Anime Review Roundup
School Rumble: Second Semester - The Complete Series. Revelation began releasing the first series a couple of years ago, but for reasons too tiresome to recount, that never got past the third volume. It's a fast paced comedy show, inventive and original, with a central trio of gormlessness carrying the story. Tenma Tsukamoto loves Oji Karasuma, but he's oblivious. Kenji Harima loves Tenma, but she's oblivious. It sounds like half a hundred other high school romantic comedy anime, but School Rumble eschews the usual tropes and clichés to offer something fresh and invigorating.
Requiem From The Darkness: Volume 1.
Soul Eater: Part 1. It's a shonen action show, but not like any I have seen before. It's a show about shinigami reaping souls, but again, it's as far from Bleach as you can physically get. Soul Eater is Studio Bones' 10th Anniversary show, and they've put a lot into making this horror action comedy special, with a world and character design that is stylish and comic-gothic, animation that is energetic and inventive, and writing that is tight, fast paced, and engaging. It's a show that is some 51 episodes in length, but this first instalment gives us a healthy chunk of 13 episodes to be getting on with. See what I made of Soul Eater by clicking on my review.
Funimation released School Rumble: Second Semester - The Complete Series in Region 1 last winter, and it's just recently had its RRP slashed in half, so it's well worth bargain hunting for. Requiem From The Darkness: Volume 1 was released by MVM a few years ago now, and should be found in bargain buckets across the nation. And finally Manga Entertainment release Soul Eater: Part 1 today.