Anime Review Roundup
The Demon Girl Next Door; it’s that we never learn who the Demon Girl is living next door to in the show. That’s one of the pitfalls of translating titles for English markets. After all, the literal translation of the original title, Machikado Mazoku suggests a completely different genre. It’s a magical girl parody, a comedy with a whole lot of heart, and a fair bit of offbeat humour. A girl wakes up suddenly having grown horns and a tail, heir to a demon legacy, and she’s told she has to defeat a magical girl to come into her full powers. She’s certainly not strong enough to do that, while the one magical girl she finds winds up becoming her best friend. The Demon Girl Next door isn’t spectacular or groundbreaking, but it’s charming enough to spend some time on.
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Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island takes the One Piece cast in a dark and discordant direction, when they happen upon a resort island with an ominous secret. Most spin-offs don’t tamper much with the status quo, they usually make a one-off guest character the centre of the narrative, but in Hosoda’s film, the bonds between the Straw Hat pirates are tested to destruction. They go on quite the journey in this film, taking many surreal and bizarre diversions. There’s something very Terry Gilliam-esque about this instalment, not least a character that lives underground, and pops up when you least expect him, very much like a character out of Brazil.
Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island has yet to see a US release; but Manga have released it in the UK, in the second of their One Piece movie collections, collecting movies 4-6. It’s a triple set of DVDs, subtitle only as they haven’t been dubbed. Here’s my review. If you’re only going to watch one One Piece movie, then this is the one to watch.
MVM released The Demon Girl Next Door on Blu-ray last Monday, 8th of February.