Mania Grade: C+
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: D
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 14.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Hyperdoll
By David Owens
November 28, 2000
Release Date: November 28, 2000
I was sort of anxiously awaiting Hyperdoll for a couple of reasons, but one chief reason was that it was a very, very cheap title as far as the MSRP is concerned. At $15 USD,
this would seem to be a great buy! However, there are some things to know about Hyperdoll, the first being that it's....short.
Hyperdoll is about, I dunno, 70 minutes maybe. Each of the two episodes are longer than a normal TV show, but not by all that much...maybe 35 mins each. And what you buy is what you
get: two episodes is apparently all there ever was, and all there evil will be unless plans
change. Don't worry, once you see it, you might not be too heartbroken.
At any rate, HyperDoll is a fairly...silly thing. It's about two understating, stoic girls, Mew and Mica, who are stuck in charge of guarding the earth. Oooo! This plot shows promise already! :) Unfortunately, I think this plot was done, oh, about a hundred times before in everything from comic books, to Broadway plays (well, maybe not plays). While Mew and Mica are certainly cute, and their habit of understating things is funny sometimes ("Ow. Ow. Ow." is almost a verbatim example), they don't exactly make the show a must-see.
At any rate, this show is about those two girls, plus their little Earthy friend, Akai, and his
cute little number, Shouko. Basically, evil guys come, the HyperDolls fight them off, and all is right in the world. I really can't go into it much more because, well, there's not much more to go into.
That said, HyperDoll is kind of mindless enjoyment. I find myself putting it in every now and then just because it's so cookie-cutter-bland that it's funny. Sad. I'm in therapy for that now. But HyperDoll might appeal to some people who just like weird things; for me, I'm much more into something like Jubei-chan or Black Heaven.
Video-wise, HyperDoll looks pretty good for a somewhat older release. The colors are nice, and the sharpness of the images is fairly good. I really can't complain about the video at all, actually. Audio isn't too bad either; this was back when Pioneer was dubbing opening and closing songs though, so it has a pretty cheesy English opening for those who watch the dub track. Yeehaw!
The package looks nice enough, with Mew and Mica on the cover in revealing clothing. That garners an instant B, especially since Mica, the redhead, is pretty cute. The inside features an insert with an interesting picture of the pair "activating" their powers. They seem to have fairly nonchalant looks on their faces, which is about the most amusing thing. Hmmm.
The menus are pretty average, if not standardly bland as well, so there's no bonus points here. They function, and that's about it. I'm not really a menu freak though, so I guess it's not too bad, but the extras are where this disc crashes and burns. Extras? What extras? I guess you could count the Pioneer Extras from 3 years ago or thereabouts as extras...oh well.
The voice-acting for the dub is insanely cheesy. I don't know when this was originally done, but it does have a dubbed opening song, so I'm guessing it was a few years ago, back in the "Golden Age" of cheesy anime dubs. True to form and not to buck the trend, Hyperdoll is a rather cheesy dub. The one notable job is Bridget Hoffman (Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi, Fuu from Rayearth TV), who voices Shouko. Everyone else is pretty forgettable (but that's okay, so is the plot).
Anyways, I already went into a content review of HyperDoll when I gave the synopsis. It really doesn't get too much more in-depth than that I'm afraid. Still, for $15, it's not too terribly bad. It might be worth a watch or two, and if you're into cheesy stuff, like Charles In Charge or that movie Space Camp, you might like it and enjoy it.
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