Anime Review Roundup
Junjo Romantica Season 2. It’s the boys’ love series that failed to impress with its first season. When the second season offers more of the same, the end result is going to be predictable, but you can click on Stuart’s review to read more.
Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition. It was the first attempt to tell the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric, as they sought to restore their bodies after a disastrous attempt to resurrect their mother. Halfway through, the animators ran out of Hiromu Arakawa’s manga to adapt, and had to come up with an original ending. The complete manga would be adapted properly in the Brotherhood series, but for my money, the first series is superior.
Good Luck Girl last week, this time in high definition. The comedy of an unlikely girl plagued by a god of misfortune started off in a predictable and zany way, but it turned out to have a story with heart, characters to invest in, and what came as quite the surprise, the comedy was even funnier the second time around. A promised Blu-ray release in the UK failed to materialise, so I had to import it from down under.
Princess Principal for wholly different reasons. I just wanted to savour my first time with the show for as long as possible. It’s a steampunk, alternate Britain around the turn of the twentieth century, where a fictional British Empire is torn asunder by revolution into two nations, a state of cold war between the two. And in this tense situation, the spies operate, jockeying for position and power. Wonderful artwork, great animation, top-notch writing and excellent production values make this a must own series.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released the series across 2 DVD collections in 2014, and you can now pick up the complete collection instead. Alas it didn’t get the HD release it deserved in the UK, so I imported the US release from Funimation. Here’s my review of Part 1. The discs are Region B compatible, and the show has subsequently got a budget release in the US as well. It’s well worth picking up.
Anime Limited released Junjo Romantica Season 2 on Blu-ray last November 19th. They released the Ultimate Edition of Fullmetal Alchemist on Blu-ray in 2016. Madman Entertainment released Good Luck Girl on Blu-ray and on DVD in 2014. Princess Principal comes out on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from MVM on the 18th of March. There will be a standard edition BD in June