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  • Audio Rating: C-
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: C-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Genma Wars

Genma Wars Vol. #1

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: March 25, 2003


Genma Wars Vol. #1
© Media Blasters


What They Say
In the far distant future, hideous monsters roam the Earth, threatening the lives of all people. Genma, the evil ruler of the Mah tribe, has become obsessed with fathering an Heir. Convinced that a child born of a Hito woman will have amazing powers, he sets his sights on a young woman named Non. In exchange for her village?s safety, Non agrees to bear Genma?s child. She gives birth to twins and names them Loof and Jin. Jin is left for Non to raise among the Hito, as Loof is taken to Genma, and raised to be the prince of the Mah tribe.

The Review!
Two twin brothers have been separated at birth, and now their destiny is at hand in the post-apocalyptic world of Genma Wars.

Audio:

For my primary listening session, I took in the Japanese sound track. While it is stereo, there was no use of directionality. During episode four, there was significant distortion in the soundtrack that persisted for a couple of minutes. Most parts of the DVD were fine though, but this really shouldn?t have passed Q/A.

Video:

For a show that aired in 2002, the video quality here was about was much as you can expect from a children?s show. While it is a digital production, it seems the budget was so low that you have a lot of still images, panning and zooming of characters, and about everything you can do to save money on a production. Those still shots proved to be horrible, DVD compression wise, as the lines started to appear very jagged. Some cross coloration and edge enhancement was present also.

Packaging:

The front cover features the complete US title of the show, Genma Wars Eve of Mythology right smack in the center. Genma, Loof, Jin, Non, and Nuu are pictured on the bottom, struggling against the forces against them. There are additional pictures of some of the characters on the top of the cover. The cover isn?t very inspiring, or says much about the show. The spine features a volume number at least. On the back, there?s a two-paragraph description of the show, four screen shots from the show, and more pictures of characters. This is all on a black background. The insert inside simply lists the chapter stops.

Menu:

The main menu is a static image of the twin brothers Loof and Jin, standing with their backs to each other. In the background, there is the logo and a picture of Genma?s face looming over them. There is no music at all. Scene access has all the twenty chapter stops available on one page. This is a very simple menu system, and there are no transitions either.

Extras:

There are no extras on this DVD.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

In the future, some event takes place that causes monsters to now roam the earth. Lizards, and monkeys and various other creatures have evolved to a humanoid form. They have taken the earth over, and humans are now practically slaves. One of the strongest monster groups is the Mah, and their leader is Genma. Genma is obsessed with strength, especially with an ability called the Force. The Force is a psychic power enabling the user to move objects around, start fires, and even just rip people apart.

Genma is also looking for an heir, and he believes that if he sires a child with a human woman strong in the Force, his heir will have unimaginable powers. A human woman named Non is found, and Genma sends his forces after her, including a wolf named Nuu. Non lets herself be taken in order to save her village, and Genma rapes her and sends her off. Non doesn?t bear one child though, but twin boys, Loof and Jin.

Non wants to raise them herself, but she can barely feed herself. Genma wants the children for himself, but Nuu feels sorry for Non. Nuu takes Loof back to Genma, saying that Jin was too weak.

The years pass, and both boys become young men on the verge of being adults. Loof has been training to use his Force powers since he was young under the tutelage of Parome, Genma?s queen. Parome absolutely hates Nuu though. Jin and Non have been barely scratching out an existence, living by themselves on the outskirts of her village, which has cast her out for being taken by Genma.

Sadly for the two boys, each one has a tragedy happen to them that causes them to leave their respective homes and they have to start to fend for themselves. Each boy goes on his own path, unaware of the existence of the other. They have their separate journeys to discover their own powers, and find out what makes them human.

The animation in Genma Wars has to be about the worst for any anime I?ve seen that came out in 2002. It reminds me of the 90s, except that the coloring is slightly better. It just looks hokey when everyone uses their Force powers. Hell, it seems like the animators were so lazy that the Force is an excuse to have to animate less during the various rape scenes. Everything about this show just looks cheap.

The story reminded me a lot of Romulus and Remus, the two brothers who are part of the legend of the founding of Rome. Nuu being a wolf, adds to that. Genma Wars looks like just another fighting anime set in a post-apocalyptic world though. This has definitely been covered before, and there are much better titles out there in that genre. Genma Wars is a just a rental at best.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles


Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 to a Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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