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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: s-Cry-ed
s-Cry-ed Vol. #4
By Justin Rich
July 14, 2005
Release Date: January 20, 2004
s-Cry-ed Vol. #4
What They Say
© Bandai Entertainment
The Lost Ground lies in ruins after the second Seismic Upheaval! Acting on a tip by Cougar, Mimori and Asuka have traveled deep in the badlands in search of Ryuho. Instead the two find Kazuma fighting in an underground Alter gladiatorial arena with aspirations to leave for the Mainland! Ryuho and Kanami continue to help rebuild the Inner village, but with the arrival of HOLD, will a deceptive plot convince Ryuho to rejoin HOLD? The search for answers and lost friends continue… The Review!
Kazuma is partaking in Alter cockfights and Ryuho has no idea who he is, the second upheaval really did shake things up between the natives and HOLD.
For this viewing session I listened to s-CRY-ed in Bang Zoom’s English Dolby Digital. The show’s shonen nature has plenty of action and explosions coming at you from the rear speakers and the dialogue from the center, with no dropouts or distortions. I also took a look at the Japanese Dolby after watching the entire disc already, for I wanted to make sure there was no apparent problems with this audio which was balanced and functioning properly.
Unlike most shows, Sunrise’s 2001 release s-CRY-ed never has the same opening sequence which evolves as the series progress. The transfer is high quality, especially with the gargantuan amount of color that the show displays. The only time there is a small amount of bleeding in the video is when multiple Alters are being summoned at the same time.
For this volume Cougar is the main focus with his Alter on his feet ready for battle arched over Mimori looking off to the left. s-CRY-ed appears near the bottom of the front cover, with the subtitle Aftershocks, and Bandai’s Platinum label is on top. On the back there are five screen caps on a marble like surface. The insert is a replica of the cover with diagrams of Ayase’s and Biff’s Alters in both old form and their Mainland refined form.
The menu’s opening sequence begins with the same flash of light from the show when Ryuho or Kazuma is going to the Other Side and then Kazuma’s Shell Bullet spins and he twists into the air. The menu has a thirty second looping clip of “Reckless Fire” and Kanami is this time the character on the screen with a river of techno color behind her. To the upper left is the s-CRY-ed title with the play, scenes, extras and setup directly below it. The menu responds quickly and uses the eye catch to transport you to other parts of the disc.
Once again this series has four textless openings since they were all different from each other. The character videos this time are Cougar and Mimori which include clips that span the entire series. The sound comic this time focuses on Kazuma vs. his brother which isn’t in the anime itself but is in the manga. Another huge musical score which last a little over fifteen minutes which also has pictures as the music snippet change so does the visual to go along with it. The design gallery includes: Ayase and her Alter Noble Tempest, Biff and his Alter Hammer & finally Kigetsuki and his Alter the Tokonatsu Sisters. Finally this disc also includes trailors for Witch Hunter Robin, Future GPX Cyber Formula & Infinite Ryvius.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers) After the second Upheaval Ryuho has no idea who he is and Kazuma is dwelling in depression partaking in underground Alter battles. Mimori and Tachibana on a tip from Cougar go to find Kazuma, but his anger and stubbornness won’t allow him to listen to reason, and he doesn’t leave there until he sees a child being pushed around by the goons who help run the fighting ring.
Ryuho and Kanami start finding a friendship of their own, and when HOLD shows up Ryuho lets them know that he is going to protect the members of the town regardless who he has to fight. Ryuho even if Scheris is his opponent. Of course, with her loyalty to Ryuho, she has no interest in fighting him but to try and help him remember who he is. But with Ryuho’s location discovered Unkei and Kigetsuki are sent to recover him using a combination of their Alters to warp Ryuho’s memory and convince him to return to Zigmarl. After getting Scheris out of the way the plan is going according to script, but somehow Kanami wonders in a foils the plan. The Tokonatsu sisters take Kanami hostage just as Urizane finds an unconscious Scheris.
With the power of the Other Side Ryuho is able to break Unkei mind control and regain all memory, but this leads to him being able to empathize with Kazuma as he sees Kanami being used as a tool to stop him from fighting back. Urizane and Scheris rescue Kanami and Ryuho easily defeats Unkei as Kigetsuki escapes, leaving an emotional moment of both Ryuho and Scheris defecting from HOLD and Urizane now swearing to them as enemies which just added more angst to a show that had more than most anime out there.
Just as the weight of life had gotten to Kazuma and he was leaving for the Mainland Ayase returns out of the blue and from behind comes attack from Biff who was also captured and then had his Alter power enhanced by the Mainland. Ayase forces him underwater and Kazuma uses the power of Shell Bullet to escape to a cave, but Ayase tracks him down to talk and dissolves her Alter as she apologizes for attack him. She is trying to save her brother and show the Mainlanders who to get to the Other World but Kazuma doesn’t know how and Ayase feels she has no choice but to once again fight him. Kazuma finally starts to understand what he needs to do after arguing with the ghost of Kimishima, and he emerges from the water as Ayase’s brother dies. Kazuma can do nothing as another one of his friends dies in front of him tragically. His rage causes him to attack Mujo and then sends a beacon of light that Scheris, Ryuho and Kanami see letting them know he is still alive and fighting.
Cougar seeing the light knew to leave to find Kazuma just as Kanami and Ryuho chose to do the same thing. Cougar tells Tachibana where to find Ryuho so he and Mimori leave for the location. HOLD finds the car that they were using to get to Ryuho and drop Biff down on them to capture her. Tachibana stands up but he is outclassed even with his ultimate attack Eternity Extra Shot Biff is able to reverse it. Biff goes for the crushing final blow but it is averted by Zetsuei as Ryuho emerges from the shadows and then defeats Biff.
While still dealing with the death Ayase Cougar shows up to find and now fight Kazuma. Cougar kicks him into the ground and then begins to recall their past. Cougar informs Kazuma that Kanami and Ryuho are together and Ryuho is no longer a HOLD member. Kazuma is being brought through his anger, rage and despair by his old friend Cougar in the only way he knew to get through to him; fighting and Kazuma stands up reinvigorated.
Unlike so many shonen series s-CRY-ed has more emotional weight then any. The overwhelming power of this fighting series sets it apart from most in it’s genre and makes it one of the truly wonderful series to watch. This volume does bring one question to mind is Kazuma with Cougar’s help able to find the inner strength to move forward or will the crushing weight of the past finish him off? Can Mujo be stopped even with the new found power Ryuho and Kazuma have? If necessary can these two superpowers work together to save the Lost Ground? These question will be answered as we race towards a surely explosive finish to s-CRY-ed.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Textless Openings , Character Videos ,Sound Comic ,Music Score Collection ,Design Gallery
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