Steel Angel Kurumi-Volume 5: Encore (1999)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Filmographies-Cast-Vocie Actress Selected Works
Filmographies-Cast-Seiyuu Selected Works
Trailer-Kurumi trailers (3)
Trailer-Extended episode previews
Credits-Clean Opening (1:31)
Credits-Clean Closings (6:08)
Audio Commentary-Voice Actresses
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||57:27 (Case: 60)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Naohito Takahashi|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, next episode teaser|
I was sad when Steel Angel Kurumi ended, so it's nice to get a small dose to relieve the withdrawal pangs. This is a little package of four unrelated episodes, set shortly after the events of the full series. You could watch these episodes without having seen the series, but where would be the fun in that? The numbering of the episodes continues from where the series left off.
One of the nice things about this group of episodes is that there is one featuring each of the main characters well balanced. The episodes are:
These episodes are all rather fun. They aren't advancing a long story arc, so they can concentrate on being entertaining. They incorporate all the things we know and love, including Saki's unrequited love for Kurumi, Kurumi's boisterous good-will, Karinka's competitiveness, Nakahito's shyness... About the only thing that doesn't quite jibe with the series is the behaviour of Nakahito's brother Kamihito (the English language credits sometimes spell his name Kamahito) he is much less the solemn, reserved Onmyou mystic in these episodes.
I'm rather fond of Saki (possibly because she's the underdog), and it was nice to see her get a starring role in the first episode. I liked the two spies who followed the group around, too, so it was nice to see them back again in the final episode.
Be aware that these episodes weren't broadcast, so they are a little more daring than the series, with a bit more nudity. Despite the show having a bouncy "kids cartoon" opening song, it's not intended for children. Hence the M rating.
This is a thoroughly entertaining disc for fans of the Kurumi series.
This DVD is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and is not 16x9 enhanced. That's matches the aspect ratio of every other episode, so I'd guess that it is the intended aspect ratio..
The image is superb: clear and sharp at all times other than extreme long shots. There's no visible film grain, and low-level noise never appears.
Colour is beautifully rendered. The foreground characters are in vivid intense colours, while the backgrounds look like lovingly detailed watercolours all are reproduced well. There are no colour-related artefacts.
There are no film artefacts. There is aliasing on most panning shots, but these are not especially common there are a lot of shots with static backgrounds. There's no moiré. There's no shimmer. There are no MPEG artefacts.
There are the usual two sets of subtitles. The first are full English subtitles, while the second set only subtitles songs and signs.
The disc is single-sided and single layered, so there is no layer change. There's no need for a second layer with just the four short episodes and not a lot in the way of extra footage.
The soundtrack is provided in English and Japanese I listened to both. Both are Dolby Digital 2.0, but have very little stereo separation they are basically mono most of the time. The third soundtrack is a commentary (in English).
The dialogue is always clear. The English is easily understood, even at Kurumi's shrillest. The Japanese sounds equally clear, so I assume it is readily understandable. There's no obvious mismatch between the mouth movements and the dialogue.
The music, from Toshihiko Sahashi, is pleasant enough, drawing on the Kurumi theme quite liberally. The opening theme is the same as on every episode of the series. These episodes have a different closing theme, called "Suki Suki Suki SuKisu S***e!!". It's almost as bouncy as the opening theme, and is sung by the Steel Angels, just like the other themes.
Neither the surrounds nor the subwoofer are needed for these straight 2.0 soundtracks.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is similar to those on the series discs, and features animation and the opening theme song.
We get commentaries on three of the four episodes (the third episode misses out). It doesn't really matter what's happening on screen, however, as almost nothing screen-specific is said.
We get abbreviated single page filmographies for the four main voice actresses in English:
We get abbreviated single page filmographies for the four main voice actresses in Japanese:
Trailers for each of the Steel Angel Kurumi collections:
The long form of the previews for the last three episodes these ones run 0:32 instead of 0:17, but there's not a lot of difference.
The same opening credits we've seen time and again.
The closing is different on each of these four episodes (same theme, different visuals), so they've strung them all together here.
Six trailers for other ADV titles, all of which have been released locally:
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 disc is quite similar to this one, and has a similarly good transfer (by all accounts).
The Region 4 disc is missing:
The Region 1 disc is missing:
All in all, I'm going to call this one a draw. If you're in Australia, I suggest you get the local product, though.
A delightful addition to the Kurumi universe, presented very well on DVD.
The video quality is very good all the time, and excellent a lot of the time.
The audio quality is very good.
There are extensive extras, just like all the Kurumi discs.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-S733A, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5|