Anime Review Roundup
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. It may be a vampire story, never my favourite genre, but it’s a vampire story animated by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the man behind Ninja Scroll, and it was a big, big thing back around the turn of the millennium. It’s made its UK Blu-ray debut in this collector’s edition, but since its initial release, it’s always been contractually stipulated that it be English dub only outside of Japan. It turns out that doesn’t do the film any favours. Click the review to read more.
Freedom OVA. Bandai and Beez Entertainment released the short sci-fi series in an extravagant 4 disc Blu-ray boxset (the re-releases have all been single disc affairs), and it all works, no glitches, no flaws. It’s the best way to watch this fantastic tale about a trio of boys uncovering a conspiracy to keep humanity grounded, when it should be reaching for the stars.
My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2, it’s reaching a whole new audience of anime fans, who may previously have shied away from orange suited ninja and straw-hatted pirates. My Hero Academia does after all concern the superhero genre, the combination of special powers and spandex that until very recently has been a Western phenomenon. Anime has started playing in that sandbox, and they’ve quickly got the hang of things. This collection offers more adventures of a group of trainee superheroes as they attend superhero school.
Staying with shonen, I followed things up with a review for Fairy Tail - Dragon Cry, the second movie in the wizardry franchise. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher at first, as it’s actually set some way past the point the anime series leaves off, but there isn’t too much to catch up on before you’re enjoying the adventures of the Fairy Tail wizards as they take on a mission to retrieve a magical WMD from the wrong hands.
Gundam the Origin I-IV tempted me for a while. I’ve read some of the manga, and the origin story of Char Aznable really did draw me in. These four films that adapt that story are short and sweet, while the recent animation offers stupendous production value. It’s only when I contemplated the story that follows, that I realised that Stuart is the best man to review this collection. Click on the review to learn more.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Manga Video released it in the UK... on VHS. They changed the music, and for once changed it for the better. I’ve kept that tape just for that reason. Central Park Media subsequently released it on DVD in the US, and the version that I watched was released in Australia by Madman Entertainment (here’s the review), and both contain the original music soundtrack on both sub and dub versions. They also have audio commentaries on the first two episodes from Yoshiaki Kawajiri. They’re both deleted now, so second hand is your best bet. I had a look at Amazon, and in between all the Polish and Italian and bootleg versions, there were a couple of CPM and Madman discs available, so I guess the message is to be careful.
All the Anime released Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust in a Collector’s Edition on May 28th. Standard Blu-ray and DVD editions will be released in due course. They also released the Collector’s Edition, standard BD and DVD of Fairy Tail – Dragon Cry, and the Gundam Origin I-IV Blu-ray collection on the same day. Funimation release My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 on Blu-ray and on DVD on June 11th. Bandai Entertainment released the Freedom OVA Blu-ray Boxset back in 2008 (and it too is deleted).