Rave Master Volume 3 – The Sound of Thunder is a single disc DVD release that contains four episodes of the series. This disc is the third and final DVD that Tokyopop released for Rave Master. When it comes to the episodes on the disc, there are no chapter marks included. If you try to skip ahead, you’ll be taken straight to the beginning of the next episode of the disc. However, I do have to give Tokyopop some credit for including the episode previews at the end of each episode. But the company definitely put this disc together as a “bare bones” set, and seemed to only put a very minimal effort into the content of the disc.

Rave Master Volume 3 – The Sound of Thunder
English Publisher: Tokyopop
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 21, 2003

At the beginning of this set, Haru, Elie and Plue prepare to head north, and they learn they are to be escorted by Griffon Kato. On their way to Experiment City, they visit a nearby hot spring. Elie twists Plue’s nose to see if she can discover anything unusual, and Plue ends up deflated. Griffon tells Elie to go to a nearby strawberry valley to retrieve a special strawberry to help cure Plue.

Next, they stop at Ska Village during a thunderstorm, and they discover that the thunderstorm has been occurring for five years nonstop. When they learn someone named Go is controlling the thunder, Haru tries to find him in order to fight him. At the same time, Elie leaves to recover her memory. When Elie arrives at Thunder Mansion, Go mistakes her for the Rave Master, and he tries showing off his strength and good looks; Elie doesn’t seem to be impressed. Haru arrives at the mansion and accidentally knocks Go unconscious. A woman named Rosa appears, and she and Elie engage in battle. Go regains consciousness and accidentally punches Rosa. Go then prepares to battle Haru, and the remainder of the story arc focuses on Haru and Elie fighting with Go.

Just like with the first two discs, I can see that there is some potential in what would have been the original Japanese version of this series. While there aren’t quite as many of the corny jokes in the episodes included on this disc, some of them still do appear and they ultimately help to weaken what would otherwise be a relatively strong and interesting story.

There were also obvious edits made to the dialogue to cover up various situations that would be deemed “inappropriate” for the young viewers this dub was being produced for when Rave Master aired on Cartoon Network.

The DVDs that Tokyopop released for Rave Master are now out of print, although used copies can still be found and purchased. In March of 2010, Tokyopop had made the entire series available “on demand” as DVD-Rs through CreateSpace. However, it appears this only lasted for a short time, because six months later, the CreateSpace listing was gone.

So, Rave Master fans who want to legally own any episodes of the series on DVD have to track down the three DVDs released by Tokyopop that contain the first 12 episodes.

While I wouldn’t normally recommend such a “bare bones” and incomplete release to my readers, this is a case where I have to, since this is the only way that any episodes of Rave Master can be obtained legally.

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