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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: La Blue Girl

La Blue Girl Vol. #1

By Chris Beveridge     May 04, 1999
Release Date: May 04, 1999


La Blue Girl Vol. #1
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
La Blue Girl 1: It began centuries ago, when the Miroku ninja clan made a deal with forces of the underworld - leading to centuries of struggle between rival clans. And now, after more than 600 years of peace, the denizens of the underworld are about to get a new boss.

Miko Mido, an 18-year-old ninja-in-training is suddenly entrusted with the family business - making sure the sex-starved Shikima stay out of humanity's way! But when the rival Suzuka clan steals the signet case that symbolizes the demonic pact, Miko and her older sister, Miyu, become the targets of the most dangerous race of perverts ever to walk the earth.

What's a ninja-woman to do? Fight back, with every bit of battle skill and sexual sorcery she can muster! But is Miko strong enough to save Miyu from the clutches of the Shikima on their home turf - the bowels of the underworld?

La Blue Girl 2: The struggle for power over the world of the Shikima boils over, as 18-year-old ninja-in-training Miko Mido, the Suzuka clan, and even renegade Shikima race to gain control over the Mido family's signet case. When Mido and her older sister return to the underworld to investigate Miyu's odd sense of deja-vu, they're caught up in the crossfire as the Suzuka clan attacks!

Before you know it, it's a veritable sexual endurance test to see who can get the case. But just when things are looking up for our heroine, she's in for a few surprises! Who's the woman that Miyu claims is their mother? And if she is, then where's dear old dad? Get ready for the strangest family reunion this side of hell!

The Review!
Miko Mido and family are entrusted with making sure the sex-starved Shikima stay out of humanity's way. But when the Suzuka clan steals the signet case that symbolizes the Mido family's authority, Miko and her sister are targets of the most dangerous race of perverts around.

And that's pretty much the "press blip" that's been out about the first volume of the 6 part La Blue Girl series. It's presented on three DVD's, with two VHS volumes on each, and presented as separate titles on the disc itself. Let's jump into the technical side of the disc first.

The audio on the disc is pretty clean and clear on the Japanese side. The English track at some points seems to ring a bit hollow, but as I've mentioned in a few other reviews, it's something that I hear on a couple of dub tracks. Most likely it's related to the recording studio and how it was mixed as opposed to a problem with the disc. I couldn't detect any surround sounds presented on either of the 2.0 tracks.

The video is very clean and clear on this discs. There was a moment or two of minor shimmering on the second episode, but nothing that in any way detracted from the presentation. Basically nothing more than you see on several high profile Hollywood discs. The colors were very vibrant and striking, while the darks and blacks came across without any breakup. Excellent job on the video side all around.

The packaging, which I've heard a few complaints about, is essentially what a lot of us who import the Hong Kong movies are used to. While not as sturdy as the keepcases made by Amaray, they do get the job done. The just feel somewhat flimsy, and the crinkly wrapping problem didn't help that image either. The cover artwork does have a couple warning banners about it, which is good, though I doubt we'll see too many of these on the Suncoast DVD racks just yet. The back cover does a good job of laying out each of the episodes and indicating what languages/features are on the discs. Curiously, they have the "Please see reverse side of this line for complete credits" line on the back, as do almost all of the Central Park Media DVD's, but there's nothing there. Misprint perhaps?

The menu is pretty functional and not too much else. The screen is split three ways vertically, with the volume covers on each of the sides, while the menu selections are in the center. Even a bit of background music plays during this portion. I had no trouble with the menu on my standalone player, but I did have some trouble on my DVD-ROM player. When I went to select the language and subtitles, every time I made the actual selection, the drive would go into a busy state mode and wouldn't acknowledge any other commands. The only way barring a reboot to get control of the player back was to open Windows Explorer and force the disc to eject from that window. The languages are selectable during playback, so it's not a debilitating issue, just a somewhat frustrating one.

All the Anime 18 discs contained an introduction to anime segment. Overall, the segment is pretty good, though there is some stuff in it that is either incorrect or there to cover themselves legally regarding ages of the characters. Since the age of consent is higher here than in the Japan, it can create some sticky issues. For that reason, it's easy to give some room on the subject. Other than that, the trailer is something I would dearly love to see on all anime discs from every company. A brief intro on what it is and its origins can go a long way towards keeping new fans.

As for the show itself? Yes, I enjoyed it. Not as much as Urotsukidoji, but I found the first DVD of La Blue Girl to be entertaining and pretty well done. Especially when you consider just how poorly done a lot of these kinds of shows can be. The story focuses on Miko and her learning of her families history and her destinies along with her sister. There's plenty of naughty stuff going on too, which is to be expected. And yes, it is completely uncensored.

My one real hard and true gripe with the disc is the fact that it's pretty much dubtitled. Either that, or there was little need to make changes for the dub to be produced, but I find that a bit unlikely. There are a few passages that are left untranslated while the Japanese character is talking. There are some differences in the subtitle script as opposed to the dub, most notably in the naming conventions, which gave me some pause in determining if it's a dubtitle or not, but I've pretty much come to the conclusion that it is with a few minor changes.

I really wish companies wouldn't skimp on the subtitle track. I'm very much for having both languages on it, and I understand very well that dubs are the reason for animes more commercial success, but it really can't take that much more effort to do a proper script for the Japanese language version.

Overall, I did enjoy this disc and look forward to watching the next two that are on my rack.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.

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