Anime Review Roundup
Amagi Brilliant Park: Complete Collection when I watched it; after all it is a KyoAni production. But they do have a talent for light, ephemeral and inconsequential entertainment, which makes you feel good, looks exceedingly pretty, but lacks narrative substance. Amagi Brilliant Park makes you feel good, looks exceedingly pretty, and it’s got a solid story to it as well, as a narcissistic high school student is drafted in to save the fortunes of a rundown theme park with a magical connection. Click on the review to read more.
Samurai Warriors: Complete Series, my heart sank at a Sengoku Basara clone, another warring states period anime based on a fighting arcade game. I certainly wasn’t in the mood to be overwhelmed with manly posturing and a flood of testosterone. Samurai Warriors does have these, as well as disappointingly low production values, but instead it has a really solid story that pays more than just lip service to actual history, and it’s got comparatively nuanced characters as well. This is the thinking man’s Sengoku Basara.
Noragami Aragoto is where the story starts to pay off big time. If you’re invested in the story and the characters, Noragami Aragoto rewards your investment.
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Casshern Sins fell afoul of Manga Entertainment’s initial dalliance with Blu-ray in the UK. Part 1 of the show was released on DVD and on Blu-ray, but alas Part 2 was DVD only. You can still find the Part 1 Blu-ray at a bargain bucket price. Unsurprisingly it didn’t sell well, while you’ll actually have to pay more to buy it on DVD, in halves or the complete series collection. Here’s my review of Part 1. It’s worth getting that Blu-ray just to see how pretty this show looks. Siren Visual released it in Australia on DVD and on Blu-ray though, if you want the whole thing. The US Funimation Blu-ray release is Region A locked.
Manga Entertainment released Amagi Brilliant Park: Complete Season 1 Collection as a BD/DVD Combo release back on June 19th. That’s when Funimation released Noragami Aragoto as a BD collector’s edition and a DVD standard edition. Manga Entertainment release Samurai Warriors on DVD today.