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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: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Powerstone

Powerstone Vol. #6

By Chris Beveridge     May 12, 2002
Release Date: July 02, 2002


Powerstone Vol. #6
© ADV Films


What They Say
When two of the mysterious and magical Power Stones are stolen, young adventurer Edward Falcon sets out to warn his friends Wang Tang and Gunrock. His warning arrives too late, however, as dark hands of magic are already circling around our intrepid heroes. Mysterious apparitions begin to attack Edward and his friends-monsters that somehow seem connected to his idol, the fighter Valgas.

Then, Edward discovers the terrible secret behind his enemies' acquisition of the Power Stones - and you can bet it won't be welcome news. Finally, in the terrifying Dark Land, Edward and his combative cohorts are confronted with the supreme evil incarnate.

Final Volume!

The Review!
Powerstone draws to a close here with the final five episodes bringing the main arc to a close early but shifting the premise somewhat into something different.

Audio:
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

Video:
For the most part, this is a really nice looking release. Colors are vibrant and solid and cross coloration is extremely minimal to non-existent on some episodes. There are 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.

Packaging:
The front cover for this volume is fairly dark, with the wolves and Galuda making up the background while Falcon gives a good panicked look. Since the final arc deals with Vargas, I was surprised that they didn’t have him on the front cover. The back cover gives a rundown of what to expect 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.

Menu:
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.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the last volume where Falcon learned that his father was back home and wanted him there, the story takes a different turn since we almost never expect him to actually find his father, since that would mean the end of the questing around the globe. His father is quite glad to see him, and goes on a rant about how he’s been searching around the world for these things called Powerstones. This is all amusing since his father has had no luck while Falcon has had quite a bit of luck in general, at least in meeting people who have them.

The situation starts going sour though when they realize that someone has started to steal them from people, Falcon included. Falcon and those with him head off to warn the others, but even Ryoma and Gunrock have theirs stolen. There’s some time spent with each of them in their settings before the group as a whole heads off to follow the trail of those who have stolen them. This leads them to a setting where there’s wrestling competitions going on, and Vargas is considered the shoe-in. During their time there, things lead them to suspect him, which brings the group into trouble since Falcon considers Vargas his idol.

The show moves along fairly well in its final arc, especially once it moves to the Dark Land and they get to some good action sequences, but the final arc in general felt like they didn’t know how they were going to end it with the abrupt change from questing to going home and then the stones being stolen.

Powerstone is a basic reminder that 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 mediocre,

Features
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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