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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 17 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sakura Diaries

Sakura Diaries Vol. #3

By Roman Martel     February 18, 2002
Release Date: January 23, 2001



The Review!
Overall Rating: 4.2
(on a scale of 1-5)
-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 4
Presentation: 4
Goodies: NA
Overall: 4.5

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 4
Sound: 4
Plot: 4
English Acting: 4
Music: 4
Overall: 4

Intro
In the last disc Touma established himself as a total loser and we were given a little hint at why Urara is in love with the poor dope. The plot thickens in this disc and while some things change for certain characters I'm not sure where I stand on this series. It looks like it's gonna depend on how they choose to end it. But let's take a look at this disc first.

Technical Review
Everything technically stays the same on this disc. You got good solid picture and sound. The menu is fast and functional; it's just lacking a bit of pizzazz. The presentation is good. Now we got region coding but we are still missing the number of channels of sound. No goodies to speak of in this disc. All in all it's a good disc.

Content Review
I was hoping that Touma would somehow redeem himself or at least start on the road to redemption after that last disc. I mean the guy made a huge idiot out of himself and . . . Anyway I'm getting ahead of myself.

I'll give a quick recap of the episodes on this disc first. The first episode has Touma suffering over the memory the previous night's encounter. Will Urara forgive him, or does she have something fitting planned for our "hero"? Just when we are about to find out, Touma ends up getting into a threesome with Mieko and Mashu (it's karaoke guys!). Urara shows up with her pal and comedy ensues. This episode contains the revealing line: "Life must suck when your sister's a retard." In the next episode Touma gets to talk with Mieko about her true feelings and Urara gets her plans ready to show Touma how she really feels. In the last episode Urara gets to experience "The Big O". It's still not what you think guys!

The animation is staying just the same as it did in the previous discs. Unfortunately there weren't any SD moments, but I suppose I will survive. The sound is also staying up to standard. The visual and audio stylings are pretty straightforward. I was noticing that there were quite a few moments in which visual styles were used that were specific only to animation, and Japanese animation at that. I've been watching quite a few shows that are going for a more realistic look lately (Princess Mononoke, Cowboy Bebop, Gasuraki) that Super Deformed moments and backgrounds freezing or changing colors felt a bit strange. But hey this whole show has been strange.

And speaking of strangeness. . . Well, I mentioned that the plot is going and that I'm still interested to see what's going to happen next, but I have also come to the realization that I do not feel for Touma. I pity the guy a bit, and think that he or someone should put himself out of his misery. But I'm beginning to pity Urara too. The stuff she has to put up with and the fact that she is putting up with it all is amazing. But I can't see how this will resolve itself neatly. This plot is fun to speculate on, but I'm really wondering on how re-watchable this show will be once I've seen the whole thing. But I can't really make up my mind till the final disc has come out. I will say that at this point I think that Urara and Touma deserve each other. I just hope to god they don't breed, that is just too much naiveté and stupidity in one person. The result would be too close to Mihoshi (of course, I know some people who are huge Mihoshi fans ;-)

The English dub is remaining consistent. I think most of the actors are having fun with the script, especially with the goofy antics of our two mains. Mieko is doing a good job of making me not like her very much. And Urara's high school chum is great fun whenever she's on screen. The score and music are still the same as well.

Well like I mentioned, I've ordered the final disc and ready to see just how this all plays out. I must admit that it's been a fun, albeit strange ride at times. I'm hoping that the rest of the show at least redeems the characters or we have a more bitter ending that would be appropriate for these people . . . who need some more growing up to do. (sigh) Young love ;-)

Roman J. Martel
Tell me what you think! E-mail me at...
roman@animeondvd.com



Review Equipment
General Electric Performance Plus (25 Inch), Sony Playstation 2

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