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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 14.98
  • Running time: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Vol. #06: Adventure Girls!

By Chris Beveridge     July 14, 2002
Release Date: July 23, 2002



What They Say
The craziness never stops when you're the defenders of the planet, so when a new enemy arrives it's just business as usual for the Sailor Scouts. Of course, that doesn't mean Serena and the gang can't TRY to live normal lives, but every time they sneak off for a little fun, some kind of monster always seems to show up! From nightmarish finishing schools and avalanches to family vacations run amok, you won't believe what happens next in the sixth incredible collection of Sailor Moon on DVD!

The Review!
After the big revelations in the previous volume, things go good here for a little bit, but then move into a more predictable vein, albeit with a twist.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in the only language available, English. Though done back in 1995, the disc has a rather good pro-logic mix to it, with the music being the main beneficiary of it and sending a lot of sounds to the rear speakers. There’s some minor directionality with sound effects and dialogue across the forward soundstage, but the track overall sounds decent with no noticeable dropouts or distortions.

Video:
The transfer for this release is somewhat better than the past couple of volumes, but that’s not really saying all that much. The main difference is that we saw less of the ghosting and mid-range blockiness than we did in those volumes. There’s still the usual amount of grain and a low level of cross coloration running through. But again, the show doesn’t have much in the way of a lot of vibrant colors and the backgrounds are done in a fairly minimalist way at times.

Packaging:
After a couple of really good covers with some vivid and strong feel to them, we get something of a bit more bland nature this time, with Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask being all smiley on the front. The background is made up of a soft peach and blue theme with light yellow stars. The back cover provides a few small animation shots and a rundown of the show and what it’s all about. Episode titles are listed, but no numbers and there’s no volume numbering either. The insert provides another shot of the cover while the reverse side has some new artwork and lists the episodes as well as the previews on the disc.

Menu:
The menus are pretty decent and definitely shiny. With nothing on the disc outside of the extras, episode selection is the main menu. Unfortunately, there’s no episode numbering here either so unless you start with the first episode and let it play through, it can be very difficult to tell where to start and where to pick up again if you leave off somewhere.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With all the revelations towards the end of the last volume and the addition of Sailor Venus, there’s plenty of material to work with here. And they do work with it for a bit, such as the duration of one episode.

While still in the cave with the Negaverse servants, Serena gets a massive influx of memories from her far far past. We see her as the Princess and Darien as her prince, with the two meant to be together. Though the examples of their romance isn’t exactly strong, it works for the level that the show is aimed at. It’s here that we learn that Darien was from Earth while Serena was from the moon, and that he was quite involved in defending the kingdom from the invading Negaverse. But, things don’t go quite so well, and we end up with the situation we’re in now.

With the shift back to the present, Serena has something of a meltdown in being able to handle all of this. She still strives to just have a normal life and to be just like everyone else. She tries to reject everything she’s learned, but finds herself being under assault again. Each of the scouts do their best to defend her from the Negaverse attacks, but each eventually succumbs, leaving her to try and fix everything or just sit back crying.

A big part of the motivation comes with Darien being kidnapped by the bad guys and taken to their plane for a mental conversion. Darien eventually finds himself on their side, with his mind altered by their dark powers. As these episodes progress into the more typical feel of plot/enemy appears/scouts fight/scouts win, we get the addition of Tuxedo Mask showing up and aiding the various Negaverse creatures and going after the Scouts. This brings in a nice layer of angst for the girls.

With the way the show is laid out, this goes on for a fair number of episodes so that just how evil he is now is ground into you, though you see a few slips in the programming here and there. Sailor Venus gets some more exposure throughout here as well, but most of these episodes are pretty much the same as earlier episodes, but with a slightly different feel to Serena after the revelations of her past.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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