Anime Review Roundup
Fate/Stay Night Heaven's Feel II - Lost Butterfly is the first review of the week, and if you thought waiting an extra week for the Review Roundup was a chore, it’s nothing compared to waiting for each subsequent instalment of the final route through Fate/Stay Night. The first film might have had the most in common with the original series, and the Unlimited Blade Works route, but the second film is where things really diverge, and where the story gets its hooks into you. And once again, Studio ufotable’s animation is absolutely sublime.
One Piece Collection 22. One Piece releases stuttered there for a while, especially before Funimation bought Manga Entertainment, but things really do seem to be getting on track now, especially as Collection 22 kicks off a whole new saga of One Piece. This is where the crew re-unite after two years apart, and resume their voyage to find the One Piece treasure and for Luffy to become the King of the Pirates. It’s almost back to normal service when it comes to the story, which means a whole lot of comic antics and bizarre action, and the cutest reindeer doctor you’ll ever see.
The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors & Hostel Behavior on the other hand is one show where you kick yourself for buying the DVD in the first place, so great is the difference between the two. This quirky rom-com has production values that are best showcased in high definition, while the antics of its idiosyncratic cast never fail to entertain.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM originally released Shakugan no Shana: Season 1 in six DVD volumes. Here’s my review of volume 1. Subsequently there was a complete collection, and it is still available today. As mentioned, Funimation released the show on a Region A locked Blu-ray in the US, but be aware that this is an upscale.
Manga Entertainment released One Piece Collection 22 on DVD on July 6th. MVM released Fate/Stay Night Heaven's Feel II - Lost Butterfly on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD last Monday, July 13th. Hanabee Entertainment released The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors & Hostel Behavior on Blu-ray in 2017 in Australia, and you’ll have to import.