Magic Knight Rayearth Anime Second Season, Disk 1 (English)

February 23rd, 2012

Hikaru, Umi and Fuu have put their past adventures behind them and are struggling to move on. Of them, the one that struggles the most is Hikaru, who is deeply concerned about the well-being of the inhabitants of Cefiro now that those adventures have left them without a Pillar for support.

When the three are suddenly called back to Cefiro, they realize that the Pillar, Princess Emeraude, was the only thing protecting that country from invasion. And, indeed, it seems that there are other countries on their way to invade right now! Thus begins the complete collection of Magic Knight Rayearth, Second Season.

Of course, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu once again don the armor of the Magic Knights in order to protect the land they love. To their shock, they learn that the Princess left a younger brother and that High Priest Zagato had a brother. The reveal of the Prince’s identity radically changes the story of one of them.

But I’m going to be honest here. I don’t care about any of these people. I was watching for one and only one character. Eagle. There will never be another reason for me to watch this series, fun as it is. There was a nice bonus of a character brought back for this second series, but I won’t spoil. (Neither should you. Comments with spoilers won’t be published.)

Technically, the remastering didn’t really look as good on this series as it did on the first. Any comments on it are moot, however, as Media Blasters is, for all intents and purposes, gone. Nonetheless, the remastering is really quite wonderful. The packaging is a little perplexing – two multi-disc packages that make up the entirety of the season, that come in a box. I have no idea why they changed their packaging so often, but I sincerely don’t think I have a single series MB put out that is packaged the same as any other series that MB put out.

Disk One of this collection gives us a hint of what is to come – there is some serious discussion of the Ma-Shin, the giant mecha that are the three girls’ ultimate forms. What secrets and mutating armor we will see, and whether Lantis and Eagle are the couple I expect them to be, is yet to be known.

FWIW:

Art – 7
Story – 7 but really, this was all expository.
Characters – 8
Yuri -0
LoserFanBoy – 1

Overall – 7

Just to continue to be honest, I don’t really “watch” this season, so much as listen to it. ^_^

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2 Responses

  1. Eric P. says:

    Media Blasters has released some great titles, this being just one of them. The first season really suprised me, making me care enough about the characters and the world that the second season took the story in a really intriguing new direction. I thought so, anyway. All the way to the end this series never disappointed!

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