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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fairy Musketeers

Fairy Musketeers Episode #15

Fairy Musketeers Episode #15 Review

By Bryan Morton     August 30, 2010
Release Date: October 07, 2006

Fairy Musketeers
© TV Tokyo
What They Say
Join Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty as they are appointed to be guardians of a sealed key which could control a parallel universe inhabited by characters of well-known fairy tales while rebel clan, lead by a she-devil Cinderella, desperately searches for the key.

The Review!
The thing with travelling through fog is that it's easy to get lost - and sure enough, that's what's happened to Red and the gang. Rescue comes in the form of a passing wagon - but it's one that has lost its driver, and the inside of the wagon makes it look as though it's been recently robbed. The culprit soon shows itself - a very powerful enemy, looking for the Key to Erde. As soon as it reveals itself, there's a bright flash of light - and when it clears, Ringo finds herself alone, with the other members of the gang turned into little wooden dolls. Just what has happened to them..?

The gang's enemy is later revealed to be Trude, the most powerful witch in Cendrillon's army, and she's used her powers to spirit most of the gang away to an illusionary labyrinth from which, so far, none of her victims have escaped. But you could probably work all that out from the episode title. Our heroes, you would like to think, will be better than to be caught out, and so with help from Hamelin and Ringo in the outside world it's up to the others to first figure out what's happened and then work out how to break Trude's spell.

I have to say that, for something claiming to be a labyrinth, the world of Trude's spell wasn't as impressive as it could have been. Perhaps I've been spoiled, but mention "labyrinth" to me and think of something on a much larger scale than what the gang had to deal with here - and possibly with David Bowie running around in outlandish outfits. Where's Hoggle when you need him...

The point of the episode, though, isn't so much the labyrinth itself as firstly to introduce Trude herself - who you get the distinct feeling will be back to cause further problems for the gang down the line - and to give another outing to the show's underlying theme that the power of love and friendship will conquer all. On that level it works perfectly well, although it's still some way short of being the best that Fairy Musketeers can produce.

In summary:
A decent enough episode, then, if not the sort of story that you can point to to say "this is why you should watch Fairy Musketeers". Good lightweight fun.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Apple MacBook Pro 17" with 4GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.


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zalder 8/30/2010 9:59:22 AM

Yeah!  Glad to see you are picking these up again!  Yes trude will be back, I have finished the show now and I enjoyed it throughly.  I will be interested in what you have to say about it from here on out.  Been a long time since I've seen any reviews for it.  Good to see one again!  (I am not sure but I wonder if this episode was supposed to be a play on pinochio not the best way to go about it if so)



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