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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 44.98
  • Running time: 650
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mars Daybreak

Mars Daybreak Collection (Anime Legends)

By Bryce Coulter     March 05, 2008
Release Date: November 04, 2007

Mars Daybreak Collection (Anime Legends)
© Bandai Entertainment

What They Say
From Bones Studio! Mars is now almost entirely covered in water. Humanity exists in large city-ships that float through the open seas. But life is hard for those who live on Mars – the economy is in bad shape, work is scarce, and food is expensive and highly prized. Gram and his friends try to do the best they can. But the work keeps drying up. Some have take to a life of piracy to combat the corruption in the government; one such group is pirates of the feared Ship of Aurora. And the Earth government, which rules Mars, has dispatched a new team of military pilots to combat them. In their specialized mecha called Round Bucklers, they must make the seas of Mars safe for humanity. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Gram finds himself on the run with the most notorious pirates on Mars. But here’s the thing? – he starting to like them!

The Review!
Yo ho, ho, a pirates life for me! On Mars?

We listened to the English sound track for this release. We also sampled the Japanese track. The English voice cast does a fairly good job of keeping up with standard set by the Japanese cast. In listening to both language tracks we didn't have any problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Originally airing in 2004, the transfer for this series is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio. Mars Daybreak continues to exhibit many of the great design aspects for which BONES has become famous. Clean character designs meshed with slick CG animation make this show a treat to watch. A lot of darker scenes are found in this series as it spends a lot of time below the ocean’s surface. However, the color palette has just the right amount of shading to make it feel life like. Overall, the colors look great throughout and avoid blocking. There is some visible gradient issues that appear in some of the CG sequences. Aliasing and cross coloration are non-existent. This is a great solid looking transfer overall.

The packaging for Mars Daybreak is comprised of a brick-pack that has two hinged DVD panels. The case holds a total of six discs. The front cover depicts Gram along with the Vestemona and Enora. Kuberness is here as well, which is kind of odd as he is more of a supporting character. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that he resembles Captain Harlock? All of this is set on top of a undersea background with the Ship of Aurora. The front cover of the case is the same cover that was used for the first single DVD release.

The back cover is tightly laid out with little whitespace. Most of the text and images are centrally located while one large paragraph description of Mars Daybreak is positioned near the top along with the logo. The discs features are clearly listed at the bottom. Disappointingly enough, there were no inserts included with this release. If this is an anime legend, then I need to see some more about what makes it a legend

Surprisingly, the menus for the discs are quite good looking and animated. This is a bit unsual for Bandai as they tend to use simpler DVD menus. The menus open up as if you are walking onto the bridge of the Ship of Aurora. The camera angle positions you right behind Ester, the ship’s navigator, and then zooms in on the forward view screen. The view screen displays clips from the show as explosions and other vehicles move by, all set to the musical score that is used during battles. Navigation is quick, easy, and nicely done.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers).
Mars Daybreak is a Science-fiction anime series that originally aired in 2004. The series was directed by Kunihiro Mori and co-produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and BONES.

Mars Daybreak takes place in a future where Mars is covered by one massive ocean, except for the peak of Olympus Mons. To live on mars, humans have had to construct city-ships that float on the ocean’s surface. The Martian economy is based mostly on its single greatest resource, water. The Pan-Galactic war cease fire has reduced the demand for water exports, thus driving Martian economy into a deep recession, if not a depression.

The ocean-covered environment makes a perfect setting for commercial trade. This of course encourages dishonest means of earning a living, that of being a pirate. Technological advances have benefited everyone, including the pirates who have some of the most sophisticated submarines that allow them to easily pillage the city-ships for supplies. The pirate theme works well in this story, still taking on the persona of classic pirate themes. At times, it’s difficult to distinguish the good from the bad in Mars Daybreak, which makes it fun to watch. However, as the story progresses, it becomes easier for the viewer to determine who’s really right and who’s really wrong. Believe me, when government corruption and big business come into play, it’s easy to figure out.

The most renowned and feared of all pirates are those who serve the Ship of Aurora. The Ship of Aurora makes a habit of reselling its booty cheap so that it can be redistributed to the less fortunate folk. Sounds a bit like Robin Hood, huh? The Ship of Aurora and her crew have created a huge quandary for the Earth government, which controls Mars. Piracy on the whole has escalated to a point where the Earth government must dispatch its elite military units to deal with the pirates. Using specialized underwater mecha, called Round Bucklers, the Earth forces seek to engage their talented and very elusive prey.

Vestemona, one of the elite Round Buckler divers of the Earth Forces is an old friend and love interest for the main character, Gram. Ironically, Gram joins the Ship of Aurora as a Round Buckler pilot, which pits him against Vestemona and her ideals or good v/s evil. This makes for some great tension between Gram and Vestemona. How it will turn out is anyone’s guess, but there’s just enough flair in their conflict to make the viewer hope for their differences to be set aside.

The romantic conflict between Gram and Vestemona, along with the pirate theme makes for an interesting storyline. Searching for treasure, campy pirate humor, a talking cat and dolphin creates just the right mix for a fun and entertaining romp in a very futuristic setting on Mars.

Mars Daybreak doesn’t present anything earth shattering in the realm of anime, but incorporates the use of good storytelling that is found in the most successful of series. Mecha, romance, action, comedy, and solid character development make this show any easy feel-good story. This is definitely a show that you can pick up, kick back, and relax with.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Clean Opening,Clean Closing

Review Equipment
Hitachi 62VS69 62" UltraVision LCD Projection HDTV, Samsung BDP-1000 Blu-ray Player with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.


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