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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Medabots

Medabots Vol. #01

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: April 30, 2002

Medabots Vol. #01
© ADV Films

What They Say
Ten-year old Ikki has one wish: to show off his Medabilities by representing his country in the World Robattle Tournament. Unfortunately, Ikki doesn't have a Medabot of his own, so all he can do is dream of one day becoming a top-notch Medafighter.

But when Ikki stumbles across a Rare Medal, the key to every Medabot's soul, the chance to become a part of this super-charged world of high performance fighting robots suddenly becomes a reality. Will Ikki scrape together enough money to build his own pet Medabot, or will his dreams of glory go unfulfilled?

The Review!
A lone kid named Ikki is the only one in town it seems without a Medabot. He can?t afford one, and his parents won?t buy him one. He comes upon a medal(what gives a Medabot life) in a river though, so will his dream come true?


The only dialogue provided is the English dub that aired on ABC Family. It?s a basic stereo mix, but there is no directionality as far as I can tell. Dialogue is clear, and I didn?t hear any distortions. The introduction and the show use a lot of bass.


The show is pretty recent, so the video looks pretty good. Unlike most cartoons, the color in the show isn?t overly bright. Encoding wise, I noticed very minute amounts of line shimmering, but otherwise the video is great. There are overlays present through out the show.


The cover features Metabee, Ikki, and the referee with a light blue background and a lightning bolt. There?s a volume number on the spine, and the back cover features a picture from each of the five episodes present on the. Each episode title is also listed.


The main menu is static and features Metabee with the introduction music playing. You can either select the start of each individual episode, head into scene selection, or choose extras. Scene selection features five different chapter points with video playing for each one.


The extras on this DVD are a list of all the major characters and Medabots in the series. It focuses on characters that appear in the episodes on the DVD. A short description of each character is also present.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Ikki Tenryou is a junior high school student and the only student in school without a Medabot. He watches a lot of Medabattles carefully, and knows the strategies needed to win a battle. One day, he finds a Medal, the item that gives a Medabot life, in a river. This Medal though is a rare Medal.

After his friend Erika gets accosted by a gang who are after some of her own Medabot?s parts, Ikki buys the only Medabot he can, an old beetle type. Ikki names it Metabee, and together the two win their first battle. After the battle, the trouble begins as Ikki?s and Metabee?s personalities clash. Metabee doesn?t want to take order from Ikki, and Ikki doesn?t seem to appreciate Metabee. There?s something very different about Metabee compared to other Medabots.

The episodes on this DVD serve to introduce a lot of characters in the series. Erika, is Ikki?s childhood friend and a reporter. On his search for the legendary Medafighter, Ikki meets Karin, a girl he falls for, and encounters Koji, who will become his main rival. There are also the Screws, a gang at Ikki?s school who torment him.

The first few episodes in a series can be really slow, as it?s setting up things up. Ikki and Metabee provide a lot of comedy during their conflicts. There is no sense of a bigger overall story yet, and each episode is fairly episodic. The best place to jump into a series though is the beginning.

English Language,Character Bios

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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