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- Audio Rating: N/A
- Video Rating: N/A
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- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 50
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Wild Cardz
By Felix Kuo
February 13, 2002
Release Date: November 09, 1999
Finally, after reading so many reviews I can submit my own. First off, I decided to do a review on Wild Cardz merely as a test for the possibility of future reviews (any suggestions would be welcome) and the fact it seems to be one of those lone titles without any other alternates.
Wild Cardz (hereto abbreviated as WC) is just one of those that appears amidst everything. With many more well known titles out there, its probably something that would be easily passed over. I had never even heard of it, but since this was a rather spontaneous purchase (hey, I was bored), it turned out rather well.
I'm no expert when it comes to visual quality, but since I do sit rather close to the monitor its easy to pick out defects. However with WC the video is excellent. The animation is quite fluid (not extremely), but sufficient for a two part OVA. I particularly liked the amount of color and vibrancy, which adds such a uplifting and happy air to the anime. But with vibrancy, bleeding might become a problem, which thankfully doesn't appear that much. Video: A
On the sound note, the sound is very clean and crisp, what more can I say? Voices were easily heard however I wish more use of stereo panning was used, say in the many helicopter fly-bys. Also while it's no full length anime, I wish there was a introduction song. I find the Japanese track fitting (as with most anime), but the English dub is almost unbearable. The voices are just so annoying... maybe I just dislike dubs, but I found Utena very acceptable. Sound: B
On the story side, there's not much here. WC's two episodes follow the story the four Crown Knights as they protect the kingdom from gigantic chess pieces. Funny as it may seem, it's actually quite entertaining and hilarious. For instance one of the characters flies a ship with mahjong pieces and some of the ninjas are pretty out of whack. While well as it is, I wish the story was a bit more clear. The main concept is easy to grasp, but I felt there were many unanswered questions, probably a side effect of the two episode length. For example, they never really explain clearly who really controls the Black Knight, who is the masked man, and why does the thing go boomie? Oh well, it's still very enjoyable and hyperactive. Content: B
Lastly, the packaging is clean and to the point as are the menus. I really like the clear Amaray case, a good departure from the black ones. The menus are too simple for my tastes, but are themed accordingly. In terms of extras, I really like the provided script and the gallery was a bonus too. There was only one problem I ran into, that is the disc would reset the first time it hit the sequence where Jo is about to throw the card during the first episode (even when trying to fast forward past it). The second run through it would work just fine. Presentation: C+
Not bad for something out of the blue. There are definitely other better anime DVDs in terms of story and presentation, but if you've exhausted all other options, it's a good one to try. WC is a quick trip that makes time fly.
P!!! 600 Mhz, Diamond Viper 770 Ultra and Monster Sound MX300, REALmagic Hollywood + (v1.81 drivers), Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 900u (naturally flat CRT), and Yamaha YST-M15 plus MSW5 sub woofer along with a set of Creative/Cambridge PC Works (surround sound setup courtesy of dual outputs).