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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: A+
- Extras Rating: A+
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Gatekeepers
Gatekeepers Vol. #1
By Matt Newkirk
February 16, 2002
Release Date: September 25, 2001
Content: Welcome to AEGIS, the Alien Exterminating Global Intercept System group of not-so-secret agents responsible for fighting against the Invaders. The year is 1966 and Shun Ukiya, a fairly average teenager is drawn into the war between AEGIS and the Invaders by utilizing his Gate power. He teams up with Ruriko Ikusawa (Rurippe), a childhood friend, and a variety of other new friends to fight the evil Invaders who have populated Earth and seek to overwhelm it.
Gatekeepers was based on the 1999 Playstation adventure game (gameplay similar to the Slayers Royal series) and features CG from Gonzo, the studio responsible for Blue Sub 6 and Vandread. Character Designs are by Keiji Gotoh (Nadesico, Sorcerer Hunters, and now Realbout Highschool)
Video: The video content is excellent; I couldn't find anything wrong with it whatsoever. None of the colors fade, all of the CG moves at the speeds it should, and I don't see any obvious interlacing or other such problems. From what I could tell, there were NO overlays. Hard-subs were also used well.
Audio: My audio is restricted to the TV's stereo speakers, but it all sounded very clear. The opening/endings didn't have any distortion, and it was all as I would expect from a DVD. I listened to the japanese track priamrily; the english track was average for a studio's dub. Regarding the dub's script edits and the acting, I would rank them all as average - I don't listen to dubs when I can help it, and I'd avoid this one too.
Packaging: I really really liked the packaging for this DVD. First, the cover is reversible. On the opposite side is what appears to be the Japanese cover - the text is primarily in Japanese, and it has interesting screen shots from the series. It also came with two AEGIS licenses: one for Ruriko Ikusawa, and one that's blank for you to fill out.
Menus: The menus look great, with the AEGIS logo covering a radar screen of Japan. Very easy to navigate the four central buttons (Play, Scenes, Setup, Extras). The scenes screen is divided into episodes. Setup and Extras are especially easy to navigate, since the cursor is indicated with a checkpoint.
Extras: We get the prologue which was shown at the beginning of the first episode, the special endings (There were two styles of ending: One had the "ending" song and had its own footage. The second type had the opening music with clips from that episode in a unique-per-episode montage.), creditless opening and ending, the TV commercials, and DVD credits.
Overall, I found this to be a great DVD. I really enjoyed this series, but there are some episodes which I thought went too slow: depending on THIS dvd, I would or would not continue to buy the series (and would even re-sell this one). This DVD pushed me towards buying the rest.
SMC DVD330-S, Zenith somethingorother TV, S-Video and RCA cables