Judge Mitchell Hattaway gives you the parallax on this complex tale of politics, clear as Perspex.
This is Gazth-Sonika. This is the country where a person's life is cheapest.
After two volumes in which numerous and disparate plotlines seemingly ran in every direction possible, Madlax finally starts showing signs of real cohesion in this third volume. While these episodes contain no full-on collision between the worlds of our two protagonists, there is a definite crossing of paths.
Here are some highlights from the episodes on this release:
• Episode 9: "Scent Left Behind"
• Episode 10: "Infiltration"
• Episode 11: "Foreign Nation"
• Episode 12: "Vanished Will"
This series keeps getting better and better. We have reached the halfway point, the storylines are starting to come together, and the plot is really cooking. Given the complexity of the plot, not to mention the number of characters now involved, I keep waiting for Madlax to implode, but it somehow manages to keep on chugging along.
This disc boasts another outstanding transfer. You also get another fine 5.1 English track, although I still suggest sticking with the Japanese stereo track, as the voice acting in the dub works against the characters and the story. Extras include the expected clean opening and closing sequences, previews, a few promo spots for the original Japanese broadcasts, and a sketch gallery. There's also another chapter of "Conversations with SSS," which gets less funny with each installment.
Do I fully understand the plot yet? No. Do I care? No, because I'm having too much fun watching it unfold. If you haven't given Madlax a shot, what're you waiting for?
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Scales of Justice
Studio: ADV Films
• Clean Opening/Closing Animation
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