Mania Grade: A-
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: •4200
- Running time: 37
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: X
What They SayThe Review!
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X ? Yocho is an OVA created by Kawajiri, Yoshiaki, based on the X Mange by Clamp. The OVA is considered to be episode 0 or a prequel to the events that took place in the Theatrical Movie. Soon to be followed by the TV series beginning in Oct. on the Wowwow Channel in Japanese Television.
Audio: The audio is in straight Japanese and is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. Most of the dialogue takes place from the center and Left and Right channels with occasional shifts to the Left and Right Surrounds for an overall ambient feel to the film.
Video: The animation is crisp and with the characters being redesigned by Mr. Kawajiri for his take on the X series, but not too much has changed as he has managed to retain the Clamp feel of the characters. Colors are spot on with blacks being solid. No visible bleeding, rainbows or artifacts are to be found anywhere in the picture as this appears to be yet another solid authoring job by Emotion/Bandai.
Packaging: The standard black Amaray keepcase is used here, which compliments the original artwork designed by Clamp exclusively for this OVA release. Also included in the Initial Pressings of the disc are a 12-page booklet, which is full color and includes an introduction to the characters involved in the X series as well as some background information on them and the storyline as well. Not to forget a 2-page layout on the Director, Yoshiaki Kawajiri and info. about him and his works.
Menus: Menus in Japanese releases are usually pretty basic often showcasing an attractive piece of art with all the sections/buttons nicely laid out and organized. X ?Yocho is no exception. The access times on these features are fast and don?t slow down like some of the more animated menu screens. Overall it?s just pretty functional.
Content: Let me start out by saying that those who have seen the movie know about 95 % of the characters and will not be thrown for a loop when watching this OVA-even if you don?t understand Japanese. Those who haven?t seen the movie or read the manga may want to brush up a little as this series can be a little confusing to those who don?t understand it?s symbolism and the duality of the characters at times. Overall, this acts as an Episode 0, giving a nice introduction of the characters & their powers, the storyline involving the balance that keeps the world intact and how these two intertwine and affect the outcome with the decisions one makes. It also gives a good idea of what to expect from the TV series, without giving too much away. I don?t really want to speak too much about this because I wouldn?t want to give away anything as X ? the Movie is amongst one of the best I?ve seen and the OVA ?and upcoming TV series-will only further expand on this awesome series.
Japanese Language,Interview with Kawajiri Yoshiaki,12 Page Booklet
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