Mania Grade: C
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Media Blasters
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Legend of the Last Labyrinth
Legend of the Last Labyrinth
By Michael Thomas
June 05, 2003
A good idea, implemented averagely.
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers. The English track sounds muted, as if the VAs were a bit to far away from the microphones.
Video quality was okay for the first episode, but in the 2nd episode there are distinct problems such as bleeding, artificing, and pixelation. The 2nd episode also had obvious points where the continuity editor missed goofs in the animation (such as Rouge's costume abruptly changing from a yellow to a brown.) In addition, the 'alternate angles' feature doesn't work properly.
Packaging is attractive, and eye catching. On the front cover are the three sisters, in various costumes, on what looks to be a book cover. The back of the DVD cover contains cells from the series, as well as one of the original LD images. The back also contains a good overview of the show, and the normal DVD comments (extras, production notes, copyrights, etc.) The DVD is silk-screened. There is no insert.
Menus are easy to access, quick to navigate, and load quickly.
There are several pictures used in an art gallery. In addition, there is a music video, and outtakes of the English dubbing cast.
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Legend of the Last Labyrinth was a decent way to retell a familiar story that just got abandoned as it was started.
Legend of the Last Labyrinth (previously called Princess Rouge when released in VHS format) is a 2 part OVA from Media Blasters. The story is about Yusuke and the girl Rouge, who has amnesia. Being the gentleman he is, Yusuke takes Rouge to his home where he lives alone (as both his parents are long dead.) Next, Rouge's two sisters, Kaige and Maige, show up and we get a bit of the back story filled in.
And, as with these sorts of stories, the main villain starts sending his lieutenants to capture Rouge. And this is where things start to fall apart. Just as the story gets started, it ends. Legend of the Last Labyrinth looked like it was going to be a good drama, with a bit of dark storytelling, and well placed bits of humor. And that's the problem. Legend of the Last Labyrinth has the framing for being at least 4 episodes, but it's only 2. This causes the story in episode 2 to be highly rushed, and non-conclusive. The tale touches on all sorts of things, loyal servants, wishes of lost parents, villains with dark agendas, and princesses on the run. Yet, since it ends on episode 2, you never get to delve into these topics, and learn more about the characters.
Which is a shame. I really liked how Rouge, Kaige, and Maige all looked. And the battle costumes for Kaige and Maige were pretty keen. Not to mention the sudden surprise of seeing Rouge with short hair. Anyway, the first two episodes were good enough to get your attention, and make you start to like the characters; however, without further development you soon forget them once the credits roll past.
Overall Legend of the Last Labyrinth is average. Legend of the Last Labyrinth had a good starting idea to retell a familiar story, and the concept art for the characters is all very good; however, either the project was scrapped, or it just was never implemented. The characters are all rushed being introduced, the lack of quality checking on the second episode, and the abrupt stop all add up to something that just never goes anywhere. I would have to say rent this one first from like NetFlix or something to see if you enjoy it before you buy it.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable