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El Hazard: The Magnificent World 2
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Peace has been restored to the land of El Hazard thanks to Makoto and friends. To top it off, Miz, the Priestess of Water, has finally gotten her wish -- to marry the flighty high school teacher Mr. Fujisawa! But when the wedding day arrives, the reluctant groom is nowhere to be found. All hell breaks loose as Miz realizes she had just been jilted at the altar! Just as Makoto and the gang go searching for the missing groom, Jinnai and Deva set off to find a new Bugrom base. But Jinnai discovers something else -- a weapon of destruction in the form of a cute girl named Kalia. Kalia agrees to work with Jinnai, or so it seems at first. Looks like it's up to Makoto and company to save this world all over again!
First of all, El Hazard 2 is NOT a continuation of El Hazard 1. Instead, El Hazard 2 shows us what took place after Ifurita got transported 10,000 years into the future. The gang is still stuck in El Hazard. Makoto is trying to locate Ifurita, and at the same time he is searching for a way back to earth. El Hazard 2 is a filler of sorts, showing us how life went on after the chaos that ensued in El Hazard 1.
The plot is fine if you've watched El Hazard 1. If not, you're bound to end up confused and lost because El Hazard 2 assumes that you know all these characters already and are familiar with how they are related and what happened beforehand. Pacing is okay, and it gets better as the story progresses. The gang's comedic antics are sure to elicit some laughter too. Although El Hazard2 has its moments, it doesn't quite measure up to the grandeur of El Hazard 1. Lesbian themes are more pronounced in El Hazard 2, thanks to the added presence of Princess Fatora. There are lots of attempted girl-to-girl action which spells out fan service.
The art and animation are very colorful and nice, but not as great as El Hazard1's. Characters tend to look half-baked at certain angles. The English dubbing is done well, as is the case with all El Hazards. Overall, El Hazard2 isn't bad. It just falls short of its predecessor. After watching both, one can't help but compare.
Better watch El Hazard 1 first if you plan on getting El Hazard 2. The DVD boxed set contains all of El Hazard 1 and El Hazard 2.

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Review Title:
El Hazard: The Magnificent World 2
Alternative Titles:
Shinpi no Sekai Eruhazaado dai 2 ki
120 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
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