Mania Grade: A
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Jubei-Chan
Jubei-Chan Vol. #1
By Andrew Fors
February 14, 2002
Release Date: August 01, 2000
This was definitely a worth while investment. I was afraid it would be a little too kiddie just by the general appearance of screen caps and the pictures on the box. The overall story idea made me a bit hesitant as well. But, I was wrong. This is an excellent show! Lots of great comedy elements as well as characters you will love.
Here's a quick rundown. Long ago, there were two clans fighting to be the head swordsman clan in Japan. Yagyu Jubei led the Yagyu clan to what was considered victory. He then passed away and left his retainer, Koinosuke, to find a successor. He searched 300 years and found Jiyu Nanohana, called Jubei by her father. And thus with the Lovely Eyepatch, she became Yagyu Jubei II.
Now for a rundown of my ratings.
Audio: A - The audio is great. The English version contains a 5.1 track which is beautiful. The Japanese is only stereo but sounds great.
Video: A - The video quality is amazing. No digital artifacting, wonderful colors and beautiful animation.
Packaging: A - Comes in a nice case with colorful packaging with a good description of the show on the back. Everything that should be expected from a respectable company.
Menu: B - Great, colorful menus. The main menu is animated, and there are animated transition screens. The music on the main menu repeats too quickly though, and not all the menus are animated. Still very nice.
Content: A - Again, the show is great. Also contains a recipe for making Jiyu's Jiyu-yaki eggs! Cooking with Jubei! Has trailers for other Bandai shows as well as credits for this disc.
Old Zenith 29" TV, Sony DB830 Dolby Digital Recover, Sony Center and rear speakers, Pioneer HPM-60 Front Channel speakers, Pioneer DV333 Region Free DVD Player, Monster Optical Audio cable