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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: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 29.95
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fortune Quest

Fortune Quest Vol. #1

    January 13, 2002
Release Date: December 18, 2001


Fortune Quest Vol. #1
© Media Blasters


What They Say
Wide eyed heroes Pastel, Clay, Rumy and Trapp are no strangers to adventure. With a mix of powerful sorcery, lightning fast steel, subtle stealth and elven wizardry, they are the perfect team.

This time, a strange magical crystal drops into their hands, and it looks as if it may be linked to the power of dragonkind. When a quest like this calls, these heros have no choice but to answer. They belt on their swords and begin a perilous journey to Mount Terrason in search of answers.


The Review!
Overall Rating: 2.8
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Technical Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 3
Presentation: 4
Goodies: 1
Overall: 3.6

-Content Ratings-
Animation: 2
Sound: 2
Plot: 2
Acting: 1
Music: 3
Entertainment: 2
Overall: 2

-Intro-

Well this is my first review for a new show this year and... well, I wish I had picked a better show. But hey I can keep my optimism and hope that perhaps the next disc I review won’t be quite like this one. Anyway, it’s just another fantasy anime with a few differences. All I can say is that if you are looking for a disc that gives good "baby elf clown" action, this disc is for you!

-Technical Review-

Actually this is the first disc from Media Blasters that I have done an official review on, and it looks pretty solid except for one tiny thing. The sound and picture were both very good. I didn’t hear anything strange on the audio. And the picture looked good too. The keepcase has a cover that highlights the cuteness factor of the cast and the back promises some good fantasy adventure action with some comedy thrown in for good measure. It also has most of the info the back including rating, region coding, length of disc, number of episodes, and number of languages. It doesn’t tell you how many channels of sound are used and it doesn’t mention any extras. That’s because there aren’t any. The menu does have some cool artwork used in it, but that is not an extra. All in all it’s an above average disc.

-Content Review-

And now on to content. To be perfectly fair this show feels like it’s aimed at a younger audience, probably the same age that Pokemon is aimed at. There is nothing too scary here, or violent, and the comedy is pretty tame as well. Add to the fact that most of the characters are pretty cute looking and it just doesn’t seem like it wants to be a Slayer’s clone, and it’s definitely not El Hazard. But even so, it could be entertaining, in it’s cute way, right? Well, theoretically.

The plot revolves around Pastel a cute and klutzy poet/cartographer. She’s bubbly and a bit air-headed. Then you got Clay, the knight (who never seems to draw his sword or do anything but stand there and gawk). The thief/treasure hunter is Trapp. He’s a goof-off with a sarcastic answer for everything. Then you’ve got the cute little, lisping elfling named Rumi (who is dressed in what looks to be a powder blue clown outfit... thus "baby elf clown" as Ladycat dubbed her). Rumi cries a lot and is basically annoying (but supposedly endearing and cute). Last is Shiro a little dog/dragon that repeats everything Rumi just said. Anyway the group gets pulled into an adventure involving a corrupt mayor, a kidnapping, and a white dragon. Sounds like fun, right? Please tell me it’s supposed to be fun...

The animation is just below average. The character design isn’t bad, except for the baby elf clown. Pastel is very cute looking and you almost want to like her. The rest of the characters are semi interesting looking. The backgrounds seem hastely done, and there doesn’t seem to be much thought put into the world that was created for the show. Compared to two of my favorite fantasy series, Escaflowne and El Hazard... well there is no comparison. It looks much more like Maze, where things looked thrown together without design development. Again, this is not a solid medieval looking world, (like Lodoss War), it’s more of a futuristic/sword wielding world that is so popular now in anime fantasy. You’ve got swords and sorcery and robotic pigeons not to mention people dressed in three-piece suits. (sigh). I’m getting just a bit sick of this type of fantasy look. Everyone and their brother is doing this now and on top of that if it’s done poorly it just comes across as slapped together. But then you get the best of both worlds with your swords and sorcery as well as your mecha and laser guns. The sound is in the same boat as the animation. You realize that things are pretty bad when they use the sound of a jet plane for the dragon flying around.

The plot is about as random as the animation style. Our hero’s are resting in a village complaining how "low level" they are. I guess they are trapped in a cheesy video game? If that was the case, then if they had been making fun of that fact. A self mocking sense of humor might have made this show really fun. But enough on what might be going on. We get introduced to our main characters and try to like them, before the adventure finally takes off in the third episode. Things seem really random and not well written in the story department. Adventures happen and jokes are attempted. The idea of the baby white dragon, finally meeting his long lost parents could be cute and heartwarming, but just comes across as lame. Even potentially funny characters, like the cranky ex-hero grandpas, and the weaselly mayor, fall flat.

The acting... who boy the acting. I don’t like to pick on the English voice actors, but dear god, this was really weak stuff. Lots of just reading lines to match lip flaps. There were some strange casting choices and confused sounding delivery. It’s just bad, some of the worst I’ve heard in a long time. It was actually hurting what enjoyment I was getting from the show. AVOID the English dub, and go for the Japanese. At least those people sound like they are trying to get into the story.

The music might be the best part of the anime so far. It’s not great, but it works well enough. There are some moments where it’s over the top, but I can’t take the show seriously anyway, so it didn’t hurt it really. The opening theme is light, poppy and fun. The end theme is good too.

As you can tell from Ladycat’s "Baby elf clown" comment this series is great for the Mystery Science Theatre treatment, especially with the English dub going. But aside from that it just seems like a real mess of a writing job and not much enthusiasm or thought put into these first five episodes. Fantasy can be a tough genre to do and make effective. For great comedy/fantasy not much has topped El Hazard’s first set of OAV’s. I’m not a big fan of the Slayers TV series either, but so far this series is not even as entertaining as that. It just really dragged, and was not very funny, fun or entertaining. Maybe it gets better? We can only hope.

Roman J. Martel
Tell me what you think! E-mail me at...
roman@animeondvd.com

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony DVP-NS300

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