In this highly evolved virtual universe, people log in and play various characters. Some use swords, others use magic, and if you die, you can log back in with some restrictions. All this sounds fairly simple except for one character that is a mystery, Tsukasa. He has abilities that others don't and no one is quite sure what to make of him. Is he a real person, trapped inside the machine or is he just a computer generated character like some of the more mundane shop keepers or is he really a system administrator who's lost his memory? No one can answer the questions, which adds to the appeal of finding the answers behind the guy.
13) Twilight Eye:
As I become more familiar with the characters, not having watched volume one, I am finding the show more interesting. While I still think there's too much padding of insignificant points, I'm finding it more enjoyable to watch as a guilty pleasure. As such, even though there are only 4 episodes this time, I'm upgrading the rating to Recommended. The voice acting on the English track had a few weaker performers but overall it was pretty good.
Picture: The picture was presented in 1.85:1 ratio Anamorphic Widescreen and looked great. The colors were vibrant and as clear as I think I've seen on my television. While the anime style itself wasn't the most detailed, it had a lot going for it in terms of a "look" that fans seem to like. I didn't see any artifacts or other dvd transfer problems when I watched it.
Sound: The sound was presented with a choice of Dolby Digital English or Japanese with optional English subtitles. The vocals on each track were well done and the music was also exceptionally clear and appropriate. There's even an isolated music score for fans to enjoy.
Extras: The extras were pretty much the same as for Volume 2 with an isolated music score, some trailers, the timeline of the events leading up to the creation of the game in the fictional world of the show, a character photogallery, credits and a paper insert with a short discussion of character classes (by their weapon).
Final Thoughts: As the story progresses and the clues start to point to certain things, I'm finding the show worth watching more than once. When I reviewed Volume 2, I focused mostly on the weaker elements of the show since they were so prominent and the show didn't really engage my interest much but I may just end up liking it even more as I see more of it. It was better than I thought, even if not a classic.