BLUE SUBMARINE No. 6: BLUES (OAV 1)
MOVIE COMPANY: Bandai Entertainment
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Mahiro Maeda
PRODUCED BY: Kazuhiko Ikeguchi, Takao Nagayama
RATING: For ages 13 and up
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DURATION: 30 minutes 

 
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Anime Synopsis:

In the near future, the oceans have risen, causing all land at sea level to be flooded.  With the expansion of the oceans, humanity has found a new enemy in Zorndyke.  A war has erupted between the surface dwellers and the sea dwellers, and mankind is placing all of its hopes in the new vessel Blue Submarine No. 6 and her crew.

Maymi Kino is a young, devoted pilot.  Her most recent mission is to get Tetsu Hayami to rejoin the Blue Fleet.  However, he refuses and angers her, so she leaves.  Later, however, the two meet again under more dire circumstances and they start to work together.  Even in the thick of battle, however, it becomes clear that they don't see eye to eye.


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Dolby, AC-3
Bilingual: English & Japanese!

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): Hidden Previews

There are hidden previews of Gundam 0083 (a short version) and Monkey Magic. Here's how to do view them:

1) Play the preview  for the next episode.
2) Use the Chapter skip and skip "direct" to chapter 4 before the preview is over or before the Cinram movie loads.


DVD REVIEW:

BLUE SUBMARINE No. 6 is a DVD I was thinking back-and-forth if I should buy it or not.  Here are my reasons:  #1)  There is only one episode for 30 minutes.  If you are an anime fan, you know this is ludicrous.  In the past, most commercial releases are two per tape.  On DVD's, we are use to four episodes but I suppose Bandai needs to make money to help pay the CGI designers.  #2) The back cover art of the characters first gave me the impression that this must of been some 70's anime that I missed out on and then there is the price.  Most places have it for $19-$24 but thank kamisama for Amazon.com which has the best price for this DVD title.

So, I purchased this DVD and I was blown away by the CGI effects.  Sure, people can say they have seen better elsewhere but in terms of Japanese animation and combining both elements, this was really interesting.  So, the video quality was very colorful and no recognizable artifacts.  The audio was a big plus, not too many anime on DVD that you will find on Dolby Digital 5.1 and that was another incentive of me wanting to purchase this DVD.

There is no major special features but fortunately by using your next button, you will find a secret hidden trailer feature on this DVD.

All in all, Bandai Entertainment has been on the roll in bringing out anime series for a good price but this DVD marketing ploy is going to the wrong direction.  I know there are only 4 OAV's total but many people will pass this up because it's one episode for 30 minutes. 

The first episode doesn't really hook you in and this is where some people might think...it's only one episode, 30 minutes long, why should I continue?  The good news is again, it's a 4-series OAV.  I look forward to the next episode of this series and hopefully it gets better from here on in.

THE ANIME:  B
THE DVD EXTRAS:  C-
THE DVD OVERALL:  B-

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