Anime Review Roundup
Fate/Zero Part 1 on Blu-ray. It was also a surprise for me, the Type Moon adaptation that serves as a prequel to Fate/Stay Night, the show about teenaged mages and their summoned spirits doing battle for the Holy Grail. The first incarnation of Fate/Stay Night was pretty unimpressive, but Fate/Zero changes things up by casting more mature characters, and paying a lot more attention to motivation and narrative. This is a smart show that doesn’t pander, instead making the audience work for the story, and it’s all the better for it.
Dragon Ball Z Kai: Season 1. Kai is the anniversary re-edit of the series, which strips out all of the filler, the recaps and the flashbacks, and instead tells the story in short, sharp bursts of episodic action, cutting the overall length of the series by almost a half. It now is pretty much faithful to the original manga from Akira Toriyama. What’s more, we’re now getting it on Blu-ray, and in the original aspect ratio. Click on the review to see if this incarnation is the Dragon’s balls, or just a drag...
Captain Earth: Part 1, which to my slight disappointment was not a superhero anime. It is instead another giant robot show from Studio Bones, the creators of Rahxephon and Eureka Seven, so it’s got a fair bit of mecha pedigree to it. It’s your usual ‘teenager stumbles into a giant robot by accident and winds up fighting to save the world’ plotline, but Captain Earth has the benefit of some excellent visuals and animation, as well as some very likeable characters, and it does just enough different from its peers to warrant further attention. It isn’t perfect though. Click on the review to read why.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Here’s the review for what was then the penultimate volume, and I can see that even then Gantz wasn’t my favourite show of that year. If you want to give Gantz a try after my enthusiastic endorsement... the single volumes are long since deleted and consigned to the second hand market, but MVM’s complete collection DVD release is still available brand new from e-tailers.
MVM release Captain Earth: Part 1 next Monday, August 10th on DVD and on Blu-ray. They released Fate Zero on DVD and Blu-ray in 2014. Manga Entertainment release Dragon Ball Kai: Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD today.