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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: �19.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Zone of Enders

Zone of the Enders Vol. #6

By Paul Jacques     February 19, 2004
Release Date: February 16, 2004

Zone of the Enders Vol. #6
© ADV Films UK

What They Say
The final contest has begun now that Radium Lavans has emerged to make the brutal intentions of Mars fully known. There's only one power in the universe mighty enough to stop the destruction and mayhem that this insurrection will cause: Metatron! Only problem is, everyone's got some! With Dolores still in the middle as the key to tipping the scales on either side of the growing conflict, James Links must corral not only his family, but also his wits to somehow rescue both Earth and Mars from each other! The final countdown has begun. Prepare to win or die.

The Review!
We arrive at that most solemn moment of an anime life, the last volume, where we bid a fond adieu to an old friend (reviewer reaches for box of hankies).

No fault found with either Japanese or English tracks- it?s all good Dolby stereo. Have I ever mention that I don?t like the opening track (?Zone of the Enders?)? I did huh, okay, well you?ll be interested to know I still don?t like it (Bon Jovi has a lot to answer for). The closing track is ?Ring on the World?, and is really nice to listen to, a bit like a fairy tale love song (reviewer usually hugs a Plushie at this point).

Ah, once again the presentation is flawless, bright and pleasing to the eye. We still have the TV aspect ratio (you?d think no one had ever heard of wide screen), but hey you can?t have everything right?

The front cover (blue\grey) has a broken Dolores lying on the ground with both aspects of Dolly (good and bad). On the back we have four stills from the episodes with the usual production information. The single sheet insert shows James and Radium confronting each other. The disc itself is a blue\grey with the (broken) Dolores from the front cover.

Simple opening menu with Episode Selection, Language and Extras. All links worked quickly.

Good extras; the round table chit-chat I found a tad dull, mainly because it was so long and didn?t reveal anything new; the omake (little extra) was fun to watch; the storyboard document explains some of the elements used in the last volume, and is quite interesting; the karaoke open and close is an odd addition, as you can get the words anyway with subtitles turned on; the production and concept sketches are as usual good to sit through.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Episode 23 starts with Axel, Rully and Rebecca escorting a very big (scary) spaceship to the Deimos catapult station. Their intention is to send it to Earth, and to cause some serious damage there.

Out of nowhere Anubis (Norman) turns up to confront Hathor (Naphth aka Radium Lavans), but instead of fighting, Anubis simply disappears. This leaves the door open for Mars to take the war directly to Earth.

Meanwhile James Links wakes up in bed to hear that things are going very badly on all fronts. So he decides that someone needs to take action to stop the senseless killing. And pretty much single-handedly he stops the fighting on Mars. Which is good because he needs to take Dolores to Earth to confront Hathor. Only problem is Dolores has shutdown, the inter-system catapult is busted and no transport ship was left in one piece by Naphth.

Whilst the hardware is being fixed, James takes another trip into Dolores mind, only this time he doesn?t find the fluffy Dolores of before, but the ghost of Dolores Hayes (Naphth?s other half). After a little father-daughter t�te-�-t�te Dolores is out back online in time for launch, the plan being to get ahead of Radium using additional boosters.

The next episode see the Links family en route to Earth to stop Hathor destroying the orbital elevator above Earth. Only en route they find out that Radium (and family) had anticipated this and also had boosters fitted which ensure that he arrives at Earth at about the same time as the Links family. Once in Earth orbit he releases his Raptor Frames and makes preparations to destroy everything.

A huge firefight ensues as the Earth defense forces throw everything (including the kitchen sink) at Radium and his Frames. Only things are going very badly for the Earth forces as Radium destroys every attempt to stabilize the Elevator.

The penultimate episode sees Radium, mad as a hatter, using Hathor to destroy the Orbital Elevator. Meanwhile Rachel Links attempts to gain extra time by re-balancing the elevator, and redress the continuous damage Radium is inflicting. But in the end it?s turns into a toe-to-toe battle between Dolores and Hathor.

And so the final episode starts with Dolores and Hathor squaring off for the final showdown. And it?s a cracking good battle, but the battle ends in an unexpected way, and Earth is still doomed! How this is resolved I?ll leave out, suffice as to say you?ll need a small box of hankies before it?s all over.

In summary:
ZOE has always kept a nice linear plot throughout. It never turned in a bad episode and consistently delivered the humour\ action in just the right amounts. If you wanted to get someone new (old or young) into anime, then this series would be a good choice as it?s full of action, doesn?t dwell on the dark side of the human psyche, and doesn?t throw in any ?huh?? plot twists. It?s been a good series, and I?ll miss my monthly fix. Although this series has been overlooked by many, my suggestion is that you (the reader) go, buy, enjoy.

Japanese Language ,English Language ,English Subtitles ,Roundtable talks with Tesshou Genda (James); Mitsuru Miyamoto (Leon); Narumi Hidaka (Noel) and Hoko Kuwashima (Dolores),Karaoke versions of the opening and closing animations ,Production sketches ,Conceptual artwork

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan code free DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers. Secondary equipment, 21? Sony Trinitron monitor, ATI 9700pro & PowerDVD v4, Creative Audigy 2 & headphones.


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