Zatch Bell - DVD Review
series production of Zatch Bell is
based upon the popular manga series that is known as Konjiki
no Gash!! in Japan, which was both written and drawn by
Makoto Raiku and which became published within a weekly shonen manga
The anime adaptation has been directed by Tetsuji Nakamura (who had
done some work on the Digimon anime).
Fans of long action-packed anime series with a lot of zany characters
battle will find the series offers a lot to the longtime fans of the
a huge fan of shonen anime productions, the good news is that Zatch Bell is in many regards just another
typical shonen anime production. The series basic idea resides around
concept that it has some action-packed elements and bursts of comedy in
typical package as a storyline - one battle happens after another and
journey extends new skills and experience is earned that significantly
the protagonists of said storyline towards the goal established in the
of Zatch Bell is pretty simplistic. A
14 year old boy named Kiyo has few friends and is one of the brainiest
class. He spends a lot of time by himself and isn't sure what to do
himself. He soon befriends a girl named Suzy, though, who has a crush
and is quite kind to Kiyo. So what does
the loner Kiyo have to do with himself? Apparently, his father had this
while working on one of his archeological jobs (for the record, his
typically away working), because he sends a "gift" for his birthday
that actually turns out to be a odd mamodo (a literal translation of
to speak) named Zatch Bell. Huh?
this Zatch Bell character? He is a mamodo who doesn't have his memory
and needs the aid a human can provide to work his magical skills and
With the arrival of Zatch, a book of spells arrives as well. The book
is to be used by a human being. In Zatch Bell's case, he needs the help
aid of Kiyo, Zatch Bell has the ability to channel energy from spells
and can fight
other mamodo. As it turns out, there is a tournament that is typically
that involves the mamodos, which is to find the new mamodo King who can
all the other mamodos. Zatch soon wants his successfulness to manifest
becoming 'king' so that he can rule that there aren't any future
that the fighting ends and peace returns. Over the journey of the
companionship of Kiyo helps Zatch Bell to fight enemies, make friends
with other mamodos who no longer wish to fight), and learn what he had
forgotten about his own abilities and skills.
concept of this series is one that is often explored in many shonen
productions. Essentially, Zatch Bell
is an anime series about characters battling, training, and learning
which develop over the course of the storyline as a battle between good
evil is waged. The basic idea inherent in that format is found in many,
anime productions. This idea isn't a new one but it's the charm of the
and the nice quality animation that keeps things worthwhile.
character designs are cute and enjoyable. If you like 'cute' kawaii
this series is one that actually manages to add an element of that to
The artwork is also fluid and is something that
flows well between scenes and key moments. The production design
effective and mixes together strong background details with some kind
action -elaborate sequences (which one would expect).
usage is also notable on Zatch Bell
as this is a vibrant series that stays in a colorful and upbeat color
throughout. This leads the series into a tone that is established early
more sunny, cheerful, and entertaining (as opposed to the darker and
brooding artistic styles which frequently become employed with a
direction isn't too flashy but it works as needed with Tetsuji Nakamura
remembering to keep things entertaining, well paced, and to combine the
appropriate about of humor and action at the same time. The approach
realizing the characters is also effective from the directorial
the friendship between Zatch and Kiyo is a huge part of the series.
the English dubbed version of Zatch Bell
only covered the first 104 episodes of the150 produced in total.
the English dub was pulled prior to completion as the series was not
successful enough. As a result, the entirety will never be available
dubbing. This is one key area of disappoint I genuinely consider worth
to fans, but it shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying the series.
is presented on DVD across 12 discs total. This was vital for the
quality as 100 episodes are contained on this two season collection.
Group continues to present themselves as a company concerned with
the episodes are presented with astonishingly impressive transfers that
encoded effectively with strong bit-rates and nice clean output video
present that is free from any major compression related issues. This is
tremendously well presented set. Color reproduction and detail is
stereo English dubbed audio presentation is effective for the series.
clarity and detail of the dialogue is notably good and the sound
utilized in action scenes sound pleasing. It's not a spectacular
it's a highly efficient one that shouldn't disappoint.
no supplements on this release. The packaging does include a slip-box
both season sets, though.
Bell is by
no means a groundbreaking
anime production but if one considers themselves a fan of
entertaining, and upbeat shonen anime series then this is a quality one
is worth some consideration. It's a cute, fun, and worthy show for
enjoy in series of the shonen action genre and who don't mind a more
approach to the story.
quality of the release by New Video Group is excellent with strong
PQ/AQ and a
huge number of episodes. While the series English dub was never
of the dub will undoubtedly be pleased with the quality of this
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.