UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Seasons 3 & 4 (The OVA Collection)
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The anime series is based on a manga by mangaka group Kaishaku (Hitoshi Ota and Terumasa Shichinohe) who have created manga series "Steel Angel Kurumi", "Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto", "Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora" and several other titles. The manga was published by Square Enix from 2002-2007 on Monthly Shonen Gangan and has spawned a first and second season which were 12 episodes long, a two episode OAV, season three (six episodes) and season four (two episodes).
Both season three and four were released as multiple volumes through ADV Films back in 2007. But the the rights to the series has been transferred to FUNimation Entertainment and thus the third and fourth seasons will now be available on two DVD's via a OVA collection and will be released on August 11, 2004.
The main storyline of "UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE" takes place on a future Earth where interplanetary travel and alien encounters are commonplace. The story focuses on high school student named Kazuto Tokino who runs a bath house with his sister while his parents live in the U.S. Life was going quite well for the teenager until a UFO crashed into the bath house. Kazuto was near death until Valkyrie (who piloted the aircraft) gave up part of her soul to keep Kazuto alive. By doing this, the adult Valkyrie has been turned into a younger version.
And because now they share this special bond, Kazuto and Valkyrie are close (and it looks weird for a teenager to be with a young girl all the time). And throughout the first season, ultramaidens have attempted to bring Valkyrie back home to no avail.Read more ›
Depending on your patience, "Val-Q" may be pushing it a bit.
What is disappointing is the amount of content of this set. If the full description wasn't read and no knowledge of the prior releases of these episodes is known, one wonders how two 12 episode seasons fit into a single DVD case. Yes there are 14mm DVD cases that hold 6 discs, it is an engineering marvel, but they are heavy when full and, at this time, are only black in color not clear.
This set comes with 2 DVDs. The first disc is the six episode Season 3. The second disc contains the two episode "Season 4" OVA's. They are all 22 minute episodes.
With a price that is close to the prior two seasons, whether full price, discounted, or used, one can't help but feel ripped off with the amount of content this set provides.
Cost wise, it may be advisable to just find the liquidated prior releases or used copies of these episodes.
Another nuisance is that you cannot fast forward, skip, or goto the main menu when starting the disc. These features are all disabled and you have to sit through all of the production logos and a preview.
Story and quality are as good as before.
A former ADV Films property, this show is released across a two-disc set that Funimation is calling, "The OVA Collection" although technically it is the six episodes of the third season on disc one and two OVAs that made up the fourth season on the second disc. The two dvds are packaged within a standard-size DVD clamshell case and come in at a total runtime of 201 minutes.
The show wears a very appropriate TV MA (17+) rating due to animated nudity and sheer statutory-silliness over violence, gore, or explicit sexual situations (although some of the jokes could be interpreted as slightly off color to sensitive viewers).
Language options are standard sub & dub, which means the original Japanese dialog is an option as is an English dub track (both presented in stereo). Naturally English subtitles are available with either language selection.
Extras are pretty slim and include just textless songs and a crop of Funimation trailers on the second dvd.
The story, which seems to solicit sexual-natured hi-jinx in its summaries, is actually a bit deeper than the surface antics imply.Read more ›
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