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Megazone 23: Complete Collection

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Teenager Shougo and his friends just want to have fun, but one day one of Shougo’s older friends show up with what looks like a motorcycle but turns out to be much more. Now ruthless men will stop at nothing to retrieve the strange machine. Sucked into a secret world of danger and mystery, Shougo must fight for his survival – and his sanity.

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 255 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WDTO02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on December 19, 2007
Format: DVD
Megazone 23 earned its place in anime history by being one of the earliest Japanese OVA productions. And now ADV Films has released a complete 3-disc set of this OVA series.

The first disc contains the first Megazone 23 film, as well as production sketches (which include drawings of characters, mecha, and locations from the film) done in a slideshow format. There is also a verion of the film in the extras menu which contains an audio commentary track from Matt Greenfield (who directed the English dub), David Williams (an ADR producer), and Janice Williams (the DVD coordinator for ADV Films). The audio commentary not only talked about Megazone 23, it also delved into the anime industry back in the mid-1980's.

The second disc contains Megazone 23 Part II, as well as production sketches done in the same style as disc one (expect the slideshow only contains productions sketches from the second Megazone 23 film). The third disc contains Megazone 23 Part II, as well as a slideshow of production sketches (but only sketches from Part III are included).

Overall, this is a decent set for Megazone 23 fans. However, I do feel that ADV Films skimped on the extras for Parts II and III. My biggest complaint with this set is that the font used for the menu text can be rather hard to read; I found myself squinting to figure out what some of the letters are. Even with these flaws, I would still recommend this set to Megazone 23 fans.
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This is a rad little cyberpunk mid 80's ova series with action and just enough food for thought to keep it from being too stupid and over the top. The robotech movie in america stole scenes from this series and threw it in theirs to save some money but this is far superior then robotech ever was content wise. While it has mechs in it, that is not the focus. This is an adult oriented feature with content not suitable for the young so keep it away from kids. Other then that I can't recommend this fun scifi enough. If you want to chill out to some cool and decent anime while not thinking too hard, check this ova out.
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...that I first stumbled into a comic book store in New Rochelle and found a printed magazine version of Megazone 23. I must have been mad. I didn't know a word of Japanese and I flipped obsessively through the magazine piecing together what I could of the narrative. Its similarity to Macross and the inclusion of a steamy sex scene helped me along. Long story short, I was in love.

At long last, I found Megazone 23 for sale on VHS at an SF convention. I was frustrated over the open-ended conclusion, when the salesman at the booth proudly presented me with its sequel at a reduced price. The animation styles of both episodes differed radically but that just made me more obsessed with the series.

The Megazone series puts a more intense spin on that famous "Transformers" tagline "more than meets the eye." The hero of the series - Yahagi Shogo - is a good-natured, motorbikin' slacker who happens to steal a top secret motorcycle from the military. Not only is there more to the 'cycle than can be seen at first glance but the city, the era and world he lives in is more complicated and mind-bending than Shogo could imagine. The brave, new, weird world Shogo learns about hinges on a seemingly innocuous queen-of-all-media pop star named "Eve".

Who and what exactly is Eve? What is an abandoned city doing hidden under the firm concrete of Tokyo? What is the significance of the word "Bahamuto"? And what of the fiendish schemes and goals of the series' mysterious villain B. D.? Gun the throttle and race through the labyrinthine streets of Megazone 23 to learn the secrets.

The mental mind-bending of this series, I must admit, left me a little jaded when a certain popular movie hit the screens in 1999. As an enthused friend of mine went to great lengths to describe the wacky world of "The Matrix," I smiled calmly, lifted my hand up in a halting gesture and said: Been there, done that.
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