Anime Review Roundup
Oreimo Series 2 as well. The warning signs were there, with plenty of noise on anime forums about how the brilliance of the first season was completely undone by the second, but nothing could prepare me for just how bad things would get by the end of its 16 episode run. What was initially a thoroughly enjoyable comedy about otaku and some of their more questionable interests, became in Series 2 everything I hoped it wouldn’t be. Click on the review to find out exactly what that was.
nas-imasaS[at]ianarabnaG: The Complete Series was heading in the same direction, after all it shares that plot element I so detest with Oreimo Series 2. But the difference is that Sasami-san has the story structure to justify its narrative choices. Besides it’s not the be all and end all of this show. It’s actually a quite charming comedy from the creators of the Monogatari franchise, and it shares more than just the animation style in common with that epic. Sasami-san is about a girl imbued with the power of a god, but who’d much rather ignore that and be a shut-in otaku. But there are those who crave that power, and won’t leave her alone. It’s a fun show but it doesn’t quite always hang together.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Fruits Basket has been around for over a decade now. Here's my review of the most recent release. It was originally released here in single volume form by MVM. When they lost the licence, it went to Revelation, who released it again in single volumes, then in a deluxe boxset. Back in 2012, MVM regained the licence and re-released it in their own budget boxset, and that boxset is still freely available today from all good e-tailers, and I highly recommend it.
It’s all MVM this week, and they release Oreimo Series 2 on DVD, and nas-imasaS[at]ianarabnaG: The Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray on February 15th.