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Gravion Complete Collection Anime DVD Review

Gravion Complete Collection Anime DVD Review

Posted by Chris Beveridge

March 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Big robots, epic motion, Earth threatened and a slew of scorching women in maid uniforms that may assist save the day. Add in numerous bouncing breasts and an actual love of the style and Gravion Zwei makes one of the best of issues with what it has.

What They Say
When mankind faces an alien pressure with know-how mild years forward of its personal, will they be sufficient to save lots of the Earth from destruction? The destiny of humanity rests within the arms of the mysterious billionaire Sandman and a younger band of orphaned misfits.

Sandman’s models management the Gravion, a robotic deity cast of circuits and metal. However can his erstwhile pilots cease preventing amongst themselves lengthy sufficient to battle the Zeravire? Or will the Earth be misplaced earlier than the battle has even begun?

In Gravion Zwei, Sandman and his ragtag crew of misfits and loners are again at it once more, solely this time, they gained’t be the one ones on obligation! Enter the elite G-Soldier Squadron, the primary unit of the federal government’s try and mass-produce Gravion know-how. Led by ace pilot Faye, will the G-Troopers push the Earthgertz gang out of a job?

Incorporates each Gravion and Gravion Zwei!

The Evaluation:
The audio presentation for this launch brings us the unique Japanese monitor in its stereo type at 224kbps whereas the English combine is completed in a 5.1 format which is encoded at 448kbps. The collection has plenty of issues happening throughout it in addition to some in-series particular music, so the stereo combine will get used fairly closely right here. Dialogue is usually middle channel based mostly however does unfold out a bit all through the present, nevertheless it’s the music that basically fills issues up. There are plenty of motion scenes all through right here as nicely so these have a tendency to make use of the stereo channels quite a bit to emphasise their location on the display. The English combine notches issues up a bit bit extra with some larger bass and extra apparent dialogue placement which works properly. Dialogue is clear and clear and we had no issues with it throughout common playback.

Video: (Gravion)
Initially airing again in 2002, this TV collection is introduced in its unique full body facet ratio. This version of the collection shouldn’t be the identical because the thinpak version however relatively accommodates the unique discs from the only quantity run, which is made up of three discs for every of the seasons. The switch for the collection on this launch tends seems actually good. The present isn’t blended as easily as another Gonzo collection of the time, however it undoubtedly appears to be executed by design, so you have got some very vibrant foreground characters and animation that nearly really feel like they’re sliding over the backgrounds as an alternative of being part of them at occasions. The colours are wealthy and strong with none noticeable breakup (from a correct viewing distance at the least. Cross coloration and aliasing are each very minimal all through and there weren’t any actual playback points in any respect.

Video: (Gravion Zwei)
Initially airing again in 2004, this TV collection is introduced in its unique full body facet ratio. The switch for the collection on this launch tends seems to be actually good. The present has resolved the mixing problems with the earlier collection and the foreground characters really feel rather more pure towards the backgrounds they usually look far much less like they’re up to the mark as an alternative of in a setting. The colours are wealthy and strong with none noticeable breakup. Cross coloration and aliasing are each very minimal all through and there weren’t any actual playback points in any respect. The colours are wealthy and strong with none noticeable breakup (from a correct viewing distance at the least.

I’ve misplaced monitor of what number of totally different occasions these two seasons have been launched however this one actually takes the cake in a means. The precise package deal itself is one among my least favourite on the market because it has the outsized keepcase with the spindle that holds all six discs. I’m no fan of it in any respect because it feels filth low cost. Outdoors of that, I’ve to offer ADV Movies credit score for going with the overt cowl for this installment because it options a few the women with brilliant shiny pores and skin as they play within the water of their bikinis as one in every of them falls off. There’s a touch of big robotic goodness within the background, however the foreground is all concerning the fanservice. The again cowl supplies a cut up to speak concerning the two seasons included within the set with a breakdown for every of them and an array of character paintings and photographs from the present. The discs extras are all clearly listed and the technical grid covers every little thing cleanly in a simple to learn format. No present associated inserts are included neither is there a reversible cowl.

The extras as seen through the unique run are all contained right here and it’s good to see them again in print once more in a correctly priced version. Gravion and Gravion Zwei have some respectable extras to take a look at, notably for followers of the Japanese language facet. The fundamentals are right here with clear opening and closings, trailers, TV spots and commercials. Additionally they embrace a collection of profiles for the characters and mecha in addition to artwork galleries for numerous elements. The Japanese produced music movies make an look which was very welcome and there’s an interview with the collection director as nicely. Toss within the eye catch gallery part and a collection of forged interviews with the English language actors and it’s a reasonably full launch for extras.

Content material: (please notice that content material parts of a evaluation might include spoilers)
Gravion’s a 13 episode collection from fall 2002 season which adopted up with a second season a yr later in winter 2004 that paired up the slickness of Gonzo with the concepts of Masami Obari. In its unique launch, it was fairly straightforward to mock and never take the present too significantly and that’s nonetheless just about true now. The collection has an easy story it needs to inform and it will get slowed down within the ordinary components that’s taken to inform it. Each episode a more moderen, stronger and stranger wanting alien exhibits up for the Gravion staff to battle they usually need to provide you with newer and stronger weapons to take it down. If that’s not sufficient components, they determine to throw in a ton of maids that work as safety, servants and medical employees so as to bump up the fanservice content material. .

Happening in 2047, the world has modified drastically. It’s been ten years because the Earth Federated Alliance has gone and merged all world governments collectively resulting in an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity. One of the affluent individuals is the elusive and rarely seen in public Klein Sandman. He’s the usual massively rich billionaire that has his fingers in additional pies than might ever be counted. His citadel, an elaborate construction that’s principally a rock formation that holds it up off the bottom, is very large and intricately laid out with 5 towers and lots of smaller buildings all through it. When Sandman sends out invites to a celebration, anybody who’s anybody attends it doesn’t matter what, which is why we’ve got a number of the strongest individuals on the planet now there questioning simply who he’s and what he’s as much as.

When Sandman does lastly introduce himself, he reveals some superb wanting footage of aliens attacking outposts alongside the photo voltaic system the place humanity has began to discover. Everybody assumes that it’s film footage however he reveals that it’s actually occurring, one thing that’s shortly confirmed because the heads of varied authorities our bodies are hit up on their mobile telephones there. The aliens, referred to as Zeravire, transfer shortly and are about to hit Earth as nicely. The EFA is satisfied they will deal with the job however their weapons and ships don’t appear to do any injury. That is when Sandman reveals that he has the know-how to do it, and we see the enormous robotic Gravion coping with the invaders.

Sandman’s been getting ready for this for a while, although a whole lot of it’s left to thriller in these early episodes, however he’s intent on dealing with this drawback himself and sends his envoy, a masked red-haired man named Raven, to the EFA to hammer out that settlement. The Gravion, as made up by the pilots and their numerous automobiles, have particular weapons and strikes which are used towards the regularly evolving Zeravire. This truly proves to be problematic for the Gravion staff as as soon as they discover a method to defeat one of many enemy, the enemy learns from that mistake after which that transfer fails to actually do a lot injury, or the enemy figures out a protection for it when it comes again in its subsequent type. That’s truly a pleasant change of tempo.

The Gravion staff is one thing that will get solidified early on right here. Those that pilot the automobiles are considerably particular amongst humanity in that they’ve a particular attribute to them, not essentially genetic per se, however an inborn expertise that permits them be labeled as an “Earthgertz”. Sandman refers back to the pilots as that, people who find themselves particular and capable of deal with this. The final of the pilots he wants arrives within the citadel simply earlier than the Zeravire assault. In his teenagers, we’re launched to Eiji, a younger man whose come to Sandman’s fort looking for his lacking sister. Having acquired a observe from her with the straightforward phrases of “Assist me!”, he’s tracked her right down to right here and has snuck into the citadel to seek out her. In fact, the fort is state-of-the-art in surveillance so everybody will get to observe as he sneaks all through there looking for the place she might be. His luck goes bitter although when he stumbles into the room the place the Gran Kaiser is situated and its pilot Toga is. Eiji’s on the defensive however Toga’s virtually like an harmless baby at occasions and simply needs to be associates with somebody who’s comparable. With the Zeravire attacking, occasions tumble and Eiji finds himself falling into one of many automobiles, pressured to pilot it and to undergo the combining course of to cope with the primary of Earth’s new enemy.

The collection goes in fairly predictable instructions for the primary few episodes, particularly when you get previous the actually poorly paced first episode. There’s simply an excessive amount of being launched there and it doesn’t work nicely. As soon as previous that, you get Eiji making an attempt to determine what’s happening with the state of affairs he’s been thrust into whereas additionally looking for his sister. He will get to satisfy the varied forged members, study concerning the automobiles and the way Gravion works along with making an attempt to get a deal with on Sandman, since he supposedly tricked him. There’s a subplot that will get labored in concerning the mysterious pilot of the G-Shadow and the way that individual isn’t a part of the common group. This truly turns into the primary level by the top of the primary quantity and introduces the one character I midway appreciated.

When taking a look at a present by Obari, I can’t assist however marvel if it will have been higher if he had achieved it as an grownup launch. The character designs for the collection are all ones that would definitely be interesting in that style, particularly since he runs the gamut from the large breasted varieties to those who are moderately flat chested. They don’t keep away from taking place the erotic path once in a while in addition to you’ve characters like Mizuki who principally straddles the seat in her craft. You even have Luna going right into a quasi-bondage gig when she makes use of sure parts of her drill machine because it has to maintain her in place. Placing most of them in maid by-product outfits doesn’t assist push the intercourse down both. There are exhibits since then which have taken this even additional although which in flip makes this look a bit extra quaint than I might have guessed.

Gravion Zwei
Popping out in Japan almost a yr after the primary season, this one is made up virtually totally of payoff sequences. The primary season launched us to loads of primary materials with an alien invader and somebody on Earth who has the power to cease them by way of the mixture succesful big robotic Gravion. The characters have been launched and the setting laid out properly sufficient they usually gave us an honest level via which to finish the season, sufficient so to tease you into wanting extra. Nearly as good because the climax was for the primary season, it wasn’t what you’d need for the collection general.

With Gravion Zwei, with zwei being the German phrase for 2, we’re introduced again into the swing of issues with the group nevertheless it’s been pretty quiet within the interim. The Zeravire haven’t attacked since we final noticed them and issues are getting a bit lax across the fort. Issues are so uncontrolled actually that after Eiji utterly blows a guess with a few of the maids, he finally ends up promising that he and all the opposite Gran Knights can be maids for a day in change for an additional shot at profitable. Naturally his streak continues and the subsequent factor we all know we’ve obtained all of them in maid outfits and doing duties for a day. They do go excessive right here with placing each Eiji and Toga into the identical type of maid outfits and wigs, one thing that utterly freaks Raven out when he comes throughout them. With Sandman out of the fort on enterprise elsewhere on the earth for therefore lengthy, issues have merely damaged down right here.

One of many huge points within the first season of the collection was the EFA’s distaste for counting on a mysterious group just like the Gran Knights and Gravion for the planet’s protection towards the Zeravire. That seems to be shifting on this season as they’re near constructing their very own gear to cope with issues as we see the President viewing a simulation session with 5 pilots who’re set to tackle the job. Although we don’t see a lot of the gear itself because it’s all simulation, it’s a principally hardcore crew however they’ve their very own quirks from what little we see of them however they’ve additionally obtained busty ladies in slick uniforms very similar to the Gran Knights. That is given a couple of minutes within the first episode and is actually all the actual plot we get for your complete first quantity.

The Gran Troopers deliver a pleasant new side to the collection however it’s one which doesn’t overwhelm the primary one. It supplies an outdoor take a look at what’s happening and permits for the characters on the Gran Knights to be tweaked properly because it progresses. There are some fascinating ties to the Gran Knights that come about, issues that would definitely be explored in a bigger sense, however taken within the small doses right here it really works nicely. Faye’s relationship with Toga would benefit extra time generally, however what we get right here is right because it retains the movement of the collection shifting ahead and avoids the present turning into solely about anybody character. Even with Eiji because the supposed central character, Gravion actually takes on a big ensemble feeling this time round which works to its profit.

Probably the most fascinating materials on this launch of Gravion revolves round getting the products on simply who Sandman is and what his historical past is. And never simply of him, however of his relations and of the Zeravire. This episode, revealed to a lot of the characters which are pilots of the Gravion, is one thing that helps them perceive the true nature of the Zeravire and simply how horrible they are often so it does reinforce their want to fend off the issues. However there’s such a private drama wrapped round it with Sandman that it actually surprises lots of them. There’s a variety of info given right here that’s nonetheless accomplished in the usual episode template (which suggests the required Gravion motion scenes are certainly right here) that it truly is shocking that they coated as a lot as they did. Between the revelations right here and the best way it impacts the workforce, it’s virtually like they might have hit a excessive by studying the truth however it whacks them so onerous that they’re virtually all the best way down.

Which in fact is when the Zeravire assault and the Gravion isn’t as much as dealing with all of it that nicely. Nevertheless it does permit for the EFA forces to deliver their craft into play and this begins to open up a few of the hinted at relationships and connections that the forged of pilots from there have with the bigger storyline in addition to bringing in a variety of assorted motion. Whereas they don’t have maid outfits on, they do put on just like what the remainder of the Gravion people the place so there’s nonetheless lots of fashion to it. Type does proceed to be the primary gasoline of this present and it’s nicely displayed right here. Between the flashbacks which solely ups the fashion quotient to the revelations made about sure characters that may change how cosplay is completed for them, that is the quantity that basically manages to do a very good job in at the very least one full episode of mixing type and substance with out one overwhelming the opposite.

In watching this second season so quickly after the primary season in marathon type, my opinion of the collection usually has definitely modified. I don’t assume I contemplate it excessive artwork or something close to it, nevertheless it stands out as one in every of Obari’s higher works. What’s most noticeable concerning the present is simply how far more improved the manufacturing values are. The animation is far cleaner, which is saying one thing, and has a stronger sense of vibrancy and fluidity to it. They do up the fanservice as nicely to stability it out, however this season simply seems a lot extra alive and, nicely, animated than the primary that it’s a really hanging distinction at occasions.

In Abstract:
Going by way of Gravion and Gravion Zwei once more after so a few years since seeing the singles has been an fascinating expertise, not one which I might have anticipated. The shift from watching this over the course of a yr with the six volumes on a bi-monthly foundation to taking in the complete run over every week can definitely change one’s opinion of a present. Whereas I gained’t maintain Gravion up as a piece of excessive artwork, it did grow to be somewhat good leisure when taken on this type. Obari is a director that I’ve a love/hate relationship with and far of the explanations are obvious on this present. But there was one thing that was merely lots of enjoyable with it they usually offered a large amount of payoff within the second half of the collection which gave it extra character drama and seriousness that helped to stability it. ADV Movies has put out so many variations of this collection in several package deal varieties that outdoors of the unique singles, that is the easiest way to get the present right now and get the whole lot apart from a very good package deal itself.

Japanese Language, English 5.1 Language, English Subtitles

Content material Grade: B
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+

Launched By: ADV Movies
Launch Date: March 31st, 2009
MSRP: $49.98
Operating Time: 625 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Facet Ratio: 1.33:1

Assessment Gear
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray participant by way of HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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Posted on March 16, 2019 by Chris Beveridge and saved underneath All Information, All Critiques, Anime / Manga, Anime DVD Evaluations, Anime/Manga Evaluations and tagged with adv movies, anime, gravion