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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: C-
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Beam Entertainment
- MSRP: �4700
- Running time: 30
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Go Senzo-san-e
Go Senzo-san-e Vol. #1
Go Senzo-san-e Vol. #1
What They SayThe Review!
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The latest creation by Tenchi-Muyo! creator Masaki Kajishima is quite a departure from the wacky comedic creations of the past, including his not yet domestically released Photon series. Like both Photon and Tenchi, this new series is animated by the legendary AIC. But more important than that, Go-Senzo-san-e represents Kajishima's venture into erotic anime. (Note: Many thanks to Keiichi Kuroda for correcting my title errors!)
The first thing that really struck me while watching this disc is how similar it looks to Tenchi-Muyo. I mean, that's understandable considering the creator, but it genuinely feels like the original 1992 OVA series in terms of design. Tenchi-Muyo has gone through so many reiterations in design and this series seems to hail from a purer Kajishima era. Despite this, the show doesn't have the comedy that Tenchi is known for. It seems far more serious and at times even sinister, with eerie kabuki masks used to great effect in many scenes. There is a lot of potential here; despite being billed as an erotic title it is much more than that.
The story concerns a young man's arrival at a new school, a school that seems to have much more going on in the background than one would expect. And to top it off a strange American woman keeps close tabs on the young man from afar - listening in on telephone conversations through wiretaps, keeping the home under surveillance - your basic movie spy. Of course by the end of the first episode we still don't have an idea exactly why he's so darn interesting. Oh, and in case you're wondering - no, the "erotic" element in the story doesn't involve the American girl, at least not yet. I won't divulge any more in fear of creating a spoiler.
The video transfer is quite good; with great detail and color. The episode runs thirty minutes, which allows for less compression since disc space isn't a factor. In Japan, the single LD or DVD with thirty minutes of OVA animation is unfortunately quite common. Audio is two channel stereo with a very good soundtrack that reminds me of the symphonic elements of the Tenchi OVA soundtrack.
The DVD's packaging is one of those "durable DVD specific" CD jewel cases. I say that with a touch of scorn since my DVD arrived with a severely cracked cover, which apparently happened during handling on the way over from Japan. The hard clear plastic these things are constructed of just can't handle impacts no matter how thick and beefy they try and make them. This is distressing since my early Beam purchases came in keepcases (the same kind used with Hong Kong imports or the domestic La Blue Girl DVDs). I hope that Beam hasn't abandoned the keepcase altogether.
The disc also contains the now familiar Beam-style basic menu, which works quite well. The DVD includes a design gallery in addition to chapter stops, which has become a Beam staple. This helps compensate for the lack of much in the way of printed extras as the disc has only a two-page CD insert with basic liner notes.
Yet another really cool region 2 disc, one which I recommend if you are looking for something a touch out of the ordinary.
Japanese Language,Character Designs