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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 100/100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Ronin Warriors
Ronin Warriors Vol. #06
By Chris Beveridge
September 21, 2002
Release Date: September 24, 2002
Ronin Warriors Vol. #06
What They Say
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Power comes at a price! This time, it’s Round Two of Ryo against Sarenbou. Still after the White Armor, Sarenbou attacks again. Interestingly, he is accompanied own tiger, Black Blade. As the tigers battle, their masters do as well. When all looks lost, White Blaze saves his master, but at great cost. And now, even after recovering from the latest attack, a new enemy shows up to test them.
Presented in unique DVD-10 format with complete, uncut Japanese language episodes of "Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers" and complete, uncut English language episodes of "Ronin Warriors"! The Review!
With the first full arc now complete, we get a little more clean-up from it and then start moving solidly into the next phase, which does seem a bit more interesting.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Much like the previous volumes, the sound feels a bit low for this mix, but this is something we’ve noted on older shows in the past. There’s little in the way of directionality but everything across the forward soundstage sounds decent if a bit lower than I’d expect. Dialogue is nice and clear and we didn’t notice any distortions.Video:
Things shake out in a similar fashion here as well, with lots of darks and almost soft appearance. There’s some color banding going on, most noticeably in still scenes with flesh tones, but otherwise things are in general decent if murky. With some grain and some cross coloration added in to some oversaturated colors, particularly the red of the Wildfire armor, you've got a show that's showing its age a fair bit here. It's not horrible by any stretch and still looks a lot better than broadcast. The one area that shows how bad the source materials likely were is the new eye-catch, which has a lot of nicks and scratches compared to the actual episode itself.Packaging:
Providing another reversible cover which gives the buyer the choice between logos, Bandai keeps both sets of fans happy. The only real difference is on the front cover though. The back cover provides a summary of what to expect and some animation shots as well as the episode numbers and titles. The insert provides the same artwork on each side but with their respective logos and the episode titles, since the Ronin Warriors one used different names.Menu:
For both sides of the disc, the menus are pretty simple. You get episode selection right from the main page and the only difference with the Japanese side is that it has a selection for subtitles and the credits are several pages longer as they include the credits from the show itself.Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Now that we’re past the halfway stage of the series with this volume, we’ve moved firmly past the initial Arago arc, done a little filler and are now moving onto the second arc. Thankfully, the second arc seems a bit more interesting character wise than the first arc did.
The clean-up of the first arc with the bits of filler really dealing with Ryo finishing off the final related villain works well, but really just serves to set up the second half. His battles with this last remnant of Arago only sets up that his swords are starting to fall apart because they were designed for his regular armor, not the power of the white armor that he now has. So with the help of Naste, they figure out what must be done after going through her grandfathers records. All of this is good for the others, who are getting some much needed downtime.
But even the downtime is fraught with problems. Ryo is really hesitant about the armor he has now since it draws upon the energies of his friends armors. They’re all good with it, but Ryo is your 80’s angst man. This makes it easy for him to take on the new villain alone, especially as it’s the person who has the swords he’s trying to recover, the Swords of Fervor. Those are designed to work with his newly heightened armor, so when he’s challenged to a fight by himself, he naturally sneaks off to do it.
While the villains here are mixed, with the second one at least having some honor and showing some good flashbacks to the netherworld and his past fight with Arago, it’s the villain towards the end that’s set to at least kick off the final story arc, and he’s a proper badass with his glowing red eyes and very skilled blades. The series is taking on a more enjoyable feel with these episodes since we’re past all those murky green/blue covered Tokyo episodes, where the entire show just felt so confined and claustrophobic.
Hopefully things will continue to perk up as it progresses.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.