Anime Review Roundup
Ujicha: Violence Voyager / Burning Buddha Man is a collection of animations from Japan, but it’s not anime as you know it. It’s Gekimation, utterly creative storytelling with painted paper puppets, a description that doesn’t actually do these films justice. I’ve never felt that anime was the best medium for horror, the bright colours and vivid lines don’t hold well with atmosphere and spookiness, but the two features in this collection are the most effective pure horror animations I have seen. It’s just a shame I’m not a fan of horror. Click on the review to read more.
Cyber City Oedo 808 Collector’s Edition would be my holy grail; the chance to have the OVA that awoke me to anime in high definition would be something I’d leap at. And you’d be right. I did jump at it, and the package is very nice, including the CD and a nice booklet, as well as those classic cyberpunk OVA episodes, a futuristic Dirty Dozen, with the police recruiting three hardened criminals to serve as cops in exchange for reducing their sentences. Yoshiaki Kawajiri tips his hat to Die Hard and Robocop, as well as traditional vampire myths in three classic stories. But things aren’t too great with this release, certainly not if you were expecting a full HD transfer of the original cel and paint film, but also not even if you were expecting a consistently watchable SD upscale.
Millennium Actress - 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray Collector's Edition, although for this review I watched the Blu-ray bit. The film got a 4k restoration in Japan, and there were a few tweaks to the transfer, including DNR. The film is noticeably different to the old Manga DVD release, and not just in terms of resolution. But this is an instance where the new transfer doesn’t detract in any way from the film. It still looks better than it has done before, bringing Satoshi Kon’s most emotionally moving film across with stunning impact. It’s a romance through fifty years, and a love letter to cinema itself, and it’s one of my favourite films. I managed to end the week on a happy note.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Fate/Stay Night initially in six DVD volumes... here’s my review of volume 1. It subsequently got several complete collection releases, one of which is still available to buy today, but right now, MVM also have an upscaled Blu-ray version of the show on sale in the UK.
Third Window Films released Ujicha: Violence Voyager / Burning Buddha Man on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on Monday 25th January. All the Anime released the Cyber City Oedo 808 Collector’s Edition on the 18th. They then released the Millennium Actress - 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray Collector's Edition along with a standard Blu-ray release on January 25th.