperor in the background... it works very well.

Well I would recommend getting this disc if you already have the other two. It's more of the same and the series seems to be reaching a climax, I'm just now sure if they will pull it off. Well, I have my fingers crossed, but so far I must say that the first OAV series is my favorite incarnation of the El Hazard plot still. But this will have a place in my collection (even before the second OAV, Blehhhh!) That's all for now.

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