Anime Review Roundup
Planetes, I was struck with the same optimism regarding a future that I might live to see. After all, its vision of a humanity living and working in space, in low Earth orbit and beyond is based on technology that we mostly have already, with the few extrapolations not too far-fetched. Alas, it seems that as a species, we won’t even achieve this much. At least I’ll have the best realistic sci-fi anime to escape to in my cynical middle age. Click on the review to see why it’s a must have Blu-ray.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Remember, long before the streaming age, with Netflix and the like, when home cinema was all about the demo disc, the ultimate in audio visual perfection that people would buy to show off the specs of their home cinema set-ups? Redline is the anime equivalent, the disc you used to make your friends green with envy. Its ‘hand’ drawn animation is delightfully old school, yet has intricacies and detail, and that inimitable style that no other anime has. The soundtrack is thumping, with music that matches the insane action sequences. This isn’t a film where you ask how good the story is. You just immerse yourself into the aesthetics. Here’s my review. Manga Entertainment released Redline on Blu-ray and on DVD in 2011. It’s deleted now, so second hand will be your best bet.
All the Anime released Planetes on Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on April 28th, while the standard Blu-ray release came out on the 1st of November.