Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 44.95
- Running time: 325
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Tenchi Muyo
Tenchi Muyo! : Magical Project S: Volume 2
By Michael Thomas
May 18, 2003
Release Date: November 19, 2002
Even more fun with Sasami from Tenchi Muyo fame.
When watching the show, I listened to the original Japanese seiyuu (voice actors). There was no English dubbed option. The talking, ambient sounds, and background music made good use of the two, built-in, TV speakers. Nothing really special here.
Overall, the video is pretty good. Solid colors, good animation, and good overall detail. However, there are noticeable problems with aliasing, and artificing. This occurs mostly during the opening credits, and during the magical transformation sequence. I did find this to be distracting, especially since the rest of the show is solidly done.
There is plenty to talk about here. First, there is a double-sided, shiny cover featuring Pixy Misa and full of art from the show. On the back of the cover is the list of episodes, a good introduction to the show, and the usual DVD stuff (copyrights, extras, and whatnot). The clear dual-DVD keep case also works well with this cover. Both DVDs have silk-screens of Pretty Sammy or Pixy Misa. There is an insert. I did find it sort of odd that this volume was packed more for Pixy Misa... but she is the other main character.
Menu's load quickly, and easily; and are played over a static image that has a bit of animation to it (like images will hauntingly shadow in the backgrown.)
Though there are no extras on the first disk, the 2nd disk contains a number of extras. They have textless opening and ending sequences, as well as an art gallery. In addition to this are three shorts semi dealing with the show. Lastly is a long trailer to Magical Project S: The Movie.
::Content:: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
For those of you who like Sasami from Tenchi Muyo, this is a series you'll enjoy.
Well, the story continues here, and does get much more dramatic as well. Overall this set of DVDs deals greatly with the friendship between Misao and Sasami, and the relationship of the three Jurihelm princesses. It also deals with the conclusion of the entire story arc, and hints at the usual "happily ever after" themes present in a lot of these growing up tales.
The content is still has its usual amounts of silliness, parodying, and comic antics; however, there are a couple of very dramatic episodes as well. These episodes deal directly with the friendship of Sasami and Misao. I have to say; this is what caught my attention the most about these episodes. That is, the two-parter where Sasami finds out who Pixy Misa is, and the ramifications of that event. You even get to see just how deep a character Tsunami is, as well. I would have to say if these episodes weren't included, the overall feel of the show would have just been comic, more-or-less. But, since they are, it gives a good change of pace from the normal level of the show, and lets the two girls grow up a bit.
After this story arc finishes, there is a smaller arc, where the third Jurihelm queen candidate makes a last-ditch effort to become the ruler of Jurihelm. The show returns to its fun and goofy nature for these last few episodes. And the show gives us a good ending, and gives us just enough of a taste of the future that the ending isn't a disappointment. In other words, the show ends very well.
Overall, Magical Project S: Volume 2 is a good completion to the series. Magical Project S: Volume 2 adds some real depth to both characters, has some good laughs, and just enough drama to keep you watching to the end. The entire show is a great value, and does have a lot that will allow for multiple, enjoyable viewings. Definitely something that should be added to fans of mahou shoujo stories collections.
Panasonic CT-27D11E 27" TV; Sony Play Station 2 DVD Player; Gold-Plated Monster component cable