Anime Review Roundup
Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals: Season 1 for example. It’s a perfectly serviceable comedy anime show, taking the goofiest character from the Naruto series, and setting him centre stage of his super-deformed world. Everyone’s short, got big heads, and everyone’s into the Manzai comedy set-up, where stupid people get smacked a lot by large paper fans. It’s funny, but it is middle of the road. Click on the review to see if it might tickle your funny-bone.
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East – Season 2. The first season revealed a supernatural mystery show based on the Princess Fusé legend, that spent more time catering for the aesthetic appreciation from its target female audience, than it did developing a decent story and making the characters more than superficially interesting. The second season continues in the same way, with the added annoyance of the main characters’ quest being resolved simply by coincidence, rather than through any effort on their part.
Gonna be the Twin-Tail. Aliens have come to steal Earth’s Twin-Tail attribute, and all that stands in their way is one teenage boy whose appreciation of the hairstyle approaches the level of a fetish. Fortunately an alien girl shows up with a bracelet of power that will give him the skills and strength to fight these aliens. Only he has to turn into a pint-sized twin-tail girl to do so. It’s your standard Power Rangers set-up, but the show succeeds by utterly believing in, and selling its ridiculous premise for all its worth. Click on the review to see why.
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad fell to Stuart McLean to review. It’s my own fault for having originally reviewed the abbreviated single volume release (I wound up having to import the conclusion). But this tale of a young boy’s rite of passage as he discovers rock music, learns to play a guitar, and joins a band couldn’t have fallen to a more appropriate reviewer. Read Stuart’s review to see just why, and why Beck is one of the best anime shows of the ‘noughties’.
This Week I’ve Been Mostly Rewatching...
Kanon is still fun and entertaining, although time and familiarity are beginning to take its toll on its finer attributes. Also, summer is the wrong season to re-watch this winter wonderland show. Here’s my more positive review for it from my first acquaintance with the series. It’s never had a UK release. ADV started to release it in the US with single volume releases, complete with extra features. They got as far as volume 5 before they went bust, and Funimation picked up the Sojitz licenses. Funimation actually did a limited volume 6 for fans who were collecting them singly, but they quickly turned around, stripped out the extras, and put Kanon out in a full series collection, just four discs, and that is still available today if you choose to import from Region 1.
Manga Entertainment released Naruto: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals – Season 1 on DVD on September 12th, and that’s when MVM released Hakkenden – Eight Dogs of the East – Season 2 on DVD and Blu-ray. All the Anime released Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad: Complete Series Collection on DVD on Monday just gone, while Funimation will release Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!! on BD/DVD combo edition on October 10th. Yes, it’s been delayed again.