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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 19.95
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Green Green

Green Green Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     August 24, 2006
Release Date: September 26, 2006


Green Green Vol. #2
© Media Blasters


What They Say
Yuusuke finds himself being chased everywhere by Midori, who claims to be his love from another life. The mysterious Reika, however, seems dedicated to keeping the two of them apart. Tenjin has his eyes on the sickly Sanae, but his brutish attitude terrifies her. When Tenjin's gift-giving goes strangely awry, Sanae ends up in the infirmary with her pill case missing. Midori decides to take a chance and use her powers to help Sanae, but Yuusuke is right beside her.

The Review!
The co-existence of the boys and girls in the school continues to be problematic but the focus shifts more to Midori and Yusuke now.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The stereo mix for the show has a good bit of directionality to it across the forward soundstage as there is some fun moments of various fight or other noise effects that are used to accentuate the action. Between that and the music there's a good feel to the audio mix which is otherwise pretty center channel based for its dialogue which comes across well. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing in 2004, the transfer for this TV series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer for this in general looks decent but depending on display and equipment it may show more blocking in backgrounds and movement than you might expect otherwise. With a lot of the backgrounds being of a green nature and dark at times, it really stands out in a lot of places which gets distracting. On smaller monitors though, it's less pronounced and much less noticeable. Colors in general look good other than that and in most other scenes and a lot of it maintains a solid feel but that just makes the other areas more noticeable. Aliasing and cross coloration are both minimal but do crop up in a few places.

Packaging:
Due to this being a checkdisc release, we don't have any packaging available.

Menu:
The menu design for this release is really neat but it's also the kind where it's the most frustrating since cursor movements aren't natural. With the circular design within which the selections are kept, the cursor for the main menu goes back and forth as you move down the selections. When doing scene selections, it feels very weird in moving left and right only to have it jump up and down to where the selections are. The overall look of it though outside of the functionality is good though with plenty of shades of green and appealing designs. Unfortunately, the disc did not correctly read our players' language presets and played with the sign/song subtitles only.

Extras:
The extras are again pretty solid. We now get the textless opening sequence as well as a pair of image songs, music set to clips and still images from the series so far. Another omake episode is also included with this volume.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The opening volume of Green Green managed to show me a harem style comedy of sorts that actually went beyond what I thought could be considered, well, tasteful I guess. The setup for the show of having a girls school combine with a boys school wasn't a bad one and could lead to plenty of generic romantic comedy and other school based shenanigans, but this one went so far down the path of dirtiness that felt out of place that several scenes were just plain uncomfortable to watch if not downright creepy.

The second set of episodes manages to tone it down a fair but for the most part but there are still some really disturbing things to be found in here. The focus on the past and potential relationship between Yusuke and Midori takes a bit more focus and Sanae has a bit bigger of a role as well. What's interesting is that outside of a brief scene or two, Futaba is shifted almost entirely out of the show to some extent and even comedic interlude character Wakaba and her cactus get more screen time. The balance of the character interactions feels much different than what we got in the first couple of episodes where there was a much strong triangle relationship going on.

Of course, after the way that volume ended with the guys sneaking into the girls dorm, having the girls not wanting anything to do with some of them isn't a surprise. Midori is still trying her best to get Yusuke to remember their past but he's oblivious to it and just oblivious to things in general until Midori takes the initiative in getting him to notice after making a bet with Reika. Her attempts actually pay off some after the two of them are assigned to check out locales for a potential recreation day series of festivities and they go through the motions of getting stuck out in the rain, hiding in a small cabin and exploring a mysterious hot spring. It's almost literally cliché after cliché after cliché but along the way Yusuke starts to show some signs of understanding more about who Midori is.

The other "relationship" that gets a fair bit of exploration is between Tenjin and Sanae as he continues to really want her to be his kid sister and for her to call him big brother. He's completely clueless about girls, which isn't a bad thing but he gets even stupider in this set of episodes. In his attempts to woo her, he uses his rice as a present for her in hoping that she'll be happy eating it and watching him as he is in eating it and watching her. Shy Sanae of course finds this to be too much and even faints at one point. When Tenjin gets some actual good advice from Midori on how to approach things, he can't even handle that right. When he's forced to go the route of giving her a handmade stuffed teddy bear, he doesn't even know what one is and then proceeds to make a scary one out of wood. There are always somewhat odd pairings like this that you root for, but Tenjin is such an idiot with no redeeming qualities that for once you really want to see all the girls go with Yusuke just because he's the closest to normal.

The amount of disturbing material on this one is less than the previous volume but it's still here. During one episode, Bacchi-gu is convinced for some reason that he's got a date with Reika in the P.E. storage room so he's got his best Hefner robe on with the sumo style underwear and he's all excited to be with her. As events turn out though, the other two guys are there to bust on him and make sure he doesn't get lucky but it turns out that Reika was never intending to show and all three of the guys gets stuck in the room. No problem, right? Well, it's like a sauna in there and all three of them have delusions of who the others are, thinking that what they're seeing are the girls of their dreams. Before you know it, all three are completely naked and living the dream of fondling (and more?) their preferred girl. Not bad if you just see the dream sequences but we also get to see this Twister game gone bad in reality with the three guys all wrapped up in each other, fondling, toe-sucking and man-boob squeezing each other. I did not need to see that.

In Summary:
Green Green still feels very much like a show that missed out on its potential and ended up being created by someone with no idea how relationships, dating or anything works and instead just letting his imagination run wild with no basis in reality or understanding. This set of episodes does feel more toned down than before but I keep watching it trying to figure out why anyone would really want to watch it. It's got some mildly good moments here and there with the comedy and the fanservice is certainly good but there are so many negatives to it as well as unappealing characters on the men's side. Green Green is a show that pushed beyond the limits but without any sense of real style or flair, instead just going for the obvious and disturbing.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Cleaning Ending,Two Image Song Videos,Bonus Episode

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player via HDMI -> DVI with upconversion set to 1080i, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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