Anime Review Roundup
Domestic Girlfriend as a more realistic take on relationships in anime, something more adult and grown up, something that mature audiences can appreciate. Sure! Compared to other anime it is! There needs to be a disclaimer that we’re starting from a low bar. This tale about a love triangle, about a boy torn between his two new stepsisters grabs the attention, and importantly holds the attention, but let’s not be under any illusions that this is a truly effective romantic drama.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
A tale about parenthood is not too common in anime, and this show hits all the right spots with its characters and story. I certainly never expected such a niche show to get a UK release, so I imported the Australian DVDs from Siren Visual. But surprisingly Usagi Drop did get a DVD release from MVM in 2014. Stuart McLean reviewed that release here. It’s still available if you want it, and it is highly recommended. The show also got a Region A locked Blu-ray release in the US from NISA if you can still find it.
I reviewed Ah My Goddess The Movie back in 2007, when I could count the number of anime movies I had seen without having to consult a spreadsheet. The novelty of the medium was still fresh, and I loved the idea of a feature length anime. I’d probably knock the score down a point or two today. I had a click around, and it seems that there are still new copies out there, for rather ridiculous money. MVM’s DVD release of the film still stands up well today, and the surround audio is delicious, but the transfer is getting creaky by modern HD standards. Second hand might be a more reasonable way to try this movie out.
It’s all MVM this week, new and old, and they released Domestic Girlfriend on Blu-ray last Monday.