Anime Review Roundup
Red vs. Blue: Season 14, the creators had a lot of fun making it. Unlike the long narrative of the Chorus trilogy previously released in the UK, Season 14 is an anthology, a collection of short form stories that offer bite-sized morsels of Red vs. Blue humour, this time told in a variety of animation styles. That’s ideal for a first timer, you might think, but then there is the issue of those stories that make reference to Seasons 1-10, which haven’t been released in the UK. Click on the review to see just where this release ends up.
Testament of Sister New Devil BURST.
Ergo Proxy, a show that I love to watch, and am quite happy to talk on and on about. I finally took a look at the Blu-ray release of the series, and I was very much a happy bunny. It’s from that period when anime were still being made in SD resolution, but Ergo Proxy was an early show that was in HD, and with a native surround audio track. Its brilliant dystopian sci-fi is by turns thought-provoking and entertaining; it’s as if someone gave Texhnolyze a happy pill, and it has a cast of memorable and striking characters.
In Another World With My Smartphone, after all the title does little to inspire, while the story is yet another take on the ‘lost in a parallel world’ genre that seems so popular these days. But despite this, and despite some rather flat animation, the show turned out to be a pleasant surprise, entertaining with its harem comedy antics and cast of likeable characters.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Patlabor has had a long and interesting ride in the UK, especially when it comes to the movies. Originally released by Manga Entertainment, you might be able to find the twin pack DVD second hand. Then the licence fell to Bandai and Beez, and the films got r-mastered, with new sound mixes, and a new English dub. Beez released them as jaw-dropping Special Editions in the UK, and looking on Amazon I see that they aren’t as sold out as I thought they were, although you do have to pay through the nose. Beez also released them as standard DVDs, and those too are rare and expensive. What we need are the Blu-ray releases, but those are US exclusive, and locked to Region A. Here’s my review of the first movie. The films deserve a UK re-evaluation, but Patlabor has never performed spectacularly well in the UK, and I guess distros are twice-shy.
Manga Entertainment released Red vs. Blue Season 14 on Blu-ray/DVD combo on 8th October. All the Anime released Testament of Sister New Devil BURST on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD on 29th October, as did Funimation with their BD/DVD combo of In Another World With My Smartphone. MVM released Ergo Proxy on Blu-ray in 2016, to complement their existing DVD release.