Anime Review Roundup
Scum’s Wish is one of those well-motivated and impressive shows. I actually think it’s well made, very watchable. I just didn’t like its tale of dark and twisted teenage romance and first love. When you consider the usual anime romance, Scum’s Wish is a paragon of realism, although there are a couple of relationships that might cause you to blink twice. I guess I’m just an old romantic, as it was just a little too cynical for me.
Pigtails and Other Shorts, the long awaited anime anthology from Anime Limited, showcasing the works of Production I.G. and in one case, Anime Limited’s favourite director Masaaki Yuasa. Anthologies are by their very nature eclectic, and Pigtails is no exception. It will all depend on your personal preference as to which you prefer, but personally I think four of the five animations are well worth your time.
Starmyu Season 1, which briefly raised my expectations, before cruelly dashing them again, as it turned out to be just what the trailer promised rather than the ‘something greater than the sum of its parts’ that I had hoped for. It’s a gender-switched idol show, where five pretty boys get together to sing and dance and succeed at their dreams against unexpected adversity. Prepare to invest in the trials and tribulations of the least masculine men on the planet.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
NieA_7 was originally released across 4 DVD volumes in the US by Pioneer (who later became Geneon). That was way back in 2001, and I managed to grab all four volumes before they finally vanished from shop shelves. Actually, if I recall, NieA_7 was my first anime import title. Here’s the review for Volume 1. After a long, long gap out of print, Eastern Star a.k.a. Discotek gave NieA_7 a Blu-ray release (note that this is a digipaint show from the end of the 20th Century; so it’s an upscale. But it is a BD/DVD combo release so even if you can’t spin Region A, you might have more luck with the DVDs as Discotek tend to code for Regions 1 and 2.
MVM released Scum’s Wish on Blu-ray last Monday 11th March, while the Starmyu Blu-ray comes out from MVM today. All the Anime’s Pigtails and Other Shorts standard BD/DVD combo comes out next Monday 25th on general retail, although the Anime Limited webshop exclusive Collector’s Edition has been out for a month.