Anime Review Roundup
March Comes in Like a Lion Season 1 Part 2. The show about shogi, depression, and isolation certainly delivered something different from the usual anime show with its first part, telling the tale of an antisocial young man with a tragic background, whose sole marketable skill is with the Japanese game shogi. The first half of season 1 introduced us to his world and the people around him, and developed the relationships between them. This second half may as well be a sequel series though, as it takes a different tack to the storytelling, instead focusing more on the games. Click on the review to see how much of a difference this makes.
Yuru Yuri Season 2, which really does offer more of the same slice-of-life comedy as its first season. Its slightly ribald tale of girls finding ever more imaginative ways to waste time in high school is perhaps typical of the genre, and it plays well to the expectations of its fanbase, but what Yuru Yuri does in terms of its characters, its comedy, and its imaginative visuals and direction is a cut above the usual slice-of-life comedy.
Higurashi When They Cry Kai is the sequel series, but it starts in much the same vein. It takes a little while before it starts answering those questions, but it manages to maintain its edge and unique style all the way through.
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MVM released Serial Experiments Lain on four DVD volumes in 2004, but the show got an upgrade to Blu-ray a few years ago. I imported the Australian release from Sony (and then had to wait for replacement discs when they screwed the subtitles up). Here’s my review of that release. Subsequently, MVM released the Blu-ray in the UK and it came out without the subtitle glitch, and is still available today.
All the Anime released March Comes in Like A Lion Season 1 Part 2 on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on November 26th, and that is when MVM released Higurashi When They Cry Kai on DVD. They’ve already released a bumper collection of Higurashi on Blu-ray, and the series will get an individual Blu-ray release in early 2019. Madman Entertainment released Yuru Yuri Season 2 on DVD in Australia in 2017.