Generator Gawl Vol. #2 -

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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • 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: Generator Gawl

Generator Gawl Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     December 05, 2000
Release Date: December 05, 2000

Generator Gawl Vol. #2
© ADV Films

What They Say
Overcome with guilt about his involvement in generator creation, Ryo breaks rank and confronts Professor Nekasa in order to stop the discovery that led to Gawl’s transformation and the future calamity. Though Koji and Gawl are unaware of his plan the mysterious (and dangerous) Ryuko Saito is more than alert to Ryo’s intentions. And as Ryuko intimidates Ryo and wickedly toys with Koji, advanced and more powerful generators from the future come back for Gawl. Their bolder, increasingly vicious attacks begin to weaken Gawl – and come dangerously close to the young girl Gawl has befriended.

The Review!
While the first disc didn't blow us away, there were a few things in it that did pique our interest enough to see what would happen next. Things here tended to deal more with the future than the present, but the background is definitely needed to bring things more into focus.

Things are pretty solid all around here. The focus of these episodes tended to be more on dialogue, but the action sequences had a fair amount of front soundstage directionality about them. The one standout in terms of the audio is the opening song, which I still find very addictive. Dialogue throughout is pretty clean with no noticeable distortions or dropouts.

The video aspect of things is pretty similar to the first disc. There's little in the way of actual artifacting beyond a few night blue skies, but there is a solid amount of grain from the source material combined with the original softness of things that make things feel a little low grade. A lot of it seems to be intentional as a way of setting the style. Looking at the coloring used for hair seems to be pretty indicative of this, especially on Ryo and Koji.

While I thought that the art worked good on the first cover with the angry Gawl and the sharpness of the white/silver, the same doesn't work too well with Ryo and this cover. It's not too striking or all that eye-catching. The back cover gives a decent synopsis of things and lists the various features. On the unfortunate side, while they do list the episode titles, they list them as episodes 1,2,3 instead of 4,5,6. Yet another way to confuse the casual buyer who may think he already has this disc.

There isn't a lot of depth to the menus as most only go a layer or two deep, but they're laid out well and everything accesses very quickly. There's not a ton of animation in the menu itself, though it works out pretty well. The scene selection submenus all have bits of their respective chapters playing, which is always fun to watch while waiting for the rest of the viewing group to settle in.

There's nothing too new here, though they did recycle the opening/ending animation on this disc which is a trend I'm starting to like. The schematics section has a few nice shots in it but the character introductions, showing two pieces of sketch work, is pretty weak and not what one expects from a character introduction.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Throughout the three episodes here, the focus appears to be more on Ryo than anyone else. Not that this is a bad thing, as Ryo is primarily a scientist and this allows us to start learning about what's really going on. Ryo's experiencing a lot of guilt over his involvement with the Generators in the future and with Gawl specifically.

There's a lot of extended flashbacks to Gawl's training days and the time spent experimenting and enhancing him, with Ryo and Koji overseeing them. The development of Gawl is pretty interesting, especially in the kind of adversaries that they give him to expand his abilities.

There's also a fair amount of back and forth fighting between Masami and Gawl, especially when it comes to her cooking and his eating habits. There's an extended cooking contest, which also becomes the focal point of tension pushing between Masami and their teacher Ryuko. Ryuko also uses this time to start pushing onto Masami that Gawl may not be entirely human and trying to elicit a reaction from her. Ryuko's plot really isn't clear at all, at least to me, in why she's manipulating some of these students as she is. Her bits with Koji are pretty good since Koji knows what she is, but Masami's pretty clueless.

The last episode also has a really great fight sequence between Gawl and the latest more powerful Generator sent into the past. Thankfully all of the fights this time around take place during some semblance of lighting and are easier to see and follow than some of the overly dark ones of the first disc. The fights generally are very well done, and the jumps in powers and abilities has been pretty decent as well.

Natsume, the pink haired girl, still intrigues me. I'd keep buying just to find out what's up with her.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Generator Schematics,Character Introductions,Creditless Opening/Ending,ADV Trailer for Gawl

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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