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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Hades Project Zeorymer

Hades Project Zeorymer Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     July 17, 2001
Release Date: July 17, 2001


Hades Project Zeorymer Vol. #2
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Contains:
Project 3
Masato's last battle with Aen and Tau unleashed a frightening new personality and now all wonder if they really understand the true relationship between Masato and the Zeorymer robot.
Then, when Miku is kidnapped by an equally curious Yuratei, Masato is forced to face his greatest challenge all by himself: Rose C'est La Vie of the Moon, one of the Hakkeshu's most powerful battle machines. Without Miku to help pilot the Zeorymer, Masato is an easy target for his new enemy, the mysterious Ritsu. But in the midst of this latest duel, more shocking secrets about the two Zeorymer pilots are about to be revealed...

Project 4
Masato was simply born to be the Zeorymer pilot...or was he? Now all secrets are revealed, and no one is quite sure who is behind the plot, which will either lead to world domination or absolute extinction. As Masato fights to regain his old personality, Yuratei sends the last of the Hakkeshu pilots to destroy him and Zeorymer once and for all. As both sides meet for the final showdown, the world teeters on the knife-edge of nuclear destruction, and the true face of the Hades Project is discovered at last!

The Review!
With all the setup done on the first disc's two episodes, the big payoff is all here on the second disc, as the final two episodes bring the series to a... conclusion! Believe or not, this is one of those rare titles that ends with both a bang and with finality.

Audio:
For our primary review session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. This was also our only option, as this show has never been dubbed. With its age, there's not a lot to really say about the audio here other than its serviceable. Dialogue is clean, we didn't hear any crackling or other age related problems. The show does a decent job of filling the front soundstage with no real noticeable directionality.

Video:
What little rainbowing there was in the first disc, it's even less here. It's mostly seen in some of the subtitles as opposed to the animation itself. The show is fairly dark overall, so there was a small amount of background breakup and color banding. A number of the backgrounds looked really sweet here though, with the colors showing off nicely. There's a fair amount of small nicks and scratches throughout the episodes though.

Packaging:
The front cover has the main image that was used for the VHS and laserdisc release, with the trio of main characters standing out with the Zeorymer in the background. The front cover has a few points knocked off for the tacky "Preview trailers" across the bottom of it. The back cover has a few shots of the animation and a lengthy summary of the two episodes. No insert is included in this release.

Menus:
The menus are identical to the first disc, which means that it's loud, damn loud, compared to other typical anime releases. The menus move nice and fast with the animation and the layout is simple and straightforward since there's precious little to do here other than either start the show or select a scene. Access times between the menus is also nice and fast.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The show picks up where the last episode left off, with Masato as Kihara tells Miku just what she is in the big scheme of things, setting her to run off crying. Amazingly, this gives the Hau Bang group the perfect opportunity to kidnap her right in her own headquarters, without anyone knowing. This is unfortunately one of the worst moments in the series as it's just wholly unbelievable.

With Rose C'est la Vie attacking now, Masato finds himself rather unable to properly defend himself against the attack, as Miku's participation in the whole mech-combat scene is apparently more important than Kihara originally let on. Oki doesn't understand why Masato's working at a 3rd of his usual power with Zeorymer, and the pilot of the Rose almost finds it to be an insult, but doesn't care as long as he can eliminate Masato.

With Miku now in the Hau Bang's hands, Yuratei has her chief technical subordinate, a man who worked with Kihara on the entire project in the past, try and determine what makes Miku so necessary for the Zeorymer to operate properly. After all, the Zeorymer wasn't built for multiple people, but for Yuratei herself to be in charge of until Kihara ran off with it 15 years ago.

Yuratei decides that while the plans are going to be changed, they'll still be going forward. Instead of turning the entire world into a wasteland in one brilliant moment, she'll devastate Japan and turn it into rubble, and then expand from there. So she sets forth the three remaining Hakkeshu onto the unsuspecting public, and the carnage ensues. The lands are ravaged, cities are brought crumbling down, and millions die.

And only Masato can save them. But his attitude is a why bother one, as he via his Kihara personality, wants to rule the underworld wasteland himself. Might as well let the Hakkeshu do all the dirty work.

After watching all of this show after the five or so years since my initial viewing, I still find this to be a real hidden treasure out there in the rough. It's got a lot of style, a cohesive and short plot, and some great mecha action. The fact that it actually tells an entire tale within four episodes is something rarely seen these days. My only real problem with it is that CPM has decided not to take the chance on dubbing it and giving it a full and proper release, letting more people take a chance with it. It's a shame, as it's something I'm sure more people would enjoy.

But for those who don't mind taking a chance, this is something worth considering if you can find it on the cheap. Recommended.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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