Anime Review Roundup
Amagami SS Plus, the sequel to the Amagami SS anime. It’s one of those dating simulation anime adaptations, which sees a male protagonist trying to romance six girls (in six parallel stories). Think of it as an anthology show. Amagami SS Plus continues those stories adding another two episodes to each to see if each couple gets a happily ever after. Click on the review to see if it is as good as the first series.
Fairy Tail Part 15 focuses on that shonen anime staple, the tournament arc. In this case it’s a magical tournament with all the imagination and eye-candy that implies. Fairy Tail alternates absurd and fantastic magical Olympic events with one on one magical combat in its Magical Games tournament, but the real story unfold almost subliminally in the background. Too subliminally in fact, as it ends this collection with a rather obvious epilogue, but it’s still as much fun as Fairy Tail gets.
My Love Story is a tale about a romance between one guy, and one girl, in a normal setting, with no aliens, no magic, no harem, and not too much angst involved, you’ll understand just how rare an anime this is. The only thing ‘strange’ about it is that the romantic couple aren’t the usual anime characters that you’d find in a romantic situation.
Overlord check discs. But to my shock and surprise, it turned out that it didn’t even meet my low expectations. The flaw is obvious in the show’s premise. The protagonist, the last one left logged into a game that he and his teammates had clocked, finds himself transferred in his game avatar to another world, where his maxed out skills and abilities are of god-level. It’s hard to engage with a character like that.
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Revelation Films released the first series in the UK, first in single volumes which I reviewed, and then a complete series collection that Stuart McLean reviewed. It’s deleted now, but you might scrabble together the single volumes from e-tailers, and there is always second hand. You can import Funimation’s S.A.V.E. release at a budget price though. There was a second series and some OVAs a couple of years ago, which to date have only had a lacklustre DVD release (burnt in subtitles) from Madman Entertainment in Australia. The reason of course is Aniplex, who have the license and are sitting on it like the kid who owns the football and refuses to let anyone else play. It’s on Crunchyroll though if you don’t mind streaming.
Funimation released Fairy Tail Part 15 on DVD on June 5th. That’s also when Animatsu released My Love Story on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. MVM will release Amagami SS Plus on DVD and on Blu-ray on June 26th, while Overlord was released on Collector’s Edition, Standard Edition Blu-ray and Standard DVD on June 12th.