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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: D-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: D
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pilot Candidate

Pilot Candidate Vol. #1

By Evan Salazar     March 17, 2002
Release Date: November 06, 2001

The Review!
I was actually looking forward to this one. I really was. But I was dissapointed when I saw this. I thought it was going to be GREAT. It was CRAP.

First off: The theme song. Oy. The Theme song, first off, has no singing. If it was a good song, I wouldn't mind. But this song sucked. OK, first off, it sounds like the composer was watching too much Cowboy Bebop at 3:00 O'clock in the morning and decided to do a crap jazz song. I usually don't skip opening song chapters, but I did this time. All 3 episodes. There are a lot of closing songs I don't like, so I usally skip those. I wanted to skip this one too. The animation was just characters in the background fading away playing a crap J-pop song. Ew.

Second off: The story. Where is it? All you find out in these 3 episodes is that there are these ginat mechas called Goddesess who are fighting a alien called Zion. Ahh, another homage. Zeon sound familair? But anyway, there are these three kids who want to pilot these Godesess. And so they train. And this one kid, Zero, accidently goes inot one. And now I guess he's the pilot. Thats all we get. It may sound like a lot. But it's not. One more thing, it seems Zero and this other kid who's training to be a pilot have "secret powers". Like what anime charcter doesn't? And this commander of the 3 kids likes whatching these two kids fight with their "secret powers". He's amused by their "secret powers". He's ,esmorized by their "secret powers". Ugh.

Third off: The CGI. Oh my god, the CGI. This just looks like static computer mda imagery on a black surface. Tehey barely move, but that doesn't really matter since YOU ONLY SEE THEM IN ACTION FOR 5 SECONDS. Really, but that's fine with me since less of them more of a crap story. Wait, that's bad . . .

I really thought this serris looked good. It wasn't. It just plain sucked. How can CN's Adult Swim harbor this piece-o-carp. How can it share a place on Adult Swim with the likes of Cowboy Bebop and Yu Yu Hakusho? All I can say is: Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh and double ugh.

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