Nightwarriors Vol. #2 -

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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nightwarriors

Nightwarriors Vol. #2

By Roman Martel     February 16, 2002
Release Date: November 24, 1999

The Review!
From the depths of space comes a being known as Pyron. His goal is to conquer all the planets he finds amusing. His newest target is Earth, and of course there are plenty of beings, Darkstalkers and otherwise, who don't want to be conquered. So the battle for earth rages to its conclusion. Humans and Darkstalkers unite to defeat the undefeatable. Find out who survives in the final explosive episodes of Nightwarriors...

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 4
Sound: 4
Plot: 3
Acting: Japanese: 3
English: 3
Music: 4
Overall: 4

-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 4
Presentation: 5
Goodies: 5
Overall: 5

Yes it's the explosive conclusion all right, at least one explosion of some kind every five minutes (give or take a few minutes). If you saw and enjoyed the first installment, then this one continues in the same vein. Now don't get me wrong, this is great eye candy and perfect if you are in the mood for an adrenalized battle crazed evening. It will also give your sound system a workout. All in all Nightwarriors is worth at least a rental, and you probably won't mind owning it. Now if you detest fighting anime, then avoid this one. It's better than most fighting shows but it's still one at its core. I found the animation to be better than average and consistent throughout the OAV. You've got some great character designs and the effective moodiness of the previous episodes continues. The dark scenes creep you out and the unnatural light of Pyron does the same in a different way. The sound fits the anime well, but there are plenty of atmospheric sound effects in this show and on the full 5.1 Japanese track you are immersed in the world. The overall effect was very surprising to me, especially for a action packed anime.

Now we come to the plot. Once again I have to say that even for a OAV based on a video game they did a good job of trying to make a coherent story with some character development. In some aspects they succeeded and in other arenas they didn't quite make it. We got some nice character development but then the characters were ditched and we just continued without them (Felicia, Lord Raptor, and even Hsien-Ko and Mei Ling to some extent). But I appreciate the effort and they get a 3 for their trouble. Both dubbing crews did a good job on this one. I enjoyed their performances equally, some characters worked better in English and others in Japanese, but there wasn't anything spectacular (bad or good) about either. Now the music was good fun, (I love the rock'n 80's style end theme...I can almost smell the hairspray). Overall a great production with the resources it had. My one complaint... what happened to Felicia... More Felicia please (gotta thing for cat-girls).

Just like the first release of Nightwarriors, this disc just shines out in the technical department. The sound on this disc is great, especially the Japanese Even with my limited 4.0 system I felt immersed in the world and even jumped a couple of times. The picture was nice and clear, and the even with the darker moments of the film the clarity was wonderful. The menus worked fine for a bit, but for some reason I had trouble accessing the trailer, of course I kept having to pause the machine (had to wait on customers :-( so maybe it was mad at me.

This disc comes in a keepcase, with some great cover art showcasing all your favorite characters. You got lots of cleavage shots on the back (for all us anime crazed guys) so I'm sure this will attract some attention. The case tells you all the extras you get and all the information including a suggested rating 13 and up. What goodies are on this disc? Well you get an image gallery, conceptual drawings (check out Felicia in kitty cute :-) ), the original Japanese trailer, and a menu to get you to your favorite fight scenes. And if you check out the Viz info section and go to the movie section, you can check out some more trailers of their stuff (even the DVDs!) Yes I'm a sucker for a good trailer. So no let downs here with the quality of this disc. So another solid release from Viz and Pioneer. This just makes you look forward to continued pairings for DVD...Ranma OAVs, Key, MI and much more. I await the day... until then I think I'll watch more Felicia... ;-)

NOTE: The author of this review has a fetish for cat-girls and therefore might have a bias opinion of this series. Please forgive any harm this has caused to you the reader, and we apologize.

FELICIA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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