Between this bad anime show and Son of the Mask, Judge Mitchell Hattaway thinks Norse god Loki needs a new agent.
Ah, how the mighty have fallen.
You ever hear about the Norse god Loki? Yeah, that's him—the one who was always getting into trouble and pissing off poppa Odin. Well, seems he was up to his old tricks again and got himself banished from Asgard. Thing is, Odin decided to have a little fun at his son's expense, so he trapped Loki inside the body of a young boy. What's a trickster god trapped inside the frame of a Midgardian preteen boy to do? Hire a butler, hook up with a clumsy schoolgirl, and start a paranormal detective agency, of course.
The first four episodes of the anime series Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok are included on this release. Here is a brief summary of each:
• Episode 1: "Presenting the Mythical Detective"
• Episode 2: "The Allies of Justice are Totally
• Episode 3: "The Assassin Descends!"
• Episode 4: "My Dad's a Great Detective?!"
This series has absolutely nothing going for it. It is a mishmash of tired, bad ideas. The stories aren't the least bit interesting, and the same is true of the characters. I was bored by the first episode, and I was ready to shove a sharp object into my brain by the time the fourth installment ended.
Aside from a few jagged edges in the first episode (most noticeable during a slow pan), the transfer is top-notch. The stereo Japanese track features very good channel separation; apart from the opening and closing theme songs, there's not much surround action in the 5.1 English track, and the dub's voice acting is very annoying. Extras include a gallery of character art, clean opening and closing sequences, and previews for other ADV releases. You also get an interview with two members of the Japanese cast; clocking in at just under seven minutes, this interview, which was originally included on the second volume of the Japanese release, deals primarily with future episodes and contains some spoilers. (The character voiced by one of the interviewees doesn't show up until the fifth episode, leading me to wonder why this interview wasn't saved for Volume 2.)
This series might be entertaining to members of the ten-and-under crowd, but I cannot imagine anyone else will find much value in what it offers. I strongly advise you to skip it.
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