Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Two (DC Comics Classic Collection)
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The early-'90s Batman series was probably the best animated superhero show ever, mixing stylish animation with a dark tone appropriate for the Dark Knight. The second volume, comprising four discs of 28 episodes and vastly preferable to the many single-disc releases, features familiar characters the Joker, Catwoman, the Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, as well as the first appearances of the Riddler, and Ra's Al Ghul and Talia. The episodes are highlighted by the Emmy-winning two-parter "Robin's Reckoning," which recounts the origin of the Boy Wonder and his chance for revenge years later. In "Perchance to Dream," Bruce Wayne finds his parents alive and another Batman patrolling Gotham City, the two-part "Something" pits Batman against Miyazaki-styled robots, and Batman revisits the samurai training of his past in "Night of the Ninja" and "Day of the Samurai." Give the series credit for not talking down to kids--Japanese characters spoke in Japanese with English subtitles, and one episode, "Almost Got 'Im," was styled after a '50s black-and-white variety show. It employed smart humor and characterization even to the point where it could let villains carry an episode. Certain stories were based on comic books, and the series involved comics veterans such as Denny O'Neil and Len Wein. Also camp-master Adam West appears as the voice of the Grey Ghost. --David Horiuchi
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1. It introduces the Ridder 'If your so smart why aren't you rich', and has the follow on episode where batman is inside a computer game he controls 'what is reality?'.
2. The Robin's Reckoning episodes dealing with Robins origin story and superb voice acting as well.
3. You get to see more of Bruce Wayne. I love the short scene in 'Jokers Wild' where the Jokers pretending to be working at a casino and Bruce sits at the table telling him how he doesn't like all the ugly clown faces decorating the casino and he couldn't work there. All the while he knows full well he's talking to the actual Joker. Then there's more on Bruce Wayne's past in the two Samurai Episodes, also great to watch.
4. Alfred's character is further developed in 'Eternal youth' where he goes to Poison Ivy's health spa and he plays a more active role in the Hugo Strange episode.
5. Love the 'Almost got him' episode, where batman's foes sit at a card game debating who has come closest to defeating the Dark Knight.
I was slightly disappointed with the quality of 'the strange case of Bruce Wayne' episode, but these are all from dvd without digitalization and dust gets in. In this instance, however, there was fuzziness every 30 seconds or so.
On the whole, it was great to be able to add another twenty episodes to my collection (I already have the volume 1).
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A really good animated series.
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