Anime Review Roundup
Boogiepop Phantom Collection. This is another of those shows which I’m finally catching up with, long after the fan fervour boat has sailed. And there was plenty of fan attention given to Boogiepop Phantom back in the day, a supernatural mystery given stunning, and unsettling animation, up there with shows like Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze in its avant garde approach to storytelling. This show tells its story from multiple perspectives, and with a fractured narrative, ensuring that you have to work at the show to get the best out of it. But what originally rode the wave of fan approbation, may not stand up quite so well two decades down the line. Click on the review to see how Boogiepop Phantom fares.
Rage of Bahamut: Season 1 Collector’s Edition, also known as Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. All the Anime went and released two fantasy action shows in the same week, and this is definitely the one to go for. It’s pretty much your standard fantasy set-up, a grand quest, and high stakes. A bounty hunter gets roped into guiding a mysterious young girl to a distant northern destination, but she’s actually the focus of a plot to reawaken an ancient evil. Stunning animation, great writing, and appealing characters lift this show up above its peers, making it one of the better anime released in recent years.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Slayers Revolution in the UK on DVD back in 2010 and I’ve reviewed it here. It is still available from UK e-tailers. It also got a Blu-ray release in the US from Funimation although that appears to be a Region A locked title.
I reviewed Madman Entertainment’s release of Boogiepop Phantom Collection, and unlike the deleted UK release, you can still import the Australian discs. The US Right Stuf release is also available to buy should you prefer Region 1. All the Anime released Rage of Bahamut: Genesis on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition, and on Standard DVD on June 6th.