Anime Review Roundup
On-Gaku: Our Sound was the first review, and it’s for a rare, independent anime feature film. Eschewing the usual studio system, On-Gaku is a more quirky and unique looking movie, making hefty use of rotoscoping, and rotoscoping done the traditional way... a whole lot of tracing paper. It’s the tale of three delinquents who start a band, and it’s unlike anything I have seen before. Click on the review to read more.
Red vs. Blue Singularity is the final part of the Shisno Trilogy, volume 17 of Red vs. Blue, although the first two volumes were never even released in the UK. And this time the storytelling is so convoluted that the characters are buried by it. It may not be the end of the Red vs. Blue franchise in reality, but it does feel that way for me, and it’s a sour note to go out on.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Basilisk was released in the UK on 6 DVD volumes, and subsequently a collection by MVM. Here’s my review for Volume 1. It’s hard to find now, and even then, probably only second hand. In the US, Funimation have re-released Basilisk on Blu-ray, but that is locked to Region A. Don’t confuse it with the recent Basilisk: Ouka Ninja Scrolls sequel series, which is also available. But take heart, recently, MVM have scheduled 4 Gonzo series on Blu-ray, Burst Angel, Trinity Blood, Witchblade and Samurai 7, and given that Basilisk is also a Gonzo show, I’d keep my fingers crossed for a Blu-ray upgrade next year.
All the Anime released the Standard Edition of On-Gaku on Blu-ray in May this year. The Collector’s Edition was released in March 2021. Warner Bros released Red vs. Blue Singularity on Blu-ray in 2020.