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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 180
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Photon


By Duan Xu     February 16, 2002
Release Date: October 03, 2000

The Review!
The first impression of the DVD is the superior features of the menu. The scene selection is actually animated with two parts; one part selects the beginning and the other one selects the middle of the chapter. The "Meet the Cast" section is one of the best that I've seen so far because both of the English and Japanese voices are present. Also, this is one of the anime that the original Japanese ending is shown, followed by the English credits. It is a must for the diehard fans.
This story is truly a must for Tenchi Muyo fans. It gives me the impression of Tenchi meets Slayers with a touch of Lodoss War. I was pleasantly surprised that for its wacky nature, the story actually has a great plot with an unexpected twist. The character development is also very impressive; at the end of the story, you understand and feel for all of the characters. The "Idiot Adventures" refers to the BAKA written on their foreheads, not the adventures are stupid.

The story always kept on moving; I was captivated throughout. I couldn't help to worry for Keyne and Photon at the climax even though I expected a happy ending. There are actually 2 climaxes to the story. Just as you thought the story is over, a new twist appears and takes the story to the end.

The best part of the story is the sequence where the attacks from Papacha always destroyed the meals prepared by Keyne or Aun. The cookouts may be a little repetitive, but they were just too funny to be left out. I just couldn't stop laughing. The only part that bugged me is that Photon can't distinguish between the real person and the balloon doll. Photon is a naïve kid not an idiot.

The music and sound effects are just to the point. They accentuate characters' emotions and perfectly present the surrounding environment. Together with the vibrant colors and beautifully done animation, I highly recommend it.

Review Equipment
Toshiba DVD-ROM SM1212, Holywood Plus Decoder Card, Soundblaster Live!, Yamaha MST50 computer speakers, Technics AX730 Stereo Receiver, Technics Speakers/Subwoofer.


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