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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • 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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     February 10, 2002
Release Date: February 26, 2002

Powerstone Vol. #3
© ADV Films

What They Say
Falcon's dangerous quest to locate more mysterious Power Stones heats up as he journeys to Fire Land to find another of these magical rocks. Accompanied by Ryoma and Rouge - a beautiful fortune teller, Falcon is forced to fight fire with fire as he makes his way through the treacherous volcanic terrain.

Along the way, he learns that Rouge's "crystal ball" does a lot more than merely tell the future! But soon it's out of the frying pan and into an ice storm as Falcon travels to Cold Land to find his father - Pride. There, he meets Gunrock - who knows a terrible secret about Falcon's father. And if that's not bad enough, Falcon finds himself buried in an avalanche of trouble when he ends up at Mystery Mountain.

The Review!
The third installment of Powerstone hsa Falcon continuing what I suspect is a near never-ending quest for his father. And as one would guess, we get introduced to more new characters.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in English as English is the only language presented on it. The show is presented in a basic stereo mix which is pretty decent, featuring some minor bits of directionality across the forward soundstage but otherwise just filling things up nicely. Dialogue is clear and we didn't notice any dropouts or distortions throughout it.

For the most part, this is a really nice looking release. Colors are vibrant and solid and cross coloration is extremely minimal to non-existant on some episodes. There's a few instances of jaggies that are noticeable along things such as some of the characters turbans, and some of the backgrounds look a little soft at times, but may be intentional.

The cover for this release is much like the past two and looks very busy for only featureing three characters on it. But it also manages to look pretty good when you focus on it. The back cover gives a rundown of what to expet while providing some screen shots and also lists the episodes titles (but no episode numbers nor is there a volume number). The insert provides another shot of the front cover while the reverse side of it shows off more boxart.

There's really only one menu here, and that's the main one that has no music or animation, and just lets you select the episode you want or to check out the trailers. Though minimal and sort of bland, it does the job effectively.

None here.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
This installment carries on what's gone in the past with Falcon searching for his father, avoiding Ryoma and his desire to battle, and trying to win the heart of Rouge.

There's two arcs included across these five episodes. The first arc deals with Rouge's homeland, where Falcon has headed having heard that his father is there. Falcon comes across Ryoma and Rouge here, and Rouge explains how different the place is. Five years earlier when she left on her journey of discovery and to enhance her powers, the land was much happier and brighter than it feels now, where people don't even think luck exists.

This is eventually attributed to the changeover in the oracle. Mistress Gana, who was the oracle for the longest time, has apparently been scammed out of her position by one of her senior associates named Neroes. Neroes has since taken over things as he could see impending disasters that Gana could not. His way of being in charge is much harsher than Gana's, leading to the change in the land.

Anyone whose seen any Saturday morning cartoons such as Scooby Doo can tell how that arc will play out.

The second arc takes Falcon off by himself to an area where a huge gold rush is going on. His search for his father continues here as he catches wind that his father got involved with the entire rush phenomenon. While searching for information about his father, he ends up befriending a man in a bar named Gunrock. He shows him a picture of his father, and you can see him hesitate before denying knowledge of him. The two then end up playing a long string of cardgames, which leads Falcon to be penniless again. And Falcon then does the truly stupid and gambles away his power stone to someone whose only won constantly since he first met him.

As you can expect, things happen that bring the two to become friends. And it's even less of a surprise that Gunrock has a powerstone himself and it's what's helped him keep his lucky streak alive. The two then end up becoming involved in the mysterious deaths and disappearances of people that have been going or sent to the gold mines.

Powerstone is a basic reminder that yes, even anime can be just like Saturday morning cartoons. Being based on a video game (one I like at least), Powerstone's not bad, but it's just incredibly mediocore.

English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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