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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: 110
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Vol. #13: Time Travelers

By Chris Beveridge     October 26, 2002
Release Date: January 07, 2003


Sailor Moon Vol. #13: Time Travelers
© ADV Films


What They Say
As the Negamoon's attacks on the city continue, Rini comes to a decision. The time has come for her to lead Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts back into the future Crystal Tokyo to confront the evil Prince Diamond and his Dark Crystal! But first the Sailor Scouts must find their way through the dimensions of time and space in their greatest challenge yet.

The Review!
Revelations! Time travel! Answers to questions and all kinds of other good information make this a worthwhile volume.

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 slightly cartoony feel is creeping back in, but not as bad as some past volumes. The cover here provides a good full length shot of Sailor Moon in the lead with Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Pluto flanking her on each side. 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:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this installment of Sailor Moon episodes, we get to the good stuff of the season. With the layout of introductions, then filler/repetition and then ending, the ending sequence always works out to be the most interesting part. I almost wish I could just watch the first three episodes and then the final ten or so.

After a bit of simple battle episodes, Rini’s decided that it’s time for her to go home to help her mother. She’s had enough and just wants to go home, and everyone from the Scouts and Tuxedo Mask have told her they’ll go with her to help. The level of affection between everyone and Rini is pretty strong here, which means there must be something that’s seen only in person. I’d be kicking her and her crystal back to the 30th century as fast as I could.

The journey to the 30th century is a bit fraught with troubles as the Negamoon villains have their final attempts in fighting them back. But once we get to the future and Crystal Tokyo, things really start to get rolling. The entire place looks like a mix of ruins and crystals and nary a thing alive in sight. Everyone’s on their guard, so they’re surprised when they’re suddenly in the holographic presence of an older Tuxedo Mask. It’s here that we start to learn the secrets of what’s been going on, from the arrival of the Negamoon villains and to their failed battles against Crystal Tokyo. It turns out that most changed their ways, but those who did not disappeared into the sky, only to return now both in the past and present to try and change things.

The goal at this point turns to fighting off the remaining villains from the Negamoon and saving Queen Serenity along with Crystal Tokyo. Rini is key to things, but it’s going to take all of the Scouts to be able to support Serena in her quest to save, well, everyone. With the revelations of relations and everyone’s places in the future, there’s a lot riding on what goes on, and it does a great job of playing it out. The sequences are fun to watch as well as the drama during the revelations. With it all being parts I’d seen previously, I just kept mentally wishing things would go faster so we could get to the good stuff.

The way it all plays out is just a lot of fun, and I’m enjoying these episodes. The higher than usual stakes adds a lot to it and the sense of urgency to the situation helps it to play out better than what could have been a mediocre penultimate set of episodes.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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