Anime Review Roundup
Twin Star Exorcists Part 2 is here, and the balance is maintained, as the show switches from manga adaptation to filler, and suffers a quality crash. Click on the review to see if Twin Star Exorcists is still worth watching despite that.
The Ancient Magus Bride Part 2. It’s a wonderful show about ethereal magic and quirky romance, a story steeped in old English folklore, yet with a carefully observed contemporary setting. This second half is actually better than the impressive opening, as it crafts a conclusion that balances the relationship between the main characters with a dark story concerning the series antagonist. The Ancient Magus Bride is a show well worth seeking out.
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Le Portrait de Petite Cossette works because of style, of atmosphere, it’s a rare horror anime where the visuals work to unsettle and keep the viewer off-balance. That coupled with a great music soundtrack makes it a seminal horror anime. It’s no surprise that it’s directed by Akiyuki Simbo, who would later go on to direct the Monogatari franchise and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. MVM released Le Portrait de Petite Cossette on DVD in the UK back in 2007 and it’s well out of print. Here’s my review. You might be able to find the odd new copy, or second hand. In the US it was initially released by Geneon, and then re-released by Sentai, but it’s an Aniplex production and they’ll have taken the licence back by now, so you probably will have a harder time sourcing a US disc.
Anime Limited released Twin Star Exorcists Part 2 on Blu-ray and on DVD on the 27th of May. Manga Entertainment released The Ancient Magus Bride - Part Two on Blu-ray and DVD on June 3rd.