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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Time Stranger

GoShogun: The Time Etranger

    June 26, 2001
Release Date: June 26, 2001


GoShogun: The Time Etranger
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Forty years ago, the GoShogun Team saved the world.
Now, decades after they went their separate ways, they find themselves reunited in the hospital room of former teammate Remy Shimada, who lies on the brink of death. She was always somewhat distant, even among her closest friends. And now, totally alone, she battles a relentless evil that deftly maneuvers her towards oblivion. A fight for survival which rages across her past and outside of time itself...
Buried alive at age ten, caught in a nightmare at age twenty, ravaged by disease at age seventy, she faces a darkness which whispers the same prophecy over and over: You have no chance. You will die. Give up.

But Remy has beaten the odds before. And, with the team at her side, she battles the dark strangers who drive her to the edge of despair. But can she possibly triumph...?

The Review!
Even if you've never heard of the original series, if you like the mid-80's action style, you will like GoShogun. If you like chicks with attitude, you will like Remy. If you like your anime strong on character and theme, you will like The Time Etranger.

Audio: The background music was quite good, and there was a lot of directionality for the time this show was created (1985). The re-mastering had issues, though, including static on the high and loud notes and one scene with noticeable blips. Note: this DVD is Japanese-only audio, with English subtitles.

Video: The Master from which this DVD was coded was obviously not in the best shape. Dark colors tended to be splotchy, and there were two distinct blips during the movie. On the other hand, the characters' designs were clear and somewhat interesting, particularly after the team has aged.

Packaging: The front cover is a shot of Remy with a gun and the rest of the team in the distance behind her. The back with black with 3 screen-shots, 2 of them from the original series, one assumes. There is no inside cover, and the CD is flippable, so there are no designs on it.

Menus: The main menu is incredibly easy to navigate, and it features large video clips from the movie. Extras are not divided into a separate menu- they are just listed. The inclusion of several chapter breaks made setup a breeze, even though there was no insert to describe them. The trailers are on the other side of the disk, which annoyed me, but there are lots of them, and they include text summaries.

Extras: The photo slide show was quite fun. It had music and progressed automatically, so I found it more interesting than most galleries. Unfortunately, no extras existed to explain the original series for those of us who have no background in it.

Content: What a surprise! After seeing the fuzzy cover with Remy's bust and a gun taking center stage, I worried that this OAV would be fanservice with little character development, but I was quite wrong. While "GoShogun" isn't earth-shattering, it has a delightfully spunky attitude, probably inherited from it's main character.

The story begins on a desert planet, where the team has taken refuge in an old hotel in a town with no name. As Remy absorbs the atmosphere of the place, the scene shifts to the "modern" time.

Contrary to the gloomy attitude of back cover description, the 70-year-old Remy charges into life with guns blazing. Or engines blazing, that is, as she interrupts a high-speed car chase while trying to get to an appointment on time. After nailing the bad guys, she should disappear with a "See You Again," but then we find out the reason for the rush: a disease that has spread throughout her body and affected everything, including her sense of sight and her reaction time.

As Remy lies dying in the hospital, the scene shifts back in time again to her less than ideal childhood. Throughout the shifts, the story maintains a strong sense of Remy as a person who challenges life and loves the act of survival.

The other GoShogun members slowly appear in the "modern" timeframe, gathering around Remy's hospital room in desperation. The team quality seems to have degraded somewhat, as though Remy were the heart of the group. Shingo (the former leader) and the writer Killy hardly have the energy to make snide remarks at each other, while the crow-carrying Surgeon General Cuttnal argues with the samurai Bundle over the title to some land the doctor wants. Compared to their younger selves, most of these guys much less strength of character and faith in each other.

Meanwhile, a younger Remy and her team receive letters predicting their deaths within a matter of days. The younger group all rejects the idea that they can't control their own fate and begin trying to understand what's behind the fatalistic attitude of the townspeople, even as they plot their escape.

Any one of the three stories by themselves would be fairly predictable. Taken in combination, they have a compelling way of drawing one into Remy's world and, most importantly, her never-say-die attitude. Unless you hate violence and suspense or can't get past the 80's quality to the audio and video, I recommend this one.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Photo Slideshow

Review Equipment
25" Samsung Stereo TV, code-free Pioneer 333, Sony STR-SE391 receiver, Sony speakers, and the cables that came with the set.

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