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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B- / N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 150
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Wedding Peach

Wedding Peach Vol. #06 (also w/box)

By Chris Beveridge     October 04, 2004
Release Date: October 05, 2004


Wedding Peach Vol. #06 (also w/box)
© ADV Films


What They Say
The Love Angels play cupid as they try to hook their friends Akiko and Tajima up on a double date with Momoko and Yosuke! But the fire devil Igneous has other plans and unleashes a devil-wolf on our unsuspecting heroes. And as if fighting the devils wasn't hard enough, Momoko's got some new competition for Yosuke's love from the new transfer student?and boy is she jealous! Will she finally admit her true feelings? And who's that dressing up as Wedding Peach? Have the Love Angels secret identities finally been discovered???

The Review!
The girls adventures continue as Igneous looks for who they really are while also trying to get the Saint Something Four.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this series in its English dubbed format. The show is getting close to its ten-year anniversary, so it's not surprising that the track here is a pretty basic but good sounding stereo mix. There doesn't feel to be a huge amount of directionality across the forward soundstage but there are a few good moments during some of the combat sequences. Dialogue was clean and clear throughout the show and we had no problems with dropouts or distortions during regular playback.

Video:
Originally airing back in 1995, Wedding Peach's transfer is surprisingly clean and clear looking. Though I hadn't expected something bad looking, I was expecting something closer to Sailor Moon since the two have been tied together whenever one is talked about for so long. The transfer here is quite smooth and full of lots of great colors. Even better, aliasing is minimal and I'm hard pressed to find much cross coloration here. This really looks quite good across all six episodes on the dual layered disc, much better than I expected it to be.

Packaging:
With a clear keepcase, the Wedding Peach series continues to get some of the best looking covers coming out of ADV lately. The cover mixes the large and small shots to great effect once again with a large background shot of Potamos and then putting all three girls together in the lower right in their school uniforms, all together smiling and happy. The colors are just so rich and vibrant here that it's very eye-catching all around. The back cover provides a filmstrip running from top to bottom with small shots from the show throughout it. The summary gives the basic rundown of the premise and there's a good box listing the discs features and extras. The bottom of the back cover provides a good summary of the technical features on the disc as well, breaking down the run time for both the main disc and the bonus disc also. There's no insert included here but there is a "reversible" cover where there's an amusing sideways image where the top half has the same style of girls from the front cover but spread out and in different positions while the bottom half has a large shot of Lily while the other two are done in chibi form playing on top of her.

For the box set release of this show, it's full of pink but doesn't feel as pink as the first one. Using a wraparound image, the main panels have images of the three girls in their bridal combat uniforms while the other spine has a large shot of Takuro as well as an adorable shot of the three girls in their school uniforms looking on at him and outward. The spine image, which is nicely labeled as collection two, has a shot of Hinagiku and an interesting red-haired woman. It's all quite cute and definitely lets you know exactly how the show is. The box set release is special for also being the only way to get that bonus disc of extras..

Menu:
The menu is very nicely done, laid out just like the back cover with a small filmstrip along one side with purple filtered clips from the show playing out to part of the music from the series. The main section of the menu has an image of Potamos obscured in the blue filter as well with clouds passing over her. Each episode can be jumped right to it from the main menu and the usual layout of languages and extras sit off somewhat awkwardly to the side. Access times are nice and fast and the layout looks great overall.

Extras:
The only extras included on the main disc are a clean opening and ending sequence.

On the bonus disc that's included with the box edition of the series, there's approximately sixty minutes of material to be found here which certainly helps round things out. Unfortunately, since it seemed like everything was going to scream spoilers for the second half of the series, we've avoided watching any of it since I don't want to know anything about it. I'm honestly surprised that they put the extras disc with this volume instead of the last volume of the series when it would be natural to watch what's on there. There looks to be a good selection of material in there with both Japanese and English voice actor interviews and more but it will all have to wait.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Moving into the thirties in the episode count, Wedding Peach works through the Igneous arc of the storyline in some very effective ways. While Igneous is no better than the others in actually finding out who Wedding Peach and the others actually are, he's been one of the more interesting villains and has come the closest to actually learning just what's really going on.

A good amount of the appeal with Igneous is through his presence inside of Takuro and the way Takuro deals with him. Takuro knows he's evil and he knows he's got some evil inside of himself since Igneous feels so at home there but he's not really coming across as completely evil or really helping Igneous in ways Igneous would really want him to. Takuro's more of a guy whose been handed a bad hand and is dealing with it poorly but hasn't completely turned to the wrong side of things yet. Though I'm sure hosting a devil or two in your body won't exactly count towards getting into the pearly gates someday. Regardless, the way Takuro continues to grow and change and the relationship between not only him and the rest of the students but him and Igneous changes is one of the more appealing aspects of this arc.

Igneous and Takuro get an amusing visitor during this part of the arc in the form of the somewhat flighty Potamos, a bubbly purple haired female devil who Raindevila sent to help things along. Igneous in general seems to be making progress but with more of the Saint Something Four being found it doesn't hurt to have help. Well, that may not be true in regards to Potamos. She's a bit off-kilter in a number of ways and is very interactive with everyone she comes across. She's the kind of person who doesn't have a limiter in their speech patterns so she says almost everything that comes to mind and just screams it constantly. What's amusing is that even after Igneous allows her to stay with them, it's Takuro that finds her to be the real problem and he actively tries to stop here – even by dressing up as Wedding Peach at one point, dress, hair and all.

Across the six episodes we get a number of fun little escapades where things are pushed forward by Potamos' foray into the human world and the way she causes trouble, such as the amusing way she tries to take advantage of Halloween by walking freely among the streets only to be nearly defeated by a group of children demanding their candy treats. Potamos' moves throughout these episodes bring a bit more slapstick comedy into play while the girls try to deal with her and Takuro tries to keep both sides happy since he's still lusting after Momoko. The show also manages some rather good dark moments during a series of events that brings Igneous heavily into play and causes Takuro to reveal things about himself that I'm sure he never wanted to admit to someone like the three girls.

In Summary:
Wedding Peach continues to manage to do everything right that I found wrong with the Sailor Moon franchise and these episodes only make it all the more enjoyable, particularly since it's such a fun show to watch with my eldest daughter. Her love of the show only seems to grow with each volume that comes in (which she now keeps with here shelf of DVDs instead of mine until we're ready to watch it) and it's really proven to be a good show for sitting down and just enjoying with her and talking about some of the things it brings up. As the show doesn't flinch from things that a lot of US cartoons do, it's already helped open up some interesting discussions on right, wrong and friends. Wedding Peach is a lot of fun and is just another title in a long list of them that I've heard only negative about for years and years but end up finding out that it's actually quite enjoyable and worth watching.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 5.1 Languages,English Subtitles,Clean opening and closing animation

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI with upconversion set to 720p, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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