Plot: What’s it about?
The Teen Titans have faced down numerous enemies, but now they have a new nemesis, Saico-Tek. This new villain wastes no time, as he brings the fight to the Titans’ front door. Tek attacks the Titans at their own home base, a bold move that catches the heroes off guard. But as it turns out, Tek is just a messenger of sorts, sent to America to do battle with the Titans. The villain was sent by a Japanese evil doer named Broshogun, a super criminal of epic proportions. In order to serve up some justice, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire head to Japan, to learn more about this new foe. But the local law enforcement doesn’t seem to friendly, telling them to return home. In fact, the local police insist that Brushogun is just a legend and even if he was real, the local law would handle any situations. The heroes know good and well that Broshogun is indeed real, so they remain in Japan and do their own investigative measures. This not only lands them face to face with some vicious criminals, but also puts them at odds with the police, not a good situation. Can the Titans manage to track down Brushogun and put an end to his reign of terror, or will they wind up labeled as criminals themselves?
I’ve seen a lot of these feature length movies based on animated series and in most cases, the movie is just a couple episodes of the show sewn together. But Trouble in Tokyo is indeed a one off movie, so fans of the show have a complete adventure to embark on here. As expected, this movie plays like an extended episode of the show, but that is fine in this case. The normal voice cast is all present and the tone is in line with the series’ previous episodes. Sometimes these movies feature enhanced animation or big name guest stars, but that’s not the case here. The elements in Trouble in Tokyo are identical to the series, so the animation remains the same, though the scope of the adventure is a little wider. The story is adequate and the extended duration is well filled, so fans should enjoy this feature length release. You don’t need to be familiar with the show to have fun with this, but those who do watch the series will get a little more out of some sequences. I didn’t expect much from Trouble in Tokyo, but the movie was solid and for fans of the show, is well worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
Trouble in Tokyo is presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here are on par with the show, so that means bright and bold colors abound. The hues are vivid and never suffer from errors, while contrast performs up to snuff as well. As far as softness, I saw no serious instances and overall, the image was quite crisp. The animation has a good amount of detail too, so all the subtle little touches come through here. All in all, the movie looks terrific.
Audio: How does it sound?
The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack isn’t on the same level as high end action flicks of course, but when the action arrives, the surrounds are put to good use. I heard plenty of power from the action and chase sequences, so your speakers won’t be wasted when you watch this one. The movie also has a lot of background noise and it is well handled, which helps build atmosphere and that makes watching the movie more fun. No problems with dialogue either, all the vocals are clear as can be. This disc also includes French and Spanish language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a “lost” episode and a poorly designed interactive game.