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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 19.99
  • Running time: 50
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Gall Force

Gall Force 2: Destruction

By Chris Beveridge     March 21, 2003
Release Date: March 11, 2003


Gall Force 2: Destruction
© Central Park Media


What They Say
Features character designs by Kenichi Sonoda (Gunsmith Cats and Bubblegum Crisis)!
Created by Hideki Kakinuma (Megazone 23)

Ace pilot Lufy has survived to complete one last mission: To stop the enemy doomsday machine that has obliterated her homeworld, and is en route to destroy her people’s final outpost.

The Review!
After a successful first movie, the folks at Sony went back to the well to bring out the first of several new chapters in the Gall Force universe.

Audio:
Having enjoyed the first movie in Japanese and liking the cast from there, we opted for continuity and watched it in Japanese here. The show has a pretty basic stereo mix with most of the dialogue through the center channel while the music and overall sound effects use the left/right channels. Dialogue is nice and clear throughout and we noticed no dropouts or distortions on either track during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released in 1987, the materials here look rather surprisingly good here. Colors are nice and fresh looking, cross coloration is very minimal and while there is a fair bit of aliasing, most of it comes from the complex spaceship animations being panned over by the camera. This episode has held up better than I expected for something over fifteen years old now.

Packaging:
Utilizing the same font style as the rest of the box set collection this volume also comes in, the cover art here is more manga-like in origin and provides a nice full cast shot of the women that take the stage in this release set against the interior of one of their command ships. The back cover provides a few shots of the show itself and a very brief plot summary. The discs features and extras as well as basic technical information are all very easy to find here. The reverse side of this cover has the chapter listings and the bilingual cast listings as well as the larger production credit listing.

Menu:
The menu layout is pretty nice looking, though it doesn’t mimic what was on the Eternal Story disc. Instead we have the front cover cast shot set against one side and the menu listing on the right as a top down list in a SF style while there is some rotating animation in the background. Access times are nice and fast and moving around was problem free.

Extras:
The only extra here is a brief video artwork gallery.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Even though I’ve been a fan of the first movie and most anything Sonada works on, I never actually brought myself to move past that first film and acquire the other ones. So finally having them all in a box to work through, or at least new Gall Force material to me, it’s been something of a treat.

The second installment, entitled “Destruction”, picks up at a different point from the first one. The war between the two species is still ongoing and has been for some time. We get to see the destruction firsthand as the Solnoid race manages to sneak in a planet destroyer to the Paranoid’s homeworld and cause it’s ultimate destruction. As it now stands, neither race has a world to return to and essentially no future. To them, the Species Unification Project has failed abysmally and the high command simply intends to take down the enemy completely.

While the remaining forces starting to gather before heading off to the 9th System to prepare for their final battle, one of their ships comes across the wreckage of an old Bron-D automated defense robot. Surprisingly, the pilot is still inside it and in a state of stasis through a bit of luck. With a bit of effort, they revive her and the character of Lufy manages to bridge into this series. Life for Lufy after making such strong ties aboard the Star Leaf in Eternal Story is not easy here, between the time passed and her learning about the Species Unification Plan, something she is fully against. As an Attacker, he goal is to win the war by killing the enemy..

The OVA then moves towards the goal of bringing things to a head during a massive battle in the 9th System where the Solnoids have planted a secret weapon that will win them the war, but also cause the death and destruction of everyone on both sides. While there is a group that’s set to try and stop this, the focus comes down to whether Lufy can bring herself to join them and help save everyone, including Paranoids, or take any victory at any cost.

With it’s shorter running time of just fifty minutes, the show progresses pretty fast and avoids most of the lags that crept into the Eternal Story release. The added continuity of Lufy being here and seeing another aspect of the war that we got from the first volume was great, as they always leave you wondering in Eternal Story about what happens next. After this volume, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of the chapters in this story.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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