Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Manga Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 135
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Magic Knight Rayearth
Magic Knight Rayearth OVA Collection
By Shawn Adeli
June 05, 2003
Release Date: April 29, 2003
I started with the first VHS of the show, then got the digisubs, then finally I got this DVD. This is my first Manga DVD that I've ever bought, and it pretty much went well.
I have NO high grade equipement, but this was a nice audio, with both 5.1 English and Japanese, and 2.0 English and Japanese. It sounded clear to me.
The video is really soft everywhere, and the colors are annoyingly pale, like the video's brightness has been increased. Unfortunantly, it looked like the OAV would have really bold strong colors, but I just didn't see any of this on the DVD. It's generally good, no pixelation or color bleeding, but still was too pale for me.
I really liked the main menu, it has a background of 3 videos, Red, Blue, and Green (for Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu) which each has videos of them in actiony poses. Over that, is the selections, a gold frame in Rayearth style, and the selections at the top. Annoyingly enough, the Manga logo was in the main menu. Did it NEED to be there?
The main menu's cursor is Mokona. A DVD button can only have 3 colors, so Mokona had black, red, and white. In other words, it's a really nice looking cursor, I enjoy the main menu very much. It also has occaisional feathers falling over the whole thing.
The buttons change to a nice looking jewel from then on.
The scene selections are very nice. Very good menus, I'm impressed greatly. I wasn't expecting it to be this good.
The other menus will usually have some of the nice gold frame around it.
Suprisingly enough, they didn't use either of the pictures they used in the OAVs, of 3 indiviudal poses of Hikaru Umi or Fuu. They used an interesting group picture of Hikaru with the flames sprouting from her Ovum, with Umi and Fuu standing close behind her, and some other people I don't feel like listing.
It is all surrounded by a rather plain gold frame, over a purplish-blue cloudy background. It at the top has a quote from Gamers Replublic, then at the bottom it says "To save the earth, we'll safeguard our dream" like it said on the VHS cover, but luckly they didn't use the font that made all the 'U's look like 'V's.
The back has the three famous pictures. Hikaru is first, then Umi in the middle, then Fuu at the bottom. All surrounded by the same gold frame as the cover. On the back, it has a (rather bad) summary of Rayearth, and talks about how the show is "so wonderfully made" and crap. Then credits, logos, etc. Wasted space.
The spine is VERY plain. THe Rayearth logo in the middle. DVD logo at the bottom. And Manga logo at the top. They really need some pictures on the spine.
The Extras were low. A Manga trailers (advertises all their videos, sadly no Read or Die ads), Character profiles (well done),
There was an insert, on the front showing another group pose which would have made a better cover image then the actual cover. In fact, it's identical to the cover expect for the picture, and the quote is different.
There's chapter listings also, then another picture. And the whole thing folds out to a poster, with ANOTHER group image, which looks the best of the three included.
There's also an english trailer, a photo galler (boring), and that's pretty much it. Not that great.
I like Rayearth (not that much, mind you) so I decided to try this OAV. It was pretty good, I liked the music. But in the end, it was a 3 out of 5 star movie probably.
It isn't that bad, it just depends on your tast really.
I can't say whether I think you should buy it or not, that's up to you, but this disc wasn't really that bad. I would prefer a slightly thicker subtitle outline, however.
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