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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • 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: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nazca

Nazca Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     May 09, 2000
Release Date: May 09, 2000


Nazca Vol. #3
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Kyoji and Tate are the reincarnated souls of ancient Inca warriors. Once close friends, they are now bitter enemies in a war over the fate of humanity. In their last battle, Tate and his allies had released an ancient power called Iriyatesse, destroying an entire town and all of its inhabitants. Now Tate intends to do it again on a global scale. But Kyoji is determined to stop Tate, even if he must sacrifice his own life to do it.

Standing between these two warriors is a mysterious and powerful Inca priest named Garos. Is he the ally that Kyoji needs to win this battle? Is he the key that Tate needs to release Iriyatesse? Or does Garos have a hidden agenda that neither Kyoji or Tate can possibly.

The Review!
Containing episodes 7 through 9 of the the 12 episode series, Nazca Vol. 3 sets up things for the final act in this play.

From an audio perspective, this series still completely rocks. With it's higher bitrate and wonderful score and sound effects, the front soundstage is really immersive. The opening sequence is still a real treat, but the continuing effects for ambient music and sounds used for falling rain make it really effective.

Similar to the past two releases, the video is a bit soft and there are a few hints of pixellation in a few areas, but nothing really distracting at all. The colors, which range from very vibrant to the dark earth tones, are well balanced and aren't over saturated or bleeding. It's not a stellar transfer, but it may be the best source material available for the relatively low budget late night TV series.

The packaging for this release is similar to the previous volume, this time featuring newcomer Garos and Daimon. The back cover contains some good artwork and a good non-spoiler summary of the three episodes on the disc. They also list the titles for the three episodes and their episode numbers, which is always a plus in my book. The insert has a portion of the back cover with Aquira and looks very nice. It also lists each episode and all the chapter marks for each of them.

The menus are essentially the same as the previous releases with different pieces of artwork scattered about. The consistency for the menu system is definitely nice and when you watch all the discs together it gives an easy transition from one to the next. One of the best pluses for this release is knowing definitely which language you selected and whether subtitles are actually on or not.

This release also contains two more selections of the Nazca Mini Manga dealing with the Inca Empire club. Both were quite good though I think the first two were better. Still a great inclusion for the discs.

With these three episodes, there is plenty of things going on here. The first episode deals with a lot of flashbacks to the time of the Incan empire with Yawaru and Bilka going at each other as well as where things were going during that war of conquest.

The second episode builds upon this and deals with Yawaru and his group going to the next place of power to invoke Iriyatesse and bring about their desired world order. This episode also helps explain why all of this is happening in Japan and why a place of power exists in the country for them to use. Of course, this is all a supposed/alternate history and it's closeness to reality shouldn't really matter. It's fiction and intriguing fiction at that.

The final episode, which brings about the last of the reborn spirits in the form of Garos, the high priest to the ancient Incan warlord, brings things to a head. Yawaru's group ends up meeting with Bilka and his friends as they try to stop him. The battle doesn't get too far, but there's a lot of threads weaving here up to this point and sets things up for the final act in the next and final DVD release.

After the first disc, there's been quite a variety of opinions of this show. Some hated it right away, others loved it. From the second disc on the opinions are being more formed for those who've continued to buy it, and now after the ninth episode, I'm still really enjoying this series. While not wholly original in the concept, I'm enjoying the execution and the visuals as well as the great music. I can't wait for the final disc to see how it all wraps up.

Features
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,2 Mini Manga Installments

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.

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