COMIC A7 Review - Power Stone

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  1. TriShield

    TriShield Super Moderator® Staff Member

    Jul 6, 2001
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    Power Stone ( ƒpƒ[ƒXƒg[ƒ“ )
    CAPCOM/Studio Pierrot/TBS/avex, 1999
    Kaleidoscope Productions/ADV Films, 2001
    Directed by Takahiro Omori (Fancy LaLa, Haibane Renmei) and Kenichiro Watanabe.
    Rated 12+ for martial arts violence.

    by areaseven -

    Based on the hit video game by CAPCOM. There is a legend of seven stones scattered around the world which will unleash infinite power to anyone who manages to collect all of them. Upon receiving one of the stones, prize-fighter Falcon embarks on a journey to find his long-lost father and recover all seven stones.

    Story: C+
    You know, this whole fighting game genre has become too formulaic shortly after companies decided to cash in on Street Fighter II's popularity. Power Stone is no exception, even though it's better than Tekken and Samurai Shodown. Fatal Fury did a better job at the "Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Street Fighter" subplot.

    Animation: B-
    I must admit, though, that Studio Pierrot (Rurouni Kenshin, Fushigi Yuugi) did a pretty decent job animating the series. Not as flashy as Saiyuki, but still okay.

    Soundtrack: C-
    The US version uses a score by Christian Montalbano, which is just too generic. Go figure, since he did the music for the Pokemon movies.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Unfortunately, the DVD does not contain the Japanese dialogue; thus, we have to put up with a sub-par English dub that has most of the character pronounciations completely wrong.

    DVD Extras: F
    What extras?

    The Bottom Line
    Power Stone is a pretty good anime, but it suffers from an Americanized kiddie-factor. Strictly rental material.

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