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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • 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 3

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Genesis Climber Mospeada Volume 3
© Nippon Columbia


What They Say


The Review!
Mospeada?s release on DVD continues with four more episodes, reaching the half way mark.

In Episode 9 ?Lost World Fugue? While scouting out a new campsite, Stick, Rey, and Mint fall into a strange jungle world, where dinosaurs, monsters, Invid, and possession are all part of the evolutionary experiments conducted by the Inbit leader, the Refles.

While Yellow, Houquet and Jim search unsuccessful for the others, Rey figures out that the Refles is trying to discover what the dominant species on Earth is and how she can exploit it. As the experiment now begins to run badly out of control, the trio desperately look for a way back to the surface and safety.

Episode 10 ?Requiem for the Battlefield? sees the normally dour and all business Stick Bernard in very high spirits as the group nears Point K, a heavily armed Mars Base fall-back point. Unfortunately, the Inbit had arrived earlier and all that remains is scattered hulks and the corpses of mecha and men. Stick was counting on this group and even he now begins to lose hope in the mission. The whole group is deeply effected, unable to reach through Stick?s shock.

While on a scouting mission, Houquet and Rey find a naked woman who appears to be an amnesic survivor. In actuality, she is an agent of the Inbit Refles, engineered to spy on the freedom fighters. Houquet and Rey take her back to their camp. Meanwhile, Yellow and Jim find several new fighters to add to their arsenal, and get to try them out against an attacking Inbit patrol. Stick realizes that the others are relying on him and enters into battle, saving the group.

Episode 11 ?Lullaby of Distant Hope? centers on the past of Yellow Belmont. A mountain range lies between Stick's group and Reflex Point, a mountain range controlled by the Inbit and all but impassable without a very special and very expensive map. Attempting to organize some shows with the town?s mayor to pay for it, Yellow encounters the mayor?s fiance, Yellow?s lost love Carla. As Yellow sees his past flash before his eyes, Carla and Yellow try to reconcile the choices they made.

Mint finds a new boyfriend whose family have earned the money for the map, and she leaves the group. Her joy is short lived when Carla finally reveals to Yellow that the maps are fakes, and nobody who enters the mountains returns alive. Forced into action, the group rescue their mascot from the Inbit, only to encounter human betrayal on their return. They overcome even this, but Carla knows she can never truly join Yellow?s war, and stays behind.

Episode 12 ?Fortress Siege Boogie? Finds the group still stuck in the snow-covered range of mountains, a heavily protected Inbit hive preventing them from continuing on to Reflex Point. The only chance of success is to knock out the Inbit?s energy sensor, the task given to the mis-matched pair of Mint and Rey.

Amazingly, the two are able to sneak into the base, and knock out the energy detector after the others draw the Inbit patrols away. Stick orders everyone out of the base, while he single-handedly destroys it and the returning Inbit troopers.

The actual technical side of the third volume is at the same reasonable standard as the rest of the Mospeada releases. A good transfer is marred slightly by film artifacts on the aged source materials, rounded off by a clear 2 channel Japanese stereo track.

The disc has the default Mospeada menu with the classic group looking skyward image as a background. For the most part, the menus are fast and easy to navigate for the non-Japanese speaker, though they are rather static and dull, with just the option to play each episode, view the image gallery or go to the scene selection page. The image gallery on this discs is a mixed bag, with 13 images of things such as the combined Legioss and Tread, Stick?s holo-pendant, knives and Jim?s nearly invincable truck. The remaining 17 images are of the Inbit, mostly covering their various crab-like mecha.

The packaging follows the trend the other releases, with a beautiful Yellow Belmont image taken from the Love, Live, Alive OAV and drawn by the excellent Yoshitaka Amano. Helping to make up for just the inclusion of the image gallery on the disc itself, the insert booklet covers each of the episodes, provides art sheets for various characters and items from those episodes, a short section on the Inbit and more staff interviews.


Mospeada is good series with a great deal of mecha action that should appeal to 80s mecha fans and the four episodes on this disc provide a great deal of entertainment. Robotech fans will be find this of interest to see the differences between Mospeada and it?s Robotech counterpart, the New Generation. Without the certainty of an English subbed release in the foreseeable future, at present this is the only option to experience the real Mospeada, and these DVDs are more than up to the task of showcasing it.

Video Rating: +B

Audio Rating: B

Content Rating: A

Package Rating: A

Menu Rating: C

Features
Japanese Language,30 image picture gallery,8-page insert booklet


Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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