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|Year Released||1995 Japanese
(not 76 minutes as stated on packaging)
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.80:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||?1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Lina Inverse is a sorceress of great power - and small breasts. Now this is mentioned for the very good reason that just about every opportunity is taken during the film to remind you of this fact. Nagha the Serpent is also a sorceress of great power - and huge breasts. This is mentioned for the very good reason that just about every opportunity is again taken during the film to remind you of this fact. Nagha is a sidekick of sorts to Lina, and after a run-in of sorts with some sadly underpowered brigands, they travel to the legendary island of Mipross to indulge in the unrivalled hot springs on the island. Getting to the island is no mean feat, since for most of the year it is shrouded by an impenetrable mist. This is a special little island, and we find out how special almost immediately when Lina and Nagha get involved in some rather silly little fights, but eventually end up hired to rid the island of the evil that shrouds it - courtesy of what seems to be some sort of cross between Kermit The Frog and a Kimodo Dragon. This is a real demon and we learn the dreadful secret of Mipross Island, a demon that Lina and Nagha are to expunge from the island forever in a little bout of time travel.
Yes, it really is that silly but sometimes we just need to be silly for an hour or so. If you want serious character development, you are sadly barking up the wrong piece of anime. If you want serious plot development, you are definitely barking up the wrong piece of anime. If you want some rather extreme animation with a fascination with a very scantily clad and huge-breasted woman, this is your piece of anime. Nagha makes Anna Nicole Smith look flat-chested, if that is at all possible. The two lead characters toss around some inane spells that keep the amusement level high, to go along with some really inane dialogue and some quite inane fight scenes. However, it is all done with sufficient tongue-in-cheek to ensure that we understand that this is supposed to be a piece of silly fun. It succeeds admirably.
Whilst I am not certain that this is the sort of thing that I would want to return to on a regular basis, this is definitely a great piece of anime to pull out whenever you just feel like a bit of silliness. Watch this thing with your tongue firmly planted in your cheek and this will keep you amused. If you cannot do this, then perhaps this is best avoided.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.80:1 (measured) and it is not 16x9 enhanced.
Despite this being a non-16x9 enhanced NTSC transfer, the overall transfer is in general quite decently sharp and well-defined throughout, although exhibiting the usual slight loss of definition due to the NTSC format. Shadow detail is pretty decent throughout. This is a very clear transfer and there are no problems at all with low level noise in the transfer.
The colours are beautifully rendered, with nicely bright and vibrant colours on offer. Coupled with the good quality animation at times, this was a transfer that certainly grabs your attention. The very nice palette of colours on show are rendered without any hint of oversaturation nor colour bleed. Visually this is quite a stunning-looking transfer, especially considering that it is not 16x9 enhanced and is suffering from the inherently inferior resolution of NTSC. Whilst not quite the best that I have ever seen from this source, there is no doubt that ADV Films do an excellent job on their transfers in general.
Like the previous DVDs reviewed from this source, there is not much wrong with the transfer as far as MPEG artefacts, film-to-video artefacts nor film artefacts are concerned. About the only problem that is really noticeable is some mild shimmer that occasionally becomes apparent in the transfer. To be fair though, I think most of this is due to the NTSC format, rather than any real problems with the mastering of the transfer.
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
Naturally the animation suffers from the usual "audio sync" problems.
The original musical comes from Takayuki Hattori. To be honest, it did not leave much of an indelible mark on me, so it is safe to assume that it is a competent effort without being especially distinctive.
The soundtracks are quite nice efforts, with nothing
really too dynamic happening in the sound picture and obviously with nothing
from either the surround channels or the bass channel. These are really
very stereo-sounding efforts and once again you just occasionally wish
for some surround-encoding to add a bit of bite to the sound. Other than
that, the soundtrack is similar to the other releases from this source
and therefore is free from distortion and has a decent sound picture for
a straight stereo effort, although again in my view (cultural bias again)
the English track is more natural-sounding than the Japanese track.
|Surround Channel Use|
A good video transfer.
A good audio transfer.
A decent extras package.
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
19th September 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|