Of A.R.I.: The Robot Pet
Zha (2019/Well Go
Blu-ray)/Release The Spyce
(2008/both Sentai Complete
Collection Blu-ray Sets)
B+/A-/B+/B+ Sound: B+/B+/C+/B+ Extras: D/D/C/C Main
are the latest anime releases, et al...
start with a boy named Noah, who one day finds a broken down robot
A.R.I.-9 and takes it home and it suddenly comes to life. As Noah,
Bethany and A.R.I. become friends, they begin to learn about A.R.I.'s
past and secret abilities, but the past soon comes looking for
A.R.I., his creators discover A.R.I. is functional and wants his
parts for their new battle droid. Now, Noah, Bethany and A.R.I. are
on the run, but can they find a way to save A.R.I. before his battery
Adventures Of A.R.I.: The Robot Pet
A.R.I. is a robot, a boy's best friend, but when the company that
built him tossed him out they never expected him to rebooted by a boy
named Noah. Now active, Noah and A.R.I. begin discovering A.R.I.
abilities including turning invisible, fly and even energy shields.
Only problem is A.R.I.'s battery is running out and they have to find
a way to recharge him, and each time A.R.I. uses his abilities his
battery drains faster. When A.R.I.'s creators discover he is
actually function and they had tossed out A.R.I. too soon, they want
him back ...for parts for their up graded version battle robot. But
A.R.I. is alive, Noah doesn't want to lose his friend and A.R.I.
doesn't want to be dismantled, together they must find a way to stop
the soldiers after A.R.I. and fix A.R.I.'s battery.
was another fun filled, family friendly movie for kids. It sort of
reminds of old movie Short Circuit of the robot that comes
alive and then is on the run from either it's creators. It asks the
age old question with robots, what do you when it doesn't follow it
programming and has a free will of it's own, does it mean it
conscience and the right to live? Extras include trailers.
upon a time there existed a 'Chaos Pearl' in which neither Heaven or
Hell controlled or could be destroyed, but Gods and Demons wanting no
rival, cursed the Chaos Pearl to be split and reborn on Earth into
two mortal bodies and to be fated to be destroyed by heavenly
lighting in three years time. One of the pieces fell to a young boy,
Ne Zha and was prophesied to bring the destruction of the world if he
was ever allowed to grow up, but can Ne Zha break his fate and curse
or will he fall and become the demon as prophesied?
(2019), when Ne Zha was born he was considered the 'demon
child' and that one day he would cause the destruction of the world.
The heavens sent him to be born in a town and told the townspeople to
watch over him until he was ready to be destroyed on his third
Birthday by Heavenly Lighting. Ne Zha rapidly grows up gifted with
supernatural powers, abilities and strength but was still feared and
hated, only his parents believed in him and that if he was raised in
the light that he would become a force of good. But even after saving
a village child from a demon, Ne Zha was still misunderstood and
rejected by his hometown. He meets the son of the Dragon King and
they become friends, but unknowingly the Dragon King's son also turns
out to be also the 2nd half the the Chaos Pearl and they are fated to
fight and destroy each other. And as Ne Zha's birthday approaches
can Ne Zha fight the will of heaven much less his best and only
was a Chinese folktale/legend which (very) loosely follows the actual
legend of Ne Zha. The film is comical and full of adventure with
epic battles and heart warming drama. It is highly stylized with
into a modern CGI animated movie that would give Disney/Pixar a run
for it's money. Extras include trailers.
are sugar and 'spyce'... and all that's nice. Momo discovers her
classmates moonlight as Tsukikage, an all female kunoichi team and
she is recruited to join them and protect their city. However there
is the mysterious organization known as Moryo secretly controls all
the drugs, military and illegal arms trade. Can six high school
girls stop an evil organization?
Release The Spyce: Complete
Momo Minamoto is a girl with heightened senses and one night she
discovers that her city is being protected by a group of
super-powered high tech ninja girls called 'Tsukikage'. Momo is
immediately recruited and trained to be a school girl by day,
vigilante by night. Tsukikage are a well funded, secret society of
spies and are powered by their 'Spyce' which temporary endows only
teenage girls with super strength and senses. They however, face
Moryo, a secret organization that has it's hands in crime and drugs,
military industrial complex and even the government. Unlike
Tsukikage, Moryo has been experimenting with drugs to turn people
into either mindless slaves or murderous monsters.
is your typical anime heroine series with super-powered teenage girls
fighting to save their fair city from the bad guys. It basically has
every stereotyped anime girl fighting as modern day ninjas against
the forces of darkness. Extras include clean opening and closing
animations and trailers.
Spirits - Momo accidentally sees Tsukikage in a secret mission
and the next day she is give the choice to join them or have her
Challenge - Momo enters Tsukikage's secret underground base and
begins her training.
- Momo begins her first real active mission and messes up, forcing
Tsukikage to retreat. Momo learn of Moryo and experiences her first
Say Never Together - Fu wishing to prove herself to her master
ends up arguing and Mei getting hurt. Afterwards they make up and
work together to fulfill their mission.
Protocol - As Tsukikage searches for Moryo's dummy companies,
Momo is attacked by Dolte, Moryo's super-powered drug soldier.
Rewards of Friendship - Theresia a Moryo agent is sent to spy and
confirm Hatsume is a Tsukikage member, but she has past ties with
Hatsume with Love - Moryo tests their new mind controlling
drug on the city causing chaos. Goe gets effected by the drug and
Tsukikage has to stop one of their own before she hurts herself.
on Organization N - The girls go to Okinawa to search for Moryo's
secret ingredients. Goe meets and fights a Viking Girl almost as
strong as her.
Group - Momo learns what happened to Yuki's former master two
years ago and a failed Tsukikage mission and how Moryo came to be.
Response from Sorasaki - Mei reveals she has been a traitor and
spy for Moryo and leaking their secrets to them. Tsukikage falls
into a trap and is caught by Moryo.
Gekkako - The surviving Tsukikage members escapes from Moryo and
regroups, but now they must somehow stop Moryo from releasing their
mind control drug from taking over city.
Tsukikage is Forever - Mei reveals she was a triple agent to
get inside of Moryo and it's operations. Tsukikage stops the drug
dispersal machine before it infects the city and faces Moryo in a
showdown. Yuki retires from Tsukikage and has her memories erased,
Momo become the new leader of Tsukikage.
Rito Yuuki was just an ordinary boy who wanted to propose the girl of
his dreams Haruna ...until Lala a runaway space princess from planet
Deviluke comes crashing into his home and decides to live with him.
Now, everyday, Rito has to deal with girls, space alien suitors and
assassins that come after Lala, as well as Lala's crazy inventions
all the meanwhile trying to propose his feelings toward Haruna in To
Love-Ru: The Complete
has the worst luck when it comes to girls, each time he tries to
confess to the girl he likes something ALWAYS goes wrong, but when a
naked space alien princess comes crashing into his bathtub (and his
life), everything goes girl crazy. Now, Rito can't seem to stop
having girls in his daily life (and his bed). Rito daily has to
fight off Lala's various space alien suitors while other girls begin
to notice Rito because of Lala (and all the other boys can't stop
enjoying Lala sexual appeals and wiles).
also must deal with all of Lala's crazy inventions (which tends to
make girls end up either naked or scantly clad and Rito in a
compromising position). Rito goes from the school's most unpopular
boy to become a literally girl magnet. Because of Rito's kind and
caring nature he always has to save the girl from trouble ...and it
makes all the girls start fall in love with him (and for some reason
the girls don't get jealous and don't mind sharing Rito).
was your typical harem anime with space alien princess. The main
character is your typical clueless boy who suddenly finds himself
surround by girls fighting for his attention. There is a lot of fan
service with the girls and each episode sets up the main character(s)
for some romantic comedy/drama. Extras include clean opening and
closing animation and trailers.
Girl Who Fell From the Sky - Rito tries to confess his feelings
to Haruna, but suddenly Lala falls out of the sky and say she want to
Broken Engagement? - Rito wants to break off his engagement to
Lala, but he time limit of three days.
Triangle - Rito goes out on a date with Haruna and Lala ...and
perhaps Rito has some hope with Haruna after all.
Love Apron From Outer Space - Rito is told if he marries Lala he
will become the next Deviluke King and he worries he will start or
have to fight in interstellar wars.
Queen's Challenge - The school's beauty Queen Saki can't stand
the way boys giving all their attention to Lala and challenges Lala
to a beauty contest. Winner gets Rito.
Alien Assassin - A shape shifting alien comes after Lala and take
Haruna hostage, saying to Rito to give up Lala to him or he will do
naughty things to Haruna.
Men Should Be Like This! - Lala's childhood friend Ren/Run
arrives on Earth wanting to be the most manly man in the universe
...but when he sneezes 'he' becomes a she.
Prefect of Spotless Integrity - Yui of the school moral committee
blames Rito (and the boys) for the shenanigans and hanky panky at
school, but after banning Rito from interacting with the girls for
two weeks, she realizes he's not the cause and that he is
misunderstood and she also begins falling in love with him.
a Shining Star. With Love - An annoying rocket space alien suitor
comes to Earth to propose to Lala.
Space Entertainer - A space agent/manager wants to make Lala,
Haruna and Mikan into space idols.
Golden Darkness - Yami the Golden Darkness is an
alien-assassin-for-hire who can turn any part of her body into a
weapon and has been hired to kill Rito, but when it turns out she was
given misinformation, Yami cancels her contract on Rito and starts
falling in love with him instead.
Frightening Field Day! - It's field day, but all the exercises
seem to be making the girls do sexy aerobics, wear kinky outfits and
questionable exercise games.
Greatest Man in the Universe - Lala's father comes to Earth to
test if Rito is worthy of being Lala's husband.
Secret Between the Two of Us - Rito starts training to be a
better man. He starts running in the morning ...or is he secretly
of the Jungle - Lala, Rito and Haruna gets taken to a Jungle
planet in a contest see who is the greatest hunter in the universe.
Surprise Confession - Rito and his friends spend the day at the
water amusement park. Run tries to confess her feelings toward Rito
and each time it goes wrong. But in the end, all the girls support
Run's efforts and acknowledge that she is also a 'Rito girl'.
Ghost in the Old School Building - Rito and company investigates
the old school for ghosts ...but they can't be real, can they?
the Souvenir - A pregnant cat alien wants to take Saruyama as a
present from earth after giving birth to alien cat baby.
Hot Springs: Alien Girls and Colorful Exposed Bodies - Lala wants
to have their own private hot springs and Rito and company decides to
Heat Magical Girl Kyouko Flame - Lala and Rito watches an episode
of Magical Girl Kyouko together.
Chronicle of Bloodshed at Yuuki Inn - Rito tries to run a
universal inn in which all aliens can come and stay.
Frighting School Festival! - Rito and Lala and their his
classmates run an Animal Cafe at the school festival.
Tales of the Inner Chambers - Saruyama has a wacky dream where he
and his classmates all appear as characters from feudal Japan.
Shyness - Lala gets a space virus in which everyday she changes
into a different personality.
Final Night - Lala's father takes back Lala and tells Rito if he
wants her back (and save the world) that he must face his trials and
make it to his spaceship before the end of the day.
Lala - Rito races to save Lala while all of their friends come
to help Rito defeat Lala's father's various challenges. Rito rescues
Lala and they get married, but then Lala says she wants to marry
normally and not a forced marriage as a princess ...and everything
starts all over again.
for playback quality. The
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1
sound on the A.R.I.
DVD are as good as they could ever be for the format and play back
just fine as you would expect for a new production. However, would a
Blu-ray show at least visual flaws in the production. We wonder.
issued in a 4K edition we hear is amazing, the
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on the regular Ne
Zha Blu-ray is still impressive enough to be the best performer
here visually of the four releases with solid definition and color
range. The English Dolby Atmos lossless 11.1 mix (Dolby TrueHD 7.1
for older systems) is also the best here sonically, even if there
were a few sonic limits here and their in the soundfield. The
Mandarin DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix sounds a little
more authentic, but why no 12-track mix? We'll revisit the sound
when we see the 4K version sometime.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on Spyce
look fine on each episode as you would expect for a new series, yet
the 1080i 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers on the
episodes of Love-Ru can more than compete, despite sometimes
showing the age of the materials used.
TV series offer their sound in DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo
lossless mixes in Japanese and lesser English dub editions, but for
some reason, the newer Spyce
series has no Pro Logic-like surrounds and is just not that well
recorded or mixed in either language.