DVD Review: Captain Earth – Part 2
05/10/2015 Leave a comment
It’s time to suit-up and head into space with the Midsummer Knights in the second DVD Release of Captain Earth; but what did we think of this particular set by MVM Entertainment? Find out in our review!
Things are looking grim for Earth’s defenders. Although Daichi and Teppai have managed to slow or stop most of the Planetary Gear’s direct attacks so far using their Impacters and Livlasters, there’s no denying that the numbers are slowly turning against them. Not only have their opponents managed to recruit a half dozen of the Designer Children, but now new cracks are forming in the Midsummer’s Knights’ own alliance.
During a brief break at the seaside, Hana’s confusion over her own nature and her relationship with Daichi comes to a head, leading to an unexpected revelation. But as stunned as Daichi might be, it’s nothing compared to the shock that Kube is about to receive at the hands of his own allies. Twists, betrayals, and amazing new powers are about to be unleashed, a new Livlaster joins the Knights, and Setsuna finally comes out of seclusion to let loose her own brand of mayhem as the war for Earth’s Orgone energy builds to the inevitable climax.
Following on from the rinse and repeat process of the first half, which saw Planetary Gear crew members restored to their alien forms on an episodic basis that felt very familiar to monster appearances in Power Rangers, this second instalment takes a relatively different turn and opts to focus on the secret government organisation Salty Dog. In short everything you once knew about Captain Earth changes here and it makes for an entertaining viewing experience from start to finish.
In actuality so much ground is covered during these remaining thirteen episodes it makes the anime seem longer than what it actually is; but whether or not thats a good sign is another issue entirely. It all resumes with our beloved heroes, namely Daichi, Hana, Akari and Teppi, taking a rexlaing mini-vacation but just as soon as they get settled the notorious Amara and Moco strike and attempt to kidnap Hana. It’s a plan that sees mecha’s do battle on the beach but it’s also a crucial turning point which sees Hana’s latent abilities brought to life – much to the surprise of everyone in Globe, Salty Dog and members of the Kill-T-Gang.
From here the story takes a rather unique turn; for starters Pac, the super-computer built by Macbeth Enterprises, captures the CEO and uses his body to motivate the actions of those around him; including members of the Planetary Gear; but more importantly it’s where members of the Ark Fraction and Salty Dog, who are scattered around the Globe spacestation, beging to make their move on Hana in an attempt to capture the Blume Weapon. As i said a lot happens and it moves along so swiftly that theres barely any time to stop paying attention and when you combine this with the potential on-screen romance between selective characters, and the kick-ass robot mecha fights, you are in for a well rounded anime experience that makes you glad you continued watching past the first half.
That’s my thought at least; Part 1 was a nice starting point but its rinse and repeat process quickly became old, however in this Part 2 instalment – which consists of episodes 14 to 26, we see a storyline that steadily progresses and showcases each of the ‘named’ players until only one is left standing. At this time it’s the final confronation where, spoilers aside, two fractions do battle and only one will remain – it’s your typical “do or die” situation within an anime series but for once it’s actually engaging enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
MVM Entertainment’s barebone releases of anime releases continue with Captain Earth – Part 2 and just like the first instalment only a range of textiles songs and trailers are included.
As you will most likely see in the image above the trailers are for The Magic at Irregular High School, Black Bullet and Hakkenden; most of which are just the opening song placed on top of random footage from the show. It’s not a great way of promoting a series but at least it gives you a rough idea of what to expect; ironically though none have been announced for a UK Release.
Media: DVD 9 x2
Running Time: 2:22:14 (Disc 1), 2:21:45 (Disc 2)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 192kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 720 x 576 (576i)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps
After having watched the first half of Captain Earth i was pleasantly surprised by how this second half unfolded and it’s ironic how after the ‘rest & relaxation’ episode the entire series changes pace and opts to go down a more ‘distressing’ route. It’s like as if the director was intentionally saying “take some time to rest, as this is where things get good” – and if that’s true then congratulations to him.
Basically it starts off the usual chirpy and lovable self with come to know from the show but once Hana unlocks her latent abilities she once again becomes the target of Salty Dog who stop at nothing to try and kidnap her and use her powers to control the Blume weapon; including forcing the entire group to become stranded in a desert. Elsewhere however the Planetary Gear attempt to bring their ideals to fruition meanwhile Pac, or Puck if you prefer, has his own insidious agendas and begins to move forward with his plan. Theres three individual storylines, four if you count the developing love-interest between our main characters, and yet they all remain independent until the final few episodes which see everything blend together for a bigger picture – and one final showdown to save the earth from destruction.
In short; it’s a great show thats well worth watching and while the Japanese subtitle variation is superb an English Dub by a respectable dubbing company would have possibly been the icing on the cake; mainly so that my eyes could be focused on the fast-paced mecha action sequences rather than the constant barrage of subtitles. Unfortunately thats how things go and in regards to this DVD release then it’s pretty much how you would expect it to be from MVM Entertainment – basic, simple and fully working. Alas however it’s not all good news; the picture quality of the DVD leaves more to be desired, as even on larger screens the image looks pixelated and not as sharp as other DVD releases – such as Sankarea; however it is on par with other Sentai licensed releases that ive seen so far. The HD Native of the show, compressed down onto a DVD, doesn’t do the show justice so my advice would be to get the Blu-ray for the optimal viewing experience.
Overall Captain Earth – Part 2 exceeded my expectations of what to expect; it goes out the way to deliver a story thats not only entertaining, but charming and lovable – a story which makes you want to see the characters more than the mecha. By DVD standards however it’s just your traditional release with nothing special to brag about; other than it is Japanese with English Subtitles ONLY!
Captain Earth – Part 2 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray within the UK.