Anime Review Roundup
Squid Girl Complete Collection. Once upon a time, Manga Entertainment released season 1 in the UK, but licensor stuff happened, and it was a few years before the licence wound up at Sentai’s door in the US. They released a complete collection of this delightful show where a defiantly cute Squid-Girl decides to invade, to teach humanity the error of its ways, only to bite of more than she can chew at the first hurdle. Sentai’s collection has both seasons, and some OVA episodes, but they’ve gone back to scratch to re-localise it. You might want to hold onto Manga’s release as well. Click on the review to see why.
Sankarea: Undying Love is a case in point. The same DVD discs were Region localised and released worldwide, and all of them had the same subtitle error on one episode. Frustratingly, the show got a DVD only release in the UK (back before MVM made the switch), so I wound up importing the Blu-ray from down under. The discs may be fixed, but it turns out that the zombie love story doesn’t hold up quite as well the second time around.
Overlord II –Season 2, which frustratingly for some is at this time only available in Collector’s Edition form from Zavvi. Season 1 also got the Collector’s Edition treatment, but it was more pluralistic in release format and availability. It also wasn’t my cup of tea, as it was an isekai (lost in a fantasy world) show with a seriously overpowered main character, which sort of drained the story of drama. Season 2 takes some steps to address that weakness, but you’ll have to click on the review to see if it is enough to redeem the show.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
As mentioned, Manga Entertainment released Sherlock Hound as a five DVD collection back in 2010, and alas, it’s deleted now. Here’s a review. Second hand is your best bet, or there is the US Region 1 release from Eastern Star, which also has the original Japanese audio.
Manga’s Overlord II – Season 2 came out on February 25th, and as mentioned, it’s a Zavvi exclusive. Sentai Filmworks released Squid Girl on DVD and Region A Blu-ray in 2017, while Madman Entertainment released the Sankarea Blu-ray in 2015.