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Dragon Half
ADV Films // Unrated // September 24, 2002
List Price: $24.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Earl Cressey | posted September 18, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Dragon Half, originally released back in 1993, consists of two twenty-five minute OVAs, titled Mink's Voyage and Brutal, Killer Martial Arts Tournament. A mix of regular and super deformed animation, Dragon Half is often hilarious, and reminds me, albeit in a more low-key way, of the more recent Excel Saga.

As the daughter of a Red Dragon and a famous knight, Mink retained her mother's wings, ability to breathe fire, and strength, while appearing mostly human. Mink is a teenager, obsessed with Dick Saucer, a pop singer and, in his spare time, dragon hunter. The King, determined to take the Red Dragon for a bride, plots Mink's demise. Mink, though, is unconcerned with the sudden attempts on her life, instead worrying about how to earn the money to see Saucer in concert. Through one of the King's ploys, Mink enters into the Brutal, Killer Martial Arts Tournament in order to win the cash.

While I found Excel Saga to be a bit too bizarre for me, Dragon Half is just right. Sure, there are some strange moments, like when Rosario, the King's advisor, gives Mink a 'potion' of Ex-Lax or when one of the villains in part two discovers his scenes were cut out of part one. Dragon Half also boasts one of the zanier ending songs that I can recall. However, all these touches help add to the humor of the two OVAs. While I'm not the biggest fan of deformed animation, it admittedly works well here. I did have a one complaint about the series though. Both the case text and the show seemed to build to some sort of confrontation between Saucer and Mink at the end, though there wasn't any. Other than that, I had a great time with Dragon Half and it's a shame there weren't more episodes produced.

Video:
Dragon Half is presented in 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer is fine throughout, despite some minor problems, especially considering its age. There's some minor grain in a few sequences, as well one or two smaller marks. Some slight aliasing is also evident in a couple scenes. Colors are mostly bright throughout, though occasionally appear a tad faded.

Audio:
Dragon Half is presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo in Japanese or English. The stereo track is fairly average, though there is some subtle directionality. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout with no distortion. Optional subtitles in English are included.

Extras:
Extras include the clean closing animation and trailers for other ADV releases.

Summary:
Anime fans looking for some great laughs should definitely check out Dragon Half. Though a tad overpriced considering the extras and length of the program, ADV has provided a good audiovisual presentation, so fans and those interested should definitely consider a purchase.

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