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Megazone 23, Part 2

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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MEGAZONE 23 PART 2 - DVD Movie

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NMKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I've been a fan of the Megazone 23 series since the mid-1980's, when I first saw a subbed copy of Part 1. As an oldschool anime fan, I think Megazone 23 is an absolute classic!

Now, over a decade after the first commercial release of Part 1 in the U.S., we FINALLY have Part 2 on dvd! While this volume is extremely different from Part 1, both in look and story, it holds up much better than the original. For those who are familiar with Part 1 but have never seen Part 2, I highly recommend it.

Now for a little history: Part 1 was to be re-written and re-ordered for an American release as Robotech The Movie. Though the project was completed and test-marketed, it was never officially released. Interestingly enough, some additional animation was completed for the Robotech movie at that time, as Harmony Gold felt the original open-ended conclusion of Part 1 wouldn't be sufficient. Whatsmore, there was an English dub of Part 2 (by the same cast used on Robotech), and my old vhs copy of Part 2 includes the ten minutes of additional animation that was used for Robotech The Movie. The reason I bring this up is that this additional animation is NOT included on this dvd, which is a little disappointing (I assume the current company doesn't own the rights to it).

In addition, while the subtitles and English dialogue this time around are much more true to the original Japanese version, the voice actors and script are not nearly as interesting or well executed as the earlier version. This is all water under the bridge, since the early version was never officially released, and you're unlikely to find it available anyway, so really I'm just venting about this!

Overall, I would give this anime a 5 out of 5, but the minor negatives mentioned above bring it down a star. This is one of my favorite animes of all time (and I've seen hundreds of them). If you've seen Part 1 and liked it, you HAVE TO SEE PART 2!!! If not, see Part 1 first... then see Part 2!!!
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The movie takes place six months after the first one. There's a ton of action as well as great visuals of the animation. Just wait for part 3 to be back in stock and I will be complete with the three part collection.
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Megazone 23 Part 2 was never a planned sequel and the fact that the same characters remain but with completely different character designs proves this and is somewhat disorientating at first, however you quickly get used to it. Part 2 was clearly made as a result of the unexpected success of the first one.

Part 2 was clearly on a very high budget, almost motion picture in look and feel. The character that truly comes off the best is Eve though who was designed by the legendary Mikimoto. Eve plays almost a central character in this. Her song 'Lonely Sunset', which plays briefly near the beginning but is also used at the end of the final scene and credits, is probaly the best song in the franchise, simply breathtaking. I also disagree with another reviewer saying the sex scene isn't as good as Part 1, Part 2 is actually more graphic, so much more so that some prude fans objected to it.

Grade - A
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