Review- Gundam Wing Operation 1 DVD (UK Edition)
The DVD cover art is the same as the US version. The back gives a brief run down of the story, some data on Heero and some on Sandrock (why not give info on Wing, I do not know). When you start the DVD, you have to pick a language- French or English. After that, you have to sit through the annoying 'Gundam-What's your level of commitment?' model advert. There is no way to skip it >< I hate the advert cause 1) The rank system is crap (1 hour to put togethor a 1/144 Shenlong? It will look terrible!) 2) all the model builders in it are loser kinds who sit in dark rooms or wear weird clothes.
After that come a short logo for the company that made the DVD (a company called Beez), which buzzes around like a bee and looks rather childish. Then comes a short Sunrise logo ^_^. Then comes the menu, which is not a Gundam cockpit- a screen which plays clips takes over most of the screen, with a large picture of Wing Zero to to the right and options at the bottom (Play, Episodes, Settings and Extras). Whilst it's not bad, it doesn't exactly look like much thought went into it (Wing Zero won't even appear till about disc 4 or 5). There are 4 ways to watch the eps you get- English language, French language, Japanese with English subs, Japanese with French subs. It's interesting to hear how Wing sounds in 2 different languages (small note- French Heero sounds happy o_O ). However, the subtitles show more signs of lazziness- spelling mistakes are common. Often words are stuck togethor ( itis) or missing a letter (very spelt as vey). Considering how much this DVD costs, I think they could at least spend a little more time making sure everything is right. You get 4 extras- Pictures goes through galleries of Heero, Wing (Small error here, one pic is of Wing 0), Relena, Zechs and the Leo, with different music playing for each. This is one of the better things about the DVD. Info gives you some info on Wing's character designer. It is VERY short, stating the obvious (that he did the character designs for Wing) and giving you the titles of 3 of his most recent projects. Karaoke plays the 'Just Communication' opening, whilst subtitles (Japanese, English or French)pop up so you can sing along.
All in all, this DVD is far from good. It has some nice bits, but you are left with the feeling that Bandai Europe are treating Gundam as a kids property. Whilst I will likely buy the rest of the series (9 to go, 10 if they release Endless Waltz), this DVD doesn't feel me with much hope for Gundam in the UK. Bandai need to take a look at their companies in Japan and America to see how to handle anime