Geneon finishes off the 3X3 Eyes OVA series with volume two which
presents the final three episodes. This is technically the second
OVA series since there was a four year gap in between episodes four and
five, though it takes up right where the first one left off.
While these episodes don't finish the story told in the manga, it does
end in a nice spot and it isn't a cliff hanger the way the first OVA series
was. This is a good solid series for those that enjoy an older school
feel to their fantasy-adventure anime.
Yakumo Fujii is a pretty normal kid. He goes to school, works
at night, and enjoys working on his motorcycle and hanging out with his
friends. That changes when he nearly hits a girl on his motorcycle
while on way to work. The girl's name is Pai, and as luck would have
it, she's been looking for Yakumo. Pai is from China and met Yakumo's
father there. She took care of him when he was sick and dying and
now he's written to his son asking a favor. Pai is the person the
elder Fujii spent his whole life looking for: the last Sanjiyan Unkara.
She is from an ancient race of immortals, all of which turned themselves
into humans. For some reason the child-like Pai didn't undergo the
process and has spent the last 300 years trying to become human.
In order to make this change, Pai needs an object, the Statue of Humanity.
Reluctantly Yakumo agrees to escort Pai to Hong Kong where the ancient
object is kept.
Before they can go to China however, Yakumo is attacked by a monster
and mortally wounded. He would have died, but Pai merged his life-force
with his, turning him into a Wu; an immortal being who cannot be killed.
Yakumo will stay in this state until Pai becomes human. That isn't
such a bad state though, since there are a group of monsters who are also
after the Statue of Humanity. These creatures want the statue in
order to resurrect Kaiyan Wang an evil and powerful Sanjiyan who wants
to rule the world as a despot. It's up to young Yakumo and the innocent
Pai to make sure the world doesn't fall under this dark demon's grip.
Four years have passed since Pai faced Kiayan Wang's Wu, Bernard.
That battle ended in a huge explosion and no evidence of either person
was found. Yakumo knows that Pai is alive however. If she were
dead, he'd die too. He's spent the last years searching the world
As the series opens Yakumo has finally found Pai, but she's changed.
She has lost her memory and thinks that she's just a normal high school
girl living with her grandparents. She's not normal of course, and
Bernard is looking for her too. Kiayan Wang has contacted seers while
trapped in his tomb and offered a large reward, eternal life, for anyone
who can bring the girl to him. Hordes of demons are looking for her
and she doesn't even know why.
Luckily Yakumo shows up in time to protect her, but he has no idea how
to restore her memory. He knows someone who might be able to in Tibet
however, and he and Pai travel through China to the mountains of that ancient
country for some answers. What they find is more revealing, and dangerous,
than they imagined.
These three episodes retell the events from the manga through volume
5 (of a total of 18). The story is very good and it isn't one of
those monster-of-the-week shows, though there are a lot of battles.
This plot this time gets a little more convoluted than it was in the last
volume, which was too bad, the story progresses at a good rate and there
really isn't much down time in the show. This is an enjoyable
show that is a lot of fun, even if it is a little violent.
Pioneer released the entire seven episode 3X3 Eyes series in
an incredibly expensive DVD set ($65 MSRP) back in early 2001. Now
Geneon (a subsidiary of Pioneer) is releasing these OVA's once again, this
time in a reasonably priced two disc set. The discs seem to be exactly
the same ones issued six years ago though I haven't been able to confirm
The disc comes with the original Japanese soundtrack and an English
dub, both in stereo. I alternated tracks with each episode, and I
enjoyed the Japanese track a bit more, though the dub is very good too.
Both tracks are free from distortion and background noise and though the
more modern English track sounds a bit more polished, they were both very
The full frame video also looked fine. The lines weren't as sharp
as they could have been, and the colors were just a tad on the dull side
but this wasn't a problem. On the digital side things were pretty
good too. There was some aliasing, more than on the first volume
and a bit of banding in a few scenes but nothing to really distract from
This disc also comes with filmographies of the English voice actors
and two art galleries.
The program has a good mix of plot, action, romance, and horror, with
just a touch of humor added for good measure. The horrific aspects
aren't as gruesome as some recent shows, but arms do get severed and there
is a fair amount of blood. With a retail price of only $14.95, it's
certainly priced attractively too. Well worth picking up. Recommended.