Anime Review Roundup
Steins;Gate 0 Part 1 continues on from episode 23 of the first series, if episode 23 ended in a different way. I wasn’t expecting much from a sequel, but this one’s really quite good.
Sagrada Reset, but it’s not quite as entertaining as Steins;Gate. It seems the latter got all the characterisation mojo it warranted, and it got Sagrada Reset’s share on top, leaving the former looking bland and lifeless. Sakurada’s a town where people have special abilities, although they forget all about them if they leave. These people with abilities are managed by a civil service of sorts. When a school girl who can reset time, teams up with a boy with perfect memory who can remember the future after the resets, this Bureau employs them to help people and complete certain missions. There’s quite the history to the town, plenty of conspiracies and secrets, and plenty of time travel shenanigans. It’s just the characters don’t sparkle in this show.
Hanasaku Iroha Part 2, and his review is well worth a read. It’s also worth getting the UK release if like me you imported the US release after hearing that it worked on Region B players if you used the top menu trick. It turns out that the top menu trick doesn’t work on all players, and even the brands that it did work with originally, it doesn’t work with their newer machines.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Noir is still a frustrating show to watch, simply because it plays its cards close to its chest, but it oozes style and it tells its story with confidence. You don’t get too many shows like Noir anymore. They’d much rather give you regular infodumps and exposition explosions to keep the viewer hooked. Noir was released in the UK on DVD by ADV films, and it is deleted, so second hand is your best bet, both for the single volumes and the collection. Here’s my review of the latter. Noir has had a Blu-ray release in the US locked to Region A, and in Japan (with the English dub but not subtitles), but I don’t know about the video quality. A lot of materials for anime from that period have been misplaced, and while it might be a genuine HD transfer taken from the original film, it might also be an upscale of the television version.
MVM released Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow Part 2 on Blu-ray on July 15th. They also released Sagrada Reset on Blu-ray on July 29th. That’s when Manga Entertainment released Steins;Gate 0 Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD.