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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Power Stone: Friends & Enemies (Vol. 5)
Power Stone: Friends & Enemies (Vol. 5)
ADV Films // Unrated // May 21, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted September 17, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Based on the popular videogame series of the same name, Power Stone consists of twenty-six episodes spread over six volumes. Friends & Enemies, reviewed here, is Volume 5, and contains episodes 18-21:

Episode 18: Run Toward Tomorrow
Episode 19: Danger Cruise
Episode 20: Get Kraken
Episode 21: Valgas' Promise

Seven legendary stones imbued with mystic power are scattered throughout the land. Prophecy foretells that the stones have the power to make dreams come true and, when combined, a miracle will occur. Falcon, in possession of one of the stones, discovers that by activating it, he can create a battlesuit to fight in. With several friends, also in possession a few power stones, Falcon travels the land in search of the rest and in the hopes of defeating Draken, the pirate king, and his henchman, the Octopus Twins. After their defeat, however, Falcon runs into Valgas, his hero, but will he be friend or foe?

Though I played very little of Power Stone or Power Stone 2 on the Dreamcast, they were well-received 3-D fighting games. However, the anime series was disappointing, in that it was terribly mediocre and ultimately very forgettable. Falcon and his generic friends (the gypsy, the Indian Warrior, and the swordsman in training, among others) engage twice (in four episodes) in the same basic plot: they arrive at a town in trouble, someone loses a power stone, they fight, and then they resolve the town's problems and move on to the next location. With one volume left in the series, I'm somewhat curious as to what role Valgas will play, though it didn't appear to be much of a cliffhanger.

Video:
Power Stone is presented in 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer is fine throughout, despite some minor cross coloration and aliasing. A few of the backgrounds do appear a bit soft, however. Colors look great and there is little in the way of print flaws.

Audio:
Power Stone is presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround in English. The stereo track is solid, with some subtle directionality. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout with no distortion. No optional subtitles are included.

Extras:
Extras include trailers for other ADV releases.

Summary:
Die-hard fans of the games or children might enjoy Power Stone, but I found the series to often be predictable, repetitious, mediocre, and forgettable. ADV's presentation of the material is decent and the MSRP is reasonable, so fans of the series should consider a purchase.

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