July 2007 Archives

Kiddy Grade Ignition


The movie begins a year or two before where the original series started, with a new scene showing Lumiere rescuing Eclair followed by somes scenes that were originally part of episode 16 where Eclair has her memories wiped and starts afresh. There is no new opening, the basic credits are overlaid through these scenes.

The story then leads into the original opening scene in the lobby, however it is abridged: notably there is no opening narration from the tour guide, no chat from the schoolgirls, and no scene with the teacher. The gun SFX sound different to me also, as do other sounds like Eclair's rouge whip and Wirbelwind, Donnerschlag and the La Muse's "voices". The second episode's story begins at in 17:19, but Alv and Dvergr's arrest scene has been skipped, as is the scene where they show the rivalry between the different ES teams. There's a lovely fake eyecatch of Eclair and Lumiere in Qipaos 32mins in, followed by a musical interlude of of clips from eps 4, 6, 3, 5, 7 and 8 (increasinly out of order as it progresses) set to Mirai no Kioku, then another eyecatch of the Pizza outfits, then some clips introducing the other main characters (again set to music), along with some new stills and another (ecchi) eyecatch.
It is then back to linear storytelling with episode 9 at 40:50, episode 10 at 53:46 and episode 11 at 1:05:06.

Other notes:
Where some lines have been cut out at 1:25 Lumiere's lips are badly out of synch with the dialog.
Where the BGM has been recut there are some messy transitions, e.g. at 19:17.

Temporary screencap gallery: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/shirobane/KiddyGradeIgnition


Links dump:
Kiddy Grade 2 (Abicion's Blog)

The second Director's Cut DVD is due for release on the 28th of September.

The title translates as something like:
"Kiddy Grade" Director's Cut DVD 2: Kiddy Grade Theatrical Version part II -MAELSTROM- (Inundation chapter)

RRP is ¥6,000 (¥6,300 including tax) although you can get it for ¥4,725 if you pre-order from Amazon.

According to Amazon it runs for 90mins and is in 4:3. It comes with an 8-page colour booklet and the first press item is a mousemat. I gather there will again be footage of the premiere event included.

「キディ・グレイド」ディレクターズカットDVD2 キディ・グレイド 劇場版第二部 -メイルシュトローム-(氾濫篇) (Amazon)
kidhigureidogekijouban02meirushutoro muhanranhen (Yes Asia)

Kiddy Grade Ignition DVD

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The official site has been updated with information on the Ignition DVD, including the full cover illustraion. Looking back I don't appear to have posted any details on the DVD so here they are. Information compiled from details on the above link, the Kadokawa Entertainment site, Amazon, and CDJapan/Neowing.

The full title is given as something like: Kiddy Grade Director's Cut DVD 1 "Kiddy Grade Theatrical Version part 1 -IGNITION- (Awakening chapter)". The sites all seem to agree that the first press extra is a box, and that there is an 8-page colour making-of booklet included. I'm a little unclear on the rest, but I think there is some footage from the opening event featuring Ryoko Nagata, Aya Hirano, Mami Kosuge (Bonita), Ikue Kimura (Liquiy), Keiji Gotoh, Hidefumi Kimura, and Megumi Kadonosono.

Technical details are:
Running Time: 90mins.
DVD Format: DVD9 (single sided, dual layer)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio (Japanese): Linear PCM
Subtitles: None

Originally I had the impression that there would be a commentary track, but I can find no mention of this anywhere now, but it was also listed as being 16:9 on at least one site and that has now changed so this may have been another error. Which is a pity, as commentaries were one thing missing from the excellent set of extras for the original series and were present on the Uta Kata DVDs.

I cannot remember whether I've mentioned this before, but there is also a report (with small photos) of the Ignition premiere on the official site, and another shorter one on the Newtype site.

Newly discovered links:
キディ・グレイド Kiddy Grade (EDMW forums, 2007-03-15)
Kiddy Grade second Season (AnimeOnline.net forums, 2007-05-29)
Eclair's Lullaby (Codemasters forum, 2007-05-01)

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