Anime Review Roundup
Ushio and Tora Complete Series comes in, just such a shonen staple, animated some twenty years after the conclusion of the manga, and able to tell its story in a brief, 39 episode run, just pure, unadulterated story. And you know? It’s pretty good.
A Silent Voice is probably the best anime film that you’ll get this year, and that’s in a year that also gives us Your Name on home video. The director of K-On and studio KyoAni reunite to tell a heartwarming and uplifting story about school bullying. That sounds like an oxymoron, but A Silent Voice’s examination of the subject, really does offer a nuanced and thoughtful perspective. In elementary school, a deaf girl is bullied by her class, but only the ringleader is punished, and winds up being bullied in turn. In high school, the boy runs into the girl again, and decides to make amends, but forgiveness is never that simple.
Naruto Shippuden Part 30 is upon us. That’s probably three shelves devoted to Naruto home video releases alone! In case you’re wondering, they’re still having a ninja war, and there are two episodes of filler here that will have you head-desking in frustration. Despite that, this is the good stuff, especially as you get to see Naruto and Sasuke team up again.
Steamboy again, this time on Blu-ray. It’s an underrated labour of love from Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, although understandably so as most people would have seen the truncated theatrical cut. Well, the Blu-ray has the full version of this family friendly action adventure. It’s proper steampunk too, a caper in Victorian London as hero Ray Steam has to stop the secret of ultimate (steam) power falling into the wrong hands. And we’re the first English speaking territory to see Steamboy on Blu-ray!
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Watching the show one episode daily-ish reveals a certain truth. You have to be in the mood for Panty & Stocking. Most nights I’d just bland over a twenty minute stretch of animated vomit, but on the odd night, it would get me in the right frame of mind, and I’d be laughing uproariously. I remember when I reviewed it, I thought it was absolutely dire. This second time around, it wasn’t quite so bad. Manga Entertainment originally released Panty & Stocking on a faulty DVD, but that was recalled and replaced with a less faulty but home authored version. If you want the version with all the bells, whistles, and logical chaptering that anime fans expect, get Manga’s Blu-ray version released in 2013, which uses Funimation’s discs.
Animatsu released Ushio and Tora Complete Collection on Blu-ray on October 9th. Expect the DVD later on. All the Anime released A Silent Voice on DVD and on Blu-ray and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on October 30th. That’s when Manga Entertainment released Steamboy on Blu-ray/DVD combo, while their Naruto Shippuden Part 30 comes out on DVD on November 20th.