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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nazca

Nazca Vol. #1

By Jon Van Dalen     February 16, 2002
Release Date: January 10, 2000



The Review!
The reviews of this show so far have touted it as the next great anime to come our way, but it is my opinion that this show is in fact quite average.

I like good quality discs with no errors. I like the best possible video and audio. But mostly, I like watching good anime. Let's break this down:

AUDIO: B-

The disc's audio is technically a fine 2 channel mix in Japanese or English. Now, on to the content of the audio. I watched some of the English dub for this review and found it to be typically dull and immature sounding. It was better than some I suppose but overall I found it highly distracting and unnatural. The Japanese voices are fine, but the music in both versions is quite dull. The sound effects in general are subdued and add very little to the show.

VIDEO: B

Technically a decent job, but I noticed some soft looking areas that were perhaps not intended to be soft. Some scenes were not dreams or flashbacks, yet they sometimes had a blurry appearance. I can't say much else here that isn't "content" so I will continue there.

PACKAGING: C-

At least they didn't use a polka dotted fluorescent pink cover (improvement perhaps, on second thought). That's about all I have to say. It's busy and strange looking and not all that appealing to me. Good packaging should be visually appealing and represent the show as quickly and simply as possible.

CONTENT: C

The content of this show is, of course, a matter of opinion. In my opinion, it's bland. I was at first impressed, there was potential. The opening scenes depicting a kendo tournament are interesting and suspenseful. The show simply drags after that. The characters get involved in a bizarre tale of past lives they lived in an ancient civilization in South America. One by one, the characters are unceremoniously shown to "realize" their ancient lives. A few scenes offer the most despicable 3-d computer graphics I have seen in a commercial/art production. Basic polygonal blocks are painfully obvious as the background, yet the characters refer to them as mysterious ruins. The characters seem to be floating on the CG background, as if they were pasted on it without any careful attention (which is what happened). I am a computer artist and I do not think that CG is bad for anime, just look at the newly released Bebop for excellent use of CG in anime. However, I detest the job they did with Nazca. The characters can instantly go into "ancient mode" and they magically sprout spandex all over themselves and look like clowns in a bondage circus. Only it's not supposed to be funny.



Review Equipment
Toshiba 27" Cinema TV | Toshiba DVD Player 2109 | Technics 5.1 Receiver | Energy speakers, KLH subwoofer.

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