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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: ADV Films UK
- MSRP: £19.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Gasaraki
Gasaraki Vol. #8
By Paul Jacques
August 04, 2003
Release Date: August 18, 2003
Gasaraki Vol. #8
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
The world stands poised on the brink of destruction. Only through the actions of a few brave men and women will the Earth survive the coming conflict. While the puppets of the Kugutsu struggle to sever the strings that control them, the Kai prepare for their ultimate confrontation. At long last, the summoning is complete.The Review!
You made it this far, despite the walking about in the woods plot turn in the middle of the series, so now you want to know how it all turns out?Audio:
Audio is still good, with no problems detected on either Japanese or English soundtrack, although the Japanese was slightly louder and deeper.
The opening track “Message #9” and the ending track “Love Song” are without doubt two of the best tunes going in any Anime series.Video:
A good solid DVD presentation, with crisp, clean lines, solid colours and no problems detected. Although a strange white flickering occurred when going from the Menu, Episode 1 (Eternal) to the actual episode starting. This flickering didn’t show on my PC, just the Pioneer, but it’s not overly intrusive, maybe a second long.Packaging:
The front cover is yellow, with a TA, Miharu, Yushiro, Misuzu and a spooky looking Kugai looking on. Rear of the box shows stills from three episodes plus extracts from the Extras section. The disk itself is a plain black gloss. And the insert is a single side of the front box cover, but in more colour.Menu:
A grey background raked in shadows, on which is superimposed the three episodes, Scene selection, language and Extras menu. All hotspots worked quickly and no dead end links were encountered.Extras:
It has to be said that this disk has plenty of informational extras, and if you don’t know something then the answers can be found in the Glossary or Production sketches. The only downer was I would have like some film of the interviews rather than a static picture with text.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Episode 23 continues with the political and economic escalation between Japan and USA. This escalation will turn nasty when the USA launches a tactical strike on Gowa headquarters in an attempt to stop Japan plunging the world into an economic crash. As a decoy to the real attack, the USA sends a Fake TA (containing Miharu) to the Ichigaya Garrison. Of course even the decoy is a decoy, as Symbol hope that Miharu will cause a Gasaraki summoning and start a Kai on Kai fight with Yushiro.
The next episode has the bit you’ve been waiting 20 odd episodes for, the SSDF TA v Symbol TA show-down. This occurs when the USA makes it’s pre-emptive strike against the GOWA building, in the hope of destroying GOWA’s supercomputers. A really good close quarter fire fight ensues and the fate of the world economy hangs in the balance on the outcome.
And in the final episode we see Kazukiyo Gowa’s naked ambition, and it’s his desire that brings about the final confrontation between mankind and the Gasaraki. It’s interesting to contrast Mr Nishida and Kazukiyo Gowa, as they shared similar aims which ran in the same direction, but with completely different motives. The episodes ends with everyone making choices, most good, some bad, but choices based on free will and tempered by what’s in their hearts.
I’ve been impressed with Gasaraki from the start, with it’s multilayered plot levels of technology, culture, politics, ambition and omnipotent beings, all presented in a real and grown up fashion. It was never just a “giant robot” series (a common disappointment comment), and it played out in a nice logical order that didn’t require a crystal ball to follow the plot. This series has been called the new EVA, but unlike EVA you’ll understand the ending.
In summary- Well, you’re hardly NOT going to buy this last disk, are you?
PS If you really didn’t understand it, you can find a simplified explanation to the ending here
Japanese Language DD stereo,English Language DD stereo,English Subtitles,Production staff interviews (text only),Multiple clean open & close credits,Production sketches,Glossary of terms
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21” Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.