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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: AnimEigo
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • 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. #07

By Chris Beveridge     February 05, 2002
Release Date: June 29, 2001


Urusei Yatsura TV Vol. #07
© AnimEigo


What They Say


The Review!
The new season really gets into full swing here as the episodes move steadily away from the two story mode to one general story with two subplots. As always, the episode nature of the show is a real draw, being able to cue up any episode and simply sit down and watch.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its only language of Japanese. With the show being so old, it's a very basic audio track that's listed as 2 channel but is essentially a mono mix with everything coming through the center channel. Dialogue is clear and there aren't any noticeable dropouts, but the volume does sound a bit lower than discs we're used to listening to. Otherwise, it's about what you've come to expect from this show.

Video:
As with the previous volumes, this is probably the best this show has looked. Colors look good and solid most of the time, line noise is pretty minimal and the only real annoyance is the rainbows that are scattered throughout. Some are more annoying than others, but they cause some of the edge problems. We also had the unfortunate effect of this disc letting loose the chroma bug our deck has, which is where reds tend to just go nutty. It only seemed to effect the opening logo, which just looked bad, but that's a player defect (and with the player making 99% of my discs look fantastic, I'll take this one issue and live with it).

Packaging:
Consistency counts, and this volume continues the same style as the first five volumes, with the same pink tiger stripe background and one of the characters taking center stage. Benten and her bike get center stage this time around on the front cover. The back cover gives Benten's bio as well as a summary of the episodes on this disc. There's no insert per se, but there are the "recipe card" liner notes again.

Menus:
The menu design is a slight bit different than the original set, but works nicely nonetheless. Episode selection is from the main screen, and whichever episode is highlight, it also lists its original air date. There's no selection for languages/subtitles, since it defaults to the only language and with subtitles on. While not the most appealing menus in the world, they're fast and functional, and people are likely never to really need them.

Extras:
None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Once I started on volume seven, I went on a binge of three discs and just couldn't stop. This show is just so addictively fun, even after seeing these episodes literally dozens of times since I had first bought the VHS and laserdiscs. It never gets old.

Well, it does get old in one sense. This batch of episodes is from 1982, so it's closing in on 20 years as of this writing. What doesn't get old is the humor, the wackiness or the characters.

There's some decent and some great episodes in this batch. The opening episode is one of the weaker ones, with a school fieldtrip to the outdoors (yes, that simple). Lum manages to get invited simply due to her inviting herself, and they all head out to different areas to picnic. Insanity ensues when a dried up frog is revealed to be the king of an underwater city of kappa's.

The second episode was a strong one, that deals with some earmuffs being sold in the middle of the summer. The earmuffs have a mysterious ability to exchange the personality of the wearers that are within a certain distance of each other. Ataru and Ten find themselves in this situation, and Ataru in Jariten's body milks it for all it's worth. He actually gets a line formed of cute young ladies (14-20 only!) whose bosoms he gets to nuzzle. Jariten in Ataru's body however takes a beating and gets grief from Lum. And how can you make a mix-up situation like this even worse? Add in a few more people and a ton more earmuffs and watch the body-switching go!

Another strong episode deals with Ataru coming into possession of an ugly looking caterpillar that's out to eat just about everything. Only Ataru finds the little guy to be friends with, and cares and nurtures him. And protects him from when Mendou decides that the caterpillar must be eliminated. There's some good chase scenes here and it's fun to watch Ataru and Lum working together.

This show still elicits many outright laughs and many smiles. It's not something everyone likes, but for those who do, they love it with a passion. Very recommended.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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