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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: C+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Other
- MSRP: ¥7140
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Prequel OVA. Adventure 4
June 21, 2002
What They SayThe Review!
First I must say that the Jojo's Bizarre Adventures Prequel OVA is one of the best looking and sounding discs I've seen recently. The story doesn't disappoint either, summing up to an excellent release.
Audio: Jojo's Bizarre Adventures Prequel is famous for its audio track. The fame is well deserved. Produced by Skywalker Sound, the track is amazing. The sounds come through just right, with level of detail unrivaled in anime. There show makes good use of surround speakers, but surround affects are subtle enough to draw you in without making you turn your head. The speech is very clear which was a great help for me, since my Japanese is rather shaky. One thing to note is that the disc ONLY has Japanese Dolby 5.1 track. No 2.0 audio track is present.
The video transfer looked flawless on my equipment. Being a digital production, the show doesn't suffer from any ill effects that often accompany transfer from film. A quick look at the video on my computer, however, showed a fair amount of interlacing.
The disc comes in an amaray case with front cover featuring Hol Horse. The back cover contains the usual blurb and features a couple of shots from the episode. A first pressing of the disc also includes Silver Chariot and Strength tarot cards.
Extras: The only extra included on this DVD is an interview segment. Unfortunately, with my limited knowledge of Japanese I had hard time understanding the interview and can't provide a good review of it.
Menu is this disc's weak point. To be fair, there isn't much need for one, as there is precious little content on the disc. With a single audio track, one episode and one extra, the only decision to be made is what do you want to watch. And this is all the menu offers. Featuring a static image of Hol Horse from the cover, the menu is just a chapter list, last chapter being an interview.
Content: (Contains Spoilers)
With little to no exposure to Jojo before watching this disc, I opted to look up the plot of first three episodes on the web. I expected to be half lost watching this disc, but surprisingly it made perfect sense.
The plot, while not overly complex, is solid. Jotaro Kujo, his grandfather Jostar and the rest of the gang are searching for Dio, the vampire who uses their ancestor's body. They all posses special powers, known as STANDS. This particular episode focuses on J.P. Polnareff and his search for his sister's murderer - the Double Right Handed Man. After the group arrives to Cairo, Polanreff encounters the stand with two right hands. He leaves the others and heads off searching for the owner of the stand. The rest of the group suspects that this is a plot by Dio to separate them go searching for him. With Jojo being an action show, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is largely dialog driven. Even the final confrontation involves more dialog then fighting.
Conclusion: Jojo is an excellent show. A lot of effort went into its production - and it shows. I highly recommend this to anyone, although price tag of Y7,140 per disc/episode it's rather expensive.
Japanese Language 5.1,Interview segment,First pressing includes tarot cards
Samsung 709 DVD, Sony Wega 27" TV, Sony DE-STR 345 Receiver, Cambridge Soundworks speakers, Monster cable.