Anime Review Roundup
Eureka Seven - Hi-Evolution 1, which as well as condensing a portion of Renton Thurston’s adventures, also adds something new. That something new, a prequel sequence is well worth a watch, but this isn’t the Holy Grail; a compilation movie better than the series it compiles.
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, although this time it was my own purchase rather than a review disc. I was looking forward to some offbeat comedy, and on paper Hozuki certainly fits the bill. It’s the story of a bureaucrat in charge of hell. He works for the boss, Enma, and while Enma fulfils his duties passing judgment over the condemned, it’s Hozuki who has to deal with the paperwork. This is a show that has won a load of plaudits and a second season, but a sight too many pop culture references, and nods to Japanese mythology makes this a production note caption hell all of its own.
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Alas, School Rumble is a victim of Revelation’s brief relationship with Funimation. They started off with the best intentions, Volume 1 of School Rumble came with a tin to keep all six discs in, but in the end, Revelation stopped releasing School Rumble with volume 3. I had to import the final three volumes from the US. Here’s my review of Revelation’s volume 1 back in 2008. The show subsequently got a complete series release from Funimation in the US, and has had plenty of re-releases over the year. Right now you can buy the S.A.V.E. editions, Season 1 is collected with the OVA release in one set, and Season 2 is available separately in another.
All the Anime will release Eureka Seven – Hi-Evolution on DVD and on Collector’s Edition Combi on September 10th. Madman Entertainment released Hozuki’s Coolheadedness on DVD back in 2015.