Anime Review Roundup
Silver Spoon Season 2. This is the brilliant slice of life series that features a city boy who winds up going to an agricultural college, learning about farming and livestock. It’s an authentic look at where the food on our plate comes from, wrapped in a light-hearted character comedy that never ceases to entertain with its warm sense of humour. Click on Stuart’s review to see what he thought.
One Piece Film: Gold. This one had to be an import, as One Piece releases in the UK have been scarce of late. If you’ve been following the series in the UK, you’ll know that we’re at that crucial turning point, with the crew split up, and with Luffy having tried to rescue his brother Ace from the gallows. This film is set well after the time-skip, so you’ll see a lot of changes in the characters and their abilities. Usually, that can be a sticking point in a spin off movie, but Gold works pretty well as a standalone, changing things up when it comes to genre. This pirate movie is actually a heist movie.
BoJack Horseman Season 1. This Netflix series is quite a surprise if you are yet to invest in a subscription. It’s about a washed up sitcom star, trying to remain relevant 20 years after his fame started to fade. It’s a dark, cynical and absolutely on point comedy series, with great characters, an engaging story, and poignant humour that has you feeling for the characters as much as it makes you laugh out loud. Click on the review to see why you should place an order.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 1 Part 1. It’s not a bad show, quite the contrary; it’s just that the expectations and aspirations of Universal, who published it and a handful of other anime in the UK didn’t match the reality of the UK fanbase. Originally made as an OVA series, released here by Manga back when anime came on VHS, this reboot is based on Hiromu (Full Metal Alchemist) Arakawa’s manga adaptation of the original novel. That brings with it a memorable art style and storytelling sensibility that makes this tale of a prince dispossessed of his kingdom really interesting.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
This is going to be hard to find now. Negima! was released in the UK by Revelation Films back in 2007. Here’s my review of Volume 1. Second hand is probably the only way to pick up the single volume DVDs from them, or the Australian discs from Madman, or the US discs from Funimation. However, there is now a Blu-ray release from Sentai Filmworks, locked to Region A.
All the Anime released Silver Spoon Season 2 in Collector’s Edition form on Blu-ray back on October 14th. Madman Entertainment’s Region B release of One Piece Film: Gold came out on Blu-ray in 2017. It also came out on DVD. Manga Entertainment released BoJack Horseman Season One on Blu-ray and on DVD on October 28th. Universal released The Heroic Legend of Arslan Series 1 Part 1 on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and DVD Collector’s Edition back in 2016.