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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: C
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: ¥14000
- Running time: 150
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Master of Mosquiton
Master Mosquiton Box Set
Master Mosquiton Box Set
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Master Mosquiton is a wonderful OVA series that I had the good fortune of picking up as a DVD box set a while back. It contains elements of Indiana Jones-style action adventure, sidesplitting humor, and even a touch of horror that makes for an incredible ride.
Set during the 1920's, the story involves the vampire Mosquiton, and his incredibly selfish companion Inaho, who basically uses Mosquiton to get what she wants. This six part OVA series chronicles Inaho's quest to obtain the legendary "O-Parts", an ancient talisman said to grant eternal life.
One aspect of the story that makes it so darn funny is that Mosquiton is usually quite a wimp, and Inaho bullies him around mercilessly. That is, until he gets a taste of blood! Once this happens he must be killed in order to prevent him from killing Inaho and anyone else in close proximity. Understandably, Inaho winds up killing Mosquiton several times during the story, quite often by fluke. Once he dies he turns into a little pile of ash with a pair of sunglasses sitting atop it. A single drop of blood on these ashes is all that is required to resurrect him, fortunately! (This is actually how Inaho came to control Mosquiton; whoever supplies that drop of blood becomes his master, and successively, his two guardian elementals Honoo (fire) and Yuki (ice).)
This rip roaring roller coaster ride is not to be missed if you have the opportunity. It's simply a fantastic series.
This DVD set comes with three discs in CD style jewel cases encased in a super-thick cardboard sleeve box covered with great artwork. It's a beautiful looking set to say the least, and the box is so sturdy that there's really no way the jewel cases are ever going to crack.
Each DVD contains two episodes and runs fifty minutes. Another great touch is that each DVD jewel case has unique full sized artwork on either side. You really get quite a bit of original artwork considering the six illustrations on the jewel cases plus the two on the collector's box. Considering the care given to the box construction and all of the great art, it's definitely rates a solid "A" in this department.
Encoding is very well done on all three discs, with nice vivid color and detail. The sound is clean Dolby Digital 2.0 with a wide dynamic range free of hiss or other distortion.
The menus on each disc are so basic as to be nearly non-existent. You are presented with three choices, watch episode "A", watch episode "B" or watch episode "A" & "B" back to back. Chapter stops are not accessible through the menu, but you can skip between them using the remote easily enough. The artwork on the menu is nice though, with each particular episode's cover art serving as the selection icon.
This series is only available on DVD as a collector's box set, so there is a bit of a cash outlay involved for the casual fan; it will set you back 14,000 yen. In actuality, this price isn't too shabby for a region 2 release, but many fans used to the US pricing model will probably balk at the notion of paying approximately $130 for six episodes.
This is a fantastic set that is one of the crown jewels in my DVD collection. Animex has done a stellar job, and I positively can't wait for the Hyper Police box set to arrive in May; based on their past work it is sure to be a treat!
(Please note this OVA series isn't exactly the same as the "Master Mosquiton '99" television series that came out a couple of years ago; that series takes place in a more modern setting and is mostly a comedy. Also, the gratuitous fanging and staking were cut down considerably to make it more acceptable to a general audience.)