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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & 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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     October 10, 2006
Release Date: October 10, 2006


Green Green Vol. #3
© Media Blasters


What They Say
Midori has one final chance to make Yuusuke fall in love with her. She bets it all on one kiss, and Yuusuke's memory returns! They are finally together, but fate has decreed them unhappiness no matter what.

As the guys prepare a special farewell party for the girl's class, violent thunderstorms shake the school. Influenced by his old memories, Yuusuke's personality changes completely. Ignoring his friends, he becomes blunt and decisive. He begins to wonder if the real Yuusuke is actually a good person.

Midori has overcome fate to get this far, but Yuusuke's real personality maybe what finally sends her back to the future.

The Review!
The truth behind Midori's feelings is revealed at long last and Yusuke grapples with the reality of who he is... or may be.

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:
Using the same overall design as the previous volumes but with the characters now wearing cosplay cop uniforms and showing plenty of skin and panty, it's a bright and eye-catching piece that certainly lets you know what to expect. The colors for this are a bit more muted than in the previous two but it serves as a nice way to close it. The back cover also retains a similar layout with a circle design where many shots from the show are laid out. The summary carries things through just fine though once again we have a character being listed differently than it is in the show itself. The artwork and design is pretty nice overall though and it looks good. The production and technical information round out the bottom sections and no insert is included with this release.

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:
There are again a couple of good extras to be had here. In addition to the last bonus episode, there's a pair of image songs and an alternate "ending" sequence to the last episode. The one with Bacchi-gu is probably the best one.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Over the course of this series, it's been fairly easy to find things not to like about it, particularly when it comes to the secondary cast of characters. The leads tend to have a bit more meat to them and this volume only fleshes that out more, but it's that secondary group of characters that continued to drag the show down. If not for them, it would have been a rather average show but one that didn't make you cringe or outright disturbed by what was going on.

These last episodes don't have too much of that cringe inducing material but the trio of perverts do get their fun here and there. But after being subjected to some seriously twisted stuff in the previous volumes, I'm glad that what was here made such a small impact on me and was mostly forgettable. I know there were monkeys and some sort of spanking ritual going on but remembering any more than that may affect my mental stability. When it comes to the lead cast of characters though, they're actually a bit more serious this time around and actually have some discussions and express themselves. It does take a little bit of effort to get there though and it requires some significant revelations about Midori to really have the two leads get to the good stuff.

Not unlike earlier episodes, the first two here are fairly standard pieces that fall into any school based series. The first one brings us back to the time honored "test of courage" gig that has kids going out in pairs into the woods to find a certain destination and not be scared along the way. This has been going on for decades now and there's nothing really fresh to bring to it other than increasing up part of the raunch factor. The only problem with it here is that if you've watched any number of other shows you've seen it done and done better. Another episode here covers the time when finals are coming up and everyone is studying hard. It also signifies that the co-ed period of the school is coming to a close so the kids are frustrated by that. The girls do take advantage of it though by spreading a rather good rumor that gets them to focus on their studies and less on the girls themselves for a bit.

Where things change is during a rather nice quiet moment that Yusuke and Midori have together, they get a bit tripped up in each other and end up kissing each other. This unleashes a flood of memories for Yusuke and he suddenly remembers most everything about his past. As it turns out, he and Midori were lovers in a past life but they were destined not to be together. So they did the only sensible thing and promised to meet each other in the next life and live it out properly then. Then they killed themselves in order to force that into action. Unfortunately for these two, Yusuke reincarnated in the 20th century and Midori in the 31st century. She realized what was going on after her memories resurfaced and she made a one way trip to the past to meet with Yusuke, which is where we saw her leaping off the bus in the beginnings.

With all of this new information, Yusuke is trying to figure out whether he's still who he was these past seventeen years or if he's who he was in the previous life. He's become a bit more decisive and quicker in general about things and to his friends he doesn't seem like he's the same anymore. Though the differences are supposed to be unappealing to everyone around him and to the viewer, I found him to be someone with something resembling a backbone who managed to express himself and was trying to figure himself out. Naturally, there's a bit of a triangle involved here as well due to Futaba and the slow and steady relationship that they had been fostering (even if she was gone for several episodes) so there's a bit more complexity to it all and the hanging threat of death in the past life to give it all bit more urgency.

In Summary:
With the ending being fairly unresolved since you know that they can bring anyone they like back easily enough for more of the show, Green Green doesn't really end all that differently than most other romantic comedies. The original idea of the series, sans the millennial relationship, of the two separate schools coming together as one was rather neat and had some potential, but they littered the cast on both sides with some very unattractive and disturbing characters and forgot to put any real restraints on them. While pushing the envelope is fun and I can understand why some people will love the hell out of the three guys who I trash regularly, it's not a particular direction I felt needed to be explored more. When looking back at the series, the only parts that I found I really enjoyed and were memorable were the omake episodes. And that's simply because they pushed the envelope without being disturbing and had little impact on the series in general. Green Green had promise at the start but it lost us fairly quickly and never managed to get us back.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Alternate Endings,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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