Tears to Tiara – Part 2 (Episodes 14 – 26)  DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.0
Video 8.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 2.0
Audio 7.0
Distributor: Siren Visual
Running Time: 310 minutes
Classification:
 M15+
Reviewer:
Simon Black

7.5


Tears to Tiara – Part 2 (Episodes 14 – 26)
 

I know quoting from the box cover is anathema to a DVD reviewer, but Siren’s one-sentence summary of the Tears to Tiara franchise is amongst the pithiest encapsulations we’ve ever encountered: 

‘Set in a world based on British, Celtic and Roman mythology during the Dark Ages, Tears to Tiara tells the story of Riannon, a young Gael priestess kidnapped by an evil priest for the Divine Empire and chosen as a sacrifice to the demon lord Arawn, whose resurrection will grant the Empire terrifying powers and bring about the apocalypse.’ 

Boasting a dizzying cornucopia of swordplay, sandals, sorcery, humanoid elves, elfish humans and, of course, an omnipotent demon lord (who it turns out isn’t such a bad guy after all), the series is a pleasant and enjoyable high fantasy frolic.  The storyline is pleasingly intricate, if at times the characters and their quests border on the generic, and the lavish costumes and resplendent backgrounds compliment the highly visual storytelling. 

Based on the popular PS3 role-playing game, the second half of the Tears to Tiara series doesn’t exactly set the anime world on fire, but neither does it disappoint.  The story is brought to a close in satisfying fashion, ands many of the relationships and narrative arcs set up previous episodes are brought full circle in expert fashion.  Not the high-water mark of the Siren canon, but still a strong, good-looking series that delivers the goods to fantasy fans. 

Audio & Video

This 3-disc set doesn’t disappoint in the visual department.  The 16:9 widescreen transfer is sharp, the animation lush and character designs varied... at least as much as the genre will allow.  English and Japanese 2.0 audio options are on offer, with error-free English subs.  The two-channel soundtrack doesn’t exactly give the speakers a workout, not does it highlight what is a richly varied and really quite effective score. 

Extras

A textless closing and a smattering of trailers.  No real bonus incentives as such, though the Yanks didn’t even get English audio and the Region 1 version is presented in 1.33:1, which is most assuredly not the original aspect ratio.  This local release is easily the best of the available editions. 






 
 



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