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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: C-
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Hand Maid May
Hand Maid May Vol. #3
By Dave Dougher
February 05, 2002
Release Date: December 11, 2001
Hand Maid May is just anouther one of those shounen comedies that I love so very much. With volume 3's conclusion, it's done nothing but gone beyond all my expectations.
Clear, crisp, and basically does the job for most otaku. I saw no problems in this catagory.
I'll admit right up, I'm not as good a judge with video as Chris is, but I can say that it's a very nice picture from my standpoint. I see no problems with this and is on par with the other two volumes. Not that that's a bad thing.
I still gotta say that I like the packaging with the Hand Maid May's. But it's a little bit too basic for me. The front at least. The back of the disc however was very nicely detailed with the computer-esque theme.
Like the previous volumes, they are sticking with the Region 2 menu's. Not exactly the best menu, but it does the trick. It's a little plain, but it does it's job, and it does it quickly. Plus, it's bilingual, that's always a plus!
A decent batch of extras. It's pretty much what you've seen in the previous, but it concludes this time. Unfortunatly, the CBD Directory isn't subtitled and unless you're fluent in japanese, you won't understand a thing unless it's in english. Same can be said for the menus I suppose.
With the third and final volume, things come to a hault. That's unfortunate, however, because by the end of it, you want more. This disc give you 4 episodes presented like this: a filler, with good character development... a 2 episode arc that ends the TV series.. and an OVA.
The filler was a very entertaining episode. Basically while everyone is waiting on a typhoon to come and go, Kazuya and Kasumi talk about thier past with each other. And how the ladder that connects the two apartments played a signifigant factor in thier relationship. By the end of this episode, you learn a great deal more about some of the characters with some laughs along the way. Charming, really. At the end of the episode, Nanbara is visited by a strange man with unclear intentions. This sets up for the final arc of the TV series.
That arc, without a doubt is my favorite two episodes of Hand Maid May. Without hashing out too many spoilers, basically trouble happens. Big trouble. All the CBD's begin malfunctioning and breaking into fevers. A virus. And guess who's job it is to fix them? You guessed it, Kazuya. WHY him? Well that's my favorite part and I won't spoil it for you. But what I like so much about these two episodes is how everyone gets thier act together to help each other out. Even Nanbara and *gasp* Skishima (deat-beat next door) helps out and eventually leads to it's heartwarming conclusion.
The OVA on the other hand is basically your typical HMM episode. Everyone goofing around mostly. Here we have 5 more May's, in thier original Chibi form. Each with thier own uniqu personality. And let me tell you, it's hilarious the trouble that ensues. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
All in all, Hand Maid May was a very good series. Vol 3 completely blows away the other two. (not that the other two were bad) And I can't help but wish there was more of it to go around. But it's your basic shounen comedy, so if you hate some others, you may not like it. But I can reccomend this to just about anyone.
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