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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Manga Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 160
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Guyver

Guyver Vol. #2

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: February 25, 2003


Guyver Vol. #2
© Manga Entertainment


What They Say
Contains 6 episodes! Plus includes footage originally edited-out of Episode 12!

The Review!
With the end of Chronos Japan after the end of the first volume, it seems like Sho Fukamachi could get some rest. Unfortunately, what they took out wasn?t the main branch of Chronos Japan.

Audio:

Again, for my primary review, I listened to the original Japanese stereo mix. Despite the age of the show, there was no discernable hisses or pops in the sound track. All sound is directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue is also very clear. I took a quick listen to the 5.1 mix, there was still a strange hollow like effect in the sound track.

Video:

The video quality on this DVD is not quite as high as the first volume due to more scratches on the film print, but still pretty good for something made back in 1989. Color in the series isn?t consistent, and it seems more corners were cut frame wise. The encoding job wasn?t as good either, as line shimmering became very evident on this volume. I didn?t notice any other types of mpeg artifacts. The credits are still overlaid as in previous volumes, but the original Japanese OP/ED credits are available as an extra.

Packaging:

Volume 2 has the Guyver on the cover with his nemesis Enzyme II, since it will play a large role in this arc. This cover is very dark, compared to the first, again playing into the tone. Otherwise the packaging is exactly the same as the previous volume. The logo is featured on the top. The spine has the volume number, and the back lists the episodes numbers with their corresponding titles. Six various promotional pictures from the Guyver are featured. Inside, instead of our plain insert, Manga included an insert that folds out twice making a good-sized poster. The poster is different than the one from the first volume.

Menu:

The main menu features various images (actually, it?s the same images from the frist volume) from the Guyver playing in the middle, while some shots of the characters move separately in the lower right hand corner. The lower left hand corner always has a Manga logo on each menu screen. You can access scene selection, setup, and features. From the scene selection menu, you can only select the start of each episode. Audio only plays during the main menu selection.

Extras:

The extras here are pretty similar to the first DVD. There are the Zoanoid Data files, which explain the abilities of the creatures in the series. One problem, the audio portion of it is only in Japanese. There are no subtitles. The audio portion was in English in the previous voume. The original Japanese OP/EDs are presented as well as some promotional artwork.

The big extra is an unedited Japanese episode 12. You might wonder why is this an extra? Well, if you just play the feature through in Japanese, when you reach episode 12 the audio turns to English. I was very surprised and shocked. For a while, I thought Manga had completely forgotten the Japanese dialogue track, but the subtitles weren?t present either. After I finished watching the episode, I found the unedited Japanese episode 12 with subtitles as an extra.

Here?s the next big kicker, I?ve been saying ?unedited? episode 12. Yes, the English dialogue version of the episode is edited to remove all full frontal nude shots of Mitsuki Segawa. At least, the Japanese version is unedited. While the Japanese version is technically an extra, I certainly don?t consider it one.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Chronos Japan rises up again to fight to regain control of the Guyver in order to complete their conquest of the world. Guyver I and III continue their fight to bring down Chronos forever.

The Chronos Japan Sho and Agito took down at the end of the first volume was only a secondary base. Deep within Mt. Minakami, there are ruins from the ancient aliens that created all life on Earth. Now heading Chronos Japan is Dr. Balcus, one of the top men in the Chronos Organization and a powerful telepath. Even Agito, who still holds a position within the Chronos Organization, fears the intelligence and cunning of Dr. Balcus.

Chronos continues to attack Sho through Tetsura and Mitsuki Segawa, and tries to kidnap them on multiple occasions. Except each time, the Guyvers are there to stop the Zoanoids that are sent. Dr. Balcus figures out there must be a spy in the Chronos Japan organization, so he eventually schedules a kidnapping while keeping everyone out of the loop. Around the same time, they also kidnap Sho?s father.

A Chronos sets up a trap by handcuffing Sho to Mistuki, thereby preventing Sho from transforming into the Guyver. Just when things seem to be at their worst, a stranger shows up with a gun able to kill Zoanoids in a single shot. The stranger reveals himself to be Masaki Murakami, a reporter, who seems to know a lot of information about the Zoanoids and Chronos.

Sho, Tetsuro, and Masaki drive off to Mt. Minakami to rescue Mitsuki and Sho?s Father with the help of Agito. Dr. Balcus is counting on their rescue though, and has come up with a new devious plan take out the Guyver. In addition to letting the Lost Units, a group of flawed yet powerful Zoanids, battle the Guyver, he?s planted a ?time bomb? into the group.

The second volume of Guyver is much more serial than the first volume of Guyver, which was rather episodic in nature. Plus a new character designer gives the show a very different appearance from the first volume. The amount of blood also got toned down for the second series.

Despite the more cohesive story, I just didn?t find myself enjoying the second volume as much. The story is good, as the players were set up in the first volume letting them further the plot in this one. But in the end, the story wasn't very conclusive due to several dangling plot threads, which left the story very unfinished.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Zoanoid" Data Files,Original Japanese Opening and Closing Segments

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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