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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Gasaraki

Gasaraki Vol. #2

By Nathan Roberts     February 16, 2002
Release Date: November 28, 2000



The Review!
After the first volume of Gasaraki, I'm sure we were all left craving more of such an excellent anime... ADV Films has met the craving with the 2nd Volume of Gasaraki. I'm not gonna give away any spoilers, but after the first volume ended, you just knew that something else big was about to happen, and how! The action is fast paced, the story is as intriguing as always, yet a little easier to grasp this time around. My only gripe is the 3-episode count... The craving is back.

First I want to comment on the video quality of the disk. No major faults as I could see on my 5.8 screen. I didn't notice many rainbows on the disc, if any at all, which is a major plus! The CG is used very well to blend with the cel animation and it comes off as very nice eye candy. ADV always delivers with their DVD authoring, and it always looks amazing. I mean, it might not be a Mononoke transfer, but it's pretty darn good for a TV series.

Next will be on the audio review. It was great as far as I could hear. I didn't have a 5.1 surround set up, but on my Q Surround it sounded loud and proud. The battle scenes were the highlight here, the music was excellently scored, by someone else than Yoko Kanno!! There's a shock, the music and the loud effects of the T.A.'s banging each other up will make any mecha loving Otaku proud!

As far as the extras, they are pretty moderate, but they're more than just a character gallery (the usual for ADV). The insert itself is like a character description, while not as full of info as the insert of the fist disc, you do get to read up on some of the great T.A. info. The text interview with the director has a few choice bits in there, but nothing rather interesting. It is clear that ADV Films knows this series is special, putting this much extras on a TV disc is really outstanding, unlike some of their other discs that I wont mention at the moment. The packaging looks appealing, but not quite as much as the first volume, but no matter... People will buy as long as it isn't in a jewel case, ne?

Overall, this series is a very worthy purchase for any fan looking for a great mecha series. This will especially please the classic Gunma fan (And no, not that "Wing" series, the 0079 one.). As I have tested it ^_^, anywho, this is no Evangelion knockoff, in fact, it might be better than that! *gasp* Although it does have a teen pilot in it, it takes a very realistic tone in it's approach. The reality of small wars in third-world countries is found here, and if you watch the news, there's at least two every week. This series puts a twist on this reality, one that you would never expect!



Review Equipment
Samsung TSK270F Color Television, Aiwa WD-DW1 DVD player with LCD screen and Q Surround

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