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Sgt. Frog Season 1 Part 2 and El Cazador De La Bruja Part 2 DVD Reviews

 

“Sgt. Frog” is a whacky and funny series.

 The last half of ‘Bruja’ is even better than the first.

Grades:

Content: B-

Picture: B+

Audio: B+

Extras: D

Sgt. Frog Season 1 Part 2

The plot: Keroro, Giroro, Dororo, Kululu, and Tamama are five frogs who are sent to invade Planet Earth. The only problem? The leader (Keroro) is a bumbling fool whose plans never work. While hatching plans for world domination, the 5 frogs spend much of their time living with a human family (the Hinatas). In these 13 episodes (14-26), plots revolve around Gundam toys, other invaders, beach trip, a festival, clones, a flower invasion plan, and even a submarine adventure.

Much like the hilarious anime series “Shin Chan,” “Sgt. Frog” is a frantic, fast paced, bizarre series that never steps trying to make you laugh. From the goofy narrator and the sight gags to the idiotic Keroro and the clever dialogue this show is filled with humor. As if that weren’t enough, the writers cleverly incorporate pop culture references such as “Exo Squad,” Bono, and “The Hidden Fortress” and always throw random gags at you like water tornados and death monkeys.

On the downside, the series premise is somewhat limited. Despite having fresh and original gags in every episode, there’s not much going on story wise. The show is definitely better in small doses as a marathon viewing really exploits the series flaws. Additionally, the show’s assault of humor can be a bit tiresome if you watch more than a few at a time.

Summary: If you’re looking for a funny anime series, you can’t go wrong with “Sgt. Frog.”  

The fullscreen picture quality is clear throughout.

This set contains English 5.1 and Japanese Stereo tracks. For once, the English track is fantastic here (especially the narrator). The Japanese track is also solid.

Extras include textless opening song, two textless closing songs, drawn character models and outfits,  trailers for “Bamboo Blade,” “Case Closed,” “Dragon Ball,” “Tower Of Druaga,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Sgt. Frog,” “One Piece,” and “Tsubasa.”

El Cazador De La Bruja Part 2

The bulk of the remaining ‘Bruja’ episodes (14-26) deal with the bounty hunter Ricardo teaming up with Nadie on the road to help protect Ellis from the villainous Rosenberg. Other subplots involve Nadie’s former employer Hayward, Nadie deserting the group she worked for, Ellis’s powers, and more revelations about the intriguing L.A. character.

After watching volume 1, I was naturally curious to see how the series would conclude. The ending did not disappoint. While I would have preferred a few surprises in the final few episodes, I will say that the series wrapped up nicely. There was never a dull moment in this batch of episodes and the ending proved to be a happy one for the main characters.

The greatest accomplishment, however, has to be with the characters. The writers really excelled at creating interesting characters in this series (especially with Nadie and Ricardo) and I personally liked seeing how the characters developed and how characteristics of certain characters (such as L.A and Ellis) unraveled over time.

Summary:  Having seen all 26 episodes, I can say without hesitation that “El Cazador De La Bruja” is a satisfying anime series. For a change, this was an anime series that felt complete AND well thought out. There’s no real filler here which I consider a sign of success.

The widescreen picture quality is no different from that of volume 1. It still looks sharp and clean. Likewise, the English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo are both fine.

Extras include textless opening and closing songs, another pointless English voice cast commentary on “A Man Who Passes On” trailers for “Soul Eater,” “Linebarrels,” “Guyver,” ‘Baccano,” “Burst Angel,” “Claymore,” “Daytime Drinking,” “Black Blood Brothers,” “D. Gray-Man,” and “Rin~Daughters Of Mnemosyne.”

January 23, 2010 - Posted by | 1 | ,

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