Anime Review Roundup
Steins;Gate the Movie: Load Region of Déjà Vu. The consequences of changing history catch up with series protagonist Okabe Rintaro, and he’s erased from history. It falls to #1 lab assistant, and love interest Makise Kurisu to save him and restore him to the timeline. You have to be a fan of Steins;Gate to enjoy the feature film spin-off, but who isn’t a fan of Steins;Gate?
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan Complete Series flown in as well, as this Haruhi Suzumiya spin-off is also yet to have a UK release. To be more specific, it spins off from the feature film, itself a time travelling extravaganza that saw series protagonist Kyon wake up in a world where erstwhile alien Yuki was actually just a cute little girl, with a crush on him. This series takes that as its premise, a world where Kyon joins the literature club for real, where Yuki keeps trying to work up the courage to confess her feelings to him, only to be stymied when Haruhi shows up. Without the aliens, espers, and time travellers, and other god-like beings, can this premise work? Click on the review to find out.
Hyouka Part 1: Collector’s Edition. This KyoAni production has been a long time coming, only recently having made its English language debut. It’s a light high school comedy drama, that focuses on the Classic Literature Club, and their collective penchant for solving mysteries. When you get down to it, it sounds like a rather mundane premise, but in the hands of this fan favourite studio, Hyouka becomes something really quite special, enchanting and compelling.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
ADV Films released Area 88 on DVD in four volumes back in 2006, and there was a subsequent collection as well. Here’s my review of volume 1. As you might expect, the title has gone the way of its distributor, although you might find the odd volume on sale in certain retailers. But at this time, second hand would be your best bet. It’s worth looking out for though, as it’s a singular show from when anime took a lot more chances with the stories that were told.
Hyouka Part 1 was released as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD on the 4th of December 2017. Australia’s Madman Entertainment released Steins;Gate the Movie: Load Region of Déjà Vu in 2017 and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan Complete Series in 2016, both on Blu-ray and on DVD.