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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
ADV Films // Unrated // August 6, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted October 7, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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ADV's release of Galaxy Fraulein Yuna on DVD includes both the original two-part OVA from 1995, titled "Sorrowful Saline" and Galaxy Fraulein Yuna Returns, the three-part OVA sequel from 1996, titled "Fairy of the Deep Darkness."

In "Sorrowful Saline," Mistress Fraulein D of the Galaxy Alliance dispatches Saline to investigate Yuna, as she is suspected of plotting to conquer the galaxy, despite the fact that she's saved it twice previously. With some trickery, Yuna, the 'Savior of Light,' is made to look responsible for the destruction of her city, as a mech that resembled hers went on a rampage. Apprehended by Saline, Yuna is tried and found guilty of treason, with the punishment being banishment into a black hole. Now her friends must prove her innocence and rescue her from the sinister manipulations of D.

In "Fairy of the Deep Darkness," Yuna takes on a trio of evil androids known as the Three Demonic Sisters who have marked her and her friends with elimination. However, Yuna befriends the first sister, and with her help, Yuna must defeat the other two before their plan reaches fruition.

Based on a computer game from the early nineties, the first OVA starts rather suddenly without much in the way of character introductions. These might've been helpful in identifying a few of the numerous characters that appear over the five OVAs. As is, it's a struggle for a new viewer to keep up with the three main characters, let alone the supporting ones that often only appear briefly. Also, the series is often inane, with some bizarre and completely random event and situations. For instance, there's a cooking contest in the first OVA that has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, and later, Yuna and Yuri engage in one of the most ridiculous dog hunts ever, complete with a whirlpool. However, despite the flaws, I did find the series moderately entertaining.

Video:
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna is presented in 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer is fine throughout, despite some minor problems. There are a few instances of cross coloration, as well as some slight aliasing during some of the transitions. Colors are vibrant and solid through all five OVAs.

Audio:
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna is presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo in Japanese or English. The stereo track is fairly average, though there is some subtle directionality across the front soundstage. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout with no distortion. Optional subtitles in English are included.

Extras:
The only extra on the DVD is an 'easter egg' which is accessible by selecting the heart (keep pressing down) in the Galaxy Fraulein Yuna title near the top of the screen. It is sort of a music video, with the theme set to animation from the series.

Summary:
Those new to the world of Galaxy Fraulein Yuna and are interested in her exploits should definitely consider a rental before a purchase, as the OVAs almost require a working knowledge of the characters before starting and the episodes are often inane with ridiculous events and situations. ADV has provided the package with a decent audiovisual presentation at a reasonable price, so fans should consider a purchase.

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