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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Vol. #2
By Mark McPherson
May 11, 2002
Release Date: March 19, 2002
The new war of the Universal Century continues in the second volume of Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory.
Audio: Still in great 5.1 audio condition. Bandai is really doing a good job with sound quality.
Video: I have to admit that Bandai has improved on video quality with every new release. No complaints at all.
Packaging: Pretty simplistic. The main cover features the new Zeon suits fighting as well as a shot of Cima on the front. The back, ofcourse, features a run-down of the show and extras.
Menus: They still feel a tad bit cramped and don't even come close to the menus in 0080, but they are still functional as always.
Extras: The most obvious extra on this disc is the next installment to the Mobile Suit Encyclopedia. The newest extra, however, is a special animated video featuring Cima. It's not all that great, but not all that special either.
Content: Well, after some fun ground battles, the war leads up into space. To some, when the mobile suit action heads to space, thats usually a good thing. Thats what I thought, but I was a bit off.
The first episode on the disc features the crew of the Albion already in space hot on the tail of Anavel Gato. However, the only female commander of the Delaz fleet, Cima, decides to toy with the Albion. Uraki takes the Gundam out not aware of how off it's calculations off. Cima's fleet retreats, but Kou learns just how badly you can hurt when you don't have accurate calcaulations. The same goes with Nina who learns to love Kou even more.
The next two episodes aren't really that action packed or important to the story either. They feel like minor condenssed episodes. When the Albion lands a colony to get new repairs on the Gundam, the crew decides to relax, while Kou meets an ex-Zeon soldier who lost his arm in the war. He decides to help him repair an old mobile armor, but little does Kou know he will be facing him in battle soon.
While the action, when it actually comes, is good, the relationship between the characters goes a little in and out through these episodes. In the first episode, Nina falls in love with Kou, hates him then loves him again. That formula comes into play in the third episode as well. It's not that I don't think it's not good character development, but it feels a bit repetetive. To add to that, Nina just plain falls into a depression in the second episode.
Overall, I can't say this volume is as good as the last one, but it's a solid volume at that. I was kinda hoping for more well-timed fight scenes like there were in episode 4. Oh well. One can dream.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television