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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: MVM Entertainment
  • MSRP: £15.99
  • Running time: 135
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Vol. #11

By Bryan Morton     October 06, 2005
Release Date: May 10, 2004


Sailor Moon Vol. #11
© MVM Entertainment


What They Say
Rubeus and the evil sisters from the Negamoon are back and they're pulling out all stops in a furious series of new attacks! Between his last evil sisters an his new ally, Emerald, it looks like to Rubeus may finally have Serena cornered. But don't count Earth's greatest heroine out yet because she's got a few aces up her sleeve, including a brand new Sailor Scout! Don't miss the action in the eleventh volume of Sailor Moon on DVD.

Episodes Comprise
61 - Naughty 'n' Nice
62 - Prediction of Doom
63 - Enemies no More
64 - Checkmate
65 - Sibling Rivalry
66 - Rubeus Evens the Score

The Review!
The first half of the Negamoon arc heads for its conclusion as Rubeus steps in to handle the Scouts personally.

Audio:
Audio is English-language only. Presented in 2.0 stereo, it's best described as adequate as only the songs and transitions make any real use of the soundstage - all dialog and effects are locked to the centre. That said, it's clear and without any noticeable distortion or encoding defects.

Video:
Video is presented in its original 1.33:1 full-frame format, and all things considered isn't in bad shape. There is some frame jitter visible if you pay close attention, but it's not so noticeable as to be distracting. Sailor Moon is heavy on pastel colours which come across quite well, although there is some graininess in the transfer & DiC's brightly-coloured CGI scene transitions feel a bit out-of-place. There are no obvious encoding problems.

Packaging:
No packaging was provided with our review copy.

Menu:
Sailor Moon in her trademark "In the name of the moon!" pose sits on the right of the screen, with Rubeus above her & set against a scrolling starfield. Direct access to the episodes is given on the left of the screen. With no other features on the disc, this is all you get.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
With the four sisters not having much in the way of luck with securing the Crystal Points or tracking down the Silver Crystal, Rubeus is coming under increasing pressure from his boss in the future, Wiseman, to take care of the problem quickly. Wiseman is having problems dealing with the Scouts in the future, so removing them from the equation in the past ought to make his life a lot easier.

His problem is that his minions aren't really up to the task - one by one the sisters have been falling to Sailor Moon's healing power and becoming normal humans, eventually forcing Rubeus to take matters into his own hands and resort to doing his own dirty work, by kidnapping Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus and giving Serena a simple choice: hand over Rini and the Silver Crystal, or watch her friends die.

Darien, meanwhile, has been having visions of the future, and what he sees leads him to believe that unless he breaks up with Serena, she'll face a terrible fate - but with Serena already being under major pressure from her enemies, losing Darien's support is the last thing she needs. You really do lose any sort of respect you may have had for Darien here, as the way he handles his breakup with Serena, is particularly mean-spirited, especially when he knows the sort of pressure she's under as well.

Away from the characters' love lives, events are heading towards the sort of climax normally reserved for the end of a season, but in this case it's more to set up a change in the cast of enemies than a real resolution to the story, as the arrival of Emerald in the final episode on the disc indicates - Wiseman has had enough of Rubeus' lack of results and is lining up his replacement. In a change of tone from the first season of Sailor Moon, the enemies aren't all killed, though - there's an underlying thread of forgiveness and friendship running through these episodes as the four sisters are "healed" of their evil natures and turned to the side of good.

The one other major change here comes when Rini finally discovers that Serena and the others are the Sailor Scouts, and that Serena has the Silver Crystal she's been looking for. Her attempt to steal the crystal and return to the future is the catalyst for Rubeus' actions in the final episode, and really highlights the selfish side of her nature. Rini doesn't figure too heavily in these episodes, but when she does appear it's rarely in a way that makes you feel sorry for the kid.

In Summary:
Sailor Moon is always at its best when it gets away from the monster-of-the-week stories and into the life-threatening major storylines, which is what you get for most of this disc. The main problem is that the girls are fighting to save Rini, who at this point still isn't the most sympathetic of characters, but if you can put that to one side there's some good action and character work here.

Features
English 2.0 Language

Review Equipment
Panasonic TX-W28R30P 28" widescreen TV; Pioneer DV-626D player; Acoustic Solutions DS-222 5.1 speaker system.

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