Anime Review Roundup
Blast of Tempest Part 2, which had a fair bit of ground to make up in my estimation after the conclusion of Part 1. Its strong Shakespearean influences were a major draw, but some weak writing towards its midpoint dragged it down. Part 2 turns out to be a significant improvement on that, but Blast of Tempest manages it by totally changing tack, embracing another genre altogether. It makes it work though.
Dragon Ball: Season 5, I’ll be diagnosed as lactose intolerant. I might have liked the original Dragon Ball when it started, but it turns into Dragon Ball Z for its swansong.
Space Dandy: Season 1, and all was right with the world once more. Space Dandy comes from the creators of Cowboy Bebop, and once more features the adventures of a hard-up crew on a spaceship, but Space Dandy is played purely for laughs, and with chief director Shinichiro Watanabe taking a hands off approach, letting a different creative team play with his toybox on each episode, you never know what you’re going to get from one episode to the next. The result is one of the most inventive, entertaining, mind-bending, and hilarious series out there.
Kabukimonogatari. I may not have been that impressed with the season opener, Nekomonogatari White, but with the second arc, the show gets back into gear with a gripping and entertaining time travel story. The main character in the show is back, Koyomi Araragi, and this time he spends some quality time with diminutive vampire Shinobu. The snappy dialogue is still there, the wonderful character observations, but this story has some emotion and some heart to it too. For me it’s the best Monogatari yet!
MVM released Blast of Tempest on DVD on December 8th. Manga Entertainment released Dragon Ball Season 5 on November 24th. All the Anime released Space Dandy Season One on DVD and Blu-ray Collector’s Edition last Monday, December 8th, while the Standard Edition gets a January 12th 2015 release. Finally, MVM release Kabukimonogatari on DVD today, while the Blu-ray gets a short delay till next Monday.