Jubei-Chan 2: Resurrection
List Price: $29.98
Studio: Geneon Entertainment
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
Run Time: 100 minutes
Video: Widescreen (Anamorphic) – 1.85:1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) & English Subtitles
“YOU IMPOSTER… I AM THE TRUE YAGYU JUBEI THE SECOND!”
Jubei vs. Jubei!? The spirit of a legendary samurai, Yagyu Jubei, is resurrected in two teenage girls. One is in Jiyu Nanohana, an ordinary junior high student who unwillingly channels the power of the great swordsman through her “Lovely Eye Patch.” Then there’s Freesia Yagyu, who claims to be the daughter and the rightful successor of Yagyu Jubei herself… A showdown 300 years in the making is about to begin—
• US Trailer
• Alternate Trailer Endings
• Ending Eye-Catches
• Action Figure Info
• Reversible Cover
• Geneon Previews
• DVD Credits
Jubei-Chan 2: The Counter Attack of Siberia Yagyu is the sequel to Jubei-Chan: The Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch. Both shows were written and directed by Akitaro Daichi. Daichi director several other series including Animation Runner Kuromi and it’s sequel, Fruits Basket, and Now and Then, Here and There which he also created.
STORY – Rating: 7 (out of 10)
It Melted Somewhere on Earth
In the episode’s opening scenes, a battle between Yagyu Jubei and Kita Retssai ensues. Jubei is the son of the leader of the Edo Yagyu while Retssai is the leader of the Kita Yagyu. Both groups were originally members of the same clan, but they divided the collective clan and the Kita were forced north. During the battle, Jubei and his opponent are frozen in ice along with Jubei’s daughter Freesia. Three hundred years later, Jiyu Nanohana runs into a small child in the forest on the way to school. The boy is carrying the Lovely Eye Patch. She manages to make it to school in time to meet a new student named Freesia and the two soon become friends.
Fate has Arrived by Coincidence
Jiyu/Jubei battles with a new rival in the forest. She is nearly defeated when the young boy takes back the Lovely Eye Patch, leaving Jiyu her normal self and preventing her enemy from taking it. Later she awakens at home with Freesia at her side. Freesia takes the opportunity to basically move in with Jiyu and her father. Jubei’s former enemy, Mikage, moves in as well to help Jiyu’s father with his book and watch over her as well. Finally, a new swordsman arrives to makes matters even worse.
An Unneeded Item had Been Thrown Away
Jiyu is attacked by Kita Furo, the mysterious new swordsman. To everyone’s surprise, she is able to defend herself without transforming into Jubei, using the Lovely Eye Patch. Now she has two enemies to battle against her will.
Father that Never Returned
Mikage decides to investigate the identity of the other woman claiming to be Yagyu Jubei. As a result, she saves Ayunosuke, the young boy with the Lovely Eye Patch, from failing in his duties. Later, Jiyu blows the whistle given to her by Koinosuke. Instead of being greeted by him, she is faced with Ayunosuke. She discovers his true identity and is saddened by his plight. Regardless, she still refuses the Eye Patch and proclaims that she will never wear it again.
The story can be a bit complex and confusing at times. Parts of the story make little sense. This is especially true when faced with the knowledge that many of the characters have been alive for hundreds of years. Very little of these issues are explained. As a result, the show is likely to make more sense to those who have already seen the original series this sequel is based on. However, newcomers to the series are likely to find many things to enjoy. The show is extremely funny, but balances that with a great deal of action as well. Even so, if you have the opportunity to watch the original series before watching the sequel, I highly recommended doing so.
ANIMATION – Rating: 10 (out of 10)
The animation is extremely bright, clear, and fluid throughout. All the characters are unique and easily distinguished from one another. There are moments when the style changes slightly in order to help accent the story, and these changes are very affective.
AUDIO – Rating: 8 (out of 10)
Both the English dubbing and the original Japanese are quite good. The English dubbing does not follow the Japanese audio exactly, but luckily it doesn’t greatly affect the story itself. They can be problematic at some points though. The changes are most noticeable during narrative sequences, though there aren’t many of these deviations to worry about. In addition to excellent acting, both audio tracks are accented by excellent musical sequences and sound effects. The music changes frequently in order to more appropriately accent each scene. These changes aren’t too abrupt or jarring, and are usually very affective.
EXTRAS – Rating: 4 (out of 10)
The first volume of Jubei-Chan 2 doesn’t offer much in the way of special features. There is a trailer as well as some alternate endings, info on the action figure, a large number of “ending eye-catches,” a reversible cover, and three previews for Geneon’s other titles. These extras are nice, but it would have been better if they were longer or more had been included. Both sides of the reversible cover are nicely made. They are somewhat similar in design, but with enough differences to make them both unique. The trailer for the show, in and of itself, isn’t all that interesting, but they did add several other versions of the trailer’s ending. These changed endings were interesting to see. The action figure info was really just a few different pictures of a Jubei-Chan action figure with a web address telling you where you can get more info on it. The final extra worth commenting on is the “ending eye-catches.” Each eye-catch was only about 20 seconds long, but they included about four and a half minutes worth of them. Because the music, text, and dialogue were repeated in every one, they felt quite repetitive after awhile. They were quite odd, though, and if the repetitiveness doesn’t bother you, they can be funny to watch, especially when they added something extra that was not common to all of them.
OVERALL – Rating: 7 (out of 10)
Jubei-Chan 2 is an extremely funny series that also blends in a great deal of action. The story can be a bit strange and complex, but it should make considerably more sense if you have seen its predecessor. Newcomers should still find a great deal to enjoy about this show. Hopefully, future volumes will offer more extras, as this was the main area in which this volume was lacking. Even with this slight drawback, I still recommend giving the show a try.