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Star Blazers Box 2

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Star Blazers - The Comet Empire - The Complete Series 2 Collection is a DVD box set that contains six DVDs; all 26 episodes that comprise the second Star Blazers series are included.

Unfortunately, Voyager Entertainment did not go to as much effort to remaster these episodes as they did the episodes for the first series. This means that the audio can be rather soft and muffled at times, and the picture quality is also grainy-looking at times. Some of the discs have problems with the navigation menu; if you select a section of the episode you want to see and watch it, the disc will return to that menu instead of continuing on when you reach the end of the section.

The first disc contains the first five episodes of the series, as well as three bonus features. The first bonus feature is a "Star Force Crew Roster"; this has a page for each character that includes their name, a write-up about them, what their name in the original Japanese series is, and line art pictures of the character.

The second feature is "Planet Earth 2201 A.D.," which includes pictures and write-ups of the city where the Earth Defense Forces are stationed and the offworld operations taking place. The third bonus feature is a preview for the second DVD of episodes for the second series.

The second disc contains four episodes, as well as four bonus features. The first bonus feature is "The Faces Behind the Voices"; this is the first part of an interview with Ken Meseroll and Eddie Allen, the voices for Derek Wildstar and Desslok.

The second bonus feature is "Star Force Equipment"; this has the names, pictures, and descriptive write-ups for the equipment used by the Star Force and the Space Marines. The third bonus feature is "Inside the Argo," which explains the modifications made to the Argo since the journey to Iscandar. The final bonus feature is "Desslok and the Gamilons," which explains what happened to them after the end of the first series, and includes character bios and mecha details.

The third disc contains four episodes, as well as four bonus features. The first bonus feature is the second part of the interview with Ken Meseroll and Eddie Allen. The second bonus feature is "Comet Empire: Masters and Underlings"; this includes names, write-ups, Japanese names, and line art for the major characters from the Comet Empire.

The third bonus feature is "Comet Empire: The Fleet," and it includes names, pictures, write-ups, and measurements for the major ships in the Comet Empire's fleet. The final bonus feature is "Comet Empire: The Arsenal"; it's a lot like the bonus feature about the fleet, except the focus of this feature are the various fighter ships and tanks.

The fourth disc contains four episodes, as well as three bonus features. The first bonus feature is the first part of an interview with Tom Tweedy and Amy Howard Wilson, the voice actors for Mark Venture and Nova.

The second bonus feature is "Planet Telezart," which includes pictures and write-ups about the planet, Trelaina, and Trelaina's home. The third bonus feature is "Comet Empire: Gatlantis City," which includes pictures and write-ups about the various sections of the Comet Empire (the city on top, the lower hemisphere, and the Dreadnaught Battleship).

The fifth disc contains four episodes, as well as three bonus features. The first bonus feature is the second part of the interview with Tom Tweedy and Amy Howard Wilson.

The second bonus feature is "Earth Defense Forces Personnel," which gives the name, write-ups, and Japanese names for the Earth Defense Forces personnel. The third bonus feature is "Earth Defense Forces: The Fleet," which includes names, write-ups, measurements, and pictures for the Earth Defense Forces fleet and the battle satellite.

The sixth disc contains the final five episodes of the series, as well as two bonus features. The first bonus feature is "Tactical Maps," which shows the positions of the Comet Empire forces during various parts of the series. The second bonus feature is an "Interactive Mission Map," which shows where each episode took place, and provides write-ups for what happened in each episode.

The six discs in this set are also available for purchase individually; however, I would recommend purchasing the box set. The individual boxes retail for around $30 each, so it would cost $180 to purchase all six. However, if you purchase the box set, the cost is only about $150.

Even with this set's faults, I would still recommend it to Star Blazers fans, because it is the only way to legally get these episodes on DVD.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
2201: The Argo Returns!
The Comet Appears; Remodeling the Argo!
Earth's Crisis Awakens the Argo!
Blast Off to the Unknown!
Open Main Guns! Target: Argo!

Bonus Features
Heavy Fighting! The Space Marines!
Counterattack! The Invisible Space Submarine!
Space Storm! Escape Is Impossible!
Charge! Destroy the Argo!


Bonus Features
Crisis Relief! The Roar of the Wave Motion Gun!
Leader Desslok, the Vengeful Demon!
Will the Argo Perish in the Hollow Planetoid?
Fierce Attack! The Telezart Landing Operation!

Bonus Features


Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
Counterstrike! The Discovery of Trelaina!
Trelaina: The Beginning of Love!
Trelaina: Farewell to Love!
Telezart-Disperse Into Space!


Bonus Features
The Decisive Battle! All Ships, Combat-Ready!
Argo-Collision in Warp!
Argo-A Daring Surprise Attack!
Courage: The Death of Captain Gideon!


Bonus Features
Argo, Fight to the Last!
The Destined Showdown!
Life and Death Struggle! Two Brave Men!
Strategic Invasion of the Imperial City!
Be Forever, Argo!

Bonus Features
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