El-Hazard: The Magnificent World

Rating: 3½ Rampages The Cast of El-Hazard

Synopsis:
Like a dream from a time faraway, a sweet memory lingers from the past. Like a kingdom that you reach, after many years of dreaming. El-Hazard is the eternal homeland, and the land of never-ending adventures. As long as there is a challenging spirit, and a readiness to fly into infinity The gate to El-Hazard shall be opened for you across millions of nights.
Who says there are no new legends? The story-teller's drum never stops beating, it just swings to a little different tune. Come, sit by the modern fire of the glowing screen, and be drawn with our young rivals Makoto and Jinnai to a far off world -- the magnificent world of El-Hazard! The award-winning artists who brought you Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki have created a world as bizarre and yet as familiar as you've ever dared visit. Inhabit the darkly fabulous city of Roshtaria, meet the enchanting and deadly priestesses of Mount Muldoon, experience the desperate struggle for the "Eye Of God" between El-Hazard's human inhabitants and the relentless insectoid Bugrom, find out how you look in a dress. Come and see how childhood games, like fairy tales, become far deadlier, sometimes funnier and certainly stranger when they become real, since heroes don't always choose the roles they are to play. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll itch, you'll scratch. And you will come away from this world knowing a little more about your own.

Review:
This is a hilarious OVA series, and worthy of the creators of Tenchi. Great characters, nice story and, of course, wonderful art make it worth owning. Lots of silliness, and a touch of drama once in a while add to the mix. Buy or rent, it’s worth the cost.

Herself the Elf sez: Pioneer did a good job on the dub; their practice on Tenchi seems to have paid off. It's worth hearing just for the bit with Mr. Fujisawa and Makoto: "Sensei, you didn't ask him!" "You saw him too? I thought I had the DTs!"


El-Hazard 2

Rating: 3 Rampages Demon Goddess Kalia

Synopsis:
Now that the Bugrom have been defeated, Roshtaria settles into a quiet splendor once again. And the main event of the day is Miz’s wedding to Mr. Fujisawa! Not all goes well, and Fujisawa has some second thoughts chiefly involving running off to the mountains at the last minute. Needless to say, Miz is not amused, and grabs everyone in a search to find her love. But when they reach the mountains, instead of finding him they find a hidden garden and a seemingly amnesiac Ifurita. Elsewhere, Diva and Jinnai stumble upon a strange facility housing a dormant demon, Kalia. Jinnai awakens her expecting her to follow his bidding like Ifurita but Kalia has her own agenda..

Review:
The animation has improved a bit, and the style has changed slightly, but otherwise looks almost exactly the same. The music is just as fantastic, if not more so. I kind of wish it was longer than four episodes, could have gone a lot further. That small gripe aside, this one was a great follow up to an equally great series. Not quite as great, but awfully close. A good rental, or purchase but only if you own the first one =)


The Wanderers

Synopsis:
Basically an alternate retelling of the story from the OVA--in this version Makoto is conducting a weird science experiment that sends them to El Hazard, and Ifurita looks VERY different.

Review:


El-Hazard: The Alternative World

Rating: 3 Rampages

Qawuul looking pretty Synopsis:
Now that Miz is Mrs. Fujisawa, she's ordered a girl fresh from Priestess School to take her place as Priestess of Water. During the Coronation of the New Priestess of Water, Qawuul Towles (who, of course, has a crush on Makoto - what a surprise!), Makoto and friends are transported to an alternate world by a mysterious entity named Arjah, who claims to be the ruler of the universe. Makoto, Nanami and Qawuul find themselves in the Kingdom of Creteria, where Qawuul and Nanami are mistaken for ancient sky goddesses, while Jinnai, Katsuo, and Shayla-Shayla come upon the alternate world’s version of the Bugrom, and Mr. Fujisawa, Miz and Afura Mann have their heads literally in the clouds.

Review:
Finally, somebody realized that the OVA storyline was more interesting than the Wanderers, and made a TV follow up. While I've only seen the first four episodes (on DVD no less) I can say I am suitably impressed with the Alternative world. All the classic characters are back, same as always, and the new ones are a treat. I especially like Alielle's brother; he's just as sex obsessed as his sister, loves women, and looks almost exactly like her..at last, Fatora gets what she deserves "It just went...squish." Those of you that griped about how El-Hazard 2 looked different from the 1st OVA will be quite pleased with the animation here. Everything looks, and sounds, just as good as the original; the music is once again exotic sounding and epic, but a little more upbeat this time. As for the story, by episode four not much has happened other than the stage being set, and the new faces introduced. I wish I could say more, but I'll have to wait until I see more of it. Until then I'll say I like what I see so far, and hope it stays just as interesting.

Availability:
All series available subtitled or dubbed through Pioneer Animation.

The Magical World Of El Hazard
Portal to El Hazard

Will the real Ifurita please stand up?