Anime Review Roundup
Log Horizon Season 2 Part 1. The ‘trapped in an online game’ anime returns with its second season, and it’s all systems slow? Log Horizon’s first season impressed with its world building and focus on community, even with its slow, measured pace, but with its second season, the pace slows even more, and things get more measured. See the effect that has by clicking on my review.
Oh! Edo Rocket: The Complete Series. This wacky, anachronistic comedy about a 19th Century Japanese space race comes from the director of Full Metal Alchemist, and it’s based on a stage play of all things. An alien is stranded in isolationist Edo, and seeks the help of one of the city’s master fireworks makers to return to the moon. The only problem is that Edo is going through an austerity drive, no fun allowed, and particularly no fireworks. If like me you want something different and unique from each anime that you watch, you should click on this review. And the theme song is devilishly catchy.
Punch Line: Complete Series. You’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s a fan service show, with the prevalence of lingerie on young females, and a young male protagonist prone to nosebleeds, and with the kind of camera angles that would get you arrested if you tried them in live action. But Punch Line’s perverted imagery only thinly veils a great sci-fi storyline, a time-twisting narrative with engaging and entertaining characters, and an end of the world scenario. Put aside your preconceptions about this show, as it’s a pleasant surprise. With panties.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Manga Entertainment released Bamboo Blade on DVD back in 2010/11, and subsequently released a complete collection as well. Here’s my review of Part 1 if you need more convincing. You can still get it from UK e-tailers, and it’s well worth a watch.
MVM will release Log Horizon Season 2 Part 1 on DVD and on Blu-ray next Monday, September 5th. Funimation released Oh! Edo Rocket: Complete Series on DVD back in 2012, and it’s inexpensive to import even now following the post-Brexit currency crash. Punch Line: Complete Season 1 Collection comes out on Blu-ray and on DVD today courtesy of Animatsu.