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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • 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 Mike Stratton     April 13, 2003
Release Date: August 21, 2001



The Review!
Audio
I only listened to the Japanese track and everything sounded perfect. Just a standard stereo mix it seems.

Video
The video looked great, colors came through all the way through the film. The Bosnia scene seemed rough, but some have said that is the way it was suppose to look.

Packaging
The only thing wrong with the packaging is that it should have had some screenshots from the actual film on the back of the case.

Menu
Standard static image menu, very simple. I didn't have any real problems with it, as it got the job done.

Subtitles
The subtitles were easy to read and were all timed perfectly. The only problem I had was the quality of the subtitle track. There were quite a few grammar errors throughout the film. I have to admit the errors did distract me from the film and I had to go back a few times to check the errors and make sure of what was being said.

Content
I won't go too far into the actual content of the movie, as many others before me have already. This movie was a great way to end the Kimagure Orange Road story. It showed how everyone was doing after the events of the first movie. We also get to see flashbacks to the past which was nice. All the original voice actors are present and really get right back into their roles perfectly. For the most part however the movie ends the same way as the first movie; Madoka and Kyosuke are together and Hikaru is alone. In this movie however it seems she has come to acceptance with them being together, even though she admits she still loves Kyosuke. I see them all continuing on to be friends, when they get older down the road. This is a movie that deserves a special edition treatment, this will also give a chance for ADV to revise the subtitle track. I highly recommend this movie to those who have seen the series and the first movie.




Review Equipment
Pioneer DV-414 and 27inch JVC Flat-Screen (JVC AV27F703)


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