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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: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fight! Spirit of the Sword

FIGHT, Spirit of the Sword

By Chris Beveridge     December 04, 2001
Release Date: December 04, 2001


FIGHT, Spirit of the Sword
© Media Blasters


What They Say
Yonosuke Hikura appears to be an ordinary high school student. Yet he has inherited the important role, passed down through generations of his family, of protecting the harmony between Heaven and Earth. With the help of the magical sword Chitentai, and Tsukinojo Inbe, a Protector sent to him by the high Priests of Earth, he courageously battles the demons, sending them back to the Earth World, from which they have escaped.

The Review!
Be careful with this one as most retailers seem to list it with a running time of 60 minutes. This is a one-shot OVA with a running time of 30 minutes.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Being an early 90's OVA, this is a pretty simple stereo soundtrack that has most of its dialogue coming through the center channel while the music and ambient effects come through the left/right channels. There's not a lot of directionality in the show, but the track overall sounds pretty solid.

Video:
Sporting some solid production values, this is a quite nice looking show. Surprisingly, it's even widescreen though it's probably an easy guess that no anamorphic elements exist for it. A good number of sequences in here look of high enough quality that it could have been done as a theatrical movie at the time as opposed to a follow-up to a drama CD and adaptation of a manga. colors are nice while not being overly vibrant and cross coloring is non-existent.

Packaging:
The front cover gives a good look at the very nice character animation that's used for the show with a full cast shot of everyone in the show that counts. The show's title is scrolled along the side of it, though I've not seen a retailer actually call it Fight!! Spirit of the Sword yet. The back cover gives a brief summary of the show and lists the various features and production credits for it. The inset provides a couple of pieces of smaller character art along with the chapter listings for the show.

Menus:
With the show really being the only thing here outside of the single extra, everything is available from the main menu. Moving to selections and between the submenus is nice and fast and the layout is decent if unexceptional.

Extras:
One of the extras I always really enjoy are the ones with the Japanese cast being shown at work in the recording studio and taking breaks to answer questions. The Q&A segment is always pure fluff since it's promotional, but I've always enjoyed watching the various actors actually perform, especially the ones where they're all in the same room moving up to the microphone when it's their turn. The cast just seems to gel nicely that way. This segment, produced back during recording in 1994, runs about 15 minutes and provides a good bit of fun, which is almost always a given when you have Megumi Hayashibara in the studio and feeling wacky. Give her a prop and she goes to town.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With only one episode, this show suffers heavily. The shows basic premise isn't too far from a lot of other shows. A high school boy inherits a sword named Chitentai at the age of 16 and learns that it's his families destiny to fight demons that are slipping onto Earth and into various everday people. He also has the aid of Tsuki Inbe, a protector that is sent to him by the High Priests of Earth. She's usually in a very small form and floats along with him, but during times of need, she reverts to full size and fights alongside said high school boy

Being what was probably hopefully the first of several OVA's, the show follows Yonosuke as he goes to school and ends up losing Tsuki during an accident. She gets taken away while a demon makes its presence known and Yonosuke tries to get her back. Inter cut throughout it is flashbacks to how Yonosuke turned 16 and was given the sword and what his mission is. There's not a lot original here and the execution is fairly mediocre. The only thing that really sets this presentation apart is the fact that it's widescreen.

For those who aren't a fan of the manga or haven't heard the drama CD, this isn't going to seem like a lot of anything beyond a mild curiosity. But with it only being 30 minutes and running for a full 24.95$ list, it's not a value that I can recommend at all. I don't think I could even recommend it for a rental price at that.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Japanese Bonus Interview

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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