Note: This blog post will be image heavy.
You can’t talk about the new Discotek Media OVA Collection without mentioning the original Bandai Entertainment DVD release from 2003. So I will start off posting about that first.
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Reversible DVD Covers:
Bandai Entertainment used a double-sided disc for the first 2 OVAs. So Gaiden is on one side, and Legend of the Inferno Armor is on the other side. Message is on a single-sided disc.
The double-sided disc for the first two OVAs made them a pain to watch. When you were done with one OVA, you had to eject the disc, turn it over, and put it back in again. Double-sided discs are also difficult to keep from getting scratched over time.
The DVD inserts were a really nice touch. The disc menus were not bad. And the reversible DVD cover solved the issue of the two different series names (Japanese original name and dub name). And we were grateful that the OVAs came out to DVD at all. (Before this release, the OVAs were only available in Japan on VHS tape. It was the original Yoroiden Samurai Troopers version only with of course no subtitles.)
The popularity of the TV Series DVDs released before these led to the dubbing of the OVAs years after the TV series was originally dubbed. It was great they went that far with the OVAs, though there’s some minor griping to be had about the voice acting in the OVA dub. Matt Hill returned as Ryo, which is awesome. Mike Donovan came back for Cye (Yay!) but for some reason didn’t also do the voice of Sage like he did in the TV series. O_o Ryo’s name pronunciation changed from Rhy-oh to Rio, and I swear the Japanese pronunciation sounds like Ri-yo. (And hearing Rio just makes me think of this song.) And some attack cries I believed were changed too. It just made the dub OVAs feel so separate from the TV series dub with the changes. But again they didn’t have to dub the movies. They didn’t even have to go as far as releasing the OVAs onto DVD. So I’m grateful these were released.
Next we’ll move on to Discotek Media’s release of the OVAs.