Anime Review Roundup
Food Wars Season 2 last week. It’s a typical shonen action show, but with a twist. It’s all about cookery; all the macho posturing, the tournaments, one on one battles, they’re all about trainee chefs sweating over hot stoves to see who can create the most delish dish. Season 2 picks up where the first left off, right in the middle of a chefery tournament, and it is excellent!
Flip Flappers is, and it is really very good, subverting its particular genre by focusing on the characters and building a story around them. What started off as something generic turned into something quite special in the end.
Kokoro Connect again, this time on Blu-ray. This was the bodyswap comedy drama that I fell in love with when I watched the MVM DVD release. It takes what could be a very prurient premise, but tells a really heartfelt and moving coming of age story about five friends in high school, dragged out of their safe complacent lives by a meddling force that starts to play games with them, body swapping being just the start. The one problem with the show was that MVM only released the DVD in the UK, so for the high definition experience, I had to import.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
I’ve already delivered the abbreviated history of Patlabor releases, and unfortunately Madman’s Patlabor discs are going out of print. You can only get the first half of the series from them at this time, although with the Winter sale down under, it’s dirt cheap. Here’s my review. If you want the whole experience, you’ll have to get the Sentai discs from the US, Region 1 DVDs or Region A Blu-rays.
While the Collector’s Edition has been out for a while now, MVM’s standalone DVD release of Flip Flappers comes out on the 13th of August, the Blu-ray next month. Manga Entertainment release Food Wars Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on the 13th as well. Hanabee released the Complete Collection of Kokoro Connect on BD and DVD back in 2017.