Anime Review Roundup
Naruto Shippuden 34 is practically a miracle. It’s filler, yes, but it’s a short and sweet stretch of filler which tells an interesting what-if version of the story, a parallel world Naruto where he didn’t have a tragic upbringing. The studio manages to keep it entertaining.
Tsuritama last week, this time on Blu-ray. It’s a great feel-good show with a delightfully quirky sense of humour. Let’s face it, any show where an alien visits Earth just to go fishing is starting from a bizarre foundation, but with its colourful cast of characters and its whimsical story, I can see Tsuritama becoming one of my go-to favourites. The Blu-ray really does the unique art style in the show justice, and it’s well worth the import.
Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky just under the wire. Stuart has become the de facto Gundam guy for the site. He has a better appreciation for its vintage style (not a comment about age, Stuart. Honest!), and I’m not a giant robot person. I say vintage, but December Sky is a modern take on the story, made with cutting edge animation techniques, and a musical aesthetic that really sets it apart. Just check the trailer to see what I mean. And then click on Stuart’s review to see how good the movie is.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Kaze Entertainment released it, and Manga distributed it on DVD and on Blu-ray. For quite a while, we were the only English speaking country that had the Blu-rays, but Aniplex in the US finally got around to releasing their overpriced versions. You can still get Kaze’s sets, and they’re pretty good for Kaze. Here’s my review of Part 1.
Manga Entertainment released Naruto Shippuden Collection 34 on DVD on the 19th November. Sentai Filmworks released Tsuritama in the US in 2013 on Region B compatible Blu-ray. Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky was released on Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on 19th November by All the Anime.