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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 44.95
  • Running time: 325
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Zentrix

Zentrix Collection 1

By Tiffani Nadeau     August 05, 2004
Release Date: October 12, 2004


Zentrix Collection 1
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Welcome to Zentrix, the most perfect city on the planet. Thanks to the creation of the OmicronPsy super-computer, management of the city's day-to-day function is automated and efficient. But peace never lasts long...

The OmicronPsy goes awry and now and the computers revolt, during the ensuing battle, both the Emperor Jarad and his loyal robot Zeus are transported back in time. Jarad's daughter, Megan vows to follow her father back in time and save both him and their homeland! But the forces of the OmicronPsy have also traveled back in time...

The Review!
Audio:
Then series only has English audio, so I was unable to compare it with a Japanese However, The English voice acting is right on the money for this series. The voicing is consistent and true to the original character design with no anomalies or crackles. The dubbing is done quite well, with little to no problems with synching to lip movement.

Video:
The transfer for this collection is done in its original 4:3 format. The video is clear and there is very little or no color anomalies. The animation is all CGI. The main characters are slightly blocky and not very realistic. The detailing of the backgrounds, down to the smallest signs make up for the lack in the main characters though.

Packaging:
This series is packaged in the older 'book' style, meaning the package opens to get to the CDs as if you are opening a book. The cover is very sparse with only a picture of the two main characters on the front and the basics of screen shots and episode titles on the back cover.

Menu:
The menu layout could be a little more impressive. I was quite disappointed with the extremely minimalistic look of each menu. The menus feature a few special features such as the scene access and DVD credits.

Extras:
The bad news is this collection does not have any extras to speak of. This is also why the menus are quite lacking and very plain.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The city of Zentrix, is the most perfect city on the planet. This is thanks to the famous scientist Emperor Jarad, who created the OmicronPsy super-computer. This computer manages all of the day-to-day functions of the city, and controls a wide variety of the machines and robots within it. It's a virtual paradise, until one day when OmicronPsy realizes that it would be a better ruler than Jarad. The computers revolts, and in the ensuing battle Jarad and the scientist Dr. Roark are lost in time. Jarad's daughter, Megan and her pet/sidekick Mango (a cute baby dinosaur that her father created for her), learns what happened and is determined to follow her father back in time to save him and her homeland.

There was an accident, however, in the race through time and when one of OmicronPsy's robots shoots the time machine while Megan is in it, instead of just going back to the past eight years, she is also turned physically back to an eight year old girl. Megan must find and reactivate the robot Zeus, one of two robots that her father and Dr. Roark have created to help her combat OmicronPsy and his ambitious attempts to take over the city of Zentrix, and sent through time to where Megan will find him. Before Megan and Zeus can save her homeland, though, they still have to find her father. OmicronPsy has created a robot to stop them, Dark-Alpha, and he hopes to destroy her before she can find her father and save the city.

Quantum, the second robot created by Jarad and Roark, goes through a robot version of soul searching trying to understand what it is about Zeus that makes him the better choice for protecting Megan. Quantum is however, discovered by OmicronPsy's agents and after having his main chip destroyed, is turned to the side of OmicronPsy. As this is volume one of the series, it ends on Episode 13, with the mighty robot Zeus going missing, and the battle against OmicronPsy far from over.

In Summary:
The series is really good, and easy to follow. I highly recommend it for children of all ages. There are parts that tend to be a little predictable, and the moral episodes can be very childish, but they are worth watching through to follow the rest of the story. The plot isn't complicated, and it definitely has a good message, that if you try hard enough, you can overcome all the bad in life. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story and its child-like nature.

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