Anime Review Roundup
Aoharu x Machinegun. It’s the kind of title that sticks in your mind the moment you hear it, which is half the work done when it comes to selling a show. I never did find out who or what Aoharu was, but the machinegun is self-evident, albeit of the non-lethal kind. It’s a show about Airsoft, the less messy, spiritual successor to paintballing. Players get to hunt each other down with replica weapons, and it’s all great non-lethal fun. Only it’s not quite fun for the characters in this show. You might get a bit of déjà vu at the premise, a girl pretending to be a boy, has to join a club after she causes damage in a host club, in order to pay her debt off. But in reality Aoharu x Machinegun is often funny, as well as a sensitive character study.
Twin Star Exorcists Part 1. It’s the start of another long-running shonen action show, hot on the heels of Black Clover. Exorcists fighting demons is not a rare genre in anime, but Twin Star Exorcists has a couple of unique twists, not least of which is that the protagonists are engaged to be married, thanks to a prophecy that their eventual child will be the ultimate exorcist. Naturally a marriage arranged at age 14 doesn’t sit well with Benio and Rokuro. There’s plenty of comedy to go with the action, but the other twist is that this show does it with style, both in terms of music and the visuals. Click on the review to read more.
Watamote, so the majority of this review will be a bit of a cut and paste. The new bits of the review are just how good the show looks and sounds in high definition, which makes the tale of a socially awkward schoolgirl all the more compelling to watch. Tomoko wants to be a normal high school girl, but is always held back by her inadequacies. What starts off as a comedy gradually becomes heartfelt and incisive in one of the more impressive shows of its rarefied genre.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
It’s a little overlong and wayward, but Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You is a nostalgic blast, a delightful example of how comedy anime used to be back in the eighties. Here’s a review wot I wrote. MVM released the movie on DVD way back in 2001, and it’s a disc that certainly shows its age. It’s also pretty hard to find now, so second hand might be your best bet.
All the Anime released Aoharu x Machinegun on Blu-ray and DVD on August 27th, while their release of Twin Star Exorcists comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today. MVM released Watamote on Blu-ray and DVD back in 2014.