Anime Review Roundup
Gatchaman Crowds Insight, and to be blunt I did see those same flaws again. But this time the message is so much stronger, so apropos the current state of the world, that you barely notice the flaws. Insight is about politics, and it’s about populism. You have to realise that Insight was made before the forthcoming General Election, before the French Election, before Trump and before Brexit. Click on the review to read just how prescient a show it is.
Tokyo Marble Chocolate, a long awaited release of a romantic OVA. There are just two episodes to tell the story of a very agreeable and pleasant couple, who through a lack of communication are on the verge of breaking up. When into their lives comes a very unusual pet. Standalone OVA releases are pretty rare these days; they don’t make too many of them in Japan anymore, so there might something of a nostalgic vibe to watching a story unfold in two episodes, but the storytelling and the animation is up to date, for 2007 when this OVA was made.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Gun X Sword in single volumes in the UK back in 2007, which Matthew Smart reviewed on this site. You can read my review of the complete collection, or Stuart McLean’s for contrast as well. MVM have subsequently released the show in several flavours of Complete Collection (I have the thinpack collection on my shelf, although the last release available was the Amaray fatpack), and unfortunately it has been deleted in the UK. Some new copies and second hand copies are available on retail sites, but it might be cheaper to import Funimation’s Region 1 S.A.V.E. release instead.
Animatsu release Gatchaman Crowds Insight as a BD/DVD combo today. All the Anime will release Tokyo Marble Chocolate as a Collector’s Edition combo release on the 29th May.