Anime Review Roundup
Bungo Stray Dogs: Seasons 1 & 2 + OVA. It’s a fantasy action adventure show that centres on a group of people with special abilities. You might think that would put it in the comic book realm of Marvel and DC, but with its heavy literary allusions and wacky character comedy, it’s much more traditional anime than something like My Hero Academia. There are more than a few comparisons to be drawn with Blood Blockade Battlefront, and it’s a very well put together show. But there are aspects to Bungo Stray Dogs that feel tired and clichéd. Click on the review to read more.
Lady Death is a notoriously disappointing, home-grown animation from what used to be ADV Films. Now it’s expected for companies like Netflix and Crunchyroll to invest some serious money into producing animation, but back during the last anime bubble, companies like ADV put their own money into productions. Given that you probably haven’t heard of shows and movies like Lady Death, you can guess how that panned out. An animation adapting a short lived US comic book, the only notable thing about the IP is the character art. It takes less than ten minutes of watching Lady Death to realise that fan service alone just isn’t enough.
This Week I Have Been Mostly Rewatching...
Now that I’ve read what I just wrote, I have to ask myself just why I’m re-watching Trinity Blood. But the saving grace to all these identikit Gonzo sci-fis is that they are disposable fun. You can easily waste a few minutes on an episode and not lament the lost time. MVM released the show on DVD, first in single volumes, and then in various collections. Here’s my review of Volume 1. And for some contrast, here’s a review of the complete series boxset from David Beckett. Trinity Blood clearly hasn’t aged well, and it is deleted now, so second hand is your best bet. Funimation in the US re-released the show on Blu-ray. It is apparently playable on UK Region B players, and be aware that this is one of Funimation’s early upscale attempts, but it is available to buy new.
Manga Entertainment (yes Manga) released Bungo Stray Dogs Season 1 & 2 on Blu-ray and on DVD on January 4th, at the start of this year. 101 Films rescued the licence of Lady Death and gave it a DVD re-release in 2013. Believe it or not, it got a Blu-ray release as well in the US.