Just as Judge Mitchell Hattaway is getting the hang of spelling all the names in this show, it starts to near the end.
The Gift is freedom, but only for a chosen few.
This penultimate volume of Madlax answers a whole lot of questions and sets the stage for the series' climax. There is a lot going on in the three episodes included on this release, and I am going to attempt to give you the gist of each without giving away too much.
• Episode 21: "Cruel Confession"
• Episode 22: "Violent Feelings"
• Episode 23: "Lost Hearts"
Revealing anything else about these episodes would ruin them for you, so I will just say that the quality here continues to exceed expectations, on both a technical and artistic level. Sure, at first glance Madlax appears to be nothing more than another run-of-the-mill girls-with-guns anime, but this series goes a long way to proving that the devil's in the details. Both the plot and the execution of said plot have had me hooked since the first volume, and I eagerly await the final three episodes.
As far as the disc itself goes, you get another topnotch transfer and two very good audio options. Extras include the usual clean opening/closing credits sequences and previews, as well as a music video. You will also find a montage of footage devoted to the principal character who is slain during these episodes, another installment of "Conversations with SSS," and a sketch gallery.
Madlax once again earns an unqualified recommendation. Unless they really blow things at the end, this will go down as one terrific series.
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