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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: X

X Vol. #3

By Julian Trevino     June 05, 2003
Release Date: January 28, 2003



The Review!
Volume Three kicks me into X(Tv Series) addiction and I can't get enough of it.

Audio:

The audio is excellent for this volume. I listened to the English dub for this review. This dub has a who's who of VA's and I feel that this is one of the best dubs right now. Everybody's voice in the series is one in which I feel lives up to the part. No problems at all in this release. It never really dies down, as the volume is always at the same level. Voices and background music are great. The best part about the audio though is the excellent opening theme. I highly recommend the theme.

Video:

The video is clear, it has bright and dark colors. The colors never really die down. The reds are bloody red, and the blacks are dark black. Truly a great transfer. The only problem I really had was in the opening the red color of the X logo would go to a sort of pinkish red. Also I wish that there would be a Japanese subtitle track that would have the song. Other than that I really saw nothing wrong with this transfer.

Packaging:

The limited edition slip case is this time with a green X logo and a green three . I really like this slip cases as they are pretty cool to look at, and it also protects the regular case. As for the regular case, they go with the clear case and I must say that I really like the clear case idea for the X series. The front cover is of the lovely couple of Sorata and Arashi. They are in fighting poses with Arashi on the bottom of the cover with her holding her sword, while Sorata is on the top of the cover focusing his energy. On the bottom right of the cover is the X logo in green with word Three also in green to the right of it. The back of the cover has the X logo in green on the top left of the cover with the saying of X right on the logo. To the top right is the Episode titles and numbers, and to the bottom of that is the special features box. To the bottom of that is the volume summary of what will happen as well as a couple of screen shots of what will be in the volume. !
Finally on the bottom of that is th
Menu:

The menu theme for this volume is one of computer technology, with it being the way we see stuff through Satsuki. Great menu to look at, and it's one that I especially like, since when you to different sub-menus it takes you through a different process that Satsuki did in her episode. This is definitely the menu you will like if you are a Satsuki fan. Menus have fast access times and no trouble at all with any of them.

Extras:

The only extras are the Pioneer trailers and the X Opening Theme in a textless version. That extra though is the best and it is worth the price of the volume alone. It's one of the best theme's I have heard in a long time, and it's one that I always look in amazement at every time.

Content:(may have spoilers)

This is the third volume of the X tv series, and I just have to say that I am hooked on this show. It's one of the best right now, and it is just so hard not to watch. I must say that I have never seen the movie, though I know what happens, and I glad that I haven't watched the movie yet. The character development, the story, the scenery, and the audio are just so good. But enough praising, let's get into the episodes. In the first episode, we get to see the life of Satsuki, the high tech angel of earth. We learn as to how she got her gift of bonding with AI, and we see how really cold of person she can be. She hates almost everything about human life, except probably the outdoors, as we see that she can stand playing tennis, and actually likes to bike. Through this episode we see what kind of power Satsuki can really possess as she can hack into any computer probably in the world, and we see how valuable of a girl she is, as a whole ton of people wanted to expose her gift. !
It's through this gift, that we see
The second episode deals with Kamui and Fuma's relationship as it more revealed through Fuma's father as we find out that they are Twin Stars, thus the title of Gemini for this episode. We also see some more of Karen the fire master, and her finally meeting Kamui. Kotori also has a good and gentle moment with Kamui as they talk about her dream, and that he hopes that she can achieve it. The best part of the episode though would have to be the fight between Kamui and Seishiro. The fight is just one of those action packed ones, though it is short, we get to see how big powers they both have, and Seishiro is just one a force to reckon with. This fight is what makes this episode, and it's one that can't be missed. This episode had a ton to show in just a short time, and it did it's job by showing more dragons of heaven talking with each other, a sad moment between Kotori, Fuma, and their father, and a kind moment with Kotori and Kamui. This episode was just simply great.

The third and final episode is the best of all the three as it deals with of my favorite characters in the series which is Subaru. In this episode Arashi and Sorata go to find him as we find out that he is one of the seven seals. We learn about some of Subaru's past through some hallucinations that he has, we also see what kind of power he has as he goes against his old friend Seishiro. Through the battle between them we see that they are of both equal power, and both are formidable foes. Though as it all comes to it, it's his experiences and what he does in this episode that we see what kind of person Subaru is since that one tragic moment in his life. We see through his experiences in this episode, that he is just a lost person wandering just for one thing in his mind. That one thing is revenge as he wants to kill Seishiro who killed his sister many years ago, and that is what he has been living for ever since that happened.

As I look at X Volume Three, it's a volume in which has a lot of things happening at once. That isn't a bad thing as all of those moments get their own time, and they are all explained pretty good. It's good that each volume only has three episodes per disc. That way the fans can really delve deep into each episode, and enjoy the great scenery, the wonderful and action packed story, and all the characters that make X a great series. Overall I highly recommend X, it's a series that I think any anime fan should watch, and I think that they could enjoy it on one if not more aspects of the series. I just wish we could get more of Karen, and more of Subaru. Great volume and I can't wait to see more.




Review Equipment
Sony 32 inch Trintron TV, Sony DD Receiver, Lasonic All Region DVD Player, MTX Speakers

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