Anime Review Roundup
Fairy Tail Part 17 last week. The Grand Magical Games Tournament arc comes to its conclusion, and the ominous forebodings of a dragon scorched future comes to pass. Fairy Tail’s canon episodes have always found the best balance between their story elements, humour and drama, character and narrative. Only in Part 17, the balance feels a little off. Click on the review to see why.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
D’Eon de Beaumont was a real life character, a French diplomat and spy, and transgender as well. In the anime, he becomes possessed by the soul of his sister Lia, and compelled to investigate her murder. It’s a mystery that is intertwined with the battle to control the future destiny of France, a battle defined by alchemy and religion. It’s an absolutely fantastic and gripping story, blending history and fiction in a fascinating way. It’s also the show that put Tow Ubukata on the map, the one and only time his writing approached near perfection, without being tainted by his usual self-indulgence.
ADV Films released Le Chevalier D’Eon on DVD in the UK across six volumes back in 2007. Here’s my review of volume 1. Of course it’s long since deleted, but surprisingly, all six volumes are listed as new on Amazon (other e-tailers are available). Funimation rescued the show in the US, but you really want those ADV discs, as they have all of the extra features, especially some essential historical character notes. This is one show begging for a Blu-ray upgrade!
Funimation released Fairy Tail Part 17 on DVD last Monday.