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While the plot flows well, it suffers from what I call, ďJames Bond-syndrome.Ē
New Adventures (OVA)
Review by: Devin Pratt
6 Episode OVA
Company: Bandai Entertainment
Running Time: 50 minutes (1st side)
100 minutes (2nd side)
Rated: PG (fantasy violence)
that the evil Lord Arago has been defeated, the Samurai Troopers
have taken some well-deserved time off.
While Seiji is invited to New York City to help identify a
sword that bears his familyís seal, the other Troopers are
throwing Ryo a birthday party.
Things are not
well in New York; there has been a murder spree and it seems the one
responsible is Seijiís Armor of Nimbus.
Now itís up to the rest of the gang to figure out just what
is going on.
doesnít end there, however, as another enemy appears.
A mysterious African man named Mukala appears in downtown
Shinjuku and begins causing trouble.
Ryo and the others race to action, but they find that Mukala
has summoned a black version of the Inferno Armor!
Meanwhile, Shin is having a personal conflict; he no longer
wants to fight, and runs off to be on his own.
Will this divide the team when they desperately need to be
DVD VISION TEST
Considering these episodes are 16
years-old, they look pretty good. There
are a few specks of dirt that spring up from time to time, but donít
affect the show much. Watching
these episodes on both my laptop and TV, there is quite a bit of grain in
the video, mostly in flesh-tones and the sky.
Itís noticeable, but itís not very distracting.
AUDIO: This disc has both the original
Japanese dialogue and an English dub.
Both tracks are standard 2.0 mixes and have no noticeable
consistencyís sake, the English dub retains the same name changes that
youíd notice in the TV series (Kaos Ė The Ancient, Shin - Cye, Jun Ė
Yuli, etc.). Also, episode 1 of Gaiden has a minor name change for the
EXTRAS: You get a reversible cover for
the DVD case: one side has the Ronin Warriors logo while the other has a
Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers logo.
Both sides have the same artwork.
The descriptions for each episode are different for each side, as
well. You also get a
full-color insert with a bigger picture of the cover art on one side and
a shot of the gang on the other.
In the same vein as the live-action
Super Sentai shows (and even St. Seiya), Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
is a 39 episode TV series about 5 young men who were given mystical,
multi-colored armors to defeat evil.
Itís a rather simple story, but proves to be entertaining
and packed with samurai action.
ACTING: While itís
nothing to write home about, the Japanese actors do a good job.
I was surprised to learn that Takeshi Kusao, who also does
the voice of Future Trunks in Dragonball Z, did the voice of Ryo. He sounds very young and appropriate for his role.
As for the dub,
I believe all the original actors are reprising their roles here. Their acting is quite the mixed bag; while I cannot stand the
English accent Michael Donovan gave Shin (Cye), his acting overall
is very good in the second OVA.
Thereís also a lot of localized slang used, which can be
grating to some people.
FAN SERVICE: Nothing really for male
fans, but some gals might get a kick out of seeing Shu and Shin in their
bathing suits. Also, since
the first OVA takes place in New York City, thereís quite a few
American company names added into the background (try to notice the
Doubleday bookstore in one shot). Finally,
the plane Ryo and the others take in the same OVA is a Sunrise Air Lines
plane. Sunrise is the
production company for this series.
disc brought back so many memories for me.
Ronin Warriors was a show Iíd watch in syndication
constantly and was my first exposure to anime (besides Adventures of
Little Koala, if you really want to go back in time).
While the show still holds a place in my heart, these OVAs
are a bit bland to me.
The first story, Gaiden, feels a bit rushed. While
the plot flows well, it suffers from what I call, ďJames
at the last possible minute, major details about the plot are
revealed all at once in order to make things come together.
For example, Shikaisen (the villain) reveals in the last ten
minutes of the second episode he has poured his knowledge and power
into a supercomputer. The Troopers then have a very brief battle with the computer.
The whole thing made my head spin because it just came out of
nowhere. Also, there
are some things that go unanswered like why did Shikaisen kidnap
Seiji? Why not go for
the leader, Ryo?
The second story
is a really nice add-on to the mythos of the Inferno Armor. Legend of the Inferno Armor features an interesting
revelation about the Trooperís armor, showing that each is really
battle-hungry. The only
thing that calms their love for battle is the five virtues that each
Trooper has. Also
interesting is the character Mukala, who uses the black Inferno
Armor. Almost like
Gollum and the ring of power, Mukala is possessed by the black
armor, and even treats it as a god of some sort.
Unlike the Troopers, Mukala has no virtue, making it harder
for him to control his armorís desires.
This story just seems more thought out and looks beautiful.
One thing has to
be said about the disc, however: it liked to skip when I played it
on my laptop. A lot.
And I made sure to check and see if it was my player or if my
DVD had any scratches. This
seems to be the only scratchless DVD in my collection that skips
this much. I honestly
donít know if itís a defect for my disc only or if anyone else
has experienced this, but it was very distracting.
When played on a standard DVD player, however, there are no
problems to be found.
youíve been dying for more of this series, you really canít go
wrong with this disc. While
the writing may be weak, itís a nice capstone to one of the
classic titles of anime.
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