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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • 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. #6

By Mark McPherson     February 16, 2002
Release Date: September 25, 2001

The Review!
The saga of the Kai continues in another volume of Gasaraki. If you've been this patient with the series, your in luck. The real meat of the story is exposed in this volume.

Audio: The perfect Dolby 2.0. No arguments here. Both tracks sound crystal clear.

Video: Bright colors usage plus incredible video transfer equals one great picture.

Packaging: The color for this volume is dark purple. Featuring my favorite character, Kazukiyo, on the cover along with the new type TA and the backround features Miharu. The inside cover features a picture of Misuzu naked (no, shes not showing her unmentionables) as well as a layout of the new type of TA.

Menus: Still as slow as last time. It's starting to bother me a little. Still, the menus look great.

Extras: The new extra this time is more design sheets with someone from the prodution team explaining and turning them. And this time we get subtitles unlike volume 4 as well as being full screen with very little color coding on the video. Nice job by ADV.

Content: If your hoping to see more of what you saw in Volume 5, your out of luck. Volume six switches gears back over to the political side of things.

These three episodes can be explained as riots of the Asian Ghetto. No, I don't mean gangster fights, although there is a small mafia fight in the first episode. When Yushiro and Miharu arrive there, they helped out by a man named Won. It is revealed later on that Won is actually a spy for Symbol. Won realizes that Symbol wants Miharu, but still refuses to tell Symbol where she is. During this, Miharu slips into an absession with a plant as she slips into depression, not saying a word.

Meanwhile, the Gowa family and the SSDF are in trouble. As the SSDF puts the TA team through constant tests on new TAs, Kazukiyo notices that the grain trading between Japan and America starts to escalate. This resualts in a riot in the ghetto. To deal with this, the SSDF sends in the new TA with plastic warheads. When the riot stops, the fire of conspiracy still rages on. The Colonel of the TA team meets with Nashida and is convinced to help him while the president of Japan finally declares martial law.

Finish it off with Symbol taking back Miharu in a nice fight scene and you got one great disc. Lots of politics and action in this one. Still highly recommended.

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television


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