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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Other
  • MSRP: 7350
  • Running time: 42
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Urotsukidoji

Urotsuki Vol. #1

    June 21, 2002
Release Date: May 03, 2002


Urotsuki Vol. #1
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What They Say
Sentenced to death, Amano Jyaku, of the Chojin-kai (Demon-Beasts), is given a chance to save his life and redeem himself. He is to go to the Human World and locate the one who will become the Chojin and reunite the three realms of the Humans, Demons, and Demon-Beasts into a world of peace.

The Review!
Audio: The audio is pretty much vintage Urotsukidoji with a kick back to the original for a few tunes. Sounds and dialogue are well spread out along the front stage and surround speakers when needed. Subwoofer activity is not exaggerated, but subtle and effective when needed. The DD 5.1 mix is also a welcome addition to the series as it's getting a facelift.

Video: Video quality is at an all-time high with this show. Being in-tune with the more modern hentai releases, the OVA showcases some beautiful looking scenes with a dynamic use of colors, and even a more-than-healthy-dose of CG. And no jaggies, macro blocking, and/or compression artifacts are present anywhere in the show.

Packaging: The DVD comes in a keep case-similar to the ones that KSS uses in their releases, which are a little longer than standard amarays. Included is some gorgeous original artwork on the cover, with the back detailing the usual specs. box for R2 releases. The keep case comes inside a box, which houses all three volumes of the series. The box has the same design on the front as does the cover of vol. 1, except larger, brighter, and with a glossy finished look to it.

Menu: As for as menu's go, this release doesn't stray from the typical R2 menu template. 1) a static image as a background; 2) chapter stops (text only); 3) audio selection, all on the same single screen. Nothing different here. But very easy to navigate though!

Extras: We get the gorgeous collector's box to house the other 2 volumes of the series. Also, included in the keep case w/ vol 1 are two mini-posters for upcoming releases of other ecchi titles. Lastly, we're treated to a postcard sized, 8p gatefold catalog showcasing titles released and to be released in the future, with anime hentai titles on one side and standard fair US made XXX films on the other.

Some of which is used sparingly at some points to create wonderful effects, while others are purely CG driven and the scenes sometimes suffer abit because of it.

Content: I don't wish to give away any of the OVA in the review, so I'm to write about a few key things that some might not know about this rather low-key release.

The Urotsuki is thought by many to be a direct sequel to the events that take place the Urotsukidoji OVA 1-12. However, it is in fact a remake of the OVA series, in particular, the first three volumes. Better known to many as the first Urotsukidoji "movie", Legend of the Overfiend. The OVA series, the Urotsuki, has a rewritten storyline that isn't too far off from the original; however, there are some unlikely differences to keep the fans on their toes.

One major change concerning this release is the (excessive) use of CGI in the animation itself. Now, I'm not referring to cel shading or digital animation, I'm talking about 3D shapes & images and digitized effects, in conjunction with traditional and digital animation techniques. CG is looking better and becoming cheaper to produce for movies in general, however, if there is little control, it may take a great film and sink to depths it would have otherwise been able to avoid. For example:

In one scene CG is used to enhance the animation on a body of water and the effect comes off rather well. In another scene, we get to see fire burning away and it looks odd and out of place with the rest of the background. Like the saying goes, "Sometimes...less is more".

Please, however, don't think I did not enjoy watching this OVA, because I did...very much so. I was great to go back and see the story as told from someone else's perspective. The art is very well done, beautiful in some cases. The animation is well done, as is the music. Even the CG sequences are great...I'm just saying that since the originals had such a great storyline to relay upon, that perhaps overkill with the CG is not needed, for the story and rest of the animations components will come together to form a sleek retelling of an old favorite.

Features
Japanese Language 5.1,Japanese Language 2.0,OVA Trailers,Mini-Posters (2),8p Gatefold 2002 Catalog,Collector's Box

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