Mania Grade: B
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Media Blasters
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sadamitsu the Destroyer
Sadamitsu the Destroyer Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
March 27, 2004
Release Date: February 24, 2004
Sadamitsu the Destroyer Vol. #2
What They Say
© Media Blasters
A million evil aliens have spread their influence to all corners of the galaxy, including Earth! Sadamitsu, a street punk empowered by a slightly damaged helmet, tries to capture the aliens and put an end to them for good.The Review!
No filler here folks as the short Sadamitsu series just keeps plunging forward with the story that brings the lead character into an even more dangerous world.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The mix is a rather decent stereo mix with some good moments of directionality during the action sequences but less so during the dialogue, which is more center channel based. We had no issues with either track during regular playback for distortions or dropouts.Video:
Originally airing in 2001, Sadamitsu?s transfer is a solid looking transfer that utilizes a good mix of colors. Much of the backgrounds are done in standard colors, but there are some good mixes of lush colors in there as well, such as the grass during the first episode. Foreground animation is much richer in style and vibrancy, with the aliens getting some good colors as well as other areas with character designs. Aliasing is pretty minimal and only a few instances of cross coloration showed up making the end result an enjoyable experience.Packaging:
While not as dark as the first cover, this one trades up the violent image for some good old nudity in the form of Kamashiro in between a change into the Vulture while Sadamitsu and Kulon provide the testosterone below her. The back cover has several animation shots and one of the more comical disc summaries I?ve read in a long time. The discs features and extras are split into two areas, both well laid out and easy to read. The insert is just a rundown of the chapters underneath the logo with a few shots from the back cover included while the reverse side is boxart advertisements.Menu:
The main menu layout is heavy on the logo with it taking up a good chunk of the screen, though it does have animation from the show playing inside the letters to a red hue. Behind it is a series of black and white shots from the show itself. Selections are lined along the bottom and are quick to access and load times are fast with no transitional animations.Extras:
Similar to the first volume, there are some good extras to be found here, mostly in the form of the second part of what we saw in the first volume. Rie Tanaka takes us on more of a tour of the city, there's another round of TV spots as well. The Encyclopedia piece is brought back again in its comical fashion as they go over more of the Ryuketai with a commentary and various images for the artwork gallery. The big chunk of time spent on the first volume was with interviews and there's more here with the staff and cast as well as more of the voice actor lesson footage from the Japanese actors Mitsuya. These extras are all pretty good and overall add a bit of lightness and fun to the show.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first volume of this series managed to really surprise us by being a lot more fun than we expected, both based on the minimal amount of artwork used to solicit the show and in the generally campy and violent trailer for it. While the show does have its own level of camp to it and it is violent, there's quite a bit of style and wit about it that elevates it up a bit more than the standard material usually done for shows like this.
Essentially picking up where things left off, Sadamitsu is spending a lot of his free time going around and 'collecting' as many of the Ryuketai as he can find. He's also continually running into Vulture and prodding that beehive more than he should. A lot of the first episode and a half here focuses on one particular Ryuketai that's causing problems but manages to be elusive enough during multiple matches. The fight against the alien criminal is the backdrop to the main story that's going on here though and that's how Sadamitsu and Kamashiro are interacting. While she knows exactly who he is, he's still very unaware that she's really Vulture. More amusingly, through some flashbacks we see that the two appear to be tied to her actual hosting of Vulture back when she was a child.
Though Sadamitsu is unaware of who she really is, he uses some of the same language with her about caring and what it means to do the right thing. Oh, as well as that little thing about not enjoying all the violent bloodshed and death that gets visited upon people around the town lately. Since she's mostly grown up with what she is and some amount of pain and bloodshed she finds herself used to it but Sadamitsu has been able to start cracking down the walls a bit. The two of them definitely progress in their pseudo-relationship during these episodes as we start to see more and more of what makes her up and the bigger picture.
The bigger picture continues to be amusing in its own way as well. With as many millions of criminals heading to the planet as there are, it's actually not surprising that the governments have decided to come up with some sort of alliance with them to try and keep the killing to a minimum. While there's sure to be some very violent ones coming to the planet, they can be dealt with while the rest of the peaceful ones co-exist with an unaware humanity. Some of the fruits of this alliance are seen in a new space station that's getting operational that's designed to catch the incoming aliens in a net in space. Unfortunately, it's not quite up to the trick yet and one of the latest arrivals is a portent of something much more massive and sinister coming down to visit.
Of course, it will arrive in Sadamitsu's home town, it will destroy a couple square miles of property and it will be ugly. And it will consider "what you call concrete" as nutrients, so it starts sucking down buildings like it's been fasting for a few weeks. So while Sadamitsu originally thought he'd spend some years just fighting one on one with the Ryuketai, he now finds them intending to take over the entire planet and push out humanity before anyone can really do anything. The stakes go up nicely here and it does so in such a way that it deals with the high count of existing criminals on the planet and gives them a reason to all congregate so that they can be dealt with.In Summary:
The shows style continues to be highly enjoyable, from Sadamitsu's "one man can do it" mentality and the way that classic hero/cowboy music kicks in at the right time to emphasize it even more. There's lots of fun little revelations along the way as this goes and we get more of the big picture which helps give an idea of how the odds are going to be dealt with. This series continues to be surprising though far too short ? the entire disc runs just over an hour and each episode is shorter than the standard length these days. But with no filler and little extraneous material in the episodes themselves, I can't complain since we're getting pure plot and action along the way. Very surprisingly enjoyable once again.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Visiting Kawaguchi City,TV Spots,Ryuketai Encyclopedia,Staff and Cast Interviews,Voice Acting Lessons
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