Anime Review Roundup
Danganronpa The Animation. It’s based on a videogame, and pits teenagers against each other in a death game in the vein of Battle Royale, albeit with a locked in, reality TV element. On top of this it throws in a detective story murder mystery element, and a courtroom procedural trial element as well. It might just try to do a little too much in its runtime, but it not only makes the most of its clichés and character archetypes, it celebrates them too. Click on the review to read more.
Chihayafuru: Complete Season 2, which was inevitable after Season 1. If you recall, Chihayafuru is the anime about the classical Japanese, pattern matching card game, where verses of poetry are printed on cards, and players face each other, trying to recognise the poems and grab the cards the fastest. It may not be a card game that we are familiar with in the West, but this anime can still make you fall in love with the game, as it’s animated sublimely, and made easy to follow. It also blends its sports elements with a whole lot of character drama and comedy, giving us a cast that is very easy to engage with and invest in. It is one of the best anime of recent years.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Manga Entertainment released Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne on DVD back in 2010, and it is still available and cheap right now. Funimation released it on Blu-ray in the US, but that release is Region A locked. A Region B Blu-ray does exist, but it’s in German. Here’s my review for the show if you want to know more.
Danganronpa The Animation was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 9th by Manga Entertainment. Chihayafuru has been released on DVD by Siren Visual, and is only available on import from Australia.