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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sorcerer Hunters

Sorcerer Hunters Vol. #4

By Chris Beveridge     February 15, 2002
Release Date: October 09, 2001


Sorcerer Hunters Vol. #4
© ADV Films


What They Say
This is it. Time to earn their pay. Time for the final showdown. Time for Carrot to get serious. Things have gone from bad to worse, and as Zaha Torte closes in, the Sorcerer Hunters find themselves under attack from within as well as without. Past secrets threaten, a dark future looms and much is uncertain. The one thing the Sorcerer Hunters do know is that they must stop Zaha! They must risk all to save all.

The Review!
Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to this disc in its original language, Japanese. The show for the most part is still very dialogue heavy with only a few moments of each episode really devoted to the action sequences and the accompanying music. The opening and ending sections sound quite good though and make up for the quieter feel of the episodes themselves.

Video:
Much like the third volume, the transfer here seems to be a fair bit better than earlier on. The only problem that really plagues this release is the graininess of the material which gives it a soft look throughout, especially with Carrot. There's very few rainbows and only a few noticeable jaggies here and there. With only six episodes here, things aren't as cramped for space and it looks fairly decent overall. It's not something to write home about, but it's not something to get upset over.

Packaging:
For the final cover, a good group shot of the main cast members providing happy smiling looks works well, giving a somewhat light feeling even though the episodes are a fair bit darker. The back cover has a number of pictures of the show and a decent summary of the episodes contained within as well as the technical specs. As with earlier volumes, the lack of episode numbers, titles or a volume number is annoying. The insert provides a great looking picture of Tira in a dark whipping mood, while the reverse side of it shows the episode titles and chapter stops with a small image of Zaha.

Menus:
The menu layout is identical to the earlier volumes, which looks good and has a nice amount of music and animation playing along them. Access times between the menus are pretty sweet and moving around is pretty straightforward and problem free, though sometimes you may not move exactly where you want in the episode selection menu.

Extras:
Extras are again fairly minimal, with the older Do It Now Sorcerer Hunters trailer being the basic extra other than the character bios. The character bios continue to provide decent information (if you watch after the episodes), otherwise there's potential spoilers in there.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With this volume bringing the series to its conclusion, we actually get away from the episodic style of the series and do a chunk of related episodes that deal with the overall arc. And that arc being the destruction of everything.

We do get to sidetrack a bit before we get into the meat of the story. When Big Momma calls the Hunters back to the Church so she can see them and set up her plans to kill Carrot so that he doesn't become the God of Destruction, Carrot finds a way of going off elsewhere and doing a little side business in a local kingdom where a young sorceress has set up some weird laws about clothes and style.

We also get a rather good episode that deals with Tira, Chocolate and Carrot being separated from the others and in some strange way, coming to terms with the fact that both sisters are truly in love with Carrot (which is totally obvious to just about everyone but these two and probably Carrot). With the two girls naked under their blankets and cuddling up to Carrot, the timing of their respective moods is expected, but the way it plays out is perfect. Finally, a threesome!

But when things turn back to the main arc, the final conflict between the Hunters and Zaha Torte, they range over about four episodes total. So in one sense, yes, we move into Dragonball Z style territory with long running fights and people being smacked through buildings and all that fun stuff. Zaha pulls a huge chunk of a city from the past (which looks like a present day city) and forces it to crash into the land the Church resides on.

We start to learn some of the past history the Hunters have to Zaha as well as the way of the world since the last time the God of Destruction rampaged. The past between the Hunters and Zaha starts to get interesting, but I found it to be way too short and way too weak on real answers or explanations. What it does is help establish via a brief mention by Big Momma that those who are around Carrot are the four Peer Gods, and they'll always be with Carrot no matter what.

The resulting battle between everyone, even if rather prolonged, was actually pretty well done, complete with deaths and surprise deaths. The way things went after that got a bit strange, with souls ending in different areas of time and space that started to remind me of Please Save My Earth, but in some strange sense it managed to work.

The show manages to both wrap things up and leave things open ended enough for follow-ups. The show was a fairly decent foray into episode fantasy with a heavy amount of fanservice. At conventions, you can usually see women cosplaying both Tira and Chocolate (though only in their original work costumes and not their new ones shown during the finale, sadly), so there's a definite following on both sides of the aisle so to speak. This release is definitely a bargain, getting so many episodes for such a low price, that if you're a fan of the show it's a no brainer. I found it generally to be a harmless way to pass the time.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character Biographies,Original Trailer,"Do it now" Trailer

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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