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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 145
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon S TV Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     April 17, 2001
Release Date: April 17, 2001


Sailor Moon S TV Vol. #2
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Tuxedo Mask abducted! The heartsnatchers target the sailor Soldiers one by one, but Sailor Moon and her friends manage to thwart them time after time. However, when the evil Professor Tomoe targets Usagi, Tuxedo Mask is captured!
To make matters worse, Usagi cannot transform into Sailor Moon and Kaorinite knows her secret identity! Will the other Sailor Soldiers be able to recover Usagi's heart crystal from Kaorinite?

Six Full Unedtied Episodes!
The Labyrinth of Water! Ami The Targeted
Save Friends! Moon and Uranus Join Forces
The Kindness of a Man! Yuichiro, Heartbroken by Rei?
Retire from the Sailor Soldier!? Minako’s Concerns
Usagi in Tears! Glass Shoes for Her Birthday
The Pure Heart Stolen! Usagi’s Biggest Crisis

The Review!
Pioneer keeps up with the episode counts here by giving us six episodes on the second volume. For Sailor Moon fans, it's a real boon. For those who enjoy the show in small doses, be careful!

Audio:
For the primary review, we listened to the six episodes on this disc in Japanese. Throughout the disc we heard little in the way of real problems, though there were a one or two moments where the high pitched voices got a bit scratchy, but not enough that it really bothered us. There's practically no directionality at all from this older mono soundtrack. It won't win awards, but it's very much true to the original source material.

Video:
Things don't look quite as good here as they did the last time around. The first episode is very grainy and the remaining episodes all contain varying levels of grain as well. The source materials for this show look to be in a somewhat poor state. There's also an edge fuziness in a few places, but characters look solid and hardly any line noise or rainbows to be found, so there are some positives to be found. The grain in the first episode really set us into a mode where we were more critical throughout.

Packaging:
The packaging for this rates high for several reasons. The first being the fact that it's reversible, and in a clear keepcase so you can see both of them without feeling bad about not seeing one of them. The front cover, being for the first disc, sports a nice picture of Rei and Minako, while the reverse side has a great looking Usagi picture. The only downside is that the spine for the reverse side is not gold foil like the original side, so if you don't reverse all of them, you may have a few odd looking covers. The rest of the keepcase is nicely done, with a good summary of the show, some nice artwork on the back and a listing of all the episodes (no episode numbers however). The insert has a nice picture of Sailor Mercury.

Menus:
The menus are pretty similar to the ones done for the movies awhile back. The animation for it is nicely done and doesn't slow down the load times or access times between menus. Things are laid out pretty well, though the chapter selection menu is a bit awkward in that it doesn't list which episodes you can view (the hint is that each episode has 5 chapter marks, and you can select chapter marks in groups of five).

Extras:
Of the two extras, the textless ending really wins here. There's nothing wrong with the Sailor Jupiter Gallery at all, but it looks like a lot of effort went into designing the textless ending section. While these aren't as hard to find on current releases as they were two years ago, Pioneer went a step further here. Two audio tracks are included for it. One track is the opening with the singers while the other is just the music. The subtitles are done in karaoke style, starting white and changing to green where you're supposed to be singing. This is great for Sailor Moon fans who love to sing. The only difference between the two audio tracks is that the voice-less version sounds a bit hollower.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having now watched two discs of Sailor Moon S, I'm finding myself in the category of someone who can enjoy Sailor Moon in only small doses. Maybe an episode or two a day, which means it takes quite a bit of time to get through these discs. I'm definitely glad that there's more than the typical 3-4 episodes on this series though as it really requires it.

For the most part, we get more of the same here as we did on the first disc. The episodes tend to follow one particular character for the first half while the second half goes into the creature that gets created to search for the crystals. A fight ensues and occasionally the two new Sailors get involved in some way. The plot advances a few steps at a time.

For a show like Sailor Moon, this works pretty well, and the fans know it. Those who get irritated by it are used to the more tightly plotted shows and will find themselves practically squirming in their seats. Taken in smaller doses, we liked some parts of these episodes.

In particular, we liked the episode dealing with Minako and her thoughts about quitting the team to try and find her place in life as well as her looking to do all the normal things girls her age do. Also enjoyable was the later episodes that dealt with the two new Sailor girls and just how far they're willing to go to acquire the crystals and who they're willing to hurt and let be hurt as well. Now that there's some kind of understanding between the two groups, maybe we'll see more plot progression in the next couple of volumes.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Image Gallery,Textless Karaoke Ending

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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