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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Powerstone

Powerstone Vol. #2

    February 18, 2002
Release Date: January 15, 2002


Powerstone Vol. #2
© ADV Films


What They Say
Our young adventurer Edward Falcon finds himself in serious girl trouble with the beautiful Cassie. But is she after Falcon’s heart—or his power stone? Then, when Falcon’s father sends him another stone with a surprising power, it leads to an exciting battle with the warrior Wang Tang.

Falcon then sets off for the mysterious Mt. Min-min to steal a magical eagle’s egg. And if you think that’s training for battle, just wait until the unsuspecting heroes meet up with a giant black octopus and the metal-clawed, skeleton-faced pirate, Kraken!

The Review!
Overall Rating: 3.1
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Technical Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 3
Presentation: 2
Goodies: 1
Overall: 3.2

-Content Ratings-
Animation: 3
Sound: 3
Plot: 3
Acting: 3
Music: 3
Entertainment: 3
Overall: 3


-Intro-

Guess what it’s time for another Powerstone disk! That means four more power packed episodes. That means the power is in my hands! So sit back and grab the big ol’ shiny jewel that’s spinning in the air and yell, "Power-cheese!"... I mean, "Power-change!" Let the cheddar fly!

-Technical Review-

As far as technical stuff goes this disc is pretty good. Nice clean picture and undistorted sound, but we expect that from ADV. The menu is static, without motion or music. It works quickly and accurately, so that good. The keepcase includes region coding, rating length of disc, and number of episodes. It does not have a volume number or number of channels of audio. There are no extras on this disc, just pure show.

I don’t usually have to tackle this, but I did lower the presentation grade for the simple fact that there is no Japanese language track. I’m not sure of the reason behind this, but for most of us, duel languages is a key feature. It will make this disc a tougher purchase for many people because of the lack of the original language.

-Content Review-

All my grades on this disc have stayed the same. So if you enjoyed what you saw on the first disc than this one is more of the same. The four episodes follow around Falcon on his quest to master using his Powerstone and finding the other six individuals who also have stones. The first episode is more a filler episode revolving around Falcon and his skills with women. The next set of three revolve around a new character called Wang Tang. He’s got a Powerstone too (it’s green). Ryoma, the samurai with the yellow stone also arrives and they have some adventures together, including running into a giant octopus and climbing a mounting to find an eagle’s egg. Hey, they ripped off Rapa Nui (of course not many people saw that movie, so I don’t think it counts). It’s more wacky mayhem in Powerstone!

The animation and sound stay right on the same track from the previous disc. You got nice bright happy colors and it all looks pretty clean. Most the characters are pretty consistent looking, but the Powerstone outfits still look really, really cheesy. The sound design is also more of the same.

The plot is basically an adventure one. We’re gonna follow Falcon around as he meets all the Powerstone wielders and find out about a big baddy that will reveal itself pretty soon. So far there hasn’t been any real threat to the characters. Most of the villains are really goofy and not very good at what they are doing. I’m mostly confused about what the little ninja girl and her posse are trying to do? Why do the they want the Powerstones so bad? Do they want to look goofy too?

The English cast is pretty into it. The acting is over the top but so is the show so it’s just what you expect. The music also remains the same. It’s nothing spectacular and the theme song is just so darn... well cheesy is the only way to describe it.

Not since the last Powerstone disc was I so enraptured. (sigh) For those of you looking for some bright happy, goofy looking animation, look no further. This is more for the Pokemon crowd than the Gasaraki crowd. So if you enjoyed the first disc, grab this one. If you were waiting for the eye-catches to come around, than avoid it. So until next time Power-pals! Power-cheese!!!!!!!

Roman J. Martel
Tell me what you think! E-mail me at...
roman@animeondvd.com

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony DVP-NS300


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