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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
  • MSRP: ¥7800
  • Running time: 165
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Magical Pretty Girl Sammy

    March 31, 2002

Magical Pretty Girl Sammy
© Geneon Entertainment, Japan

What They Say

The Review!
For those of you who don't know about Pretty Sammy yet: This is a series about Sasami from Tenchi Muyo, containing all the main characters from Tenchi (Sasami, Tenchi, Ryoko, Ayeka, Kiyone, Mihoshi, Washu, and of course Ryo-Ohki). There's also Tenchi and Sasami's mother who's crazy about karaoke, and Misa, a friend of Sasami.
On Jurai, Tsunami and Ramia are named as successor of the royal crown of the magical kingdom. Tsunami is chosen by the priests, but first, she has to prove her dignity. To do this, she has to give someone on earth magical powers to make the world a little bit better place. In that way, Tsunami can gain score. She chooses Sasami for this purpose. Thus, with the help of Ryo-Ohki, Sasami can change into Pretty Sammy to use her magic.

All of this wasn't that interesting if Ramia wasn't that jealous. She and her little brother (who can change into a bird) create another magical girl, Pixy Misa, to stop Pretty Sammy from scoring. Pixy Misa speaks with some French dialect, using words Sasami doesn't understand ("Au revoir?? What does that mean?" :-). So, Sasami and Pixy Misa often fight against each other.

Episode 1:

Sasami receives her magical power from Tsunami. Ryo-Ohki can speak now. Ryoko and Ayeka, as usually, are fighting for Tenchi. Suddenly, Pixy Misa appears changing Ryoko and Ayeka into giant 'love monsters'. With Tenchi's help, Pretty Sammy can change them back into normal.

Episode 2:

This one is a must-see for all computer freaks. It's about a strange person called 'Biff Standard' who is said to be the richest man on earth and whose operating system is used by 95% of the world population (see any parallels? ;-) His dream is to standardize every software, every computer, and finally even every user on this planet with his standard software.

Well, ok. this episode starts again with Tenchi's mother doing her karaoke. Suddenly, she presents a 'new karaoke machine' that she recently bought. But this machine turns out to be a PC with LD-Player. In the meantime, Ramia offers some help to Biff to conquer the Japanese market, as Japan is the only country refusing to use Bills standard operating system. Right as Tenchi tries to get some karaoke software running on the new PC, Pixy Misa causes all systems to crash. Tenchi needs a new copy of an operating system, and as his mother realizes she can't do karaoke, she goes mad.

Tenchi and Sasami leave for Akihabara. There, they happen to meet Biff, offering them a free copy of his standard operating system. As Tenchi refuses calling Bills OS "a little bit slow", Bill gets mad, too... ("slow? That's the price of standardization..." - see any parallels? ;-). Tenchi can't find any software except Bills standard software on any store in town. Finally, he can get a last copy of a better OS in the underground. Of course, Bill doesn't want anybody to use anything else than his soft, an so it comes to a fight, also with Pixy Misa and Pretty Sammy.

Now, it's getting a little bit unrealistic. It seems as bill has completely gone insane as he tries to pull down the moon on earth with the energy created by his standard soft, to build his entirely standardized empire after the impact. With a hint from Washu, Pretty Sammy can stop Biff. Finally, Tenchi's mother gets her karaoke...

Episode 3:

During a fight in space, Pretty Sammy, Pixy Misa and Ramia are hit by a meteor crashing down on earth. Ramia has amnesia, and is missing on her Jurai home. Her little brother has left searching for her. She lives with some strange man, trying to get her memories back. Sasami is on a trip, while Tenchi is 'kidnapped' by Ryoko for her own little trip... Well, as Sasami and the others arrive at their hotel, she meets a nice boy who seems to know very much about her. It turns out that this one and that strange man are aliens who were on the meteor. Normally, they seem like slime, but they can change and maintain human forms while they're linked to the mind of a human. The boy's linked to Sasami, and the man is linked to Ramia. From her, this man got a deep desire to destroy Pretty Sammy, and some magical power.

It comes to a fight where this man first defeats Pixy Misa, and then Pretty Sammy is badly injured as she runs out of magical power. The boy tries to help Sammy, but his mind link brakes and he's slime again. Then, Ryo-Ohki changes into a in some way human looking form, giving Sammy new magic power with a sweet kiss. Sasami awakes and defeats the evil alien fighting together with Pixy Misa once more. Ramia regains her memory.

This DVD holds all tree Pretty Sammy OVAs. Although this DVD is priced a little bit high (compared to US releases), it's anyway worth a buy, especially as it contains an English audio track. So if you're into Tenchi Muyo, and if you like Magical Girl Shows, and if you can't / don't wanna wait for Pioneer making a release in the US, you won't regret buying this disc. Unfortunately, I don't have the equipment to provide you with exact audio and video quality ratings, but I had the impression the quality was very good. At least, I didn't find anything annoying during watching. The disc comes in a standard jewel box, with a nice cover / inlet, containing many small pictures and some words about the main characters (in Japanese). The disc itself is plain pink with white roman letters. This DVD also contains some previews as well as some bonus. Unfortunately, I couldn't access the bonus as the menu didn't work (I guess again a bug in my player software). The menus itself are made quite easy, no animations, but clear. In the main menu, you change to the chapter menu, to the Bonus menu, start the previews or return to the movie. On each of the three OVAs, you can access the intro, opening, the episode itself, and the ending as separate chapters.

Finally, all I got to say is if you're not short on money (like me at the moment), get this disc! You won't regret it!

Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital,English 2.0 Dolby Digital

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