Nazca Vol. 2 - Blood Rivals
Review by: Adam "OMEGA" Arnold
Kyoji Miura is the reincarnated
Incan soul of Bilka, his rival trying to unleash the power of
Iriyatesse on the world is Masanari Tate who is the reincarnated
soul of Yawara. Yuka Kiritake was engaged to Tate until all this
insanity started, she is the reincarnated priests known as Aquira.
The pale skinned Shinri Shiogami houses the insane soul of
Jigumi, and Tatsuko Yanagiham is Shinri's half-sister who is the
reincarnated soul of Elela. Elela was in love with Kamaros who is
know housed in the body of mountain climber, Takumaro Dan. The
weak Keita Seino is somehow houses the soul of Amaro and is
somehow in tune with the earth, and his rival is Shinri Shiogami
who is the reincarnated soul of the treacherous priest Jigumi.
Eight eternal souls all brought together to either bring about
Iriyatesse or try to stop it from being unleashed on the world.
When we last left the band of
reincarnated Incan souls, Kyoji was seemingly killed. But, Kyoji
searches his soul, finds his true mission and a reason to live.
Through it all three more sleeping souls are awakened in Dan,
Seino, and Tatsuko on the eve of Tate's trial run at bringing
Iriyatesse to the world. Tens of thousands of lives are lost in a
matter of seconds as a small town at the base of Mt. Asuma is
pounded into the ground by the mysterious power. Now, the sides
are drawn and the first no-holds-bar battle begins.
The dub for this volume is more of
the same as the English voices get more in tune with their
individual characters and personalities. Thom Adcox as Shiogami
and Victoria Fang as Tatsuko are probably the most standout of
all the voice actors because they bring such emotion and true
sense of feeling to the scenes they present. On the other hand,
Dean Shelton, who voices the wimpy Seino, makes the character
seem like even more of a childish and insecure and at times
annoying. I found myself actually rooting for Daimon when he
battled Seino in episode six. One thing really interesting about
the subtitled version and the dub rewrite is that they a
virtually 95% different. They present the same message, but at
times the dub presents the feeling of a scene better than the
subtitled version such as the case in the scene where Tatsuko
awakens her sleeping soul.
The DVD release features the
standard fair of Pioneer features, but one thing makes this
release stand out more than the others. The extra stuff'
that the DVD features is none other than the super deformed Nazca
manga featuring hilarious alternate takes at key points in the
early episodes. The first ten paneled Mini Manga is called It's
Inca! Now Everyone Reincarnate!' and the second nine paneled Mini
Manga is called We Are The Reincarnated Souls.' Pioneer
seems to of taken the mistakes they made with the comics they
scanned for the Tenchi-Muyo! Ultimate DVD Collection and fixed
all their errors. The Mini Manga by Dr. Morrow and Studio
Kotobuki is presented in a panel-a-page format that gives easy
navigation and reading. It is a rare treat for anime fans to see
such things as these manga shorts translated officially. And the
future volumes are expected to have the continuation of these
shorts as well.
Let's hope the next two volumes
are even more enjoyable than this one. On a side note, maybe a
future episode of Fox's Malcolm In The Middle will feature the
kids watching Nazca since Shiogami appears for a second in the
opening credits. Overall another excellent volume from the guys
at New Generation Pictures and Pioneer.
Nazca Vol. 2 - Blood Rivals
VHS Dub/Sub, Bilingual DVD
New Generation Pictures
This volume takes the plots presented in the first one and expounds on them, but be sure you pick up the first volume of Nazca: Blades of Fate so you won't be lost.