Anime Review Roundup
Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat really goes all out, beginning with a cat statue that grants wishes, and a boy and a girl that wish for bizarre alterations to their personalities. As the show unfolds, it turns out that there are more girls around the central male character that have also made weird wishes. As a show it’s all over the place when it comes to its story over most of its episodes, but it really comes together for its conclusion.
Battle Royale is probably the most successful, or at least the most well known live action adaptation of a manga, even more so than Oldboy. It shook the world when it was first released, and it quickly cemented itself as one of those films that I will keep on re-buying as long as there is a better version to be had. It’s the daddy of all of the death game stories, with a classroom of schoolchildren, drugged and transported to a deserted island, given all manner of weapons, and told that only one can leave alive. Last year, Arrow Video revisited the film for a 4k UHD release, and with it came a new Blu-ray transfer as well, night and day compared to the 2010 release. This new release also sees the UK Blu-ray debut of the sequel, Battle Royale 2: Requiem, but the less said about that, the better.
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MVM released Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful on 3 DVD volumes, including the Summer Special OVA back in 2010, and subsequently released a collection of all three discs. Here’s my review of volume 3, where the bottom fell out of the show. If you look around, you might still be able to find the complete collection to buy.
MVM’s Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat comes out on Blu-ray today. Arrow Video released the Limited Edition Battle Royale collection, on Blu-ray and on 4k UHD last April 2021.