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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: 29.98
  • 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. #3

By Andrew Tei     November 11, 2003
Release Date: November 11, 2003


Najica Blitz Tactics Vol. #3
© ADV Films


What They Say
Super agent Najica Hiiragi and her Humaritt partner Lila have their hands full! Humaritts are androids trained for absolute obedience; but when the Humaritt Elith rejects a decision by her master , the rebel leader Athena, the CRI agents can't prevent the tragic results. Then a call from Gento's long-lost friend Yoshiki has Najica and Lila racing to save the scientist and his lover, the Humaritt Serina, from the forces of Dr. Renika Ren (the creator of all Humaritts). The greatest danger, however, just might be Serina's desire to protect Yoshiki!

To end the Humaritt threat, Shinba Industrial attacks Dr. Ren's secret underground laboratory in an abandoned city. A massive battle erupts with Dr. Ren's android army, including the awesome Humaritt X. Inside the lab, Lila befriends a mysterious boy called Alpha, and Najica suspects Dr. Ren isn't what she appears to be. But time is short: a military air strike is set to level the city. Don't miss the awesome conclusion of Najica Blitz Tactics!

The Review!
The end of Najica is here, and we’ve been through more panties than at a Victoria’s Secret. In the end though, there’s something heartfelt and warming through our gratuitous adventure.

Audio:

I listened to the original Japanese stereo track for my listening session. It’s a stereo soundtrack that uses very little directionality, despite the amount of gunfire in the show. 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:

The video for Najica continues to perfect. The master materials continue to look excellent, and the transfer is free of cross coloration and aliasing. Colors are bright, and blues and blacks appear with no noticeable macro blocking.

Packaging:

The minimalist white covers continue with Najica in an army type uniform in a short skirt with suspenders, all naughty like, with a nice big gun. The spine has the same image and volume number three. The back features three screenshots from the show. One paragraph on the back covers the first two episodes, while the second covers the concluding two part episode to the series. All special features are clearly labeled. Inside, there’s a insert inside with Lila on one side, and a DVD menu description on the other.

Menu:

The main menu features the opening theme playing with the opening animation 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:

Again, ADV has included a great amount of extra. There is a clean version of both the closing and the two different ending animations for the volume. There’s a music video montage of the band that plays a full length version of opening music. Production sketches are also included. The commentary on this episode again provides more amusing antics of the voice actors at ADV, and this time even David Williams, the ADV director of Najica, got dragged in by the panty wearing duo of Kira Davis(Najica) and Monical Rial (Lila). The commentary has practically nothing to do with the show, but the crazy antics of two wild gals. I could see (hear) a weekly radio program with them.

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

The panties are hitting the fan in the final volume of Najica Blitz Tactics, as the relationship between Najica and Lila comes to a turning point.

Lila's growth continues in this volume as she learns more about feelings. In our first adventure, Najica and Lila are sent to a country to prevent a revolutionary group that looks like a bunch of girls trying to resurrect the Third Reich from attacking the current government. The leader of the revolutionaries has a bodyguard who is one of the Humaritts from the triple series, just like Lila.

Can a machine love a man, and can a man love a machine? Love Machine! Seriously though, in the second episode we learn one of Dr Ren's associates has one of her triple series Humaritts with him. Najica and Lila are sent to retrieve them, but the man reveals to Najica that he loves this Humaritt, Elith, and that she loves him. Other assassin robots are after the pair, and love can not only be blinding, but it can be deadly also.

The last episodes conclude the series as Najica and Lila go after Dr Ren, who has holed up in an abandoned city working on her latest Humaritt project, except this is no girl. After all the female Humaritts, why is “Alpha” a little boy? As Lila’s growth continues, Najica must make a choice. Does she have Lila stay as a plain Humaritt, or give her the push to become something beyond her programming limits, but will Najica stake her own life on it?

The adventure is over, the panties are no more. When I first started watching Najica, I was really interested in it despite never being able to get through more than two episode of Agent Aika. The first volume left me a little bit less excited about the series, and the second volume continued that downward trend a bit. There’s something about the third volume though, that perked my interest, and it’s not because it’s the last volume. Like many shows, what actual show is about isn’t necessarily what it appears to be in the beginning. There’s a deeper story hidden here, that I didn’t realize was there until the first episode of this volume. When I discovered that I saw the series in a whole new light, like the panties had been removed my head. I don’t really want to give the main story away, but it’s very heart warming.

In the end

A panty earned is a panty saved. No wait, that’s no right. Najica is almost your typical girls, guns, and panties story except for a very cute little Humaritt named Lila, who somehow got into my heart at the end. Recommended.


Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles, Audio commentary by David Williams; Kira Vincent Davis and Monica Rial,Delinquent Circle of Ekoda music video,Production sketches,Clean opening and closing animation

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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