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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • 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. #07

By Chris Beveridge     November 08, 2004
Release Date: November 16, 2004


Wedding Peach Vol. #07
© ADV Films


What They Say
Fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight because there's a new Love Angel in town, and she's seeing red. Scarlet, that is, and she's ready to kick some serious devil butt! Let's just hope the other Love Angels can teach her a little tenderness before it's too late.

The Review!
With the arrival of the fourth Love Angel, things fall more into place though not without some effort.

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 Salvia in her battle uniform and then putting all three girls together in the lower right in their wedding outfits complete with bouquets. 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 all four of the girls are together in their school uniforms without jackets having an outdoor picnic. .

Menu:
The menu is very nicely done, laid out just like the back cover with a small filmstrip along one side with cherry red 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 red 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 disc are a clean opening and ending sequence.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
In a way, it's hard to believe we're on volume seven already and we've consistently gotten five or more episodes per disc with this release in just under eight months time. With the high episode count, the two boxes and the extras disc, this is a series that's gotten a great release and probably one of the more underappreciated ones at that. Though it's not a show I jump up and down over when it arrives, it's one that I know I'll see soon since the minute my oldest daughter sees the spine, she does all the jumping up and down. While the show may not completely succeed with me, it's obvious it does with its core and intended audience.

This volume brings six more episodes into play, bringing us up to episode thirty nine. While we've had the swap out of villains again the last volume and the arc with Takuro essentially over, this volume brings some new pieces into play. The main villain continues to come in the form of Potamos as she's now taken over for Igneous. But just like Igneous, she finds herself being swayed by being surrounded by humans and the Love Angel's themselves and she continues to develop feelings for people she meets. Of course, the one she falls the most for is Yousuke as she continues to try and get him to like her. She even goes so far as to show up at Momoko's and cook dinner for them so that she can say Momoko owes her and will take her to where Yousuke lives so she can cook him a dinner there. And the usual joke of her inability to cook is a staple here, complete with the usual effects thereof.

Raindevila isn't too keen on her latest warrior being as swept up as she is so she's got other she's starting to send down along with her to keep an eye on her and the situation. As it stands between the various worlds now, the Devils are gaining ground and the Angel World is falling further and further back in itself to defend against he constant attacks. It's getting to be a dire situation for those up there with Aphrodite but she continues to counsel patience as she knows that the Saint Something Four will soon come together and then their chance to push the Devils back will really happen.

In a way, I've found one of the strengths of this show to be that they kept things at its core with just the three Love Angels. One of the things that always annoyed me with Sailor Moon was the way that they kept seemingly adding more and more senshi whenever needed and each of them brings in a lot of their own baggage. With Wedding Peach, it's been set at three for so long now and no need or plans to bring in more, though it's obvious in the naming of the Saint Something Four that there likely would be at least one more, that now that we're actually getting the arrival of the next Love Angel it feels like we shouldn't be doing this.

This is confirmed in my mind when we actually meet her and she's the usual lone-wolf type, a red headed beauty who goes by the named Salvia when she's in her battle mode. She's got her own piece of the Saint Something Four in her hands and she's intent on destroying as many of the Devils as she can. Unlike the Love Angels who try to purify and cleanse the Devils before sending them back, Salvia (aka Scarlet) wants them killed flat out. This so goes against the Love Angels way of things that it causes plenty of conflict between them. And it causes even more conflict when its revealed that she's got little interest in the overreaching goal of saving the world and Aphrodite from the Devils in general. She's so much the lone-wolf type that she brushes them all off like so much lint.

With Salvia's arrival and not too many more episodes left in the show to go, the plot is picking up nicely here and some of the things kept secret before start to be lightened up on. It's amusing to see Yanagiba running off more often than he used to be whenever he's needed to be Limone elsewhere. We get to spend more time in both the Angel and Devil world to see where the balance of power lays and how each side is reacting to the changes. The bringing together of the Saint Something Four at long last brings a new shift and focus to the show going forward and sets the stage for the last big arc in the series.

In Summary:
I have to admit that the more Potamos is around the more I'm enjoying the show. With the previous villains being men and mostly uninterested in the Love Angels beyond their deaths, it's amusing to watch Potamos run around trying to do her job while still falling so deeply in love with Yousuke and trying to get him to be hers. While it's mostly been a foil between Yousuke and Momoko, he schizophrenic personality is just played out nicely over the top here and this volume gives her plenty of moments to shine. Wedding Peach continues to be a show that won't change the world, but it's one that I think does a great job of introducing young girls to some of the basic formulas of a genre that they may see a lot of in their life and seeing what it has to offer. I'm still enjoying it much to my surprise because it's a series that learned from others in what to and not to do.

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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