Anime Review Roundup
Little Busters Refrain turned out to be a little different. It’s the Key Visual show that follows a central male character and the girls he encounters, as he faces the weirdness of the world and the mysteries that arise. It’s a cute, silly, and emotionally manipulative experience, like many other Jun Maeda titles, but the second time, knowing in advance how the story would pan out, Little Busters Refrain turned out to be a more rewarding experience. Click on the review to read more.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
The Ranma movie kicks off with a massive chase sequence, as the ‘dirty old man’ stealing panties is chased through the town, running into what I assume are all the significant characters from the series. But once the main story kicks off, the focus narrows to around ten of them, including of course the title character. But without the context, Ranma’s first movie just comes across as a really goofy comedy, where you’ll miss most of the in-jokes. It is a nice bit of disposable fun. MVM released the film on DVD in 2005. Here’s my review. The DVD will be hard to find now, and even that will be second hand. Much of the Ranma franchise is available from the US even now at this point, and in recent years has had the Blu-ray treatment as well, albeit Region A.
MVM released Little Busters Refrain on DVD and on Blu-ray in 2017. If you’re interested in the Little Busters franchise, then now is the time, as it’s going out of print, and MVM have indicated that a licence renewal from them isn’t likely.