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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: N/A
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Anime 18
- MSRP: 59.95
- Running time: 250
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Urotsukidoji
Urotsukidoji Perfect Collection
By Julian Yuri Tacher
February 13, 2002
Release Date: January 18, 2000
Wow. It's amazing how time will skew your viewpoint on certain subjects. Let me explain.
I first saw this series with the VHS release oh so long ago. A friend of mine who was traveling to the US got me the first tape as a gift, and after seeing it with all my friends, we all wanted desperately to get the rest of the series. Part of it was this was my first exposure to hardcore (especially at the time) anime. After the whole series was done through, I back then though it was an excellent story, but frankly, the sexual themes were a bit overbearing for me, kind of making it a little less savory for me.
Enter the DVD collection. First the standard tech stuff.
Audio: Audio on both discs sounded very good to me, with just a very slight bit of hiss. I will attribute that to the masters probably, as this is a kind of old series after all. I have no idea what the masters where, but again, it is there. The sound is a standard 2 channel setup, the Japanese voices are very well matched as usual, with the voices in English just not doing it for me at all.
Video: Video is a bit on the fuzzy side at all times, but again, I will blame the masters as all the episodes look the same in this aspect to me. NOT bad, horrible VHS like fuzzy, just not as sharp as newer DVD releases. Again, perfectly normal I think.
Menu: Menu is functional and snappy. Can't really expect anything else form a menu if you ask me. It gets you where you want to go pretty quick, just not having all the chapter stops listed, so you pop into the middle of a chapter, and then fast forward it.
OK. Now into the new impressions. Watching this series anew was a whole new experience. I guess it's just been so long since I last saw it that I was kind of surprised at some of it. I noticed stuff I hadn't seen before that really added to the story. It's especially nice to be able to swap languages back and forth. Overall the show has a very strong sexual theme (you know something is up when a giant demon with 12 penises destroys a hospital), and extremely strong gore. Like I said before, originally when I saw this series, this seemed a bit overdone to me, but now, it seams all the more appropriate. I guess it was just too early to show up on my doorstep. The story itself talks about the legend of the Overfiend, a mythical creature that will make a new world uniting the demon, human, and I guess fairy world, into one great party for all to be happy. Attempting to make this happen sooner is a demon dude and his sister (Amano Jyaku) who is actively looking for the Overfiend and trying to get him to show his power. Naturally, the Overfiend turns out to be a most unlikely person, being one of the shy geeks at school. As an interesting twist, most of the strong characters here are of that variety. Start out sort of wimpy, end up being THE guys that do stuff.
Anyway, as Amano is more and more successful in finding who the Overfiend is, and bringing his power forward, we start learning that maybe the Overfiend isn't quite as nice as we all thought. Naturally in this whole process we start hearing a bit more from the guys that DON'T want the Overfiend to appear, and why that is.
Overall, you really got to watch this thing. it is disturbing at times, yes, but this is also pretty important to the impact of the story overall. Definitely one of the DVD's that is a must have in anybody's collection (unless your collection consists of Disney DVD's :)
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