Anime Review Roundup
Witchblade came out on Blu-ray, and given the vintage of the show, coupled with the vintage of the transfer, it’s hard to be enthusiastic about its HD debut in the UK. Against that, you have to weigh the quality of the story, one of Studio Gonzo’s finest, and given it’s a collaboration between Gonzo in Japan, and Top Cow in the US who created Witchblade, you have an anime that offers much that is different from the usual Gonzo shows. It’s a story that is build around adult characters, and the central relationship is a mother daughter dynamic. That makes it worth clicking on the review.
Re-Kan, but not a lot. It’s one of those shows that are fun to watch, entertaining while they play, but quickly fade from the memory once the end credits have rolled. It’s an occasionally saucy comedy about a girl who can talk to ghosts, and her new best friend who is terrified of the supernatural. It’s a silly comedy with rather single-note characters, but can find points of poignancy in its stories that can be surprisingly moving. That was enough for me to double dip the show from DVD to Blu-ray.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Never released in the UK, I wound up importing the complete series collection from Australia, released there on Region 4 DVD in 2012 by Madman Entertainment, although the show itself dates from 1998. Here’s my review. It actually got a Blu-ray release in Japan a couple of years ago, but if you want to watch it with English assets, you might be able to find some second hand Region 1 copies.
MVM released the Witchblade Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on March 13th, and they recently announced that the Standard Edition will come out on June 19th. MVM also released Re-Kan back in 2017.