Anime Review Roundup
Over the Garden Wall certainly fits the bill. It’s a 10 episode mini-series that follows two children that are lost in a mysterious forest. It’s a contemporary fairy tale, but with a style and aesthetic that emphasises the drama, giving it a very classical, cinematic and theatrical feeling. It takes a while to get going, but Over the Garden Wall’s story really draws the audience in.
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Part 2, which if you recall my review of Part 1, wouldn’t have been a show that I was looking forward to completing. To be brutally honest, I haven’t been converted to the world of Gundam with this release, but with Part 2 of Gundam Wing, I finally got to a point where I could understand why someone might become a fan of the show. The characters still made me cringe, but the story got really quite interesting towards the conclusion.
Sound Euphonium Season 2 Part 1, just as much as I adored Season 1. A little more actually as this release has none of the flaws of the UK debut of the KyoAni series. The only problems are the price, and the fact that given the absence of a UK release of Season 2, I had to import this from the US. It’s a shame that the show seems to have stalled here, as the light drama surrounding a school orchestra is one of the best things Kyoto Animation have created. Click on the review to read more.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Angel Beats was released in the UK by Manga Entertainment (Sentai in the US) on Blu-ray and DVD, and it’s well and truly deleted at this point. Here’s my review. Second hand would be your best bet at this point. It is however available to stream on Crunchyroll, if you want to see what you’ve missed out on.
Manga Entertainment released Over the Garden Wall on Blu-ray and on DVD on March 2nd, All the Anime released Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Part 2 on Blu-ray collector’s edition last November, and there has subsequently been a standard edition. Pony Canyon released Sound Euphonium Season 2 Part 1 on Blu-ray back in 2018.