Anime Review Roundup
Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes 1-10 Complete Collection to see how it fares.
Black Clover – Season 1 Part 3. The latest long running shonen action show hits all the right notes if you are a fan of that genre. It may have the most annoying main character known to man, but the rest of the cast is appealing, the story unfolds at an agreeable pace, mixing just the right balance of clichés and originality to keep it interesting, and it does enough that is different to stand out from all its peers. I didn’t think so at first, but Black Clover has quite rapidly become interesting. Click on the review to see if it’s worth sticking with.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Dave Lister is the last human in the universe, a vending machine technician, woken up from suspended animation on the mining ship Red Dwarf after his direct superior Arnold Rimmer failed to repair a reactor properly, wiping out the whole crew. He’s alone in deep space, 3 million years from home, with a hologram of Rimmer, a ship’s computer with dementia named Holly, and a creature evolved from the cat he snuck on board (which got him punished by Stasis), and from the second season, a sanitation droid they discover named Kryten. And heading back to Earth, they get into all kinds of adventures. To date there have been 79 episodes of Red Dwarf across 11 series, and the Back to Earth special, and given the broad possibilities of the sci-fi genre, there’s a lot of variety here. Of course not all Red Dwarf is great, notably that Back to Earth trilogy, but there is a lot to enjoy here.
My revisit to the world of Red Dwarf was sparked by the release of the original eight series on Blu-ray, although I didn’t watch them that way. I’ve seen some of the comparison shots, and I wasn’t too impressed with how they had ‘enhanced’ shows that were originally shot on video at the BBC. The DVDs actually looked better to me in a couple of screengrabs. That coupled with a mastering error on two of the discs, prompting a disc replacement scheme, convinced me to watch the show again on DVD, originally released in the UK from 2002, and still available today if you look around and would rather not have the Blu-rays. The Blu-rays do have some of the extra features from the Bodysnatcher release, notably the Seasons 1 and 2 documentaries, but they don’t have the CG remastered episodes from the Bodysnatcher DVD release, which is practically impossible to find. But since Dave started showing new series, and beginning with Back to Earth, the new shows have been available natively on Blu-ray, and having been shot for HD, they do look spectacularly better than the BBC produced series. Here’s my review for Red Dwarf: Season XI, which is where I’m at in my re-watch. Reviews for the rest of the series can also be found on the site.
Manga Entertainment released both Hellsing Ultimate Parts 1-10 Complete Collection and Black Clover - Season One Part Three on Blu-ray and DVD on July 15th.