Mania Grade: A+
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Toshiba
- MSRP: ¥26000
- Running time: 427
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Giant Robo
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What They SayThe Review!
I was a BIG fan of the Giant Robo OAVs when they first came out a few years ago in Japan. I got the domestic releases on laser disc (episodes 1-4) when Pioneer released them here. When I found out that there was a special box set available in Japan, I immediately bought a code free player and ordered the box set. For me, the Giant Robo OAVs are a must have for my collection, whatever format they are on, whatever country they are from.
I won't go into the story much, in case you haven't seen the series yet. For a brief explanation, see the previous review from David Black. The animation throughout the series is excellent, having a very "retro" feel to it. The overall animation style is simple, but very consistent throughout, with the character designs, clothing designs, and mechanical designs all having the same feel, showing they took the time to propagate the design ideas throughout the entire work. The soundtrack has a very "epic" feel to it, helping to add to the quality of the series. Both the animation as well as the soundtrack gives the series a very unique feel to the series, which helps it to stand out from other OAV series. The story line is really good, although it seems a little rushed at the very end (I think they may have decided to shorten the series from what they had originally intended, so this may explain that), but beyond this minor shortcoming, the story is great, making you want to see more. The series has both the Japanese soundtrack, as well as the English Dub. I wasn't a big fan of the quality of the dubbing for the series, but it's not bad to have if you have trouble figuring out some of the more complex points in the plot.
The box art is very nice, with a pretty cool piece of artwork for the box that holds the set, and pictures of the original series covers on each DVD case, with the front containing the cover for the first episode on the disc, and the back containing the covers for the other episodes on the disc. The fourth disc contains tons of extras, with a special featurette on the making of the music for the series, trailers for the series, etc. There is also some DVD-ROM content on the fourth disc as well. Sadly, there are no books or chapter listing pamphlets in the individual DVDs, but there is a booklet included that contains some overall information for the series like some technical information concerning some of the events in the series, as well as pictures of the voice actors, and credits for each of the episodes and extra disc.
Wherever you may find this box set (if you can find it), it's not going to be cheap. Keep in mind though, that the quality of the series is very high, and that there are a total of seven episodes, with all the extras on the fourth disc as well. Compared to the import laser disc prices ($70.00 - $100.00 per episode) you are definitely saving some money (although the laser disc imports have a bunch of extras in with them like posters, etc. that aren't included with this DVD box set).
Japanese Language 2.0 Stereo,English Dub 2.0 Stereo,Episode 0,Last Episode Promo Clip,TV Commercials for OAV 2 and 7,American Promo,Italian Promo,Home Page Exclusive Promo,Super Robot Taisen Alpha / 64 Video Game Clip (features Giant Robo),Gin Rei Commercials,Soundtrack Only Music Mix,Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra Performance of Giant Robo Soundtrack,Interview with the Creators,Special Issue Book: GR Dictionary(!) Staff Voice Actor Comments Interviews
Sony 36" Wega Television, Mitsubishi M-VR600 Receiver, Raite AVPhile 715 DVD Player, Bose Acoustimass 7 Home Theater Speakers, Connections: S-Video and RCA connections for Audio.