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09/22/2006 Archived Entry: "Anime review:Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey, vol 2"
Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
In my enthusiasm for linking pirates and politics, I forgot to mention a few things in my last review that might be of more than passing interest to someone wondering if they should buy the DVD. Don't worry, gentle reader, this is a four part series. I've got plenty of time to tell all.
Things are not going much better for their pursuer. Chief Iruta's world has started to come apart. He finds himself marooned, helpless and dependant on just the sort of inconsequential people he's let himself care so little for.
In a manner that my high school drama teacher insured me indicated good theatre, protagonists and antagonists are changing and growing. Rather than merely suffering the slings and arrows of their outrageous fortune, their characters expand and develop as a result of these new experiences.
In stark contrast to the Gankotsuo series and the Appleseed movie who flaunt their computer generated special effects like Liz Taylor with a new diamond, Space Pirate Captain Herlock tends to be as coy with its enhancements as starlet with a new set of ta-tas. You may miss even the most obvious specimen of CGI on the first viewing. When watching the collection of samples of computer generated effects on the bonus reel (that does not come with this DVD) my reaction was less "Oh, wow!" than it was "Oh, really?"
The art director has chosen and appropriately "pirately" color palette for this series. Strong blacks and reds dominate against a backdrop of earth tones. Another reviewer complained of the colors being "mushy." Either he and I are watching different prints, have different tastes, or I've dusted my TV more recently than he has, because I found the graphics to be strong and clear despite the dark palette.
I really like the design of the menu pages for this series. It's simple but attractive and, of course, very pirate-y.
As I said before, the bonus pickings are pretty slim on this DVD. The real bonus package comes with the last installment of the series. It's worth the wait, but if you just buy this installment, you'll definitely be waiting. A textless opening sequence and the various translation options are all you get.
Speaking of translations, the English voice work is well cast and executed with competence and style. There are a few examples of odd word choices and awkward phrasing that show up in the subtitles. However, the English version wisely smoothes over these rough corners.
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