Anime Review Roundup
Paprika. After all Manga Entertainment’s new combo release has had a brand new transfer. Gone is the windowboxing of the old Sony Blu-ray, and you get a bright shiny full screen image, and for the first time you get lossless English dub audio as well. But hearing me go on about it for a third time, having reviewed Sony’s DVD and Blu-ray would be repetitive. So for a fresh opinion on this mind-bending anime from the much-missed master of breathtaking narrative Satoshi Kon, click on Stuart McLean’s review.
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Reverse Part 2, the conclusion of the story. And it turns out that it’s one of those anime original conclusions that manga fans tend to loathe, simply for being anime original. Usually those concerns are justified, as anime writers tend not to live up to the style and quality of the mangaka, but once in a while you can get an anime that transcends the material it’s adapted from. Click on the review to see if Tegami Bachi manages to pull off that feat.
Shin Godzilla. After all, it was directed by none other than Hideaki “Evangekion” Anno, taking a sabbatical between the third and fourth Evangelion movies. With Shiro Sagisu supplying the music (and recycling some familiar themes), Shin Godzilla might just be as close as we get to a live action Evangelion. Certainly the biting political satire in this reboot of the classic Toho monster franchise wouldn’t be out of place.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Iria on DVD back in 2013, and it is still available. It’s an early Siren Visual disc though, and you’ll have to put up with subtitles that drift in and out of sync, or a dub from the bad old days. Here’s my review. In the US it has subsequently been license rescued by Discotek, and they’ve given it a remastering, so that might be an option if you can spin Region 1.
Manga Entertainment released Paprika on BD/DVD combo on November 20th, and it’s worth the double-dip. They will release Shin Godzilla on Blu-ray and on DVD on December 4th. Sentai Filmworks released Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Reverse Part 2 on DVD back in 2013.