Anime Review Roundup
Paranoia Agent. Everything that Satoshi Kon created transcended its medium, and Paranoia Agent is no different. It’s a mystery show, where a couple of policemen wind up investigating a series of crimes which are as much manifestations of societal malaise as they are physical assaults. It was jaw-droppingly brilliant when it was originally released here on DVD, and now that it’s here on Blu-ray, it’s even better, as for the first time in the UK, Paranoia Agent is uncut.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Welcome to the NHK is a painfully uncomfortable watch, but it’s deliciously entertaining as well, with a cast of realistic and well written characters that don’t conform to the usual anime stereotypes. It comes from the last boom, and is animated by Studio Gonzo, so it will never be more than SD quality, and it suffers from the usual Gonzo dip in animation mid-run. I initially imported the US DVD release from Funimation, but this is one title where the UK MVM release, based on the masters from Siren Visual in Australia is preferable. It may suffer from the 4% PAL speedup, but the colours are easier on the eyes, eschewing Funimation’s retina melting over-saturation for something more reasonable. Here’s my review of MVM’s Complete Collection release. Welcome to the NHK is deleted now, and you’ll have to go looking second hand, although I have seen the US S.A.V.E. edition from Funimation on a couple of sites.
MVM released the Paranoia Agent Blu-ray Collector’s Edition last Monday. There will be a standard release in due course.