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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 24.99
- Running time: 45
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Legend of Lemnear
Legend of Lemnear
By Chris Beveridge
November 03, 1998
Release Date: November 03, 1998
Legend of Lemnear
What They Say
© Central Park Media
Journey to a world living under the shadow of evil. It is an age of darkness, of sorcery - and of heroes. As the monstrous legions of the Dark Lord spread across the land, the sole surviving warrior of a devastated village hungers for vengeance - Lemnear, the fabled Champion of Silver. As beautiful as she is deadly, she hunts the wizard Gardein and has vowed to kill him and his evil master to avenge the slaughter of her people.
But as Lemnear soon discovers, a greater destiny lies ahead than simply being the messenger of revenge. Within her lies an almost invincible power. A power which could free all mankind. A power the Dark Lord will do anything to possess. And now, from the slave pits of the Dark Lord's minions, to the horror of his impregnable flying fortress, Lemnear must journey to confront the face of pure evil. Can she live up to her role in the prophecy, or will she be consumed in the Dark Lord's holocaust of conquest?The Review!
Similar to Crimson Wolf, Legend of Lemnear doesn't mention anywhere on the jacket about the nudity within. And believe me, while it doesn't have as much as that title, there's plenty of fan service in this disc.
Lemnear makes her way to a city to take down the Dark Lord and his minions who have killed her parents. She encounters several of them through her time in the city, dispatching most of them quickly, and with little effort. Finally, after all these encounters, she begins her toughest fight yet, with the Dark Lord.
I think my main problem with this show is that, while others have praised it for it, it tried to put too much in too quickly. With such a short running time, everything seemed to rushed. Moving from fight scene to fight scene, you end up with very little characterization or enough of a back story to get you involved with it. It's almost like taking the highlight sequences from a 2 hour movie and slapping them together with a few go-between scenes added in.
On the other hand, I don't think it's nearly as bad as I'd heard over the years from friends who had seen it. This was my first exposure to it, and over all I enjoyed it, fan-service and all. Though I wish that there were more fantasy shows that dressed the women just a bit more appropriately.
One thing I've gotten in several emails from people is that in the Japanese language version, the music cuts out at the very end. Having just finished it, I at least know why it's like this. The video for this was taken from the English Dub release, which freezes the frame at the very end just before the credits roll by. It then starts the scrolling English credits over the frozen image, but continues with the music in the English dub.
It's probably due to technical limitations on CPM's part, but I have to pooh-pooh this. One of things I enjoy most in anime is the music, especially music from the fantasy oriented shows. Having this cut out just seems almost like a slight, even though I know it isn't. Add in the fact that the Japanese credits are not listed for the voice actors (something I always like to look at), and it just makes me look at it the wrong way. Even worse, those credits don't show up even on the liner notes, or on the back cover... basically, they don't exist. Hmph.
The video for this disc is very clean and clear. I thought I saw one hint of artifacting during an early fight sequence, and upon replaying it after the feature was over, it must have been in my mind. A very good transfer, all things considered.
The audio, ignoring the Japanese dropout at the end, is also very well. The front soundstage is used well enough, and has an occasional sound tossed to the rears. Nothing exceptional, but it's par for the course for the majority of older anime shows.
I still enjoy how CPM is doing their front covers, with the brand marking on it. Fantasy fans will automatically be drawn to this cover if it's facing out. The liner notes are still being placed on the reverse side, something I'd like to see as a card insert at the very least instead.
The menu is similar to all other CPM menus. The main one moves slowly, but the submenus flow very well.
Overall, not as bad as many lead me to believe over the years. It's certainly no Lodoss, but it's a bit of fantasy to keep me going until that day hits.
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