3x3 Eyes II (1995)

 

Format: 3 50-minute OVA episodes, usually found on DVD as part of a Collectorís Edition with the original series

 

Rating: R (N, AC, GV)

 

Type: Supernatural

 

American Production: Pioneer (now Geneon)

 

Japanese Production: Kodansha/Toei(?)

 

Grading

 

Premise:

B

Story:

B

Writing:

C+

Character Design:

C+

Animation:

B

Artistic Merits:

B

English Dub:

C+

Musical Score:

B

Opener:

n/a

Closer:

C

 

 

Humor Content:

n/a

Action Content:

B-

Drama Content:

C+

 

 

DVD Presentation:

not reviewed

DVD Extras:

not reviewed

 

 

OVERALL:

B-

 

Synopsis

NOTE: This review assumes you are familiar with the original series. If you are not, check out the review here.

 

††††† Four years after the dramatic ending to the original series, Pabo, aka The Girl formerly Known as Pai, is not only acting like a typical human teenager but actually believes herself to be one, too. Her past is lost to her, the result of a tragic accident four years earlier that cost her both her parents and her memory (or so she thinks). Her world gets turned upside-down when Yakumo shows up on the scene one day after having spent the last four years trying to track her down. She doesnít remember him, of course, but he is still linked to her by the Mark of the Void and has actually become a fairly accomplished fighter in the intervening years. The situation gets dicey when demons start showing up on the scene; apparently there are some rather powerful people who donít want Paiís true self to be awakened. The latter entails a trip to the Sanjiyan holy land in Tibet, a trip which Pabo is willing to take with Yakumo partly because regaining her past memory means everything to her and partly because she is somewhat smitten with Yakumo. The real truth about the reason for and source of the Pabo personality, when it is finally uncovered, is such a disturbing one that she is faced with some difficult choices about her future.

 

The Long View

††††† I found this follow-up series to be a little better than the first one, partly because the technical merits are better and partly because Pabo is a very likeable and interesting character. We also get to see more of the history and background surrounding the Sanjiyan and their ultimate fate (and Paiís role in it), and a couple of new characters Ė most notably an American thief and both a young and old monk Ė liven things up. The villains are also more interesting. Having seen the original series first is not absolutely necessary for understanding this one, although it will help.

††††† This series does have some nudity in it and as much blood and gore as the original, so like the first one itís not for the young or squeamish. If you liked the original series, though, then you will undoubtedly be happy with this one, too.

 

DVD Extras

††††† Not reviewed.

 

 

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

Pai/Sanjiyan/Pabo Ayonakoji

Brigitte Bako

Yakumo

Christian Campbell

Benares

Earl Boen

Dawn, minor roles

Dina Sherman

Jake MacDonald (the American)

Greg Rainwater

old monk/Tinzin

William Katt

Choukai

Ralph Lister

Ken-Ken

Lesley Boone

Naparva

Yuuji Okumoto

Fei-Oh

Taleisen Jaffe

Grandpa Ayonakoji

Edward Asner

Grandma Ayonakoji

Rosie Taravella

Doll Demon

Elisa Gabrielli

 

 

 

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