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- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Nippon Columbia
- MSRP: ¥4700
- Running time: 91
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mospeada, Genesis Climber Box Set
Genesis Climber Mospeada Volume 1
March 31, 2002
Genesis Climber Mospeada Volume 1
What They SayThe Review!
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One thing about the introduction of a new media format like DVD is the re-releasing of older titles on it. For fans of obscure, out of print series this is a boon as provides a new way to get them without hunting for rare LD boxes ^_^
Genesis Climber Mospeada was a 25 episode mecha series from the mid 80?s. While it struck a cord with mecha fans, Mospeada failed to become the next Macross and would have slowly sunk below sight if not for Harmony Gold. Initially planning to do an direct English release, Harmony Gold soon had to find series to combine with Macross to ensure it?s daily syndication and Mospeada become the third section of the mangled mecha mix known as Robotech. While it introduced Mospeada (after a fashion) to thousands, it also colored peoples perceptions of it.
Content wise, Mospeada falls into at times predictable format. The first three episodes serve as setup and introduce each of the characters, two per episode. The fourth episode starts to play off the different personalities in the group.
?Prelude to the Offensive? introduces the two sides in the conflict before we see the happy Stick Bernard and his future wife to be. Unfortunately the alien Inbit proves powerful and an entire attack fleet and Stick?s fiancée are destroyed in Earth orbit. Now tortured by these events and weird things such as ?rain? and ?rabbits?, Stick sets off on a near impossible adventure to travel to the Inbit?s Reflex Point. Along the way he encounters he?s companion, the scavenger Rey.
?The Broken Hearted Girl?s March? sees Stick and Rey link up with annoying brat Mint Rubble, only to be betrayed by her then boyfriend. Luckily a bright red female Ride Armor comes to the rescue and our heroes survive.
?Showdown Concert at High Noon? sees the 6 main members of the group join together, offers a powerful new fighter and reveals the secret identity of famous female singing star Yellow Belmont.
?Survival Song Feeling? has each member finding their roles within the group, while trying to escape the Inbit and reach the Legioss Armo-Fighter.
After hearing of other Nippon Columbia R2 releases in jewel cases, I was presently surprised to get a nice gray Amaray keepcase. The main plus though is the beautiful Yoshitaka Amano art of Yellow on the cover, playing up the fact that Yellow is one of the main draw cards for this series in Japan, while he?s played down in Robotech ^_^
The episodes auto run, which means you have to wait until you watch all four episodes or skip manually to get to the menu. Each episode is split into 5 chapters (opening titles, start of episode, middle of episode, ending credits and next episode clip). The static menu is okay and easy to navigate for non-Japanese speakers. Just six options to play each episode, view the picture gallery and chapter selection. Get used to it though, as the majority of the six Mospeada DVDs feature the same identical menu, no art changes at all.
The video quality is more than reasonable. The transfer is very good, while the master is just passable. Film artifacts crop up from time to time. Not much can be done with the masters unless you undertook a remastering project of the level of Animeigo?s English release of Macross. Curiously though the video looks way superior to Robotech, especially in the areas of colors. The Audio side features a nice clear 2 channel Japanese Dolby track.
On disc Extras consist solely of a picture gallery with 30 images art book images of things like the Riding suit, watches and various models of the Armored Cycles/Ride Armor. This is made up for by the addition an 8-page insert booklet, providing background on the episodes and mecha along with staff interviews.
Mospeada is a nice solid series and this DVD is a good presentation of it. Fan of the series will be in heaven, fans of Robotech will be shocked to see amazingly different this is to what they?re used to. With no absolute certainty that Mospeada will receive an English language release
Video Rating: +B
Audio Rating: B
Content Rating: A
Package Rating: A
Menu Rating: C
Japanese Language,30 image picture gallery,8-page insert booklet
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