Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C-
- 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 Michael Thomas
May 18, 2003
Release Date: May 07, 2002
CLAMP's first bishoujo OVA anime.
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). There is no English dub track. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers.
Overall the video is solid. There are some problems with cross-coloration when there are a lot of details on the screen, but it is very minimal.
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland uses a very cute and eye-catching package. On the front cover is Miyuki, dressed up like Alice, with a very etchi pose, surrounded by CLAMP bunnies... if you don't know what a CLAMP bunny is, read the manga WISH. On the back of the DVD cover is a good explanation of the show, as well as the DVD usuals (language tracks, copyrights, production notes, etc.) I did rate the packaging lower, as there is some mis-information on the package. The DVD is listed as having an English 2.0 language track available, which there is not. (Because of this, I did give the packaging a lower score). There is a full-color insert, and the DVD is silk-screened with the front cover illustration.
Not much here to go into. Menu's load quickly, and offer quick access to the show.
There is one DVD extra, that being a PDF of a KISS doll of Miyuki-chan, and various outfits for her to wear.
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
A short, etchi, cos-play romp through the world of Lewis Carroll.
First of all, I do believe there was an actual manga of Miyuki-chan in Wonderland as well, that goes into a lot more of the adventures she has. If you watch through the credits, you do see several of the illustrations that were used in the manga.
Anyway, this is a short (30 min), OVA that has two parts. In the first part (which is about 10 minutes), we meet Miyuki-chan, a schoolgirl who is late for class. On her way to rush to class, she meets up with a rather curvy March Hare... and the bishoujo (cute girl) adventure ensures. We have all the traditional characters of Alice in Wonderland, except all of them are very gorgeously drawn women, in various states of costume undress. And, thrust into all of this etchi naughtiness is Alice, who just tries her best not to get too involved. (The part with the injury on the flower fairies in just down right funny.) The show ends on a loop... you just have to see it to understand.
The next episode (about 20 minutes), keeps up with the same theme, but Miyuki-chan passes through the mirror into Mirrorland. After a rather forward mirror image of herself makes a pass at her. And again, saucy, sexy, adventures ensue. Concluding in a game of strip chess, where the exasperated Miyuki-chan realizes that if she wins, she has to strip, and if she looses... she has to strip too.
I have to say, if you're a fan of CLAMPs character designs and costume designs, and like cos-play sorts of things, then this is definitely the show for you. All of the various characters of Alice in Wonderland are absolutely gorgeous women, a testament to CLAMPs artistic skill. The music is fun too. And, the seiyuu are amongst some of the best, including, Orikasa Ai as the Chesire Cat, Inoue Kikuko as the Queen of Hearts, and Kouda Mariko as Miyuki-chan. (Check out Hitoshi Doi's seiyuu database to get the entire cast.)
Overall this is just a fun way to spend half-an-hour. Fantastic artwork, great voice work, and just an amusing way to see a childhood classic made a bit naughty. Not to mention it being an absolute steal at 13 bucks too.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable