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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nurse Witch Komugi

Nurse Witch Komugi Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     September 21, 2004
Release Date: September 28, 2004


Nurse Witch Komugi Vol. #2
© ADV Films


What They Say
Ungrar is busy spreading viruses with Koyori, the Magical Maid. And the brainwashing schemes of the Magical Teacher can only spell double shifts for our heroine! From battling pro-wrestlers to corralling absentee animators into the studio, Komugi's got a full docket. If laughter is the best medicine, get ready for an overdose!

The Review!
Komugi returns only to die, learn what it's like to be an anime director and then face the ultimate teacher. More genre hopping occurs and Komugi does it all while providing lots of fanservice.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we tried once more what we did with the first volume. First, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. And barely laughed at all. So we watched it all again in the English language mix and laughed considerably more. The Japanese stereo track comes across nice and strong and manages to compare well against the English 5.1 track but the 5.1 mix does manage to provide better directionality and clarity that it wins out in the end. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout all three episodes and we had no trouble with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally released to video in 2002, the full frame transfer for this show looks just as striking as the series from which it came. Komugi is such a hugely vibrant and colorful show filled with a lot of action and animation that it really shines and manages to stand out as being OVA quality. The colors are rich and vibrant, maintaining a very solid feel without any noticeable breakup or blocking. Aliasing is practically non-existent and I couldn't see any cross coloration at all. During the second round of viewing it really became clear just how gorgeous this transfer is.

Packaging:
Using the same artwork as the Japanese release, Koyori gets the cover and sexes it up nicely with her ample perky cleavage and the kind of smile that just suits her and that outfit, all set against the same kind of medical oriented background. With all the white there it really brings out the characters colors a lot more and provides for a very eye-catching if busy cover. The back cover is a bit less busy with a few shots from the show and a couple of paragraphs of summary. The discs features and extras are all clearly listed as are the episode numbers and titles. The insert has a new piece of work that has the two leads and their mascots scrunched up together while the reverse side has, strangely enough, an advertisement for the first volume of the series. That one I can't figure out.

Menu:
The menu is pretty laid back compared to the first one with just a couple of static images of Komugi across two-thirds of the screen and selections angled along the other background, all set to the music from the show. It's a decent menu in that it gets the job done but it feels like so much more could have been done. Selections are lined down the left with individual episode selection. Access times are nice and fast and the layout is very easy to navigate. The disc also properly read our players preset language selections properly.

Extras:
Some of the good old standbys show up for this volumes extras. The clean opening and closing sequences kick things off nicely and there's a new round of production sketches as well as more TV spots for the DVDs that were released to comprise this particular volume. The main big extra included in this release though is the commentary track on the anime/muscle girl episode as done by series ADR director Scott McClennen, Luci Christian and Kira Vincent-Davis.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The second half of the Komugi OVA series comes to its own little conclusion and takes its jabs at a number of genres and different shows, in general having a really good time with itself. This volume fared a bit better overall in my mind compared to the first one and the comedy just felt like it flowed a bit better, but I'm still finding a lot of it is just too much too fast in a lot of ways. While it does parody some very recent shows, I'm not altogether sure about it parodying a recent parody show as well.

Of the three episodes, the first two worked the best for me while the final one really fell flat in a lot of places due to there being an actual new villain added in on top of Koyori's own evilness. The opening episode was surprisingly fun where it kicks off with Komugi dying on us and then spending the bulk of the episode with her messing around with Kiri Pro employees in making sure their lives are hell. Since everyone forgets about her quickly, she gets her revenge by showing up as ghostly parts in various photo shoots, shaking the sets on some performances and in general really messing up everyone at important times. To everyone elses amusement, things like showing up in the photographs actually causes circulation to go up and for her arch enemy to become more popular and closer to Kyosuke. Probably the best, though it falls under the too much too fast area, is when Komugi tries to come back to life and deal with the chaos that Koyori is creating.

Also quite enjoyable was the second episode that initially starts off with Komugi working as the Muscle Cutie, a pro wrestler of sorts that's garnering all sorts of attention. Just when you think it's going to be a wrestling/sports parody though, they shift gears and announce that the Muscle Cutie is going to be turned into an anime series and Komugi is going to start as the voice actress for it. This turns into a warped sort of Animation Runner Kuromi kind of show where Komugi starts to get really involved with the shows creation. The creative team, which has the amusing Mr. Goto, a scriptwriter who reminded me of the creator of Saber Marionette's franchise and Nabeshin… Yes, Nabeshin returns in this parody where he's dressed up as always, shooting off his guns and having others go on about how ^%@^% Puni Puni Poemy really was. Is it too soon to be parodying Nabeshin in parody shows though?

Things get even more insane when the director quits and Komugi takes over the role of doing that as well. Seeing the animation crew she's got working for her, the in-jokes about producing a show and the production studios and so forth is quite good. There's even a hilarious CG Mach Go Go sequence where Komugi wears the full outfit and just goes to town in the car and has fun with it. While a lot of the gags are ones we've seen before in the "how anime is really made" kind of shows, it's still fresh and funny here with the Komugi spin, such as how she tries to get the animators to draw herself properly with the right kind of sweet charm that she carries. The poor animators.

The last episode that brings in this amazing kind of teacher that kidnaps people and turns them into her willing vessels of sorts is okay but it didn't really provide me with much to really latch on to. It does the obvious job of bringing Komugi and Koyori together in their alter-egos to fight off the new big villain and to give everyone a chance to be united, but there's just something about it that didn't get much laughs out of me in either language other than the massive octopus headed soldiers being generated at high speed, but mostly because I could only think of what Mendou from Urusei Yatsura would think of such a thing.

In Summary:
Komugi's a show that's got itself a real hardcore base of fans to it (who took plenty of issue with my first volume review at that) but I'm thinking that it may just be that I'm getting older and less caring for all of these high bang gee-whiz throw everything plus the kitchen sink kind of parody shows. Komugi slows down a good bit during some of the material on this volume and that made it more enjoyable to be sure. The shows style and animation are once again top notch and the overall quality of the product is definitely there but I'm just having a hard time connecting with this kind of material as of late. For fans of the show, this is a great presentation and a solid release.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Clean open and ending animation,Commentary, Production sketches, TV Spots

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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