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Abaranger Box 1 (1 - 16)
(Item No Longer Available


Intro:
Every year, around February, a great evil threatens the Earth. In 2003, the threat came from the Evorian, a fearsome foe from a parallel Earth where dinosaurs roamed the land to the present day. A warrior from that planet, also known as Dino-Earth, followed them to our Earth and found the three people worthy to wear the armor of the Abaranger, and save the Earth... for about 2 weeks, until Dekaranger starts.

Packaging:
What I didn't like about the package is that there are three dvds stuffed into on standard-sized Amaray case with a hub on each side of the case and a center expander flap. What I did like is that it has a full-color heavy cardboard slipcase to keep it from getting damaged. The slip case matches the slipcover, but it was still a nice touch.

Video:
The video quality was good, but not great. The picture quality was slightly grainy, and the colors were a little mute and a little dark. For me, that always makes it feel like I'm watching Saturday morning cartoons for some reason. Anyway, there was some pixelation going on during the action sequences, and that annoying morning tv timer was on the whole time. That being said, the whole thing wasn't much worse than TV quality, but it just wasn't what you'd expect from DVD quality.

Audio:
The audio was great. Then again, the audio is almost always great. Less than 1% of dvds have audio problems, and I can only think of one off the top of my head. And when the day comes that i find a disc with audio problems, you'll know it, if you keep watching this space.

Subtitles:
My biggest problem with the subtitles is there were way too many "O"s. Seriously, they were everywhere, and they didn't belong there. The subtitles were a little below par on the whole. Very coherent and readable, but with enough small mistakes to be noticeable. Mostly typos and obvious translation errors, like translating "Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger" as "Abaranger Abarenzya."

Chapter Breaks:
One chapter per episode. And following my preferred format of 5 chapters per episode, that's not a passing grade.

Content:
You know what bugs me about morning television in Japan? The timer in the corner of the screen. It's there so kids aren't late for school, because obviously they can't be bothered to look at clocks. But when it's left on the screen, as it is on this set, it's just distracting.

Conclusion:
Those of you who have been following along know that I'm a pretty big Sentai fan. I really enjoyed Hurricanger, and it takes a lot to follow up a show that had that much appeal. While I didn't think this show was quite as good as Hurricanger, it was a good follow-up. It has some great new visuals that really made everything click, and the smaller cast let us get to know each character a little better. All and all, I would call this an above-par effort from the good people at Bandai.


Publisher: MI
Discs: 3
Episodes: 17
Price: $27.00

Reviewer: Nozomu
Reviewed On: 05/29/2005
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Our heroes hang out in a dinosaur-themed resturaunt. Some secret identities.


Abareblack plays with Abaranger toys, too.


The mecha looks nice, even against the same cardboard city Ultraman used to hang out in.


Every Super Sentai series has a beautiful villian nowadays. This is Abaranger's.


And this evil little girl scares the crap out of me.

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