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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: New Getter Robo

New Getter Robo Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     March 16, 2005
Release Date: July 26, 2005


New Getter Robo Vol. #3
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Huge monsters stalk the earth! Resembling the ancient legends of Oni, the monsters begin attacking the laboratory where Prof. Saotome developing the Getter Robo, a robot so powerful it overwhelms ordinary pilots!


The Review!
New Getter Robo moves all over the time map this volume and past, present and future all offer some stark realities.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this series in its original language of Japanese. The mix for this show is quite active with a lot of sounds moving back and forth across the forward soundstage. It's the kind of series you really do wish they had done a 5.1 mix for since between the Robo ships and the oni characters there's so much going on and the action scenes are all over the screen. The mix handles things well enough for a stereo mix though and dialogue is clean and clear throughout. During regular playback, we had no issues with either language track in terms of dropouts or distortions.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2004, the transfer for this OVA series is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is enhanced for anamorphic playback. The series really plays up the retro feel while combining with the digital look and the result is something that works to great effect here and the transfer allows it to shine. The show is filled with large areas of bold and bright colors as well as a lot of hyperactive action sequences and it doesn't fail to capture them all in great detail. Outside of one or two areas where some of the blacks had a bit of blocking going on, this is a great looking transfer. With the color palette chosen I was afraid to see a lot of gradient issues but was pleased that there were hardly any there at all and that the transfer is basically problem free for the most part. This is just a very slick looking production.

Packaging:
Using the same artwork as the Japanese release but with a translated logo, the front cover artwork has a good looking shot of the Getter Robo wielding its massive tomahawk blades while the background is made up of the nasty things that it has to fight. With the Getter being in full color and the background being filtered it really stands out nicely here. The back cover is a very dark piece that provides a real mix of text and images. Two strips of images run through the back cover with the episode numbers and titles in between them as well as a brief summary of each episode. The very top goes into the premise while the bottom half runs through the discs features and technical information which is mostly easy to find and clear, though as seems to be more common, the run time was hard to find quickly. The insert replicates the front cover on one side while the reverse side has the chapter listings for each episode.

Menu:
The main menu is an interesting piece that takes the darker elements of the show and combines it with the bloody violence that's throughout it with some of the creepy music. It's a well animated piece from Nightjar that uses the right mix of music and additional sound effects and visual together to create a striking piece. Navigation is nicely laid out in a straight row without any quirky movements to get places and access times are nice and fast. The disc also correctly read our players' language presets properly and played as expected.

Extras:
The extras on this volume are just the music clip for the "Deep Red" piece that's like the ones found on previous volumes.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
New Getter Robo really manages to mess with you in terms of keeping track of when and where you are. The second volume twisted expectations of the series by shifting the three lead characters and their Getter back to Abe Seimei's time period and even then made sure that all three were split up across different times so that their lives were vastly different. Bringing them back together and figuring out what's going on made up that volume and set in motion the battle to take down the city of oni's.

This volume continues with that as the battle, led by Raikou in some of the most fascinating looking designs for flying craft done in a very traditional style for the time, and we get a very unique looking fleet of ships and craft heading for the tower where Seimei has holed himself up and is using his massive powers to direct the Getter Robo style oni's that are under his control. This fight sequence is brutal and the city, or what remains of it, is just fodder for these machines as they go through the motions. It's really neat to watch all of this play out where the people fighting on both sides really don't care what happens to those around and are just focused on taking down their opponents.

Much as the second volume shifts around, this one does too as we end up back in the present and find out just how much has changed. While some time displacement went on when they went back in time, it happened in the present as well and three years have passed since they first disappeared. Interestingly, no oni attacks occurred during that time since they were focused entirely in Seimei's city of oni. But the good professor has gotten even more eccentric since then and has focused on building a new reactor for the Getter Robo in an underground lab where he's supposedly talked with his long dead son. All of this is really unnerving the three pilots but their need to pilot the Getter Robo consumes them.

But even that starts to have some interesting effects. When Ryoma test out the upgraded Getter Robo, it gets so far out of control and goes so fast that he apparently has visions of or goes into the future. The ruined world where he's the cause of so much destruction and devastation is all around him and causes him to seriously rethink his participation in the project. Coming across future versions of his comrades and seeing how twisted they've become in trying to defeat the evil that's plagued the world only reinforces it since he believes it's his continued usage of the Getter Robo that will cause this. So when Seimei actually shows up in the present day after Ryoma returns himself, he opts out of everything in order to keep the world safe from his vision of the future. Seimei's move into the present isn't all that surprising but he's become to nicely twisted now and has very interesting designs for the thing he rides and uses to channel his powers.

The movement between the different time periods is easy enough to follow though I think they do shift a bit too quickly across this volume but it's all for the setup for the final battle to follow in the next volume as Seimei moves his plans for revenge forward. The show continues to be straight up in wanting to use violence and it shows the disregard everyone involved has for those around them. Normally you find pilots in things like this moving out of cities or to open areas, but here they just say screw it and do what they can to end the fight quickly with a victory. The fallout is obvious and there's plenty of dead bodies strewn about. I'm not calling for senseless violence, but if you're going to show it, show it.

In Summary:
New Getter Robo continues to be fun and a really straightforward show that's just intent on having fun. The characters continue to argue more than work together but they fight well together which is where it counts. Their personalities are just spot on for this kind of show and is a nice change of pace from the happy group or the angsty group. These guys would just as soon really kill each other. That becomes displayed in the actual combat scenes and it gives it a nice edge when going up against the bad guys because you know they'll have no qualms in killing them like they should. Things move fast in the three episodes here and while it does jump all over the place, there is a logical progression to it. Good stuff and very much what I expect out of this series.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Music Clip

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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