18th May 2008
The packaging for Kizuna: Kazuma Kodaka Signature Edition DVD is so nice! Gorgeous slipcover and even a little booklet inside featuring the manga covers sans title. Be Beautiful is calling this a Manga Portfolio, but whatever, it’s a nicety they didn’t have to do.
The English dub is not the worst one I’ve heard. However, it’s not the best, but if you really need to watch Kizuna in English, it’s enjoyable. Keep in mind, people, that I am a subtitle snob. Even if I buy an American anime release, I rarely watch the English dub for I don’t like my anime americanized and sanitized for my protection.
The subtitles are of good quality and good timing. This is definitely not your Hong Kong rip. Since I know the barest of Japanese, I know the translation is fairly good. Some things have been mistranslated, however, because, for example, ‘aho’ doesn’t mean ‘idiot’ exactly. It’s a little more vulgar than that, ‘dipshit’ or ‘dumbass’ is a better translation, but I’m not going to split hairs. (Even though I already have. Heh.)
The extras on this DVD are squeal-worthy. Actually, I did squeal like a little dorky fangirl. (This shouldn’t be surprising.) There are interviews with Kodaka, Q&A and English director commentary. The insight you get from all these features is wonderful.
I won’t tell you about the plot because if you’ve read the manga, you know what’s happening in this OAV. If you haven’t read the manga, you’re going to be a little lost for most of this OAV. (And no amount of me trying to explain this to you is going to make any sense anyway.)
In short, this DVD is worth the purchase. Doubly so if you’re an old-school fan of Kizuna.