Judge Mitchell Hattaway thinks Seth Green should look into where his robot chicken has been slumming lately.
Seeking the lost melody.
In the recent past, humanity fought a war against monsters. The monsters won. Time passed, a new century dawned, and much of humanity chose to forget the loss. With the exception of the occasional child who is sacrificed to the monsters, life goes on as if nothing happened. High school student Bocca hears tales of the war from Tsunagi, a strange old man who owns a motorcycle repair shop. Tsunagi teaches Bocca about the Warriors of Melos, a band of fighters who still battle the monsters, and of the Melody of Oblivion, the mystical being who aids the warriors in their struggle. Everyone else thinks Tsunagi is just a crazy old coot. But that's about to change.
Four episodes of the anime series The Melody of Oblivion are included on this release; here's a synopsis of each:
• Episode One: "Warriors of Melos"
• Episode Two: "The Beginning of the Long Journey After
• Episode Three: "Cape of the Midnight Sun"
• Episode Four: "Monster Union"
The Melody of Oblivion is a mishmash of ideas—many of them familiar, most of them bad. To make matters worse, the show is dour, pretentious, and dull. Don't get me wrong, there are a few laughs, but they're all unintentional, such as when Horu rides atop a bus that suddenly sprouts the legs and horns of a bull, or when Eiko receives orders from her masters via some sort of parrot-like creature. Then there's that big robotic chicken. Really, how terrifying is that? The Aibars, which are supposed to be amazing battle vehicles, look quite silly. (I'm really dating myself here, but the design of the Aibars—there's a metallic horse's head jutting from between the handlebars—reminds me of the horses ridden by Force Commander and Baron Karza from the old Micronauts toy line.) There's also an overabundance of gratuitous fan service. There's really no need for it in a series such as this, and the fact that Sayoko is only fourteen makes her frequent disrobing more than a little sick. And what's up with the flamenco music used during the fight scenes? Honestly, who thought that was a good fit?
The technical side of this release doesn't quite live up to what I've come to expect from Geneon. There's a little too much shimmer and a few too many instances of jagged lines and haloing in the transfer, although the colors are represented well enough. (In case you were wondering, the animation itself looks a little cheap and rushed.) The stereo audio tracks feature very little channel separation, and there's almost no low-end activity. (Be warned: the acting in the dub is awful.) Extras include the standard creditless opening sequence, as well as Geneon's ubiquitous previews.
All in all, The Melody of Oblivion simply isn't worth your time or money. Skip it.
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