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- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
- MSRP: Ą5000
- Running time: 50
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: St. Luminous Mission High School
St. Luminous Mission HS Vol. #1
What They SayThe Review!
I picked this DVD up on a whim from Tokyo Pop because it was on clearance for $30. I had no idea what it was about aside from the apparent abundance of cute girl designs that I'd seen from advertisements in NewType. "But hey, it's a $30 Japanese dvd," so I decided to play a little roulette and take my chances.
The story as far as I can make out is a mystery. St. Luminous Mission High is an all-girls private school. We start in the girl's shower room (but don't let that color your opinion, there's no actual nudity or even fanservice in the first two episodes). Roommates Merina and Akiko are chatting while showering when suddenly and quite mysteriously, Merina just vanishes.
Enter our "hero", Kaihei. He has been bequeathed the chairmanship of the school by his grandfather. He's accompanied by his friend Ryuuzou who wants to check out the "all-girl school". Nothing wrong with his hormones. But as a compromise with school policies, he is required to dress as a girl. I find it rather shocking how good a job he does at doing it. On his arrival, Kaihei finds out about the disappearance of Merina and begins to investigate.
This anime is notable for its mood if nothing else. There's this feeling of "strangeness" I had throughout watching the first episode. The setting is a rather contemporary private school out in the country but the disappearance and subsequent vision of Merina by Kaihei are very eerie. The second episode is made up predominantly of the various girls at the school flirting with Kaihei. But just to remind you what the series is about and as a teaser, at the end of episode 2, another girl just vanishes into thin air.
The video on this DVD is very clean and there are no obvious defects to my undiscerning eye. The art style itself uses quite a bit of CG coloring and scene layout. The sound is adequate but as this is not an action-orientated anime, there's not much to be noted here. The music in the opening and during the mysterious portions contribute a lot to the mood though. The menu is functional but a bit sluggish. It features scene access, a couple of character/seiyuu pages, various commercials and "after recording" scripts which were quite a surprise. The only other DVD I've seen this included on is the Evangelion DVD.
For miscellaneous last notes, the DVD comes in a jewel case. Frankly, I have no particular preference jewel or keep case. As a Pioneer title, I'm curious if Panime has any plans to release this in the US. Also as a Pioneer title, it features a number of Pioneer Animation alumni seiyuu: Tetsuya Iwanaga (Makoto), Mifuyu Hiiragi (Fatora), Yumi Takada (Aeka), Ai Orikasa (Ryoko), Mayumi Iizuka (Sakuya) and Yuri Amano (Ifurita) being among the names I recognize.
I found the first two episodes interesting enough that I will probably get the remaining episodes eventually.
Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital,Character/Seiyuu information,Commercials