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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
- MSRP: �3800
- Running time: 120
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Phantom Quest Corp
Phantom Quest Corp
Phantom Quest Corp
What They SayThe Review!
© Geneon Entertainment, Japan
Phantom Quest Corp is a fun series from 1994 about a Ghost Busting cum Exorcist group led by Ayaka Kisaragi, a sake drinking, karaoke singing single girl with an age-complex.
The disk contains all 4 episodes from the series:
File 01 Kiss Of Fire
Dracula?s coffin is sold to a Japanese buyer, and shortly after, young virgins are attacked by a mysterious blood-drinking figure. Could the "Transylvanian Tea Room" hold any clues?
File 02 End Of World
Why do so many of the patients who are taken to this hospital never make it out alive? This episode also features the hilarious drunken karaoke in a taxi cab from Ayaka.
File 03 Love Me Tender
A dead archaeology returns from the grave to help his girlfriend set up her museum exhibit. He is also on hand to save her from the lecherous advances of her boss.
File 04 Lover Come Back To Me
The Phantom Quest Corp have competition from a new band of exorcists to hit town, but is everything as it seems with them?
This series is now 6 years old and shows its age a little. It sets out to be an entertaining action/comedy and it succeeds admirably. Ayaka is another one of those Japanese females that looks quite attractive but has a total complex about her age and being single. My only advice would be to drop the drunken karaoke singing. Ayaka also possesses my favorite named anime weapon of all time. When it?s time to fight, she whips out her lipstick, gives it a twist and shouts "Red Dragon Spirit Capture Star Sword", the name of the red light saber-like weapon she produces.
This is the first R2 anime disk I have purchased, and it has turned out to be a great buy!
Apart from the jewel case packaging which I detest, the extras included on this budget priced DVD are great. There are no English subs, only the dub track which I am quite happy with.
From the Menu screen you can access a gallery of 30 sketches of the various characters/weapons from the show. You can also access the Pioneer New Releases section, which is just a touch better than the static screens of upcoming releases which Pioneer provide for us.
You get 2 commercials for St. Luminous Mission High School (huh?), a commercial for Lain Playstation game, a commercial for Lain series and 3 commercials for J-Pop releases, being Mizuno Manabi, Mayumi Iizuka and Ai Orikasa. These aren?t full songs but TV spots, but hey! Who?s complaining?
The cream of the extras is File 00, a 22 minute introduction and behind the scenes special which I believe was sold as a separate video in Japan during the VHS release.
Unfortunately this is only in Japanese, but you do get such things as a cute animation of Ayaka explaining the story, the full opening song, voice actors filmed while producing the show, and an interview with the voice actors and what I think was a priest of some kind (spiritual advisor?)
The highlight of this section was the blessing/exorcism the priest performed on 2 of the voice actors.
Hmmmm?.how does hitting someone repeatedly with a large stick drive out demons?
This disk is a great buy for the price and I recommend it highly. On the strength of this DVD, I just ordered the R2 Moldiver.
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0,English Dolby Digital 2.0,Image Gallery,Includes File 00 ? A series preview/introductory section
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