Anime Review Roundup
I reviewed Air first, and it’s a show that I have been wanting to watch for over ten years now, ever since I first encountered Kanon, and was introduced to the visual novel adaptations from Jun Maeda. Air was the first of those titles, and coincidentally, one of the first shows produced outright by studio Kyoto Animation. A young man, an itinerant puppeteer on a journey to find a unique woman, comes to a small town where various girls need his help. It’s a familiar format if you’ve seen Kanon, Clannad, Little Busters and the like, but Air did it first. Click on the review to read more.
Ride Your Wave, the Masaaki Yuasa feature film that All the Anime released a couple of years ago. Yuasa is a singular talent when it comes to anime direction, and I have to be honest and say that I find him something of an acquired taste. However, Ride Your Wave is perhaps his most commercial film. It’s a tragic romance, a budding love torn asunder by an accident, but it’s only after that loss that the story really begins, following the grieving girl as she discovers a magic that can reunite her with her lost love. The story is good, but I have to say that one of the characters was such that I couldn’t connect with the film in the way that I should have.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Paramount originally released Deep Space Nine across around 90 VHS tapes, but subsequently they entered the DVD age with seven season sets. The original Clamshell cases retailed at around £130 each, but the subsequent slimline collections significantly reduced that price. You can still find the slimline sets for bargain prices, but Paramount want you to buy the complete collection for around £60. It’s nice to know that in this cost of living crisis, some prices aren’t going up. I’m currently watching Season 5, where the Dominion War is just about to kick off big time. Here’s my review. This really is as good as Star Trek ever got.
All the Anime released Ride Your Wave on Collectors, Standard Blu-ray and Standard DVD towards the end of 2020. MVM released Air on DVD on the 6th of June.