Anime DVD Review: Star Blazers – The Bolar Wars – The Complete Series 3 Collection

Star Blazers – The Bolar Wars – The Complete Series 3 Collection is a DVD box set that contains six DVDs; all 25 episodes that comprise this rarely-seen third Star Blazers series are included. There are five episodes on the first disc, and then four episodes on each of the remaining five DVDs in the set.

Star Blazers – The Bolar Wars – The Complete Series 3 Collection
English Publisher: Voyager Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: January 6, 2004

At the beginning of the series, the Sun is hit by a stray proton missile from a nearby battle that’s taking place between the Galman Empire and the Bolar Federation. The impact of missile accelerates the nuclear fusion in the sun, and humankind has to either evacuate the planet or find a means of preventing a supernova

The Argo is sent on a mission to find a new world for the human race, and has less than a year to find it. As they go on their mission, the Star Force find themselves caught in middle of the Galman-Bolar conflict.

When it comes to the three Star Blazers series, this is probably my least favorite. It’s not because the voice actors are completely different for the characters that I know and love from the previous two series; I think it’s simply the fact that I’m just not as familiar with “The Bolar Wars” as I am the first two Star Blazers series.

When it comes to the DVD set, all six discs have a main menu that is designed to look like the bridge of the Argo. Most of the menu selections are named for stations found on the bridge: Navigation, Communications, Gunnery, Analysis, Science, Guidance, Engineering, and Radar. The only selection not labeled this way is “Play All Episodes.” Unfortunately, I found the navigation for the main menu to be a bit cumbersome, and I think it’s the worst looking main menu between the three Star Blazers sets.

“Navigation” is the name used for “Scene Selection” in this menu. Under “Communications,” you find a link to the official Star Blazers website, as well as the DVD credits.

Under “Gunnery,” you can find a spaceship database for the factions represented in these episodes: the Star Force, the Galman Empire, the Bolar Federation, as well as Earth and Others. These databases include pictures and information on spaceships and weapons for each group that appear on each disc in the set.

Under “Analysis,” you can find character data for the Star Force, the Galman Empire, the Bolar Federation, and others. Each entry has a picture of the character, the character’s name, their rank, and their original name from Space Battleship Yamato. On each disc, you only see the characters that are included in the episodes on that disc.

Under “Science,” you can find a mecha database. The Star Force, the Galman Empire, and the Bolar Federation are represented. This feature includes pictures and names for the mecha that appear on each disc in the set.

Under “Guidance,” you can find stellar maps and episode guides for the episodes that appear on the each disc. The stellar maps show where the Argo has traveled to on each disc. In the episode guide, there is an entry for each episode that appears on the disc, which gives the episode title, a synopsis of the episode, and still images from the episode.

Under “Engineering,” you can find the Argo mechanics. On each disc, there are pictures of various locations inside the Argo. Under “Radar,” you can find pictures of the various locations seen in the episodes that appear on each disc. Here, you can also find a preview of the next disc in the set; however, since the sixth disc is the last one in the set, the “Radar” option does not include a preview.

In the main menu, there is also a hidden link labeled as “Hidden Features.” The hidden features on each disc are deleted scenes from the episodes that appear on each disc. Most of the footage only has Japanese audio and no subtitles. However, the deleted scenes on the third disc actually include subtitles; but, some of the footage ends up deteriorating into just being white on the screen, so you miss seeing some of the footage.

While I found the main menu on this set to be a little cumbersome, it’s the only real complaint I have about this DVD box set.

The six discs in this set were available for purchase individually, but now you can only acquire the episodes in the three Star Blazers series in their respective box sets. If you’re a fan of Star Blazers and want to have a complete collection of the series on DVD, then I would recommend purchasing this set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Star Blazers – The Bolar Wars – The Complete Series 3 Collection that my husband and I purchased.

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