Anime Review Roundup
Anthem of the Heart, one of the best anime feature films I have seen in a long, long time. It’s the tale of a girl who one day stopped talking completely after her parents divorced, as she became convinced that the split was caused by what she said. Then in high school, she realises that she can still communicate through music.
Assassination Classroom - Season 2 Part 1, the return of the fan favourite show that kicks off a whole new school term of students trying to assassinate their not-alien tentacled teacher. It takes a bit of a while to find its feet, but it isn’t long before the show is delivering what fans expect in terms of character and story. Click on the review to read more.
Himouto! Umaru-chan, but there I was, daring it to do its worst after previously having been stung by an anime with a superficially similar premise. Umaru’s a perfect girl outside the apartment, a girl that her school friends look up to, but at home, around her older brother, she’s a total slob, lazy, and addicted to manga, anime and videogames. This sketch format comedy follows her and her brother as she tries to keep her home life and school life separate, not always successfully.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
The Castle of Cagliostro was one of the earliest Miyazaki films that Studiocanal released on Blu-ray back in 2012, and it is still available as a BD/DVD combo from them now. Here’s my review. It is a 1080i 60Hz transfer though, and has a few niggling issues with interlacing as a result. Discotek Media in the US have since released their 1080p Blu-ray, and unlike the UK disc it is replete with extra features, as well as three English audio tracks as opposed to just the one on the UK release. It is locked to Region A though.
Funimation released Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and standard DVD on June 19th. All the Anime released Anthem of the Heart on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo on June 26th. The standard DVD will be released on August 7th. Animatsu released Himouto! Umaru-chan on BD/DVD combo on July 10th, last Monday.