Anime Review Roundup
Revolutionary Girl Utena: Part 1. I may have left it a little too late to watch this seminal anime series from Kunihiko Ikuhara, as it’s a show that’s best appreciated by those close in age to the show’s protagonists. That coupled with Ikuhara’s trademark esoteric style makes for a show that you really have to work at to be truly rewarded. But it’s taken this long for this classic show to get the HD presentation that it deserves, and even in my decrepitude, I find much to appreciate about Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Aria the Natural: Part 2. This delightful slice of life show combines sci-fi with fantasy to make for an appealing future world, where cute girls do cute things in gondolas. Normally such shows rely on short sketches and endearing vignettes, but with the passage of time such a major theme in this second series of Aria, there’s more room for character growth and story development, all while it succeeds in making the audience feel good.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Tiger and Bunny Season 1 was released in the UK in 4 parts by Kazé Entertainment from 2012 on BD/DVD combos. As you might guess, the series has been deleted, so second hand would be your best bet. Here is the review for Part 1. I can see the US Viz release is still available at this point, but on Region 1 DVD only. It is well worth it though, as Tiger & Bunny really does capture the US comic book superhero vibe better than any other anime of that genre, even more so than some genuine comic book crossovers like Batman Ninja.
All the Anime released Revolutionary Girl Utena: Part 1 Blu-ray Collector’s Edition in 2020. There is a complete Collector’s Edition release that compiles the previous 3 releases into one that is released today. Aria the Natural Part 2 was released on Blu-ray by MVM on February 6th.