Anime Review Roundup
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ - Part 1. It picks up where Gundam Zeta leaves off, with another young boy finding his inner hero when he climbs into the cockpit of a giant robot, to face off against the wicked Zeon forces. It seems like such a well worn trope these days; it’s hard to remember that Gundam was doing it when it wasn’t even a trope!
Your Name, probably a year after all the hype had died down. Putting aside the issues with the disc, I found what is probably Makoto Shinkai’s most populist movie to date, a modern day body-swapping fairy tale that appeals to broad audiences, without letting go of those themes and ideas that Shinkai has explored in every film that he has made to date. You can see why it was so lauded and feted last awards season by clicking on the review.
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Collection 2. You can tell a series is one of those long-running shonen action jobs when it takes the best part of a whole series to get to the point of the story. With Tegami Bachi it’s not so much filler as it is getting to know the cast of characters and going into depth when building this world. It’s only the last five episodes of this collection that gets to the point of the series, with the protagonist searching for the man who inspired him, and who’s apparently lost his way. Alas, Tegami Bachi is not a long running series, and you’ll have to wait for the review of the second and final Reverse series to see if it delivers a decent story.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Mediumrare Entertainment released Space Above and Beyond on DVD back in 2012, and it’s still available through e-tailers today. Here’s a review for the collection from Si Wooldridge.
All the Anime released Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Part 1 on Blu-ray on 16th October. They also released Your Name in various permutations of BD, DVD and Deluxe Editions on November 6th. Sentai Filmworks in the US released Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Collection 2 in 2013.