Mania Grade: C-
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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: F
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Image Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 102
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer
By Sean Connolly
February 13, 2002
Release Date: May 18, 1999
I won't hide it, Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer is a part of that genre of anime that sends shudders down most fans spines: The "Fighting Game turned Anime" genre. The series started out a pretty decent video game for the Neo*Geo console and, of course, was made into a 3 part OAV series. This time, the process is a bit different. The director of this series, is also it's creator, Masami Obari. The game was created with the anime in mind and here it is! Good? Well, that depends on what kind of fan you are.
The story goes a little like this; It is the 21st century, after a series of earthquakes which reduced half of Tokyo to rubble, a new city has risen from the ashes. A city in the center of something big. These disasters are caused by one Shizuru Ozaki. Now, Ozaki works with a higher power and the time for their carefully laden plan has come. The only thing standing in his way is the Gowcaizer! Armed with the powerful Caizer stone and with the help of his friends, he will give it his all to stop Ozaki and prove that humanity is worth saving.
The video on this disc is very exceptional, as I hoped it would. This title has been delayed for a long time. It's good to see *something* good came out of it. None-the-less, this is a beautiful looking disc. The show features a lot of good colors which are shown quite nicely. Again, very nice.
The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 and is very good. The dubbing is pretty good as is the Japanese. Seeing this disc marked the first time I've watching this subtitled and I'd have to say it's better in the original Japanese. Nothing against the dub ( which is one of the better U.S.M.C. dubs ), but some of the voices didn't fit in the dub and sounded better in Japanese. The audio gets a good grade.
The menu...is crap! This is the worst menu I've ever seen on a DVD ever. Why? There's nothing! Three selections with a purple background with a "G" in it. This G has nothing to do with the show! Slow day at the Image offices huh? Gimme a break.
The packaging is good. Your standard keepcase with a montage of characters on the front with some detailed information about each round. It's eye-catching and I like it. ^_^
The story itself? Well, that depends if your a fighting game anime fan. It does try to get pretty deep sometimes, with some decent dialogue. Stuff about life, and such and such, but when you get down to it, it's all about the fighting. The fighting itself is pretty good. If you've seen Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, than you know what kind of fighting to expect. Also, in typical Obari style, expect a bunch of size 40,000 EEE breasts bouncing around and, or course, the destruction of an innocent helicopter! " There's something going on down there...ahh...AHHHH! "
One thing that bugged me about this disc, is the quality of the subtitles. Basically, somebody didn't use the spell-check! Tons of misspelled words and lack of continuity in the spelling of names ( Ooga, Ouga, what's the difference. Oh, and " lose " is now spelled " loose. " ). But, that happens to the best of them...just not this bad. Some of the timing was off too.
In closing, while this anime is lacking in story, it makes up for it's fighting scenes. Now, depending on what type of fan you are, you'll either love it, or hate it. The disc itself, is a pretty good job. If you've seen the video and liked it, go ahead and grab this disc. Otherwise, it's a rental first. For me, this anime is one of my guilty pleasures. It's not great, but for some odd reason, I like it.