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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: AnimEigo
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura TV Vol. #03

By Chris Beveridge     February 05, 2002
Release Date: August 04, 2000



What They Say


The Review!
The marathon viewing continues with another volume of one of my favorite TV series. Bringing another four episodes back to memory since my last time watching them on laserdisc a number of years ago, it's been such a trip to see them again.

The video is definitely improved for this disc with images being much more solidly defined. Colors are still strong without bleeding. The background fuzziness is much reduced in this volume.

Content wise things continue to pick up. While the episodes are still split in half, things begin to break down a bit. The two halves of the first episode are both about Kurama, the sleeping Tengu princess. The Tengu who attend her are hilarious in how they act, especially the drunk one. Ataru has some great moments as well, especially when he starts going to town licking her leg.

Another episode that takes place just before Christmas Eve has Lum's Stormtroopers creating a fictional woman who would be interested in Ataru. Their plan to make him look bad to Lum is pretty minimally thought out, but there's some great buildup to it. Their interviews for various members of the team necessary to pull it off was great. Megane's voice actor is great in how he can pull off such a serious "world is ending" voice for this show.

There's also a special New Years episode here, with a wondefully well done introduction of Mendou Shutaro, a character who isn't slated to appear for a few more episodes. But he's perfect for the role in this episode, where the cast goes back in time to the days of Kintaro and the attacking Oni from the future. The transposition of the main cast to the Heian era is of course easily done and generally with good results. Since it's a special as opposed to a normal episode, they get away with a bit more things, but it's a lot of fun.

Battle Royal of Love has one redeeming feature. You get to watch the cast disco. It's just too damn funny. Just remember, this was back in 1981!

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.

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