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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 80
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Toonami Version

By Chris Beveridge     April 17, 2001
Release Date: April 17, 2001


Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Toonami Version
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
"History Is Much Like An Endless Waltz. The Three Beats Of War, Peace And Revolution Continue On Forever."

AC 196. One year after the end of the Gundam Wing television series. Now, peace has spread through the Earth Sphere and the colonies are at peace. The Gundam pilots now find themselves attempting to rebuild their lives in this new era. And no longer having need of their weapons of war, they have sent their Gundams into the sun to be destroyed.

But suddenly, Relena Darlian, who has become a high-ranking government official, is kidnapped by a colony with aspirations of total dominance. The Gundam pilots and their allies find themselves called into action once again. The Endless Waltz has resumed.

The Review!
Gundam Wing's Endless Waltz has been through some interesting times. It started off as three OVA's in Japan and then was spliced into a movie version with additional footage. When licensed in the US, Bandai gave us both versions in a gorgeous looking package filled with bells and whistles. Of course, it also had to be shown on Toonami, so the movie version provided the ideal one to show. But it had to have some footage removed to comply with broadcast standards and the fragile minds of our nations youth (fear my daughter, she watches everything I've watched except for the hentai).

Audio:
The only audio presented here is the English stereo mix, which is what you'd normally get on the Toonami broadcast. There's not a ton of directionality but there's a few decent moments. The audio track is otherwise pretty clean and clear with not noticeable dropouts or other distortions.

Video:
Much like the Blue Submarine Toonami version, there's a fair amount of artifacting going on here. The rainbows seem to be more prominent than they were in the uncut release as well. There's one segment, towards the end around 74:00 or so, where three of the guys are standing on a hilltop. The entire image seems to be alive, shifting and moving about, almost in and out of focus at times. This occurs in a few places throughout the disc. Colors are well represented and the black levels look good, but the shine and vibrancy of the uncut version just doesn't feel as strong here.

Packaging:
While the cover is the same image as the uncut version, it doesn't use the same shiny paper that the uncut did. The image is definitely nice looking and eye-catching, but side by side the extra shiny version wins out to be sure. The back cover provides a nice shot of the Gundam boys in Preventer outfits sitting on stools while their Gundams fly overhead. The insert provides another shot of the cover and an advertisement for other anime DVD's coming up/already out.

Menus:
The menu system is pretty simple with no music or animation running through, though the opening menu screen is a nice picture of the boys in their uniforms. The minimal submenus work well except for the trailers section, which when you move from trailer to trailer there's a huge pause while it loads up an image to replace what's on a portion of the screen.

Extras:
This here is a budget release, budget folks aren't interested in extras.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We liked Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz a lot. I'd recommend reading our review of the wonderfully done bilingual special edition here to see how we liked the show itself. With this disc being sanitized for children, being English only and missing all of the extra shiny extras that made the SE so great, it's damn near impossible to recommend this when such a great version already exists.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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