Anime Review Roundup
Nisekoi: False Love Season 2 Part 2. Nisekoi to this point was a solid harem rom-com, familiar enough to fans of the genre to feel like a comfortable pair of shoes, but doing enough that was different, doing enough to make the characters feel fresh and unique, to make those comfortable shoes stand out in a crowd. But there comes a problem with short run anime that adapt long running manga, and we get that with the final volume of Nisekoi, a show that goes out with a whimper instead of the bang it deserves.
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 37 is where the story ends; the manga adapted story that is. If you’ve been watching the saga of the bright orange ninja since volume 1 of Naruto Uncut, all the plot arcs and conspiracies, filler and flashbacks through some 800 episodes or so, this is the conclusion of the Fourth Ninja War arc, the final showdown between Naruto and Sasuke, the true end of the story. It’s then followed by four flashback episodes, and the start of an arc which adapts a light novel, so it’s not really all over yet. Click on the review to read more.
Alita: Battle Angel is a review of the Hollywood adaptation. Don’t click away just yet! Fans have been awaiting James Cameron’s long promised Alita movie for well over a decade now; the tale of cyborg girl, discovered in the garbage heap under a futuristic city, restored to operation, and on a mission to uncover her past. It’s finally here, and it’s a first for Hollywood adaptations. Not only is it really good, it’s an authentic adaptation as well.
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse beat Mirai out of an Oscar, but you can’t discount the best Spider-man feature film yet produced (disclaimer: I’ve yet to see the Tom Holland version). It’s a multi-verse mash-up, with a villain with a dimensional portal sucking all manner of parallel reality Spider-people into one where the mantle of the webslinger has just fallen onto an untried and unready teenage boy. It’s a great story with a lot of wit and style, beautifully animated. And it has an anime touch as well. One of the Spider-people is Peni Parker, who does her webslinging from inside a giant robot spider.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Once you get past the fan service, Stratos 4 is a great show to watch, a whole lot of fun, and with an intriguing story. These days we get everything streamed at least, but this was pre-streaming. We got the TV series in the West, but missed out on all the OVA episodes and there were several that continued the story. Beez released the show on DVD in the UK and Europe in 2005, while Bandai released it in the US. Here’s my review of Part 1. It’s hard to find now, and second hand would be your best bet.
Manga Entertainment released Naruto Shippuden Box Set 37 on DVD on July 15th, while Kazé’s Nisekoi Season 2 Part 2 came out in 2017. Twentieth Century Fox release Alita: Battle Angel on 4k, Blu-ray and DVD today. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse on 4k, Blu-ray and DVD in April.