Anime Review Roundup
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21. It’s been a while since our last dose of Naruto goodness, which means a fair bit of catch-up for a reviewer who’s lost the plot threads in the intervening half year. After a bit of work, I finally got back into the groove with Naruto Shippuden, only to learn that what started off as a fun, entertaining ninja action show, has since become a full blown war epic! Click on the review to read more. No more current trailers for Naruto Shippuden, so here’s a blast from the past, wholly unrepresentative.
Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse - Part 1. The title is enough to leave me shuddering, but the show itself had me bewildered. It’s a giant robot show set in an alternate history where aliens invaded in the early seventies. Thirty years later, humanity is fighting a desperate battle for survival. Muv Luv kicks off with a brutal and gory scene setting two parter, before transforming into mundane relationship hijinks set in a relatively peaceful training camp, and then coming back to some action and political intrigue. Click on the review to see if the story is worth sticking with.
Space Dandy: Season 2, a show which I loved watching when it was first streamed, and eagerly looked forward to for its home video release. Just like Naruto, it’s been a bit of a wait for its second part, but the wait has been worth it for the sci-fi comedy anthology show. This second season sees the sci-fi get even more fantastic, the comedy even funnier, and there are musical episodes too. Click on the review to see why you should buy this series.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
those video games, but the anime itself unfolds like one of those mediaeval real-time strategy games. It follows the story of a masked amnesiac man who wakes up in a small village, and winds up getting involved in the local politics. From random bloke, to village chief to king, to Emperor to... It’s a hell of a promotion ride over 26 episodes. But it has a nice collection of characters, some wonderfully cute moments, and a fair bit of comedy as well. And it’s got epic war sequences, oodles of bloodshed, and a body-count in the tens of thousands. If it weren’t for the character designs and cutesy moments, they’d be comparing this show to Berserk.
Here’s my review of volume 5 of Utawarererumono. It was originally released here and in the US by ADV, and I reviewed the US discs for this site. Never the most popular of shows, there are still a few discs floating around on retail, although for ridiculous prices. Second hand is your best bet though for Region 2 discs. However, Funimation did pick up the license, and have re-released it on their budget S.A.V.E. label in the US, but minus the extras that were on the ADV discs. Would you believe that they’re making more Utawarerumono in Japan?
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21 was released on DVD by Manga Entertainment on the 10th of August. MVM released Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse - Part 1 on DVD and Blu-ray today, while All the Anime released Space Dandy - Season 2 Collector's Edition on Blu-ray and DVD today (you can also get the complete season 1 and 2 on DVD if you so choose).