Released in 1998. Produced by General Entertainment and Sega. Co-production by Production I.G. Animation by Studio Giants. 3D animation by IKIF+.
Legends speak of a Dark Tower with a race of dragons that awaits the command to arise and wreak havoc. At least Kyle used to believe they were only legends until his lady, Alita, is stolen by the Black Dragon. Now Kyle must ally with Blau, a blue dragon, to rescue her before she becomes the catalyst for the Dark Tower's final program: the destruction of the world.
Based on the incredibly popular Sega Saturn games, the Panzer Dragoon OVA condenses the core story into a 25-minute animated adventure. The story is simple and moves along quickly, as is expected for a short movie. The 3D animation makes me feel so nostalgic for late 90s 3D animation.
What the Panzer Dragoon OVA has to offer is eye candy, action, and fan service. So if you're a fan of the game, you'll love seeing the familiar characters and references to the game's stages. However, if you haven't played the game, this OVA will be just another average 90s anime.
Panzer Dragoon OVA can be watched or downloaded from Archive.org (Internet Archive), or downloaded via torrents from Nyaa. These sites are the best, safest, and most dependable resources to get anime for free.
- To cast the videos to your TV using AirPlay or Chromecast, press the button. This button becomes available when you start playing the video.
- The playable video is English dubbed. If you want Japanese language with subtitles, you need to download Panzer Dragoon OVA from Nyaa.
- Archive.org tends to be slow. Downloading Panzer Dragoon OVA from Nyaa is better. Additionally, Nyaa most likley offers a higher quality video, or even a Blu-ray quality video.
- If you don't know what torrents are, YouTube has tutorials. Be mindful that torrent downloads aren't instant. Depending on your Internet speed and number of seeds, it could take up to 24 hours for an anime to download.
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- The majority of video downloads from Nyaa are in “MKV” format, and less commonly in “AVI”. If you need a good video player to play these formats, VLC Media Player is the best (and it's free). It's available on every OS, including iOS and Android.
Is the MKV too big?
If you download a large Blu-ray quality MKV from Nyaa, it is possible that your computer or phone/tablet isn't fast enough to play it at full speed. In this case, you can use HandBrake. It's a free video converter; use it to shrink down the video. If you need help using HandBrake, YouTube has tutorials. Another option is to use Plex (mentioned below) because it automatically downsamples large videos when it streams them to your TV.
Playing on your TV
The easiest way to play MKV and AVI videos on your TV is with Plex. It streams movies from your computer to your TV through your Wi-Fi. It's a free app. Install it on your Windows or Mac, then install it on your set-top box (Apple TV, Roku, Fire sticks, etc.). Just note that Plex will only detect these movies in an Other Videos library because the “Movies” library doesn't detect rare/obscure anime classics. If you need help, YouTube has tutorials.
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