Anime DVD Review: Star Blazers – The Comet Empire – The Complete Series 2 Collection

Star Blazers – The Comet Empire – The Complete Series 2 Collection is a DVD box set that contains six DVDs; all 26 episodes that comprise the second Star Blazers series are included.

Star Blazers – The Comet Empire – The Complete Series 2 Collection
English Publisher: Voyager Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 5, 2002

The second series begins a year after the Argo returns from Iscandar with the Cosmo DNA and removes the radiation on Earth that had been caused by the Gamilon’s Planet Bombs. Unfortunately, a new enemy emerges in the form of Prince Zordar and the Comet Empire. Zordar wants to conquer Earth simply to add it to his empire. Desslok, the leader of the Gamilons, has allied himself with Zordar in order to get revenge on the Argo for destroying his planet.

Meanwhile, Earth is receiving messages from Trelaina of Telezart, who is trying to warn them of the danger of the Comet Empire. The Argo ends up going on another mission in order to find Trelaina and save the Earth.

When it comes to this DVD box set, Voyager Entertainment didn’t go to as much effort to remaster these episodes as they did the episodes for the first series. This means that the audio can be rather soft and muffled at times, and the picture quality is also grainy-looking at times

In addition, some of the discs have problems with the navigation menu; if you select a section of the episode you want to see and watch it, the disc will return to that menu instead of continuing on when you reach the end of the section.

The first disc contains the first five episodes of the series, as well as three bonus features. The first bonus feature is a “Star Force Crew Roster”; this has a page for each character that includes their name, a write-up about them, what their name in the original Japanese series is, and line art pictures of the character.

The second feature is “Planet Earth 2201 A.D.,” which includes pictures and write-ups of the city where the Earth Defense Forces are stationed and the offworld operations taking place. The third bonus feature is a preview for the second DVD of episodes for the second series.

The second disc contains four episodes, as well as four bonus features. The first bonus feature is “The Faces Behind the Voices”; this is the first part of an interview with Ken Meseroll and Eddie Allen, the voices for Derek Wildstar and Desslok. I thought this was an enjoyable feature, and is one of the best bonus features to be included in this set.

The second bonus feature is “Star Force Equipment”; this has the names, pictures, and descriptive write-ups for the equipment used by the Star Force and the Space Marines. The third bonus feature is “Inside the Argo,” which explains the modifications made to the Argo since the journey to Iscandar. The final bonus feature is “Desslok and the Gamilons,” which explains what happened to them after the end of the first series, and includes character bios and mecha details.

The third disc contains four episodes, as well as four bonus features. The first bonus feature is the second part of the interview with Ken Meseroll and Eddie Allen; this interview feature is just as enjoyable as the one that appeared on the second disc in the set.

The second bonus feature is “Comet Empire: Masters and Underlings”; this includes names, write-ups, Japanese names, and line art for the major characters from the Comet Empire.

The third bonus feature is “Comet Empire: The Fleet,” and it includes names, pictures, write-ups, and measurements for the major ships in the Comet Empire’s fleet. The final bonus feature is “Comet Empire: The Arsenal”; it’s a lot like the bonus feature about the fleet, except the focus of this feature is on the various fighter ships and tanks.

The fourth disc contains four episodes, as well as three bonus features. The first bonus feature is the first part of an interview with Tom Tweedy and Amy Howard Wilson, the voice actors for Mark Venture and Nova. I enjoyed their interview just as much as I did Ken Messeroll and Eddie Allen’s.

The second bonus feature is “Planet Telezart,” which includes pictures and write-ups about the planet, Trelaina, and Trelaina’s home. The third bonus feature is “Comet Empire: Gatlantis City,” which includes pictures and write-ups about the various sections of the Comet Empire (the city on top, the lower hemisphere, and the Dreadnaught Battleship).

The fifth disc contains four episodes, as well as three bonus features. The first bonus feature is the second part of the interview with Tom Tweedy and Amy Howard Wilson. I enjoyed the second part just as much as I did the first.

The second bonus feature is “Earth Defense Forces Personnel,” which gives the name, write-ups, and Japanese names for the Earth Defense Forces personnel. The third bonus feature is “Earth Defense Forces: The Fleet,” which includes names, write-ups, measurements, and pictures for the Earth Defense Forces fleet and the battle satellite.

The sixth disc contains the final five episodes of the series, as well as two bonus features. The first bonus feature is “Tactical Maps,” which shows the positions of the Comet Empire forces during various parts of the series. The second bonus feature is an “Interactive Mission Map,” which shows where each episode took place, and provides write-ups for what happened in each episode.

The six discs in this set were also available for purchase individually; however, they are now out of print. The only way to get the episodes of the second Star Blazers series DVD is on this box set. Since this is the only way to legally acquire these episodes in North America, I have to recommend purchasing this set, even though there are some faults with it.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Star Blazers – The Comet Empire – The Complete Series 2 Collection that my husband and I purchased.

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