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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: AnimEigo
  • MSRP: 105
  • Running time: 500
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura TV Box Set 1

By Michel Martial     August 04, 2000
Release Date: August 04, 2000



The Review!
Well, here it finally is the first box promised by AnimEigo early last year, and I must confess I am a happy customer.

For those who do not know about UY, it is a show started in 1981 from a Manga from Rumiko Takahashi (Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, Inu Yasha ...) mostly about a love comedy between Ataru Moroboshi (a man quick to jump on any women walking around) and Lum (an Oni who came to earth to challenge its randomly chosen emissary --Ataru Moroboshi himself-- and was "proposed to" --somehow-- by him). The show is a big Japanese/Asian folklore melting pot as Lum is an Oni, Oyuki a snow maiden, Benten is part of the seven gods of luck ...

The Audio rating is A- since it is the original sound track audio and all, and there was not much that could be done about it.

The Video is pretty clear even if a little more image separation would have been in the mpeg generation, as in some scenes one can see the previous image disappear (but it is far from being as bad as the two Ranma movies done by Viz earlier). Apart from that, AnimEigo seems to have done an excellent job on the picture.

The packaging if very nice (and they even thought to put double DVD holders in one box on two for when the next packages are going to come) is quite classic, with some character biography on the back of the DVD's boxes. Let's note that it does come with the usual AnimEigo liner notes which are always very interesting to get more into the Anime shown.

The menu is nearly absent as it only allows you to select which episode to watch. The subtitles are done in the classic AnimEigo way with some compromise to the fact that only 4 colors are available (2 free for coloring the text after using black and transparent) for them and the result is really good (even if sometime a little confusing). There appears there is a second subtitle track with some supplemental material on it.

As for the content, those are the 20 first episodes of this fantastic TV series, which will introduces such characters as Lum, Ataru, Shinobu, Mendou, Oyuki, Benten, Ran ... and some fantastic goofy and loving episodes.



Review Equipment
Sharp 27K-S100 TV, Apex AD 600 A DVD Player, Pioneer VSX-D307-HT decoder

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