Plot: What’s it about?
In the year 2032, MegaTokyo recovers from a vicious earthquake, which would have buried some cities under the rubble forever. But not this one, as MegaTokyo pushes to rise from the destruction and be powerful once again, despite some evil forces at work. As things begin to turn around, certain factions battle to control the future of MegaTokyo, as there will be power, money, and influence to be had. One side has the GENOM Corporation, a force driven by greed and total corruption, seeking to exert their will on the population. At their disposal are immense resources, not the least of which are the android menace Boomers, which reign chaos on those in their path. But they won’t take power unopposed, as a small group known as the Knight Sabers stand in their way, with more noble intentions. As the two sides clash over the fate of MegaTokyo, which side will come out on top and what will become of this newly risen megalopolis?
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Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The show looks solid, but unremarkable. The prints look clean, but on the soft side, so the visuals don’t pop like more recent anime would. But this show has some years behind it, so that is acceptable and overall, the image is solid. I found colors to be bright and well handled, but don’t expect vivid hues here. Same holds for the contrast, which looks good, but lacks the starkness I would like. So some flaws are present, but as I said overall this is solid and I don’t think fans will be disappointed.
Audio: How does it sound?
You can choose between stereo soundtracks in Japanese and English, but of course, we recommend you opt for the original Japanese audio. As was the case with the visuals, the audio is solid, but doesn’t stand out. The vocals sound clean and clear, while other elements come across well also. At the same time, more recent anime would sport dynamic, surround sound, while this is a simple, more basic soundtrack. I think this covers the bases well enough, but doesn’t move beyond the minimum performance level here. This release also includes optional English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
If you’re into music videos, you’ll be in heaven with this release, as a total of thirteen can be found. These are related to the show however, not just filler, so give them a look. You can also check out the Holiday in Bali special, which is a fun inclusion, as are some text interviews with cast members. The only other extras are some artwork galleries, some original Japanese promos, and program notes.