Mania Grade: C-
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 12.98
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
By Chris Beveridge
April 06, 2002
Release Date: May 07, 2002
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
What They Say
© ADV Films
She's late, she's late, and you won't believe her fate! It's down the bunny hole and through the looking glass as lovely young Miyuki takes a mind-boggling trip through the wildest wonderland ever animated! The fabulous artists of CLAMP, Japan's famous all female art team, have created an entirely new universe where everything from the dormouse to the door is undeniably feminine. From the seductive Cheshire Cat to the S&M Queen of Hearts, enjoy a dazzling array of femme fatales and sexy surrealism with Miyuki-chan!The Review!
Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland is something of a slightly ecchi fanboy’s imaginary version of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. It also appears to be a bit of a market-testing device for ADV as it’s only one episode and in Japanese with English subtitles.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese, especially since as mentioned above, that’s all that’s included. Originally released in the mid 90’s, it’s an ok sounding stereo mix that overall feels somewhat low. This is partially due to the music track that plays almost constantly throughout the show in the background and is intended to be low, but ends up dragging everything down with it. Dialogue is clean and clear though. Video:
The transfer for the disc is quite nice with great looking colors and solid backgrounds. Shimmering is pretty minimal overall but there’s some scattered cross coloration throughout, mostly in the hair. This isn’t too surprising since it’s a show by CLAMP and their hair designs are very line intensive. Barring that, things look good here. Packaging:
The cover for this release thankfully uses the great looking artwork that was seen on the Japanese release with only a large title logo along the bottom to slightly obscure things. The art is definitely highly detailed stuff and looks really good. The back cover gives a few animation shots and a brief story summation as well as the usual production information. Unfortunately, some habits die hard and the languages section indicates there’s an English language track on here when there isn’t. The insert contains another shot of the front cover while the reverse side has the chapter selections and the DVD-ROM instructions we’ll cover in the extras. Menus:
Menu’s don’t get too much simpler than this, with the cover art making another appearance on a more solid background and providing access to either of the two short programs on here and the chapters themselves. The disc is preset to play subtitles, so there’s no selection to make here.Extras:
The only extra included is a DVD-ROM extra, which is a printable PDF of the Miyuki-Chan paper doll and clothes for her to wear. The insert provides various minor instructions for getting it done.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This disc contains two short stories, the first being Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland which runs about twelve minutes. The story has us introduced to Miyuki, a schoolgirl whose going to be late for class. While running down the street with the obligatory piece of toast in her mouth, an attractive woman in a bunny outfit comes up beside her on a skateboard going on and on about being late late late! Miyuki’s unsure of all of this, but even more so when a black hole opens up and the two drop into it.
Miyuki now finds herself in this strange “Wonderland” where all the characters are female and in variations of the classic Alice tale for outfits. She proceeds to try and figure things out as she stumbles from one situation to the next.
The next short, which runs about seventeen minutes, takes a similar theme except it’s now Mirrorland. Miyuki finds herself grabbed by a version of herself in her mirror and hauled over to the other side where she’s on a near constant race to figure out what’s going on. There’s also all sorts of women here in skimpy outfits trying to control her to some extent and playing their odd meaningless games.
The show features two real highlights to it. The first is the generally great looking CLAMP character designs. I’m a big fan of their stuff in general and wasn’t surprised that I liked the way the characters looked here throughout. The other is the high level of voice talent that participated in this, such as Kikuko Inoue, Ai Orikasa, Megumi Ogata and Sakura Tange. Many of these names were fairly popular before this show, but it’s always a plus to have them all together on something.
Maybe I was just going into the show with the wrong frame of mind, but had no expectations. The two stories are mildly amusing with a couple of chuckles here and there, but for me the artwork was the main draw, especially since the stories were hyper condensed versions of the originals. This is one of those title that for years now, people haven’t expected to come to disc because of it’s “limitations” of being one episode and not dubbed. Fans of this show will definitely be pleased by it however and with a good low price, are likely to scarf it up.
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,DVD-ROM: Miyuki-Chan Paper Doll & Clothes
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.