Anime Review Roundup
The Ancient Magus Bride Part One, and that is as accurate a shorthand as you’re going to get for this delightful, contemplative show. It’s set in a world of magic, centred on the UK, and it follows the story of an unwanted girl with unique power and talent, who is bought by the rather odd looking unhuman Mage of the title, as an apprentice and a potential bride. It’s a mesmerising and engrossing character study, and if it is a little aimless in this first half, it promises big for Part 2.
Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower concentrates on the character of Sakura Matou, and if you’re keeping track, feels the most natural progression to Fate/Zero of all the iterations of the story we’ve had so far. Impressive production values from Studio ufotable make this a film trilogy to keep an eye on.
Katsugeki/Token Ranbu, my final review of the week. This one is also based on a game, but a mobile phone game of all things. That implies a simplicity that doesn’t translate well to an anime narrative, but the premise about anthropomorphized swords sent back in time to keep history on track promises much. The production values are most certainly there, but click on the review to see if the story delivers.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
MVM released We Without Wings on DVD in 2014 and it’s still available to buy today. Here’s my review. In the US, Funimation released the show on Blu-ray and it is Region B compatible.
Manga Entertainment released The Ancient Magus Bride Part One on Blu-ray aand DVD on the 1st of April, and that’s when MVM released Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu on Blu-ray. MVM also release Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel: Presage Flower on Blu-ray and DVD on the 15th of April.