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    The Review

    Content Grade: A+
    Audio Grade: B
    Video Grade: C+
    Packaging Grade: A-
    Menu Grade: B
    Extras Grade: B+

    Released By: Viz Media
    Release Date: December 4th, 2001
    MSRP: $29.99
    Running Time: 180
    Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
    Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

    In Summary:
    Revisiting this series again after several years, and watching it with someone who hasn’t seen a heck of a lot of anime, the show has aged hard in some ways and easier in others. It’s a product of its time, some twenty years on now which is scary to think about, but it also has a particular charm to it in how it all unfolds. The characters are fun, it has a warmth and heart to it that’s there right from the start and it plays with atmosphere well to run the game of it all. With this release being over a decade old, there are definitely issues, but a good percentage of them aren’t going to be coming from people like me, the die-had fans of this show, simply because we’re glad to have it in some form. The source materials and encoding don’t hold up well over time, but I will say that even as problematic as it is, the fact that the show is about a distorted VHS character sort of gives it even a bit more charm. This is a show that I’d love to see get a second lease on life.


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    Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

    From what you say, it needs remastering. I bought this title on VHS first, then DVD as Ai is my 2nd favourite Megumi Hayashibara voiced character. Glad Viz is re-releasing this. Perhaps Key, Saikano & other non-Takahashi, SJ older titles of theirs will get 2nd chances (though a Maison Ikkoku would win big points).

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    • #3
      Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

      I think this would make for a great license with Discotek, it should definitely be re-licensed, and hopefully one day it is.

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      • #4
        Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

        Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
        From what you say, it needs remastering. I bought this title on VHS first, then DVD as Ai is my 2nd favourite Megumi Hayashibara voiced character. Glad Viz is re-releasing this. Perhaps Key, Saikano & other non-Takahashi, SJ older titles of theirs will get 2nd chances (though a Maison Ikkoku would win big points).
        I don't think VIZ is re-releasing this. Maison Ikkoku should always be in print. Always!
        Blu-ray/DVD Collection / MAL / IMDB
        Most wanted anime licenses: Kodomo No Omocha, Pumpkin Wine, Maison Ikkoku Movie/OVA, Tokimeki Tonight, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Windaria, End of Summer
        Most wanted live action Blu-Ray releases: Blood Beach (1980), Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Malibu Bikini Shop (1986), Streets of Fire (1984), Dead of Night (1945)

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          Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

          Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
          Glad Viz is re-releasing this.
          The review is on the 2001 release. And Viz never re-released this boxset.

          EDIT: got the Viz releases confused.
          Last edited by WTK; 05-19-2012, 09:02 PM.

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            Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

            Chris's 2001 review on Video Girl Ai, on Christmas Day! http://www.mania.com/video-girl-ai_article_74247.html

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            • #7
              Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

              Originally posted by Steve_the_Talking_Pie View Post
              Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
              From what you say, it needs remastering. I bought this title on VHS first, then DVD as Ai is my 2nd favourite Megumi Hayashibara voiced character. Glad Viz is re-releasing this. Perhaps Key, Saikano & other non-Takahashi, SJ older titles of theirs will get 2nd chances (though a Maison Ikkoku would win big points).
              I don't think VIZ is re-releasing this. Maison Ikkoku should always be in print. Always!
              It would be nice if they did, and started re-releasing Maison Ikkoku in single season sets, 3 DVDs in one case, sort of thing.
              My DVD List: DVDAficianado / DVDProfiler - My Manga: ANN Manga - Visible collection (includes non-anime - current as of Sept 27th)

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              • #8
                Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

                Originally posted by WTK View Post
                Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
                Glad Viz is re-releasing this.
                The review is on the 2001 release. And Viz never re-released this boxset. And from the looks of it Manga UK's release is OOP. Madman Ent's release is still in print: link (under She, the Ultimate Weapon).
                I might have to buy that thanks WTK!

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                • #9
                  Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

                  Originally posted by Tratious View Post
                  Originally posted by WTK View Post
                  Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
                  Glad Viz is re-releasing this.
                  The review is on the 2001 release. And Viz never re-released this boxset. And from the looks of it Manga UK's release is OOP. Madman Ent's release is still in print: link (under She, the Ultimate Weapon).
                  I might have to buy that thanks WTK!
                  That link was to SaiKano. I got my Viz releases mixed up.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

                    I know I checked the link already I have actually been looking to see Saikano for awhile now and I didn't know about that release so thanks

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                    • #11
                      Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

                      Originally posted by kusanagi-sama View Post
                      Originally posted by Steve_the_Talking_Pie View Post
                      Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
                      From what you say, it needs remastering. I bought this title on VHS first, then DVD as Ai is my 2nd favourite Megumi Hayashibara voiced character. Glad Viz is re-releasing this. Perhaps Key, Saikano & other non-Takahashi, SJ older titles of theirs will get 2nd chances (though a Maison Ikkoku would win big points).
                      I don't think VIZ is re-releasing this. Maison Ikkoku should always be in print. Always!
                      It would be nice if they did, and started re-releasing Maison Ikkoku in single season sets, 3 DVDs in one case, sort of thing.
                      Then if that generated enough interest to watch the movies and some of the OVAs.....I guess I can continue to dream.
                      Blu-ray/DVD Collection / MAL / IMDB
                      Most wanted anime licenses: Kodomo No Omocha, Pumpkin Wine, Maison Ikkoku Movie/OVA, Tokimeki Tonight, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Windaria, End of Summer
                      Most wanted live action Blu-Ray releases: Blood Beach (1980), Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Malibu Bikini Shop (1986), Streets of Fire (1984), Dead of Night (1945)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Video Girl Ai Complete Series Review

                        Originally posted by Steve_the_Talking_Pie View Post
                        Originally posted by kusanagi-sama View Post
                        Originally posted by Steve_the_Talking_Pie View Post
                        Originally posted by Njr Resurrection View Post
                        From what you say, it needs remastering. I bought this title on VHS first, then DVD as Ai is my 2nd favourite Megumi Hayashibara voiced character. Glad Viz is re-releasing this. Perhaps Key, Saikano & other non-Takahashi, SJ older titles of theirs will get 2nd chances (though a Maison Ikkoku would win big points).
                        I don't think VIZ is re-releasing this. Maison Ikkoku should always be in print. Always!
                        It would be nice if they did, and started re-releasing Maison Ikkoku in single season sets, 3 DVDs in one case, sort of thing.
                        Then if that generated enough interest to watch the movies and some of the OVAs.....I guess I can continue to dream.
                        Though what would be better is two seasons in a 6 dvd case (standard size), so you would only have to have 4 cases on the shelf.
                        My DVD List: DVDAficianado / DVDProfiler - My Manga: ANN Manga - Visible collection (includes non-anime - current as of Sept 27th)

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