Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Pretear
Pretear Vol. #3
By Mike Dungan
August 18, 2005
Release Date: February 17, 2004
Pretear Vol. #3
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© ADV Films
No longer the Pretear, Himeno Awayuki is powerless to stop Takako, the Princess of Disaster, from nearly killing the knight Sasame. Distraught, Himeno finds comfort with her stepsister Mawata and solace in the arms of the knight Hayate. But when Takako threatens to kill all the Leafe Knights, Himeno rediscovers the will and the way to be Pretear!The Review!
The Princess of Disaster reveals herself at last, and a surprise defection deals Himeno and the Knights a terrible blow.
Audio: For my primary viewing session, I listened to this series in English. The 5.1 mix flows well, using the full soundstage to good effect. The music is mixed well, giving the scenes plenty of punch without overwhelming them.
Video: The show uses a soft palette of colors which make the transfer to video well. Blues, greens and grays abound. I didn't notice any video issues that affected the last volume.
Packaging: The cover features Himeno as the Pretear in her fire outfit, and Takako, the previous Pretear, wrapped in thorns, all of it surrounded by crystal flowers. The back cover continues the motif with three images from the show across the middle. The volume synopsis is above them and the technical specs below. The volume number appears on the spine, and the episode numbers and titles are on the back. The insert reproduces the cover image without the logo, and the back of it contains a listing of the discs contents. As with previous volumes, the effect is quite beautiful, and well in keeping with the more romantic quality of the show.
Menu: The menus load quickly with a bit of animation as flowers and then the menus themselves load up. There are two menu strips, one across the top and one across the bottom, both in blue with a red dot to show which selection is highlighted. Navigation is easy and quick. It's well designed, complementing the mood of the show quite well.
Extras: The usual clean opening and closing animations are present, as well as production sketches, which in typical ADV fashion are an animated slideshow rather than a series of still images. Once again, there is a live action extra called "Behind the Anime" with four of the English voice actors: Paul Sidello (Tanaka), Monica Rial (Yayoi), Hilary Haag (Hajime), and Sasha Paysinger (Shin). It’s quite entertaining and surprisingly long without chapter stops, so be prepared.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Himeno unable to Pret, it appears the Princess of Disaster has already won. But she has more in store for them, and lets them be for the time being.
Depressed and lonely, Himeno chances to meet Mawata in town, and the two of them spend the day together. Unfortunately, the Knights have no idea of Himeno's whereabouts and are searching frantically for her. Just as Himeno and Mawata are forming a friendship that may save them both from their depression, Hayate finally locates Himeno. Their surprisingly emotional reunion is witnessed by Mawata, and it sends her back into her depression, worse than ever. Back home, she closes herself off in her room, only allowing the maid, Mikage, to enter.
Meanwhile, transport demons are invading the Awayuki house, and the family decides to hunt them down, not knowing what they are. This leads to a confrontation with the Princess of Disaster, as they learn how she really is. This also leads to a defection by one of the Knights, who has been in love with Takako from her Pretear days. The defection stuns everyone, and is met only by derision on the part of the Princess of Disaster. Realizing the danger the family is in, Himeno decides to leave and move to Leafania, reasoning that her family will continue to be in danger as long as she's living there. Her new life in Leafania is over before it begins, when the Princess of Disaster appears and orders her new minion to kill Hayate. But that's not all. The Princess of Disaster has a new source of power, and it's more powerful than anything they've seen yet.
With one of the Knights now on the side of the Princess of Disaster, I found myself becoming much more engrossed in the story. Episodes 8 through 10 in a thirteen episode series are often place-keeper episodes, just marking time until it's time to finish the series off, but not with this show. The story is really beginning to make an impression on me. The surprises and plot twists are coming fast and furious, and it should be a very exciting conclusion.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Behind the Anime with Paul Sidello; Monica Rial; Hilary Haag & Sasha Paysinger,Production sketches, Clean opening and closing animation
NEC CT-2510A TV, Pioneer 440 codefree DVD player