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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 52
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fuccon Family

Fuccons Vol. #3

By Mike Dungan     September 13, 2007
Release Date: June 28, 2006

Fuccons Vol. #3
© ADV Films

What They Say
Things haven't gotten any better for poor Mikey the mannequin. He's still stuck living in Japan, his dad's still mentally absent, his mom's considering a divorce, and his cousin Laura is still out to make his life a living hell. But wait, things are about to get even stranger in the already bizarre alternate reality that Mikey inhabits. Prepare to meet the Blueberry King, Princess Isabella and, horror of horrors, the twisted Twins' mothers! The incredibly strange Japanese hit that's become an American comedy sensation continues in the third volume of The Fuccons!

The Review!
Yoshimasa Ishibashi's surprisingly clever mannequin sitcom draws to a close.

For the purposes of this review, I watched this show in both the original Japanese and in English. Both are very well recorded, though the English is a bit quieter than the Japanese.

Not surprisingly for such a recent show, the video transfer is very good. I had no problems with pixelation, drop outs or other artifacts.

James and Barbara seen on the cover in front of Mikey, all against a green background. The back cover has several images from the show, with the copy text written in a large and clear font. The inside cover is an image Mikey, Emily, Laura and the Twins in a field of flowers. The disc is a black and white image of James and Barbara. The design of it all is clean and simple, but still eye-catching.

There are two sets of menus, depending on which language you want to watch the show in. The menus are identical, except for either a Japanese or an American flag, depending on language selection. The chapter titles are on the main menu, but because there are so many, you have to select "more" or "previous" to scroll between the different selections. The reason there are two different menus is because you can't change language selections while watching the show. ADV chose to keep the title cards for each episode in Japanese for the Japanese version of the show, and made new English title cards for the English version of the show. Rather than using alternate angles, ADV separated the two versions of the show. Unfortunately, if you want to switch language while watching the show, you either have to skip chapters to find the other version of the episode, or return to the main menu, select the other language, hunt for the title through the different main menu screens, then finally watch the episode in the other language. It seems an extreme step to take to avoid using alternate angles, something their Texas neighbors Funimation have doing successfully for years..

The only extras are previews for several show, including Vermilion Pleasure Night, the show that spawned The Fuccons.

Content: (Please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Mikey the mannequin meets the Blueberry King and does him a favor, which impresses him. The King decides he wants Mikey to be his son and arranges for him to marry his daughter, Isabella. Mikey's parents object until the subject of financial compensation comes up. It all comes to nothing when Isabella meets the other women in Mikey's life; his girlfriend Emily, his twisted cousin Laura, and his sex-bomb private tutor Tracey. Later, Mikey is introduced to the Twins' mother and her twin sister. As expected, things don't go well. The rest of the disc is made up of stand-alone stories, such as Mikey sinking into the sandbox at the local playground, Mikey finding a wallet, Mikey and his classmates playing a game with Teacher Bob and his mother, and one more visit with the Kawakita family. The volume ends with Laura and Emily testing Mikey's good nature.

In Summary:
This volume had quite a few good moments, but the highlights for me were the Blueberry King story and the visit with the Kawakitas. Although I enjoyed it in both languages, the dub was what made it especially fun for me. The fruity English accents affected by Chris Patton as the Blueberry King, and Nancy Novotny as Princess Isabella were perfectly over the top and made their episodes great fun. The Kawakitas, played by Chris Patton, Monica Rial and Tiffany Grant as their son, was another highlight. Of course the performances of Rob Mungle as James, Christine Auten as Barbara, and Kira Vincent Davis as Mikey were hilarious, overacted to perfection. I enjoyed all three volumes of The Fuccons, one of the most bizarre sitcoms I've ever seen.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
NEC CT-2510A TV, Pioneer 440 codefree DVD player


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