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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 39.98
  • Running time: 600
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Orphen II

Orphen II Collection (thinpak)

By Tiffani Nadeau     May 12, 2006
Release Date: August 30, 2005

Orphen II Collection (thinpak)
© ADV Films

What They Say
Things are never easy for Orphen and his friends. When Cleo wants to find a little relaxation at the local hot springs, the group ends up finding a lot more than warm water. Why has a young woman been trailing them for months? Who is the mystery man that wishes to destroy Orphen? And can a magic lake really make a wish come true?

The Review!
For my primary viewing sessions, I did listen to this show in its original language of Japanese. I did also listened to a few episodes in English in order to judge the English voice work. I found that the audio was done quite well with no distortions or crackles. The speech volumes and are ambient sounds and cues are matched fairly well. The English voice acting is right on the money in this series. The voicing is consistent and true to the original character types that the original Japanese audio has established.

The transfer for this collection is done in its original 4:3 format. The video is clear and there is very little or no color anomalies. The animation is quite smooth, done in the later 90s style.

This series is packaged in the Thinpak cases, giving it a slim and compact feel. The box itself is nice and sturdy, with a blood red background and cover art featuring the characters in a centralized picture. The spine has the same blood red coloring with the enlarged title vertically down it. The symbol of Orphen is at the top, giving the spine an old world feel. The ThinPak cases inside contain cover-art style as the outer box, with portraits of the main characters from the series in various postcard-like poses.

The menu layout could be a little more impressive. I was quite disappointed with the extremely minimalistic look of each menu. The menus feature a few special features such as the scene access, ADV previews, DVD credits and language setup.

The bad news is this collection did not avoid the "extra-less thinpaks" initiative at ADV. It has few extras, and this also leaves the menus quite lacking and very plain.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Orphen, Cleo, and Majic are characters that were met in the original Orphen series. Orphen is a rough and tumble hard around the edges sorcerer/fighter type who is on a mission. He runs the gambit of troubles with his two friends Cleo and Majic. Cleo is the A-Typical anime bimbo with a whole lot of power. Her cat-like creature Jenki is the catalyst for her power, and unfortunately for him, Orphen is usually at the wrong end of her magic, setting them up for a whole lot of misunderstandings and large explosions. Majic is the balancing factor in the trio. He is the quiet, shy underestimated sorcerer that usually is the voice of reason in the middle of Cleo and Orphen's fights.

The three friends are off on another set of adventures, making their way toward a hot spring and a hot meal. Of course they can't just find one, because that would be too easy. Along the way to the springs they are attacked by giant creatures, a possessed mannequins and a mysterious sorcerer that will only wreak havoc on their trip. To top it all of, there is a shy little girl with glasses (Lycoris) that is following them and is intent on joining the gang. As if all that weren't enough Volcan and his brother, the two bungling wish they were sorcerers have stop in to delay and waylay the group. Then Hartia, a blast from the past returns to help out the group, only with a new sidekick too name Eris.

As the gang makes their way through the world to whatever awaits them, a new threat comes into play. Once again the Orphen crew is pitted against evil to save THE world, but this time they don't know if the threat is coming from Flame Soul, the powerful sorcerer that can control realities and can blur the lines between fact and fiction. Or could the threat be coming from Esperanza, the mysterious woman with a secret that could tear the newly formed team apart. Of course while all this is going on there is a rift in the team as Majic take to his own and turns against Orphen in order to get to the bottom of what is taking the world by storm.

In the end Orphen and his gang fight the good fight and the world is saved yet again. However, the questions that linger over the split between Orphen and Majic still remain.

In Summary:
Orphen the revenge isn't quite what I expected. The series has the potential for a great plot and real amusement, however the follow through isn't so great. There are moments of seriousness that further the plot, but the intended "comic relief" seems to get in the way more than give you a break from the harsh reality of what is going on in the series. In fact the comedy seems to be more annoying than funny, delving you down into the realm of bodily functions and fluid jokes that are at best misplaced, and at worst, not even good jokes.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles

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