1: PIO 10027 Dub
2: PIO 10030 Dub
3: PIO 10031 Dub
LE: PIO 10055
Preleased at Shinnenkai in 1998, El
Hazard is the name of an alternative world
into which Mokoto is flung by a mysterious woman
who emerges from ruins buried under his school,
along with Nanami and Katsuhiko Jinnai and
teacher Fujisawa. As a result of their journey,
each one picks up an unusual power, and each is
flung into a situation at odds with their hum
drum existance back on Earth. El Hazard
is going through a war with the Bugrom; basically
giant bugs, with whom Katsuhiko teams up, while
Motoko has to impersonate a kidnapped princess, a
job he isn't too thrilled with, Nanami is stuck
out in the desert trying to make ends meet, and
Fujisawa has the worst problem of all... he might
just have to give up the booze!
An interesting title, though the initial plot is
hardly original (Escaflowne comes to
mind for one), though the use and layout of the
other world and the twist in time lines that
appears to be employed here with regards Ifurita,
the demon god, could be quite good if it plays
out right, as does the Shadow Tribe bit. The
animation and dub actors are very similar to
Tenchi-Muyo, but that's hardly surprising!
At the time of writing, AIC were in the process
of sorting out the wherewithall for a second
series, so this could be a title that could rival
Tenchi, though Ura might not be as cute
as Ryo-Ohki, but that's a matter of opinion! A
good start to 1998 from Pioneer!
Final thoughts: Hmmm... who would have
thought Fatora was like that?!?
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