Anime Review Roundup
Strike Witches Season 1, which I’ve double dipped to Blu-ray. It’s still the same fan service frenzy about girls in their underwear donning cybernetic ‘brooms’ to launch into the air to battle the nefarious Neuroi, in a World War II style. Fun it most definitely is, but is the HD upgrade any more than just lip service? Click on the review to see.
Berserk The Golden Age Arc III: The Advent. It was a case of waiting till it cost me what I thought it was worth, rather than what the retailers and distributors had priced it at. Given what I thought of the first two films, it was a long wait. Still, trilogies have been known to improve over time, or deliver one transcendental instalment out of a sea of mediocrity. The Advent is that bit of the Golden Age, where Guts rejoins the Band of the Hawk, and they rescue Griffith from the King of Chuder’s dungeon, only for all hell to break loose. Long story short, stick to the 1997 TV series.
Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb is the best of the lot, making the most of the characters, and indulging in all of the running gags the series has, as well as adding a note of heartfelt nostalgia, as the passage of time has the inevitable toll on high school friendships, that of graduation.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
This is one instance where TV from my childhood still entertains me as an adult, and that’s not just for the OFCOM unfriendly documentary epilogues that have been restored for the DVD release. Here’s my review. Fabulous Films brought back this classic series on a feature packed complete series collection back in 2008. Has it been ten years already? Anyway, you can still get that boxset, and there is also a slimline budget version if you don’t want the physical extras (most were exclusive to HMV).
Madman Entertainment released Strike Witches on Blu-ray in Australia back in 2012. The show had a DVD only release in the UK. In 2014 they also released the version of Berserk The Golden Age Arc III: The Advent that I reviewed, although that is a direct clone of the Kazé disc that was released in the UK. Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb was released on Blu-ray and DVD by Sentai Filmworks in the US back in 2015.