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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: C
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: 18 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
- MSRP: 49.99
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Words Worth
Words Worth: Outer Story Box Set
By Chris Beveridge
January 24, 2004
Release Date: December 05, 2003
Words Worth: Outer Story Box Set
What They Say
© NuTech Digital, Inc.
Contains both DVDs 1 and 2 of Wordsworth: Outer Story! A fantasy story of passion and lust!
On the battlefield, the Race of Light is at war with the Race of Shadow. Swordsmen from the Race of Light - Norman and April, once fighting side by side find themselves separated from each other during a skirmish against the Race of Shadow. Will these two ever be reunited?
At the same time on the same battlefield, Persia and brave Sabrina, swordswomen also from the Race of Light, find themselves caught by Stallion and sent to prison. What awaits them are the most obscene of sexual tortures... will they be able to escape these cruel torments? The Review!
A side story of sorts, the two episodes that make up this release take a look at what goes on when the two races meet on the battlefield.Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. There's little beyond a basic stereo mixing here with the majority of the sound coming through the center channel. Dialogue is nice and clear and the music and ambient effects make decent use of the left/right channels. There's little here to really do much more than a basic track anyway.Video:
Originally released in 1999, the episodes are a mix of traditional and digital animation but done during that awkward period before the style really got nailed down. The transfer for it is decent overall in terms of color quality and saturation and there's nothing in the way of physical damage, but the amount of cross coloration and aliasing that's mixed in throughout it is very visible and distracting. The transfers are typical of most NuTech releases with no edits to the show and the original opening and ending credits.Packaging:
Released in two keepcases inside a simple cardboard box, each volume features one of the primary women from the series, April and then Persia. Each of the covers looks good with detailed background artwork and attractive character pieces. The box set itself uses some of the same images for the front and spine of the first volume. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.Menu:
The menu layout is pretty simple and minimal all told, with the selections along the left with a clip playing underneath it from some of the naughtier moments of the show while a static piece along the right of the character artwork resides as some of the instrumental music plays along to it. The design of the menus themselves are pretty much identical to almost every other NuTech release, so there isn't much surprise here.Extras:
The main anime related extra is the inclusion of a video photo gallery showing various pieces of artwork from the show. This is the same on each of the two discs.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While the Words Worth series has always had a large following of fans, the main piece of it didn't live up to its reputation to me, though it was an enjoyable little fantasy romp. The Outer Story series takes the theme of the original and takes us outside to where the Light and Shadow races are fighting against each other and gets rid of all the elements that make up a plot, letting the show simple be a simple chase and screw piece.
After one battle, when seemingly everyone is dead on the field, April is helping her lover Norman tend to his wounds. As both have survived, he promises her his heart and to marry her when they get back. As she's getting some fresh water for him, one of the Shadow warriors gets pissed off at their public display of affection and promptly shots a cannon at April, causing her to fall into the river and disappear downstream. For April, things get worse once she recovers later on having found that she's being fondled and nearly raped by a talking humanoid frog that can grow to great heights. Oh, and he ate Norman too.
On the other side of things, we see what's happened to two other young female warriors of the Light, the pretty redheaded Persia and her Amazonian like blonde companion Sabrina. During the battle, Persia ended up being defeated pretty easily by the horse guy who makes a return appearance here. Since he can sniff out that she's a virgin, he's all excited to have captured her and has big plans for her. Sabrina's attempts to rescue her friend from this fate go awry and both of them end up in the cell below, where Sabrina gets to ride a different kind of horse in a very uncomfortable way (no, not in the back seat of a Volkswagon).
Watching all of this is a warrior from the Shadow race who finds himself getting involved with both sides of the storyline as well as some nice nubile elfin like ladies at one point. He's the glue that holds the story here together until you really realize that there isn't a story. It really isn't much more than the women running around trying to get away from the humanoid creatures that want to rape them repeatedly. So there's isn't exactly much for the viewer to latch on to unless you were just looking for a show that will be pleasing to the hand.
Words Worth: Outer Story also has a problem of really diverging from past practices with subtitles. While previous releases from NuTech haven't been exactly the best translated at times, some recent shows like this are becoming more problematic. While we haven't had much issue with some of the sex scene dialogue being changed, the omission of much dialogue from those scenes IS a problem. There are a number of lengthy glaring lines missing here as well as a few that are shortened down to something like a three word translation. In Summary:
If you liked the original Words Worth, you may like to revisit that story with these side episodes to it. If you felt the original was weak, you're not going to be impressed by this at all. I don't mind the cash grabs when a series proves popular, but at least put some effort into it. Words Worth: Outer Story is a story that should have been left out.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.