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Battle Athletes Victory Vol. 1 - Training

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Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Sports Drama, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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IMHO, OVA version is better. by fdguarino October 24, 2003 - 10:12 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Now that I have finished both the Battle Athletes OVA and the Battle Athletes Victory series, I feel that I can write a review. Overall, I liked the OVA series better. Akari (the main character of both series) in the Battle Athletes Victory (BAV) series spends way too much time whining and crying. In fact, I think her character spends most of the first two BAV DVDs whining about how mean everyone is to her and hiding in a cardboard box. Of course, the reason every one is mean to her is that she is constantly whining and hiding in a box. I can't really go in to too many details here without spoiling the story, but I just can't imagine any successful athlete having the attitude that Akari has. These kind of character design conflicts tend to drive me nuts.
The BAV series does go in to more detail, but the main difference seems to be that the first 3 DVDs take place at a prep school, which is left out of the OVA series. There certainly are some funning moments in both series and I think the both series as a whole are worth watching.

Best anime TV show ever! by hamano September 5, 2003 - 12:06 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I mean it. This would be my nominee for the best anime TV show ever. Not only is it richly funny, it has a huge cast of characters who are all equally well conceived and developed, a whimsically beautiful score, wonderful Japanese voice actors, a catgirl, and most of all enough energy and wit to keep up its momentum right up to the last frame of the final episode (#26). It even has 2 great endings (you'd think it was brought to a very satisfying conclusion at the end of Vol. 7, but in the final seconds, BANG, a literal cliff-hanger that left me sleepless for weeks until Vol. 8 arrived). The writers for this show were not only diabolically clever, but also had a knack for writing good melodrama that had me in tears a few times. The big difference compared to other comedy anime is that the story is one vast arc, and it never falls into the "sitcom" nemesis/crisis of the week format. Each episode is of course enjoyable on its own, but you can watch the entire show in one sitting like a super-long anime movie, too.

Too many fans have been misled into thinking that anime "masterpieces" are the ones with dark stories, interminable philosophizing, and tentacly apocalyptic endings (Lain, Evangelion, Akira all come to mind). Rent Battle Athletes Victory to see how good AND how much fun the best anime can be.

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(Average 6.84)
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