Anime Review Roundup
Noein: Collector’s Edition a try, a show that I loved when it was released on DVD, albeit somewhat contentiously in the UK, and it approaches perfection now that it’s out on Blu-ray. It’s a coming of age story, mashed up with parallel worlds sci-fi, with as rigorous an application of quantum mechanics theory as you can get without having to pull out Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time as a reference. That’s probably proof that some shows just can’t be pitched in a single sentence. Click on the review to see what the show is really about.
A Lull in the Sea: Collector’s Edition, set in a world where people live both in the oceans and on land, and the two communities living side-by-side aren’t all that comfortable with each other. It’s more coming of age, slice of life antics, as the decline of the undersea community means that a group of children have to attend school on the surface instead. The usual friction and petty bigotry is to be expected, but it gets worse when feelings and relationships start happening. But that’s the least of this odd community’s problems. Fantastic storytelling and heavenly animation abound in this great show, and it gets a perfect collector’s edition release.
Brynhildr in the Darkness. If you like that mish-mash tale of light harem comedy antics and bloody, gory, exploitative sci-fi action, then this will be right up your street. A bunch of girls with enhanced powers, and a built in death sentence escape from a lab, and find refuge with a high school boy that may or may not have history with one of them. Cue lots of violence and death as the evil research lab will do anything to contain their secrets and retrieve their property, and in between, there are plenty of boobies to look at.
Parasyte The Movie Part 1 might be an interesting option. It’s an adaptation of a sci-fi, body-horror manga from the 1990s, brought up to date for 21st Century audiences, which sees alien parasites coming onto land, infecting hosts, taking over their brains, subsuming their personalities and altering their bodies, all so they can feed on other humans. Then, as they start to get smarter, they start thinking about global conquest as well. The only hope the world has is a high school boy, who through sheer luck didn’t get parasitized, but instead wound up with a parasite in his hand. The two form a symbiotic relationship, learning from and depending on each other. Click on the review to read more.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
It’s very much a children’s cartoon, although its humour works well for middle-aged children as well. Elements might not pass OFCOM muster though, such as the episode where the rat and Urd get married, or the potential name of Urd’s rock band, Urd’s Drug Junkies, but generally it’s light-hearted fare with warm intentions. Here’s my review of Volume 1. MVM released The Adventures of Mini Goddess in four volumes back in 2005-6, and I don’t think that there was a complete collection. It is well and truly deleted now, but looking online I see that all four volumes are available second hand, and in some cases new as well.
MVM released A Lull in the Sea on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition last September and then subsequently released the show in two parts on DVD. All the Anime released Noein Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on March 28th. Brynhildr in the Darkness and Parasyte Part 1 came out on DVD and on Blu-ray last Monday from Animatsu.