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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 144
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Revolutionary Girl Utena Vol. #02
By Justin Emerson
February 18, 2002
Release Date: March 21, 2000
I received this disc a couple days ago, and last night I got a chance to watch the disc and I must say I'm very impressed. Finally, I'm beginning to see the direction the show may be going and this disc has me anxiously awaiting the next volume.
The audio on this disk is the same as the first volume, with Dolby Digital stereo tracks for both languages. The video is of the same quality also, including the interlacing which can be annoying on computer monitors. Other than that the video is very good quality, however you do get the garbage at the bottom of the screen due to the way the cuts take place in a television show. This was unavoidable but it deserves mentioning.
The Packaging is also very similar to the first volume's. The blurb on the back is rather lacking, but most people buying this volume will probably have already seen the first, so it's not a big deal I suppose. On the reverse side of the insert, we have chapter stops, English and Japanese voice actors, and the credits for the series. Not the whole lot else to say here, as everything about this kind of packaging has been set in the reviews of the first volume.
The menus are also almost identical (beginning to see the picture?). One thing I do like about this kind of menu is that in the language selection screen, you can select whether you want English, Japanese, English with English subtitles, or Japanese with English subtitles. While this may seem a trivial factor, it's nice to be will to select what kind of language preferences I want with the only one click.
The story line in this volume builds upon that which was in the first, and now things are really beginning to take shape. Aside from the one filler episode on this disc (you'll know which one talking about) there is a lot of character and story development in this volume, where we get to see the true nature of several of the characters. In the final episode on this disc, we are given sort of a recap of what has happened so far, as well as more for clue of what is really going on with "The End Of The World" and what exactly is trying to be accomplished by the Student Council.
I really like this series, and I only hope that it's not another six months until the next volume is released! If you liked the first disc at all, then I highly recommend this one.