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ADV Films presents
Sailor Moon (DiC) #11: The Ties That Bind (1995)

"Give me a break! If it gets any sappier, I'm gonna hurl."
- Prisma (Norma Dell'Agnese)

Review By: Jeff Ulmer   
Published: February 27, 2003

Stars: Tracey Moore, Jill Frappier, Karen Bernstein, Tony Daniels, Naz Edwards
Other Stars: Mary Long, Katie Griffin, Dennis Akayama, Terri Hawkes, Kirsten Bishop, Julie Lemieux, Kevin Lund, Colin O'Meara, Stephanie Morganstern, Roland Parliament, Nadine Rabinovitch, Susan Roman, Ron Rubin, Norma Dell'Agnese, Jennifer Griffiths, Kathleen Laskey, Robert Tinkler, Alice Poon
Director: Junichi Sato

MPAA Rating: G
Run Time: 02h:10m:36s
Release Date: November 26, 2002
UPC: 702727020629
Genre: anime


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
B B+B+A- D+

DVD Review

The eleventh installment of the English dubbed Sailor Moon holds a lot of revelations in the story. The Negaverse's Wiseman is running the show from the future, giving the evil Rubeus directions on how to obtain his nefarious goal of retrieving the Silver Crystal. This disc formally introduces the four sisters from the Negamoon, Prisma, Avery, Birdie and Catsy, whose battle between good and evil is the central part of the storyline. It also exposes Rini's backstory, and the role Serena and the Sailor Scouts play in her future. As always, Tuxedo Mask is ready for a timely appearance when all hope of victory for the Scouts seems lost.

In Naughty 'n Nice, the four sisters from the Negamoon are charged with capturing Rini, who has run away from home. Serena finally learns the truth about the young girl, just in time to face off with Rubeus. The wise man figures out just who Sailor Moon may be, increasing his desire to see her eliminated. There is a lot of plot uncovered here, including Serena's true relationship to her pint sized problem.

Secretly, Darien is having a hard time keeping his distance from Serena, despite the warnings that his presence will cause her danger. Serena is upset when he shows up with a new girlfriend, but when she takes on the Negaminions to save Rini, she finds herself under a sleeping spell, with only one person able to rescue her, as Sailor Moon does its take on Sleeping Beauty in Prediction of Doom.

It's curtains for one of the weird sisters in Enemies no More, as Rubeus plays on Catsy's feelings in order to get her to capture Rini. When Rubeus betrays her, Catsy gets a lesson in friendship from the Sailor Scouts.

In Checkmate, Amy enters a chess championship, where it's Birdie's turn to play the pawn in Rubeus' game, as she goes up against Sailor Mercury in a life or death competition.

Rini finally learns the truth about Serena and the Scouts. With their two sisters converted to being good, Rubeus gives Prisma and Avery one last chance to bring them back to the Negaforce, entrusting them with a powerful magic sceptre, but their Sibling Rivalry works against them. As Catsy and Birdie try to convince their siblings that the Scouts hold their only hope for a peaceful future, Rubeus has one more trick up his sleeve—one that would rid the world of the Scouts and the weird sisters.

After his numerous failures, Rubeus gets a chastising from Emerald, the latest addition to the evil team, and Rubeus' replacement. With only twenty four hours until his removal, Rubeus launches one final assault on the Sailor Scouts. Rini's disbelief on what she's witnessed has her looking for the Silver Crystal, as she runs away with Serena's locket, but the dark forces knows where to find her, when Rubeus Evens the Score.

On the positive side, there is plenty of plot during these episodes, as the secrets of the past begin to come to light, and the relationship between Rini, Sailor Moon and Darien is shed some light. With the weird sisters seeing the benefits of friendship, their saving from the dark plans of Rubeus progresses, which is a change from the simple vanquishing of Negamonsters we've seen in the series up until now. There is plenty of action, and an assortment of setups, which balances the repetitiveness of the transformation sequences. On the other hand, Rini, who started out fairly cute and funny, has turned into a whiny brat, and the voice acting doesn't help. Fortunately this only surfaces in the opening and closing installments in any quantity. While it is still pretty predictable and formulaic, the show is fairly amusing at times, and the dated lingo adds to the nostalgia factor.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Much like past volumes, the video quality is respectable for an early 1990s show. Colors seem well represented, though not overly saturated, and blacks are solid. There is little in the way of cross coloration, but a few of the middle episodes have noticible jitter in the outlines, and seem a little on the soft side. Grain is evident, but doesn't look unnatural. There are infrequent minor print defects, such as dust or the odd scratch. Pretty good on whole.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: Audio quality on the English dub remains pretty strong, with a solid bottom end, and full tonal range. Dialogue is clear, and very forward in the mix. The only technical issue is a brief dropout in Prediction of Doom.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 6 cues and remote access
6 Other Trailer(s) featuring Princess Nine, Sakura Wars TV, Medabots, Chance POP Session, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku,Dai-Guard
Packaging: Alpha
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: Extras are nonexistent, save for the standard ADV trailer vault containing Princess Nine, Sakura Wars TV, Medabots, Chance POP Session, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, andDai-Guard.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

Picking up the pace a bit, introducing some new characters, and finding a new defense from the Negamoon's minions are in the cards for the eleventh Sailor Moon outing. There are some good moments throughout, and the usual underlying theme that good will triumph over evil. Fans of the English language version shouldn't be disappointed by the presentation.

 


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