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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 15 & 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: Getter Robo: Armageddon
Getter Robo Vol. #4
By Mark McPherson
February 16, 2002
Release Date: December 04, 2001
The final volume in the saga of Getter Robo is here. It was a fun ride, but like eating a hot dog, it has to end somewhere.
Audio: As always, both tracks are crisp and clear. And the dub is more than bearable so you have to watch the dub. Japanese version ain't that bad either.
Video: Bright colors really help show off just how beautiful ADV can do a DVD transfer. How can you complain?
Packaging: The cover features Black Getter (not appearing on the disc) with Ryoma below it. And if you look closely you'll see Benkei and Hayato on the sides in the background. The insert features Go, Kei and Gai on the Shin Dragon (which does appear on this disc). But one has to wonder, why didn't they put that picture on there in the first place?
Menus: They still have the Ryoma style opening to the main menu and all the other menus are pretty much the same as the last disc. They feel a little too techno for me.
Extras: Exactly the same extras as the last volume. The interviews this time are in full color, but it's a little late for that. They are good extras, but kind of repetitive.
Content: Okay, if you crave action and have been hoping that the finale of this series would be one big brawl between Getters and Invaders, you have been patient and shall be rewarded.
The first episodes starts off with Benkei and Ryoma getting pounded by Shin Dragon. Hayato and Doctor Shimigami evacuate everyone from the Tower in order to suck all the Getter Rays out of Shin Dragon. The doctor finally realizes what the real meaning of Getter Rays are and ends up going down with the Tower when the Getter Rays flood the tower. Hayato gets back into Shin Getter Robo and joins the fight inside Shin Dragon. Inside, the team is haunted by illusions of Machiru, Saotome's daughter who died in an early Getter test, and Musashi, the original pilot of Getter Three.
After they get clear headed, Saotome, Stinger and Cohen fight back in the classic Getter Robo that Machiru was killed in. They go through transformation after transformation and special attack after special attack until finally they kill Saotome.
But the battle is far from over. Cohen and Stinger are still alive and now they are set out to do what they originally planned. To turn Jupiter into a Getter Sun. Fortunetely, Go, Gai and Kei transform Shin Dragon into their own weapon. It's basically Shin Dragon with a Getter Robo riding on top. Pretty big though. They must now face off against over a billion (yes, over a billion) Invaders to stop this. Cohen and Stinger finally reveal what Getter Rays were really used for. They helped create life itself. However, Kei decides that the Getter team should never give up. Shin Dragon gives Shin Getter Robo enough energy from it's reactor core to create a giantic Getter Tomahawk to slice Jupiter in half.
And the battle still isn't over! A giant mouth opens up in space and threatens to eat the Milky Way. So, the whole Getter team goes through the the mouth of the beast and find themselves in a different dimention. A dimention where millions of Getter Robos are fighting millions of Invaders. Hayato, Ryoma and Benkei are left behind to help fight while Go, Gai and Kei are sent back to their own universe.
WOO! And talk about action. The action and animation in these last few episodes take a dramatic step up. There are some that will be confused with this ending, but if you get lost, just enjoy the great action and animation and you'll be fine. After all, thats what made this series great.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television