Mania Grade: B-
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: C
- 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 Michael Thomas
September 14, 2003
Release Date: November 03, 1998
Can Lemnear defeat the evil villain?
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). There was no English dubbed option. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers. On the Japanese track, the music does cut out at the end. This is because CPM used the English video dub, and the English dub cuts out the Japanese credits, and just rolls the CPM credits. So, if you are wondering why your music suddenly stops, that's why. Overall, nothing really special here.
Being one of the original anime first tried on DVD the disk is surprisingly good. I saw a couple of minor problems when there was a lot of movement, or a lot of bright colors right next to dark colors. Now, I will say that this is one of the first DVDs I picked up a few years ago, so CPM may have cleaned up the disk in subsequent releases.
The packaging for Legend of Lemnear is eye-catching, and reminiscent of all those 70 fantasy novels that had ripped men in loincloths and gorgeous women in harem-outfits fighting with huge mythological monsters. There are liner notes on the reverse of the cover. There is no insert.
The main menu is a bit slow, but sub-menus are quick to load and update.
There is a brief teaser about manga that CPM has released, as well as shorts about the various main characters of the show.
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Lemnear, Champion of Silver, has passion and fire... will this be enough to defeat the villainous Champion of Gold?
Legend of Lemnear is drawn by bishoujo anime great Satoshi Urushihara (of Plastic Little and Chirality fame, amongst others). The story is the epic tale of Lemnear, as she quests to avenge the death of her family, the destruction of her hometown, and destroy the evil Dark Lord. Problem is, while the manga Legend of Lemnear (which the OVA is based off) goes into great detail with this story giving it a truly epic feel... the OVA is very rushed.
Now, don't misunderstand me, the OVA is still a lot of fun for the action and the very beautiful way that Satoshi Urushihara does his female character designs. But it did need maybe 30 more minutes worth of background or character development. You are left understanding that Lemnear is good, but you don't really get involved with her character as the story rushes itself to the end.
Since this was one of CPMs original titles, it shows in the dubbing and subtitling. The dubbing is... average at best (since most of the American Vas were new at the time), while the subtitling can be hit-or-miss as well. I would recommend you watch the show in its original Japanese. The seiyuu did a solid job of getting into their characters, and adding a bit of depth to the script.
Overall, the Lemnear OVA is a fun, short, fantasy-adventure romp. If you want to get this title, I would recommend you get the manga as well, as the manga goes into a lot of detail about the characters, their motivations, and the story itself. I would recommend you rent this one first, since the story is very rushed.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable