Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: A+
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
- MSRP: ¥5000
- Running time: 73
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X)
Rurouni Kenshin TV Vol. #1
Rurouni Kenshin TV Vol. #1
What They SayThe Review!
© Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Comparing the audio on this disc to the R1 is not even worthwhile. It sounds absolutely amazing. As a TV show, of course it only has stereo sound, but it is just about the best stereo sound I have ever heard. Very loud and clear, with a lot of directionality. Where I would give the (fixed) Media Blasters R1 disc a B, this is definately an A+ in comparison.
Again, noticably better than Media Blasters R1 disc. Very clean, almost no problems seen. Maybe it has to do with the Media Blasters disc having four episodes on a DVD9 whereas this disc has only 3, but whatever it is, I like it.
As always, I'm not a big fan of the jewel-case packaging. But, with gorgeous cover art and disc art, I really can't complain on this disc. The reason it definately gets an A for packaging is that it has several inserts with great art on the front and story information on the back of each of them. The R1 volume 1 cover takes the art off of one of the inserts included here.
Very easy to navigate, despite me not really knowing what each of them actually says. There are so many extras that the menus have to be easy to use in order to get to them all.
The best reason to buy this disc? The tons of extras! In addition to a very nice looking creditless/textless OP, there are character profiles of all the characters you see on this disc. And I do mean all! There is a total of 10, including ones for the young children and even the bad guys. Plus, on each of those profile pages, there are links to *tons* of beautiful sketches for that particular character. Another interesting thing on this disc is that it has Seiyuu (voice actor) information and pictures of the lovely ladies who have the two lead roles. Want more? Ok, how about 20 or so pages of architectural layouts of the Kamiya dojo? Or how about a whole extra section of character art from the series? It can be seen as still images manually, or the images can be displayed as a movie clip with some music playing (the song played is called "Kimi wa dare wo mamotte iru" for those of us who know our Kenshin songs).
This disc deals with the introductions of Kenshin and Yahiko (episodes 1, 2, and 3). I won't bother to go into details about the content, its been done a million times before. In the first episode, Kenshin meets Kaoru and together they try to stop a man killing people in the name of the Hitokiri Battousai. In episode two, Kenshin and Kaoru meet Yahiko as he attempts to rob some people in order to pay off a supposed debt to some more badguys. Finally in episode three Kenshin gets an unexpected visit from the police, and Yahiko has to make the decision to train under Kaoru in order to help protect people instead of trying to kill them. While Kenshin's content is definately A+, there is nothing *extremely* excited on this particular disc, so it "only" gets an A-.
So, the disc is far superior to the R1 in every way. It even lacks the junk that makes the R1 bad - the dub, and the awful subtitles. With my limited (but growing) understanding of the Japanese language, and the fact I've seen the fansubs a lot, I really don't need the subtitles. But as a word to the wise, the series has a lot of martial arts terms and lingo, making it somewhat difficult to understand at some points. It just gets more intense as the series goes on, and if you're not satisfied with your understanding of Japanese, I'd recommend getting ahold of some scripts.
Japanese Language,Character Profiles,Character Sketches,Creditless Opening,Seiyuu Pictures & Profiles,Art Gallery,Architectural Layours
27" Panasonic TV, Sony STR-DE825 receiver, Pioneer DV-525 codefree DVD player