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Captain Earth: Collection 1 (2014/Sentai Filmworks Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: B+ Extras: C Episodes: B+

Daichi was a young boy who discovers the Earth is actually under alien attack and that his father didn't really die in a shuttle accident, but protecting the Earth. And now, not only has he inherited his father's title of 'Captain Earth', but he is also the pilot for the Earth Engine Impactor, a giant robot and Earth's last line of defense. Unfortunately, Kill-T-Gang wasn't from another planet, they were result of government weapons experimentation and the world governments don't mind the destruction of the Earth as they can use their technology. Instead of helping humanity, they use it to advance their own profit and goals to build an Ark for their 'Chosen Ones' to survive. Fortunately, Daichi is joined by a group of 'gifted' children like him who still believes in humanity and it potential for goodness, and together they fight and protect the Earth. This is the first season aka Collection 1 of the series.

Daichi was a normal high school boy until he found out he had the power to use Liviaster, the power source to the Earth Engine Impactor, a giant mecha. The Earth is under attack from 'Kill-T-Gang' aliens who have judged humankind is unkind, greedy, selfish and unworthy to exist. The Kill-T-Gang thrive on the energy of complex lifeforms once they reach a certain level of technology. Daichi is joined by Hana, Teppei and Akari. Hana is the literal heart of the Ark ship which the government would do anything to gain to control her. Teppei is a childhood friend of Hana and Daichi, but was once a Kill-T-Gang member. Akari is a super hacker who considers herself as a 'magical girl'. Together they thwart the greedy ambitions of the government and the Kill-T-Gang.

Again the Earth is under attack and it is up to a group of teenagers to save the world, but the truth is the Earth was only under attack because the world governments/organizations/leaders have shown (and proven) how greedy and unworthy the human race is. (Perhaps that is why anime constantly uses children or teenagers to the heroes. Grown ups have seem to lost their ability to change or adapt, they would rather follow rules and regulations than change.) This series shows the darker side of leaderships and ambitions when people in power place their needs over the people.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 image is great and lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo on each episode is exceptionally well recorded, warm, rich and has Pro Logic-like surrounds. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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