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  • Audio Rating: N/A
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  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
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  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Kimagure Orange Road

Kimagure Orange Road: Summers Beginning

By Aaron J. Heiner     February 14, 2002
Release Date: August 21, 2001

The Review!
Content: 8

Video: 8

Audio: 8

Menus: 6

Extras: 3

Cover: 7

INTRO: Orange Road has been a long time favorite of mine. In fact I liked this series so much that I have had a screen saver of the art work on my computer for over two years now. Orange Road is a love story about a boy who loves a girl, but the girl's best friend loves him, and to make everything more complicated, the boy has magic powers that must remain a secret.

CONTENT: The movie is set shortly after the conclusion of the TV series. Kyosuke while running late to his collage class is hit by a car and sent three years into the future. In the future he learns what becomes of himself as well as his beloved Madoka and her best friend Hikura. But time is short and if he does not return to his own body soon, it is the end for him.

CHARACTERS: Orange Road has a similar sense of humor as Ranma 1/2 but is usually a bit more serious in tone. It is rather interesting to see how Kyosuke, Madoka, and Hikura are as young adults, and the movie was the natural progression of this.

AV: For the most part the AV was well incorporated into the disc through there was some artifacting towards the end of the DVD. For the most part the movie was typical in quality for one created in 1996.

The menus were basic with the song Kyosuke #1 playing in the background. I was disappointed by the lack of extras other than a preview for other ADV products. For a series such as Orange Road, something more should have been included for the movie. The cover used artwork from the manga which was a nice treat.

VERDICT: Even if you are not familiar with KOR the movie is easy to watch alone without ever seeing the TV series. Regardless of the ratings, I was very pleased with the movie and would recommend it to anyone, especially those who are KOR fans, or enjoy good dramatic anime.

Review Equipment
Sony DVPS330P DVD Player, Panasonic 27GT14, AIWA NSX-V76


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