animefringe july 2003 / reviews

Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety Vol.1
Format: bilingual DVD, 80 min.
Production: AN Entertainment / Ray Omishi / MEDIAWORKS / PONY CANYON
Comments: Risky rules!
Animefringe Reviews:
Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety Vol.1

Moe Katsuragi's life had been turned upside down. She had learned that the boy she had a crush on suddenly didn't like her anymore. Wishing to die, a little shinigami apprentice named Risky appeared before Moe ready to collect her heart-broken soul. But the diminuitive devil's tales of deception were a tad too far-fetched, and Moe started to reason things through. Risky's form began to go all screwy, and... Poof! The little devil had become a cute little angel named Safety.

Risky Safety might have the definite cuteness factor of such shows as Sugar and DiGi Charat going for it, but don't be fooled. This series is the brainchild of Ray Omishi, the creator of Sorcerer Hunters, and was originally paired with Steel Angel Kurumi when it first appeared in Japan. So be prepared for plenty of weirdness and wacky events to crop up in every ten-minute episode and leave you "dying" for the next installment.

This being AN Entertainment's first foray into not only anime production, but also DVD production, I must say they have done a commendable job that viewers are sure to take notice of. Every aspect of this DVD, from the menus to the dubbing, is just oozing with professionalism.

One aspect of this DVD that impressed me the most were the translation notes that are included both as an insert and as an extra on the actual disc. When watching the series, the opening seizure warnings have the characters pointing out to the viewer an everyday object or place that they should take note of. While most of these are apparent, some (like parks and statues) aren't. The translation notes are written in such a way that they actually educate the viewer and offer some unique facts in the process. If you ever wanted to know why a show like Hamtaro became popular, then these texts are a must read.

As far as dubbing goes, this title sports some voices that are sure to be familiar to listeners of titles like GTO. That's right, Bang Zoom Entertainment handled the localization chores. Really, the only problems I found where some bits of the dialogue in the earlier episodes seemed to run-on like the actors were rushed to fit in too much dialogue into too few lip flaps. This doesn't really detract from the episodes themselves, but it does sound unnatural.

With eight fun-filled episodes on the first DVD viewers have ample time to get to know what makes Risky Safety tick. It's cute, quirky, insightful, and good clean fun for the whole family. Believe me, this is one of those unique series that only comes along once in a blue moon. Don't let it pass you by... or else Risky will be really pissed.