Steam Detectives Case 1 -

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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: D
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Starchild/King Records
  • MSRP: ¥3800
  • Running time: 48
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Steam Detectives

Steam Detectives Case 1


What They Say

The Review!
Having been a great admirer of Kia Asamiya (Silent Mobius and Nadesico) for a while I was excited to hear that he was doing a new retro style manga series. To my even greater delight I heard that it was be produced into a new television series. Steam Detectives is feels very Giant Robo meets Batman, and I often found my self thinking of Professor Steamhead of Ben Dunn's Ninja High School (Yes! Steam SHALL save the world!). With its cast of diverse and colorful characters; who can't love a villain named Le Bread (a tuxedo-mask look-alike, take that as you may); you can't help but sit back and enjoy as the story fold out. And yes, Ling-Ling is extremely cute.
This DVD contained 2 TV episodes in excellent Dolby Digital 5.1, with a excellent picture to boot. However what brings this DVD down is how it has been presented. The Menu is functional, having only scene access information breaking down each episode in to teaser/intro/1st half/2nd half/end credits/next episode format. These is nothing else on the disc, no trailers for upcoming DVD's, no stills or art, no text free credits??zip. The package is a special DVD version of the standard jewel case, nothing but a index guide and list of credits on the inside. At least they could have put a card of Ling-Ling or something, she's cute.

The 2 episodes contained on the disc serve mainly to introduce the characters as it starts you off in the thick of things. Our main characters already know each other and have a good excellent interaction. Well will have to see how they will do the back story as many of them have fascinating backgrounds in their own right. Our Hero Narutaki plays a detective who's parents were slain when he was a child and was raised by the family butler (sound familiar?). With the help of Nurse Ling-Ling and Goriki (a large steam-powered robot created by Ling-Ling's father which also contains his mind) he defends the steam enshrouded city from a vast array of villains. And in the course of events Ling-Ling (who is really cute), sometime gets her dress torn a little (Fan Service! ^_^)

I found this disc to be a excellent deal for the price (3700 yen or about $30 us), and a solid purchase for anyone with access to a region 2 DVD system. Not to mention a really solid soundtrack. By the way did I mention that Ling-Ling is cute.

Japanese Language 5.1

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