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    Anime Review Roundup

    Anime Limited and Crunchyroll bring us Dragon Dentist

    Glasgow, UK February 17, 2017 - Anime Limited are excited to announce partnering with Crunchyroll to simulcast Studio Khara’s latest work Dragon Dentist. It will be amongst the first platforms to stream the work practically simultaneously with the Japanese broadcast - and only available on Crunchyroll.

    Dragon Dentist will be available to watch on Crunchyroll not only in the UK and Ireland, but also in Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Anime Limited is also excited to announce all rights for Dragon Dentist for the UK and Ireland and will release it on home video at a later date. Anime Limited also expect to release it theatrically later this year as well.

    About Dragon Dentist

    The story takes place in Dragon Country.

    Nonoko, the heroine, is a newly appointed dentist who protects the dragon, the guardian of the country, from tooth cavity bacteria.

    One day, amid increasingly fierce battles against the neighboring country, she finds an unconscious boy soldier from the enemy country on the dragon’s tooth. His name is Bell, and he has been “resurrected” from within the tooth by the dragon, a supernatural phenomenon that legend says occurs before a major disaster.

    Bell is confused about his situation. Nonoko cheers him up and takes him on as a dragon dentist. Suddenly the two face an unexpected and tremendous explosion that gives rise to countless tooth decaying bacteria.

    As they face a series of fierce battles, Nonoko and Bell eventually learn to accept their fate.

    This fantasy adventure, created on an epic scale like never before, will keep viewers thrilled and enamored!

    The first part of Dragon Dentist became available to enjoy on Crunchyroll on Saturday 18, February at 21:45 GMT.

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    As a reviewer, I’m always fighting innate bias, trying to approach each new title with an open mind. There is no such thing as an objective review, and we’re all prone to approach each new experience with prior similar experiences in mind as a comparative. I’ve never been keen on videogame adaptations, and my approach to a show or a movie will be coloured by any other entries in that franchise I have previously seen. Sometimes I can win that fight, other times I just surrender, and when it came to Persona 3: The Movie 1 – Spring of Birth, I opted for the latter. You can click on the review heavily weighted by my negative experience of Persona 4, or you can opt for the reviewer get out clause, if you like this sort of thing, you’ll like this. And I still don’t know what all that “Welcome to the Velvet Room” nonsense is all about!

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    I’m innately biased about Berserk too, in that I really like this swords and sorcery show, which was the Game of Thrones of its age. It’s an epic tale of warring nations, seen through the eyes of a mercenary band that through their military prowess climb to the highest heights, before one man’s ambition sends it all crashing down. I always had a reluctance to watch it though, and an old and creaky DVD transfer had a lot to do with that reluctance. Now MVM have bought out a re-mastered Blu-ray collection, and the traditional cel and paint anime looks an absolute treat, revealing artwork, depth and detail you’ll have never seen before.

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    It was the same again with Claymore, another sword and sorcery epic, which also got the Blu-ray treatment. This one is weighted more towards the fantasy action, and away from the politics and drama of Berserk. In a world plagued by demons, the only defence against the supernatural creatures are the Claymores, swordswomen who are half human/half demon. Only there are dark conspiracies about the whole set-up. The show follows one Claymore named Clare, as she hunts a particular demon. Claymore was a show from the SD digipaint age, so the Blu-ray isn’t as much of an upgrade, but there is an improvement nevertheless.

    This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...

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    Ouran High School Host Club. I always look forward to re-watching this one, although on paper it shouldn’t work. Actually it works very well on paper, and the manga by Bisco Hatori is very much recommended. It features a central character, Haruhi Fujioka, a poor girl who’s got into an obscenely rich school on a scholarship, and winds up walking into the wrong room one day when looking for a quiet place to study. And that’s how she ends up cross dressing as a cute boy, working for the Host Club. This particular after school club consists of elegant young men who cater for the romantic inclinations of female students, acting as objects of desire and fanaticism for them... for a fee. You have the cute little boy, the twin brothers flirting with incest, the prince, the dark horse, and so on. It shouldn’t work, but it works brilliantly by subverting all these clichés, turning them on their heads, and focusing more on the idiosyncrasies of fandom rather than the clichés themselves. And the ridiculously overblown characters allow for some hilarious culture clash melodrama.

    Manga Entertainment originally released Ouran High School Host Club on DVD in the UK, and made a right pig’s ear of it, with discs shorn of extras, faulty subtitling and in the wrong aspect ratio throughout. I wound up importing the US DVD release instead, and here’s my review of Part 1. Just like Claymore, Funimation gave Ouran the Blu-ray up-scale treatment, and last year, All the Anime released that in the UK in a Collector’s Edition release. Finally, Ouran High School Host Club is available in the UK in a watchable form... if you have a Blu-ray player. If you want it on DVD, you can probably find the Manga discs, but it would be better for your sanity to import.

    Persona 3: Movie 1 came out in a combo Collector’s Edition from All the Anime last Monday, February 13th. They also released Claymore in a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on January 30th. MVM released Berserk]/buy] in a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on February 6th.

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