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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 17 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.95/44.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Najica Blitz Tactics

Najica Blitz Tactics Vol. #1 (also w/box)

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: August 19, 2003


Najica Blitz Tactics Vol. #1 (also w/box)
© ADV Films


What They Say
As one of the world's top perfume designers, Najica Hiiragi works with her trusty assistant Kirala to develop the Day Series perfumes for CRI Cosmetics. When not jet-setting around the world, Najica tools around neo-Tokyo in a bright red convertible. Men love her. Women want to be her.

But Najica has another job, one that few ever see: Secret agent for the CRI intelligence organization. Her boss is the cool, calculating Majima, and she gets field support from the lecherous, but technology-savvy, Gento. Najica's life gets complicated when she rescues a young girl, Lila, from the clutches of a depraved socialite and her machine-gun wielding maids. But Lila is no ordinary girl; she's a Humaritt, an android, and she is Najica's new partner! Together, Najica and Lila thwart a mob hit on the daughter of a judge, defeat an international playboy with a penchant for satellite weaponry, and discover the real reason teenage pop idols are so darn popular!

The Review!
Studio Fantasia brings us another show filled with panty shots, guns, panty shots, women, and panty shots. So do we just have another show in a long line of girls with guns shows, or is there something here worth looking at?

Audio:

I took in the original Japanese language track for my primary listening session. Najica is presented in stereo. There is very little use of directionality in the show. Occasionally a voice track is thrown just to the left or right, and sometimes a gun shot. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout the show, and I didn?t notice any distortions or dropouts.

In addition to the Japanese track, I also listened to the English track, which is presented in 5.1. Separation of channels was excellent. Dialogue clearly came out of the center speaker, and the rears were used well during crowded fight scenes.

Video:

Najica aired on television in Japan in 2001, so the materials supplied for this release seem to be in tip top shape. The transfer is flawless, I didn?t notice any cross coloration in the show at all. Aliasing didn?t show up either. Colors are bright, and blues and blacks appear with no noticeable macro blocking. I can?t imagine anyone finding anything wrong with the video quality on this DVD.

Packaging:

The first thing I noticed with the packaging was how white it was, which is a nod toward the white panties that dominate the series. Najica and Lila take up a portion of the cover, both holding guns. Najica is also cupping Lila just below her ass. Volume 1 is clearly indicated on the front cover and the spine. In what I consider a surprising move for ADV, there is no name for this volume. The back features a tiny paragraph that doesn?t really describe the show at all, except to give the tiniest bit of background on whom Najica is.

Volume 1 also comes with a box if you choose to get it. The box again is mostly white, and made of flimsy cardboard. The front of the box features a picture of Najica cocking her gun and swishing around. On the spine, we have the same image, and the back of the cover just features the name of the show. It?s very plain packaging. No where on the box does it mention what secret item is included with the box. A pair of white cotton Najica panties!

I got some comments from some ladies about the panties. One cosplayer discovered that she didn?t have a pair of low riding panties with her that her costume needed. Luckily, a pair of Najica panties found their way to her, and she said they were great. She wore them all day, and they were comfortable also.

Our site artist, Riki LeCotey, sadly didn?t find too much great about the panties. Well, for her, the panties are just way too big, but she also thought the elastic wasn?t too good on the portions your legs would rest against.

Lastly here are some comments from Natsuki of Nekobox who tried on the review pair for me.

"Indeed these panties are made for women of action! Thank goodness they are not a wispy bit of thong, no matter what shows or video games might lead you believe, you cannot save the universe if you've got a bit of floss distracting you. How can you not respect a pair of white cotton panties with a gun on them! As well as the sheer stretchiness of them is simply astounding. I decided to give them the stress test I had heard about, and sure enough...I could fit all the way though one leg hole.

This isn't to say ADV is putting out parachute panties, they are just thankfully constructed with some space age polymer! (reverse engineered by NASA from some secret intergalactic panty raid perhaps? After all ADV is located in Houston as well!) They'd have to be...with all the airtime such undergarments get in Najica.

These are the Densetsu Pantsu! Yes! The panties of legend!"

Menu:

The main menu features the opening theme playing plus several images of the show being shown on the left side of the menu. The video on the left is squished horizontally though. From the main menu you can select to start any of the four episodes presented on this DVD, scene selection, languages, and extras. Menu response time was fast, and there are no menu transitions except when you select extras. Then you get to see Najica unzipping the front of her wetsuit.

Extras:

There are a nice amount of extras here, including some that aren?t listed on the box. We?ve got a clean opening and close, and some production sketches. There?s also a Japanese promo spot. Those are the nice and standard extras, but what really sets this apart is a commentary provided for one of the episodes featuring Kira Vincent Davis (Najica) and Monica Rial (Lila). I?m not even sure you can call it a commentary. It?s more of two girls high on something talking about anything you can possibly imagine. It was absolutely hilarious, even if you aren?t a watcher of English language dubs. There are several bleeps throughout the commentary in order to protect the innocent and prevent the word a$$ from being said. Oh no, I was bleeped!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

In the not so distant future, 17% of the Earth?s surface was been submerged underwater due to a series of devastating earthquakes. Ok, this is how the show gets described, but I have no idea why it?s even remotely relevant. Our story though centers on a young woman named Najica Hiragi. By day, her normal job appears to be as a cosmetician specializing in perfumes at a company called CRI.

Except, when a rose is delivered to her, a whole new side of Najica is revealed as a special agent who goes on missions given to her by a man named Gento Kurako. Najica is an accomplished marksman, and uses a gun loaded with non lethal plastic bullets in order to render people unconscious. In addition to the gun, she?s got a bunch of toys that would make even James Bond jealous.

The show starts with basically a shot of Najica from behind that clearly focuses on her panties. We slowly pan out until we find her in a training session. Shortly afterwards, we get her first mission. To rescue an item for Gento, from a woman who is very very interested in playing with the item. Najica has to penetrate a castle basically that is defended by girls in French maid outfits armed with AK-47s. The panties just fly at you. The item though turns out to be a young girl.

Life gets more interesting in the next episode when Najica finds out the young girl is going to be assigned to her as a partner during her missions, plus she isn?t even a young girl. She?s actually a type of robot called a Humaritt, meaning she looks and acts human. Of course, like most new robots, she has little knowledge of the human experience, so Najica ends up having to explain a lot of things we take for granted. The Humaritt?s serial name is ?ZZZ?, but she is given the name Lila. The two of course form a partnership that is uneasy at first, since Najica seems to be a loner, but Lila proves to be very useful.

The episodes are a little varied in the beginning. One of their first missions is to stop an sniper from killing someone?s daughter, but then the show seems to turn into a monster of the week show. The monsters in this case, end up being other Humaritts. The larger question that is forming though is who?s putting out all these Humaritts that are causing trouble.

Admittedly, I wasn?t a big fan of Agent Aika, which was also created by Studio Fantasia. Right now, there isn?t too much of a story that I see, but with a 12 episode TV series, I?m assuming they are going to wait until the end of the series to show an overall arc, or maybe I?m hoping too much. The relationship of Najica teaching Lila how to be human is something that?s just been done way too much so I don?t find it was much of a selling point in the series. After a while, the panty shots just become a blur to me also.

The best selling point to me about the show so far has been the commentary with Kira and Monica which had me on the ground laughing. Sure, there?s plenty of guns and action in the show, but the commentary kept my full attention. The show seems quite average right now, unless you?re really into panties flying into your face. Of course, you can do this in reality with the Najica panties!

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Clean opening,Clean closing,Production sketches

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears



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