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Knights of the Zodiac: Vol 7 Battle of The Ages

ADV Films // Unrated // October 5, 2004
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Review by John Sinnott | posted October 26, 2004 | E-mail the Author
Title: Knights of the Zodiac Volume 7: Battle of the Ages

Body of Review: Knights of the Zodiac, the kid friendly version of the Japanese animated show Saint Seiya, continues to plod on in this seventh volume of the series. The plot doesn't move too quickly in this show. Though things seem to happen in every episode, with lots of fightrs and battles, but the main plot is rarely advanced. The mystical and powerful gold cloth was stolen in the 7th episode, and the heros are no closer to getting if back in this set of shows than they were in volume 2.

In adition to the slowly evolving (and not too interesting) plot, the animation is fairly crude. The motions are choppy and they try to animate as little as possible. In addition to this, the animators have a problem keeping things in perspective. In one scene a fist will be regular sized, then in the next it will be twice the size of someone's head. That is just sloppy.

Episode 25 : Fight On! The Rise of Athena
After the battles on the beach that closed out the last volume, Marin disappears. Seiya and the other knights learn a secret about Saori.

Episode 26 : Friends or Foes - The Knights of Steel
After finding out that Saori is really the goddess Athena, she shares her cosmos with the Bronze Saints making them even more powerful than before. They are all caught off guard when the Silver Saint Battle attacks. Things are looking grim for the heroes, when the Steel Saints show up: Ushio wearing the Marine Cloth, Daichi in the Land Cloth and Sho who bears the Sky Cloth. After this trio attacks, the tide of battle quickly changes. Back in Sanctuary Shina joins with Argo, a knight with a Medusa Shield that can turn people to stone, and Spartan who has telekinetic powers. The three of them plan to destroy the Bronze Saints.

Episode 27 : Medusa's Shield
After Spartan causes the plane that three of the Bronze Saints were on to crash, Sieya, Andromeda, and Shiryu are attacked by Shina and her two allies. Argo's Medusa shield turns out to be quite a powerful weapon, turning friend and foe alike into stone.

Episode 28 : Dragon's Sacrifice
Shiryu battles Argo: mano-a-mano. But things don't go well for the Dragon Saint, as the Medusa Shield is stronger than he thought. The Steal Saints show up, and they get trashed in short order. But Shiryu has one more trick up his sleeve.


The DVD:

Extras: There were no extras included on this DVD.

Video: The video for this show is a little less than average. The 1.33:1 picture had occasional specks and dirt, and was slightly dull. Though it was from the late 80's the picture actually looked older than that. A slight amount of grain was present throughout the shows, and the colors were muted a bit. There were a few artifacts present in the picture, especially in the background and in dark scenes. Nothing to horrible, but not anything great either.

Audio: The single audio track on this DVD was a stereo English dub. The dub wasn't too bad, but it wasn't great either. The best thing I can say about it was that there were no phony accents. Surprisingly there was some limited use made of the sound stage. The sound quality was about what you'd expect for a children's animated show. It didn't sound full and dynamic, but it wasn't too flat either.

Final Thoughts: Not a lot happens in this set of shows either. New characters come and go, but they don't really advance the plot. This edited version of the show is even weaker than the origianal. With poor animation, a plot that moves at a glacial pace and not much to hold the viewers interest, this is a disc that should be skipped.

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