Anime Review Roundup
Psycho Pass Season 1 was released in the UK by Manga Entertainment and their home-authored discs had a few issues. For my second time around, I’ve taken a look at the US Blu-rays released by Funimation...
Animerama: 1001 Nights / Cleopatra Limited Edition, the first two features in the Animerama trilogy (Last year All the Anime released Belladonna of Sadness, the final film in the trilogy, made after Tezuka’s departure from the Mushi Pro studio). These two films were made in his desire to create anime to appeal to adult audiences, with more mature stories, and with sex and violence. A Thousand and One Nights is based on the Arabian Nights stories, and features Aladdin as the main character, sowing his wild oats as he climbs his way up the social ladder. Cleopatra has more of a historical grounding (despite the time-travellers), as the famous queen of Egypt uses her sexuality to protect her nation from the might of the Roman Empire. Click on the review to read more.
Hyouka Part 2. It’s been a good while since the first half of this slice-of-life detective series made its UK debut. It’s a high school anime, where the protagonist, intent on living an easy, no energy lifestyle chose to join an almost defunct Literature Club. The problem is that the other member is a high-energy girl who just loves mysteries, especially solving them, and our protagonist is a veritable high school Sherlock when he’s so motivated. And she knows just how to motivate him.
One Piece Collection 17, at least not without importing it. But after a lengthy hiatus, Manga Entertainment are resuming the release of this piratical long form anime series. This collection of 25 episodes takes us to around episode 420! An important story arc comes to an end in this collection as the Straw Hat Pirates finally come up against a foe they can’t defeat, and wind up cast to all four directions of the compass, separated and in all manner of trouble. Luffy’s elastic charms hit the right note with a misandric pirate queen.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Manga Entertainment released Season 1 of K-On! on 4 DVD volumes in 2011, followed by a complete series collection which is still available today. Alas, the planned Blu-ray release fell through, and this is a show that works best in high definition. The first US release was from Bandai Entertainment, locked to Region A, but Madman Entertainment released clones of those discs in Australia, and here’s my review of volume 1. You can get a complete Blu-ray Collection of Season 1 from Australia still. The problem with those Bandai discs is that of lossy audio, a problem rectified by a recent re-release in the US from Sentai Filmworks, but again, that release is locked to Region A.
I’ll be falling behind with my reviews again, as the congestion of summer anime releases hits. Third Window Films released Animerama: 1001 Nights / Cleopatra Limited Edition on Blu-ray and DVD last Monday. All the Anime release Hyouka: Part 2 on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD today. Manga Entertainment release One Piece Collection 17 on DVD today as well. Funimation initially released Psycho Pass: Season 1 in two halves, but this Complete Series release came out as a BD/DVD combo in 2016.