Anime Review Roundup
Honey and Clover Box 3 was the first to pass my gaze. I originally looked at the complete collection from Australia, but that had a faulty disc, and I wound up getting the US DVD release of the second season in isolation as a replacement. Sure, it’s always useful comparing different region releases of the same show, but a bigger question was why it took me so long to watch Honey and Clover again, when I liked it so much the first time around? And yes, that was a painful segue; I apologise.
Tsurune: Season 1 in eight years. Although this time I went into the show with my cynicism on full, and wound up liking it anyway. It has all the hallmarks of a production line, made to order series, with Kyoto Animation taking all that they have learned from shows like K-On and Free and applying it to an after school archery club; cute boys doing cute things with bows and arrows after the school day ends. Even when a show is as predictable as Tsurune, KyoAni’s characterisation, storytelling and animation chops make for a must see anime. Click on the review to read more.
Gunbuster OVA series. This is a lot more conventional when it comes to its story, but there is still plenty of room to experiment here, and Gunbuster presages more than just Evangelion; there’s a whole lot of Gurren Lagann in its Macross inspired story too. And it has one story mechanic that sets it apart from its peers.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released Slayers Revolution in the UK in 2010. Here’s my review. It’s deleted now, although you might find a few stray copies in the wild, particularly second hand. In the US, it got DVD and Blu-ray releases from Funimation, and its successor Crunchyroll still has the show in its catalogue, albeit collected with its sequel, Slayers Evolution-R, on DVD and Blu-ray.
Viz Media released Honey and Clover Box 3 on DVD back in 2010, MVM will release Tsurune Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on November 13th, and All the Anime released Gunbuster Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on September 18th.