Anime Review Roundup
Bloom Into You was the new anime released, a series about a high school romance between two girls. That’s not an oversubscribed genre in the UK, but thankfully the one example that we do get is a pretty good one. It asks that fundamental question about first love... how do you know it’s love? With two girls with different expectations, it ensures a rocky road to their relationship. Click on the review to read more.
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki in the UK has hit a snag, in that we’ve got the US Region A/1 discs instead. Fortunately for the review, I somehow had a Region 2 check disc (not that I would have noticed), and wound up reviewing a really quite interesting portrait of the master filmmaker in his retirement. It’s a melancholic look at a man in his twilight years, declining in strength maybe, but still possessed of a compulsive need to remain creative.
Love Live Season 1. The pop idol genre is big business in anime these days, and it’s easy to see why. The combination of cute girls doing cute things with catchy pop tunes is a multimedia winner, and Love Live is one of the first shows to get that formula right.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Clannad was released on DVD in two parts by Manga Entertainment in 2012, and it got a complete series re-release (not to be confused with the sequel series Clannad After Story). Here’s my review of Part 1 of Clannad. The DVDs are still available to buy today. There is a Region A locked Blu-ray release in the US from Sentai Filmworks.
MVM released Bloom Into You on Blu-ray last Monday, April 6th. All the Anime should have released Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki on BD/DVD combo today, but given the region coding issue, it might be worth waiting for an announcement from them before placing an order. MVM released Love Live Season 1 on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition in 2016. The DVD versions (the second one had the dub) were released prior to this.