Anime Review Roundup
BlazBlue: Alter Memory? Not a lot actually, which is surprising given that I’ve watched it, more surprising when you click on the link and read my review. I actually sat through it and wrote a few hundred words about it, but the show has already faded from my mind. But I can say this with assumed authority; this is one anime that’s for fans of the BlazBlue gaming franchise first and foremost. For everyone else, its incoherent narrative will probably fly right over their heads. Still, it looks pretty.
Heavy Object Part 2, the conclusion of the action anime, which sees ridiculously gargantuan tanks pitted against each other in a future world torn apart by internecine conflict. I may have been a little noncommittal when I watched Part 1, but Part 2 really cemented what was so good about this show in my mind. To put it simply, Heavy Object is sheer fun. It’s an entertaining action show, light on the drama, and with a deft comic touch when it comes to character interactions. Click on my review to see what unlikely comparison I draw.
Beyond the Boundary The Movie. Although it’s actually two movies, with I’ll Be Here: Past recapping the series, before Future continues the story. As you might expect, a recap movie is really just a bonus, an afterthought, especially if you have the series to watch, but the Future movie is a worthy continuation to the Beyond the Boundary story, once again focusing on the relationship between the two main characters. It moves their romance on, while acting as a thematic mirror to the series in a very effective way. It’s well written, and it has KyoAni’s trademark eyecandy animation. What’s not to like?
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Solty Rei in the UK back in 2009 across six single volumes. It’s hard to believe but you can probably still find those single releases if you shop around, but it’s far more economical, and space-saving to pick up MVM’s subsequent complete collection on DVD, which is still in print. Here’s my review for volume 1 by the way.
Funimation released BlazBlue: Alter Memory on Blu-ray back on September 25th. Manga Entertainment’s Beyond the Boundary: The Movie comes out next week on DVD and on Blu-ray/DVD Combo, on October 16th. Funimation’s Heavy Object: Part 2 Blu-ray has been pushed back to November 27th.