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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Beam Entertainment
- MSRP: •5000
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Voogie's Angel
Voogie's Angel: Forever and Ever
Voogie's Angel: Forever and Ever
What They SayThe Review!
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It was with great happiness that I picked up this disc; I only had the first OVA of the series on LD so this was the perfect opportunity to complete my collection. "Forever and Ever" is a feature length compilation of the OVA series onto one DVD, running a full 72 minutes.
The premise is this: in the future, mankind has been driven to existence underwater by a race of aliens known as Space Emigrates (SE). One hundred years after being banished from the surface, the humans attempt to reclaim what was lost. The mysterious Dr. Crimt creates a five-person cyborg battle unit, Voogie's Angel.
The team consists of five girls; fiery haired Voogie (age 15, leader of the group), Rebecca (age 18, dark hair, enhanced strength), Shiori (age 17, silver hair, psychic abilities), Merrybell (age 16, light brown hair and the ability to cause mayhem) and Midi who is basically the interface for Strikemyer, the team's underwater attack vehicle. Strikemyer is also somewhat of a cyborg; the brain of Myer, a deceased human taxi driver, functions as part of the onboard computer system.
After first watching this DVD I was a bit disappointed that at least one scene was cut from the original, one of my favorites where Voogie daydreams about being in an old Samurai movie. Sure, it doesn't really effect the plot in any way, but it was fun. I believe there is also some additional animation that wasn't in the original, as the DVD opens with a fantastic flashback sequence of part of the SE invasion and the past of a couple of the team members and it's really cool stuff. This entire sequence is presented in 1.85:1 letterbox; I know my volume one LD didn't have any of this footage!
The disc's transfer is very good with solid colors and great detail. The sound is crisp and clear 2.0 Dolby Digital and has a lot of impact due to a great sound mix.
The packaging on this is a standard CD jewel case, very standard in every way without any "beefed up" hinges or anything. Fortunately it didn't arrive cracked like other titles have in the past. The foldout CD booklet has basic liner notes (chapter list, story, etc.) and a large foldout with the entire Voogie's Angel discography (all released radio drama CDs, soundtracks, etc.) The discography is quite large!
The DVD menu is a bit flashier than other Beam menus; it starts with a screen filled with the DVD cover art, then the chapter stops fade onscreen using a watery effect. All chapter stops have a bit of looping video in them so you can see the scene in question. One great bonus is the inclusion of the original OVA opening sequence. The original OVA opening was removed from the actual show to make it seem more cinematic.
This is a great value for the price; 5,000 yen gets you 72 minutes of quality animation, which is nearly three times what you normally get for the price on region 2 DVD. This disc would make a solid addition to anyone's import selection.
Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital Soundtrack