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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥3800
  • Running time: 29
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Jubei-Chan

Juubei-Chan - Lovely Gantai No Himitsu Vol. #1


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The Review!
For those of you out there who haven't heard of "Juubei-chan" yet, it's a brand new TV series (brand new being the spring TV season) released by Bandai Visual and features the animation brilliance of my favorite animation house, Madhouse. The "Juubei-chan" featured in the title is the name of the main character and the "Lovely Gantai no Himitsu" translates to "Secret of the Lovely Eye patch". At this point, you should realize that it is show with a comedic flair. The story begins with the death of a warrior during the Edo period of Japanese history. As he lays dying, he hands his subordinate a heart-shaped eye patch and instructs him to find someone who will succeed him who fits the following criteria: "Pocha Pocha no Purin Purin no Bon Bo-n", which are descriptions for some one who is very sexy and has a dynamic body. To modern times now, as Jiyuu Nanohana gets set for her first day at school in her new town, she rides her bike there and is noticed by two male schoolmates who instantly fall for her. She is also noticed by the subordinate mentioned earlier. To make a long story short, the subordinate confronts her and asks her to wear the eye patch, she reluctantly does when her new teacher attacks her and her father. She then transforms into a swordswoman and proceeds to defeat him, this is how the first episode ends. The show is by all means a comedy and features dynamic animation scenes such as those seen in "Kodomo no Omocha". I've heard that some of the people who worked on "Kodomo no Omocha", worked on this show as well, so that would explain the similarities in the dynamic style.
The disc itself only contains the first episode, plus some bonus material at the end. Being only 29 mins in length, the quality of this disc is top notch, as I didn't notice any signs of artifacting at all. The disc is presented in your basic Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and comes though crisp and clear. I managed to get the limited edition box that holds 5 DVDs. It's pretty nifty and well designed to make it easy to pull the DVDs out of the box. Amaray has been Bandai's DVD case of choice and I praise them for it, being a fan of Amaray cases. Inside the DVD case are a poster of the main character as well as a newspaper type information sheet with character information and such. The menu is nothing to scream about, as has been the case with most Bandai menus. All it is are a main screen and the chapter selection screen. Again, nothing to write home about.

I originally ordered this disc because of the cheap price (3,800 yen), and I think I found a show I like. I enjoyed the first episode and plan to purchase more DVDs as they are released. The show is funny and full of sight gags that I enjoy. If wild humor mixed with a cute heroine and cool swordplay is what you're looking for, then look no further than "Juubei-chan".

Japanese Language,Credit less Main Theme,TV Spots,Production Music Video,Limited Edition DVD Box

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