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Time Bokan: Royal Revival (1993 - 1994/Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: D Main Program: C+

The Time Bokan returns for a revival in Time Bokan: Royal Revival, the second TV series (after the original 1975 show). Only one problem, over the years since the original show there are now multiple versions of teams of heros and teams villains. Who will get the role? It is an all out battle royal where it is villain against villain. They decide to settle things in a race, and winner gets the role... but being villains none of them plays fair and will use every trick in the book to sabotage the other teams.

This is a two episode rival in where the villains are the main characters. In Episode One, the villains come out of retirement in a battle royal race in their various mechas, but none of them have ever created a mecha that didn't malfunction or end up exploding by the end. In Episode Two, the villains plan to destroy the town with their new schoolgirl mecha, but find themselves in the town where ALL the heroes are.

This was a comic parody of old school anime from Time Bokan, it makes fun of all the different (and almost same) versions of the villains. Characters from Tatterman, Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman and Itadakiman, unfortunately you would have to watched all the shows to fully understand where they came from. As the bad guys, they finally get the chance to stand in the spotlight, BUT they can't seem to avoid the fate of their plans always backfiring in the end (mostly due to their own incompetence).

The 1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition color image transfers are a little soft and limited, but some of that is the animation and the age of the production of the time. We doubt they could look much better, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 lossless sound in both its original older Japanese presentation and English dub fare better, but by only so much and the Japanese sounds a little older but is the preferred way to view the shows. There are no real extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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