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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: 14.95
- Running time: 135
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon Vol. #10: The Trouble With Rini
By Chris Beveridge
September 02, 2002
Release Date: October 15, 2002
Sailor Moon Vol. #10: The Trouble With Rini
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The “R” season of Sailor Moon takes the twist here with moving on to the next part of the story, with Rini taking the lead of the show.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 pretty decent, but suffers from what most of the other volumes in this series have suffered from. 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:
The cover this time is still a bit cartoony in nature, with Rini in her schoolgirl outfit in the front with Serena in her Sailor Moon on behind her while the red and purplish sky fills out the background. The back cover provides a few small screenshots of animation and a brief summary of the shows episodes as well as listing the titles of the six episodes. The insert provides another shot of the front cover while the reverse side lists the previews and the episode titles.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:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the “R” season gets seriously going here past the Doom Tree segment, we get two new threats. One of them is a duo from the future who have come to retrieve the Silver Crystal so that they can take over the Crystal City of the future and thereby rule the Negamoon. Much like any previous Negaverse villain, they go about it in a completely silly way of sending out their henchmen of various forms to try and find it on a case by case basis. In that respect, the series continues on much as it always has.
The other threat, to me at least, is Rini and those giant pink hair cones that I just want to throttle. She continues to be a thorn in the side of Serena and causes a fair amount of trouble throughout the episodes. She ends up becoming a major source of tension between Darien and Serena, as Rini continues to take up his time. There are some good moments with her though, to balance things out, as she gets very close to Darien and there are some moments where all three of them are together and almost look like a family. Rini’s main mission here continues to be her quest to find the same Silver Crystal that the Negamoon villains are after.
There’s some decent episodes throughout this run, though the only one that really worked well for me involved Sailor Mercury taking advantage of an offer to advance her studies and has to leave the country to go to another school. This causes a fair amount of problems within the group, mostly with Serena who doesn’t want to lose her after she already feels like she’s losing Darien. And Ami is adamant about going off to take advantage of this opportunity to the point where she doesn’t want a party or anyone to see her off at the airport just in case her determination fails. This is probably the only episode where I didn’t want to smack Rini around.
Most of these episodes follow a basic pattern of dealing with Rini, dealing with Serena and Darien having some kind of relationship issue and then everyone dealing with the Negaverse creatures that get involved. There’s some minor bits that give hints about the whole future city and the crystals and all, but it’s still very minimal at this stage as there’s a number of episodes to go before we get to the real meat episodes of this season. If you like Rini, you’ll like these episodes. If not, they may be a challenge.
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.