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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Vol. #08
By Mark McPherson
February 16, 2002
Release Date: July 17, 2001
While Gundam Wing is currently off the air as of this writing, I'm not giving up on watching this series. Why? Despite some pretty-boy antics, Gundam Wing contains some of the biggest political storylines I've ever seen in anime.
Audio: The usual Bandai digital 2.0 audio is still in use. Not breath-taking, but working out good for Bandai. Kudos.
Video: One thing Gundam Wing suffers the most from is it's low budget animation. Colors look grey and dull in some areas. Bandai didn't do anything to up the quality, but there is no grain or line noise.
Packaging: Not one of the most attractive covers. Even though it features bright colors and some prime characters, it's one of the worst covers I've seen yet. But covers are covers. Not highlight, but still ok.
Menus: Still as cramped as ever with the Wing Zero cockpit. Nothing new.
Extras: Instead of a character bio, we get a summary on the Sanc Kingdom. Not that great, but it is different.
Content: After the SAnc Kingdom falls pray to Romefellar and is crushed, Relena surrenders to the Romefellar Foundation. After this, everything goes nuts.
First off, the White Fang pops up in space and takes over the space battleship Libra, still under construction. Meanwhile, Heero and Zechs trade Gundams which is a good desicion since Zechs would be more suitable in Trieze's Epyon.
While Miss Noin works on collecting the Gundam pilots in space, Trowa realizes just how much Cathy loves him and why he must go back into battle again. And just when things couldn't get any worse, Zechs joins the White Fang and announces war on the Earth. And to cap it off, he assasinates Duke Dermail in space leaving Relena in charge.
Overall, the episodes contain a lot of action are some of the most exciting episodes in the entire series. If you have to buy one Gundam Wing disc, make it this one. Worth the cash.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television