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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: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Infinite Ryvius

Infinite Ryvius Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     January 29, 2004
Release Date: February 03, 2004


Infinite Ryvius Vol. #3
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
After the battle at Mars, the children on board the Ryvius hold a party to celebrate their victory. But their celebration is cut short as they are branded terrorists for destroying the Liebe Delta and the Mars Fleet! As the Ryvius leaves Mars and heads toward Jupiter, supplies are rationed and a system is set up for the students to work to earn points to redeem for food and supplies. Tensions rise as the students work long hours for a few meager points, while a privileged few enjoy having unlimited points. As they approach Jupiter, the Ryvius is attacked by another Vaia ship, the Blue Impulse.

Episodes
11. When the Party’s Over
12. Whereabouts of the Future
13. If Only to Meet
14. To Be Too Conscious

The Review!
Though the danger seems to have passed initially after their victories in the previous volume, now that they’ve been classified as terrorists, the students on board the Ryvius find themselves searching for anyplace that will take them.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The series was done in Pro-Logic with the bulk of the dialogue coming through the center channel. The music fills the stereo channels nicely giving it a much fuller feel. Through regular playback, we had no issues with dropouts or distortions on either language track.

Video:
Originally airing back in 1999, Infinite Ryvius comes across looking quite good here for the most part but not without a few issues. The bulk of the problems come in the form of the cross coloration issue, which features prominently during the second closing sequence. Since that’s colored manga style artwork, it’s almost alive with the shifting rainbows. This also shows up throughout the episodes at various times but not consistently. Colors look good throughout without any bleeding. Mid range shots look a bit soft and lacking in detail for the characters. There’s also a slight feel of film grain throughout the print as well.

Packaging:
Part of Bandai’s Platinum Edition series, the first thing you’ll see is the thin strip along the top that indicates that status. Continuing the style of the first volume with the black background with white line artwork of various elements from the show, it’s overlaid by a full color shot of Kozue in her foodservices outfit with pigtails and a serving tray. It’s quite cute and different from the other uniforms we’ve seen so far. The back cover provides a couple of shots from the show and a summary of the way the universe works at this time and a bit of the opening plot. The discs episodes and titles are clearly listed (the spine indicates the volume number too) and the discs basic technical specs and extras are easy to find as well. The insert has another shot of the front cover but with less “clutter” that opens up to two panels that provide some conceptual artwork shots of various ships. The back of the insert is the standard production credits and bilingual cast listings. Included in our copy was a single pencil board that has the shot of Kozue from the cover on it.

Menu:
The menus are nicely done in that they use various pieces from the show such as the monitors and the green theme technical shots to provide animation to go along with the music. Selections are nicely laid out and easy to access, though submenus take a bit to load, as there are some transitional animations to go through.

Extras:
There is a lengthy list of extras here, but they’re summarized pretty easily. This volume has a new textless opening, or at least some changes to the continually evolving opening sequence so it’s fresh again. There are three commercials for the CD Drama CD that was released, and it’s nicely subtitled for most of the text that flashes by. The art galleries are done in an interesting way, using a variety of artwork that showed up in various magazines (with translations of what magazine and when) while also having a voice over commentary by the characters talking about all sorts of things, usually comical once they get into it. There are three of these, averaging around three minutes each and they all have some really neat pieces of artwork. Rounding all of this out is the third installment of Ryvius Illusion which goes far in its attempts to be cute and funny in the super deformed fashion, bringing insane stories to life for these characters. Beware though, potential spoilers are mixed within!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It’s almost unfair to say, but it’s with this volume that Infinite Ryvius really starts getting good. The past two volumes have been interesting and meted out some great nuggets to build this strangely different planetary system with the Geduld, but it’s with these episodes that we start to see the characters really changing and growing into what’s happening as opposed to simply reacting to it.

Up until now, we’ve watched as the Zwei students tried to maintain control and secrecy over what was happening, only to see them effectively overthrown by the ruffians led by Airs Blue. Blue isn’t all that different than the Zwei but he’s at least nowhere near as annoying as Lucson is. Blue knows some of the secrets to manipulating large groups of people to fall into position, but he’s also excellent at bringing smaller groups under his control. With most of the decisions that are made on the command level, he lets those under him argue it out and then come to some kind of consensus, which he either gives the ok for or sets his own plans into motion. This keeps the illusion of him taking the input of others, but more often than not it’s simply that the group comes to the only logical calculation that will work, which he’s already thought of.

After the defeat of the orbital forces that were coming after them around Mars orbit, Blue is given even more leeway to do what he wants, though there are still those who are keeping a close eye on him like Kouji and Juli. Kouji tries to do something for those who have been kept on the sidelines though, and that’s to throw some kind of party/festival on board the ship with most people helping make it happen. This works out well since it brings both sides of the crew together and helps ease some of the tension after the mutinous efforts shown a few episodes ago. Though it’s all part of Kouji’s nature of trying to get everyone to like him, it works out well in that most everyone gets some time to think about something else and firm up a few friendships.

While that brings things up, they drop just as quickly when the entire ship learns that all their communications outward about requesting help and being refugees basically has been jammed. None of it made it through and all the images shown have been of the Ryvius destroying Orbital Fleet ships, which has the governments and the media labeling them as terrorists. A large interplanetary conspiracy becomes much more evident now, as the show slides between the movers and shakers behind the seat of power and how each of them is trying to apply both damage control and connections to get things angled in their favor.

With this revelation, it becomes apparent that the Ryvius won’t be able to stay on Mars since they’ve destroyed ships and crews that came from there. The logical option brings them to set a course for Saturn, where the governments there aren’t as keen on being controlled from Earth and have staked out some form of independence. So time is spent with them traveling there as it takes well over a month. This time is spent in a very interesting way in that the previous listless students who were uninvolved are now forced to work if they want food and items. Those in power have implemented a points system and those who control the doling out of points being to revel in their newfound power. A class system is quickly introduced and the ship takes on a very different feel. This becomes most apparent in a number of characters as they react differently to it. The dynamic of the relationships really starts to change in surprising ways, from the way Ikumi and Kouji used to be really close to the growing “religiousness” of Faina and those she comes into contact with.

This volume really challenges the characters to accept their situation at last and it’s exciting to see how they’re adapting. Going to the points system is stretching the tensions of many, particularly since the bridge crew is given unlimited points, as well as those who fight with the Vital Guarder. Favors are curried, previous relationships disintegrate and new ones form. Those who rode high are now the lowest of the low and several of them just don’t know how to handle it. It’s these wide ranging changes in the characters that makes this much more appealing since it’s challenging their previous worldviews.

In Summary:
While the action isn’t as strong in this volume, it’s picked up quite well by the relationships and the verbal sparring that goes on. The tension level shoots up considerably as well as everyone is working hard for their points, some more than others. A worker class is introduced faster than one would believe here and most fall into line quickly, which gives some insight into the way the human mind works. Seeing how everyone deals with this and other things that come up is exciting to watch and I can’t wait to see more now that they’re at Saturn.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles, Image Gallery,Textless Opening,Commercials,Ryvius Illusiom, Art Gallery/Audio Drama

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, 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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