Anime Review Roundup
Flowers of Evil. This was quite the controversial show when it was released back in 2013, not least because of its uncompromising story, but also because of the animation techniques used in its creation. Eschewing the usual anime aesthetic, Flowers of Evil was created by rotoscoping over live action footage. It’s the perfect choice for its gritty, teen drama in my opinion. But some viewers decry its look as ‘not anime’. For me it was one of the best shows I have seen in recent years. Click on the review to see why you really should give this show a try.
Samurai Jam – Bakumatsu Rock. It’s another anachronistic historical blast, as we once more venture into the Tokugawa era, reinvented for modern sensibilities. The Shinsengumi militia are now pop idols, who use their government mandated pop music to pacify and control the masses (Simon Cowell is their manager). Into this Kyoto comes one man who wants to play his guitar and rock. But rock and roll is illegal in this historical reimagining. Click on the review to see why I had more fun writing that paragraph than I did watching the show.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
I reviewed the US ADV discs as part of my snatch and grab of their inventory when the company went under. Here’s my review of Volume 3, which I liked more then, than I do now. It obviously didn’t sell well in the UK, as some ‘new’ volumes are still available from e-tailers, although you might have to look to second hand to complete the collection. While Funimation rescued the license in the US, their budget S.A.V.E. release is now only available at ridiculous prices for new, or you could look second hand for it, or the old ADV discs. In my research, I did find a 2013 live action 009-1 film. I don’t think I’ll get it.
Flowers of Evil Collection is out on DVD today from MVM. Samurai Jam – Bakumatsu Rock was released on DVD and Blu-ray by Animatsu on October 19th.