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    Anime Review Roundup

    Once again I've been left chasing after the bandwagon long after it has left the village. This time it's for Hanasaku Iroha, the most talked about slice-of-life anime this summer just past. Its wonderful collection of characters, its gentle story, and its appealing feel-good approach has attracted legions of fans on the Internet, but I only started watching it after the simulcast had ended. On the bright side, it does mean that I can watch the episodes at my leisure, rather than have to wait for a week. The series is still available to view at Crunchyoll (and if you can speak Japanese and spin Region A, the lush Japanese Blu-ray special editions are emptying wallets as we speak), and it's well worth watching.

    Here's what Crunchyroll have to say about the series, and the link is to the right.


    Hanasaku Iroha centers around 16-year-old Ohana Matsumae who moves from Tokyo to out in the country to live with her grandmother at an onsen ryokan named Kissuiso. While restarting her life there initially seems daunting, Ohana begins working at the inn, makes friends with the other employees and watches her life take an unexpected twist.

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    The first of my reviews last week was for one of the most anticipated and hyped movies of the last two years, Redline, which I had the privilege to watch on Blu-ray. It's the Wacky Races meets Death Race 2000, a neon retinal burn of a movie. In the future, the ultimate in race championships is the Redline, old-fashioned automobile racing in a reality where most everyone else flies aircars. But the fanatics that love racing, like it close to the ground, at insane speeds, with no rules. This year's Redline is going to be held in a warzone, on a world where the enemy are the racers themselves, and for one racer, he'll have to choose between clearing his tarnished reputation, and falling in love. You haven't seen anything like Redline before. And faced with the choice of the DVD and the Blu-ray, believe me, buy a Blu-ray player!

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    I've finally come to the end (for now) of my Slayers odyssey, although due to a wayward review disc, I had to wait until I had the time to purchase and watch Slayers Evolution-R for myself. The classic RPG comedy adventure series, which sees the perpetually ravenous Lina Inverse and Gourry Gabriev travel the land, relieving bandits of their booty, making restaurants regret their all-you-can-eat offers, and occasionally saving the world, got a twenty-first century updating with Slayers Revolution and Slayers Evolution-R. We now have widescreen, CG animation, and the show looks shiny and new. But is it still the same old Slayers? For the final instalment, see if they go out on a high by reading my review.

    Redline is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-ray/DVD LE combi (seriously buy the Blu-ray) today courtesy of Manga Entertainment. MVM released Slayers Evolution-R at the start of 2011.

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