Anime Review Roundup
Tamako Love Story is a decent, entertaining and likeable movie, it’s just that if you’re expecting more of the same wacky, mochi-eating-and-talking-bird antics as in the Tamako Market TV series that preceded the movie, you’ll be let down. This feature film focuses on two of the series characters, and their awkward stumbling towards first love. Click on the review to see what I mean.
Chobits just hasn’t dated all that well. What was once cute and heart-warming now just feels twee and indulgent.
Sound Euphonium Season 1 though. It’s the wonderful series from KyoAni that looks at the lives and travails of a high school band through the eyes of a euphonium player named Kumiko. After a conflicted experience at a competition in middle school, she starts high school with the intention of avoiding the music club, but gets sucked in anyway. It’s the tale of the rise of a school orchestra from mediocrity to national competition, but what make the show special are the characterisations and the writing. It looks and sounds divine too. So disillusionment? I just wish that the discs did justice to the series.
City Hunter was made in Hong Kong. It’s a Jackie Chan movie that has long been on my radar, and I finally got to watch it last week. It loosely adapts the City Hunter manga with Jackie taking on the role of inveterate womanising detective Ryu Saeba. I don’t know how good an adaptation it is, but it’s not all that great a movie. Still, the action at least is Jackie Chan in his prime.
If you’re still interesting in City Hunter in live action form, here’s a trailer for the forthcoming Nicky Larson film (Ryu Saeba’s French name), which will be released in 2019.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Manga Entertainment released Phantom Requiem for the Phantom on DVD in 2 halves in 2011/12, and subsequently in a complete collection. Here’s my review of Part 2. The series has been deleted in the UK, but it is available second hand, and the odd new copy may be floating around. It is still available brand new from Funimation on their S.A.V.E. label, and their BD release is Region B compatible.
Sentai Filmworks released Tamako Love Story on BD/DVD combo in 2017. MVM released the Chobits Blu-ray in 2016. All the Anime released Sound Euphonium Season 1 on Collector’s Edition BD, and standard DVD last Monday, September 24th. That’s also when Eureka Entertainment released City Hunter on Blu-ray.